What 2 Chainz lacks lyrically, he makes up for in production and LOTS of bass. If you want a mix tape with intricate messages that change your perspective on life, keep on moving. Featuring several audacious production artists such as Mike WiLL Made It and 808 Mafia, 2 Chainz has the graced his fans with some great summer bangers.
FREEBASE kicks off vigorously with “Trap Back”. Co-produced by 808xElite and Street Symphony, this jam mirrors Drake’s “Versace” flow, even going so far as to point out the reference, rapping “This flow come from Drizzy, he got it from Migos”. Following “Trap Back” 2 Chainz goes hard in the EP-titled track “FREEBASE” as he tells his own ‘started from the bottom’ story, specifying his first experience with crack (in his parent’s kitchen) all the way to his recent promethazine charges and everything in between. Produced by Honorable C.N.O.T.E., the beat consists of chaotic synthesizers and sporadic breaks while 2 Chainz frantically spits nonsensical lines. He delivers more outrageously comical verses in his baby mama-drama inspired track “Flexin’ on My Baby Mama”, where he raps about regretting his failure to use contraceptives because now his baby mama is making bank off his child support payments. Mo’ money, mo’ problems, right?
Money seems to be a topic that 2 Chainz can’t stop rapping about; the penultimate track on FREEBASE is about his house-sized closet. “Crib in My Closet” appropriately features fashion killa A$AP Rocky and designer mogul Rick Ross. A$AP Rocky gets geeked up talking about 1999 Prada hear and Rozay kicks of his verse bragging about 4,000 pairs of sneakers and expensive watches because let’s be real: shoes and watches are the only designer things in Rick Ross’ size.
More features include Lil Boosie in the ratchet and cocky “Wuda Cuda Shuda” as well as Cap 1 and Ty Dolla $ign in “They Know”. Ty Dolla $ign rocks the hook of FREEBASE’s final record “They Know”, a song that wraps up the flashy lifestyle of famous rappers. It’s entertaining, but not much different from the superfluous jargon you’d hear on the radio. All in all, the production makes the mixtape worth a listen and sparks interest for this G.O.O.D. music member’s next album. Although FREEBASE doesn’t reveal anything new or insightful about 2 Chainz, it’s an enjoyable mixtape for those of you that find his ludicrous lines entertaining.
MP3: 2 Chainz featuring A$AP Rocky & Rick Ross “Crib in My Closet”