2 Chainz embarked on a solo career in 2012, when he released Based on a T.R.U. Story, which featured the breakout single, "Birthday Song". The album quickly went Goldand was promoted by collaborations with artists like Kanye West, Ciara, and Lil' Wayne.
The rapper followed that up with his sophomore album, B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time. While the album didn't match the fantastic commercial success of his previous album, it fared better with critics, who marked a more mature, professional progression in 2 Chainz's style.