2 Chainz and Andrew Luck: The Ultimate Playlist

  • 1. Watch My Moves

    2009 – Fifth-highest yards total in Stanford University history

    The legend of Andrew Luck began at Stanford University. After a stellar 2008 season, he became the starting quarterback and went on to amass 2,929 yards of total offense, the fifth-highest total in Stanford history. From the triumphant sound to the lyrical comparisons of being a team captain and a force of nature (“category 5”), Feds Watching is the perfect anthem for Luck’s first major career milestone.

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    2 Chainz ft. Pharrell – “Feds Watching”

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  • 2. Next Level Status

    2010 – 2011 – Two-time First Team college All-American

    Continuing to build his stats and reputation, both at Stanford and within the college ranks, Luck reached the next level when he received First Team All-American honors in 2010 and 2011. Luck was chosen alongside fellow future NFL draftees such as Robert Griffin III, Cam Newton, and Von Miller. Hot prospect 2 Chainz found himself in a similar position when he was recruited to join heavy hitters Kanye West, Pusha T, and Big Sean on “Mercy.” Both would go on prove themselves worthy of the endorsement and in some instances outdo their contemporaries.

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    GOOD Music – “Mercy”

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  • 3. Different Breed

    2010- 2011 – Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year

    2010-11 was Luck’s true standout season as a college player. It would see him recognized as the 2010 Orange Bowl MVP, throwing four TD passes, and place him at the top of the Pac-10 in pass efficiency and total offense. In fact, his 3,791 yards of total offense broke the Stanford school records previously held by NFL greats Steve Stenstrom and John Elway. Like 2 Chainz, Luck proved he was a different breed from those before him.

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    2 Chainz – “I’m Different”

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  • 4. Lighting The Fire

    2012 – First overall pick in the NFL Draft

    Andrew Luck was first projected as the No. 1 NFL Draft pick in 2011 but chose to remain in Stanford. One year later, with a school record under his belt, the heavily-touted quarterback was hotter than ever and once again was the No. 1 Draft pick. Signing a $22 million deal with the Indianapolis Colts, Luck was poised to ignite an intense fire within the team’s offensive line and fan base.

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    2 Chainz – “Riot”

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  • 5. Establishing Dominance

    2012 – Most passing yards by a rookie in a single season

    With all the hype surrounding his arrival in the big leagues, the new Colts starting quarterback didn’t disappoint. He put in impressive performances opposite the likes of the Steelers and the Bears, earning his first career touchdown against the latter. As head coach Chuck Pagano took a leave of absence to treat leukemia, Luck rallied the troops in a successful effort against the Packers, scoring on a game-winning drive. He topped off the season with his first major league milestone, breaking the NFL record for most passing yards in a single season by a rookie (4,374). Similarly, 2 Chainz would score his first solo No. 1 single with “No Lie,” which topped the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop chart and went platinum.

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    2 Chainz ft. Drake – “No Lie”

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  • 6. Delivering Under Pressure

    2012 – Most fourth quarter comebacks by a rookie quarterback

    Throughout the course of his first NFL season, Luck proved his ability to not only score but to do so when the odds seemed against his squad, even in the final seconds. With two-and-half minutes left and a seven-point deficit against the Lions, he was able to get the ball down to the 14-yard line. In the final four seconds, Luck threw a screen pass to Donnie Avery, who would run in for the winning score. He ended the season with seven fourth quarter comebacks and broke the record for most passing yards by a rookie against the Chiefs, with a season total well above 4,000. As Chainz says on “Wut We Doin?” Luck demonstrated that he “can go on Sunday.”

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    2 Chainz ft. Cap1 – “Wut We Doin?”

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  • 7. Owning The Field

    2013-2014 season – Second-largest playoff comeback in NFL history

    The 2013-14 season did not see Andrew Luck slow down one bit, racking up a 14–6 record in his first 20 games. This distinction once again placed him against the great John Elway, tying them for the best record through 20 games for a quarterback selected first overall. After breaking the undefeated streaks of both the Seahawks and the Peyton Manning-led Broncos, Luck would lead the Colts to the second-largest playoff comeback in NFL history against the previously mentioned Chiefs. Down by 28 points, he rallied back and completed a 64-yard TD pass to end the game. Luck owned the moment and again etched his name in history.

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    2 Chainz and Wiz Khalifa – “We Own it”

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For some, winning is an ability that comes almost as naturally as taking a breath. Think of Kobe and Peyton and Tiger and Rafa. For others it’s a mindset that sees them through even uncertain times. Dating back to his formative days at Stratford High School in Houston, Andrew Luck has been on the road to success. The son of a former quarterback and school athletic director, Luck worked his way through the football ranks with seeming ease and is now tearing through the NFL, one yard at a time. Last year, he piloted the Colts to the playoffs, upping his efficiency and cutting his interceptions in half, and then led one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history against Kansas City during Wild Card Weekend. He’s a natural leader.

For 2 Chainz, real name Tauheed Epps, success has been a gradual journey that has taken him from mid-level team player to a solo performer dominating the big leagues. He does have some sports background, including an impressive high school highlight tape on the hardwood, but 2 Chainz now works a different angle, moving the crowds with his words rather than his actions.

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Apart from attributes like drive and determination, these two American originals also share a birthday, September 12. The rest of 2014 will be important for both of them, as Luck — now 25 years old — has legit expectations to build off last season’s playoff finish, while 2 Chainz (37) is promoting his May EP FreeBase and working on his third studio album.

To celebrate the born days of these two unique power players, we present a mash-up playlist that brings them together even more. Here is 2 Chainz and Andrew Luck: The Ultimate Playlist.

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