Now, with his fifth studio album Rap or Go to the League (A&Red by none other than LeBron James) released on March 1, Billboard decided to go back through the years and rank 2 Chainz’s 20 best feature verses. On some cuts, he flows ferociously about the luxury lifestyle, and on others he breaks down his hard-fought come-up with vivid metaphors and punch lines. He truly is a jack of all rhymes who's showing no signs of slowing down. Truuu.
20. Jason Derulo's “Talk Dirty,” feat. 2 Chainz
Jason Derulo had a major moment five years ago with his smash hit “Talk Dirty,” and naturally he nabbed 2 Chainz for the rap-star feature spot. At this point in 2013, 2 Chainz was at the height of his comeback and in his proverbial “bag.” He dished out rewindable lines like “Gilbert Arenas, guns on deck/ Chest to chest, tongue on neck/ International oral sex/ Every picture I take, I pose a threat,” over those iconic horns and got “jazzy on ‘em.”
19. Young Jeezy's “SupaFreak,” feat. 2 Chainz
Jeezy’s Thug Motivation album series is almost as iconic as the Snowman himself. His highly anticipated and highly acclaimed TM103 was littered with hot guest verses, and of course Chainz had to get in the mix as well. On the 808-heavy “Supafreak,” Chainz pulls up for a quick 12-bar verse that can best be described as a fierce flex-athon.
18. Kanye West's “Champions,” feat. Gucci Mane, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, Yo Gotti, Quavo & Desiigner
2016 was a big year for Kanye West, with The Life of Pablo ending his three-year music hiatus. Of course, in true Kanye form he brought along his G.O.O.D. Music cohorts to promo the album with some loosies. “Champions” was a colossal crew cut with contributions from Gucci Mane, Big Sean, Yo Gotti, Desiigner, Travis Scott, Quavo and, of course, 2 Chainz. Crisp and clear rhymes make up his 26-bar verse that end with some classic 2 Chainz wordplay that bodes his prowess as a surprisingly cunning lyricist: “Like I'm a serial killer/ I put the real in gorilla/ I did this shit for my n---as.”
17. Nicki Minaj's “Beez in the Trap,” feat. 2 Chainz
Part of 2 Chainz's appeal is his ability to rap alongside anyone -- male or female, rap or pop. Nicki Minaj occupies a similar space in pop culture so when the two collide it’s as impressive as it sounds. “Beez in the Trap” from Nicki’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded not only requires Chainz to show his trapstar roots, but Ke’noe’s hollowed-out beat lets him bob and weave with triumphant declarations like, “Got a private home, started from them public houses/ Hair weave killer, causing her arousal/ Audi A8, told them 'outtie 5000.'”
16. The Game's “Ali Bomaye,” feat. 2 Chainz & Rick Ross
One of Game’s best songs to date is the wildly inspiring “Ali Bomaye” from his Jesus Piece album, and he undoubtedly grabbed Dos Chainz for the feature on the album’s most important posse cut. In fact, it is one of the rare instances where Chainz kicks the song off with an opening verse instead of his usual closer. Both Game and Rick Ross bring solid verses too, but it’s hard to follow Chainz’s slick word association: “Gentleman attire, in threads that won't expire/ I'm in a class of my own, my teacher got fired.”
15. YG's “Big Bank,” feat. Nicki Minaj, Big Sean & 2 Chainz
One of 2 Chainz’s most recent features made the summer shake alongside YG, Nicki Minaj and Big Sean. YG’s “Big Bank” dominated everyone’s summer playlist, and while the aforementioned collaborators came with hard bars, Chainz brought the ridiculousness. Lines like “Big shit like a dinosaur did it/ And you know Tity shinin' like acrylic” and “Now I'm lookin' for a glove with the sparkle on it/ And my CBD got chocolate on it” are as comical as they are crafty.
