Track Review: 2 Chainz feat. Drake, 'No Lie'


"No Lie" (4:01)
Producer: Mike Will Made It
Writers: T. Epps, A. D. Graham, M. Williams
Publishers: various
Def Jam Recordings

In case you haven't noticed, Georgia rapper 2 Chainz (formerly Tity Boi) is essentially the hottest entity in hip-hop right now, with a Def Jam deal, an opening slot on Drake's Club Paradise tour and street anthem "Spend It" all preceding debut album "Based on a T.R.U. Story" (Aug. 14). First single "No Lie" recalls Lil Wayne's recent "She Will" single when Drake steps in to slow things down on the chorus, but 2 Chainz sounds hungrier than his counterpart here, steamrolling over the beat and slinging vicious rhymes. 2 Chainz' voice is silent on the track for about a minute and 40 seconds as Drake struts into focus, and while the Canadian superstar gamely handles his assignment, the ­listener misses Chainz' urgency until he returns, possessed, for the third verse. Wordplay isn't the MC's strong suit, but it doesn't need to be -his career renaissance can be chalked up as much to his acceptance of his own firecracker energy as his smart selection of beats. No lie: 2 Chainz probably has another hit on his hands.

2 Chainz "No Lie" feat. Drake (CLEAN) by Island Def Jam

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