Known as Tity Boi in the Atlanta-based Playaz Circle, rapper 2 Chainz launched his solo career while he was still a member of the crew, in 2007, with the mixtape Me Against the World. The 2Pac references continued with his 2009 mixtapes Trap-A-Velli and All Ice on Me, but 2010’s Me Against the World 2: Codeine Withdrawal hit his style on the nose with the last bit of its title, and when DJ Teknikz & DJ Frank White collected his best street tracks in 2011, the hard and hazy set of cuts was dubbed Codeine Cowboy. That same year he was featured on David Banner’s “Yao Ming” and Big K.R.I.T.’s “Money on the Floor,” while a year later he landed on Kanye West’s “Mercy” as well as Nicki Minaj’s “Beez in the Trap.” He also signed with the Def Jam label in 2012 and released the single “No Lie” before dropping his official debut, Based on a T.R.U. Story. Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, and Mike Posner were among the album’s special guests, while production was handled by the likes of The-Dream and Drumma Boy. ~ David Jeffries, Rovi

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