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2 Chainz

 

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Tauheed Epps (born September 12, 1976), better known by his stage name 2 Chainz, formerly known as Tity Boi, is an American rapper from College Park, Georgia. He was first known for being one-half of southern hip hop duo, Playaz Circle. They're recognized for being signed to Ludacris' record label Disturbing tha Peace and their debut single "Duffle Bag Boy".

Life and career

1976–1996: Early life and beginnings

2 Chainz was born in Dayton , Ohio on September 12, 1976. As a child he was nick-named "Tity Boi", a name given to him by his mother, as Epps was an only child.[1] Epps played basketball his Freshman year at Alabama State University before transferring to Albany State.

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1997–2010: Playaz Circle and Disturbing tha Peace

Epps formed the hip hop duo Playaz Circle (the word "Playaz" being an acronym for Preparing Legal Assets for Years from A to Z)[2] in College Park, Georgia in 1997 with his high school friend Earl Conyers, who became known under his recording name Dolla Boy, while Epps adopted Tity Boy as his stage name.[3] Following the release of an independent album titled United We Stand, United We Fall (2002),[2] the duo were introduced to fellow Atlanta rapper Ludacris, when he moved into their College Park apartment complex whilst he was acting as a disc jockey.[3] After he took an interest in Playaz Circle, he began to record several songs with the group, playing some of them on his radio station.[2]

However, the duo's career stalled when Dolla Boy was incarcerated.[2] Meanwhile, Ludacris had become one of the highest-selling rappers in the South of the United States.[3] After hearing of their situation, Ludacris requested to Epps that the duo join his newly-formed record label Disturbing tha Peace, a subsidiary of Def Jam Recordings. Epps agreed to sign Titi Boi Russell who lives in South Texas, although Dolla Boy did not officially join the label until his release from prison.[3] Def Jam were not initially keen to promote Playaz Circle's music, so the duo released several mixtapes for self-promotion.[3]

Their debut album Supply & Demand, was released on October 30, 2007. The lead single and their debut single, "Duffle Bag Boy," became an urban hit single. The song features Lil Wayne, and was performed by the duo at the BET Hip Hop Awards. The duo released their second studio album Flight 360: The Takeoff, on September 29, 2009. In January 2010, Playaz Circle filmed a music video for their single "Big Dawg" featuring Lil Wayne and Birdman at Studio Space Atlanta. Shortly afterwards, Epps left Disturbing tha Peace, a move he claimed was taken in order to advance his career. Ludacris was initially reluctant to allow Epps to leave the label as he felt he could still prove financially successful, although he eventually accepted the decision.[4]

2011–present: Name change, guest appearances, Based on a T.R.U. Story

Throughout his career, Epps received speculation that the name Tity Boi was meant to be derogatory towards women, although he repeatedly denied the accusations,[1] in early 2011 he decided to change his stage name to 2 Chainz as he perceived it to be more "family friendly".[5] Following his name change, Epps released a mixtape titled T.R.U. REALigon, the mixtape became his first album to appear on a music chart, peaking at number 58 on the US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[6] He has also made numerous guest appearances on tracks by other recording artists since the name change,[1] including the commercially successful singles "Mercy" by rapper Kanye West and "Beez in the Trap" by female rapper Nicki Minaj.

On March 24, 2012, Epps announced his debut studio album, Based on a T.R.U. Story (originally titled T.R.U. to My REALigion)[4] was set for a August 14, 2012, release date.[7] The album's lead single, "No Lie", features Canadian rapper Drake and was released on May 8, 2012.[8]

On May 11, Epp's was signed to Kanye West's GOOD Music label after West tweeted: "2 Chainz is charging 100k for a verse now cause he's G.O.O.D!!!!!".[9] However Epps later denied those rumors, saying: "He just said I’m good, like I’m ill. But we was talking and I think I was jeopardizing my brand sometimes by doing the homeboy special. So I think he felt like we should just put that out there that we ain’t doing no more of that."[10] On May 30, 2012, Ciara revealed 2 Chainz was featured on "Sweat", the first single from her fifth studio album One Woman Army.[11]

Discography

Albums

Studio albums

List of albums, with selected chart positions
TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
USUS R&BUS Rap
Based on a T.R.U. Story TBR

Mixtapes

  • Me Against the World! (2007)
  • Trap-A-Velli (2009) (Hosted by Bigga Rankin)
  • All Ice on Me [2 Disc] (2010) (Hosted By DJ Scream/DJ Teknikz)
  • Me Against the World 2: Codeine Withdrawal (2010)
  • Trap-A-Velli 2: (The Residue) (2010) (Hosted by Bigga Rankin)
  • Codeine Cowboy (A 2 Chainz Collective) (2010) (Hosted By DJ Teknikz & DJ Frank White)
  • T.R.U. REALigion (2011) (Hosted By DJ Drama)

Singles

As lead artist

List of songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
TitleYearPeak chart positionsCertificationsAlbum
USUS
R&B
US
Rap
"No Lie"
(featuring Drake)
2012 28 2 2 Based on a T.R.U. Story
"Birthday Song"
(featuring Kanye West)
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.

