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Train of Thought: 2 Chainz on Rick Ross’s “Fuck Em”

2 Chainz is on a roll. In recent months, the Atlanta rapper has been making the rounds on the cameo circuit—guesting on songs with Young Jeezy, Wale, Big Sean and Fabolous, just to name a few. But, he may have saved his best for “Fuck Em”—his recent collaboration with Rick Ross off the rotund MC’s Rich Forever mixtape. Tity Boi’s always good for attention-grabbing lines—his opening rhymes on “Spend It” comes to mind—but the lanky rapper crams line after  line for a comedic and clever 16 bar verse on “Fuck Em.”

The in-demand MC recently broke down his “Fuck Em” verse for, discussing the appeal in bow-legged girls, what he learned from Too $hort growing up and stealing the show from Rick Ross and Wale. —Carl Chery (@cchery)

“‘Migo hit my boost, ‘migo hit my boost/What you know about walking in the Gucci store and they salute?/
Chain cost a coupe, coupe cost a crib/Riding with the chopper, like it’s my friend/
This for real niggas only, I still bet with Kobe/Got a sign in my garage that say, “Foreign only”/
Forces pouring, on mixtapes I’m touring/See my shit that fire shit, and yo’ shit boring/
I’m chain smoking loud like it’s a Newport/Dad wasn’t around—my father figure was Too Short/
New Porsche deuced up, two cups got juice in it/Two forks, two pots, I could whip it both-handed/
My girl is bow-legged, just do it like Bo Jackson/Every beat I’m toe-tagging, charm big as a Volkswagon/
Money got me sagging, it really doesn’t matter/I run circles round these niggas’ world like Saturn
“—2 Chainz on Rick Ross’s “Fuck Em,” Rich Forever (2012) I’m assuming you’re a regular at the Gucci store.

2 Chainz: Well, I’m a just a high-end type of shopper as far as my attire, even off camera, even in the studio chillin’ I’m wearing Louis Vuitton sneakers, Gucci sneakers, or Bally sneakers or something like that. You know, one of my most infamous lines came from “Duffle Bag Boy,” which is, “Walk into the Gucci store, honey, I’m home.” When I walk into the Gucci store, when I walk into the Louis store, they really offer me bottles of champagne. I really get different perks once they type my name in the computer. Basically, I’ve been to every store as far as Gucci. It’s just a lifestyle thing. It’s always a dude at the door at the Gucci in Atlanta that just kinda greets me, opens the door for me. He’s kinda like security, but he almost salute when I come in, so it was just real life depiction on that.

What is the “I still be with Kobe” line about?

I’m a huge Kobe fan. I’m a Laker fan. To tell you the truth that verse, it wasn’t old, but I’ve done it months ago. The lockout and all that was going on. I love to compare sports to music because I’m a sports fan. I love hoopin’ and all of that, so I like to use Kobe’s work ethic and his game in my music a lot because I like to say that I’m like Kobe as an artist because I do a lot of things that people don’t see, but when it’s game time I kinda show up as far as, like, the [BET] Cypher, maybe this [Rich Forever] tape and other things like that that I think I’m just doing somethin’ natural and it gets received real well. And that’s what it is. I still bet with Kobe. We gon win it all no matter what. World peace.

Is there really a sign in your garage that says “Foreign only?”

I mean, I just bought the new crib that’s all that’s in there right now. Wifey got the Infiniti, I got the Porsche and [Maserati]. I got the Cadi too, but it’s not in the garage. Another lifestyle bar.

What makes rap boring in your opinion?

I just really think people do the same thing over and over, repetitive. Those types of things can get borin’ when you see the same show, you see the same style of music, same beats. It doesn’t bring any excitement. So, with me any time I do a webisode, a viral, a video, I try to do somethin’ new to just bring somethin’ exciting. It may have been done before, but I just try to find a new creative, innovative way from my point of view to kinda put it out there. Whether it’s bars, or whatever it is the way I do it, I just feel like my shit fire. I just always felt that way and it’s catching up. I think the reason is because a lot of niggas is either lazy or they shit is just repetitive.

You said your girl is bow-legged. Is that the same girl who doesn’t have a stomach?

Yea. Same girl. [Laughs] Bitch bad. That bitch bad, mang. Stupid bow-legged, not that fake pigeon-toed shit that the girls do when they put on they little red bottom shits, nigga. They red bottoms are half too small and they try to stand like they pigeon-toed. Not that shit. I’m talkin’ about real bow-legged. Bowed out. Yah!

A lot of people don’t look at girls being bow-legged as a good thing, though.

Bow-legged is like, parentheses. Imagine a girl with parenthe… legs. Parentheses swag. Standing, like, they can’t put they legs together if they wanted to. That lean back, that gap, B. We into bow-legged and pigeon-toed. We describe the way you walk, always the way you move, right? So bow-legged is just really how a woman stands and walks, strides.

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