When 2 Chainz (aka Tauheed Epps) is on, it's easy to see why the Georgia rapper is so in demand. Throughout his sophomore album, "B.O.A.T.S. 2: Me Time" (Def Jam), he rolls through swaggering rhymes in his distinctive flow effortlessly.
On the anthemic "Black Unicorn," with a grand verse from Sunni Patterson and a sweet hook from Chrisette Michele, he puts it all together, with sly rhymes like "Life ain't no arcade, now I got more nines than the fourth grade." The problem is, he runs out of steam quickly, especially on "U Da Realest" and "Where U Been," coming close to sinking "B.O.A.T.S. 2."
"B.O.A.T.S. 2: Me Time"
BOTTOM LINE Hip-hop grinding, but not growing