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2 Chainz Previews 'Pretty Girls Like Trap Music' in NY After Cops Shut Down First Listening
After his listening party for Pretty Girls Like Trap Music was shut down by the cops Wednesday night (June 7) at New York City's ASA Gallery, 2 Chainz secured a second location at Up & Down nightclub for his festivities on Thursday evening (June 8).
As journalists and bloggers made their way inside the dimly lit venue, they were greeted by a string of 2 Chainz classics booming through the speakers. Chainz spearheaded the event from his VIP section, while a sea of famous faces made their way to his booth. Swizz Beatz, A$AP Rocky, DJ Clue, and marketing consultant YesJulz all had their drinks on hand in support of the Atlanta rapper.
“I wanna give a shout-out to A$AP Rocky. [He's] a good friend of mine,” Chainz said during his introduction of the album. “I told him he’s saving New York. He’s a fresh n---a. Then, we got the don Swizz Beats in here. I felt like for me to have a project that’s really like a trap artistic expression and to have Trouble Andrew do my cover and to have like Swizz here to make sure everything is going right according to art and music crossing paths, I appreciate him being here.”
At 9 p.m., Chainz kicked off the listening party with his intro “Saturday Night.” Produced by Mike WiLL Made-It, “Saturday Night” finds Chainz in his element. He douses the dark record with fiery bars. "The word play ridiculous," he shouted to the crowd. The ominous vibes continued on his next track “Riverdale Rd.” With a barrage of drug references, Chainz's decision to stay true to the trap was evident early on.
The darkness subsided when he quickly provided back-to-back turn-up records with “Good Drank” and his Travis Scott-assisted “4 AM." With Scott steam-rolling through the hook, Chainz balances out the attack with hard-hitting punches. “You end up playing with me/ I’ll end up signing you boss,” he dishes out. The album’s most interesting feature comes from Nicki Minaj on “Realize.” After being entangled in a lyrical bout with Remy Ma several months ago, Minaj rekindles their feud by referencing her foe's husband Papoose and questioning her pen-game on diss track "SHEther." “I’ve been winning eight years consistently, at least respect it/ Papoose wrote a ‘Ether’ record, but I broke Aretha record,” spits Minaj, while also referencing her surpassing Aretha Franklin's record for most hits on the Billboard Hot 100.
High off the crowd’s energy, Chainz delivered an impromptu performance of his 2016 record “Big Amount” sans Drake and ended the night with a performance of "4 A.M." He also played his R&B-tinged “It’s a Vibe" before previewing a potential home run with “Blue Cheese” featuring Migos. With a monstrous 2017 under his belt thus far, Quavo’s penchant for sticky hooks continues on the lush-sounding track. “Came from rags to riches/ Now we got bags and b---hes," he sings.
Chainz’s most poignant track off the album, which drops June 16, came with its final song “Burglar Bars” featuring Monica. As the Atlanta songstress whips up an empowering hook, Chainz’s vulnerability proves to be the key ingredient. Dubbing himself "rap's Ken Griffey," he fearlessly dives into his parents' struggles. "My mom was an addict, my dad was a killer," he reveals. He also gives a nice parting shot to his haters on the outro, offering, "I'm a black millionaire, you can give my a-- a kiss."
Wednesday's fiasco had no effect on the levels of turn-up for his rescheduled party as he wrote on Instagram, "Listening Event got shut down on Wednesday nite .. but thank you #upanddownnyc for letting us use there facility tonight,! It was drenchy."