The 36-year-old rapper calls himself hip-hop's star "quarterback"

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2 Chainz - 'BOATS II: Me Time'

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2 Chainz – ‘BOATS II: Me Time’

2 Chainz’s second album comes with a cookbook, (shrimp scampi and garlic mash, anyone?) and features Pharrell, Drake and Lil Wayne. The 36-year-old rapper from College Park, Georgia, is going all out. But even though he reckons he’s currently hip-hop’s star “quarterback” (on ‘U Da Realest’), ‘BOATS II…’ is your standard 2013 Southern hip-hop record, complete with ticking beats (‘Extra’), Auto-Tune (‘So We Can Live’) and eye-rollingly explicit lyrics (‘Where U Been?’). There are a few special moments, though, such as the low-key ‘Outroduction’, and 2 Chainz’s seedy drawl chiming perfectly with Diplo’s distorted circus organ on ‘I Do It’.

Lucy Jones

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Record label:Def Jam
Release date:14 Oct, 2013