NOISEY: THE BEST ALBUMS OF 2017 - 2 CHAINZ 'PRETTY GIRLS LIKE TRAP MUSIC'
The 100 Best Albums of 2017
The Noisey staff's favorite releases of the year.
There’s no way else to put it: 2 Chainz’s Pretty Girls Like Trap Music is a vibe. Maybe that’s a little on the nose (the album’s second single, of course, is the highly memeable, “It’s a Vibe”). But that’s how 2 Chainz rolls. With Pretty Girls Like Trap Music, the elder statesman of hip-hop created a whole ambiance, complete with a real-live pink trap house to match the one on the album cover, a temporary pop-up in Atlanta that served as everything from an art gallery to a health clinic and is now back for the holidays. With this album, he was trying to communicate that he’s more than just the guy with the incredible punchlines, though how can you resist lines like “my pocket pregnant, don’t want no abortion” (“Riverdale Rd”) or “I’m so high they might call a goaltend” (“Poor Fool”).” Maybe it’s predictable that 2 Chainz is endlessly charming, has wit for days, and makes songs like “4AM” that you relate to and don’t relate to at once (Relatable: “drop a pin, send a location.” Not relatable: I’ma pull up in that bullet-coupe spaceship). This album is full of bangers you want to listen to on a loop. It’s a vibe! And it’s a good one. —Leslie Horn