2 Chainz, E-40 & Lil Wayne Show Lyricism Lives In All Regions (Video)
2 Chainz may have taken more than a year to deliver his latest full-length album, Rap Or Go To The League, but most fans and critics agreed it has been a highlight within the 2019 Rap landscape. There would have been plenty of buzz behind a new release from the former Playaz Circle co-founder regardless of who was involved in it. But when it was announced LeBron James would A&R the LP, the March release garnered even more interest.
Chainz dropped the double single “Hot Wings (Are A Girl’s Best Friend)” featuring Ty Dolla Sign last Fall, and then just a couple of weeks ago hit Heads with “Rule The World” featuring Ariana Grande. The latter cut was the product of the Most Expensivest host and popular R&B singer squashing the controversy over the “Spend It” and “7 Rings.” The video for the song is an elaborate period piece.
For his next video (following March’s “Money In The Way”) the Trap artist decided to go big…or maybe eccentric is a better description. The visuals for “2 Dollar Bill” seem to coincide with the chorus, “Like a 2 dollar bill, like a 2 dollar bill, like a 2 dollar bill, like a 2 dollar bill, I’m rare.” But instead of the footage being filled with expensive material rarities like Chainz’ show, it is jam-packed with bugged out characters and imagery. From Black quadruplets rocking matching German lederhosen (perhaps a nod to Willy Wonka), to some senior ladies lusting after a raw steak, to a gold-painted dude in a wheelchair tapping out the song’s snares on what looks like a Casio keyboard.
The beat by DJ Mustard, GLTTRYP, and Terrace Martin is perfect for E-40 to flex his blistering bars. He sparks off his stanza with, “Real, like real ni**as / Real like 12 figures / Real like wagyu steak / Real like ’88 Polaroid pictures / My bite is stronger than my bark / The sh*t like dog farts / Treat a Bugatti just like a f*cking Go-Kart / ‘Bout my business / And wit’ my soil as my witness / Only f*ck with real ni**as, them fake ni**as I had to dismiss / F*ck wit ‘em from a distance / I’ma tycoon / Hella sharks in this business, they get a harpoon.” The Vallejo, California legend must breathe some rarified air to come up with this display of wordplay.
Lil Wayne matches that energy with a pinball flow reminiscent of his mid-2000s mixtape work. “I’m high, mid-air, don’t vomit up here / Like the 13th floor, f*ck it, I’ma take the stairs / Like what 2 Chainz wears, sh*t’s from Rio de Janeiro / I’m rare, like a commercial with Future and Cher / Like a cop that’s fair, like a triple-double dare / I’m rare, really rare, you scared, you really scared I’m where? / I’m here and there, you stare, you disappear / Oh, yeah, that’s really real, that flare, them semis tear / That trigger softer than hair, silencer’s hearing-impaired / That’s rare, shoot up a fair, that’s rare, my goons don’t care / They bears, might get the chair, who cares? / They say their prayers.”
While 2 Chainz is sometimes dismissed as simply a Trap artist, he completes the cross-country collaboration with style and grace. “Spit cold sh*t, need Mucinex / Diamond chain ’round my neck with the crucifix / Got a family now, so I gotta pipe down / ‘Fore a young h*e f*ck up my timeline / I wear my shades at night, like Corey Hart / Stopped trappin’ and the plug say I broke his heart / On a seafood diet, I don’t f*ck with pork / Foreign my safe drive, I got a lot of torque / Trap check, check, one two / She wanna split, dip, fondue / Shinin’, I’m in the sun-room / Life a b*tch, so you better use a condom.”
Kendrick Lamar, Chance The Rapper, and Travis Scott are also guests on Rap Or Go To The League.