2 Chainz Talks 'Pretty Girls Like Trap Music' Album, Drake Collaboration & George Gervin Comparison

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2 Chainz attends New Era's Super Bowl party 'Planet New Era' on Feb. 3, 2017 in Houston.

2 Chainz brought the trap to Houston, Texas, for Super Bowl weekend with his dab-friendly set at New Era's private "Planet New Era" celebration on Friday night (Feb. 3) at VRSI nightclub, which also hosted performances from Lil Uzi Vert and Migos

Frequently plugging his forthcoming project, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music (due April 7), the Atlanta rapper doled out turn-up favorites like "Watch Out," "I'm Different" and "Birthday Song." He also shouted out the party's host, H-town native Bun B, calling him "his mentor." 

His set list could be a good indicator of the material that will be on Pretty Girls. He told Billboard before his set, ?"I felt like [the title] applied. I felt like this was the time. I think [trap is] leading categories as far as genre in music, listeners and streaming. I'm excited to bring that to the forefront. I'm excited to be one of the people that kind of fill that lane." 

The former Playaz Circle MC (born Tauheed Epps) announced his upcoming release with a photo of a studio session with one of his frequent collaborators, Drake. Said 2 Chainz: "We working on stuff for his [More Life] album and stuff for mine -- and it's dope." The pair previously worked on 2012's "No Lie," 2013's "All Me" and last year's Daniel Son; Necklace Don cut "Big Amount." 


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He adds that keeping their records fresh is a challenge. "It wasn't easy though. Drake is a perfectionist. I like to rap and I'm a perfectionist, but it was just about getting that record that we felt would hold some kind of substance that we could listen to over time like the previous records that we have. We have some pretty timeless pieces so I think that's what we're working on -- more timeless pieces."

Despite the football festivities invading the city, 2 Chainz -- who is rooting for the Atlanta Falcons in their Super Bowl LI matchup against the New England Patriots -- has a history on the hardwood. Last year, his former Alabama State University college basketball coach, Clayton Harris, even compared his skills to NBA/ABA Hall of Famer George Gervin's.

"I didn't hear it or see it but I do think I got a mean finger roll," he boasted. Gervin also told Billboard's Ballin' Out podcast earlier this year that he was a fan of 2 Chainz' music, which brought a smile to the rapper's face. He added, "That's fresh!"


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