Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

2 Chainz ft. Ty Dolla $ign, Trey Songz & Jhené Aiko – It’s a Vibe

It’s a Song.


Crystal Leww: 2 Chainz puts out a great single every year and a couple of really fun guest verses, but his output overall is fairly uneven, probably suffering from a constant need to crank out content to see what sticks. “It’s a Vibe” is chock full of guests who add very little and a desire to make “it’s a vibe” an anthem that sticks like “watch out lil bitch” did. Ty Dolla $ign and Trey Songz don’t add anything, Jhené Aiko is actively sleeping through this whole thing, and 2 Chainz doesn’t do enough to redeem his guests.

Nortey Dowuona: Thick, bouncy drums buoy the slight gasps of piano and guitar while the bass circles them all, looking for an in. Meanwhile, Trey and Ty struggle sing around it as well, until 2 Chainz drops right in the middle perfectly without knocking anything askew and making all connect. (Also, Jhene killt it.)

Julian Axelrod: We know 2 Chainz can carry his own song. We know he can steal someone else’s song. So why stuff his single with unnecessary features? This sounds like a VH1 reality show where three singers audition for the honor of delivering a decent hook on a subpar 2 Chainz song. Trey Songz fares best by deploying the ingenious “sing more than four notes” strategy. But there’s no winners here, including The Artist Formerly Known As Tity Boi: How does a rapper who made his name on bawdy double entendres come up with such a boring verse on his own sex jam? There’s lots of things happening in this song, but a vibe is not one of them.

Ryo Miyauchi: Driven by a similar “hook stretched out into an entire song” ethos, this sounds more or less like an extravagant version of a Lil Uzi Vert song with the rapper’s work divided among three R&B singers. Out of the trio, Trey Songz comes close to making more from what’s given. 2 Chainz, however, sounds like a guest in his own song.

Thomas Inskeep: Murda Beatz and G Koop have crafted a lovely track for 2 Chainz to completely waste. I’d say that the song would be better without Chainz on it, but the reality is that none of the vocalists have anything to say, so I can’t place all the blame on him.

Ian Mathers: After the first 40 seconds I was honestly hoping this was just going to be the four of them repeating slight variations on the title phrase for the full length of the song, and damn if they didn’t almost go that route. Minus a point for lacking the courage to all the way into full-on monotone brilliance, though.

Joshua Minsoo Kim: Much to my surprise, I’m into the idea of having these three featured artists phone in variations on a hook. If you’re gonna capitalize on their ability to sound anonymous and dull, you might as well go all in, right? Their presence also has the side effect of allowing a humorless 2 Chainz verse to sound somewhat interesting, if only for its utility as a structural break in the song. In the end, the “vibe” ends up being greater than the sum of its parts. A shame it’s still so forgettable.

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