The appeal of 2 Chainz
-- aka 36 year-old Tauheed Epps -- stems from many things. To begin
with, his ear for beats is incredible, and he always seems to bring out
the best in producers like Mike Will Made It and Lex Luger. The persona he's manifested through mixtapes such as T.R.U. Realigionis lovably
goofy and campy, as evidenced by the fact that so many people have no
problem doing his arm-flailing, elbow-dropping dance routine in public
without any sense of lost dignity. And, his lyrics can reach a Lil Wayne level of absurdity that leave us both dumbfounded and dazzled.
The third reason -- his lyrics -- are what gave us reason to write this post, and it's with these lyrics in mind we look at his current success. Considering that hip-hop thrives on word play, even if you don't agree with Epps' celebrated status in modern hip-hop, you still have to recognize that it's these lyrics that are standing victorious in the genre's present popularity contest. They're not the most serious pieces of work out there, but they definitely induce some of our giddiest smiles. Here's a list of our top five favorite 2 Chainz lines for you to study before you see him tomorrow night at the Glass House in Pomona.
5. Fuck the Roof
"I'm blowing smoke in here, tell me where's Smokey Bear? / They say I look like a chimney when I'm on the chair."
Get a hold of that portly, shirtless cartoon character everyone learns fire safety tips from, because 2 Chainz is blowing so much weed-smoke he's creating a fire hazard. Apparently, he's even puffing so much smoke it looks as though the chair he sits on has an overly active chimney hoisted upon it. When hearing these lyrics, we imagine Chainz sitting in the middle of a night club, sitting upon a throne of codeine cups, pipes, and Ciroc bottles, looking as if a match just struck below him--that's quite a visual.