2 Chainz might be known for his successful rap singles like “I’m Different, “No Lie,” and “Feds Watching,” but there’s a lot more to him than his music career and his occasional legal woe. The 39-year-old rap superstar, who was born Tauheed Epps, is also an entrepreneur, an actor, and, perhaps most importantly, a family man. Here are a few things that even diehard 2 Chainz fans may not know about him.
5. He changed his name to be more “family friendly”
Epps needed a rap stage name, so he originally went with Tity Boi, which he used when he was one-half of Playaz Circle alongside Dolla Boy. But the name was deemed derogatory, so in 2011 he changed it to be more family friendly. 2 Chainz told the Sirius radio show Shade 45 (via Hiphop DX) that he just “came up” with the name. “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,” the rapper explained. “But lately like the last year or so I’ve been saying it in introducing my records like ‘2 Chainz!’ and kinda making it family friendly.”
4. He has a thing for H names
Speaking of names, 2 Chainz seems to favor names that begin with the letter H—at least when it comes to his kids. In 2015, the rapper welcomed his third child, as on, which he and his wife Kesha named Halo. But according to Billboard, the rapper also has two daughters named Heaven and Harmony. 2 Chainz recorded a song about his son Halo, which was featured on his “Trapavelli Tre,” and his H-named daughters were featured on it.
3. He has a bit of an acting resume
In 2016, 2 Chainz turned up in an unlikely place when he appeared on the CBS sitcom “Two Broke Girls.” The role wasn’t a huge stretch—he played himself in the episode “And Two Openings: Parts One and Two” in a storyline that had him on the same airplane as the show’s two “broke” waitresses, Max and Caroline. But that wasn’t his first TV role. In 2013, 2 Chainz landed a guest spot on “Law and Order: SVU” as Calvin Jones, according to his IMDB page.
2. He played basketball in college
Kanye may be The College Dropout, but 2 Chainz dropped in. Before his days in Playaz Circle, 2 Chainz was a good student. The future rapper finished second in his class North Clayton High School in Georgia, and in 1996 he attended Alabama State University on a scholarship where he played for the Hornets basketball team, according to ESPN.
1. He’s a cooking connoisseur—due to reflux
While true fans know all about the 28-page cookbook that comes as part of 2 Chainz album “B.O.A.T.S. 2 #MeTime,” unless they actually attempted to make the delicacies, they may not know the hilarious instructions that are included as part of the recipe steps. For example, the first step of Chainz’ sautéed asparagus recipe instructs aspiring cooks to “Drape yourself in an Adidas sweatsuit, chainz n thangs.” And the rapper’s crab cakes with mango salsa recipe included the disclaimer that the cook must position themselves "in a room surrounded by a handful of TVs playing ‘Sportscenter’ with the sound off.” In an interview with MSNBC, 2 Chainz revealed there was a method behind his #Mealtime madness. The rapper said that after suffering from acid reflux and ulcers for years, he decided to write a cookbook full of healthy recipes.