This feature is a part of Complex Music's 2 Chainz Week.

Yesterday, 2 Chainz released his (often hilarious) debut solo album, Based on a T.R.U. Story. Needless to say, it's a victory that's been a long time coming for the artist who once saw his career stall out when he was rapping as Tity Boi.

Perhaps part of 2 Chainz's successful reemergence can be attributed to his vast knowledge of music history. "I was growing up on a lot of different music. Whether it was jazz, R&B, or bass music, I grew up on everything," he recalled while shooting hoops in our office.

That led to a conversation about his 25 Favorite Albums. 2 Chainz talked about his love for 2Pac, how is aunt and mother put him on to acts like Frankie Beverly and Keith Sweat, and why listening to his "father figure" Too $hort messed him up in high school.

As told to Insanul Ahmed (@Incilin)

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