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40 Best Rap Albums of 2017

Migos, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar and more of the year in rhymes

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2 Chainz, 'Pretty Girls Like Trap Music'
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24. 2 Chainz, 'Pretty Girls Like Trap Music'24/40

24. 2 Chainz, 'Pretty Girls Like Trap Music'

Pretty Girls Like Trap Music features an especially impressive first half, in which 2 Chainz collects a series of spare beats (which leave plenty of space for his peerless voice), and teams up with a roster of guests for a quick, emphatic showcase of his latest booming couplets. He cracks windows on the triumphant "4 AM," a thumping collaboration with Travis Scott; he and producer Mike Will Made It suggest a new sub-genre – wind chimes trap – on "Poor Fool," featuring Rae Sremmurd's Swae Lee; and he sneaks slinky funk back onto the radio via "It's a Vibe," which is buoyed by the inclusion of Ty Dolla Sign and Jhené Aiko. "Got a vibe, make a young chick turn her neck/Make a cougar wanna spend a check," raps Chainz, being all things to all people. The last half gets darker, both sonically and lyrically, but 2 Chainz' unflappable attitude never wavers, even on "OG Kush Diet," where he raps: "My partner just died, my partner just died/Ain't nothin' to do but get high." E.L.

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