March 25, 2016
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Jessica Pope
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator

2 Chainz Performing Live at The Complex April 15

VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University will present 2 Chainz live in concert with special guests Ray Jr., KBM, Cap 1, and Skooly at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 15, at The Complex. The doors will open at 5 p.m. with the sounds of DJ Krillz. 

“Valdosta State is committed to providing a great campus experience for our students,” said Dr. Cecil P. Staton, interim president of VSU. “We are pleased to announce the 2016 spring concert with 2Chainz and look forward a new tradition of bringing significant artists to campus that our students will enjoy.”

Admission is $20 for currently enrolled VSU students with a valid identification card. These tickets may be purchased in the Office of Student Life, located on the third floor of the Student Union, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays and are limited to two per student. Only student ticketholders will receive a wristband, which will grant them access to the floor area right in front of the stage. 

Admission is $50 for the general public. These tickets may be purchased online at www.VSUConcert.com and are limited to four per person. 

Admission is $60 at the door. 

All tickets are general admission. Concertgoers are encouraged to purchase their tickets early as there are only 6,300 available — 3,300 for students and 3,000 for the general public.

Tauheed Epps, better known by his stage name 2 Chainz, formerly Tity Boi, is an American rapper from College Park. Born on Sept. 22, 1977, he initially gained recognition for being one-half of the Southern hip-hop duo Playaz Circle; the other half was his longtime friend and fellow rapper Earl “Dolla Boy” Conyers. They were signed to Ludacris’s Disturbing the Peace label, and their debut album, Supply and Demand, which was released in 2007, featured the hit single “Duffle Bag Boy.”

In February 2012, 2 Chainz signed a solo record deal with Def Jam Recordings. Six months later he released Based on a T.R.U. Story. The album received mixed reviews, was nominated for a Grammy Award, and introduced music lovers to three hit singles — “No Lie,” which featured Drake and peaked at No. 1 on both the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart, and went on to be certified gold; “Birthday Song,” which featured Kanye West, peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart, and went on to be certified double platinum; and “I’m Different,” which peaked at No. 6 on both the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart, and went on to be certified double platinum.

The artist released his second studio album, B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time, on Sept. 11, 2013. It, too, featured three hit singles — “Feds Watching,” which featured Pharrell Williams and peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart, “Where U Been,” which featured Cap 1 and peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart; and “Used 2,” which peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.       

On May 5, 2014, 2 Chainz released a new seven-song album titled FreeBase for free digital download. Eight months later he announced that he was starting his own independent record label, The Real University, also known as T.R.U. or The Real U. He signed Cap 1 and Skooly, as well as former Young Money artist Short Dawg, who is also known as Fresh.

ColleGrove, 2 Chainz’s third studio album, was released on March 4 by Def Jam Recordings and has already hit the No. 2 spot on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and at No. 4 spot on the Billboard 200 chart. This album is a collaborative project, with Lil Wayne featured on eight of the 13 tracks.  

Fun Fact About 2 Chainz

• He was a high school basketball star at North Clayton High School. In 2015 he got to play against and beat Atlanta Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins in a game of H.O.R.S.E.

Sources: BallIsLife.com

Note: The Complex is located at the intersection of Baytree Road and Sustella Avenue. 

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