A year after his last full-length came out, prolific purveyor of puerile punchlines 2 Chainz is back with its sequel. The Billboard charts are hardly wanting for trendy strip-club bangers, but the Atlanta emcee's inspired silliness has a way of transcending the onslaught of sexual euphemisms. Mannie Fresh-produced ass-clapping anthem Used 2 is a prime example. A reworking of Juvenile's Back That Azz Up, it's a catchy singalong that boasts the year's most gloriously crass chorus: "I still fuck 'em like I used to / I need to put that shit on YouTube."
Sonically, B.O.A.T.S. II is slightly more adventurous than its predecessor thanks to Pharrell's funky summer jam Feds Watching and the EDM-influenced Netflix, a Diplo-Fergie tag team. 2 Chainz likes to offset the raunchy with the heartfelt, but when the tone shifts to earnestly autobiographical, he sounds derivative. Closer Outroduction is a blatant rip-off of one of Kanye West's epic confessionals, and So We Can Live's old-school/new-school switch-up recalls Kendrick Lamar's dichotomous m.A.A.d. City.
Top track: Used 2