Guest List Should Read: Fashionably Late
I.D. Please: Rapper; 35
VIP Status: Hip-hop’s new mouth of the South has been hiding under your nostrils all along. With a sly moniker switch-up, 2 Chainz—formerly Tity Boi of Disturbing Tha Peace’s Playaz Circle—conquered the trap and beyond with a gaudy fashion sense and catchy couplets. Already a go-to cameo artist, the lanky ATLien will truly stand on his own two once his solo debut, Based on a T.R.U. Story, drops in August.
“I bring a certain level of sophistication, creativity, individuality and swag to this game. I’m definitely a humble man, so I don’t mean it any way when I say I’m starting to hear my flow duplicated. Or my look. Whatever. I appreciate it. It confirms the role I’m playing right now.”
Invited By: Sha Money XL (Senior VP of A&R, Island Def Jam): “I haven’t seen a moment like this since Lil Wayne did those 30 verses in one year, and came with ‘Lollipop’ and went all the way to the top. He has a vision that’s very clear; all I did was amplify it. This guy is here to stay. And he’s going to be a legend.”
Arrival: “I still have moments when I don’t even realize I’ve broken through. If I needed to actually pinpoint a time, it’d be 2011, when I did over 150 shows and a bunch of features. We’re still trying to count the features.”
Plus 1: Cap 1
“I’m watching him get comfortable on the stage, work just as hard as I do in the studio. And buddy is nice. He definitely got next.”