2 Chainz Leaves The Trap For Statik Selektah’s Soulful Boom Bap (Audio)

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2 Chainz’ versatility is his marketability. The same Atlanta, Georgia MC who made a smash hit nearly a decade ago with Dolla Boy and Lil Wayne (“Duffle Bag Boy”) has since appeared on party tracks (“I’m Different”), Slab tracks (“Money On The Floor”), and even one of the finer 2010s G.O.O.D. Music displays (“Mercy”).

Now, the Def Jam star goes in a whole different lane. This time, he links with Statik Selektah who makes a beat that sounds like something typically reserved for an MC like AZ (as Chainz himself appears to point out). It’s a zone-out track build around some 1970s Jazz elements. However, the ATL vet rises to the moment.

“Smoke Break” finds the MC formerly known as Tity Boi doing his usual braggin’ and boastin’, poppin’ and toastin’, but he appears to be rapping squarely about his staying power—and earning power. This appears to belong to upcoming Statik album, 8, freshly coming off a superb collabo with Kxng Crook. It shows a rapper and a DJ/producer that refuse to be pinned down one bit.