Who is 2 Chainz?
Tauheed Epps was born on 12 September 1977, in College Park, Georgia, USA, and is a rapper performing under the stage name 2 Chainz. He initially gained recognition as a part of the hip hop duo called Playaz Circle. In 2012, after releasing his debut studio album “Based on a T.R.U. Story”, his popularity increased with hit singles such as “Birthday Song”, and “I’m Different”. He has a solo record deal with Def Jam Recordings which is an imprint of Universal Music Group.
The Riches of 2 Chainz
How rich is 2 Chainz? As of early-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is at $6 million, earned through a successful career in the music industry. He’s also done some acting, hosting and songwriting during his career, and as he continues his endeavors, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings
2 Chainz grew up in College Park and attended North Clayton High School, where he also played basketball, but was arrested when he was 15 years old, for the felony of cocaine possession, ie dealing in drugs. After matriculating from high school, he got a scholarship to Alabama State University, where he also played with the school’s basketball team from 1995 to 1997.
He later transferred to Virginia State University, though has declined to state as to why. According to him, he got into some trouble but was able to graduate from college. During this time, he formed the hip hop duo entitled Playaz Circle, with his high school friend Earl Conyers. They released an independent album entitled “United We Stand, United We Fall”, and after that release, he was introduced to Ludacris who later began recording several singles with the group.
Name Change and Solo Beginnings
Ludacris would become one of the highest selling rappers in the US, and he formed his own record label Disturbing Tha Peace, a subsidiary of Def Jam Recordings. 2 Chainz took on the opportunity and signed immediately with the label. The duo released their debut album in 2007 entitled “Supply & Demand” which included the hit single “Duffle Bag Boy” featuring Lil Wayne, and which they performed the song during the BET Hip Hop Awards.
They released a second studio album entitled “Flight 360: The Takeoff”, after which 2Chainz decided to leave his label, as he felt that it was the only way to advance his career; Ludacris reluctantly accepted his departure. 2 Chainz moniker at the time was Tity Boi, but it was always considered derogatory to women, so in 2011 he decided to change his name to 2 Chainz as it’s more family friendly. He soon released the mixtape called “T.R.U. REALigion” which peaked in 58th spot of the US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
— Tity Boi (2 Chainz) (@2chainz) August 1, 2018
After the success of his first mixtape, he started making guest appearances on tracks of popular recording artists such as Nicki Minaj and Kanye West. In 2012, he released his debut album entitled “Based on a T.R.U. Story”, which had the lead single entitled “No Lie” featuring rapper Drake, and debuted in the top spot of the Billboard 200 as it sold 147,000 copies during its first week; the album actually had mixed reviews, but it didn’t stop it from selling well. He then went on his first solo worldwide tour, with most of his shows sold out. He was nominated for over 13 BET Hip Hop Awards and won 4 of them, and nominated for three Grammy Awards, including Best Rap Album.
In 2012, he returned to the studio and started working on a second album set to release the following year. He also began acting endeavors, appearing as a guest in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, and “2 Broke Girls”. In 2013, he released “B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time” which featured guest appearances from Fergie, Pharrell Williams, and T-Pain, accruing generally positive reviews, and debuting in third spot of the US Billboard 200. Immediately afterwards, he started working on his third album.
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In 2016, 2 Chainz released an EP entitled “Felt Like Cappin”, then the 12 single collaborative album entitled “ColleGrove”, working on alongside Lil Wayne, which received decent reviews. The following year he released his fourth studio album entitled “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music”, which featured Nicki Minaj, Travis Scott and Pharrell Williams, supported by a nationwide concert tour following critical acclaim, with critics stating that it is his best work yet.
During the same year, he started working on the show entitled “Most Expensivest”, which features him travelling to various locations to experience their goods and services. The show has been running for two seasons, with a third set to air in 2019. One of his latest releases is the EP “The Play Don’t Care Who Makes It”, and he is also working on a new album entitled “Rap or Go to the League”.
For his personal life, it is known that 2 Chainz married longtime girlfriend Kesha Ward in 2018; they have three children together, all born before they decided to marry. He’s had his share of controversies throughout his career, mostly pertaining to drugs; in 2013, he was arrested while on board a flight departing from Los Angeles, for possession of marijuana and promethazine. During the same year, his tour bus was pulled over in Oklahoma City as officers realized that there was marijuana use ongoing. The bus driver refused to let the police officers in leading them to tow the bus with passengers still inside. The police discovered guns inside the bus as well as marijuana residue and prescription painkillers.