As featured performer

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
TitleYearPeak chart positionsCertificationsAlbum
US
[13]
US
R&B

[14]
US
Rap

[15]
AUS
[16]
CAN
[17]
UK
[18]
"Money on the Floor"[A][19]
(Big K.R.I.T. featuring 8Ball & MJG & 2 Chainz)
2011 101 Live from the Underground
"Helicopter"[20]
(Lil Scrappy featuring 2 Chainz & Twista)
Tha Merlo Jonez EP
"Yao Ming"[21]
(David Banner featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)
MTA3: The Trinity Movement
"U Did That"[22]
(Teairra Marí featuring 2 Chainz)
2012 Sex on the Radio
"Mercy"
(Kanye West featuring Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz)
14 1 1 60 46 82 Cruel Summer
"Beez in the Trap"
(Nicki Minaj featuring 2 Chainz)
48 7 7 131 Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
"How I'm Livin'"[23]
(OG Boo Dirty featuring 2 Chainz)
Born a Soldier, Die a Vet
"Breakfast (Syrup)"[24]
(Kreayshawn featuring 2 Chainz)
Somethin' Bout Kreay
"Sweat"
(Ciara featuring 2 Chainz)
86 One Woman Army
"My Moment"
(DJ Drama featuring 2 Chainz, Meek Mill and Jeremih)
92 Quality Street Music
"It's Nothin"
(Wiz Khalifa featuring 2 Chainz)
O.N.I.F.C.
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Promotional singles

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
USUS
R&B

[25]
"Oh My" (Remix)[26]
(DJ Drama featuring Trey Songz, 2 Chainz and Big Sean)
2011 Third Power
"Spend It" 55 Codeine Cowboy (A 2 Chainz Collective)
"Spend It" (Remix)[27]
(featuring T.I.)
T.R.U. REALigion
"Riot"[B] 2012 118 54
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.

Other charted songs

List of songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
USUS
R&B

[28]
US
Rap

[29]
"Fightin' in the Club"[C]
(I-20 featuring Chingy, Lil Fate and Tity Boi)
2004 102 Self Explanatory
"Boo"
(featuring Yo Gotti)
2010 76 Trap-A-Velli 2 (The Residue) and Codeine Cowboy (A 2 Chainz Collective)
"SupaFreak"
(Young Jeezy featuring 2 Chainz)
2011 39 24 Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition
"Bandz A Make Her Dance"
(Juicy J featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz)
2012 81 Est. In 1989 Pt. 2
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.

