Tauheed Epps (born September 12, 1977), known professionally as 2 Chainz (formerly Tity Boi), is an American rapper, media personality and basketball player. Born and raised in 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. The duo was signed to fellow Georgia-based rapper Ludacris' Disturbing tha Peace label, and are best known for their debut single "Duffle Bag Boy".
In February 2012, Epps signed a solo record deal with Def Jam Recordings, 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; supported by the lead singles "Feds Watching" and "Used 2". Epps began working with the TV Network Viceland on a show called Most Expensivest, which debuted its first episode on November 15, 2017, and is currently in its second season.
2 Chainz in May 2014
September 12, 1977
College Park, Georgia, U.S.
2 Chainz was born Tauheed Epps in College Park, Georgia. He attended North Clayton High School, where he played basketball and graduated second in his class. While in high school, he dealt marijuana and was arrested for felony cocaine possession when he was 15 years old.
When asked by Rolling Stone about longstanding rumors that he had graduated from Alabama State with a 4.0 GPA, which had been widely reported on many sources including Wikipedia, 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 Virginia State University 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.
Epps formed the hip hop duo Playaz Circle (the word "Playaz" being a bacronym for "Preparing Legal Assets for Years from A to Z") in College Park, Georgia in 1997, with his high school friend Earl Conyers (known as Dolla Boy), while Epps adopted "Tity Boi" as his moniker. Following the release of an independent album titled United We Stand, United We Fall (2002), the duo were introduced to fellow Atlanta rapper Ludacris, when he moved into their College Park apartment complex, whilst he was acting as a DJ. After taking interest in Playaz Circle, Ludacris began to record several songs with the group, playing some of them on his radio station.
Ludacris soon became one of the highest-selling rappers in the Southern United States. After hearing of their situation, Ludacris requested of Epps that the duo join his newly formed record label Disturbing Tha Peace, a subsidiary of Def Jam Recordings. 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 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. 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.
Throughout Epps's career, critics and fans alike have speculated the pseudonym "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 mixtape entitled T.R.U. REALigion, which became his first mixtape to appear on the music charts, peaking at number 58 on the US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Since the success of the mixtape, Epps has made numerous guest appearances on tracks by prominent recording artists such as Kanye West ("Mercy") and Nicki Minaj ("Beez in the Trap").
On March 24, 2012, Epps announced his debut studio album, whose title he had changed to Based on a T.R.U. Story 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, "No Lie," features Canadian rapper Drake, and was released on May 8, 2012. On May 11, it was under speculation that Epps had 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!!!!!" 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, Ciara revealed 2 Chainz was featured on "Sweat," the intended first single from her fifth studio album, One Woman Army.
Based on a T.R.U. Story debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 147,000 copies in its first week. The album was met with mixed reviews, earning a score of 55 on metacritic. As of September 23, 2012, the album has sold 288,000 copies in the United States. In September, Epps performed at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, alongside longtime friend Lil Wayne. 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 BET Hip Hop Awards, 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 Grammy Awards, including Best Rap Album.
In late 2012, Epps stated once he completed the B.O.A.T.S. 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 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, titled "...And Just Plane Magic") 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, titled "Feds Watching," at the Hot 97's Summer Jam. The song featured Pharrell Williams, 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 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 he 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 titled "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.
Epps began 2016 with the March release of a 12 record collaborative album with rapper Lil Wayne titled ColleGrove. The album was supposed to be the debut LP between 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne, however, Wayne's ongoing lawsuit with Cash Money Records prevented Wayne from being a primary artist on the album. Epps appears as the primary artist on the album with eight tracks featuring Lil Wayne. The album features prominent producers such as: Honorable C.N.O.T.E., Mike Will Made It, Zaytoven, TM88, Metro Boomin, London on da Track, and more. ColleGrove received decent reviews from critics and fans.
Epps continued his work in 2016 with the August 5, release of mixtape Daniel Son; Necklace Don, currently a 9 track mixtape that Epps released independently. Daniel Son; Necklace Don originally featured Drake and YFN Lucci on it but Epps chose to move the song, "Big Amount ft. Drake" to 2017 studio album Pretty Girls Like Trap Music due to its mass appeal on the mixtape and star power performance. Daniel Son; Necklace Don received a 3 out of 5 stars review from XXL Magazine.
2016 was wrapped up by Epps third mixtape titled Hibachi for Lunch, released October 28. The seven track mixtape originally featured Quavo, Gucci Mane, Ty Dolla Sign, and Future however, the song, "Good Drank ft. Quavo and Gucci Mane" was moved to Pretty Girls Like Trap Music. Notable production was done by: Mike Will Made It, K Swisha, Buddah Bless.
