Based On A T.R.U. Story [Explicit Version]

Based On A T.R.U. Story [Explicit Version]

by 2 Chainz2 Chainz


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If there's a reason to cheer for 2 Chainz, it's that the limited but now loveable rapper lifted himself out of a dead-end group (the Sporty Thievz-like Playaz Circle), dropped his awful name (who wants to say they're the world's biggest Tity Boy fan?), and reinvented himself as a welcome character somewhere between the syrup-sipping Pluto and the slang-slinging Pootie Tang, all while rocking True Religion everything (and if the clothing company didn't pay for all this album's product placement, they should send Chainz a box of swag immediately). This devil-may-care style that's right in line with the flash-flavoring landscape of 2012, was refined over mixtapes, street releases, and guest spots, all of it smart preparation for this official debut. Based on a T.R.U. Story is a fine payoff, coming off as trendy as those jeans Chainz keeps repping, but still quirky enough to stick to the ribs. Prime example is the opening "Yuck!," a high-powered Streetrunner production with Lil Wayne getting in the distasteful spirit of the album (warning: he's searching through his black book for a girlfriend who's not experiencing "the monthlies") while Chainz places his second favorite product when Similac gets another mention, once again thanks to the rapper's skill at baby making. "Birthday Song" borrows Wayne's love of dumb bluntness for the great "She got a big booty, so I call her 'Big Booty'," while "Extremely Blessed" offers both "Our first date was the Waffle House" and "If you a chicken head, go and lay some eggs" which producer The-Dream coats in polished R&B for a track that's quite velvety and Ludacris. In this environment, a stripper track with Nicki Minaj can't go wrong, and when hooky singles "No Lie" with Drake and "Birthday Song" with Kanye West find their respective superstars coming down to Chainz' big booty level, it's like free drinks and table dances all night long. Still, there are a couple unexpected highlights, like Mike Posner getting convincingly nasty on "In Town," or "Stop Me Now," which plays it soulful, smooth, and nostalgic ("All my Planets were Digable"). The claim "Every line is so dope, you can snort it" is an oversell, but 2 Chainz over-promises and almost delivers on his official debut, putting him right in the punch-line rapper's sweet spot.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/14/2012
Label: Def Jam
UPC: 0602537123223
catalogNumber: 001729902

Album Credits

Performance Credits

2 Chainz   Primary Artist
Ken Lewis   Guitar,Piano,Strings
DJ Jaycee   scratching
Jessica Celious   Vocals
Anesha   Vocals
Heaven Epps   Vocals

Technical Credits

Mike Dean   Additional Production
Mike Posner   Composer,Producer
Ken Lewis   Composer
Carlos "6 July" Broady   Composer,Producer
Kanye West   Composer,Producer
Anthony Kilhoffer   Engineer,Additional Production
Ke'Noe   Producer
Bart Schoudel   Engineer
Lil Ronnie   Producer
Brent Kolatalo   drum programming,Bass Programming
Ariel Chobaz   Engineer
Bangladesh   Producer
Carol Corless   Package Production
Jeff Edwards   Engineer
Lifted   Additional Production
Marz   Producer
Finis "KY" White   Engineer,Vocal Mixing
Noah Goldstein   Engineer
Justin Saunders   Art Direction
Noah Shebib   Engineer,Vocal Producer
Streetrunner   Producer
Dwayne Carter   Composer
Michael "Banger" Cadahia   Engineer
Christopher Gholson   Producer
Matthew Burnett   Producer
Noel Cadastre   Programming,Engineer
Andre Lipscomb   Engineer
Dijon McFarlane   Composer,Producer
BWheezy   Producer
Terius Nash   Composer,Producer
Antea Shelton   Engineer
JD Butler   Engineer
Marquel Middlebrooks   Composer
Sonny Digital   Producer
Southside   Producer
Mike WiLL Made It   Producer
Tauheed Epps   Composer,Executive Producer
Got Koke   Producer
YoungStarr Beatz   Producer
Jak "Suthernfolk" Brown   Engineer
Guido Callarelli   Art Direction
Fernando Vivanco   Engineer
Caiffa   Marketing
Stephan Townsend   Engineer

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