At your listening party in NYC, you said “Birthday Song” with Kanye is one of your favorite songs right now, and you’re putting all this energy behind it. Does the fact that it’s gotten somewhat of a mixed reaction bother you or affect you at all?
I don’t know what kind of reaction it’s getting. I know it’s getting 42 stations added this week, so I guess it’s doing pretty good. The video is pretty dope. It just talks about being comfortable in your own skin—I’m happy with it. I can’t get too caught up with how people feel. A big booty girl is one of the things I really want for my birthday. A cute girl with a nice shape would not hurt for the night.
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.
The fact that people make jokes about my lyrics makes me that much more aware of what I actually say because I know that they’re listening to every line. So it gives me that room to be witty.
“Yuck!” is getting a great reaction. It starts the album off strong. Were you in the studio with Wayne or were you just emailing for that record?
He came to the studio I be working at in Atlanta. I did stuff for his album. I did a hook and a verse. I just heard something I did for Khaled but it wasn’t supposed to be for Khaled, it was for Baby. When you do so much music and it’s just your lifestyle, things get moving and you don’t know when the hell you did it.
Do you notice any difference between working with Wayne in 2007 for “Duffle Bag Boy” and where he’s at presently? With everything he’s been through—from selling a million in one week to going to prison—what’s your relationship like five years later? And what’s it like working with him as an artist?
I love Wayne. He’s a great friend of mine. I talked to him before prison, during prison, after prison. He has a strong mind and he’s an inspirational dude. Him believing in me early in my career gave me some form of ambition to keep going.
You’ve experienced all sorts of fanfare—from No. 1 records to the whole $100K per feature thing. You’re that dude in rap right now, sorta like Wayne was in 2007. He’s obviously still a big star, but some people started to turn on him. The same kids who were like “You’re my favorite rapper,” are on YouTube now saying “you suck.” Is that something that you think about: Are people going to turn on me at some point?
No, I definitely don’t think about that. When Jordan was in the game—let’s say Jordan was like a Jay-Z—people played, but they ain’t really try to block. It wasn’t a competition. Then you remember when A.I. came into the league and he crossed M.J. over? New people start coming into the league with that energy and that confidence.
When that new shit came, it made the game more competitive. It made people believe we could compete with the best of them. I attribute that to him, and being the fact that he’s a millionaire, he can skateboard on top of his house. He doesn’t give a fuck about what someone else is saying. It’s just me being a friend right now. I can’t see people people classifying him as anything but great..
He signed Drake. This is what hip-hop is these days. People are crazy, shit. If you turned on the radio right now, you’d have to go through four or five different YMCMB songs before you hear another song.
People are so quick to forget. It’s a disturbing trend with music listeners nowadays. You even mentioned it when you talked about how people want everything so quick...
And then they get tired. I hear somebody tell me they had looked on their playlist on iTunes and they played my song 5 or 600 times. That’s more times than I've played it. So, of course you’d probably get tired of it.
Are you consciously humorous? Some of your lines are hilarious and then #What2ChainzWouldSay becomes a trending topic on Twitter. There’s .gifs on the Internet of you dancing at the end of Nicki’s "Beez In The Trap" video. Do you feed into that? Is the character of 2 Chainz different from Tauheed Epps?
One, I understand entertainment. Two, I have an outgoing personality, period. I enjoy having a good time. Who wants to be sad? Do I get caught up in 2 Chainz tweets? No, I don’t. The fact that people make jokes about my lyrics makes me that much more aware of what I actually say because I know that they’re listening to every line. So it gives me that room to be witty.
When you say that people are paying attention to every single line, there’s so many, they’re always different, and they’re usually very entertaining. Like all the “Your Girl” lines: “I could fuck your bitch and act like I never knew her” or “Eat your girl up for breakfast, won’t save you extra.” Where does that come from? Is that how it is for you these days?
No, I just feel that we live in a society where people aren't serious and they bounce around, and they’re fooling around maybe. The things I say about about “Mess with you girl act like I never knew her,” there may be a situation in real life that you might actually have to do that.
You work at Complex. With somebody at the workplace you can’t just act like y’all did it. You have to just wait until later to see each other and do it like that. It can’t be no long-ass hug where somebody could catch it. Some of these things are real-life issues. It’s not just a rhyme. It’s real life. It’s portrayed on TV, so don't just put it on the artist
Do you feel like it’s in people’s nature to do what they want as opposed to being tied down to one person?
I feel like there’s monogamy out there. But I think in society, in the world, in entertainment, as a rapper, whatever—it’s very rare. I’m an entertainer, dude. I talk about things that people want to hear, and it has a reality to it. Sometimes the truth just hurts, man.
Does that concern you if you were to try to deal with a woman or date some other person in entertainment?
No, no, no. People know I’m my own individual. Like I said, you’re dealing with a society where the actual fans know how many lovers you have, which is deep to me. We just in that kind of society right now where people try to see who you slept with and all of those things. I’m just dealing with my society.
It’s your world, not some big statement on how everything is?
I was thinking about that coming off you saying, people hang on every word of yours because there’s a lot to hang on to. Right now you’re on what feels like every single song. Do you think about over-saturation or potentially burning out?
To each his own. I think we just have to pick and choose after a while. For me, I definitely don’t think I’m gonna get played out. I’ll start to get different looks because I feel I really, really understand rap and got that down. So I really try to find the same space to do something that I’m not used to. Some pop records for an artist. Maybe even R&B. Or just a whole different genre of music, period.