OK, so it turns out 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne's collaborative album, ColleGrove, is actually a Chainz solo album with a heavy, consistent assist from Tunechi -- but it's glorious and here, technicalities and semantics notwithstanding, and that's what really counts.
The project is likely packaged and billed on iTunes as a solo effort from Tit, released through Def Jam, because Wayne is continuing to sort through issues with his own label, Cash Money; his long-awaited upcoming solo album, Tha Carter V, though reportedly finished, has not been released. He's currently suing the label.
ColleGrove had been buzzed about for a couple months, but Kanye West confirmed (in -- where else? -- a tweet) earlier this week that it would be out today. He also revealed the album cover.
The album opens with "Dedication," a 2 Chainz-only song reminiscent of Kanye' Jay Z homage "Big Brother," as Tit spends the entire song honoring Lil Wayne and their relationship: "If it wasn’t for Wayne, it wouldn’t be/ A lot of dudes in the game, including me," Chainz offers on the first lines of the album.
It's an endearing way to kick off the project, and a welcome reminder of the space Wayne occupies within rap, and the heights he's reached.
Tunechi, meanwhile, references his shelved album upon entering the fray: "Here I go, here I go, this that C5," Wayne raps to open the album's second song, "Smell Like Money," which could either mean that the track, when originally recorded, was meant for that album, or, that he's again reminding us that he's working to release the album.
In the meantime, though, we've got this musical union to keep in rotation.
Though there are a few 2 Chainz solo moments, for the majority of the 12 tracks here, the two rap heavyweights join forces, with the help of producers like Mike Will Made It, London on da Track, Metro Boomin and TM88, again proving the power of their chemistry.