Firestarter: Cap 1
2 Chainz had a heck of a come-up. The rap veteran may have dropped his solo debut just last year, but it was his experience in the game that ensured its success. Cap 1 has a similar experience — maybe that's why he gets along so well with 2 Chainz.
"I did a lot of writing and behind-the-scenes work with different artists out of Chicago, and came up with Shawnna," Cap explained to Mixtape Daily of his early days, which also included a solo deal with Motown records around 2000. "Throughout that whole movement of Shawnna being with [Disturbing tha Peace] is how I came to meet with Chainz and this is going back like 2001 [or] 2002."
As two underdogs in the rap game, Chainz and Cap made a pact: if one of them caught steam, they would include the other in their plans. Deuce, of course, featured Cap 1 on the Mike Will Made It-produced "Wut We Doin" from 2 Chainz's Grammy-nominated Based on a T.R.U. Story. "Me and Tit just had our bond. We were kinda like two of the same — had the same walks of life, going through the same things just trying to get somewhere better," Cap said. "That's my brother and he kept his word and that's where we are today."
In March, Cap released his long-anticipated T.R.U. 2 It mixtape. Not only does the tape feature contributions from the likes of Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, Young Jeezy and Game, but more importantly, it showcases the lyrical grit that has kept Cap in the game all of these years. Tracks like the Young Chop-produced "Paperchase" and hustle-centric "Mind Ova Business" prove Cap's lyrical worth, while "Like the Wind" shows that he can also cater to radio and the ladies as well. "T.R.U. 2 It is one of the hottest mixtapes on the streets right now. I feel like it just brings back lyrics and great music," he bragged. "It was a lane opening up and so we saw it and we floored it."