Sunday, April 15, 2012

Kanye West's Support Is 'Good For Hip-Hop,' 2 Chainz Says

'I knew he was up there supporting me, period,' 2 Chainz says of Kanye's silent appearance on '106 and Park.'
By Nadeska Alexis, with reporting by Rob Markman

Kanye West and 2 Chainz at BET's "106 and Park"
Photo: Johnny Nunez/ WireImage

During a February visit to "RapFix Live," 2 Chainz broke the news to host Sway Calloway that he had been working with Kanye West for months, but now the cat is surely out of the bag. In addition to appearing on the new G.O.O.D. Music single "Mercy," West popped up at 2 Chainz's SXSW set, and this week he made a silent appearance alongside the Atlanta rapper on BET's "106 and Park."

"That's my dog and he doesn't do press — he didn't wanna do it period — and they kind of forced his hand," 2 Chainz told MTV News of West's "106 and Park" appearance, from the set of MTV's "Hip Hop Squares. "I was like, 'You don't have to say nothing, bro,' because at the end of the day I knew he was up there supporting me, period."

"I do a lot of things behind the scenes that people don't know [about], and they only see [what happens] on '106 and Park,' " 2 Chainz continued. "So that would've been another event where they wouldn't have known Kanye was back there, I wouldn't have name-dropped, that would've been part of my process of just working hard and grinding it out."

Although 'Ye's appearance was clearly not planned, it seems like everything worked out for the best. "When he came out, it spilled the beans out the bag, but it was cool," Chainz says. "It was good for hip-hop that he came out and showed support. He wasn't trying to take the shine, but he's just a megastar, anywhere he goes it's gonna happen."

When he joined Sway on "RapFix Live," 2 Chainz, formerly known as Tity Boi, explained the dynamic of his relationship with 'Ye. "For the most part, when we started building our relationship, we found out we had more things in common than different from a musical standpoint," he said. "It's no secret that I came from the hustle background, from that trap, and it's no secret that he's maybe more of a hipster swag, backpack kinda guy. So I think it'll be interesting when you just drop that in the pot, in the blender, and see the outcome and results of some of that."

2 Chainz's upcoming album Based on a T.R.U. Story is set for an August 14 release, with the first official single slated to drop on May 1.

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