Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz recently updated fans on what he’s been up to since releasing his Based On A T.R.U. Story II: Me Time last month and what collaborations he has on deck.
Barely a month in stores, Chainz said his latest album’s follow-up is already in production.
“I’m already working on my third album, I have a single already. I never stop. The day my album dropped, I went to the studio,” Chainz revealed in an interview. “I always had it in mind that I was gonna put Jay Z on my third album. I still feel like I have room to grow, I haven’t peaked out yet. It’s always exciting to get a verse or something from Jay Z for a new album. You’ve still got Eminem, you’ve got Andre 3000. You’ve got your ‘A’ list and then you’ve got your ‘A-A’ list. You’ve got your certain people that are very successful in the game right now.” (“Jenny Boom Boom TV”)
Asked about the importance of putting up strong opening week numbers, Deuce recently said there are two ways to look at sales.
“Of course I care. I’m still gon’ grind it out. If it does 50k, I’ll probably be mad as hell and do something like buy another car, make myself feel better. But at the same time, I know it’s a race and if anybody know me, it’s hard to really get me down, get me discouraged. I’m very optimistic.” (“The Breakfast Club”)
He also briefly touched on the perception of not having enough promotion for his sophomore effort.
“You don’t want to get into becoming angry rapper mode, pointing fingers at different people. I’m still confident in word of mouth as far as marketing and advertising. … I’m kinda like on some laidback, humble stuff right now ’cause I really think I outdid myself on this album.” (“The Breakfast Club”)
Chainz’s Based On A T.R.U. Story II: Me Time premiered on the sales charts last month at No. 3.
Country star Keith Urban debuts at No. 1 with “Fuse,” edging out the also-arriving “Kiss Land” by the Weeknd at No. 2. Less than 3,000 copies separate the albums, which enter the chart with rounded figures of 98,000 and 95,000, respectively, according to Nielsen SoundScan. (The latest sales tracking week ended Sunday, Sept. 15.) That’s the closest margin between Nos. 1 and 2 since early January, when less than 2,000 copies separated the “Les Misérables” soundtrack at No. 1 (92,000) and Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” at No. 2 (91,000). At No. 3 on the Billboard 200 this week, 2 Chainz follows his No. 1 debut effort, “Based on a T.R.U. Story,” with a second top five hit, “B.O.A.T.S. II #METIME.” The new album arrives at No. 3, selling 63,000 copies. “Based on a T.R.U. Story” sold more than twice as much in its first frame, shifting 147,000 units. (Billboard)
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