2 Chainz comments on his subject matter, "B.O.A.T.S. II," running during the robbery and more.
2 Chainz' winning streak hasn't stopped yet, after a very successful debut album in 2012, the rapper is ready for another hit in 2013, with B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time, dropping on September 10th. It's not like the rapper needs the money at this point, after hopping on just about every song last year, Tity Boi recently confirmed that he charges $100,000 a verse now, so hard work really does pay off.
Thus far, we've only heard the single "Feds Watching" featuring Pharrell and in a new interview with the Village Voice, 2 Chainz is nowhere near ready to divulge the rest of the album's features, although he does confirm that the LP is in the mixing stages. He does say there will be "14 more of those [tracks]" referring to "Feds Watching" so we could assume the album has fifteen cuts. The Atlanta native also speaks on the robbery in San Francisco, advising people to run when there are guns, and dumbing down his music and finally reveals he has some projects dropping on his own imprint, T.R.U. University, although he names no names.
Check out a few excerpts below.
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.
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.
Robberies also come with fame and money sometimes too. You caught some heat for running from those gun men in that video, but any one from the hood knows there's no arguing with a gun. You should quit the scene ASAP.
Let me tell you something. Anybody that tells you they wouldn't run hasn't been in situations like me. I've been a felon since I was 15. Most kids at that age might still be sleeping in the same bed with their siblings. I'm trying to grow to be a wiser person. If you heard shots in Manhattan, Pablo, what would you do?
Exactly. But you know I learned from the experience and like I said I'm striving to be a wiser person.
So what's next for you?
T.R.U. University label is my focus. Have some projects coming out on that. I'm just looking to be competitive. I got that sports edge on these fools. I eat well, get my cardio in. I want it all! I'm amicable with people, but I want everybody up outta here. I want it all!