5 bursts of lyrical brilliance exhibited on "ColleGrove," the new joint album from 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne.
Last night was a memorable one for hip-hop heads. Thanks to LeBron, TDE let loose a project of Kendrick Lamar album throwaways, which is sounding better than just about any album since the one they didn't make it onto. Hopefully untitled unmastered. didn't steal too much of the spotlight away from the album that came soon afterwards, a joint release between two legends -- the worlds of College Park and Hollygrove, both neighborhoods essential to the hip-hop landscape, joined together for a triumph the whole south can get behind.
ColleGrove is more 2 Chainz' album than it is Wayne's. Nothing against Weezy at all -- he's rapping better than he has in a long time -- but the beats are more suited to Tity, and it's clear he's the driving creative force behind the album's makeup. In fact, though ColleGrove is more revealing of Chainz' artistry, it functions as something of a tribute to Wayne, to whom the former Playaz Circle member feels he owes all of his success. For that inspiration alone, ColleGrove has the potential to go down as a southern classic. But let's get to the rapping, the real excitement when it comes to both artists.
When the two vets come together, backed by talents such as Mannie Fresh, Metro Boomin, and Zaytoven, their skills immediately sharpen. We've heard both artists boast about the same things in different iterations, but the endless energy and imagination keeps us coming back. Best believe the ColleGrove studio sessions were something to behold, and both emcees come up with many piping hot, quotable-filled verses throughout the 12-track project. Here are 5 of the best.