2 Chainz Says Father’s Death Makes Album Success Bittersweet

Billy Johnson, Jr.
Hip-Hop Media Training (NEW)

Based On A T.R.U. Story, the debut album from Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz, is projected to debut at No. 1 on the charts next week, but the artist who has recorded with Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne said the good news is bittersweet.

During an interview this week with Angie Martinez on New York's Hot 97 radio station, 2 Chainz said he is having a difficult time coping with the recent death of his father.

"All of these good things are happening but like my pops was actually my best friend," he said. "I don't have any brothers or sisters or best friends so me and him had a kind of relationship to where I told him things I wouldn't tell anyone else or I asked him for advice."

2 Chainz, who was in the hospital with his father when he died, said he is glad that his dad was able to see some of his success.

"He was able to see the new house I bought, of course," he said. "He had his room. He had it painted. We got his carpet changed. Hung a few pictures up. I'm leaving his room just like it is. When I come off the road I go up sometimes. I smoke one in his room. Rest in peace to my pops. It is bittersweet. The album is out. Everyone is like they proud, and it would be cool to hear them say it."

2 Chainz said he wasn't always in communication with his father, who spent some time in jail. But when his father was released more than seven years ago, he picked him up and they began reconnecting.

On July 6, 2 Chainz tweeted about his loss. "1st nite bak at work since my folks left ! R.I.P. everything I do from this day forward is n memory of my pops."

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