As the final notes of the last song on Collegrove fade away, you’re left with a poignant image of 2 Chainz standing alone in the studio, forlornly looking around for Lil Wayne, his idol and touted collaborator on the album. Weezy never shows, leaving him with a sad puppy dog expression on his face that plays against the eerie, stripped-down piano notes disappearing into the background silence.

This is a feeling you’ll have a lot when you listen to Collegrove

It’s a project that suggests a full-on meeting of minds in the manner of Drake and Future’s recent What A Time To Be Alive. After all, the title comes from a mash-up of 2 Chainz and Weezy’s respective home neighborhoods of College Park in Georgia and Hollygrove in Louisiana, while the album art superimposes Tunechi’s tattoos onto 2 Chainz’s face (in a manner that ends up curiously resembling Mos Def’s Black On Both Sides cover). Read more…

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2 Chainz and Lil Wayne join forces on ‘Collegrove,’ but just barely