2 Chainz Speaks On Creating "No Lie" Featuring Drake
2 Chainz explains how he recorded the anthem without Drake being present in the studio.
In anticipation of his debut solo album Based on a T.R.U. Story dropping August 14th, 2 Chainz released his new single “No Lie” featuring Drake last night. Shortly after, Tity Boi paid a visit to Power 106 FM’s Justin Credible and J Cruz to discuss how he picked Drake for the cut and why he’s cautious about choosing collaborations.
“We had been talking. A lot of the features that I do for myself, I put a lot of thought into them and it’s about what makes sense. I use this example all the time. I would never put Snoop Dogg on a drinking record, because he likes to smoke. Sometimes, people force features together and that doesn’t seem right to me,” he said. “So just communicating with Drake and coming up with a record, for me, I gotta be comfortable doing records if it’s a feature from somebody for me. I gotta be comfortable with them doing the record when I’m not there.”
He says that he picked the beat and did his verse, and then sent the record to Drake, who was not in the studio at the time. He gave him few instructions on what to do on the song, since Drizzy is familiar with his movement.
“I picked the beat and did my verse. I didn’t really give him direction but I kind of told him, ‘Little melody.’ Him being down with me and my campaign, he’s a really intelligent artist as well,” he continued. “Drizzy is aware of my campaign being true and being all about real, and he just applied it and it made it a more natural song.”
2 Chainz is confident about the potential for the song in a live setting, as well as on the radio.
“It had to be a beat that I wanted to perform. I like performing and entertaining. I didn’t want to be something that was jamming but I didn’t like performing. So this is a combination of a high energy performance record mixed with a club feel and it gets a little radio.”