2 Chainz "Striving To Be A Wiser Person" After Robbery

2 Chainz also discusses his forthcoming "B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time" album, a collection the rapper says shows "some growth."

2 Chainz was robbed June 9 in San Francisco. The robbery was caught on a surveillance video and the Def Jam Recordings artist says he caught flak for running from the perpetrator.

"Anybody that tells you they wouldn't run hasn't been in situations like me," 2 Chainz says in an interview with villagevoice.com. "I've been a felon since I was 15. Most kids at that age might still be sleeping in the same bed with their siblings. I'm trying to grow to be a wiser person...But you know I learned from the experience and like I said I'm striving to be a wiser person."

As for his next steps, 2 Chainz says he's almost finished with his new album, B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time. "That's pretty much done," the rapper says of his new album, which is slated for a September 10 release. "I'm just finishing up the mixing. I'm adding a few samples, taking away a few samples. I'm still arranging the album too and also getting the credits right to make that side of the business is taken care of."

Even though 2 Chainz has become one of rap's biggest stars in the last few years, he has also been criticized by a number of writers, fans and others for subject matter that Rich Nichols, The Roots' manager, says is "a fucking object lesson in thematic narrowness, one dumbass idea repeated over and over again."

"My answer to the critics is this, and I quote: 'Smart people can act dumb but dumb people can't act smart,'" 2 Chainz says to The Village Voice. "That goes to every critic that doesn't know I never made a C in high school, just A's and B's. It just so happens I have an understanding about real life. Where I'm from no one wants Jesse Jackso[n]--they want a nigga that tells it like it is, strippers and dope dealers who ride foreign cars. I take [listeners] on a walk though that neighborhood, through that lifestyle. When I came in the game with 'Duffle Bag Boyz,' I was already wearing Gucci. That's how I came in the game. This album, of course, it's some growth. I'm talking about prosperity more but I'm not going to stop talking real shit that we see on the news. So all those critics can miss me with that shit."

In fact, 2 Chainz says his lyrics are not as basic as people might imagine. "When I say, 'All I want for my birthday is a big booty hoe,' all I'm really saying is, 'I would like to have some birthday sex, please.' When I'm talking about 'I'm different,' I'm saying that when I'm looking in the mirror I see a trendsetter. No one is doing it like me."

2 Chainz says his next set of moves focus on expanding his business empire. "T.R.U. University label is my focus," he says. "Have some projects coming out on that. I'm just looking to be competitive. I got that sports edge on these fools. I eat well, get my cardio in. I want it all. I'm amicable with people, but I want everybody up outta here. I want it all."

RELATED: Surveillance Video Released Of 2 Chainz At Gunpoint

61 Comments

  • Eunice D. Reynolds

    my best friend's mom makes $89 an hour on the laptop. She has been without a job for 6 months but last month her check was $12966 just working on the laptop for a few hours. Here's the site to read more... WWW.CAN99Com

  • Fuck Atlanta

    I can't believe this nigga even knows the words "striving" and "wiser".

  • Anonymous

    how is his album called based on a tru story when he got caught lying like officer ricky?

  • Anonymous

    "he know everything about everything and everyone" When you got it kid, you got it.

  • frreallbruh?

    In fact, 2 Chainz says his lyrics are not as basic as people might imagine. "When I say, 'All I want for my birthday is a big booty hoe,' all I'm really saying is, 'I would like to have some birthday sex, please.' When I'm talking about 'I'm different,' I'm saying that when I'm looking in the mirror I see a trendsetter. No one is doing it like me." Did I really read this or am I drunk? How are his lyrics not basic? He just explained and that is the most basic sh*t

    • Anonymous

      meant to say Bitch ass

    • Anonymous

      Nah his lyrics are not basic, they are just inane, basic would means 1-one f the simplest kind, shit does not fucking make sense, basic would be a step-up. 2.-forming the part of sth that is most necessary and from which other things develop-what the fuck does he develop, oh, my bad birthday hoe means I want to have sex on my birthday, duh. Man use that money and get a fucking tutor or invest it on hooked on phonics-Go the fuck back to the basics. Birth ass bullet fragments in my hair-chump.

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  • Anonymous

    "Curtis ran the streets" His boss ran the streets.

    • Ja Rule Army

      ^can anybody understand this fraud. I think it's trying to communicate with us

    • Anonymous

      You were nowhere to be found how you know? lol at this bitch Quote-Man, he know everything about everything and everyone. Let him tell it he's commenting from the Waldorf Astoria eating lobster bisque with a G5 on the tarp at LaGuardia while skyping Eric Holder. Something wrong with that boy.

