Dope Don't Sell Itself

2 Chainz - Dope Don't Sell Itself
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2022 Ratings: #399 / 405
User Score
Based on 261 ratings
2022 Ratings: #470
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CRITIC REVIEWS

70
Exclaim!
His signature voice and raunchy style, matched with his expert-level beat selection, allow for his versatility to shine through, while his legend status nets him refreshing featured guests who never overshadow Chainz.
64
Pitchfork
The Atlanta rapper still has an ear and endless charisma on his latest album, but the songs are more like templates than novel creations. For the first time, he sounds predictable.
60
Clash
If this truly is his last trap project, then perhaps a change is overdue.
60
Rolling Stone

Marketed as a return to form, the Atlanta veteran’s latest is a fond recollection of better times.

52
HipHopDX
When in need of a strong chorus or fun feature verse, one could always put the call in to Tity Boi. But his latest album suggests his best days are behind him, like Vince Carter on the Atlanta Hawks.
50
AllMusic
2 Chainz simply doesn't sound as inspired as he normally does, as this short set lacks the madcap wit and energy that flow throughout previous albums of much longer duration. A recharge and change of direction clearly seem necessary.
BaddieBaphomet
40

NO NUANCE REVIEW

I don’t get you, 2 Chainz. You can give a standout verse on other people’s songs, but you seemingly refuse to make a good song when it’s your own work. That’s, like, the opposite of how it often works.

Case
55

Still patiently waiting for the day 2 Chainz fully reaches his potential on an album.

I want to love 2 Chainz’s music so bad, as I think he has talent and has had many fantastic features on other people’s songs for years now. He has the potential to put out a really good album, but he usually just does the bare minimum. And while I did mostly enjoy Rap Or Go To The League, even that album was very flawed and not as good as it could have been. So coming into this I was hopeful, but ... read more

Rollo_P
58

That flute on Million Dollars Worth Of Game could've made for an amazing song if it wasn't pitched like DOGSHIT. Too many songs here that are one or two elements away from being really good, but never stick the landing. All I can appreciate is the mercifully short run time, really. Kingpen Ghostwriter into Outstanding was a surprisingly good back-to-back tho, as well as Vlad TV THANK YOU BASED STOVE GOD "TOO MANY" COOKS.

But.. how good a look is that? Only notable songs on your album ... read more

rap_reviews_17
50

It’s not terrible, I’ll give it that

68

Honestly I found this to be a very freshing trap album. It's only 12 tracks, and generally consistent, which is a rare sight in the modern streaming era with 20+ song albums and deluxes galore. 2 Chainz might not be bringing his A game all throughout the project, but he gets enough help from features and producers to keep it enjoyable. What Stove God Cooks brought to Vlad TV should be studied in textbooks. Overall, Dope Don't Sell Itself was a pretty solid album, and is a good example of the ... read more

Ander_1
49

Below average trap album. Not even 2 chainz' best album. I wish every song on the album were similar to "Vlad TV", the stove god cooks is probably the highlight of the project. Lazy beats and flows, and many features that don't add much in the end.

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Added on: August 4, 2021