It’s hard to believe that 2 Chainz had not officially released EP before.
The 40-year-old rapper from College Park, Ga., surprised fans, on Thursday night, with the release of his previously unannounced project, The Play Don’t Care Who Makes It, available now from Def Jam Records.
Following the release of his fourth studio album, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music (2017), which went on to peak at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 charts, 2 Chainz has been keeping busy. His brand new EP features four brand new tracks, with a run time of roughly 16-and-a-half minutes, and is designed to look like the uniforms worn by referees at sporting events.
The Play Don’t Care Who Makes It opens with the track, “OK Bitch,” a new banger from producers June James and The Hit Cartel. The lead single, “Proud,” features special guest appearances by YG and Offset, of the rap trio Migos, who jump in on the beat from producer T-Minus.
“Land of the Freaks” is another noteworthy track, featuring producers Nonstop and Cassius Jay, who previously produced the Migos track, “Made Men,” from their most recent studio album, Culture II, and “Ballin Like a Hot Boy” from the Turk X Lil Wayne mixtape. The album comes to a close with “Lamborghini Truck (Atlanta S***),” a melodic R&B-infused rap tribute to the ATL, from producers Tarik Azzouz and STREETRUNNER, featuring additional background vocals by Sitara Kanhai.
While it’s hardly comparable to any of his early studio work, such as his platinum-certified debut, Based on a T.R.U. Story, his stoic sequel, B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time, or his ColleGrove collaboration with Lil Wayne, listeners can hear how the new EP comes with the same sense of balance that we heard on Pretty Girls Like Trap Music. In fact, it may even be more finely tuned than that… even though it is a bit shorter than the industry standard for EP’s, he leaves no room for error.
RATING: 4 / 5