In some way, shape or fashion everyone should be working to attain the American Dream. But in rare cases like that of rising rap star 2Chainz, he doesn't get enough sleep to dream. He's too busy making the finer things in life a part of his reality. Born Tauheed Epps on Atlanta's Southside, as an only child he learned quickly that hard work was the only way to gain success. Even before he was introduced to most rap fans as a member of Ludacris' Disturbing Tha Peace outfit, he already had a...... Read Full Bio »
In some way, shape or fashion everyone should be working to attain the American Dream. But in rare cases like that of rising rap star 2Chainz, he doesn't get enough sleep to dream. He's too busy making the finer things in life a part of his reality.
Born Tauheed Epps on Atlanta's Southside, as an only child he learned quickly that hard work was the only way to gain success. Even before he was introduced to most rap fans as a member of Ludacris' Disturbing Tha Peace outfit, he already had a name for himself as one half of the rap group Playaz Circle which would go on to release two albums on the iconic Def Jam label as well as the 2007 smash hit "Duffle Bag Boyz" featuring Lil Wayne.
However, even with major label resources and high-profile relationships at his disposal, 2Chainz felt motivated to help himself become bigger, instead of the other way around.
"The spirit just came from me being around a lot of peers that do the same thing that I do, but their bank account was larger than mine," says 2Chainz who was a part of Wayne's first I AM MUSIC tour. "I had a bunch of millionaires number in my phone so I figured it was time for me to step my game up."
The first step of his independence came in the form of 2007's Me Against The World, a mixtape where he displayed his solo talents, originality and ability to stand on his own two Gucci-sneakered feet. The success of that independent effort, coupled with the major label fumbling of his sophomore Playaz Circle album, pushed him to make a personal challenge to himself in 2009 to "turn up."
At that point he dropped the double-disc mixtape All Ice On Me which made way for his two-part Trapavelli series. Both of which featured cameos from the likes of fellow underground kings Bun B and Gucci Mane, as well as his 2009 street hit "Stupid" and the surprise 2010 radio smash "Boo."
"With my series, I always had those 2Pac like titles," he points out. "I'm not saying that I had the same music as Pac, but I do think that I have the same work ethic."
It couldn't be anymore evident now. Proving that he could write street anthems with crossover appeal, he build a large demand for his 2010 mixtape Codiene Withdrawl mixtape. By the time followed up with 2011's Codiene Cowboy, 2Chainz' buzz had reached a fever pitch with the likes of Busta Rhymes, Young Jeezy and Pusha T jumping at the chance to join what he likes to call his "campaign."
"I think the world is catching up to me," says the lanky rapper who makes it a point to distinguish himself from the competition by going as far has hosting rooftop listening parties, arriving by helicopter. "I've always been confident in what I do and had the respect of the people, that the people respected."
Now with a catalog of music spanning hundreds of songs and certified hits, 2Chainz has become one of the most frequently booked independent artists in the country and eventually the world.
"I would say that I have towns and cities on lock, but I'm now at the point where I can say I have entire states," says the widely accepted rapper who has won accolades of peers ranging from Raekwon to Kanye West. "I'm working from the ground up and it feels that more satisfying when the big cities start calling or getting to the point that everybody on my team needs passports."
Things can only pick up even faster now thanks to his Drumma Boy-produced smash single "Spend It." While some will assume that it's just another ode to "trapping" anyone with good ears will know that its the perfect anthem for anybody chasing the American Dream.
"It's a reality record that people can adapt to," he says. "You don't necessarily have to be a trapper for it to be your song. It can be a song for when you get your paycheck too. You'll feel like you're a part of the song."
The road to more riches has only begun for 2Chainz. He has plans to release another project titled T.R.U. REALigion in November 2011, ending the year the same way he started it. Busy.
Courtesy of Elektra