2 Chainz, Cap 1

When: Thu., Dec. 20, 8 p.m. 2012

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College Park, Georgia's 2Chainz has been rapping since 1997, but he did so under the questionable moniker Tity Boi until 2011. Since changing his name, he has become one of the most ubiquitous voices on the radio, featured on tracks Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Drake, Kanye West, Juicy J, and a host of other mainstream heavyweights. His signature name-call adlib and goofy lyrical demeanor have made him a fixture on hooks (see A$AP Rocky's new heater, "Fuckin' Problems"), and one of the only rappers today who can turn words like "She got a big booty/So I call her big booty" into anthemic club chants. That he also wishes, in the same song, to be buried inside the Gucci and/or Louis stores when he dies is a bit depressing—but as the last few years of rap have made extremely clear, not everything is meant to be taken at face value. MIKE RAMOS

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