Alex Welsh via Fader
By Miranda Johnson
2 Chainz, a once overlooked MC, is now receiving a well-deserved amount of shine. Still, most new fans aren't aware that 2 Chainz, formerly known as Tity Boi, has actually been in the rap game for the past 13 years. He encountered several dead-ends throughout his career, but he's spawned hits like Playaz Cirlce’s “Duffle Bag Boy” and was featured on some of Luda and Chingy’s biggest hits when he was signed to DTP. In his new Fader cover story, the ATL rapper opens up about his journey.
2 Chainz broke down the trials and tribulations of his journey to success. During the chat he answered any and all questions fans might have, covering his name change, solo deal, and even adjusting to his new found fame. Although the name change most certainly helped boost Tit to the top, many are wondering how exactly he concocted the name 2 Chainz to begin with. Well in the interview Chainz revealed that he retrofitted his new title as a loose homonym for “to change.”
He also talked about his past and current label situations, revealing what steps he took to secure a spot at the top. After talking about his former deal with DTP 2 Chainz stated, “After that didn’t do nothing, I was like, Let me figure this sh-- the fu-- out. Let me go to work.” By work he meant releasing seven solo mixtapes in the last five years since “Duffle Bag Boy,” with each project gaining slightly more notoriety than the last. Last year’s Codeine Cowboy and T.R.U. REALigion became street favorites along with his classic “Spend It” which is now a Southern anthem.
On his new found fame, Tit told Fader that although he is most certainly recognized more times than none, fans do not often run up on him. He joked that instead they tend to operate more on the shy side whispering “Is that 2 Chainz?!"
It's been a long time coming but now Tauheed Epps aka 2 Chainz is most certainly in the lime light and by the looks of it he’s staying. He is currently on Drake’s Club Paradise Tour along with French Montana, Meek Mill, Waka Flocka Flame and J. Cole. Earlier this week the bunch performed a rainy show in New Jersey but please believe the rain didn’t stop the reign.