Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz recently talked about his respect for G-Unit head 50 Cent and what piece of advice the New York rap veteran told him which he uses in every one of his raps.
Chainz said their past history as drug dealers allowed Fif to provide him with an analogy he uses to this day.
“He was an underdog, he almost died,” Chainz said, referring to 50 Cent. “He was a crack dealer, too. One thing that I took from him that is a strong correlation, an analogy that I use today, it’s no disrespect, is that he once told me that fans were kind of like fiends in wanting something and wanting it from a certain supply but not being loyal because when you’re out in the streets, it’s just about who’s got the best product for the best deal. And so it becomes like a consistent thing, something regular, that’s good. I use those analogies in my music. Like, I got crack for my fans. I try to keep feeding you, keep supplying your needs. I don’t want to take up that case and you go somewhere else to fill your void. That’s why I’m adamant about keeping the music out and doing the best job I can on each and every verse.” (Nite Cap W/ Peter Bailey)
Recently, the ATL rapper said if things go his way, fans will eventually hear him and Fif collaborate on new music.
“He’s the smartest n*gga I ever met in my life, but he’s crazy,” Chainz said in an interview. “He need to put me on something. I told him he need to put me on something. I told him, ‘Let’s do something.’ … 50’s always been dope to me and he had a real story and that’s why people I think bought into it and followed it. That’s what it’s about. I learned from a lot of stuff getting to this point and 50 had a dope blueprint to look at, too.” (“The Whoolywood Shuffle”)
Last year, 50 called Deuce and Future some of the hottest artists from Atlanta.
“[Potentially hot artists?] Definitely 2 Chainz ’cause he’s been around. He’s one of them guys that’s finally having a moment. I remember when he was in Playaz Circle. I know it’s been years and years of work. And the kid Future. He’s got some hits under his belt that ain’t under his name, like that ‘Racks’ joint. I watch. It may seem like I’m doing business in different areas and doing different things, but my passion for music hasn’t changed.” (Shade 45)
Recently, Chainz came clean on charging artists $100,000 per guest feature.
“The thing about the hundred thousand, which I’ve been explaining ever since it came out, this question was asked to me out in London, so my answer, when they asked me how much I charge per verse, I asked them what was a hundred thousand in their currency, in pounds, I was just trying to explain the difference in currency. I think it was like 60 pounds or something like that. … But it’s no secret, I’m one of the most featured people but as far as my business and what I charge people, it’s definitely on a different scale depending on who, when, what and all these situations. I’ve did swaps before but I’m in the part of my career now where I just want to do flat-out business. … I know what my budget is and what I bring to the table. At the end of the day, you just have to appreciate. I appreciate what everybody does here in hip-hop and just for me, when people come to me and want features, I give them that. I don’t short-change them.” (“The Breakfast Club”)
Check out 2 Chainz’s interview: