Fall 2011, I was a sophomore at Virginia State University and 2 Chainz T.R.U REALigion mixtape could be heard blasting out of every dorm room on campus, it was basically the soundtrack for the semester. Flash forward to today and I was instantly transported back in time as 2 Chainz wrapped up the T.R.U REALigion 10th Anniversary tour at packed The Fillmore Silver Spring.
On Nov. 30, the show started with the legendary DJ Drama moving the crowd with classic records from his Gangsta Grillz mixtape series in the trap house corner of the monstrous set, fully equipped with a gigantic light up horseshoe logo and a couch made from actual True Religion Jeans.
After Drama’s set, actors came out and performed the first of several scenes, recreating moments from Chainz life that helped inspire the project. The room fell dark as the actors left the stage and a curtain drew back revealing 2 Chainz in front of the Urinal section of the set, the spotlight shining on his jean jacket recreating the memorable cover art from the mixtape. As the rest of the lights rose the beat to “Undastatament” dropped and the crowd went crazy before he could even turn around.
Check out the official music video for “Undastatement: by 2Chainz on YouTube:
2 Chainz performed almost every record from T.R.U Realigion, including hits like “Riot”, “Vi-agra” and “Slangin Birds” along with B-Sides like “Letter to the Rap Game.” He even brought out Cap1 to perform his verse for Turn Up. Along with the sketches he also mixed in some if his biggest features and song from other projects like “Superfreak”, “Birthday Song”, “Mercy,” and “I Luv Dem Strippers.”
The night ended with the rapper also known as Tity Boi thanking the crowd as someone brought out his True Religion jean jacket and draped it over his shoulders James Brown style. He closed the show out by performing “Kesha,” the final track on the project also named after his wife.
Check out 2 Chainz – T.R.U REALigion (Anniversary Edition) on Spotify:
The T.R.U REALigion Anniversary Tour is now over but the classic mixtape is now available on all streaming platforms, with two new songs added to the tracklist. 2 Chainz new album Dope Don’t Sell Itself is dropping sometime in 2022.