2 Chainz covers Complex’s online issue as part of “2 Chainz Week” coinciding with the release of his debut solo album, Based On a T.R.U. Story, available tomorrow. ‘Plex’s own Ernest Baker spoke with Dos Chainz about “Birthday Song,” copping a Porsche when he was feeling down, and more.
Are you the type of dude who’s focused on being the most respected rapper, or are you like, “Yo, I want to set records. I want to have ten No. 1s in a row, the plaques, and the accolades.”
“It’s always cool to have respect as an artist, but I definitely want people to respect my hustle, my grind, my work ethic. I try to be an inspiration to some who feel like it’s over. Everybody don’t get a second chance. I feel like I sort of rewrote my own story in the history books as somebody coming harder the next time. I hope I’m an inspiration to some. Not just in music, but in life. Never give up.”
FULL READ: 2 Chainz: The T.R.U. Story (2012 Complex Online Cover Story)