2 Chainz talks pressure to succeed, stolen music, ‘Cruel Summer’ + more [Video]

With Based on a T.R.U. Story finally hitting stores this week, Power 98.3 personality Bootleg Kev releases his recent interview with 2 Chainz, in which the two talk about the pressure to succeed, the culture of music thievery and the mystique of Cruel Summer.

Despite the high level of anticipation he’s built around his solo debut, the Atlanta MC says he feels no compulsion to meet any expectations that may exist and is comfortable with the product he’s created.

“I don’t feel any pressure,” he says, coolly. “As always, I feel it’s a step up from the last project. I believe in progression and prosperity so I feel like it’s going in that direction, but I haven’t peaked so I feel like I still have room to grow.”

As it concerns his seemingly ubiquitous status as a feature artist, 2 Chainz says that not all the music we hear is authorized.

“They stealin’ a lot of that stuff, man. I think I’m kinda through with computers,” he laments. He says that even one of the cuts on DJ Clue‘s recently released Desert Storm Radio project wasn’t approved, and he’s quite unhappy about the abundance of music that finds its way to the internet. “I’m so salty. I don’t know how they gettin’ this music.

“I guess it’s cool to be in a position where people are looking to get music and material out, but at the same time that’s what kinda hurts the game,” he added.

The unofficial G.O.O.D. Music affiliate also spoke on the crew’s upcoming Cruel Summer album, revealing that he has no idea how often he will appear on it or how, exactly, it will sound.

“You never know with ‘Ye,” he says of the Grammy Family’s creative leader. “It’s just a big surprise. That’s why I like workin’ with dude.”

Check out the full interview below. Get your copy of Based on a T.R.U. Story on iTunes.