Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz recently opened up about the decision to bury his “Tity Boi” rap alias, believing that his chosen moniker symbolizes reaching new heights in the rap game.
Coinciding with the name switch, Chainz also said 2011 proved to be a transitional year for him.
“I’ve been doing a lot of media runs up in New York lately promoting my CD T.R.U. Realigion and every single interview I do they like, ‘What’s up with the name change?’ So this is the universal answer,” 2 Chainz said in an interview, “I just came up with it yesterday over a big bowl of kush for breakfast. … And so people ask me where the 2 Chainz came from; I tell them I always talk about jewelry and I always been saying 2 Chainz in a lot of my songs. But lately, like the last year or so, I’ve been saying it, introducing my records like ‘2 Chainz!’ and kinda making it family friendly. However you wanna say it. … I started noticing a change early in the year when I was going to the mall and young ladies would be yelling ‘2 Chainz’ or whatever. So my answer is, when I did ‘Duffle Bag Boyz’ in ’07, that was like my first [exposure]. Now this right here would be my second chance. You know like 2 Chainz, second chance. So I thought that that would have a little more substance.” (Shade 45)
A few months ago, Chainz gave an initial explanation for his new handle.
“No, see I never changed my name this is what happened,” Chainz explained in an interview. “I did Supply and Demand, 12 Circle with DTP and Def Jam. I did a song called “Dear Mr. LA Reid” and someone else said Tity/2 Chainz and I had been saying it all the time but I guess the stars lined up and then definitely the way I said, the delivery, 2 Chainz made it lady and kid friendly. In my 8th grade yearbook picture I had on 2 chains. I had always been into like jewelry so 2 Chainz just stuck.” (VIBE)
In November, the rapper received a co-sign from Grammy-winning rhyme spitter T.I.
“I like Big Sean, yeah,” Tip told DJ Skee in an interview. “I think it’s going to be interesting to see and hear what artists like 2 Chainz and Future [make musically] and what they do. It’s going to be interesting to see what they do. I like, the records I’ve heard, I’ve liked. I liked them. So now I just gotta pay attention and see where they go from here. … Watch the Throne. I love the Watch the Throne album.” (Skee TV)
A month prior, producer Nitti Beatz crowned 2 Chainz SOHH Underrated.
“I think 2 Chainz is a very talented rapper … he’s somebody that’s been in the game for a while and by him coming up in the Ludacris camp [Disturbing Tha Peace], he’s knows how the business is supposed to go. I think [musically] dude is very dangerous right now: Everybody wants that new thing, and to the public, he’s got that new [flavor] because everyone knows him as being part of the group, Playaz Circle, but now he’s 2 Chainz. I think he’s very dangerous and he knows what he’s doing. He’s finally starting to get his recognition and he’s a very smart guy. Very smart guy and passionate about his music. (SOHH Underrated)
Check out 2 Chainz’s interview below: