It’s an unwritten rule, but the secret to any successful franchise lies on its sequel. So when 2 Chainz announced that he was following up 2012’s Based On A T.R.U. Story with B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time, anticipation ran higher than a Georgia Power light bill.
But what’s good in theory isn’t always good in practice and that’s where B.O.A.T.S. II falters. Things get off to a rocky start with the lyrical blunder “Fork” and seat filler, “36”. He eventually picks up the slack thanks to Pharrell’s neon drums (“Feds Is Watching” ) and Mannie Fresh’s homegrown bounce (“Used 2”).
Just like it’s predecessor, more than half of B.O.A.T.S. 2 is guest driven. While Cap 1 and Drake earn their keep on “Where U Been?” and “I Do It” respectively, visitors like Fergie turn “Netflix” into a box-office flop. Rich Homie fairs no better on “Extra”. As for “Black Unicorn”, Chrisette Michele’s vagina monologue is less than desired.
Make no mistake, Chainz still knows to make the trap go ham. But his definitive story has yet to be told. Guess we’ll have to wait for the trilogy.—B.Dot