Guest appearances

List of non-single songs with guest appearances by 2 Chainz, showing other performing artists, year released and album name
TitleYearAlbumArtist(s)
"Represent"[30] 2003 Jackpot Chingy, I-20
"We Got"[31] Chicken-n-Beer Ludacris, I-20, Chingy
"Eyebrows Down"[31] Ludacris, Dolla Boy
"Fightin' in the Club"[32] 2004 Self Explanatory I-20, Chingy, Lil Fate
"I Came to Bring the Pain"[33] U Gotta Feel Me Lil' Flip, Static Major, Ludacris
"Keep It Hood" 2007 N/A Lloyd Banks, Young Buck
"Smell It on Me"[34] 2010 Free at Last Yukmouth, Gudda Gudda, D-Golder
"U Know What It Is" Back On My Buck Shit Vol. 2: Change Of Plans Young Buck, MJG
"Leather Wood" Southern Flame Spitta 4 Short Dawg, Gudda Gudda
"NFL" Cocaine Waitress Diamond
"Emotional" 2011 Royal Flush II CyHi the Prynce
"Bang!!!!"[35] King of Hearts Lloyd, Salo
"Pacman" (Remix) The Diagnosis Pill, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Gunplay
"Mud Muzik"[36] Ferrari Boyz Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka Flame
"I'm on Worldstar" The Birth of D-Boy Fresh Drumma Boy, Gucci Mane, Young Buck
"Ima Stunt" Greenlight 4 Bow Wow, Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled
"Globetrotter" The Eleven One Eleven Theory Wale
"Stop" Wheels Up Kid Ink, Tyga
"Neighborhood Hoes"[37] Cold Day In Hell Freddie Gibbs
"I Don't Care" Mr. P 2 Pistols
"I Ain't the One" 1.21 Gigawatts: Back to the First Time Ludacris
"Choose Up" Serius Bizness 2 Serius Jones, Sam Scarfo
"Perfect Symmetry" E.P.I.C. (Every Play Is Crucial) B.o.B
"Oh Well" (Remix)[38] Blue Dream & Lean Juicy J
"Zip & A Double Cup" (Remix)[38] Juicy J, Tha Joker
"Bad Bitches" (Remix) #BitchImTheShit Tyga, Gudda Gudda
"Luv Her" The Statement 2 Ace Hood
"SupaFreak"[39] Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition Young Jeezy
"Drop It" Vitamin V Bobby V, Meek Mill
"Fuck You Too" American Dream Planet VI, Jarren Benton
"Country Ass Nigga" O.E.MO Nelly, T.I.
"Loud Mouth"[40] 2012 Fuck da City Up T.I.
"Fuck Em"[41] Rich Forever Rick Ross, Wale
"Party Heart"[41] Rick Ross, Stalley
"Cases"[42] Live from the Kitchen Yo Gotti
"Let It Go (Dope Boy)" (Remix) Hell's Kitchen Red Café, Diddy, French Montana
"How You Love That" Red Café, Meek Mill
"Get It Back"[43] Trap Back Gucci Mane
"Okay with Me"[43]
"Pussy" Guerrilla Don Trip
"Em Down" Premro 8Ball, Yung Joc
"They Point"[44] The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 1 E-40, Juicy J
"Grind Mode" 4 Hunnid Degreez YG, Nipsey Hussle
"Mean Muggin'" California Republic Game, French Montana
"Honey I'm Home" (Noodles Mix) The Koncrete Mixtape Akon
"Cocky" For I Have Sinned DJ Paul
"Where I Know You Like" D.P.G.C'ology Tha Dogg Pound
"Count It"[45] Consignment Jadakiss, Styles P
"Whole Thang" Imagine 2Win, Young Jeezy
"Str8 Like That" Dreamchasers 2 Meek Mill, Louie V
"Big Money Talk" Hood Guys Lil Chuckee, Yo Gotti
"I'm Up" I'm Up Gucci Mane
"Pussy Real Good"[46] From Day 1 Travis Porter
"Capitol"[47] The Stoned Immaculate Curren$y
"Got Damn" (Remix) N/A DJ Kay Slay, Torch, Gunplay, Busta Rhymes, French Montana
"Drank In My Cup" (Remix) Kirko Bangz, Juelz Santana
"Wild Boy" (Remix) MGK, Meek Mill, Mystikal, French Montana, Yo Gotti
"Like That" (Remix) The Last Year Papoose, Jadakiss, Styles P
"Keep It Gee" FFOE Big Sean
"Like Diz" N/A Roscoe Dash
"PayCation" 2KHustle Dolla Boy
"Molly" The Appreciation Volume 4 Jae Millz
"Boyfriend" (Remix) N/A Justin Bieber, Asher Roth, Mac Miller
"Sloppy" (Remix) Ray Jr., Big Sean, Ducky Smallz
"Something on Your Mind" Southern Smoke Radio Pt. 11 Allie Baby, Young Buck
"10 Below" N/A Chrishan, Starbound
"Oh Yeah" Chris Brown, Snoop Dogg
"In My Trunk" (Remix) Dev
"Falling to Pieces" Jenna
"Swagga to the Ceiling"[48] Endless Pursuit I-20
"Hungry in the Streets"[48] I-20, Ludacris, Dolla Boy
"Fuck You Too" Freebasing with Kevin Bacon Jarren Benton, Planet VI
"Bandz A Make Her Dance"[49] Est. In 1989 Pt. 2 Juicy J, Lil Wayne
"Cases"[49] Yo Gotti
"Got One"[49] N/A
"Got Damn" (Remix)[50] No A/C Torch, Gunplay, Busta Rhymes
"Do It Like Me" 2K12 4th of July Playlist Drumma Boy
"Don’t Bring Me Down"[51] Life's Quest 8Ball
"Bang Bang" Guddaville 3 Gudda Gudda
"100" Flowers & Candy Bangladesh, Pusha T, Jadakiss
"See Nann Nigga" Purple Heart Plies
"Hood Rich Anthem" Long Live the Hustle DJ Scream, Future, Waka Flocka Flame, Yo Gotti, Gucci Mane

 

 

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