2 CHAINZ FEAT. DRAKE
"No Lie" (4:01)
Producer: Mike Will Made It
Writers: T. Epps, A. D. Graham, M. Williams
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.