About the artist
The 6 foot-5 inch rapper, 2 Chainz, brought a reputation for one-upping the competition by arriving via helicopter at rooftop T.R.U. listening parties, and the kind of grandiose ambition that an MC from Southside Atlanta needs to chase down the American Dream. 2 Chainz is a product of the competitive Atlanta scene that spawned his first group, the duo Playaz Circle (in which he was known as Tity Boi). They made their mark back in '07 with the rap-R&B-pop crossover hit "Duffle Bag Boy" featuring Lil' Wayne on the hook, on the DTP (Disturbing Tha Peace)/Def Jam label. Chainz' solo career began with his first mixtape, 2007's Me Against The World, then the double-disc mixtape All Ice On Me in 2009, followed by his two-part Trapavelli series. Proving that he could write street anthems with crossover appeal, he capitalized on his notoriety with the back-to-back mixtape releases of Codeine Withdrawal in 2010, and Codeine Cowboy in 2011. His 2011 mixtape T.R.U. REALigion mined downloads in the millions. His 'hit' tracks, signatures that include "Riot," "Boo" featuring Yo Gotti, and the Drumma Boy-produced smash single "Spend It," established a new sphere of influence for the lanky, outspoken rapper.
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