In 2012, 2 Chainz signed to Def Jam Recordings and released his debut album titled Based on a T.R.U. Story. From that album, "No Lie", "Birthday Song", and "I'm Different", all charted in the top 50 of the Billboard Hot 100.
In 2014, he released an EP titled FreeBase that was downloaded over 200,000 times.
- Based on a T.R.U. Story (2012)
- B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time (2013)
- ColleGrove (2016)
- Pretty Girls Like Trap Music (2017)
- Rap or Go to the League (2019)
- A Wild Rapper Appears!: A lot of his songs feature at least one rapper. He himself counts as he has collaborated with Fall Out Boy (a pop-punk band) and Jessie J (an R&B-influenced pop singer).
- Boastful Rap: "I'm Different".
- Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie: In "Birthday Song," he wants to be buried in SIX places when he dies.When I die, bury me inside the Gucci store
When I die, bury me inside the Louie store
When I die, bury me inside the jewelry store
When I die, bury me inside the Truey store
When I die, bury me next to two bitches
When I die, bury me inside the booty club
They say that I'm crazy. I used to TALK TO A STOVE.My stove deserves a shoutout. I'm like WHAT UP STOVE!Imma buy a crib, fill the rooms up with ALL STOVES!
- In almost every song that he's featured in, he's known for yelling out his name before beginning to rap.
- His stove references can be considered this.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Well, he is a rapper.
- Dream Team:
- Drugs Are Good: Many songs reference his love for weed and lean.
- Fun with Acronyms: The first half of Playaz Circle, the hip hop duo he formed. P-L-A-Y-A-Z stands for "Preparing Legal Assets for Years from A to Z".
- Long Title: The aforementioned Playaz Circle, which in full would be "Preparing Legal Assets for Years from A to Z Circle".
- Southern Rap: One of the most prominent artists of the 2010s in the genre.
- Title Drop: "No Lie", "I'm Different", "Watch Out", "El Chapo Jr."