Posted by | Ray Cornelius

2 Chainz is without a doubt hip hop’s biggest breakout star for 2012.  So it’s no surprise to us that he is on the cover of The Source magazine and is their “Man of the Year.”

The Def Jam signee and G.O.O.D music affiliate made waves with his highly-anticipated solo debut Based on a T.R.U Story and has appeared on over 40 tracks this year alone.

In an exclusive interview with The Source, 2 Chainz talks about revamping his image and what he really attributes to his recent success.

On changing his name:

It wasn’t like my name made me rap better. I worked my a– off,” he says. “It felt good to outdo myself and just be omnipresent and be a part of everything.

On coming up:

Those who haven’t been through that struggle don’t mind going to the zoo to pet the animals. They don’t wanna live in the zoo, but they don’t mind coming through. I’m someone who can show you around in a cool way where you don’t have to worry about getting eaten up.

Check out this video of his photo shoot as part of The Sources’ UnCovered Series…

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