Tonight’s the night. 2 Chainz and Rick Ross are stepping into the Verzuz ring, where they will battle it out in the special “High Rollers” edition. And you already know this showdown will be one for the books.
The hip-hop heavy-weights have delivered some of the most infectious hooks in the game, not only as featured acts but also solo artists. 2 Chainz has blessed us with hits like “No Lie,” “It’s a Vibe,”I’m Different,”Birthday Song,” and “I Luv Dem Strippers”; while Rozay has given us “Hustlin,” “Aston Martin Music,” “Stay Schemin,” and “The Devil Is a Lie.”
You can watch the 2 Chainz vs Rick Ross Verzuz battle now on Apple Music, Apple TV, or on Verzuz’s official Instagram page.
Following the stream, Rick Ross will host a virtual afterparty on the Instagram of Luc Belaire, a sparking wine brand he endorses. Rozay told fans he would play some exclusives during the afterparty stream and said he may share an unreleased Kanye West collaboration.
2 Chainz has seen, survived, and accomplished more in 42 years of life than most would in two lifetimes. Today, he is one of the most revered rappers both in the South and rap writ large, a veritable fixture in pop culture. Given the odds stacked against him, it’s almost difficult to believe his story is “T.R.U.”
The College Park, GA native started rapping under the name Tity Boi and formed the group Playaz Circle with childhood friend Dolla Boy. After some incredible ups and downs, a rebrand, and a flurry of increasingly auspicious mixtapes, like 2011’s still excellent T.R.U. REALigion, the rapper now known as 2 Chainz was on the mainstream radar. By 2012, he was an unstoppable force, dropping a commercially successful solo debut (Based on a T.R.U. Story) and guesting on platinum hits with everyone from Drake to Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky.
In the years since, his stature has become solidified. If you need someone to rap very well about wealth, women, or moving weight, you call 2 Chainz. With each record, he’s become an increasingly sharper, funnier, and more nuanced writer. He is, and perhaps always was, the wise uncle who delivers life-changing game before making a sex joke so silly you cry laughing. On 2019’s Rap Or Go To The League, for instance, he remembers the grim realities of drug dealing. 2 Chainz hasn’t forgotten the struggle, but he’s always been quick to celebrate the Most Expensivest things he can and to make himself laugh along the way. We’re lucky to hear every story.