As hard as 2 Chainz worked to get to this moment, his hustle is only just beginning.
This feature is a part of Complex Music's 2 Chainz Week.
Good luck getting a hold of 2 Chainz this week. As he prepares to release his highly anticipated solo debut album, Based on a T.R.U. Story, he’s looking forward to what he anticipates will be, "One of the best weeks of my life." That may be true—or "truuuu” as the man who once went by Tity Boi would say—but he can also expect it to be one of his busiest.
2 Chainz is in full album launch mode, and with that comes a host of responsibilities and obligations. When we caught up with him late last week he was holed up in a Baltimore hotel with less than an hour to answer questions before rolling to a radio interview, followed by a signing at the urban apparel store DTLR. That night, he made an appearance about the city's Club Dubai, and it may have been under the guise of leisure, but it was also another cog in the 2 Chainz promo machine.
Chainz won the rap world over with hilarious punchlines and street anthems, and Complex has been riding with him every step of the way. When he appeared on our G.O.O.D. Music cover he was grinding hard as hell and he has only stepped it up since then. The results are self-evident. 2 Chainz has entered the consciousness of the mainstream and he welcomes it. Now he’s about to be tested at the highest level. "I I don't feel like I peaked out,” he explains. “I still got room to grow.”
This time around, 2 Chainz is not going to let anything stand in his way. "It took me my whole life to put this together,” he says. “So with the anticipation, I don’t think I’m letting anybody down."
All the hard work that comes with the current amount of pressure doesn't phase Chainz one bit. He’s always been about that work. That’s how he got back to a place of promise after his frustrated efforts as part of the duo Playaz Circle. This time around, he's not going to let anything stand in his way. "It took me my whole life to put this together,” he says. “So with the anticipation, I don’t think I’m letting anybody down." We spoke with Tauheed Epps himself about how he maintained focus when his rap career seemed to be on the skids (he bought a Porsche), what he’s learned from Lil Wayne and Drake, and why he’s not worried about falling off.