The hype around Atlanta rappers has grown exponentially in the last few years and it seems to have become a hip hop hub for new comers. Unfortunately with that excitement, we have seemed to place one of the greats on the back burner, I am talking of course about 2 Chainz (or Tity Boi if you prefer). This past Friday (6/16/17), 2 Chainz released his anticipated Pretty Girls Like Trap Music album after months of buildup, including his own Spotify playlist by the same name, pop up shops, and countless merch. For those who are unaware, 2 Chainz has been in the industry for over a decade, first with Playaz Circle then later beginning his solo career around 2011, marking his breakout as an artist. Known for his humorous lyrics and bars, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music has both elements of humor and darker bits thrown in.
2 Chainz is one of those rappers who is fully aware of how good he is, he knows when to compete and when to remain laid back in a song. This album finally demonstrates the respect that 2 Chainz has both earned over the years and rightfully deserves. Even with the features he pulled for the album, including; Migos, Travis Scott, Gucci Mane, Swae Lee, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Pharrell, Ty Dolla Sign, Jhene Aiko, Trey Songz, and Monica; 2 Chainz is able to remain the main focus, not allowing any one else to step on his toes.
The album itself is something that 2 Chainz has observed over the years. In an article with Rolling Stone, he explained that there is this phenomenon with rap, it has become the new pop. That the title “Pretty Girls” has to do with the old “good girls like bad boys,” image, that you see all of these beautiful girls listening to harder trap music as opposed to R&B or pop genres.
PGLTM uses his classic quick wit and funny rhymes paralleling true stories from trapping and his upcoming. Throughout the 16 tracks, there really aren’t any low points present in the album. 2 Chainz is able to bring hype and remain laid back at times, switching effortlessly between styles. All in all, PGLTM brings the overdue recognition that Tity Boi deserves.