Based on a T.R.U. Story [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/14/2012
  • Label: Def Jam
  • UPC: 602537123223
  • Catalog Number: 001729902
  • Sales rank: 22,806

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Yuck! (4:47)
  2. 2 Crack (4:32)
  3. 3 Dope Peddler (3:28)
  4. 4 No Lie (3:57)
  5. 5 Birthday Song (5:06)
  6. 6 I'm Different (3:27)
  7. 7 Extremely Blessed (4:05)
  8. 8 I Luv Dem Strippers (3:59)
  9. 9 Stop Me Now (4:37)
  10. 10 Money Machine (4:43)
  11. 11 In Town (3:26)
  12. 12 Ghetto Dreams (3:43)
  13. 13 Wut We Doin? (4:25)
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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
Kanye West Composer, Producer
Anthony Kilhoffer Engineer, Additional Production
Glenn Schick Mastering
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
Christopher "Drumma Boy" Gholson 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
Terius "The-Dream" Nash Composer, Producer
Matthew Burnett Producer
Noel Cadastre Programming, Engineer
Andre Lipscomb Engineer
Dijon McFarlane Composer, Producer
BWheezy Producer
Carlos Broady 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
Jack "Suthernfolk" Brown Engineer
Guido Callarelli Art Direction
Fernando Vivanco Engineer
Caiffa Marketing
Stephan Townsend Engineer
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