“Tuesdays With 2 Chainz” is a recuring feature in which the author takes a moment to discuss what is new in the life of rapper 2 Chainz or bless the public with assorted bits of 2 Chainz trivia.
Last week I discussed 2 Chainz’ on-screen performance in the show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. You probably thought that’s about as random of a venue for 2 Chainz to appear in, but you might actually be wrong. Just a few months ago 2 Chainz was in a Fall out Boy music video.
I know you might be thinking “well, a lot of musicians cross genres and rappers collaborate with rock bands, country musicians, etc. It’s not that weird.” But let me clarify, 2 Chainz was not in a Fall Out Boy song he was only in the video.
Fall Out Boy released a song off of their new album called “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark,” you know, because who doesn’t love songs with nine-word titles? The video, however, doesn’t feature the members of Fall Out Boy at all. Instead it features 2 Chainz. The video simply consists of 2 Chainz and two attractive women burning shit for three minutes.
Here’s the video:
If you’ve ever asked yourself, “I wonder how long someone can watch 2 Chainz setting things on fire without getting distracted” then this video only partly answers that question. We do know that I personally can watch longer than three minutes and eight seconds. My guess is I would wane interest around five minutes and 45 seconds, give or take.
Here’s how I assume this project was pitched to 2 Chainz:
Manager: So we wanted to put you in a music video?
2 Chainz: What will I be doing?
Manager: You’ll be burning all the musical equipment of Fall Out Boy.
2Chainz: What’s a Fall Out Boy?
Manager: They’re a band that plays punk rock for the radio.
…Manager plays 2 Chainz a Fall Out Boy song…
2 Chainz: Wow, that’s terrible. If the money is right, I’ll burn that shit for sure.
Manager: You get to handle a flamethrower.
2 Chainz: I’m in. But last question, whose video am I doing this for? Someone that hates Fall Out Boy?
Manager: No, this is for a Fall Out Boy video.
2 Chainz: Even I think this is weird.
And thus the video was born.
Because I own a computer, I think I am well qualified to be a critic of music videos. So here are what I believe to be the hits and misses of the video:
Things that were good about the video:
-2 Chainz is in it.
Things that were bad about this video:
-The fact that 2 Chainz didn’t do his patent introduction of saying his name in a cool way as we see him approaching the scene. I can’t stress this enough. Those two syllables would have made the video 37 percent better.
-This awkward embrace by the two girls after throwing a bunch of stuff in the fire.
-The fact that 2 Chainz is only wearing one chain in the video.
Next week we’ll be discussing 2 Chainz switch from the name Tity Boi to the name 2 Chainz.