2 Chainz is the stage name of Atlanta rapper Tauheed Epps, once known as Tity Boi in the Atlanta-based Playaz Circle. Epps launched a successful solo career in 2010, and began issuing a parade of Top 40 hits while becoming the go-to artist for guest verses. His breakout year was 2012, when he landed on Kanye West's "Mercy" and Nicki Minaj's "Beez in the Trap" before dropping his official debut, Based on a T.R.U. Story, for Def Jam. With three platinum hits — "No Lie" featuring Drake, "Birthday Song" featuring Kanye West, and "I'm Different" — the album hit number one on the Billboard 200, and easily reached platinum status.
Born and raised in College Park, Georgia, he first went solo in 2007 with the mixtape Me Against the World. The 2Pac references continued with his 2009 mixtapes Trap-A-Velli and All Ice on Me, but 2010's Me Against the World 2: Codeine Withdrawal hit his style on the nose with the last bit of its title, and when DJ Teknikz and DJ Frank White collected his best street tracks in 2011, the hard and hazy set of cuts was dubbed the Codeine Cowboy mixtape. That same year he was featured on David Banner's "Yao Ming" and Big K.R.I.T.'s "Money on the Floor."