Just days after the release of his Def Jam debut, Based On A T.R.U. Story, Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz appeared on Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club to discuss album numbers, working with Kanye West, and a number of other topics during the live interview.
With first week numbers for Based On A T.R.U. Story to possibly top 130,000, the rapper didn’t seem terribly impressed when informed of the prediction.
“I’m looking at it like I worked my ass off,” 2 Chainz explained. “It’s not about the record. I’m not even in tune with what the charts are doing. When it first happens I get geeked and then I go back to work. I just know I’ve done, just this year alone, I’ve done two tours with two people I feel like are major artists with diverse fan bases…I’m just looking at what I did on my own prior to doing tours. Just going around kissing babies, shaking hands, and just really trying to figure out the connection with the fans. So will I be disappointed if I only do one-something? No, but at the same time I just got high expectations for myself.”
Though some may have been caught off guard by the pairing of 2 Chainz and Chicago rapper Kanye West, 2 Chainz explained that in actuality the two emcees have more in common than most people think. While they do boast several similarities, the rapper did reveal that when it came to strip club vernacular he and West weren’t quite on the same page.
“We have more things in common than a lot of people I think even realize,” said 2 Chainz in a video posted on RapRadar.com. “He comes from a more backpack kind of environment so to speak…And then you know me I try to keep it quality street music. I try to have something about the trap maybe one or two lines about a stripper. So even when doing the song Birthday Song it was like we was just trying to cross worlds because I was trying to explain to him the booty clubs and just some things.”
2 Chainz’ Based On A T.R.U. Story was released on Tuesday, August 14 via Def Jam Records.