Two weeks ago, rappers 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne released a collaboration album titled ColleGrove.
The album is considered hip hop/rap, but has more of a trap vibe. The cover art for the project shows the two rappers as one person by putting lil wayne’s face tats on 2 Chainz’s face. The album title embodies both rappers because it is the combination of their hometowns. Lil Wayne is from a part of New Orleans called Holligrove. And 2 Chainz is from College Park, Georgia hence, Collegrove.
You can learn this in the first track on the album “Dedication” they play what seems to be news recordings from both College Park and Holligrove before the first verse begins.
ColleGrove is the third studio album from 2 Chainz. While it is obviously a collaboration album it is considered a solo album because it would breach the contract that Wayne has with Cash Money Records if Wayne’s name was put on the album. 2 Chainz and Wayne have collaborated a few times before, the first being the single released in 2007, “Duffle Bag Boy”. Since then the two have worked together extensively including a live performance at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.
After listening to the album the only issue I had was that Lil Wayne is overall a much better rapper than 2 Chainz. The best song on the album is probably “Gotta Lotta”, which was performed live on Jimmy Kimmel at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas on . The song was produced by Mannie Fresh, and you may be wondering, who is Mannie Fresh? He is a producer who does a lot of the production for the Hot Boy$, a rap group of which Lil Wayne is a member, with Juvenile, B.G, and Turk. It is easy to see how Mannie Fresh got his beat into this song considering he works closely with Wayne. The album also has beats produced by Metro Boomin, and Mike Will Made It.
Overall the album was good and I would recommend listening to it if you are a fan of any projects that these two musicians have done, including their solo projects. It is definitely worth checking out if you are a fan of rap even if you don’t like the rappers, because it could help you change what you think of their work.