Back in 2012, Kanye West took to Twitter to announce that 2 Chainz was charging $100,000 for a function verse “'trigger he’s G.O.O.D!!!!!!” That quantity has possible gone up over the previous seven years, however again within the Tity Boi days, his fee was possible rather a lot smaller.
That’s as a result of 2 Chainz’s turn-of-the-decade rebrand has confirmed to be one of the crucial ingenious and consequently worthwhile strikes by anybody in rap historical past. Not solely did the rebrand assist deliver a brand new gentle to an already nice artist, however it helped the person they as soon as known as Tit step his pen sport up.
His lyrics have been elevated on his personal albums in addition to on the aforementioned function verses. In reality, since his 2011 rebrand, there is no such thing as a denying 2 Chainz has been on a feature-verse frenzy, with sufficient quotable one-liners and punch traces to fill a library. Whether it’s along with his rap contemporaries, R&B crooners or pop stars, he all the time manages to deliver the suitable assertiveness to a given file -- and he’s accomplished so greater than 40 occasions.
Now, along with his fifth studio album Rap or Go to the League (A&Red by none aside from LeBron James) launched on March 1, Billboard determined to return by the years and rank 2 Chainz’s 20 finest function verses. On some cuts, he flows ferociously concerning the luxurious way of life, and on others he breaks down his hard-fought come-up with vivid metaphors and punch traces. He really is a jack of all rhymes who's displaying no indicators of slowing down. Truuu.
20. Jason Derulo's “Talk Dirty,” feat. 2 Chainz
Jason Derulo had a serious second 5 years in the past along with his smash hit “Talk Dirty,” and naturally he nabbed 2 Chainz for the rap-star function spot. At this level in 2013, 2 Chainz was on the top of his comeback and in his proverbial “bag.” He dished out rewindable traces like “Gilbert Arenas, weapons on deck/ Chest to chest, tongue on neck/ International oral intercourse/ Every image I take, I pose a risk,” over these iconic horns and obtained “jazzy on ‘em.”
19. Young Jeezy's “SupaFreak,” feat. 2 Chainz
Jeezy’s Thug Motivation album collection is sort of as iconic because the Snowman himself. His extremely anticipated and extremely acclaimed TM103 was affected by scorching visitor verses, and naturally Chainz needed to get within the combine as properly. On the 808-heavy “Supafreak,” Chainz pulls up for a fast 12-bar verse that may finest be described as a fierce flex-athon.
18. Kanye West's “Champions,” feat. Gucci Mane, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, Yo Gotti, Quavo & Desiigner
2016 was a giant yr for Kanye West, with The Life of Pablo ending his three-year music hiatus. Of course, in true Kanye kind he introduced alongside his G.O.O.D. Music cohorts to promo the album with some loosies. “Champions” was a colossal crew lower with contributions from Gucci Mane, Big Sean, Yo Gotti, Desiigner, Travis Scott, Quavo and, in fact, 2 Chainz. Crisp and clear rhymes make up his 26-bar verse that finish with some traditional 2 Chainz wordplay that bodes his prowess as a surprisingly crafty lyricist: “Like I'm a serial killer/ I put the true in gorilla/ I did this shit for my n---as.”
17. Nicki Minaj's “Beez within the Trap,” feat. 2 Chainz
Part of two Chainz's enchantment is his capacity to rap alongside anybody -- male or feminine, rap or pop. Nicki Minaj occupies an analogous house in popular culture so when the 2 collide it’s as spectacular because it sounds. “Beez within the Trap” from Nicki’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded not solely requires Chainz to point out his trapstar roots, however Ke’noe’s hollowed-out beat lets him bob and weave with triumphant declarations like, “Got a non-public dwelling, began from them public homes/ Hair weave killer, inflicting her arousal/ Audi A8, instructed them 'outtie 5000.'”
16. The Game's “Ali Bomaye,” feat. 2 Chainz & Rick Ross
One of Game’s finest songs to this point is the wildly inspiring “Ali Bomaye” from hisJesus Piece album, and he undoubtedly grabbed Dos Chainz for the function on the album’s most vital posse lower. In reality, it is without doubt one of the uncommon cases the place Chainz kicks the tune off with a gap verse as an alternative of his traditional nearer. Both Game and Rick Ross deliver stable verses too, however it’s laborious to comply with Chainz’s slick phrase affiliation: “Gentleman apparel, in threads that gained't expire/ I'm in a category of my very own, my trainer obtained fired.”
