Kanye And 2 Chainz Fuse ‘Backpack’ And ‘Trap’ Vibes

'It's always cool to talk about music as a whole, what we think it's missing, what we think it needs,' Chainz says of working with 'Ye.

2 Chainz hit a career milestone earlier this week, dropping his major-label debut, Based on a T.R.U. Story, and the Atlanta rapper had plenty of support from pal Kanye West while trying to put the project together.

During his visit to “RapFix Live” this week, 2 Chainz explained that Kanye and his team gave plenty of input on his album. “I would like to salute Kanye West and the whole G.O.O.D. Music team, and DONDA, which is his team, [because] they actually was behind a lot of the artwork and design for my project,” he said. “I sat down with them and we co-created a lot of the images, from the cover to the whole promo package. Of course, Kanye was a part of my new single ‘Birthday Song.’ He co-produced that as well, so I’ve got a great relationship with them.”

Though he’s not officially signed to G.O.O.D. Music , 2 Chainz has become a part of the crew, appearing with on their recent Complex cover and on their hit single “Mercy.” “They’ve got the G.O.O.D. Music album coming out, and I don’t know how many cuts I made, but I know I’m on that as well, besides ‘Mercy,’ ” he said. “Basically, it’s a great relationship. We’re still building, and it’s just good to be around people like [Kanye] that try to have a team full of experts in their own field. It just feels good to bounce ideas and theories [off of them].”

Although Kanye has been working with 2 Chainz for at least a year now, the public has never had a chance to see the two interact — save for Kanye’s silent cameo on “106 & Park” a few months ago — and curiosity abounds. According to 2 Chainz, the first five minutes of a phone conversation with Kanye West usually finds him poking fun at ‘Ye for not having a cell phone, and then they proceed as normal.

“The rest [of the conversation] is about being creative and competitive and things like that,” he said. “What I think about music and what he thinks about music is somewhat similar, although we come from totally different backgrounds — him having a more backpack swag, and me having a more trap or street résumé. So when we get together, it’s always cool to cross paths and just talk about music as a whole, what we think it’s missing, what we think it needs.”

2 Chainz tapped Kanye West’s director Andreas Nilsson to shoot his upcoming video for “Birthday Song,” and he’s described the visuals as “trippy” so far, admitting that we’ll definitely see a few ‘Ye touches when it premieres.


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