2 Chainz sure has some famous friends. Tall, gangly and goofy, the Atlanta rapper’s flow is as unwieldily as his frame, yet he’s already snagged hook ups with Rick Ross and T.I. this year. Now he’s teamed up with Drake. Titled “No Lie,” their hazy-sounding track was produced by Mike Will Made It and pairs Drizzy’s smoother style with 2Chainz’s graceless boasts. For example: 2 Chainz calls himself “2Pac without a nose ring” and gushes about his Yves Saint Laurent belt buckle (which he presumably slapped on the front of his dollar store belt).
“No Lie” is more evidence in the curious case of 2Chainz’s ascent: He used to call himself Tity Boi as part of the Playaz Circle group, and since rebooting his brand he’s managed to hustle his way into the A-list rap club, collaborating with artists far above his station. His Def Jam album, tentatively titled Based On A T.R.U. Story, will drop later this summer. He promised Rap Fix that we should expect a lot of surprises — chances are the only surprises will be his next all-star associations.