"Crib so big a dinosaur can run through that sh*t" : 2 Chainz B.O.A.T.S. 2: Me Time reviewed
Back when he didn't have the steady income of yearly Fast & Furious installments and still had to rap for a living, no one was having a better time being a mainstream rapper than Ludacris. With each song there was a huge sense of fun, as well as the underlining message that this was not meant to be taken seriously.
2 Chainz is like Ludacris on steroids, HGH, and whatever other illegal drugs professional athletes are using. He's Luda SUPERSIZED and then some.
B.O.A.T.S. 2: Me Time is the follow up to 2012's surprise success Based On a T.R.U. Story (so now you know what the B.O.A.T.S. acronym stands for) and the rapper formerly known as Tity Boi knows better than to mess with a successful formula.
B.O.A.T.S. 2 is jam packed with ready-made singles like "Netflix" that recall a bygone era in which mainstream rappers were actually trying to make music for the masses, as oppose to just being weird and trying to freak out the white establishment. The hook of 'Let's make a sex tape and put it on Netflix' doesn't even crack the top 20 ridiculous things said on this album, which again, is most of its charm.
Over-the-top seems to be the most apt description of this record, but it doesn't come close to doing it justice. It plays almost like a satire of ostentatious rap. The guest list includes: Drake, Pharrell, Lil Wayne, Fergie, T-Pain, and about a dozen others. 2 Chainz has no interest in hogging all the fun for himself.
"Feds Watching (Feat. Pharell)"
"I Do It (Feat. Drake, Lil Wayne)"
While the bulk of the album is just 2 Chainz and his gargantuan charisma chewing up scenery on radio-friendly tracks, there are some exceptions, most notably "Mainstream Ratchet" which sounds like some other worldly shit.
It's a trap track that quite simply needs to be heard.
As much as I would like to describe this song in my own words, there's no way I'm approaching the perfection of hip hop aficionado Alex Pappademas summation of "Mainstream Ratchet":
"It's a song about asses the way 2001 is a movie about rectangles. It sounds like 2 Chainz is rapping from the cockpit of a Jaeger. It sounds like victory."
Basically. And I even left out the part where he calls it 'Wagnerian strip-club music.'
In its totality B.O.A.T.S. 2: Me Time is highly enjoyable, completely absurd exercise in wish fulfillment. Whether or not it holds up on repeated listens depends entirely on you and your tastes. As for me, I'm not sure how many more spins B.O.A.T.S. 2 has for me, but I know that I'll enjoy every single on of them.