Why is Nobody Talking About The Creative Genius Behind "Pretty Girls Like Trap Music"?!
I've been a diehard 2 Chainz fan since T.R.U. REALigion. I've always found him to be clever, innovative, and ahead of his time in more ways than one - and if you don't agree with me, then you aren't aware of his latest project, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music. Honestly, it isn't even fair to label is as anything other than a project, because it's so much more than an album. It's his best work to date. A statement. A masterpiece.
Trap music has slowly but surely made it's way into mainstream media and shows no signs of slowing down. On one hand this is a win for traps all over the nation, but on the other hand it's a slap in the face. To glorify something so tainted and oppressive with absolutely no knowledge of what it is, or means, is to normalize deeper rooted issues within our nation. But once again, black people have made the most of this situation.
Following his listening party last Wednesday (which took place at a decked-out bando), 2 Chainz blessed the world with Pretty Girls Like Trap Music, an album consisting of 16 tracks and features from some of the hottest names in the industry. Following the release, 2 Chainz also announced the opening of his pop-up "Trap Salon", and a "Trap Kit", which includes a copy of the CD along with Trap merchandise.
By no means am I bragging, but I've been in "the trap". I've never lived that life, but I've been close enough to know that it's more to it than good music and good drank. I've seen the type of people that come in and out of those places. I've seen deals almost go bad. I've left the trap and hours later it be raided by the SWAT team (haven't been in or around a trap since). I've been lucky enough to dabble in that lifestyle and have no ties to it, but I know first hand that the music is simply a soulful and beautiful representation of it.
As a T.R.U. fan, I know 2 Chainz' intentions aren't to further perpetuate mainstream media's glorification of the trap, rather his hopes are that people understand our power to make the most of any situation. So if we're going to celebrate the trap / Trap music, lets take a notes from 2 Chainz. Class is now in session.