Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz’s new album puts their bravado on full display, but their collaboration with Benny the Butcher stands out as one of the most hard-hitting joints on the entire tracklist. The three-punch knockout has now been further enhanced with a supplement.
On Tuesday (November 21), the trio dropped the music video for “Oprah & Gayle.” The clip came just a few days after the release of the 21-song Welcome 2 Collegrove.
The bar-heavy cut looks exactly how it sounds — rich, luxurious and potent. Inspired by the success and excellence of Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King, the three MCs show off the skills that elevated them to royal status in the Hip Hop space.
Check out the audio-visual package for the track below:
Welcome 2 Collegrove is the second collaborative project by Wayne and 2 Chainz, following 2016’s Collegegrove.
In HipHopDX’s 3.9/5 review of the album, Alec Siegel wrote: “The album is sequenced like a blockbuster film, broken up by five scenes narrated by 50 Cent. Thematically, the songs don’t quite fit each scene (‘Crazy Thick’ should probably be filed under ‘Scene 3: Ladies Man’), but these brief interludes effectively frame the overall big-budget movie they’re screening.
“The album sounds expensive, and the production lineup reads like a Southern rap Hall of Fame: Mannie Fresh, DJ Toomp, Juicy J, and Mike Dean. Not to be outdone, New York luminary Havoc provides two of the album’s best beats on the ODB tribute ‘Shame’ and the aptly titled ‘Bars.’
“The production is one area where Chainz and Wayne clearly invested in much more than their first go-round. Aside from a few clunkers (the Miami bass-inspired ‘Crazy Thick’ and the forgettable ‘Crown Snatcher’), the beats sparkle. ‘Big Diamonds’ would fit snugly on any peak Big Tymers album, while ‘Long Story Short’ chops up Project Pat vocals into a unique, codeine meets boom-bap masterpiece.
“Both rappers have always flourished over soulful production and Welcome 2 Collegrove is no exception: ‘P.P.A.,’ ‘Oprah & Gayle,’ and ‘Can’t Believe You,’ though wildly different in terms of subject matter, all coax out the best in the gravely toned rappers with smoother than mink coats instrumentals.”