14. K Camp's “Cut Her Off,” feat. 2 Chainz
“Cut Her Off” has to be one of this decade’s most integral breakup tracks, and thanks to 2 Chainz’s big-time bravado, anyone listening will likely feel the same. An exasperated Chainz starts his verse with a wild intonation of “You know that ain't a real bag bitch, that's a knockoff” and then proceeds to get off some of his funniest metaphors to date: “If I don't like that ho I turn her ass into a Frisbee/ If I don’t like your disc I turn that ho into a Frisbee.” The track will absolutely be a single person’s anthem until the end of time.
13. Pusha T's “Who I Am,” feat. Big Sean & 2 Chainz
One of the more slept-on tracks from Pusha T’s My Name Is My Name album is “Who I Am,” featuring two of his G.O.O.D. Music labelmates: Big Sean and 2 Chainz. This is one of the verses where Chainz proves his expertise in rhyme delivery. His opening bar “Entrepreneur, strip club connoisseur” is stretched, dipped and pitched to rhyme perfectly with the proceeding lines “Hot fudge sundae, pour it on you, hallelujah/ Pour it on you, hallelujah, pour it on you, hallelujah/ And I be on my own dick, ain't that much room for you, ah.” Truuuuly a master at work.
12. Travis Scott's “Upper Echelon,” feat. 2 Chainz & T.I.
Before Travis Scott became one of the biggest acts in music with multiple hit singles, “Upper Echelon” was his most celebrated song and it featured none other than 2 Chainz and fellow ATLien T.I. Chainz of course got gifted the last verse, in which he levitated for 12 bars over Kanye’s nuclear production. The beat even hollows out to give Chainz more space to air self-fulfilling prophecies like “I told 'em let's pray, I keep killin' verses.”
11. Pusha T's “The Morning,” feat. Raekwon, Common, 2 Chainz, CyHi Da Prynce, Kid Cudi & D'Banj
Cruel Summer was jampacked with deep crew cuts, mega anthems and everything in between. Chainz appeared on a handful of the tracks but most effectively on “The Morning.” Although the verse is only four bars long, he manages to pack a punch in that short amount of time. “I'm chilling in my camo, flipping through the channel/ On my G.O.O.D. Music shit, my logo's a Lambo/ Four doors of ammo, ammunition I'm pitching/ To make your body switch another position” is used as the perfect palate-cleansing bridge between the hook and CyHi’s much denser verse.
10. PRhyme's “Flirt,” feat. 2 Chainz
2 Chainz on a DJ Premier beat is a collab no one saw coming but a collab everyone deserves to hear. Last year’s PRhyme 2 album featured some of the year’s best bars and not only does he keep up with Royce, but the way he hops between the drum pattern and sparkly sample with such nimbleness proves how practiced his rap writing truly is. Filled top to bottom with metaphors, similes and quick double entendres (“Had the racks since she had a nice rack/ Met her at Bergdorf, right by the nice racks”), it's clear Chainz is getting better as the years go on.
9. Drake's “Sacrifices,” feat. Young Thug & 2 Chainz
Not often does Drake get bested on his own tracks, but More Life’s “Sacrifices” had Young Thug and Chainz going absolutely atomic -- in different ways. Chainz peels back the punch lines and dazzling literary devices for a much milder approach. The laidback nature of the song calls for Chainz to flex his southern player persona and of course some playful yet cautionary advice for his fans that shed light on the small woes of rap stardom: “Yeah, I love my fans but I don't wanna take pictures in the restroom.”
8. Kanye West's “The One,” feat. Big Sean, 2 Chainz & Marsha Ambrosius
Chainz can switch emotions on the turn of a rhyme, and his verse on “The One” proves it in spades. Marsha Ambrosius’ emotional chorus evokes feelings of humble accomplishments that both Kanye and Big Sean treat accordingly -- 2 Chainz, on the other hand, brings a mixed bag of bravado. With one line, he’s supporting his team -- “Break bread with my n---as, call it profit sharing/ This some good shit, but it get better” -- and then a few short lines later he’s giving out adulterous warnings like “Snake ass n---as in my fuckin' face/ Bring your girl here n---a so I could fuck her face.” To some it may come off as peculiar, but in many ways speaks to the range Chainz possesses in his arsenal.
