The pressure of avoiding the sophomore jinx is stressful enough, but for 2 Chainz, who dropped his highly anticipated second solo LP, B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time on Tuesday, that frustration reached a boiling point last month when his tour bus was stopped and towed and he was arrested by Oklahoma City Police after a nine-hour standoff.
“It’s a certain feeling of frustration or being overwhelmed,” Tity Two Necklaces said when he appeared on “RapFix Live” on Wednesday. “When you’re an entertainer like myself, my schedule is basically online, it’s for anybody to look at from booking agents, to your mom, to criminals, the police, anybody. We give up a lot of privacy.”
Authorities seized two semi-automatic pistols, a 12-gauge shotgun, a partial box of ammunition, prescription painkillers, marijuana residue and unprescribed hydrocodone and Flexeril from the bus, which had just left Chesapeake Energy Arena where Chainz performed for the America’s Most Wanted Tour.
“We told them the guns were there,” Chainz said. “Of course I have armed security around, because when somebody tried to kill me, the police didn’t stop my bus then and say ‘we smell gunpowder in your hair.’ For a minute, everything was going so good that I probably let my guard down and got so relaxed.”
The rapper born Tauheed Epps can continue to relax, though, because he’s already getting rave reviews on his new 17-track project, which is led by the chart-topping single, “Feds Watching,” featuring Pharrell Williams, and, of course, he was never charged for the legal snafu in OKC.
“I don’t do anything illegal,” he said. “You’re not gonna find a kilo on my bus. You’re not gonna find an unregistered reason. I went to work all last year. I paid taxes. I did everything I was supposed to do. So maybe people need to start aiming at some criminals. For me, I’m cold turkey on all criminal activities. I don’t wanna do anything criminal. It’s just about wasting your time, my time and taxpayers’ money.”
In addition to B.O.A.T.S. II, which also features Ma$e, T-Pain, Lil Wayne and Drake, with production from Mike Will Made It and Drumma Boy, Chainz also dropped a new cookbook, “Meal Time,” to help fans whip up quick and healthy meals on the go.