Based On A T.R.U. Story

2 Chainz - Based On A T.R.U. Story
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2012 Ratings: #948 / 1018
User Score
Based on 93 ratings
2012 Ratings: #371
Liked by 1 person
August 14, 2012 / Release Date
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Def Jam / Label
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With the no-bullshit, spare-n-catchy Based on a T.R.U. Story, Chainz confirms himself as the quintessential 2012 rapper.

A.V. Club

2 Chainz is only truly comfortable with being a star, it seems, if there are other names on the marquee.


With his debut album he's revealed himself as bare and buffoonish.


Based on a T.R.U. Story didn’t have much chance of living up to its hype, and for that I have to give it credit for coming so surprisingly close to most folks’ expectations.


It's hard to avoid the feeling, particularly on his debut LP, that 2 Chainz is only able to fill those shoes by sheer force of will, rather than anything resembling artistic inspiration. 

Consequence of Sound

The album is at its best when guests take the microphone and falls short nearly everywhere else.

Tiny Mix Tapes

Maybe we’re supposed to love this album because it’s the musical equivalent of a KFC Double-Down, filled with fancy co-stars and production, deep-fried, and devoid of any intellectual or nutritional value.

2 Chainz delivers an album with some of the most hilariously bad bars I have ever heard. 2 Chainz has always just been an eh for me. His album last year was actually pretty good but other than that he hasn't done much to grab my attention. This album is totally different though and while one can say it's awful, I would say it's awful in a good way. 2 Chainz finds a way to make some of the most laughably bad punchlines I've ever heard. From "she got a big booty so I call her big booty" ... read more
Such a fun listen.
Catchy and hilarious. Just don’t take it to seriously
Yeah this is pretty much trash that goes on for way to long.

Best Track: I'm Different
Worst Track: I Luv Dem Strippers
An underrated classic for me. 2Chainz totally rebranded and made a cohesive trap album with his best writing yet. Highly-influential to the genre, as one of the first of a new wave of mainstream trap, this record proved trap songs about crack & prostitutes-as-birthday-gifts could outsell any pop album. It also pushed the limits of explicit music on pop stations on FM radio nationwide.
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Track List

  1. Yuck! 
  2. Crack 
  3. Dope Peddler 
  4. No Lie 
  5. Birthday Song 
  6. I'm Different 
  7. Extremely Blessed 
  8. I Luv Dem Strippers 
  9. Stop Me Now 
  10. Money Machine 
  11. In Town 
  12. Ghetto Dreams 
  13. Wut We Doin?
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Added on: August 12, 2012