Fall Music Preview 2013: The 26 Albums You Need to Hear

Paul McCartney, Arcade Fire, Lady Gaga, Pearl Jam and 22 more of the season's biggest albums

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2 Chainz, 'B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time' (9/10)
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2 Chainz, 'B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time' (9/10)

"I applied a formula to this album I call 'mainstream ratchet,'" says the Southern-rap star. "It starts in the smallest strip club in Atlanta, and goes all the way to London and Paris." 2 Chainz promises plenty of his usual "no-brainer rec­ords" built for late-night fun, but the album also features some new sounds – check the breezy Caribbean groove of lead single "Feds Watching," featuring Pharrell Williams. Chainz is proudest of the disc's more personal moments, like the song "Live and Learn," which he says was inspired by the wake-up call he experienced following the death of a close friend. "That record," he adds, "you're not going to hear in the strip club."

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