Based On A T.R.U. Story – 2 Chainz album review

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Based On A T.R.U Story Album

2 Chainz created a brand and a following this year that actually took the industry by surprise. It started last year with his T.R.U. REALigion mixtape and the release of his single “Spend It,” but it continued with his numerous guest appearances. The buzz got him a bidding war an eventually landed him a deal with Def Jam. It also got him a co-sign from Kanye West & G.O.O.D. Music. It was like over night people forgot that he was Tity Boi from the decently successful rap group Playaz Circle, and now he was one of the game’s top names with one of the top 5 most anticipated albums of the year. The album Based On A T.R.U Story is what 2 chainz has been got many of his fans waiting for.

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With the larger than life hype, Based on a T.R.U. Story had to be amazing to live up to the hype. It’s not. But having listened to him since the Playaz Circle days, I’ve been disappointed with the solo move from the beginning for the most part. 2 Chainz works better with someone to bounce off, someone to challenge him on a record and inspire him to elevate his flow. His original partner Dolla Boi always finds a way to bring the best out of him, as he does on “Stop Me Now,” one of the album’s premium cuts.

The features on the album are many and the industry status is large all around with appearances from Kanye West, Lil’ Wayne, The Dream, Chris Brown, Scarface and John Legend to name a few. All the album’s best highlights feature an artist who help 2 Chainz dig into himself to find something deeper. Mike Posner does this extremely well on “In Town” as does The Weeknd sample used on “Like Me.”

2 Chainz put together a full project with T.R.U. Story. Above all else its better than the T.R.U. REALigion mixtape and it put him in class above many rappers in the game now, based soley on the names he was able to partner with on the project. Most of the music is nothing to write home about, but from everything we’ve gotten from Tity Boi/2 Chainz, we didn’t expect greatness anyway.
#TRU.

Based On A T.R.U. Story (Deluxe Edition) receives a PAR

Rating:
P…Horrible
PA…Tolerable
PAR…Good
PARL…Kinda Great
PARLÉ… Classic

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Kevin Benoit graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2007 with a Bachelors of Science in Legal Studies. Empowering the urban community has been a goal for Kevin Benoit for the past 8 years. As a freshman in college, in May of 2004, Benoit created Parlé Magazine, an urban entertainment magazine that focused on literacy through entertainment. The publication has since provided a stepping-stone for many individuals throughout the country, from teens to adults and continues to provide inspiration for inspiring entrepreneurs, writers, photographers and graphic designers. Read more articles by Kevin.