Playaz Circle’s 2-Chainz aka Tity Boy, kicks off his own campaign.
HHW: What are you working on right now?
2-Chainz: Taking over the world…Pinky and the Brain, you feel me? Just working, continuing to create leverage…I have some things set up as far as a blueprint, a model I’m following, but it’s mental, its not written down. Right now, I’m pacing myself out. I have a record that’s doing well in the southeastern region. And you know I’m just working and using all the experiences that I had. [I’m] working on some more surprise collabos. I just had the Codeine Cowboy DVD drop which is an excellent documentary about my relationship with Duffle Bag Boys, which is my homies, my relationship with Luda, which is my homie, with Tunechi aka Weezy, which is my homie and all that, all those relationships and how they combine in my campaign.
How did the name change from Tity Boy to 2-Chainz?
I was 2-Chainz, man, since…8th grade, had on “two chains.” It’s just…it is what it is. I was always going by 2-Chainz. Tity Boy always had been the first name, so you know? I think the way that I said it, it stuck. That’s my name!
How did you first get introduced to music?
A couple cats from the hood was doing music. In our neighborhood we liked to hustle, so I came up in that environment. So back in the days we used to trap, or hustle, at a car wash…and we used to freestyle and all that. So our freestyle eventually turned into people saying, ‘I think you should do this for real. Maybe you should write something, you know?’ So I tried it.
So how did you make the transition from that to doing music professionally?
God, bruh…definitely! Ludacris…he from the Southside, I’m from the Southside. He used to work on the radio and the situation was he got a hold of our music, all the dots connected and the stars happened to be lined up. I signed with Disturbing the Peace…I know its hard for a lot of people to get…but it kind of just happened for me.
How did the “Duffle Bag Boys” record with Lil Wayne come together?
Wayne is a friend of mine. Outside of music we been knowin’ each other a while. After Katrina happened he moved to Miami and I used to go down and kick it and be a part of his campaign. [One day] I let him hear a mixtape we was working on and he seen the whole “Duffle Bag Boy” vision and he was just so receptive and encouraging. He heard where I was coming from and we went in the lab and he came up with that hook and the rest is history.
Are you officially a solo artist now? Is Playaz Circle still a group?
Well, we always gonna be friends and family forever but you know, I’m an only child, so I’m loving the solo attention. I can’t front, I’m loving seeing the hard work that I put in, loving to see the results. So I just like the whole 2-Chainz movement. It just feels like a reinvention of myself. I’m very confident because I’m not a rookie. I’m polished in doing interviews such as this. I’m polished in doing drops, polished in recording, just whatever it is, so it just feel good to me. For me to be so confident, if you wanna call it swag; the way I say my lingo, the way I walk and talk, and me just being me, and a leader, I’m liking this 2-Chainz campaign.
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