2 Chainz Practices His 'Tru' Religion at The Warfield, 12/16/12
Instagram/hairweavekiller 2 Chainz on stage at The Warfield on December 16.
Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012
Better than: Ratchetness at home.
At one point in the middle of his second consecutive sold-out show at The Warfield, the Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz turned his set into a sermon and preached the values of the lessons he was giving on his B.O.A.T.S. Tour (short for his album title Based on a T.R.U. Story). He'd reminded the members of his flock that it was okay not to be like everyone else with "I'm Different," the song's spare beat seeming like a favorite among Bay Area fans. He also revisited the topic of praising strippers, as he had done a few minutes earlier with a medley of his verses on Juicy J's "Bandz a Make Her Dance," Young Jeezy's "SupaFreak," and his own "I Love Dem Strippers." Talk about a Sunday service!
After waiting in the wings for many years as part of Ludacris' Disturbing Tha Peace crew, 2 Chainz (aka Tauheed Epps, 35) is taking his turn at the pulpit with as much limelight as his former label head has enjoyed. And while others who reach this position sometimes conveniently forget to learn how to put on a good show, 2 Chainz brought happy, infectious energy to his performance last night with no hint of arrogance or bravado.
He told the crowd more than once how much he appreciated the Bay Area and selling out two shows in a row here. It should probably go without saying that he also had lovely things to say about our finest greenery; 2 Chainz opener Cap 1 used the majority of his time to pass out early Christmas presents to the parishioners in the form of Trippy Stix, portable marijuana vaporizers.
2 Chainz is known for stealing the scene of the songs on which he guests, so it was only appropriate that he started his show with his take on Kanye West's "Mercy" and included his parts from Nicki Minaj's "Beez in the Trap" and A$AP Rocky's "F***in Problem" amidst a set heavy on T.R.U. cuts.
It was easy to get swept up in the velocity of an uplifting and animated performer and a crowd that knows a lot of naughty lines by heart, but the show wasn't without a major annoyance: The DJ dropped a clip of the word "tru" approximately 20,000 times (a brief estimate) in between each set, and 2 Chainz asked us over and over and over to say "tru."
He said he's working on a DVD that has the most brilliant name ever -- From Grams to Grammys -- as an intro to his Gold-selling single "No Lie" (featuring Drake), which recently received three Grammy nominations.
As he posed for pictures for Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook (this preacher is nothing if not social-media savvy), the DJ played an outro, a line from The Weeknd's song "The Birds":
"Don't make me make you fall in love with a nigga like me."
It was a bit late for that. True.
Personal bias: I've been a fan of 2 Chainz since he was known as Tity Boi in the mid-aughts, but still didn't have high expectations for the live show. He definitely won me over last night.
Random detail: At least one pair of buttcheeks in the crowd was adorned with 2 Chainz's name.
By the way: 2 Chainz is currently starring in an Adidas commercial.