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2 Chainz's 'BOATS 2: Me Time' review: Out of steam, but not sunk

"B.O.A.T.S. 2# Metime," by rapper 2 Chainz. Photo Credit: Handout

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

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