Make no mistake, 2 Chainz gets by with a lil help from his friends on his Def Jam debut. Most notably Kanye West (“Birthday Song”) and the YMCMB familia (Lil Wayne on “Yuck”, Drake on “No Lie”, Nicki Minaj “I Luv Dem Strippers”). But although Tity Boi is well connected, my favorite moments on Based On A T.R.U. Story are when he elected to go for self. “Crack” is an essential head-nodder. “Dope Peddler” is punchy and playful and “I’m Different” is the album’s most infectious moment. His approach to rap music is unorthodox but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t rock. Avoiding any pre-release full album leaks, 2 Chainz did it his way and won. Where’s the “Money Machine”?