Rap or Go to the League

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Rap or Go to the League
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ReleasedMarch 1, 2019
Recorded2017–2019
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Length55:00
Label
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2 Chainz chronology
The Play Don't Care Who Makes It
(2018)
Rap or Go to the League
(2019)
Singles from Rap Or Go To The League
  1. "Girl's Best Friend"
    Released: November 18, 2018
  2. "Rule the World"
    Released: March 19, 2019
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic 83/100 [1]
Review scores
SourceRating
NME Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [2]
Pitchfork 7.6/10 [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 executively produced by LeBron James.

2 Chainz American rapper

Tauheed Epps, known professionally as 2 Chainz, is an American rapper, media personality and basketball player. Born and raised in College Park, Georgia, he initially gained recognition for being one-half of the Southern hip hop duo Playaz Circle, alongside his longtime friend and fellow rapper Earl "Dolla Boy" Conyers. The duo was signed to fellow Georgia-based rapper Ludacris' Disturbing tha Peace label, and are best known for their debut single "Duffle Bag Boy".

Def Jam Recordings American record label

Def Jam Recordings is an American record label focused predominantly on hip hop and urban music, owned by Universal Music Group. In the UK, the label takes on the name Def Jam UK and is operated through Virgin EMI Records, while in Japan, it is known as Def Jam Japan, operating through Universal Music Japan. The label distributes releases of various record labels, including Kanye West's GOOD Music, and Listen Up Forever Records, headed by producer, Ronny J. Current artists include Justin Bieber, Logic, Big Sean, Kanye West, Nas, 2 Chainz, Teyana Taylor, YG, Dave East, Jeezy, Jeremih, Q-Tip, Valee, Pusha T, Vince Staples, Fabolous, Desiigner and Jhené Aiko.

<i>Pretty Girls Like Trap Music</i> 2017 studio album by 2 Chainz

Pretty Girls Like Trap Music is the fourth studio album by American rapper 2 Chainz. It was issued on June 16, 2017, by Def Jam Recordings, as the follow-up to ColleGrove, his 2016 collaborative effort with Lil Wayne. The album features guest appearances from Jhené Aiko, Drake, Gucci Mane, Swae Lee, Migos, Nicki Minaj, Monica, Pharrell, Quavo, Travis Scott, Trey Songz and Ty Dolla Sign. The album's production was handled by FKi, Honorable C.N.O.T.E., Mike Dean, Mike Will Made It and Murda Beatz, among others.

Contents

Background

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]

<i>The Play Dont Care Who Makes It</i> 2018 EP by 2 Chainz

The Play Don't Care Who Makes It is the fourth extended play (EP) by American rapper 2 Chainz, released on February 8, 2018, by Def Jam Recordings. The EP features guest appearances from YG and Offset. It was also produced by T-Minus, June James, Nonstop Da Hitman and Streetrunner, among others.

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]

Los Angeles Lakers American professional basketball team

The Los Angeles Lakers are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles. The Lakers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA), as a member of the league's Western Conference in the Pacific Division. The Lakers play their home games at Staples Center, an arena shared with the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association, and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League. The Lakers are one of the most successful teams in the history of the NBA, and have won 16 NBA championships, the second-most behind the Boston Celtics.

LeBron James American basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers

LeBron Raymone James Sr. is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is often considered the best basketball player in the world and regarded by some as the greatest player of all time. His accomplishments include four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards, three NBA Finals MVP Awards, and two Olympic gold medals. James has appeared in fifteen NBA All-Star Games and been named NBA All-Star MVP three times. He won the 2008 NBA scoring title, is the all-time NBA playoffs scoring leader, and is fourth in all-time career points scored. He has been voted onto the All-NBA First Team twelve times and the All-Defensive First Team five times.

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

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]

Ty Dolla Sign American singer, songwriter, rapper and record producer from California

Tyrone William Griffin Jr., known professionally as Ty Dolla Sign, is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. He first gained major recognition in 2010 for his guest feature on YG's "Toot It and Boot It", which he had written and produced for Def Jam Recordings. In the summer of 2013, he signed a record deal with Wiz Khalifa's Taylor Gang Records. In November 2015, he released his debut studio album, Free TC, which peaked at number 14 on the Billboard 200.

Commercial performance

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

Credits adapted from Tidal [9] , album's liner notes and Instagram.

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Forgiven" (featuring Marsha Ambrosius) Dem Jointz 5:23
2."Threat 2 Society" 9th Wonder 3:46
3."Money in the Way"
  • Epps
  • Tyron Douglas
  • Bruce Hawes
  • Joseph Jefferson
  • Buddah Bless
  • Jabz
2:42
4."Statute of Limitations" [10] 2:29
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

Sample Credits

Personnel

Credits adapted from Tidal [9] and album's liner notes.

Charts

Chart (2019)Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA) [16] 35
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders) [17] 94
Canadian Albums (Billboard) [18] 10
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100) [19] 32
French Albums (SNEP) [20] 117
Irish Albums (IRMA) [21] 68
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ) [22] 37
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista) [23] 30
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade) [24] 47
UK Albums (OCC) [25] 74
US Billboard 200 [26] 4

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