Rap or Go to the League

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Rap or Go to the League
Rap or Go to the League cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 1, 2019
Recorded2017–2019
Genre
Length55:00
Label
Producer
2 Chainz chronology
The Play Don't Care Who Makes It
(2018)
Rap or Go to the League
(2019)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic83/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
NME4/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork7.6/10[3]

Rap or Go to the League is the fifth studio album by American rapper 2 Chainz, released on March 1, 2019, through Gamebread and Def Jam Recordings. It follows his previous album, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music (2017), and contains guest appearances from Ariana Grande, Chance the Rapper, E-40, Kendrick Lamar, Kodak Black, Lil Wayne, Marsha Ambrosius, Travis Scott, Ty Dolla Sign, and Young Thug. Meanwhile, production is handled by a variety of producers, including 9th Wonder, Da Honorable C.N.O.T.E., Mike Dean, Mustard, Pharrell Williams, Terrace Martin, and WondaGurl, among others, and it is executive produced by LeBron James.

Background[edit]

In February 2018, 2 Chainz released the EP The Play Don't Care Who Makes It and soon after announced that his next album would be titled Rap or Go to the League.[4]

In February 2019, it was revealed that Los Angeles Lakers small forward LeBron James would executive produce the album. The album cover was later revealed.[5]

A Def Jam press release said the intent of the album is "celebrating black excellence and focusing on the power of education and entrepreneurship." The press release also says the title "challenges the notion that the only way out of the inner city is either to become a rapper or a ball player".[6]

On February 28, 2019, the official tracklist was revealed.[7]

Promotion[edit]

In November 2018, the song "Girl's Best Friend", featuring American artist Ty Dolla Sign, was released as a double single with the song "Hot Wings" as "Hot Wings Are a Girl's Best Friend".[8]

Commercial performance[edit]

Rap or Go to the League debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200 with 65,000 album-equivalent units (of which 13,000 were pure album sales).

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[9]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Forgiven" (featuring Marsha Ambrosius)Dem Jointz5:23
2."Threat 2 Society"9th Wonder3:46
3."Money in the Way"
  • Epps
  • Tyron Douglas
  • Bruce Hawes
  • Joseph Jefferson
  • Buddah Bless
  • Jabz
2:42
4."Statute of Limitations"30 Roc2:29
5."High Top Versace" (featuring Young Thug)
ATL Jacob2:57
6."Whip" (featuring Travis Scott)
3:47
7."NCAA"Da Honorable C.N.O.T.E.4:08
8."Momma I Hit a Lick" (featuring Kendrick Lamar)Williams2:54
9."Rule the World" (featuring Ariana Grande)
4:06
10."Girl's Best Friend" (featuring Ty Dolla Sign)
3:13
11."2 Dollar Bill" (featuring Lil Wayne and E-40)4:00
12."I Said Me"
  • 30 Roc
  • Datboisqueeze
5:32
13."I'm Not Crazy, Life Is" (featuring Chance the Rapper and Kodak Black)5:30
14."Sam"B Clark4:11
Total length:55:00

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[b] signifies an additional producer
  • ^[c] signifies a vocal producer
  • "Forgiven" features additional vocals from Sunni Patterson and Francis and the Lights
  • "2 Dollar Bill" features background vocals from Anthony Evans, Chelsea "Peaches" West, Denise Carite and Tiffany Palmer
  • "I'm Not Crazy, Life Is" features background vocals from Joi
  • "Sam" features additional vocals from B Clark

Sample Credits

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[9]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[13] 35
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[14] 94
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[15] 10
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[16] 32
French Albums (SNEP)[17] 117
Irish Albums (IRMA)[18] 68
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[19] 37
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[20] 30
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 47
UK Albums (OCC)[22] 74
US Billboard 200[23] 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rap Or Go To The League". Metacritic. Retrieved March 9, 2019.
  2. ^ Hobbs, Thomas (March 4, 2019). "2 Chainz – 'Rap Or Go To The League' review". NME. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  3. ^ Pearce, Sheldon (March 6, 2019). "2 Chainz: Rap or Go to the League". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  4. ^ Breihan, Tom (February 19, 2018). "2 Chainz Announces New Album 'Rap or Go to the League'". Billboard. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  5. ^ Hore-Thorburn, Isabelle (February 26, 2019). "2 Chainz Reveals Official Cover Art for 'Rap or Go to the League'". Highsnobiety. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  6. ^ Gore, Sydney (February 19, 2019). "2 Chainz Reveals LeBron James as A&R on Next Album". Highsnobiety. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  7. ^ Strauss, Matthew (February 28, 2019). "2 Chainz Details New Album: Kendrick Lamar, Chance, Ariana Grande, Travis Scott, and More". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  8. ^ Holmes, Charles (November 16, 2018). "Don't Eat 'Hot Wings' Around 2 Chainz". Rolling Stone.
  9. ^ a b "Rap Or Go To The League / 2 Chainz – TIDAL". Tidal. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  10. ^ Bernucca, Carolyn; Wines, Tiffany; Skelton, Eric; Tharpe, Frazier (March 1, 2019). "The Best New Music This Week". Complex. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  11. ^ Gallagher, Caitlin (March 1, 2019). "Ariana Grande & 2 Chainz's New Song "Rule The World" Samples An Early 2000s Throwback — LISTEN". Bustle. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  12. ^ Rindner, Grant (March 2, 2019). "2 Chainz's "I Said Me" Samples "My Favorite Things" & "A Garden Of Peace"". Genius. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  13. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. March 11, 2019. Retrieved March 9, 2019.
  14. ^ "Ultratop.be – 2 Chainz – Rap or Go to the League" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 9, 2019.
  15. ^ "Bryan Adams Is Back On Top With Shine A Light Debuting At No. 1". FYIMusicNews. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  16. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – 2 Chainz – Rap or Go to the League" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 9, 2019.
  17. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums Fusionnes – SNEP (Week 10, 2019)". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  18. ^ "Irish Albums Chart: 8 March 2019". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved March 9, 2019.
  19. ^ "NZ Top 40 Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. March 11, 2019. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  20. ^ "VG-lista – Topp 40 Album uke 10, 2019". VG-lista. Retrieved March 9, 2019.
  21. ^ "Swisscharts.com – 2 Chainz – Rap or Go to the League". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  22. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 9, 2019.
  23. ^ Caulfield, Keith (March 10, 2019). "Hozier Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart With 'Wasteland, Baby!'". Billboard. Retrieved March 11, 2019.