2 Chainz Says His Work Ethic Comes From Watching 2Pac

You want to know the key to 2 Chainz’s success? The Atlanta Ambassador says it’s simple; he asked himself “what would 2Pac do?” As the hip-hop community takes time today (September 13) to reflect on the 15th anniversary of the tragic death of Tupac Shakur, Chainz spoke to XXLMag.com on the greatest lesson he learned from the rap legend.

“I guess it would be the thing I’ve been talking about, hard work,” Chainz, who is formerly known as Titiy Boi, said. “He’s been gone for 15 years and I’m sure we’ve had 15 songs if not albums that have been released after his passing. So with my [mixtapes], I had a tape called Me Against the World. I had All Ice On Me like All Eyes On Me and I made it a double disc. Then I had Trap-A-Velli 1 and 2. On all my tapes I used to tell people during the drops I’m flipping the titles of Tupac [albums]. And I would tell them it’s not because my music is similar, I’m flipping the names of the titles and I’m trying to develop the work ethic.

“It’s not that I had the same revolutionary campaign that he had, “ Chainz continued. “Mine is more like… It’s the same thing, being real and being an individual, he actually preached that. But for the most part, besides the Codeine… series, all them had to do with Tupac’s titles. “

Chainz said after years of getting slept on, he decided to step his studio game up and log in countless hours in the recording booth.

“I’m coming at this like ‘what would Pac do?’” Chainz explained. “Niggas ain’t fuck with him, he would work hard. Then when niggas fuck with him, he’ll say kiss his ass. That’s what I took from ‘Pac. I watched his DVDs. I was definitely around and a big fan when he was active, the biggest thing I took from that is hard work. Hard work is something you can’t see. We didn’t see him in the studio every night, but he kept coming out with songs.”

On November 1, Chainz is dropping his first tape since February with the DJ Drama Gangsta Grillz Edition of T.R.U. REALigion. —Shaheem Reid

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  • mutada mullah atari

    First Nigga to say quality over quality in reference to Tupac is a bitch…. I think his legacy to rap is extreme work ethic, I don’t recall any rap artists having that sort of output especially at their peak, (from the time he bailed out to his death was a very shirt period of time ). this was before pro tools, instant recall, recording on lap tops and the ease and speed of hard disk based mixing and work flows.

  • HU

    Pac did put in work but it was quantity over quality. That being said the large amount of trash he recorded is light years better than the best from Soulja Boy, Wacka, Lil B, etc. If Biggie and Pac were still alive would we ever have Gucci and Boosie and all that shit? On a final note I was waiting on Tity Boi to change his name for about 7 years. You’ve got to be dumb as hell to call yourself that and hope for success, not that 2Chainz is much better. He has no intelligence but he has stuck around for awhile now without ever releasing any notable music. Props for that.

    • Realnigga

      Opinions are like assholes……everyone has one…….You say he put quantity over quality…..I say if this is true, then his “quantity” work is better than any rappers quality work of All Time!!!! remember this dude crafted the Makaveli album in 7 damn days!!!! and that’s a hip-hop classic and arguably the best Hip-Hop Album Of All-Time!!!!! And that’s not even his best album in my opinion!!!!! Time has nothing to do with quality…..and most of the after death releases by Pac are songs that he thought weren’t good enough to be put out….don’t blame Pac because other artists took twice the time he did to put out music…..that’s a damn skill homie

  • King Richard Aka Da God Of Rap

    2 chains rite & so is mutada mullah atari & realnigga & @hu u make gud points but da rappers u named dnt wannabe on da list of gr8′s jus get money & exist but da main reason pac got quite a bit of average 2 barely below average shyt is cuz he did all shyt n a short period of tyme so his mind ain’t refresh as much but wen artist hv yr(s) off & still aint at da same level dey wz…no excuse…http://www.youtube.com/user/Darealkingrichard?feature=mhee

  • iamlegend100

    Best work ethic and Best Rap artist of all time bar none,His death was a serious loss not just 4 the rap game but 4 humanity. Thug in Peace 2Pac A.K.A Makaveli the Don Killuminati, your’e sorely missed!

  • bamerican

    Let’s keep in mind that a lot of the posthumous releases, with the exception of The Seven Day Theory, were songs that he probably would have kept to himself. His albums that he released while still alive and able to add his artistic input and decide what songs were going to make the cut and which ones weren’t were all classics. I’m not even a huge fan of his music, but I appreciate his contribution to the culture.

  • black jesus

    thats why 2chainz is the future.

    2 CHAINZ!!!!!!

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  • http://www.onlinetimez.blogspot.com alice

    Tupac is really left a true rap legend, I still love his music.

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    to buy and get big save for more