Mob bosses hold their conferences. Government leaders hold their G8s (I mean G7s.) On Saturday, though, at a packed-tight Tower Theater, hip-hop held a mini summit when 2 Chainz and Pusha T ruled the roost. In the continuum of post-gangsta rap, a thug MC talking money and sexual prowess with cocaine and crack thrown in (reversing gangsta's trajectory) is the next best thing to going full-blast NWA.
2 Chainz, known first for Atlanta-based Playaz Circle, has made his good hard name by dropping raw-knuckle rhymes and pushing a jagged live sound (his albums hold various soulful flavors) with nary a hint of nuance. That's his charm: a blunt-force cackle of a voice tackling rude, unjust subject matter with tense, snapping rhythms.