Lil Wayne excels in duo capacity. Remember his and Birdman’s vaingloriously big-timing Like Father, Like Son, the lushly produced account of New Orleans grime? Treading similar themes to that 2006 classic (e.g., 2 Chainz’s mantra on the sizzurp-y slow-motion “Rolls Royce Weather Everyday”: “I do me, I get high, I get fly, I get paid”), ColleGrove sounds sonically sparse by comparison. On “What Happened,” the Auto-Tune-filtered boys sound high AF over acoustic guitar licks and sped-up sprites. Rolling Stone mischaracterized ColleGrove as evoking Method Man & Redman, but there’s no tag-team interplay between Wayne and Chainz (tunes bifurcate verse-spitting to half a song apiece) and nothing as bouncy, humorous, or playful as on Doc & Mef’s Blackout or as adrenalizing as Like Father gem “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy.” Still, Weezy kills it desperado-style on the weirdo, crowd-roars-surfing “Bounce.” Aggressively rudimentary, ColleGrove grows on you.


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