Tauheed Epps, better known by his solo career stage name 2 Chainz, is an American rapper and hip hop artist. Epps grew up in College Park, Georgia where he started the group Playaz Circle with high school classmate Earl Conyers. Originally known as Tity Boi, Epps happened to meet Ludacris while he was DJing at a local apartment complex. Ludacris began recording songs with Playaz Circle and debuted them on his local radio station, Atlanta’s Hot 97.5. Shortly after, Ludacris' career took off, and he invited Epps to join his newly formed Disturbing Tha Peace. In 2007, they released their debut album ‘Supply & Demand’. The single ‘Duffle Bag Boy’ with Lil Wayne became an instant urban hit, and the song was performed live at that year's BET Hip Hop Awards. In 2009, Epps left Disturbing the Peace and Playaz Circle after releasing their second album, ‘Flight 360: The Takeoff’'. In 2011, Epps changed his stage name to 2 Chainz and released his first mixtape ‘T.R.U. REALigion’. It climbed to number 58 on Billboard’s Top Hip-Hop Albums. The success led him to make multiple guest appearances with other artists such as Kanye West and Nicki Minaj. In 2012, his debut studio album, ‘Based on a T.R.U.Story’, rose quickly to number one on the US Billboard 200. The success earned him 13 BET awards and three Grammy award nominations. His second album, ‘B.O.A.T.S.: Me Time’, was released in 2013 with Def Jam Records. It debuted at number three on Billboard’s 200, selling over 63,000 copies in its first week alone. The album was packed with guest appearances from Fergie to Lil Wayne, Drake, T-Pain and Dollar Boy. His next release, the EP ‘Freebase’, was released in 2014 and has seen over two million downloads.