15. YG's “Big Bank,” feat. Nicki Minaj, Big Sean & 2 Chainz
One of two Chainz’s most up-to-date options made the summer time shake alongside YG, Nicki Minaj and Big Sean. YG’s “Big Bank” dominated everybody’s summer time playlist, and whereas the aforementioned collaborators got here with laborious bars, Chainz introduced the ridiculousness. Lines like “Big shit like a dinosaur did it/ And Tity shinin' like acrylic” and “Now I'm lookin' for a glove with the glint on it/ And my CBD obtained chocolate on it” are as comical as they're artful.
14. Okay Camp's “Cut Her Off,” feat. 2 Chainz
“Cut Her Off” must be one in every of this decade’s most integral breakup tracks, and due to 2 Chainz’s big-time bravado, anybody listening will possible really feel the identical. An exasperated Chainz begins his verse with a wild intonation of “You know that ain't an actual bag bitch, that's a knockoff” after which proceeds to get off a few of his funniest metaphors to this point: “If I don't like that ho I flip her ass right into a Frisbee/ If I don’t like your disc I flip that ho right into a Frisbee.” The monitor will completely be a single individual’s anthem till the tip of time.
13. Pusha T's “Who I Am,” feat. Big Sean & 2 Chainz
One of the extra slept-on tracks from Pusha T’sMy Name Is My Name album is “Who I Am,” that includes two of his G.O.O.D. Music labelmates: Big Sean and a pair of Chainz. This is without doubt one of the verses the place Chainz proves his experience in rhyme supply. His opening bar “Entrepreneur, strip membership connoisseur” is stretched, dipped and pitched to rhyme completely with the continuing traces “Hot fudge sundae, pour it on you, hallelujah/ Pour it on you, hallelujah, pour it on you, hallelujah/ And I be by myself dick, ain't that a lot room for you, ah.” Truuuuly a grasp at work.
12. Travis Scott's “Upper Echelon,” feat. 2 Chainz & T.I.
Before Travis Scott turned one of many greatest acts in music with a number of hit singles, “Upper Echelon” was his most celebrated tune and it featured none aside from 2 Chainz and fellow ATLien T.I. Chainz in fact obtained gifted the final verse, through which he levitated for 12 bars over Kanye’s nuclear manufacturing. The beat even hollows out to provide Chainz extra space to air self-fulfilling prophecies like “I instructed 'em let's pray, I hold killin' verses.”
11. Pusha T's “The Morning,” feat. Raekwon, Common, 2 Chainz, CyHi Da Prynce, Kid Cudi & D'Banj
Cruel Summer was jampacked with deep crew cuts, mega anthems and every thing in between. Chainz appeared on a handful of the tracks however most successfully on “The Morning.” Although the verse is barely 4 bars lengthy, he manages to pack a punch in that quick period of time. “I'm chilling in my camo, flipping by the channel/ On my G.O.O.D. Music shit, my brand's a Lambo/ Four doorways of ammo, ammunition I'm pitching/ To make your physique change one other place” is used as the right palate-cleansing bridge between the hook and CyHi’s a lot denser verse.
10. PRhyme's “Flirt,” feat. 2 Chainz
2 Chainz on a DJ Premier beat is a collab nobody noticed coming however a collab everybody deserves to listen to. Last yr’s PRhyme 2 album featured among the yr’s finest bars and never solely does he sustain with Royce, however the way in which he hops between the drum sample and sparkly pattern with such nimbleness proves how practiced his rap writing really is. Filled high to backside with metaphors, similes and fast double entendres (“Had the racks since she had a pleasant rack/ Met her at Bergdorf, proper by the good racks”), it's clear Chainz is getting higher because the years go on.
9. Drake's “Sacrifices,” feat. Young Thug & 2 Chainz
Not usually does Drake get bested on his personal tracks, however More Life’s “Sacrifices” had Young Thug and Chainz going completely atomic -- in numerous methods. Chainz peels again the punch traces and dazzling literary units for a a lot milder method. The laidback nature of the tune requires Chainz to flex his southern participant persona and naturally some playful but cautionary recommendation for his followers that make clear the small woes of rap stardom: “Yeah, I really like my followers however I don't wanna take footage within the restroom.”
eight. Kanye West's “The One,” feat. Big Sean, 2 Chainz & Marsha Ambrosius
Chainz can change feelings on the flip of a rhyme, and his verse on “The One” proves it in spades. Marsha Ambrosius’ emotional refrain evokes emotions of humble accomplishments that each Kanye and Big Sean deal with accordingly -- 2 Chainz, alternatively, brings a blended bag of bravado. With one line, he’s supporting his staff -- “Break bread with my n---as, name it revenue sharing/ This some good shit, however it get higher” -- after which a couple of quick traces later he’s giving out adulterous warnings like “Snake ass n---as in my fuckin' face/ Bring your lady right here n---a so I may fuck her face.” To some it might come off as peculiar, however in some ways speaks to the vary Chainz possesses in his arsenal.
