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Tauheed Epps (born September 12, 1977), known professionally as 2 Chainz (formerly Tity Boi), is an American rapper. Born and raised in, he initially gained recognition for being one-half of the duo, alongside his longtime friend and fellow rapper Earl "Dolla Boy" Conyers. They are perhaps best known for being signed to fellow Georgia-based rapper ' label, as well as their debut single "".

In February 2012, Epps signed a solo with, an imprint of. The following August, he released his debut studio album, to mixed reviews. The album spawned three successful singles: "," "," and "", all of which charted in the top 50 of the and were certified Gold or higher by the, along with the album being certified Gold. His second studio album was released on September 11, 2013. It was supported by the singles "" and "".

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Early life and education[]

2 Chainz was born Tauheed Epps in. He attended, where he played basketball and graduated second in his class. While in high school, he dealt and was arrested for felony possession when he was 15 years old. He later attended on a scholarship, and played on its basketball team from 1995 to 1997.

When asked by about longstanding rumors that he had graduated from Alabama State with a 4.0 GPA, which had been widely reported on many sources including, 2 Chainz said: "Don't believe anything on Wack-ipedia. There's a lot of false stuff on there, to the point that every time I try to fix one thing, something else comes out." In fact, he transferred to due to circumstances he was reluctant to speak about. "I got into some trouble, went somewhere else, and came back. But I graduated, and that’s that. That was then," he said.

1997–2010: Playaz Circle and Disturbing tha Peace[]

Epps formed the hip hop duo (the word "Playaz" being a for "Preparing Legal Assets for Years from A to Z") in in 1997, with his high school friend Earl Conyers (known as Dolla Boy), while Epps adopted "Tity Boi" as his. Following the release of an titled United We Stand, United We Fall (2002), the duo were introduced to fellow Atlanta rapper, when he moved into their College Park gucci apartment complex, whilst he was acting as a. After taking interest in Playaz Circle, Ludacris began to record several songs with the group, playing some of them on his.

Ludacris soon became one of the highest-selling rappers in the. After hearing of their situation, Ludacris requested of Epps that the duo join his newly formed record label, a subsidiary of. Epps agreed to sign, although Conyers did not officially join the label until his mother regained her health, a year after the initial signing.

Their debut album, was released on October 30, 2007. The and their debut single, "", became an urban. The song features, and was performed by the duo at the. The duo released their second studio album, on September 29, 2009. In January 2010, Playaz Circle filmed a music video for their single "Big Dawg" Lil Wayne and at Studio Space Atlanta. Shortly afterwards, Epps left Disturbing tha Peace, a move he claimed was taken in order to advance his career. Although Ludacris was initially reluctant to allow Epps to leave the label (as he felt Epps could still prove financially successful), he eventually accepted the decision.

2011–12: Name change and Based on a T.R.U. Story[]

Throughout Epps's career, critics and fans alike have speculated the "Tity Boi" was meant to be derogatory towards women, although he repeatedly denied such accusations. In early 2011, Epps decided to change his stage name to 2 Chainz, as he perceived it to be more "family friendly." Following the name change, Epps released a entitled T.R.U. REALigion, which became his first mixtape to appear on the music charts, peaking at number 58 on the US chart. Since the success of the mixtape, Epps has made numerous on tracks by prominent recording artists such as Kanye West ("") and Nicki Minaj ("").

On March 24, 2012, Epps announced his debut, whose title he had changed to from its original title of T.R.U. to My REALigion, was set for an August 14, 2012, release date. The album's lead single, "," features Canadian rapper, and was released on May 8, 2012. On May 11, it was under speculation that Epps had signed to Kanye West's label, after West : "2 Chainz is charging 100k for a verse now cause he's G.O.O.D!!!!!" 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." On May 30, 2012, revealed 2 Chainz was featured on "," the intended first single from her fifth studio album, .

Based on a T.R.U. Story debuted at number one on the US, selling 147,000 copies in its first week. The album was met with mixed reviews, earning a score of 55 on. As of September 23, 2012, the album has sold 288,000 copies in the United States. In September, Epps performed at the, alongside longtime friend. After the release of his debut, Based on a T.R.U. Story, Epps made momentous strides. He facilitated his first solo worldwide tour, selling out most of its dates; he was nominated for over 13, bringing home 4 such trophies; he earned The Source Magazine’s "Man of the Year" award; he released a collaborative endeavor with ADIDAS, and later Beats By Dre; and he was nominated for three, including Best Rap Album.

2012–15: B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time and Collegrove[]

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In late 2012, Epps stated once he completed the concert tour, he would reenter 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 's in an episode that aired May 8, 2013. He also appeared as himself in the second season (episode 16, titled "...And Just Plane Magic") of the sitcom , where he travels on the same private planes as the two main characters. On May 23, 2013, he announced that his second studio album will be released on September 10, 2013. On June 2, 2013, Epps premiered the first single from the album, titled "Feds Watching," at the 's Summer Jam. The song featured, and it 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 from,, Drake,,,,,,, Dolla Boy,, and among others. The album's was handled by,,,,, Wonder Arillo, Da Honorable C-Note and among others. It was also supported by the single "Used 2," along with the "" and "Netflix." Upon the album's release, it was met with generally positive reviews from. It also faired decently commercially, debuting at number three on the US, and number two on the 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 he was releasing a joint album with, titled . On May 5, 2014, Epps released a brand new EP titled FreeBase for free digital download. It includes 7 songs, and includes features from,, and more. The EP has earned over 200,000 downloads. In January 2014 Epps released a promotional single titled "I'm A Dog."

