With his sophomore studio full-length, B.O.A.T.S. II #METIME, hitting stores this week, (September 10), superstar rapper 2 Chainz sat down with Ryan Cameron and his morning show crew at Atlanta radio station V-103 to talk about what fans can expect the second time around.
“I’m excited about it, I worked with some great producers, still kept it ATL,” he said during the interview regarding the new album while referencing his hometown of Atlanta, GA. “Still stayed in my lane, but I definitely (grew) on this one. I widened my lane, I’ll say that. I didn’t get outside of it. I’m very excited about the music, the mixes, the arrangements.
“I put a lot of work into this album. It was non-stop,” the “Birthday Song” rapper added. “It’s just a lot of heart, sweat and tears, a lot of culture, a lot of lifestyle, a lot of traveling…I didn’t reach a glass ceiling, so I still feel like I can grow some more.”
Another big topic of conversation during the interview was food, with 2 Chainz talking about including his cookbook, #Mealtime, as a bonus feature on the new album.
“The cookbook is very interesting. It just started from an idea I had at the beginning of this year…to do something for everybody around my camp,” he explained. “I wanted my chef (Aleem) that’s been with me for about three or four years to do a cookbook. Doing the research, we found out that it took a minute to actually publish a cookbook, so I came up with the idea to put a lot of these tour bus recipes inside my album. (see #MEALTIME excerpts via 2 Dope Boyz).
“I travel and eat different healthy meals, and it kind of keeps me going as far as being onstage every night. I think that everything you put in comes out like a receipt,” he said. “Everything from your skin to being hydrated…I just decided to highlight that. Instead of putting B-roll footage from the tour or some normal rap stuff, I just wanted to find a different angle. It’s dope, and it’ll really teach you a few things.”
The rapper/foodie got especially excited when he was informed that famed Japanese restaurant Benihana sells their used grills to the general public.
“I want that whole set-up,” 2 Chainz enthused. “I need that. I’ll put it in my studio. My birthday is Thursday (Sept. 12), if anybody is listening…but a Hibachi grill (from Benihana) would really set me off.”
Given that superstar EDM DJ Steve Aoki is the son of the late Benihana founder Hiroaki “Rocky” Aoki, could a 2 Chainz/Steve Aoki food and music collab be in the cards?