7. Drake's “All Me,” feat. 2 Chainz
There aren't any weak verses on Drake’s “All Me,” and Chainz undoubtedly delivers on his quick opening 14-bar verse. In the quick period of time, he squeezes in all types of quirky references to the entice, his loopy new whips and naturally the now-iconic “From the A to Toronto, we let the metallic go off/ And my dick so laborious it make the metallic detector go off” line. It was additionally one other cornerstone verse that cemented “tru” as one in every of this decade’s finest ad-libs.
6. Travis Scott's “3500,” feat. Future & 2 Chainz
One of two Chainz's longer and most prestigious visitor verses is on Travis Scott’sRodeo hit “3500." The sheer emotion through which Chainz delivers his verse is nearly unseen from him -- particularly again in 2015. He will get undeniably severe with traces like “Tity Boi's my alias/ Real n---as my radius,” however then pulls out the “I used to be born a hustler, paraphernalia in my child footage” line that reminds you that Chainz is a rapper of nice selection. With one line, he’ll make you ponder the punch line for days, and with one other, he’ll make you bust a intestine with laughter.
5. Schoolboy Q's “What They Want,” feat. 2 Chainz
Chainz can usually be discovered on loud, trap-tastic beats, however generally he pops up on a lot grimier beats like ScHoolboy Q’s “What They Want” and proceeds to get equally as darkish. On this specific verse, he catches three totally different flows throughout the span of 24 bars -- a process not simply executed to perfection. He truly makes reference to this mastery in one of many traces that additionally comprises robust wordplay: “And I'd be dodging the po-lice/ When I used to be poor with no lights/ When I used to be poor with potential/ Watch my circulation in 4 inches.”
four. Juicy J's “Bandz a Make Her Dance (Remix),” feat. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
The narrative surrounding “hit data” is that they're simple to make. False. Making a success is troublesome and writing a seamless verse for one is even tougher. Juggling lyrical integrity together with catchy quotables that go off within the membership just isn't for the unexperienced. Luckily, mixing bars and bangers is 2 Chainz’s speciality. On “Bandz a Make Her Dance,” 2 Chainz closes out the licensed strip membership anthem, Mr. 2 Chainz makes use of bawdy traces like “Got 2 bitches with me: take a shot of 1 ho, usin' her good friend for a chaser” to hammer dwelling the tune’s racy tone.
three. Chance the Rapper's “No Problem,” feat. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
There are sure verses through which it doesn’t really feel like Chainz is rapping however as an alternative sitting listeners down and telling them a life lesson. His verse on Chance the Rapper’s “No Problem” is a type of verses. Listeners can be taught extra about 2 Chainz from one in every of this verse’s 4 bars than you could possibly studying his Wikipedia bio. The line “My first tat was on my abdomen/ Got a pocket full of cash/ And a thoughts filled with concepts/ Some of this shit might sound bizarre” so effortlessly sheds gentle on the interworking of two Chainz’s dread-covered head that it would as properly function his profession mission assertion.
If you may sustain bar for bar with Eminem, you’re in all probability doing properly as a rapper. There was somewhat drama surrounding this verse that ended up being left off Eminem’s Revival album, however it will definitely noticed the sunshine of day due to a push from Chainz -- who was rightfully assured in its power. Looking for phrase affiliation? He introduced it (“In a fruit combat, I goal at your Adam's apple/ Pull up within the sweet automobile, eatin' a sweet bar/ And my lady eatin' a sweet apple”). Want similes? He introduced it (“Your cash shorter than an acronym”). There isn’t a field that Chainz doesn’t examine on this verse -- from circulation to fast wit, this verse is the overall package deal.
1. Kanye West's “Mercy,” feat. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz
“Mercy” is 2 Chainz’s finest featured verse for a few causes. First of all, the precise verse itself is intelligent, flows flawlessly, is loaded with quotables and is actually branded into the brains of anybody who has heard it greater than as soon as. It additionally served because the catalyst for two Chainz's rebirth and the car that propelled him into rap’s mainstream. Among Pusha T, Big Sean and Kanye West, it was 2 Chainz who noticeably got here the toughest, displaying the world that there was a brand new top-tier rapper able to make a noteworthy run in fashionable hip-hop historical past. Plus, his opening line -- “Okay, now catch up (Ketchup) to my marketing campaign/ Coupe the colour of mayonnaise” -- is scripture-worthy.