2 Chainz – “Proud” (Feat. YG & Offset) Video

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Last month, 2 Chainz released a deeply enjoyable new EP called The Play Don’t Care Who Makes It. The best song on it was “Proud,” a collaboration with YG and Offset with a hook about trying to make your mother proud. That song now has a video, and it is an instant classic. 2 … More »

Common’s August Greene Project Is A Blissful Middle-Aged Jazz-Rap Jam Session

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If you wanted to argue that Common was a corny motherfucker — an argument that you could make without stretching any bounds of credulity — you wouldn’t have to look any further than last weekend’s Oscars. Common, who’s already won one Best Original Song Oscar, was nominated for another, for a song called “Stand Up … More »

Pop Radio’s Love Affair With White Rappers Continues Apace

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“Let You Down” begins with plaintive minor-key piano chords and a trembling vocal run through that omnipresent chipmunk effect, the wildly popular pitched-up modulation that makes the human voice sound slightly alien. The singer intones, “All these voices in my head get loud/ I wish that I could shut them out/ I’m sorry that I … More »

2 Chainz Announces New Album Via Blimp

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Atlanta rap star 2 Chainz released Pretty Girls Like Trap Music, his last album, less than a year ago, and he followed it up with the surprise EP The Play Don’t Care Who Makes It just a week and a half ago. But he’s not slowing down yet, and this past weekend, 2 … More »

Kendrick Lamar’s Black Panther And The Art Of The Corporate Crossover

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There’s a moment on “Opps,” a track from the Kendrick Lamar-curated compilation Black Panther: The Album, where the South African rapper Yugen Blakrok says, “Stand behind my own bars like a seasoned criminal / Gotham City streets, I’ll play the Riddler.” Except we don’t hear the word “Riddler”; all we hear is a prolonged beep. More »

Stream 2 Chainz’s Surprise The Play Don’t Care Who Makes It EP

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2 Chainz has dropped a new surprise EP entitled The Play Don’t Care Who Makes It. The four-track project features YG and Offset, both on the same song, and the production comes courtesy of T-Minus, Street Runnerz, June James, and Nonstop Da Hitman. Listen below. More »

Lil Jon, Offset, & 2 Chainz – “Alive”

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You know how long Culture II, the new Migos album, is? 24 songs! An hour and 45 minutes! It’s crazy! And yet someone thought that we needed more from Offset, a rapper who could really stand to go away and think things over for a while, this morning. Lil Jon, a driving force … More »

Fredo Santana’s Story Was Darker Than We Knew

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There’s a small, select group of rappers who first got famous for being namechecked on other rappers’ songs; think 50 Cent saying that he’s going to tell us what Banks told him. Even on that small list, though, Fredo Santana stands out. The first that most of us heard of Fredo was also the first … More »

Dreezy – “2nd To None” (Feat. 2 Chainz)

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Chicago sing-rapper Dreezy is an underrated figure, a low-profile major-label back-burner type even though she’s made great singles with people like Jeremih (“Body“) and Gucci Mane (“We Gon’ Ride“). Today, she’s got another great one with another established star. On “2nd To None,” Dreezy teams up with 2 Chainz to talk slick … More »

Dreezy & 2 Chainz connect for “2nd To None”

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More heat from Dree. This time she takes a trip down to ATL for a duet with Tity Boi. Southside …