  • Anonymous

    'Smart people can act dumb but dumb people can't act smart,' ^ so true you can scroll down and see it no matter what they try to say

    • Anonymous

      I'm talking about the saying (a wise man can play the role of a fool but a fool cannot play the role of a wise man) and the comments, you're stuck on 2Chainz. Where did you get the idea that I was admiring him with a comment that doesn't even address him? You thought you were wise with that comment but look like a fool anon3. The god need to sharpen his sword, you ain't understanding, no clear view.

    • Har-magedon, G.O.D

      Peace @Anon 3, nice one. People need to stop admiring these fools as if they are special. This clown does not have an ounce of brain and before someone says oh, he's getting money this and that, yeah well a fool and his money are soon parted; go ahead 2fake chainz give your fuck boy-variation of this.

    • Anonymous

      Wow, this b.s and idiotic line ''Smart people can act dumb but dumb people can't act smart" we are supposed to be blown away by his corny take on the adage'a wise person can play a fool, but a fool can't play a wise person. Anon 1, it is one more reason why people shouldn't listen to this fuck. Don't know who's dumber this fool or the folks who support and oh yeah Anon 1 go fuck yourself, fucking fruit.

    • Anonymous

      thanks for seeing that im smart dawg

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  • Anonymous

    As & Bs , well, you were intelligent enough to copy off the smart kids in your class, that's it; most of the shit that this cat say sound stupid.

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  • Anonymous

    I would expect a non-gangsta rapper to run, but since he's a rapper talking that gangsta ish, he was tested and failed...miserably. Made himself look like a sucker. Charging $100,000 for a verse. Watching that video, he'll be fortunate to get $100 for a verse. Just admit that you ain't bout that life, then kick rocks.

  • dentaldamboy

    2 Chainz gonna go platinum in a week for his next album.

  • Anonymous

    The simple fact this nigga got robbed means he has zero respect in the hood, since niggas still have the nerve to snatch his shit no matter how famous he is. With that being said, it's clear to see the only people who support him are rich adolescent girls

    • Ike

      What you said made no sense, I can respect this nigga all day long but If I'm starving in the hood then hell yeah I'm finna jack him, I don't give a fuck if he a rapper or just a famous person

  • imho

    also something just doesnt really seem authentic about this guy.. any rapper thats this famous and has 10 'bodyguards' would have atleast 1 strap on em. and wouldnt let 2 guys scatter your crew out. i wonder if this guys from the streets he gets robbed once and its im tryna be a better person.. really you were tryna do that since you were a 'felon at 15' i bet his felony consisted of tax fraud his mom put under his name so he got screwed

  • imho

    this guy 2chainz is dumb for real- this is all you hadda say in the first place. not trying act like you never got robbed by putting up random lists and shit lmfao now hes trying to make everyone feel stupid for calling his ass out for lying in the first place.

  • Anonymous

    Just... stop doing interviews, you sound as real as Rick Ross, the officer.

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  • Anonymous

    What does being a felon have to do with anything though? Like why does this guy always feel the need to say hes from the streets and shit. You got fucking robbed move on with ya life.

  • Anonymous

    No one cares that he ran like a bitch and tripped! This nigga lied about it and pretended it never happened and then when the tape came out he said he never got robbed he got pick pocketed.

  • Anonymous

    "I'm saying that when I'm looking in the mirror I see a trendsetter. No one is doing it like me." nigga no one is doing it like you because you look like a fucking clown. you look like dave chappelle doing a lil jon impression wearing michael jacksons clothes

  • Anonymous

    "I've been a felon since I was 15. Most kids at that age might still be sleeping in the same bed with their siblings." fuck is he talkin about I never shared a bed with my siblings when i was little and i damn sure wasnt sharing no beds at 15 years old.

  • Anonymous

    "I've been a felon since I was 15." so this was before he went to college and graduated with a 4.0 gpa????

    • Anonymous

      SMH at people that think that's a bad look, including 2 chains, and Rozay. What kind of felonies you get at 15?

  • Anonymous

    naw nigga i wouldnt have ran. i would have gave up the goods right then and there if they got me and charge it to the game. when you ran they let off a few shots, that was dumb as shit!

  • Anonymous

    if u want music wit a message thats not about dumbshit check this kid out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWkwaBNX8II

  • Anonymous

    Actual smart people don't have to tell people they're smart must be trying to convince himself. He went to North Clayton so A's and B's there get you just a hair over special needs education in a better school.

  • Anonymous

    these southern rappers today are funny dude your nearly 40 grow up and act your age

  • nigger and wigger hunters

    hey mother fuckers

  • spic hunter

    seen some fat joes walking around gonna get em

  • Anonymous

    This nigga is full of shit.

  • Jay-Z

    We don't believe you, you need more people.

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