In 2017 Epps released his fourth studio album titled Pretty Girls Like Trap Music on June 16 by Def Jam Recordings. The album features Travis Scott, Nicki Minaj, Swae Lee, Migos, Jhene Aiko, Pharrell Williams, and more. Album production was done by Mike Will Made It, Buddah Bless, Mike Dean, Murda Beatz, and more. The album was supported by three official singles: "Good Drank", "It's a Vibe" and "4 AM". The album was also supported by a nationwide concert tour, as well as several pop-up shops in the US.  2 Chainz alluded to the album showing "growth and maturation." He stated the content would maintain its edginess while also elevating trap music 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.
On November 15, 2017, the first episode of Most Expensivest aired on the TV network Viceland. The show focuses on 2 Chainz visiting different locations offering the "most expensivest" goods and services. Each show covers a particular theme, with shows ranging from personal health to extravagant indulgences. The show offers a unique insight into products and services that have been created with the explicit intent on being exclusive and expensive. 2 Chainz offers a unique, and often humorous insight into the products, especially the ones he personally finds to be either amazing or ridiculous. The show has been renewed for a 20-episode third season set to air in early 2019.
The Play Don’t Care Who Makes It is the fourth EP released by Epps on February 8, 2018, by Def Jam Recordings. The EP consists of four songs one of which features appearances from YG and Offset 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 was set to be released in 2018. However, the album was released on March 1, 2019.
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.
At the age of 15, Epps was convicted of felony cocaine possession. On February 14, 2013, Epps was arrested in Maryland en route to a concert at UMES for marijuana possession. Epps was then cited and released.
On June 11, 2013, Epps was arrested while on board a departing flight at LAX airport for possession of a controlled substance after TSA agents found that his checked bag contained marijuana and promethazine. He was booked and charged with felony narcotics possession. Later that day he posted $10,000 bond and was released. He was due back in court on June 21, 2013. Two days previous, he was reportedly robbed at gunpoint outside a medical marijuana dispensary in San Francisco.
Just before midnight on August 21, 2013, Epps' tour bus was pulled over in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, because the passenger side taillights were out. The arresting officer reported that he smelled marijuana and saw smoke through the open door of the bus after he had stopped and pulled over the bus. The driver of the bus shut the door and told officers he was not authorized to allow them on the bus. The officer said the marijuana smell gave him probable cause to search, but the driver refused to open the door. After many attempts to enter, the bus was towed with the men still aboard to the police training center in Oklahoma City. Officers obtained a search warrant and the 10 men, including Epps, got off the bus. Police discovered two semi-automatic pistols and a 12-gauge pump shotgun, along with some prescription painkillers and marijuana residue, on the tour bus according to papers filed Oklahoma County district Court.
|The Real University|
|Founder||2 Chainz (CEO)|
|Country of origin||United States|
On January 6, 2015, 2 Chainz announced that he was starting his own independent record label "The Real University" (also known as "T.R.U."; or "The Real U"). The announcement also revealed that frequent collaborators Cap.1 & Skooly were signed. Additionally, they signed former Young Money artist Short Dawg, who is now known as Fresh. Along with the announcement of the label's founding, they also revealed they'd be releasing their debut mixtape TRU Jack City on January 27, 2015.
|Cap.1||Bird Bath EP||
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2013||2 Chainz||Best Male Hip-Hop Artist||Nominated|
|"Mercy" (with Kanye West, Big Sean and Pusha T)||Video of the Year||Nominated|
|"No Lie" (with Drake)||Nominated|
|Video of the Year||Nominated|
|"Fuckin' Problems" (with A$AP Rocky, Drake and Kendrick Lamar)||Nominated|
|Coca-Cola Viewer's Choice||Nominated|
|2016||2 Chainz & Lil Wayne||Best Duo/Group||Nominated|
|"No Problem" (with Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne)||Best Collaboration||Won|
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2012||"Mercy" (with Kanye West, Big Sean and Pusha T)||Reese's Perfect Combo Award (Best Collabo, Duo or Group)||Won|
|Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse||Won|
|Best Club Banger||Nominated|
|Best Hip Hop Video||Nominated|
|"No Lie" (featuring Drake)||Nominated|
|People's Champ Award||Won|
|Himself||Rookie of the Year||Won|
|Made You Look Award||Nominated|
|Hustler of the Year||Nominated|
|MVP of the Year||Nominated|
|Best Live Performer||Nominated|
|Made You Look Award||Nominated|
(with A$AP Rocky, Drake and Kendrick Lamar)
|Best Hip Hop Video||Nominated|
|Reese's Perfect Combo Award (Best Collabo, Duo or Group)||Won|
|Best Club Banger||Nominated|
|People's Champ Award||Nominated|
|2016||"Watch Out"||Best Hip Hop Video||Nominated|
|"No Problem"||Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse||Nominated|
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2013||Based on a T.R.U. Story||Best Rap Album||Nominated|
|"Mercy" (with Kanye West, Big Sean and Pusha T)||Best Rap Performance||Nominated|
|Best Rap Song||Nominated|
|2014||"Fuckin' Problems" (with ASAP Rocky, Drake and Kendrick Lamar)||Nominated|
|2017||"No Problem" (with Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne)||Nominated|
|Best Rap Performance||Won|
Kanye West's "Mercy" wins Best Hip Hop Song of the Year.
