Genius: 2 Chainz A Genius Conversation
He also reflected on some of the best lines from 'Pretty Girls Like Trap Music.'
2 Chainz sat down with Genius' own Rob Markman to speak about his latest album Pretty Girls Like Trap Music and the state of trap music as a whole. He reflected on his career top to bottom, from the type of music he was listening to before he was an artist himself to his creative process in the studio and the influence of T.I., Gucci Mane, and Jeezy on his style. He also gave out a shout-out to some other artists who paved the way for him:
When OutKast came and could actually put lyrical substance and content—like André 3000 still one of my favorite rappers in the world. For him to be able to transcend, paint pictures about local things we could relate to…They weren’t necessarily hustlers…their whole mindset from the beginning was to change the world, was to be different, to have substance, and to stand up and talk about it.
He also talked about his Pink Traphouse in Atlanta, which became a viral sensation and was later turned into a church and an HIV testing clinic.
Chainz’s latest album was released in June and features Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Migos alongside production by Pharrell Williams and Mike WiLL Made-It. The album quickly gained traction—the tracks “It’s A Vibe” and “Good Drank” have over 100 million combined streams on Spotify. Even with his successful track record, he pointed to the fragility of being a rap star:
This game is not promised. I don’t know why people be playing with this rap shit like people going love you tomorrow, because that’s not necessarily the case.
Over the years, he’s collaborated with some of the biggest names in hip-hop, like Kanye West, A$AP Rocky, and Wiz Khalifa. In 2016, he released three projects, including Daniel Son; Necklace Don and Hibachi For Lunch. He also dropped a collaboration album with Lil Wayne titled COLLEGROVE.
Check out the full interview above and read all the lyrics to 2 Chainz’s biggest hitson Genius now.