Suddenly ubiquitous rapper 2 Chainz has been making music for a decade, first under the moniker Tity Boi in Atlanta duo Playaz Circle and then as a solo artist who self-released six mixtapes and lent his inane rhyming skills to innumerable singles.
His debut LP opens with a succession of trap-rap-influenced club jams that extol the joys of big booties and camel toe and immediately establish him as a purveyor of ridiculous punchlines. It's an album that will be remembered not for its lyrical depth but for 2 Chainz's charismatic delivery and penchant for unexpected vaginal euphemisms in his bedroom breakdowns. ("Then I put her phat rabbit on a Craftmatic" or "Then take the camel toe and turn it into casserole.")
T.R.U. Story's second half swaps bass-rattling beats for softer, R&B-infused grooves and more earnest storytelling, most notably on Ghetto Dreams, a Scarface-assisted track about insomniac paranoia reminiscent of Geto Boys' classic Mind Playing Tricks On Me.
Mainly, it's good for some frivolous fun.
Top track: Ghetto Dreams