There are no weak verses on Drake’s “All Me,” and Chainz definitely delivers on his short opening 14-bar verse. In the short amount of time, he squeezes in all kinds of quirky references to the trap, his crazy new whips and of course the now-iconic “From the A to Toronto, we let the metal go off/ And my dick so hard it make the metal detector go off” line. It was also another cornerstone verse that cemented “tru” as one of this decade’s best ad-libs.
6. Travis Scott's “3500,” feat. Future & 2 Chainz
One of 2 Chainz's longer and most prestigious guest verses is on Travis Scott’s Rodeo hit “3500." The sheer emotion in which Chainz delivers his verse is virtually unseen from him -- especially back in 2015. He gets undeniably serious with lines like “Tity Boi's my alias/ Real n---as my radius,” but then pulls out the “I was born a hustler, paraphernalia in my baby pictures” line that reminds you that Chainz is a rapper of great variety. With one line, he’ll make you ponder the punch line for days, and with another, he’ll make you bust a gut with laughter.
5. Schoolboy Q's “What They Want,” feat. 2 Chainz
Chainz can normally be found on loud, trap-tastic beats, but sometimes he pops up on much grimier beats like ScHoolboy Q’s “What They Want” and proceeds to get equally as dark. On this particular verse, he catches three different flows within the span of 24 bars -- a task not easily executed to perfection. He actually makes reference to this mastery in one of the lines that also contains strong wordplay: “And I'd be dodging the po-lice/ When I was poor with no lights/ When I was poor with potential/ Watch my flow in four inches.”
4. Juicy J's “Bandz a Make Her Dance (Remix),” feat. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
The narrative surrounding “hit records” is that they are easy to make. False. Making a hit is difficult and writing a seamless verse for one is even harder. Juggling lyrical integrity along with catchy quotables that go off in the club is not for the unexperienced. Luckily, blending bars and bangers is 2 Chainz’s speciality. On “Bandz a Make Her Dance,” 2 Chainz closes out the certified strip club anthem, Mr. 2 Chainz uses bawdy lines like “Got 2 bitches with me: take a shot of one ho, usin' her friend for a chaser” to hammer home the song’s racy tone.
3. Chance the Rapper's “No Problem,” feat. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
There are certain verses in which it doesn’t feel like Chainz is rapping but instead sitting listeners down and telling them a life lesson. His verse on Chance the Rapper’s “No Problem” is one of those verses. Listeners can learn more about 2 Chainz from one of this verse’s four bars than you could reading his Wikipedia bio. The line “My first tat was on my stomach/ Got a pocket full of money/ And a mind full of ideas/ Some of this shit may sound weird” so effortlessly sheds light on the interworking of 2 Chainz’s dread-covered head that it might as well serve as his career mission statement.
2. Eminem's “Chloraseptic (Remix),” feat. 2 Chainz & Phresher
If you can keep up bar for bar with Eminem, you’re probably doing well as a rapper. There was a little drama surrounding this verse that ended up being left off Eminem’s Revival album, but it eventually saw the light of day thanks to a push from Chainz -- who was rightfully confident in its strength. Looking for word association? He brought it (“In a fruit fight, I aim at your Adam's apple/ Pull up in the candy car, eatin' a candy bar/ And my girl eatin' a candy apple”). Want similes? He brought it (“Your money shorter than an acronym”). There isn’t a box that Chainz doesn’t check on this verse -- from flow to quick wit, this verse is the total package.
1. Kanye West's “Mercy,” feat. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz
“Mercy” is 2 Chainz’s best featured verse for a couple of reasons. First of all, the actual verse itself is clever, flows flawlessly, is loaded with quotables and is essentially branded into the brains of anyone who has heard it more than once. It also served as the catalyst for 2 Chainz's rebirth and the vehicle that propelled him into rap’s mainstream. Among Pusha T, Big Sean and Kanye West, it was 2 Chainz who noticeably came the hardest, showing the world that there was a new top-tier rapper ready to make a noteworthy run in modern hip-hop history. Plus, his opening line -- “Okay, now catch up (Ketchup) to my campaign/ Coupe the color of mayonnaise” -- is scripture-worthy.