Tracking the countless guest verses the Atlanta rapper has laid down since settling on the 2 Chainz moniker in 2011.
When the proverbial Olympus finally does fall and the last survivors etch the history of man into stone tablets so that we can preserve a record of our time spent on earth before the apocalypse, somewhere within those writings will probably state something like, “And thus, in the year of 2010, Hip Hop’s Southern savior left the group of wise men called Playaz Circle to forgo a monumental solo journey under the biblical name 2 Chainz.”
While that end of the world premonition may seem far fetched, it’s probably one of the best metaphors to describe one of the most well-known and consistent rappers transition from group member to solo act. When Tity Boi became 2 Chainz, the world’s axel shifted and began spinning in a semi counter-clockwise fashion, much like the multiple chains swaying from the neck of the College Park, Georgia rapper’s neck, because nearly immediately 2 Chainz began experiencing a wealth of success.
That success 2 Chainz began to see was the result of a tireless work ethic and a crazy demand for his talents on top of an insanely popular vernacular and a crazy amount of guest features. So in an attempt to pay homage to the Drench God on the eve of the release of his upcoming album Pretty Girls Like Trap Music, we have gathered every single official 2 Chainz feature since 2011.
Strap in and sit tight because this is going to be a long ride.
We begin our quest to gather every Tity Two Necklace guest spot in 2011 just after he officially changed his name from Tity Boi to 2 Chainz and announced his plans for a solo career. As most of us know, 2 Chainz was Tity Boi of Playaz Circle before he was 2 Chainz, and that 2 Chainz and Dolla Boy of Playaz Circle were some of the first commercially successful rappers of the Trap Music genre. In fact, one could really argue that their breakout single “Duffle Bag Boy” helped usher in the Trap movement.
But it’s often truncated from the story that Playaz Circle started out with several emcees in the 90s that pooled together drug money to cut an independent project and that 2 Chainz had never recorded prior to his first project with the group. Regardless of the circumstances though, 2 Chainz and Dolla Boi stayed together and eventually clicked up with Ludacris and inked a deal with his label Disturbing Tha Peace.
In this first chapter of his career we see a Trap leaning Tity Boi taking baby steps to break into the industry as a leader and not just another Southern Rapper claiming trill. His guest spots on songs like “Supafreak” and “Oh Well” show a dopeboy turned rapper with serious potential.
Though he had years of hard work and credibility stacked up from his reign with Playaz Circle, 2 Chainz had to get out and make a name for himself and he did that and then some in 2012 only a year after going solo.
To sum it all up, 2 Chainz released his debut album Based On A T.R.U. Story, started working with Kanye West and contributed to the critically acclaimed G.O.O.D Music album Cruel Summer in addition to nabbing huge features on some of the hottest tracks of the year including Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” and G.O.O.D. Music’s standout Cruel Summer track “Mercy.”
Peep the jaw-dropping amount of work the Drench God put in.
G.O.O.D. Music – Mercy feat Big Sean, Kanye West, Pusha T, 2 Chainz
By 2013, 2 Chainz had proved that he could be a commercially successful rapper all while maintaining his street cred. His feature booking price must’ve skyrocketed in 2013 because it seemed like everyone wanted 2 Chainz on their next single.
From Ace Hood and Wiz Khalifa to international sensation PSY, 2 Chainz was working with everyone around this time and killing every verse and hook he laid down songs like Lil Wayne’s “Rich As Fuck” and PSY’s “Gangnam Style.”
Ace Hood – Bugatti (Remix) feat. Wiz Khalifa, T.I., Meek Mill, French Montana, 2 Chainz, Future, DJ Khaled & Birdman
This is around the time that 2 Chainz solidified his rank within the industry and began carving out his own lane and genre-specific style. Songs like Mike Will MadeIt’s “Someone To Love” features a smooth, country slick-talking, hood entrepreneur doubling as a connoisseur of all things lavish, weed and high fashion related.
IAMSU! – Only That Real Feat. 2 Chainz & Sage The Gemini
Following much of the same model of 2015, 2016 was primarily highlighted by several solo releases. With the hype of successful projects like Daniel Son; Necklace Don, Hibachi For Lunch and hs collaborative album with Lil Wayne ColleGrove, it’s safe to say that 2 Chainz was steamrolling his career path last year.
And to top it off, 2 Chainz popularity reached an all-time high last year and the proof is in the pudding as there are several charting singles in this list of guest spots including Chance The Rapper’s Grammy Award-winning track “No Problems” featuring 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne.
Chance The Rapper – No Problem – feat. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
Usher – No Limit (G-Mix) feat. 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, Travis Scott, A$AP Ferg & Master P
Though we are barely half way through the year, 2Chainz has come in strong with content and has already secured a slew of high-profile features in addition to the immense hype of his upcoming album Pretty Girls Like Trap Music.
At this point, it would be foolish to say that 2 Chainz reign would come to an abrupt halt anytime soon, on the contrary though, who knows where his career will go from here and or what he has planned for the future.
All the same though is our appreciation for the marvelously stylish and playerific swag 2 Chainz has given to the game during his years of dominant activity.
In the words of the man himself, “You the realest dawg.”
Let us know what you think of the list in the comments along with your pick for your favorite 2 Chainz feature and or predictions and expectations for Pretty Girls Like Trap Music.
Migos – Deadz feat. 2 Chainz
Gang Up feat.Young Thug, 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa & PnB Rock