The Year in 2 Chainz

Congrats, reader, on having a productive, successful 2012. I am very proud of you. In honor of all of your accomplishments, here is rapper 2 Chainz’s calendar year, just to bring you back down to earth and remind you that you’re a lazy slacker that probably doesn’t have curly-fry braids, can’t dance, and hasn’t the first notion of what it means to have the busiest, most productive year ever.

Ninety-eight documented singles. That’s incredible. Sure, there was a time period (still happening) when he would work with anyone (Lil Chuckee, Booba, Teairra Mari), but it’s kind of endearing. 2 Chainz doesn’t think he’s too good for anyone, me and you potentially included. The ferocious clip at which Lil Wayne made music in 2007 is well documented, but not even that can touch Tity 2 Necklace in 2012, especially when you couple it all with the fact that this time last year, he was barely on anyone’s radar.

Just to make this point explicitly and aggressively clear, here is a sampling of 2 Chainz’s 2012.


January 4: “Spend It (Remix)” video — 2 Chainz feat. T.I.

An incredible start to the year. Both men wore sweaters, which was great. Also, this song gave us the triumphant “Similac.” Unlike Chainz, four days into the year may have been TIP’s high point. Debatable. OK, debate over. It was.

January 11: “Let It Go (Remix),” Red Cafe feat. Diddy, French Montana, and 2 Chainz

January 15: “Supafreak” — Young Jeezy featuring 2 Chainz

Important, because Mr. Chainz completely stole the song from Young. It seemed that with this performance, artists learned from Jeezy’s mistake that putting Tauheed in the middle of a song was a mistake if you would like the song to remain your song. For all intents and purposes, “Supafreak” is a one-verse song by 2 Chainz. As we saw time and time again, either a strong start or a buildup to a giant finish was the formula for best utilizing the Chainz. Also: “Bentley Truck.” When are they going to make it? asked Chainz. When? Another also: beginning his verse with the elongated “2 Chainnnzzzz.” While not the first time, it was certainly one of the more memorable.

March 5: “Let It Go (Remix)” video released.

March 14: “Wild Boy (Remix)” — Machine Gun Kelly feat. 2 Chainz, French Montana, Yo Gotti, Steve O, Meek Mill, and Mystikal

March 14: PERFORMANCE THAT I WITNESSED AND MAY HAVE WEPT DURING NO. 1: South by Southwest showcase featuring 2 Chainz, with surprise guests Big Sean and Kanye West

Was magical. At this point, the rumors began truly swirling about where Tity would end up. After this, it looked as if a Kanye collaboration was in the lead.

March 20: “Beez in the Trap” — Nicki Minaj feat. 2 Chainz

Above-average song. Further popularizes his moniker “Hair Weave Killer.”

March 28: “Stunt” video — 2 Chainz feat. Meek Mill

This happened. You probably missed it.

April 3: “Mercy” — Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz

In a surprise move, Kanye set up 2 Chainz, giving Hair Weave Killer the final verse. Chainz takes the listener back to the original beat, after Kanye changed it in his verse, and proved worthy of the top billing, if for no other reason than the line “Chain the color of Akon.”

April 6: “Beez in the Trap”video released.

Music video GIF of the year? Yes. (Be glad, Tauheed, that Sanchez running into his own man isn’t a music video, or you’d be immediately dethroned.)

April 9: “Riot” — 2 Chainz

Calls himself “Tity 2 Necklace,” which is perfect.

April 9: Appearance on BET’s 106 & Park

Brings out Kanye West. Kanye West says nothing, but his presence is felt.

April 10: “Drank in My Cup (Remix)” — Kirko Bangz feat. Juelz Santana and 2 Chainz

Whatever.

April 26: “Wild Boy (Remix)” — Machine Gun Kelly feat. 2 Chainz, French Montana, Yo Gotti, Steve O, Meek Mill, and Mystikal

April 29: “Drank in My Cup (Remix)” video released.

Double whatever.

May 1: “No Lie” — 2 Chainz feat. Drake

Even though Drake’s hook and verse take this song to the next level, subjecting the world to “Black Diamonds, APARTHEID” was the most enjoyable thing I’ve ever experienced.

May 7: NEW FRIENDS: Joins Drake’s Club Paradise Tour on second North American leg.

May 11: EVEN MORE NEW FRIENDS: Kanye unofficially signs 2 Chainz to G.O.O.D Music via Twitter.

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May 17: “Capitol” — Curren$y feat. 2 Chainz

May 24: “Boyfriend (Remix)” — Justin Bieber feat. 2 Chainz, Mac Miller, Asher Roth

Moving along …

June 5: “Capitol” video released.

June 6: “Mercy” video released.

Easily the parking lot video of the year. While there are a lot of gems in this, probably my favorite is the fact that 2 Chainz had to repeatedly bend down during his verse because he was too tall for the slimmed camera lens. 2 TALLLLL.

June 16: PERFORMANCE THAT I WENT TO AND MAY HAVE WEPT DURING NO. 2: Club Paradise Tour hits Jones Beach, NYC

June 18: “Bandz a Make Her Dance” — Juicy J feat. Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz

Again, Chainz is given the last verse and destroys it by his fourth word, “Two Chainz, Four BRACELETS.” The man is a phenomenon, and it’s only June.

June 21: “No Lie” video released.

