2 Chainz, ‘B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time’

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The cover art for 2 Chainz’s sophomore album explains a lot. The two Cuban links — thick, gleaming, and drenched in symbolism and literalism — aren’t drastically different from the necklaces that made his debut so self-explanatory. But they answer two questions about his new material before you ever hear it: Can a rapper that makes a living off being both outlandishly funny and absurdly simple keep topping himself? Yes. Will he veer dramatically from the formula? No.) 2 Chainz’s fixations are the same: Money (clean and dirty), women (clean and dirty), clothes (the stuff he buys that you can’t), drugs (the ones he uses and the ones he sells), and lots of trap beats

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