17. 2 Chainz f/ Drake "No Lie"
Album: Based on a T.R.U. Story
Producer: Mike Will Made It, Marz
Label: Def Jam
2 Chainz and Drake are in full-on shit-talking mode for "No Lie," making the record notable for their high-level braggadocio alone. That's particularly true when Chainz snaps for his third verse, going slightly off-beat to shoot verbal threats at his enemies. Drizzy, too, is no slouch with his rhymes, dropping bravado like "Young as an intern, but money like I built the shit."
But the true winner here is Mike Will Made It, whose star power has risen considerably in the past year. With good reason, of course, as he's clearly mastered the craft of making menacing trap beats accessible for a wider audience by adding lush layers that are admirable from any musical perspective. -AM
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