ESPN Music: college basketball
January, 6, 2013
By Playbook Sounds | ESPN.com
September, 12, 2012
By Dan Friedell | ESPN The Magazine
Ilya S. Savenok/Getty ImagesThe rapper formerly known as Tauheed Epps played Division I basketball at Alabama State.Editor's note: Welcome to the second installment of "How Good Was He?" It's an occasional Playbook series in which we delve deep into the athletic pasts of celebrities.
2 Chainz has already lived multiple lives in the music industry, from his origins in the duo Playaz Circle to a stint with Ludacris' Disturbing tha Peace crew under the name "Tity Boi" to his current status as one of the hottest rappers in the game. His solo debut, "Based on a T.R.U. Story," topped the Billboard 200 when it was released last month.
But before all of that, 2 Chainz was Tauheed Epps, basketball player. As a 10th-grader, Epps was the star sixth man for North Clayton High in College Park, Ga., which ran the table for the Class AA state title after a 10-10 start in 1992-93. By his senior year, the 6-foot-5 Epps was a legitimate Division 1 recruit who got some attention from the University of Memphis, which was then looking for a silky, tall guard to replace Penny Hardaway.