2016–present: Pretty Girls Like Trap Music & Rap Or Go To The League[]

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On January 27, 2016 Epps released an EP titled "Felt Like Cappin" the EP was released via online streaming sites and, the EP is promoted by the single "Back On That Bullshit" featuring.

Epps began 2016 with the March release of a 12 record collaborative album with rapper titled. The album was supposed to be the debut LP between 2 Chainz and, however, Wayne’s ongoing lawsuit with prevented Wayne from being a primary artist on the album. Epps appears as the primary artist on the album with eight tracks featuring. The album features prominent producers such as:,,,,,, and more. received decent reviews from critics and fans.

Epps continued his work in 2016 with the August 5, release of mixtape, currently a 9 track mixtape that Epps released independently. originally featured and on it but Epps chose to move the song, "Big Amount ft. Drake" to 2017 studio album due to its mass appeal on the mixtape and star power performance. received a 3 out of 5 stars review from.

2016 was wrapped up by Epps third mixtape titled, released October 28. The seven track mixtape originally featured,,, and however, the song, "Good Drank ft. and " was moved to. Notable production was done by:, K Swisha, Buddah Bless.

In 2017 Epps released his fourth studio album titled on June 16 by. The album features,,,,,, and more. Album production was done by, Buddah Bless,,, and more. The album was supported by three official : "", "" and "4 AM". The album was also supported by a nationwide concert tour, as well as several in the US. 2 Chainz alluded to the album showing "growth and maturation." He stated the content would maintain its edginess while also elevating to a point where everyone can appreciate it. Pretty Girls Like Trap Music received widespread critical acclaim, with most critics citing the album as his best album yet.

It is the fourth EP released by Epps on February 8, 2018, by. The EP consists of four songs one of which features appearances from and on the song "PROUD". Production was done by Minus, June James, Nonstop, Streetrunner, and more.

On February 19, 2018 Epps announced his new album Rap Or Go To The League which is set to be released in 2018.

Personal life[]

Family[]

Epps has two daughters, Heaven and Harmony. On October 14, 2015, 2 Chainz welcomed his third child, a baby boy named Halo. On August 18, 2018, Epps married his longtime girlfriend and mother of his three children: Kesha Ward.[]

Legal issues[]

At the age of 15, Epps was convicted of possession. On February 14, 2013, Epps was arrested in en route to a concert at for possession. Epps was then cited and released.

On June 11, 2013, Epps was arrested while on board a departing flight at airport for possession of a controlled substance after TSA agents found that his checked bag contained and. He was booked and charged with narcotics possession. Later that day he posted,000 bond and was released. He was due back in court on June 21, 2013. Two days previous, he was reportedly robbed at gunpoint outside a dispensary in.

Just before midnight on August 21, 2013, Epps' tour bus was pulled over in, because the passenger side taillights were out. The arresting officer reported that he smelled marijuana and saw smoke through the open door of the bus after he had stopped and pulled over the bus. The driver of the bus shut the door and told officers he was not authorized to allow them on the bus. The officer said the smell gave him probable cause to search, but the driver refused to open the door. After many attempts to enter, the bus was towed with the men still aboard to the police training center in Oklahoma City. Officers obtained a search warrant and the 10 men, including Epps, got off the bus. Police discovered two semi-automatic pistols and a 12-gauge pump shotgun, along with some prescription painkillers and marijuana residue, on the tour bus according to papers filed district Court.

Business ventures[]

In October 2016, he opened a line of hoodies called CEO Millionaires or Create Every Opportunity Millionaires. He also has his own line of sweaters called "Dabbing Sweaters."

Discography[]

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See also:

The Real University[]

On January 6, 2015, 2 Chainz announced that he was starting his own independent record label "The Real University" (also known as "T.R.U."; or "The Real U"). The announcement also revealed that frequent collaborators Cap.1 & Skooly were signed. Additionally, they signed former artist Short Dawg, who is now known as Fresh. Along with the announcement of the label's founding, they also revealed they'd be releasing their debut mixtape TRU Jack City on January 27, 2015.

Artists[]

  • 2 Chainz
  • Cap.1
  • Skooly
  • Fresh (formerly known as Short Dawg)
  • C White

Discography[]

Awards and nominations[]

BET Awards[]

BET Hip Hop Awards[]

Grammy Awards[]

Soul Train Awards[]

  • 2012: Best Hip Hop Song of the Year: "Mercy" (with,, and ) (Won)
  • 2012: Best Hip Hop Song of the Year: "No Lie" (with ) (Nominated)

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