You might not realize it, but 2 Chainz has been absolutely rapping his ass off for at least the last couple years. If you don’t want to take our word for it, take it from Eminem, the Rap God who gave Mr. Chainz an implicit cosign when he worked with him in the studio.
During a recent interview with DJ Drama, Tity Boi spoke about how his
Slim Shady collaboration came to be. “That’s how I know I can rap,” he
said. “[Eminem] didn’t want to talk about nothing but rap and that was a
great phone call to get.”
According to Chainz, his studio session with Eminem came together when Em’s fellow D12 member Denaun Porter, whom Tity has apparently known for a long time, gave him a call. Porter told 2 Chainz that Em wanted to work with him. He didn’t believe it at the time.
“I’ve heard it all, you know what I’m saying? I’ve heard it all. You know, this like rap talk. It’s like, you see a rapper in the club and you’re like, ‘Let’s do one.’ It’s cap, you know what I mean? So you know, he’s like, ‘The boy wanna do something with you.’ And I’m like, ‘Whatever.'”
Chainz revealed that he received the call while Eminem was at Rick
Rubin’s house, and after some deliberation, he agreed to meet, and
eventually Em suggested Chainz get on a remix for the track. That
suggestion caused him to ask Em, “Eminem, what would you need a remix
for? Remixes are used to carry records to the No. 1 spot, when have you
ever did a remix for someone or for yourself?” After a quick smoke
break, and speaking with his daughter’s doctor for a while 2 Chainz laid
a verse on the song and the rest is history.
“When it was over, Eminem came up to me and said ‘Man, how the hell did you rhyme tabernacle with Adam’s apple?'” he said of the immediate aftermath after he recorded, before confirming “He’s got a project coming out.”
When they weren’t rapping, the two discussed their current taste in
hip-hop. “Em was telling me he listens to Kendrick and he listens to
me,” Chainz said. “He was telling me a lot of my metaphors give him
anxiety because he never knows what I’m gonna say... I’m like, ‘It’s really
an honor with you saying this because we know where you are as far as
the food chain.'”
Watch Deuce's interview with Drama below. Hit the 17:30 mark for the Em story.
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