Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz recently discussed his upcoming Based On A T.R.U. Story 2: Me Time solo album and why fans won’t hear Jay Z dropping lines on the highly anticipated sophomore release.
According to Chainz, a conversation with close pal Kanye West persuaded him to reconsider trying to add Jigga to the LP.
“I see who Hov rocks with. Hov rocks with people who he respect and who has glimpses of trap on their resume. I’m a recovering d-boy. I’m a recovering d-boy and he is, too,” Chainz said in an interview. “I do have something I thought would be cool for this album, but I got to talkin’ to ‘Ye. I’m like, ‘Ye, what you think about putting Hov on this one? He was like, ‘Me Time,’ in all caps. He just told me just to go hard on n*ggas.” (“Whoolywood Shuffle”)
Recently, Chainz revealed the project is finished and would have around 14 to 15 tracks.
“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. [Who’s on the album?] I’m not telling you. … Actually, I will tell you I got Pharrell on there.” (Village Voice)
Chainz recently broke down the meaning behind his new album’s title.
“Me Time has multiple meanings. I feel like my music actually gives people a sense of going away sometimes — without really going on vacation,” Chainz told MTV News backstage on Saturday at his show-stopping performance at Hot 107.9’s Birthday Bash concert in Atlanta. “I feel like when people listen to me, they feel like they’re goin’ somewhere, taking time off; they’re relaxing, lettin’ their hair down,” the dreadlocked MC said reflectively. “Every time somebody wants to have some ‘me time’ or whatever, this is the type of vibe, this is the type of project [to listen to]. I’m putting together different sounds to make people be like, ‘This is about me. Me and my people, this is our time.'” (MTV)
Earlier this year, the ATL rapper downplayed the idea of needing to switch up his content on the upcoming release.
The six-foot-five giant with the strange look and the twisted humor (Money talk, you ain’t got none / End of discussion) is hip-hop’s most in-demand MC, thanks to his tawdry, spit-take-funny two-beat punch lines. “There’s nothing new under the sun,” Chainz says about the lyrics for his second album, out this summer. “Everyone’s sold dope, f*cked bitches, popped champagne, shot guns. I’ll take the extra minutes to do it a new way.” (GQ)
Based On A T.R.U. Story 2: Me Time is slated to for release on September 10.
Check out 2 Chainz’s interview: