News: Lil Wayne Glows Over 2 Chainz's Rise To Fame: "I Knew That Guy When He Didn't Know How To Make No Words Rhyme" [Audio]
Friday, Aug 3, 2012 9:00AM
Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne recently talked about his admiration toward 2 Chainz seemingly blowing up overnight and how their relationship goes far beyond the music industry.
Weezy F. Baby made it clear he knew Chainz back when he went by his old "Tity Boi" rap moniker.
"I don't know if the A-Town know but that's my friend. [laughs] That's not my rap buddy, that's my real friend," Wayne told DJ Drama in an interview, referring to 2 Chainz. "I knew that guy when he didn't know how to make no words rhyme. You know what I mean? [laughs] That's my real friend, I know him. He's 'Tity Boi Put It In The Air' to me. ... And all of a sudden this guy is killing it. He's murdered the show. ... It's weird to me, I'm sorry, it's weird. He always gives me the upmost respect. He always gives me so many props." (Hot 107.9)
Back in February, Chainz revealed Wayne's past interest in having him ink a Young Money deal.
"I was one of the first people invited to Young Money, before the album. Wayne asked me," Chainz said when he appeared on Wednesday's "RapFix Live." "From the outside looking in, I hate to see people look like they clique hopping," Chainz said. "But when you just look at an artist that went from here to this subsidiary, to this subsidiary -- for me I felt like I'm smart enough to sign 2 Chainz slash Def Jam like I did." Instead of signing to another artist, with Def Jam the "Spend It" MC was able to become his own boss and partner his new label T.R.U. with the deep-rooted record company. As soon as he signed, Chainz sent Wayne a text thanking him for being a true friend. "Lil Wayne is one of the realist dudes in the game as far as opening up doors for people to eat and trickling down to their families," he said. "He's one of the most unselfish, talented people that I've been around." (MTV)
After a steady run alongside Ludacris' Disturbin' Tha Peace, Chainz announced his departure over the winter.
Although there's numerous rumors about his new label deal circulating on the net, 2 Chainz cleared up one thing with XXL about his current situation: He is no longer with Ludacris' Disturbing Tha Peace. "It's the Real University, Two Gun Gang, Street Executives. It's not DTP no more," he says. "I'm actually behind [Ludacris], he's still my homie. I just took another route as far as running my own company and bossing up. But on the other hand, I'm still working with him. He has an album coming out this year, as well." (XXL Mag)
Last week, the Atlanta rapper addressed his current status in relation to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label.
"I'm not officially signed, paperwork-wise, to G.O.O.D. Music. But I have a great rapport with 'Ye. He called me before Watch the Throne came out. I'm an only child. I've got trust issues. So I don't have a best friend, a brother, sister--nothing. Stuff was happening in my life that I couldn't tell nobody. I didn't have anybody in my life that I could tell, like, "'Ye just called me." (Complex)
Check out Lil Wayne's interview below: