By Peter Bailey
With fame, bright lights are usually a welcomed introduction to stardom, but the flashing blue and red variety are becoming a nuisance for 2 Chainz.
They've become blinding in his rear view.
"I want it to be behind me. It just becomes a point to where it's overwhelming, especially like the last time when nothing was on the bus, nothing was done," explains 2 Chainz about his recent arrest in Oklahoma. "We were just following our civil liberties as far as just requesting for things."
In this, his first interview in response to his highly publicized stand-off with Oklahoma police, who argue they stopped the Atlanta superstar's tour bus for possible marijuana, Chainz contends there was no wrongdoing.
"It takes up a lot of time and money from taxpayers who are the actually entertainers," says Chainz. "At the end of the day we're supposed to be kind of on the same team. I'm not a bad guy. I'm only in town to entertain people. Once they know I'm not trying to [incite] riots. I'm not trying to be disrespectful. I'm only trying to feed my family and entertain."
The "No Lie" star didn't let the incident damper the festive mood inside Prive Atlanta Monday night, where hundreds packed inside to savor offerings from his newest tour de force of hip hop revelry "B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time".
They savored every musical moment of Atlanta's current rap king, who reveals a new soulful side with an Estelle-featured "Black Unicorn".
"That's fun for me. I love the other side," says Chainz. "I've been through a lot. A lot of people have been through a lot. I feel like everybody has their own story. It just depends on what violin is in the background."
It's why he's asking fans to continue to share his void of the recent run-ins with authorities.
Says Chainz: "I'd like to apologize to my fans, because it makes me look like I make poor decisions. When I go to jail the media pays a lot of attention to it, but it's so minute I try not to glorify it."
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