Based on a T.R.U. Story

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Based on a T.R.U. Story
Studio album by 2 Chainz
Released August 14, 2012 (2012-08-14)
Recorded 2011–12
Genre Southern hip hop
Length 54:21
Label Def Jam
Producer 2 Chainz (exec.), StreetRunner, Matthew Burnett, Southside, Mr. Bangladesh, Mike WiLL Made It, Marz, Sonny Digital, Kanye West, BWheezy, Anthony Kilhoffer, Lifted, Mike Dean, DJ Mustard, The-Dream, YoungStarr Beatz, Marvel Hitz, Megatron Holdings, Kenoe, Got Koke, Drumma Boy, Mike Posner, Lil' Ronnie, Carlos "6 July" Broady, AC Burrell & G'harah "PK" Degeddingseze, Million $ Mano, Don Cannon, DJ Spinz
2 Chainz chronology
Based on a T.R.U. Story
(2012)
B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time
(2013)
Deluxe edition cover
Deluxe edition cover
Singles from Based on a T.R.U. Story
  1. "No Lie"
    Released: May 8, 2012 (2012-05-08)
  2. "Birthday Song"
    Released: July 24, 2012 (2012-07-24)
  3. "I'm Different"
    Released: November 8, 2012 (2012-11-08)

Based on a T.R.U. Story is the debut studio album by American rapper 2 Chainz, released through Def Jam Recordings (Universal Music Group) on August 14, 2012 in the United States.[1]

The album features guest appearances from fellow rappers Lil Wayne, Drake, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and Playaz Circle cohort Dolla Boy along with singer-songwriters The-Dream, Mike Posner, The Weeknd and Chris Brown. The album's production was handled by Brick Squad Monopoly's Southside, Mike WiLL Made It, Sonny Digital, Kanye West, Hit-Boy, Drumma Boy, DJ Mustard, Mr. Bangladesh and DJ Spinz, among others. The album has sold 623,000 copies as of August 2013. The album was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 55th Grammy Awards, but lost to Take Care by Drake.

Background[edit]

2 Chainz began releasing solo material in 2007, while still in Playaz Circle with Dolla Boy, releasing a mixtape that year titled Me Against the World!, during the time, under his former stage name Tity Boi. It wasn't until early 2011, when he changed his moniker to 2 Chainz, as he perceived it to be more "family friendly", that his career began to take off.[2] Following his name change, 2 Chainz released a mixtape titled T.R.U. REALigon (2011), the mixtape became his first solo full-length project to appear on a music chart, peaking at number 58 on the US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[3] He has also made numerous guest appearances on songs by acclaimed recording artists since the name change, including the commercially successful singles "Mercy" by Kanye West and "Beez in the Trap" by Nicki Minaj.[4]

The album was originally set to be titled T.R.U. 2 My REALigion, as he revealed to AllHipHop at his sold-out show in New York City's live music venue SOB's, on January 30, 2012.[5] On March 15, 2012, it was revealed while in Austin, Texas for SXSW, 2 Chainz announced that his Def Jam debut would no longer be titled T.R.U. 2 My REALigion. Instead, during an interview with FUSE, the Playaz Circle member announced a new title for his LP: "I recently changed the album and the new title of my album is Based on a T.R.U. Story."[6]

Release and promotion[edit]

2 Chainz announced on March 24, via his Twitter feed, that the album would be released on August 14, 2012.[7] On July 17, 2012, the album's deluxe edition cover art was unveiled.[8] Designed by Kanye West's creative agency DONDA, the album cover was ranked the second best of 2012 by Complex Magazine.[9][10] On July 24, 2 Chainz announced a that he would embark on a tour following the album's release, that would begin August 30 in Norfolk, Virginia at The Norva and concludes on September 27 in Austin, Texas at La Zona Rosa.[11] On Tuesday Feb.12, 2013 the ChopNotSlop version by OG Ron C was released on iTunes.[12]

Singles[edit]

The album's lead single, "No Lie" premiered on May 1, 2012, and was released to iTunes on May 8, 2012.[13] The song features guest vocals from Canadian recording artist Drake and was produced by Mike Will Made It.[14] It was sent to urban radio on May 15, 2012.[14] The music video directed by Director X was released June 21, 2012.[14] The album's second single, "Birthday Song" featuring rapper Kanye West, was released on July 24, 2012.[15] It officially impacted urban radio on August 7, 2012 and will impact Rhythmic radio on September 25, 2012.[16] The album's third single "I'm Different", was released on November 8, 2012.[17] The music video for "I'm Different" premiered December 23, 2012 on MTV Jams.[18]

Other songs[edit]

The music video for "I Luv Dem Strippers" featuring Nicki Minaj, was released on August 12, 2012.[19] The music video for "Crack" was released on March 17, 2013.[20] The music video for "Yuck!" featuring Lil Wayne was released on April 15, 2013.[21] The music video for "Like Me" was released on April 24, 2013.[22]

