2 Chainz is back with a new album and fans are effuse with praise. The long-awaited release, So Help Me God!, is a 15 track spin cycle with guest appearances from Kanye West, Lil’ Wayne, Ty Dolla $ign, Kevin Gates, Rick Ross and more; quite the star-studded line-up by any standard in today’s Hip-Hop. Given such an impressive roster one might assume that the I’m Different rapper might be more than satisfied, however, 2 Chainz was clear to let his fans know that isn’t exactly the case.
In a recent interview with The Breakfast Club, he spoke at length about So Help Me God! and when prompted, waxed poetic about “Southside Hov” an ode to personally-revered Brooklyn’s Finest, Jay-Z. The legendary emcee has proved ever elusive, as 2 Chainz has made attempts to collaborate with him for close to 10 years running. According to Chainz, “As far as trying to get him on something, yes, I’ve given up on that. “I don’t like rejection and I got this little mental thing—the people don’t even know this. People that I deal with don’t even know this, where I might ask somebody something three times over my whole life and secretly, after the third time, I won’t ever, ever, ever probably like [say anything].”
DJ Envy affirmed that he prefers to “ask twice,” an ethos with which 2 Chainz agrees. “Not even saying that towards Hov, it’s just like…I’ve said it a couple times, even on my bucket list, I said something recently. Being on the Rolling Stone, Obama, Hov… If it happens, it’ll be a blessing, if it don’t happen, it just be something that don’t happen.”
During an interview with Apple Music, the Atlanta rapper stated, “I don’t really have a role model. There are people that I admire how they move. Hov is one of them. Being a very cool individual and knowing how to move in a room full of vultures. I’d be lying if I said there were some parts about the brother I didn’t study.”
2 Chainz, the rapper formerly known as Tity Boi, the culinary expert and cookbook author, legally named Tauheed Epps has had an illustrious career of bops: I’m Different, It’s A Vibe, No Lie and the latest single, Quarantine Thick featuring Mulatto. Chainz has collaborated with an enviable list of talent on each of his major releases and has made guest appearances on the projects of several others as well.
What has Hov been up to? A launch of a new cannabis venture, Monogram, in partnership with Caliva, an existing industry operation. The venerable businessman who is consistently making moves, and urging others to do so, enters the fray as State legal barriers continue to fall; an environment ripe for rapid expansion. Sean Carter, whom we all know as Jay-Z might be the new reigning “hardest working man in showbiz” with his latest foray. Might he find a moment to squeeze out a hot sixteen for the prolific and successful 2Chainz? We’ll have to wait to see. As Chainz famously exclaimed, ‘Don’t believe me, just watch!”