2 Chainz schools Lil Wayne on new joint album ‘ColleGrove’

Old school Lil Wayne fans, prepare to be disappointed. 2 Chainz fans, I am not exactly sure what you were expecting, but he’s certainly come a long way from “Based on a T.R.U Story.”

Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz have just released their first joint album, “ColleGrove,” named after the pair’s hometowns, College Park and Holly Grove. Although both have been featured on each other’s songs since 2007 (Who can forget “Duffle Bag Boy?”) when 2 Chainz was still “Tity Boi,” this is their first collaborative album, with Lil Wayne on eight out of the 12 tracks.

The album begins with dialogue between Lil Wayne and Tity Boi, back when 2 Chainz was on Ludacris’ label, Disturbing tha Peace. Wayne is trying to convince 2 Chainz to come to Young Money.

The song ends up being a tribute to Lil Wayne, obvious from the song’s title, “Dedication.” This sets up a dynamic between the two that is often contradicted throughout the album: Lil Wayne as the teacher and 2 Chainz as the student.

Weezy is outshined on almost every song by 2 Chainz’s evolved lyrics and catchy verses. It is evident through lyrics like, “Don’t dab, don’t dance. Do me, own swag,” that Weezy probably hasn’t laid off the lean, and because of that, won’t ever rap like he did in the mid-2000s again.

Silly, irrelevant verses flow from Lil Wayne in most tracks, while 2 Chainz surprises us with hitting one liners and fire choruses.

2 Chainz is definitely the dominant voice on the album, which is surprising since the album presents itself as a tribute to all of the inspiration Lil Wayne has given to 2 Chainz.

Now, all of this is not to say that this album does not contain some bangers. You will certainly be hearing songs like “Bounce” and “Gotta Lotta” next time you hit up the clubs downtown.

“Gotta Lotta” features Lil Wayne singing a scat like chorus, demonstrating a hint of the old Weezy’s unique flow and wit.

The high energy both rappers present mesh well together, both using the energy to reflect off of one another, producing some fun songs, even if they are lacking substance.

The best raps lie deep in the album. You have to be willing to look for it, like designer jeans in a thrift store: The fire is certainly there, but it is hidden between some playful and all around frivolous raps.

If you’re looking for a deep, progressive rap album, you may want to look elsewhere. (May I suggest Kendrick’s new, “Untitled Unmastered?”) But, if you’re looking for some rap to drop it low to or blast along in the car while on late night adventures with friends, you will find enjoyment in “Collegrove.”