Rap or Go to the League

Updated: May 22, 2019

2 Chainz's 5th major-label release finds The Drench God reaching deeper into his bag, pulling out a big dose of substance, and giving insight on the old hood adage of "Rap or Go to the League" (RGTL). This is Mr. Chainz's most personal album, seeing him discuss selling drugs to family members, confessing to his daughter he was a drug dealer, and the emotions he experienced upon learning his friend's son was brutally killed. With this range of emotion, you think Tity Boi has been sitting in a dark corner brooding since Pretty Girls Like Trap Music. However, this pensive state allows for a true turn up when the more celebratory records come into play. Standout tracks include the first track Forgiven ft. Marsha Ambrosius, Money in the Way, Momma I Hit a Lick ft. Kendrick Lamar, NCAA, and Rule The World ft. Ariana Grande. RGTL has 2 Chainz rapping on more sample-based beats, sometimes married with 808s and snare rolls. And with the extra depth that samples offer, it allows Mr. Chainz to open up his soul and give more of him. Rap or Go to the League is the type of album every artist needs to transcend what fans normally expect and receive, to giving them something tangible they can grasp and hold onto more than a single listen-through over the weekend. I definitely feel this album will have prolonged staying power as time passes. Give it a listen yourself.