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  • Summary: The Georgia rapper formerly known as Tity Boi releases his debut album on Def Jam and it features guest appearances from Drake, John Legend, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Mike Posner, Scarface, The-Dream, and Kanye West.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 19
  2. Negative: 4 out of 19
  1. Sep 5, 2012
    80
    2 Chainz's debut album is a triumph on so many levels.
  2. Aug 29, 2012
    70
    2 Chainz commands the spotlight--rapping about success and sex with the irrepressible enthusiasm of the upstart he isn't.
  3. Aug 29, 2012
    67
    Based On A T.R.U. Story finds 2 Chainz mining the same territory he's been exploring for the past couple of years throughout his Codeine Cowboy and T.R.U. Realigion mixtapes, but fleshed out by the hollowness that comes as a side effect of spending too much time with Kanye West.
  4. Aug 29, 2012
    60
    There are no lyrical acrobatics-just his patented simple-sounding yet soon-to-be-sewn-in-your-brain one liners.
  5. Aug 29, 2012
    59
    The problem is that the hints of personality underneath the braggadocio overflowing on "Based on a T.R.U. Story" exist as faint flickers, pointing to a storytelling skill that has yet to be given the spotlight.
  6. Aug 29, 2012
    45
    Despite his chart success with Drake, many of 2 Chainz' pop maneuvers feel tone-deaf.
  7. Aug 29, 2012
    25
    Contrasted with Lil Wayne's easy, seemingly effortless guest verse, 2 Chainz sounds like a rank amateur whose topics of choice -- strippers, money, drugs -- have been examined to death in hip-hop by others with a much more varied vocabulary.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 16
  2. Negative: 9 out of 16
  1. Apr 22, 2015
    7
    The first entry as 2 chainz from Tauheed Epps proves to be a pretty solid one. The extremely well produced beats are what make it so specialThe first entry as 2 chainz from Tauheed Epps proves to be a pretty solid one. The extremely well produced beats are what make it so special and listenable. On the lyrical side, 2 chainz has litteraly nothing to offer, but he saves his lack of content with a near-perfect new school flow and a lot of swag. While a few songs like Birthday song are truly awful (except for Yeezy's verse), the majority of the album is solid. Expand
  2. Apr 23, 2015
    5
    2 Chainz is a funny guy, for sure, but this wasn't a very strong debut. Some of the songs here continue 2 Chainz (post-Tity Boi)'s history of2 Chainz is a funny guy, for sure, but this wasn't a very strong debut. Some of the songs here continue 2 Chainz (post-Tity Boi)'s history of great production with a lot of humorous lines that make those songs good, but most of the songs don't continue this tradition. I wasn't enjoying the production here. It ranged from boring to repetitive. Also, most of the lyrics here I did not enjoy. He had better of both of these things on the sequel. The only thing here that's shining is his originality. He has a unique style, although that's not even showing much on this album. Overall, a disappointing effort from 2 Chainz. I think he was capable of doing better than this. Grade: C/C+. Highlights: "I Luv Dem Strippers" (awesome sequel to Beez in the Trap!), "Dope Peddler", "Birthday Song". Worst songs: "I'm Different" (obviously, he's not so different...), "Stop Me Now" (Really? Soul?!?!) Expand
  3. Sep 1, 2013
    4
    So i am relistening to it, and the lyrics (though still bad) are not as bad as the fist listen. its his first album, considering where rap andSo i am relistening to it, and the lyrics (though still bad) are not as bad as the fist listen. its his first album, considering where rap and hip hop are going, he bends in. this album could be better, but its not the worst. Expand
  4. Nov 5, 2012
    3
    most overerrated rapper ever ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! failure.... dis **** verses are so weak an so lame dat an 8 year old canmost overerrated rapper ever ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! failure.... dis **** verses are so weak an so lame dat an 8 year old can rap way better dan him.... 2 chainz should quit rapping and get a job at burger king... weak ass **** Expand
  5. Oct 7, 2013
    2
    Really, I should be giving Tauheed Epps a minus one for this horrendous album. I can't believe I bought four of the songs on it. But "Based onReally, I should be giving Tauheed Epps a minus one for this horrendous album. I can't believe I bought four of the songs on it. But "Based on a T.R.U. Story" is one of the most hilarious albums I've ever heard. Each track has handfuls of amazingly stupid quotes that could come from no one else but Two Necklaces himself. Supplied with decent beats from producers like DJ Mustard, Chainz absolutely ruins them with his awful delivery and horrific lyrics. The only reason he gets two points is because whenever I'm in a bad mood, I pull up "I Feel Good" and laugh until my vocal cords blow out.

