Quiet as kept, 2 Chainz has been one of the rap game's best and most prolific artists over the last half decade. After shedding the Tity Boi moniker and starting fresh under his current name, the gaudy, fun-loving Georgia native quickly became one of the most beloved rappers in the business.
But it's not just his persona and his nature as a person that endears him to fans—this dude can rap. And he proved it once again with a freestyle over Kendrick Lamar's "DNA," coasting on the beat for a solid two-and-a-half minutes while in-studio with the LA Leakers crew.
2 Chainz doesn't just float on one of the year's top instrumentals, he even mimics the rhyme scheme employed by Kendrick for roughly the first minute of the freestyle, splicing in rapid-fire bars and putting his own spin on the Damn track. He eventually relents, but even as he strays from the original style of "DNA," he finds time to add his own hook to promote his upcoming album, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music.
Watching the video, you can tell 2 Chainz has been thinking about and listening to "DNA" a lot since it dropped. "Shout-out to Kendrick," he said as he finished up, "he like the illest one doing it in the game, salute TDE."
Pretty Girls Like Trap Music is set to be an experience only 2 Chainz can deliver. What other rapper in the game is offering an accompanying VR experience with strippers as part of their album? He's a true renaissance man.
You can watch the full video of the 2 Chainz freestyle up top, and sleep on Pretty Girls Like Trap Music at your own risk.