The discography of American rapper 2 Chainz, consists of five studio albums, 10 mixtapes, 82 singles (including 60 as a featured artist), 14 promotional singles and 59 music videos.3500
"3500" is a song by American rapper Travis Scott, released on June 8, 2015, as the lead single from his debut studio album, Rodeo (2015). The song, which was produced by Metro Boomin, Zaytoven, Mike Dean, Mano and Allen Ritter, features vocals from fellow Atlanta-based rappers, Future and 2 Chainz.Ali Bomaye
"Ali Bomaye" is a song by American rapper The Game, featured as the second track from his fifth studio album Jesus Piece. "Ali Bomaye" features fellow rappers 2 Chainz and Rick Ross, with production from Black Metaphor and samples "Seven Devils" by Florence and the Machine. The song has since peaked at number one on the Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart and appears in the soundtrack to Grand Theft Auto V.All Me (song)
"All Me" is a song by Canadian rapper Drake from his third studio album Nothing Was the Same (2013). The song was serviced to urban contemporary radio as the album's third official single on September 24, 2013. "All Me" features fellow rappers 2 Chainz and Big Sean, with production from Finally Famous' Key Wane, and additional production from Noah "40" Shebib. This song peaked at number 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.Bandz a Make Her Dance
"Bandz a Make Her Dance" is a song by American hip hop recording artist Juicy J. It was released on September 11, 2012 as the lead single from his third studio album Stay Trippy (2013). The song, produced by Mike WiLL Made It and co-produced by J-Bo, features guest appearances from fellow American rappers Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz.Big Amount
"Big Amount" is a song by American rapper 2 Chainz. It was released as the first single from his mixtape Daniel Son; Necklace Don. The song features vocals from Canadian rapper Drake, and was produced by Buddah Bless. It is also included as a bonus track as the eighth track on digital versions of Pretty Girls Like Trap Music.Big Bank
"Big Bank" is a song recorded by American rapper YG. It was released on May 25, 2018, as the second single from his third studio album, Stay Dangerous (2018). The song, produced by DJ Mustard, features guest appearances from American rappers 2 Chainz, Big Sean and Nicki Minaj.Birthday Song (2 Chainz song)
"Birthday Song" is a song by American hip hop recording artist 2 Chainz, released August 24, 2012 as the second single from his debut studio album Based on a T.R.U. Story (2012). The song, which features fellow American rapper Kanye West, was produced by Sonny Digital, West, BWheezy, Anthony Kilhoffer, Lifted and Mike Dean.Castro (song)
"Castro" is a song by American rapper Yo Gotti, which features Kanye West, Big Sean, 2 Chainz and Quavo. It was released on December 16, 2016, as one of multiple singles from Gotti's 2016 mixtape White Friday (CM9).Champions (GOOD Music song)
"Champions" is a collaborative song by American rappers Kanye West, Gucci Mane, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, Yo Gotti, Quavo and Desiigner, released as the lead single from the upcoming GOOD Music compilation album Cruel Winter. The song was produced by West himself, alongside A-Trak, Lex Luger and Mike Dean, with co-production from Derek Watkins and Charlie Heat, and additional production from Noah Goldstein.ColleGrove
ColleGrove is the twelve studio album by American hip hop recording artist 2 Chainz. It was released on March 4, 2016, by Def Jam Recordings. The album was originally a collaborative effort between 2 Chainz and fellow American rapper Lil Wayne, but due to his record label issues, only Chainz was credited as the primary artist.