    2 CHAINZ LYRIC SAMPLER:

    Track 01 "Yuck!"

    My girl came through and brought an extra body
    Now that's an after party for the after party

    Track 02 "Crack"

    Started from the trap, now I rap
    No matter where I'm at, I got crack

    Track 03 "Dope Peddler"

    I said I pull up to that club like motherf**king h* you don't know me
    Most of my n***as got gold teeth
    Most of my b*****s got tattoos
    Most of my n***s think cash rules

    Track 04 "No Lie"

    Name a n***a that want some
    I’ll out rap his ass, out trap his ass
    Put his ass in a plastic bag with his trashy ass

    Track 05 "Birthday Song"

    She got a big booty so I call her Big Booty
    Scrr..Scrr.. wrists moving, cooking, getting to it

    Track 06 "I'm Different"

    I'm different, yeah I'm different
    I'm different, yeah I'm different
    I'm different, yeah I'm different

    Track 07 "Extremely Blessed"

    22s on the Lexus, named Alexis
    By the way of Texas
    Big face Rolexes

    Track 08 "I Luv Dem Strippers"

    Yeah, I love them strippers
    Yeah, I love them strippers
    Yeah, I love them strippers

    Track 09 "Stop Me Now" Foreign exchange, I walk in the rain Still won't get wet N***a flick up the flame twist up the game Switch up the chain Track 10 "Money Machine" I need a money machine I need a money machine I need a money machine Track 11 "In Town" Baby I just landed, you gon pick me up Heard you like to squirt, I might lick it up Track 12 "Ghetto Dreams" One, two that's a h* check Now for real, n***a this a whole check Track 13 "Wut We Doin?" What we doin'? What ya doin? What we doin'? What ya doin? What we doin'? What ya doin? What we doin'? Gettin' to it Gettin' to it Gettin' to it Gettin' to it Track 14 "Countdown" Facial expression, it started off with a text and The texting ended up special And now you next to a blessing Track 15 "Like Me" They ain’t never seen a n***a like me (uh), she ain't never seen a n***a like me (uh) Chance of that is unlikely; 2 Chainz in my white T Track 16 "I Feel Good" Ooh I feel good, ooh I feel good Ooh I feel good, ooh I feel good Ooh I feel good, ooh I feel good Track 17 "Riot" I'mma start a riot, I'mma start a riot I'mma start a riot, I'mma start a riot I'mma start a riot, I'mma start a riot I'mma start a riot, I'mma start a riot
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  6. Sep 14, 2012
    2
    I honestly do not mind "No Lie" with Drake (even as a non-Drake fan), but otherwise, this album is pure trash. Who allowed 2 Chainz to touch aI honestly do not mind "No Lie" with Drake (even as a non-Drake fan), but otherwise, this album is pure trash. Who allowed 2 Chainz to touch a microphone and why did they? Expand
  7. Apr 13, 2013
    0
    This album is by far the worst rap album i have ever heard. All the songs suck and have really lame lines, the only 2 songs that are capableThis album is by far the worst rap album i have ever heard. All the songs suck and have really lame lines, the only 2 songs that are capable to listen to without going deaf are no lies and ghetto dreams and i find it disrespectful that an album like this has a 55 rating while other albums like eminem's recovery gets a 61 which is only 6 points away from this trash album Expand

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