Reception[edit]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 147,000 copies in its first week.[23] As of August 2013, the album has sold 623,000 copies in the United States.[24] On December 17, 2012, it was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.[25][26]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[27]
HipHopDX 3/5 stars[28]
Los Angeles Times 1/4 stars[29]
Pitchfork 4.5/10[30]
RapReviews 2.5/10[31]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[32]

The album was met with mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 55, based on 19 reviews, which indicates "mixed or average reviews".[33] David Jeffries of AllMusic praised the high-powered production on the lead track "Yuck" and felt that overall 2 Chainz "almost delivers on his official debut."[27] Jody Rosen of Rolling Stone felt 2 Chainz has "irrepressible enthusiasm" and also praised the guest artists and producers.[32]

Phillip Mlynar of HipHopDX affirmed 2 Chainz' enthusiasm but disliked his lyrics, stating "throughout the album, Chainz kicks a series of amazingly flimsy rhymes" and concluded "2 Chainz has revealed himself as the weakest guest on his own album."[28] In a very negative review, Jesal Padania of RapReviews.com panned 2 Chainz' lyrics with the lowest possible score 1 out of 10 points, commenting "Can 2 Chainz rap? Yes, of course. But is he saying anything? No, not even once... Albums like "Based On a T.R.U. Story" really make you wonder just how they even come about to existence."[31] Los Angeles Times reviewer Randall Roberts also disliked Chainz' lyrics, and while he praised the guest verses on the album, he felt that "2 Chainz drags them down."[29] In a lengthy review, Pitchfork Media's David Drake felt the album offers "nothing beyond the one-dimensional caricature [2 Chainz]'s crafted on countless other verses" and called it "a cynical example of the bare minimum of creativity required for that level of success."[30]

Accolades[edit]

Despite being met with mixed reviews from critics, Based on a T.R.U. Story was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 55th Grammy Awards. The album was named the 25th best Hip Hop album of 2012 by Spin.[34]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Yuck!" (featuring Lil Wayne) Tauheed Epps, Dwayne Carter, Jr., Nicholas Warwar, Matthew Burnett StreetRunner, Matthew Burnett 4:47
2. "Crack"   Epps, Joshua Luellen Southside 4:32
3. "Dope Peddler"   Epps, Shondrae Crawford Mr. Bangladesh 3:28
4. "No Lie" (featuring Drake) Epps, Aubrey Graham, Noah Shebib, Michael Williams, Marquel Middlebrooks Mike WiLL Made It, Marz (co.), Noah "40" Shebib (Drake's vocal production) 3:57
5. "Birthday Song" (featuring Kanye West) Epps, Kanye West, Mike Dean, Sonny Uwaezuoke Sonny Digital, Kanye West (co.), BWheezy (co.), Anthony Kilhoffer (add.), Lifted (add.), Mike Dean (add.) 5:06
6. "I'm Different"   Epps, Dijon McFarlane, Mikely Adam DJ Mustard, Mike Free (keyboard) 3:27
7. "Extremely Blessed" (featuring The-Dream) Epps, Terius Nash The-Dream 4:05
8. "I Luv Dem Strippers" (featuring Nicki Minaj) Tauheed Epps, Onika Maraj, Brandon Henshaw, Rico Brooks, Travis McFetridge, Ray Parker Jr. YoungStarr Beatz, Marvel Hitz, Megatron Holdings (co.) 3:59
9. "Stop Me Now" (featuring Dolla Boy) Epps, Earl Coyners, Maurice Jordan Kenoe, Got Koke 4:37
10. "Money Machine"   Epps, Christopher Gholson Drumma Boy 4:43
11. "In Town" (featuring Mike Posner) Epps, Michael Posner, Ronnie Jackson Mike Posner, Lil' Ronnie 3:26
12. "Ghetto Dreams" (featuring Scarface & John Legend) Epps, Brad Jordan, John Stephens, Carlos Broady Carlos Broady 3:43
13. "Wut We Doin?" (featuring Cap1) Epps, Williams, Middlebrooks Mike WiLL Made It, Marz (co.) 4:25
Total length:
54:21
Samples credits

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Country Provider Certification
United States RIAA Gold[45]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Edition
Germany[46] August 13, 2012 CD, digital download Universal Music Standard
United Kingdom[47] Mercury Standard, deluxe
Canada[48] August 14, 2012 Def Jam
United States[1]
Japan[49] August 22, 2012 Universal Music
Philippines[50] August 27, 2012 MCA Music Standard
Italy[51] August 28, 2012 CD Def Jam Standard, deluxe
France[52]
Hungary[53] September 5, 2012 Digital download Standard

See also[edit]

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