There’s a 2 Chainz tweet that doesn’t feel as old as it actually is. Published on April 29 of last year, it reads “Sorry guys afta this joint fo this hiphop legend i gota do! Im kutn features OFF!!! Gota album komn out ..yafeeeelme!!” About two weeks later, Kanye expounded on the king of features new policy, tweeting “2 Chainz is charging 100k for a verse now cause he’s G.O.O.D!!!!!!”
Point was, dude needed to focus on Based on T.R.U. Story, the solo album that all these features were leading up to. Except that the “No Lie” rapper never really followed through. The “Drank In My Cup” remix dropped that same day, on April 29, Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” remix dropped May 24, and the “Bands Make Her Dance” remix dropped June 18. Beyond those remixes, Chainz leant vocals to songs for DJ Drama, Chris Brown, Curren$y, Ciara and others, all before B.O.A.T.S. was released on August 14.
No doubt it was a banner year for Tity 2 Necklace, one that recently yielded him the ASCAP songwriter of the year award. Some would argue he had the feature verse of the year when he closed “Mercy” on a rampage.
But I keep going back to that original tweet. With his second solo disc, B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time, slated for a Sept. 10 release, it appears the rapper has learned what we knew all along; he can’t quit features even if he tried. Why even make declarations of the sort? You can’t go against your nature. In the past two months, I count nine songs that say “featuring 2 Chainz,” and that’s not counting the videos released in that time frame that also feature duke. In short, there is no end to the 2 Chainz feature, and we’re here to break down those nine songs and verses so that you can stunt on July 4th with the rap worlds go to companion. For brevity’s sake, we’re only featuring the new music releases, but check out his videos, too, including ones for his own “Feds Watching” and the superb Travi$ Scott track “Upper Echelon.”
Sean Paul ft. Juicy J and 2 Chainz “Entertainment” (released June 23)
Great for: Handing out spankings on the dance floor.
Most 2 Chainz-y line: Toss up between “Milk the game, lactose” and “She on the molly, think she saw a unicorn,” though it’s probably the latter if 2 Chainz is said unicorn.
Appropriate for your BBQ?: Only if it’s twerk-themed, which it absolutely should be.
Pusha T ft. Big Sean and 2 Chainz “Who Am I” (released June 13)
Great for: Counting money while plotting something sinister.
Most 2 Chainz-y line: “All day I dream about sex, three stripes,” which is an Adidas reference, both extremely dated and awesome.
Appropriate for your BBQ?: Unless you like to grill with a hoodie on and the hood up while mean mugging to the fullest and not handing out burgers to anyone ever, then no.
Wale ft. Wiz Khalifa and 2 Chainz “Rotation” (released June 10)
Great for: Burning down tree trunks, trippy sticks, J birds or anything of the sort
Most 2 Chainz-y line: “Ain’t nothing slick to a can of oil,” just makes me imagine him as a character from The Brave Little Toaster and a friend to the tin man.
Appropriate for your BBQ?: Way too mellow, but for that after-party or secret getaway room that no moochers are told about? Perfect.
Fabolous ft. 2 Chainz “When I Feel Like” (released May 30)
Great for: Easing into your turn up.
Most 2 Chainz-y line: So many to choose from. “Codeine like a supplement, If I make her cum it’s a compliment,” or “Cash her out, toss her up, wash her up that’s the spin cycle,” but probably “And I’m getting head in the car, while she’s driving” because that sounds most reckless and insane.
Appropriate for your BBQ?: The beat is a bit slow, but the hook which is essentially saying “feel like it” 100 times is great for reciting, so yes.
Clinton Sparks ft. Macklemore, D.A., and 2 Chainz “Gold Rush” (released May 21)
Great for: Ridin’ round with the top down, telling people about a Macklemore song they haven’t already gotten sick of.
Most 2 Chainz-y line: This has more of a pop feel to it so he keeps it somewhat tame, other than “She like my head, the one below my navel.”
Appropriate for your BBQ?: Yes, definitely.
Gucci Mane ft. 2 Chainz “Use Me” (released May 13)
Great for: Either bobbing or shaking one’s head in a methodic fashion.
Most 2 Chainz-y line: “I go to the strip club just to relax,” cut to dude with cucumbers over his eyes getting a lap dance.
Appropriate for you BBQ?: C’mon, it’s Gucci. A thousand times yes.
Ace Hood Ft. Wiz Khalifa, T.I., Meek Mill, French Montana, 2 Chainz, Future, DJ Khaled & Birdman “Bugatti (Remix)” (released May 6)
Great for: Pretending to live drastically beyond your means.
Most 2 Chainz-y line: He gets less than 8 bars and none of them really fit this bill, maybe “gimme that sloppy shit,” but only if he likes ‘em extra sloppy.
Appropriate for your BBQ?: If this or the original isn’t on that playlist then your party ain’t shit.
Wiz Khalifa ft. 2 Chainz “We Own It (Fast & Furious)” (released May 6)
Great for: Jumping out of high speed vehicles and living your life a quarter mile at a time.
Most 2 Chainz-y line: Seeing as this is tied to a major motion picture, the lyrics are pretty PG-13. Let’s go with “Perfecting my passion, thanks for asking” simply because no one asked.
Appropriate for your BBQ?: Yeah. It’s got a mainstream feel and the hook is catchy. A pretty low risk playlist addition.
B.o.B. ft. 2 Chainz “Headband” (released May 3)
Great for: Whistling and imagining girls as sporting equipment
Most 2 Chainz-y line: Two real good ones. “Middle school, I was getting head on a ten speed” which is even less plausible than his previous gettin-head line and “Day you can fuck with me, that would be Neveruary” proving why 2 Chainz should be allowed to rename anything and everything.
Appropriate for your BBQ?: Sure, why not. If there are little ones present, then it would be best not to, but with DJ Mustard on the beat, it’s almost a sure fire summer jam. Hell, the video is even shot outdoors.