Free Advice From 2 Chainz: When the Guns Come Out, Run
Though critics may argue 2 Chainz's music is a "lesson in thematic narrowness," the man once referred to as Tity Boi [even by his own parents] makes some strong points to the contrary. Talk with Chainz even when he's fresh off a blunt break and you can't deny the guy's intelligence. A gregarious dude protected by a blanket of optimism that seems to deflect all hate thrown his way, Mr. Epps never says "die." After years of relative obscurity on Ludacris' Disturbing Tha Peace label, he released new material under a "new" [Chainz claims he's been called 2 Chainz since high school] nom de plume and found mainstream acceptance and respect from peers like Kanye West.
Two For The Road...
Even after a recent robbery in San Francisco, he's not letting anything interfere with him repeating last summer's success. Guess that's why he named his sophomore LP Based On A True Story 2.
2 Chainz performs tomorrow, July 19th, at Jones Beach.
What up 2 Chainz? Pardon the intrusion. You must be busy working on B.O.A.T.S. 2.
No that's pretty much done. I'm just finishing up the mixing. I'm adding a few samples, taking away a few samples. I'm still arranging the album too and also getting the credits right to make that side of the business is taken care of.
How's the process going? Is Def Jam different now that Joie isn't up there? He's the one who signed you, no?
No, actually I came to Def Jam right before he took over. But my album was released under his watch so he was involved for sure. But Def Jam's cool. We're doing pretty good over there, paying some bills over there, you know?
So who is on the B.O.A.T.S. 2?
I'm not telling you.
What? Nothing? Gimme one collabo at least!
Not going to tell you. Actually, I will tell you I got Pharrell on there.
Well I knew that already. Which is a dope song by the way.
[Laughs] You like that huh? Well the album is going to be about 14 more of those. [Laughs] So be sure to get it.
What do you say to the critics who think your subject matter isn't varied enough? I mean, I can tell when I speak to you you're a smart dude. Do you dumb your shit down?
My answer to the critics is this, and I quote: Smart people can act dumb but dumb people can't act smart. That goes to every critic that doesn't know I never made a C in high school, just A's and B's. It just so happens I have an understanding about real life. Where I'm from no one wants Jesse Jackso--they want a nigga that tells it like it is. Strippers and dope dealers who ride foreign cars. I take [listeners] on a walk though that neighborhood, through that lifestyle. When I came in the game with "Duffle Bag Boyz," I was already wearing Gucci. That's how I came in the game. This album, of course, it's some growth. I'm talking about prosperity more but I'm not going to stop talking real shit that we see on the news. So all those critics can miss me with that shit.
I think they'd rather focus on our differences rather than our similarities.
Exactly man. When I say "All I want for my birthday is a big booty hoe," all I'm really saying is "I would like to have some birthday sex, please." When I'm talking about "I'm different," I'm saying that when I'm looking in the mirror I see a trendsetter. No one is doing it like me.