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 XXLMag.com, 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)
XXLMag.com: 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.
There’s a lot of legendary athletes that were endorsed by Nike and you chose to big up Bo Jackson. Why him?
Man, he just did it. You know, Bo Jackson legendary. People done played baseball and football. That’s all sports. Like I said, I like to use sports and those kind of analogies in my music so it’s like I’m trying to do it all. I’ll go out, fuck around, run for 40 yards then I come the next day, hit a home run. I can have a game where I run for 150 yards, then come out and have a home run and three RBIs. Bo Jackson is just that nigga that did every fuckin’ thing. You know that was one of his slogans as far as Nike, "Just Do It." He was one of the first ones I believe that started that campaign. And his commercials were always dope as fuck.
What do you remember about the Bo Knows commercials?
In my mind right now, I’d have to go look at them, but they were always dope, man. Nike always had the best commercials to me, but they were always showing action and shit like that, but you had that adrenaline going. It just got that movement. They always did a good job of that.
You said, “I’m chain smokin' loud like it’s a Newport.” I can't recall rappers using "Chain smoking" to describe how much weed they smoke.
Once again it’s reality rap, bro. I’ve smoked two blunts since I’ve been talkin' to you. [Laughs] We light a blunt after another and then loud is the preference. Chain smokin' would be probably more related to cigarettes. That’s what they say. I don’t smoke cigarettes so I just picked my type of smokin’. That’s all it is, just chain smokin’ like it’s a Newport. I think Newport is probably the most famous brand of cigarettes today.
What did you learn from Too $hort coming up?
Bitch! [Laughs] I was thinking, “Damn, I really should have did that in an ad-lib.” Really, I told my potna, I only had, probably two real life girlfriends my whole life because I came up under Too $hort and Poison Clan and all them people that didn’t think having a girl was cool. So I went through high school prom and all that shit, like, “I don’t give a fuck about no fuckin…” Just brainwashed. Too $hort was one of my… you feel me? It’s funny. He called yesterday. I gotta make sure I call Too $hort back. I ain’t get to speak to him but I got a good feeling that it got something to do with that line.
I gotta put you on the spot. Who got the best verse on the song?
Me! You know that. What am I gonna say? Wale? Rick Ross? Me, of course.
I respect that. Rappers often get political with questions like this.
Nah, ain’t no political. I snapped, dawg. I’ma continue snappin'. They’re my friends. I almost feel like we’re labelmates, we got so many songs together. And I been did the verse. I was like, “When is Ross gon put this out?” I got verses in a lot of niggas studios and I never heard them before. I don’t write, I just go in. I got a couple verses with Ross.
Like I said it’s a blessing to be gettin' acknowledgement for stuff that I just feel is a no-brainer to me. I’m just in a comfortable zone right now. I got two calls yesterday about the same verse. Really it’s just lettin' me know Rick Ross is hot as fuck. Bruh’s really hot to where I was glad to be a part of that because I got a look off of it. I didn’t get the big head or nothin'. I’m just like, really homie got a crazy buzz, he dropped the tape. He got a bunch of features on there so, you now, in my mind I’m thinkin' everybody that’s in their own little world gettin' calls off his tape sayin' that they did a good job cause I think the tape goes pretty hard in the streets. And a lot of heavy hitters just dropped some music. You know, I see him. He fucked up the Internet.