The unreleased collab album project “ColleGrove 2” by American rapper Tauheed K. Epps, known professionally as 2 Chainz, and American rapper and record producer Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., known professionally as Lil Wayne, purportedly leaked online.
ColleGrove, 2 Chainz’s third studio album, was released on March 4, 2016. The album was originally intended to be a joint effort between 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne, with the album title reflecting each rapper’s hometown. College Park, Georgia is represented by 2 Chainz, a seasoned rapper known for his distinctive delivery and humor. Lil Wayne, the acclaimed rapper with one of hip hop’s most identifiable voices, was born in Hollygrove (in New Orleans).
The project was scheduled to be released with both rappers in lead positions, but Wayne’s label troubles caused some delays. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the pair did not spend as much time in the studio as intended. Chainz provided a short explanation for ColleGrove’s inception, stating that “we were in the studio together maybe twice.”
Now that Lil Wayne is free of contractual restrictions, 2 Chainz discloses that the duo is planning to release ColleGrove 2 later this year. 2 Chainz revealed a few insights about the project’s development in an interview with DJ Akademiks. “This one will undoubtedly be released this year. We’re literally mixing it right now. Wayne appears on every single track.” ColleGrove 2 differs from its predecessor in that there are cuts in the first version where 2 Chainz performs alone.
Chainz went on to elaborate on the project: “We were both in the studio. We’ve been in the studio together many times this time, working on this project. Whether we’re going back in after we’ve done anything or not.” He also mentioned that the record would be entirely unique and original. “I’m ecstatic about this f****g project because it sounds like nothing I’ve ever heard before.”
Due to Lil Wayne’s label troubles, the two were unable to spend as much time in the studio working on the debut album as they would have liked. 2 Chainz said that he and ColleGrove “been in the studio together maybe twice.” However, Wayne has been released from his contractual duties, and ColleGrove 2 enables them to spend more time in the studio together.
Many of his peers consider Lil Wayne to be one of the most influential hip hop musicians of his age, and he is often ranked as one of the best rappers of all time. 2 Chainz was born and raised in College Park, Georgia, and rose to prominence as one-half of the Southern hip hop group Playaz Circle, with his longtime friend and fellow rapper Earl “Dolla Boy” Conyers.
2 Chainz recently acknowledged to DJ Akademiks, “We were in the studio together.” We’ve been in the studio together many times this time, working on this project. Whether we’re going back in after we’ve done anything or not.” He also confirmed the album’s release date of 2022 and Wayne’s participation, saying, “This one is absolutely going out this year.” We’re literally mixing it right now. Wayne is featured on every single song.” Chainz also refers to Wayne as his “favorite rapper” and tells fans, “I’m very psyched about this f****g album because it sounds like nothing I’ve ever heard before.”
ColleGrove 2 is set to be released later this year. Prior to that, on February 4th, 2022, 2 Chainz will release his new album Dope Don’t Sell Itself. He’s already set his eyes on another project that’s been in the works for a long time. During a Spotify Greenroom session with DJ Akademiks on Wednesday night (January 26), the Drench God disclosed intentions to release the ColleGrove sequel with Lil Wayne later in 2022. “This one will absolutely be released this year,” he said. “We’re now combining it with [Lil Wayne’s] on every single song.”
2 Chainz then pointed out one big difference between the 2016 original and this year’s ColleGrove 2: he’s spent a lot more time in the studio with Weezy for this iteration.
“We were both in the studio at the same time. I guess we were in the studio together maybe twice last year. We’ve been in the studio together many times this time, working on this project. “Whether we’re going back in after we’ve done anything or not.” This fucking project excites me because it sounds like nothing I’ve ever heard before. And doing something like that with Wayne is friendly, warming, and will be embraced.”
ColleGrove opened at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 in 2016 with 53,000 total album-equivalent unit sales in its first week. Prior to CG2, 2 Chainz will release his last trap album, Dope Don’t Sell Itself, on February 4. Moneybagg Yo, Lil Baby, Roddy Ricch, 42 Dugg, NBA YoungBoy, Lil Durk, Swae Lee, Jacquees, Beatking, Sleepy Rose, Stove God Cooks, Symba, and Major Myjah are said to have contributed to the project.