Birthday Song
by 2 Chainz (featuring Kanye West)

Album: Based on a T.R.U. Story (2012)
Charted: 47

Songfacts®:

  • 2 Chainz hooked up with Kanye West for the second single from his Def Jam debut album, Based on a T.R.U. Story. 'Ye also co-produced the track, alongside Sonny Digital (Soulja Boy, Rick Ross). 2 Chainz previously appeared on West's hit Cruel Summer single, "Mercy."
  • We learn from this strip club anthem that when shopping for 2 Chainz's special day, you're unlikely to find what he wants in your local mall. "All I want for my birthday is a big booty ho," he requests (or in the edited version, "big booty girl").
  • 2 Chainz enlisted West's DONDA design firm to create the album cover, which was shot by photographer Fabien Montiquethe and features the rapper wearing, yep, two gold chains on a black background. The G.O.O.D Music affiliate told MTV News: "That actual cover was me, Kanye, Donda, the whole team over there at G.O.O.D. Music, we had a meeting for like two hours. It was just symbolism."
  • When 2 Chainz appeared on the February 11, 2013 episode of the TV show 2 Broke Girls, bits of this song were performed by some of the characters in a plot line that followed the rapper to the Grammy Awards (conveniently airing a few days later on the same network: CBS). Based on a T.R.U. Story was up for Best Rap Album at the awards, but lost to Take Care by Drake.
  • Sonny Digital originally made the beat for Gorilla Zoe, who was recording a series of mixtapes. When 2 Chainz got to hear it, he reached out to his fellow Atlanta rapper and asked him if he could use the beat.

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