The album includes production from several high-profile record producers; such as Southside, Mike Will Made It, TM88, Infamous, Zaytoven, Lil' C, Metro Boomin, Ben Billions and London on da Track, among others. ColleGrove received generally positive reviews from critics and it debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200 chart.Feds Watching
"Feds Watching" is a song by American hip hop recording artist 2 Chainz, released on June 4, 2013 as the lead single from his second studio album B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time (2013). The song, which features fellow American singer Pharrell, who also produced "Feds Watching". The song has since peaked at number 66 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 51 in Germany.Gang Up
"Gang Up" is a song recorded by American rappers Young Thug, 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa and PnB Rock. The track was commissioned for the soundtrack of the 2017 action film The Fate of the Furious. "Gang Up" was released on March 24, 2017, as the soundtrack's fourth single in the United States.I Do It (2 Chainz song)
"I Do It" is a song by American rapper 2 Chainz from his second studio album B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time (2013). "I Do It" features fellow rappers Drake and Lil Wayne, with production from D. Rich, Diplo and Wonder Arillo. The song was featured on a 2 Chainz, Beats by Dr. Dre commercial. The song debuted at number 94 on the US Billboard Hot 100 upon the album's release.Mercy (GOOD Music song)
"Mercy" (stylized as “Mercy.1” on the album) is a song by American hip hop GOOD Music rappers Kanye West, Big Sean and Pusha T along with their Def Jam label-mate rapper 2 Chainz. The song, released April 3, 2012, serves as the lead single from the compilation album Cruel Summer (2012). The song's production was handled by Lifted, with additional production from West, Mike Dean and Mike Will Made It, and additional instrumentation from Hudson Mohawke. The song heavily samples the dancehall song "Dust a Sound Boy" by Super Beagle. The song received mostly positive reviews from music critics who praised the bombastic production, the varying quality of the verses, and the wordplay of the individual rappers. The song was featured on the soundtrack for NBA 2K13.
The song peaked at number 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and hit number one on both the US Billboard Hot Rap Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. The song has since been certified quadruple Platinum for four million digital sales in the US as of August 2016. A music video directed by Australian director Nabil Elderkin was released on June 6, 2012. The highly stylized video shows a long take of all four rappers featured on the song, along with other GOOD Music recording artists such as Cyhi the Prynce, Kid Cudi, Mr. Hudson and Teyana Taylor in cameos. The video features the rappers giving their verses and dancing around, with deliberate editing to make it appear as if they are disappearing and reappearing behind walls. The video received positive reviews from critics.
West performed his portion of the song at the 2012 Watch the Throne Tour, and 2 Chainz, Pusha and Big Sean performed the track during Sean's setlist at the 2012 Summer Jam festival. The song was performed by all four artists at the 2012 BET Awards, with West substituting his verse from "Mercy" with his verses from "Cold" and "New God Flow". Complex Magazine named the song the best song of 2012. The song received two nominations for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance at the 55th Grammy Awards.No Lie (2 Chainz song)
"No Lie" is a song by American rapper 2 Chainz, released as the lead single from his debut studio album Based on a T.R.U. Story (2012). The song, which serves as his debut single, features Canadian rapper Drake and was produced by Mike Will Made It. The song was released to iTunes on May 8, 2012, and based on digital downloads was able to debut in the top 50 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single has sold 1,400,000 copies digitally and has been certified 2× Platinum. The art was by John Rocco with Lane Smith. It also features A. R. Rahman.No Problem (Chance the Rapper song)
"No Problem" is a song by American rapper Chance the Rapper. Released on May 26, 2016 as the second single from his third mixtape Coloring Book, the song features Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz and was produced by Brasstracks.The Morning (song)
"The Morning" is a song by recording artists Raekwon, Pusha T, Common, 2 Chainz, Cyhi the Prynce, Kid Cudi and D'banj from the 2012 GOOD Music album Cruel Summer, which features uncredited vocals from Kanye West. The song was produced by West, !llmind, Jeff Bhasker and Travis Scott. A remix was released by 2 Chainz titled "G.O.O.D. Morning".The One (GOOD Music song)
"The One" is a song by recording artists Kanye West, Big Sean, 2 Chainz and Marsha Ambrosius from the 2012 GOOD Music album Cruel Summer. The song features additional vocals from James Fauntleroy II. It samples "Public Enemy No. 1" by Public Enemy and "Double Barrel" by Dave & Ansel Collins. West pays lyrical reference to Scott Disick.