2 Chainz Plays a $22K Banjo | Most Expensivest

2 Chainz is down in Texas to meet Tony and Jamie of Deering Banjo Company. These guys make some of the finest handcrafted banjos around and have even collaborated with the likes of Steve Martin, Keith Urban and Taj Mahal. Watch as Chainz duels some $22K banjos.

Released on 8/13/2019

Credits

Starring: 2 Chainz

Transcript

00:00
[mellow bluegrass music]
00:02
[2 Chainz] Hey, hey, hey.
00:04
[Jamie] Hey.
00:05
[Tony] Hello!
00:06
[2 Chainz] How you guys doing, man?
00:07
[Tony] Just fine.
00:07
[Jamie] Hey, how you doing?
00:08
[2 Chainz] What's up, buddy?
00:09
[Tony] Tony.
00:10
[2 Chainz] Tony, nice to meet you.
00:11
[Jamie] Jamie.
00:12
[2 Chainz] Jamie, I'm 2 Chainz.
00:13
[mellow bluegrass music]
00:18
[2 Chainz] I heard there's a lot
00:18
of history behind the banjo.
00:20
There's a lot of history.
00:21
What we have here is, we have two of only
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11 Deering commemorative sess-,
00:25
sequa, sequasen, sesquasensen,
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[Tony] Sesquicentennial.
00:28
[Jamie] Sequasensive.
00:31
[Tony] Sesquicentennial.
00:33
[Jamie] Sesquicentennial banjos,
00:36
[banjo strums]
00:37
that celebrate 150 years since
00:38
Texas' independence from Mexico.
00:40
[Tony] In 1985, there was a lot of advertising for the
00:44
Texas Sesquicentennial coming up in 1986,
00:47
and I had this idea to design a banjo
00:50
to commemorate the Sesquicentennial.
00:52
So I sent the sketches to Greg Deering who then said,
00:55
Yeah we want to make it.
00:57
This is the prototype.
00:58
This is the first one, and this is the 11th one.
01:01
[2 Chainz] Now is there any reason you've only sold 11?
01:03
Are they hard to get?
01:05
[Tony] Well no, well they're nearly $22,000
01:07
[2 Chainz] Oh shit, that's why, that's why.
01:10
[Tony] The history is, is that there are 50 states,
01:12
we here in Texas celebrate our centennials from the day
01:16
we defeated Santa Anna at San Jacinto,
01:19
which was April 21st, 1836.
01:22
[2 Chainz] Tony, you the real Google.
01:25
[Tony] Well yeah.
01:26
[banjo playing]
01:27
[2 Chainz] You said they about $20-$25,000
01:30
to get your hands on one of them.
01:31
[Tony] Well today, the current price if you custom
01:33
ordered it would be about $22,000 plus sales tax.
01:37
[2 Chainz] Alright, what's the sales tax down here?
01:38
[Tony] It's .0825.
01:40
[laughing]
01:41
[2 Chainz] He's sharp man.
01:43
Tony you sharp, man.
01:44
[Tony] Well I don't know about that.
01:45
[2 Chainz] Tell me a little something now,
01:46
do you actually know how to play it?
01:47
[Tony] Would you like me to play something?
01:49
[2 Chainz] Yeah, let me hear something man.
01:50
[upbeat banjo music]
02:05
[tapping sound of clogs]
02:19
[upbeat music]
02:25
[laughing]
02:26
[2 Chainz] Let me see the bottom of your shoes.
02:28
[Shyanne] You wanna see my lovely double taps?
02:31
[Jamie] Double taps.
02:31
[2 Chainz] How long have you been doing that?
02:32
[Shyanne] Since I was six years old.
02:34
[2 Chainz] You did good.
02:35
[Shyanne] Thank you.
02:36
[Tony] Thank you.
02:37
[2 Chainz] Tony.
02:38
[Tony] Yes sir.
02:39
[2 Chainz] You ain't got to go
02:40
nowhere though, come on back.
02:40
You can't sneak away with them damn shoes on.
02:42
[laughter]
02:44
[Tony] Can I show you something?
02:46
[2 Chainz] Show me something.
02:46
[Tony] The names around the side.
02:48
[2 Chainz] Travis, Milan, Lamar.
02:50
[Tony] Yup.
02:51
[2 Chainz] Houston, Fanning
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[Tony] Milam.
02:53
[2 Chainz] Crockett, Bowie and Austin.
02:55
That sounds like places in Texas.
02:57
[Tony] All of the men who's named around the side,
02:59
they came from other places to help us become the Republic.
03:03
And, Mirabeau B. Lamar is from Georgia.
03:07
[2 Chainz] Really?
03:08
[Tony] Yeah.
03:09
[2 Chainz] Tell me more Tony, hell you know everything.
03:11
Tell me more about the Republican party and stuff.
03:12
[Tony] Well, no, it's not the Republican party
03:14
it's the Republic of Texas.
03:16
♪ Oh yeah ♪
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We became the 28th state in 1845.
03:20
[2 Chainz] You know, you're the real Texas Google.
03:23
So talk to me about this last little piece of art
03:25
you got going down right here now.
03:26
[Tony] Well, there's the state, this is the cowboy boot,
03:29
this Colt .45, here's a spur, the Lone star, cowboy hat,
03:33
long horn, small lariat in there, flags are color correct,
03:37
an unusual red, it's red 185.
03:40
I wanted a cowboy rope.
03:41
My birth year is on the back of this one.
03:44
Battle of the Alamo and that's about it.
03:51
[2 Chainz] Oh man, so it's safe to say,
03:53
you like Texas a little bit.
03:55
[Tony] Well, yeah.
03:56
[banjo note]
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[2 Chainz] I like that.
03:58
So today we learned how to,
04:02
black folk call it tap dance,
04:03
what y'all call it?
04:04
[Shyanne] Clogging.
04:05
[2 Chainz] Clogging.
04:06
Thank you for clogging.
04:08
I'ma talk to Tony for a minute.
04:09
Tony, man, how you play it man?
04:12
[Tony] It's in an open G chord.
04:13
[Jamie] You're playing the most
04:14
expensive banjo in the world.
04:16
[upbeat country song]
04:42
[Tony] This is fun.
04:43
[2 Chainz] This is learning how.
04:44
[applause]
04:46
[2 Chainz] Man I told y'all I'm ready.
04:47
[explosion]
04:48
[Tony] ♪ Wake, snake, day is breaking. ♪
04:50
♪ Beans and pot and hoecakes baking. ♪
04:52
[2 Chainz] ♪ Baked chicken, fried turkey, ♪
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[laughing]
04:55
come over baby work me. ♪
04:59
♪ You know I'm dripping yeah, on this dry land. ♪
05:05
♪ Playing a banjo, on Viceland ♪
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All right, all right, all right.
05:12
[cheering]