ARTIST PROFILE

2 Chainz

Name: 2 Chainz

Birthday: September 12, 1977

Fav Dish: Turkey lasagna

Tauheed Epps was born September 12, 1977, known professionally as 2 Chainz (formerly Tity Boi), is a Grammy award-winning American rapper from College Park, Georgia.

He initially gained recognition for being one-half of the Southern hip hop duo Playaz Circle, alongside his longtime friend and fellow rapper, Earl “Dolla Boy” Conyers. They are perhaps best known for being signed to fellow Georgia-based rapper Ludacris’ Disturbing tha Peace label, as well as their debut single “Duffle Bag Boy”.

In February 2012, Epps signed a solo record deal with Def Jam Records, an imprint of Universal Music Group. The following August, he released his debut studio album Based on a T.R.U. Story, to mixed reviews. The album spawned three successful singles: “No Lie,” “Birthday Song,” and “I’m Different”, all of which charted in the top 50 of the Billboard Hot 100 and were certified Gold or higher by the RIAA, along with the album being certified Gold. His second studio album B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time was released on September 11, 2013. It was supported by the singles “Feds Watching” and “Used 2”.

In late 2012, Epps stated once he completed the B.O.A.T.S. concert tour, he would head back into the studio. In November 2012, he revealed he was three songs deep into his second studio album. The album’s estimated release date was April 2013.

The rapper made a guest appearance on NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in an episode that aired May 8, 2013. He also appeared as himself in the second season (episode 16) of the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls, where he travels on the same private planes as the two main characters.

On May 23, 2013, he announced that his second studio album B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time will be released on September 10, 2013. On June 2, 2013, Epps premiered the first single from the album, “Feds Watching” at the Hot 97’s Summer Jam. The song features Pharrell Williams and was recorded on 2013 Grammy Awards night. On June 15, Epps announced the title of his second album would be B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time. The album was released through Def Jam Recordings, on September 10, 2013.

B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time featured guest appearances from Pharrell Williams, Fergie, Drake, Lil Wayne, Pusha T, Mase, Chrisette Michele, Iamsu!, T-Pain, Dolla Boy, Rich Homie Quan, and Lloyd among others. The album’s production was handled by Diplo, Mike WiLL Made It, Drumma Boy, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Mannie Fresh, Wonder Arillo, Da Honorable C-Note and DJ Toomp among others.

It was also supported by the single “Used 2”, along with the promotional singles “Where U Been?” and “Netflix”. Upon the album’s release, it was met with generally positive reviews from music critics. It also faired decently commercially, debuting at number three on the US Billboard 200, and number two on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart selling 63,000 copies in its first week.

On October 23, 2013, Epps revealed that he had begun working on his third studio album immediately following the release of B.O.A.T.S. II. He also stated he had the first single from his third album ready for release and that he still wanted to get Jay-Z featured on the album. In November 2015, 2 Chainz revealed that we was releasing a joint album with Lil Wayne, titled ColleGrove. On May 5, 2014, Epps released a brand new EP titled FreeBase for free digital download. It includes 7 songs, and includes features from Lil Boosie, A$AP Rocky, Rick Ross and more. The EP has earned over 200,000 downloads.

In January 2014 Epps released a promotional single “I’m A Dog”. On January 27, 2016 Epps released an EP titled “Felt Like Cappin” the EP was released via online streaming sites and iTunes, the EP is promoted by the single “Back On That Bullshit” featuring Lil Wayne.

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