Ever since he exploded back onto the rap scene, 2 Chainz has stayed plenty busy pumping out a dazzling array of feature verses, a bunch of concerts and, of course, continuing the promo of his gold-selling, solo debut, Based on a T.R.U. Story.
And it doesn’t look like Deuce will be taking a vacation either. On September 10, he’ll be releasing his second album, B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time, and it’s the rapper’s hope that it will give his fans the escape that he’s craving right now.
“Me Time has multiple meanings. I feel like my music actually gives people a sense of going away sometimes — without really going on vacation,” Chainz told MTV News backstage on Saturday at his show-stopping performance at Hot 107.9’s Birthday Bash concert in Atlanta.
“I feel like when people listen to me, they feel like they’re goin’ somewhere, taking time off; they’re relaxing, lettin’ their hair down,” the dreadlocked MC said reflectively. “Every time somebody wants to have some ’me time’ or whatever, this is the type of vibe, this is the type of project [to listen to]. I’m putting together different sounds to make people be like, ’This is about me. Me and my people, this is our time.'”
If the album’s first single, “Feds Watching,” is any indication, Me Time will provide quite the escape. Chainz hooked up with producer Pharrell Williams to create a Caribbean-driven reggae vibe that just screams island getaway.
“It just felt like it was something different, it felt like it was something that needed to happen,” 2 Chainz said about the single. “For me it was about of course staying comfortable but trying new stuff, and that’s what I did rocking with Pharrell.”