2 Chainz’s 10 Best Songs

By: 09.12.13
2 Chainz

2 Chainz (photo. Instagram.com/hairweavekiller)

Tauheed Epps, better known by his now-famous hip-hop moniker 2 Chainz, has found a unique way to change the rap game, as we know it. From irreplaceable ATL-inspired lyricism surrounding the “Trap Life,” Chainz has revitalized what many northern hip-hop enthusiasts thought was a dying southern rap game.

For those who aren’t familiar with his work (or live under a rock), Chainz was born in 1977 in College Park, Georgia. He attended North Clayton High with R&B singer Monica. His teachers didn’t expect him to pass, let alone finish second in his class.

Like many rappers, he had his ball dreams. The 6-5 Epps received an athletic scholarship to Alabama State University.

Subscribe to UPROXX

Y’all see Chainz throwin it down?! In 24 games with ASU in the 1996-1997 season, Chainz started only one game. He scored 71 points total and averaged three points per contest. But we’ll forgive him because his raps are balling.

Originally not popular by his Playaz Circle moniker, Epps changed his name from “Tity Boi” to “2 Chainz” for a more family friendly feel. His fame immediately rose. Of his releases, he’s had two studio albums, the last, B.O.A.T.S II, released Tuesday. He’s had 37 singles, 43 music videos, seven mixtapes and nine promotional singles. To honor his birthday, and his tremendous flow (you can tell I’m a fan of stripper music), here are 2 Chainz’s ten best songs.

*** *** ***

10. CRACK
One of the beautiful things about Epps is that he found his niche in eccentrically simplifying what most rappers are too bullish to say.

“Started from the trap now I rap/No matter where I’m at, I got crack.”

Now Dime doesn’t support trapping or dealing, but we do love a nice beat. So if one was to break down the most talked about item in trap music, why not just let your listeners know that you got what they’re talking about?

9. RIOT
Serving as a bonus track on his first studio album, Based On a T.R.U. Story, this was Chainz’s direct message to the rest of the rap game in pre-2013.

He claimed to have a “clique of killers” and that they were always ready to go. But that’s what plenty of “spittas” claim on their tracks. Chainz made it even more omnipresent in the opening lines.

“I said lame n%$#@* be quiet, lame n%$#@* be quiet, lame n%$#@* be quiet/ You in the presence of a real n%$#@”

Whether you are a fan of Epps or not, his sentiment rang true. He started a riot in hip-hop and is now one of the most noticeable lyricists in America.

Around The Web

Featured

Nikki Glaser On Her New Series ‘Not Safe With Nikki Glaser’ And Being A ‘Curious Perv’

From Showman To Shaman: How An Assassination Attempt Changed Bob Marley’s Life And Music

From Zero To Guitar Hero, Meet The Small-Town Musician Who’s Well On His Way

Hannibal Buress On ‘Comedy Camisado,’ Animation, And Doing Stand-Up In Japan

Phil Matarese And Mike Luciano Talk ‘Animals.’ And Creating Television In Their Apartment

‘Black Sheep’ Revisited: The Farley-Spade Classic That Could’ve Been, 20 Years Later

EAT THIS CITY: Chef Callie Speer Shares Her ‘Can’t Miss’ Food Experiences In Austin, Texas

Kimbo Slice Is Down To Fight Kurt Angle And Roy Jones, Jr. As Soon As He Settles His Business At Bellator 149

By:  •  2 Comments

A Top Recruit Michigan Landed On Signing Day Isn’t Who You Think He Is At All

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. On How His Personal Ancestry Obsessions Led To ‘Finding Your Roots’

Love Books? Plan A Trip To The Most Literary City In The Country

What The Shot-For-Shot Remake Of The ‘Magnum P.I.’ Intro Tells Us About ‘Archer’ Season 7

By:  •  2 Comments