Perhaps surprisingly for someone on the brink of dropping his sixth studio album, 2 Chainz isn’t stressed in the slightest. In fact, he’s feeling better than ever. Over the past six months, the rapper’s been dialing in a healthier lifestyle, which he credits for making him feel on top of his game. (Despite a ridiculous sleep schedule—the man behind “I’m Different” typically goes to bed at 7 a.m.)
GQ recently caught up with 2 Chainz to chat intermittent fasting, his backyard garden, the one food he wishes he’d eat less.
GQ: What time does your day start?
2 Chainz: My day begins at night because I’m an artist, and I’m up all night. I literally go to sleep about 6:30 or 7:00 every morning. I spend my nights recording, in my man cave of sorts. I’m an only child, and I don’t really consider myself having best friends after my father passed. So, it’s a lot of “me time” at night. My engineer hangs with me, his name’s Nolan, and I appreciate him. And of course my dog named Trappy, he’s my emotional support animal. We go everywhere together; he’s about 5 years old.
Anyway. The day technically starts once I wake up around 12:30 or 1 p.m.
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the afternoon?
I drink a bottle of water. Then, I go to the gym on an empty stomach. After the gym, I like to get my protein in because I do a hard workout, so that’s important. My smoothie contains a plant-based protein, cinnamon, and powdered peanut butter. By the time I have it, I’m starving. It’s the first thing I put into my body during the day because I do this thing called intermittent fasting, so I’m only eating for an 8-hour period while I’m awake. It just really attacks whatever fat you have.
Then do you have another meal right after that?
Yeah. So I get home, and I’m big on protein and vegetables. I’m working with LG, and they got me this oven that has a built-in air fryer, which is great. I eat salmon sometimes. I’m also really big on what I like to call my Tity Boi turkey burgers—I eat them all of the time and I have them at my restaurant. It’s a ground turkey patty mixed with feta cheese and spinach with lettuce, tomato, red onion, pepper jack cheese.
Is there anything you don’t eat?
I don’t eat beef. I don’t eat pork. I love greens and I love beans. I don’t eat candy. My dad was a diabetic. A lot of the things that I’ve been doing, it’s been a habit. The intermittent fasting is new, but as far as the foods that I’m eating—I’ve been this way. I also grow a lot of stuff because we have a garden out back. I ate okra yesterday that we got from the garden, and I’ve also got bell peppers and mint back there