The idea of Drake and Chainz hanging out in the video feels right, since they’re on tour together and whatnot. Chemistry feels genuine. 2 Chainz likes jewelry.

June 29: “My Moment” — DJ Drama feat. 2 Chainz, Jeremiah, Meek Mill

Tauheed is given the first verse, mentions the Braves and Falcons, makes me feel like he’s speaking to me. I rarely listen to this song past the first verse. Sorry, Meek.

June 29: “It’s Nothin” — Wiz Khalifa feat. 2 Chainz

July 1: TELEVISION PERFORMANCE: BET Awards, “Mercy”

Everyone wears all white. Chainz’s verse came third instead of fourth, but that’s only because Kanye had to emerge from a spaceship-size Lamborghini. Only appropriate.

July 16: “Hood Rich Anthem” — DJ Scream feat. 2 Chainz, Yo Gotti, Waka Flocka Flame, Gucci Mane, Future

Many might disagree, but starting with 2 Chainz and ending with Gucci Mane gives me the chills. Just incredible. Also, 2 Chainz ends his verse with “U-Way,” a nod to the Youngbloodz, which is something to be appreciated.

July 17: Releases Based on a T.R.U. Story cover art.

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Is easily the most distinctive album cover of the year. Two chains. 2 Chainz. Get it? This is the first time it crept into my mind that he might be a genius.

July 24: “Birthday Song” — 2 Chainz feat. Kanye West

One of the few songs of the year that, after the first listen, I figured would be a huge hit.

August 12: “I Love Dem Strippers” video — 2 Chainz feat. Nicki Minaj

Strippers are involved in the video. Both Nicki and Tity 2 Strippers love them.

August 14: Based On A T.R.U. Story is released. First two tracks are titled “Yuck!” and “Crack” and I am very happy about that.

August 15: REALIZATION: 2 Chainz’s album can be shortened to BOATS and nothing is the same. This becomes an important day in my calendar year.

August 20: “Rooster in My Rari (Remix)” — Waka Flocka Flame feat. 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane.

August 21: CELEBRATION: Based on a T.R.U. Story debuts at no. 1 on Billboard 200, selling 147,000 in first week.

August 30: “Birthday Song” video released.

Quadruplets are involved.

August 30: 2 Chainz’s solo tour begins. He graduated from Club Paradise. Congrats, Tity 2 Drakes.

September 6: 2 Chainz and Lil Wanye perform “Yuck!” at VMAs. Lots of words are bleeped out. 2 Chainz dances. Things are as they should be.

September 9: “My Moment” video released.

September 14: G.O.O.D Music’s Cruel Summer is released. In addition to “Mercy,” 2 Chainz is on two other posse tracks, “The Morning” and “The One.” One is OK. One is not. One has Kanye. One has CyHi. Figure it out.

September 19: “Put It Down (Remix)” — Brandy feat. Tyga and 2 Chainz

When given the first verse and one of the beats of the year, Tauheed does not disappoint, mainly in the way he begins by listing women’s names and finishing with “Brandy, Moesha.” So great.

September 23: “Bandz a Make Her Dance” video released.

The three men in this video were born to be in this video.

October 8: “Hood Rich Anthem” video released.

The video is set in postapocalyptic Atlanta, and I think 2 Chainz is the interim city council president. I’m completely fine with that. #Tity2Leader

October 9: TELEVISION PERFORMANCE: BET Hip-Hop Awards.

2 Chainz performs “Birthday Song” alone and then takes the piano and does “I’m Different.” 2 Chainz > Elton John.

October 9: BET Hip-Hop Awards. 2 Chainz is nominated for 11 awards. Wins four, including the “Rookie of the Year” award, which is wrong but also right.

October 14: “It’s Nothing” video — Wiz Khalifa feat. 2 Chainz.

October 24: “Fuckin Problem” — A$AP Rocky feat. 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar, Drake

No one else could deliver this hook as shamelessly and energetically in 2012 as 2 Chainz. The lyrics are just absurd, but he delivers. And you get the sense he’s telling the truth.

October 25: PERFORMANCE THAT I WENT TO AND MAY HAVE WEPT AT NO. 3: Samsung Galaxy SIII launch with special guest Kanye West and surprise guest 2 Chainz.

November 21: 2 Chainz given Source‘s “Man of the Year” cover.

November 22: 2 Chainz gets Champs/Adidas video game. Saves the world. Thank you, 2 Chainz.

December 3: “Fuckin Problem” video released.

The young boys wear long trench coats. 2 Chainz does not, because he is a grown-up and they are boys.

December 4: “G.O.O.D. Morning” video released.

An extended version of Cruel Summer’s “The Morning” is released with just 2 Chainz. A video accompanies the new verses. Also, we see him in Europe and I think he crashes a wedding? Still unclear.

December 5: 2 Chainz is nominated for three Grammy awards, including rap album of the year. Just incredible.

December 17: BOATS GOES GOLD. BOATS GOES GOLD. BOATS GOES GOLD.


And there are still 13 days left in the year. For most, that doesn’t mean anything. But for 2 Chainz, that could mean six more songs, two more videos, and an impromptu Kwanzaa concert with Sade and Al Jarreau on the White House Rose Garden on Saturday, because why not?

Filed Under: 2 Chainz, A$Ap Rocky, Drake, G.O.O.D. Music, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, The Year In Music

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Rembert Browne is a staff writer for Grantland.

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