Following his run as founding member of Def Jam duo Playaz Circle out of his native Atlanta, 2 Chainz’ name was on everyone’s lips in 2012, when he stole a verse on Kanye West’s superhit “Mercy”. Four months later, Chainz arrived as a Def Jam solo artist with “Based On A T.R.U. Story”, his debut album of August 2012. B.O.A.T.S. debuted at #1 on the charts. “Mercy” was subsequently a Grammy® nominee for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance, while B.O.A.T.S. was nominated for Best Rap Album. Chainz followed up with “B.O.A.T.S. II: ME TIME” (September 2013), extending Chainz’ dominance, entering the hip-hop chart at #1.
In 2016 brought it back to his essence with a series of mixtapes that dominated the streets. On top of the mixtapes, he also released the lauded collaborative album ColleGrove with hip hop luminary Lil Wayne. Critics agreed, 2 Chainz conquered 2016 with the New York Times proclaiming “all hail our greatest punch line rapper, 2 Chainz.”
With momentum on his side, 2 Chainz released his first solo album since 2013, “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” in 2017.