Yesterday saw the release of the new album by 2 Chainz. It’s called B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time, and like the former Tity Boi’s first album Based on a T.R.U. Story, it has some exceptional production and a handful of inspired verses.
Chainz, like Nicki Minaj, is an ideal guest artist: Absolutely stellar at one minute, somewhat exhausting at four. Still, “Mainstream Ratchet” is as big a banger as you could hope for in 2013.
Of course, if this music thing doesn’t work out for Mr. Chainz, he can always fall back on his culinary skills. Anybody who follows Chainz on Instagram knows that the man is obsessed with a good meal, and he has decided to let you into his eating world: The deluxe edition of Me Time features a cook book, with each recipe lining up with one of the songs on the album.
Like “Beautiful Pain”? You should make his fried chicken. Hungry for some smoky kale greens? You’ll want to crank up “Black Unicorn.”The recipes all sound pretty delicious, and are relatively easy to execute. Many of them call for healthy dollops of “Me Time Sauce,” a tangy combination of mayonnaise, Old Bay, barbecue sauce, dijon mustard, and lemon juice.
The first step in making Me Time Sauce is, “Go to the mall, spend a handful of racks on a new outfit for the night.” The second? “Get a manicure and a pedicure.” Next? “Spend some more ‘Me Time’ at the house, catching up on old seasons of The Wire.”
Awesome advice like that is all over the Me Time cook book. Want to start making his garlicky green beans? “Call Fergie, invite her to watch a movie on Netflix. Once she accepts, start making green beans.” If you’re making Chainz mango salsa, the first step is to “Position yourself in a room surrounded by a handful of TVs playing SportsCenter with the sound off.” And once you’re done making his basic fried chicken, “Plate chicken for yourself, sit at the head of your dining room table and eat the chicken while you sing along to ‘Beautiful Pain.'”
It’s a delight, and also a shrewd move for 2 Chainz. After all, the deluxe editions of physical albums usually only contain a few extra tracks, which are available on iTunes anyway. Will the cook book draw more people into actual music stores to buy physical copies of Me Time?