Def Jam’s rapper 2 Chainz debut solo LP, Based On A Tru Story arrives at midnight (Tuesday August 14). The disc will feature guest appearances from Kanye West, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne and more. Buy now on iTunes or Amazon! The Atlanta native is in full album mode. All week he will be doing promo, press & public appearances. Complex magazine caught up with 2 Chainz while he was in Baltimore. During his interview, he talks about people criticizing his music, being satisfied with the outcome of his album, having a number one single, playing college basketball, G.O.O.D. Music and much more. Below are some excerpts:
If someone has a criticism of your music—like, some people think your rhyming style isn’t up to their standards—do you think that sometimes it isn’t hate, but that there’s something you could learn from that person’s perspective?
Everybody has their own opinion. Hating is a word I hate to use; it’s so over-saturated. I don’t feel like everybody is a hater. A person does have an opinion of their own. It’s just always cool to have a reason why. I think that’s what people look for: OK, if you don’t like it then why? You gon’ have to have a reason at the end of the day.
Are you fully satisfied with this album? Do you feel you had time to make the perfect project that you wanted to make? Or do you have those “Damn, I could’ve done this,” type of moments?
I have a studio everywhere I go. I wasn’t rushed. It wasn’t a time issue. It’s almost perfect because we have the No. 1 song with “No Lie,” another song up and running—”Birthday Song” featuring Kanye—and I couldn’t ask for a better set up. I mean, people actually want my album before it comes out. I remember when we did that with a couple of albums in the past. I remember the new Hov when he was retired. That Black Album. I wanted that. So I just feel that it’s cool to have that anticipation. People want to hear my music. It makes it more about the music, too.
What are you thinking about for the next single?
I really like this record “In Town” with Mike Posner. That’s my friend. Cool-ass dude. I got the “Extremely Blessed” record with Dream. I got the video to “I Luv Dem Strippers” with Nicki Minaj. It was fun doing that.
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