2 Chainz Acquires Stake In A3C Festival & Conference

In the latest tab to add to his list boss moves, 2 Chainz now owns a piece Atlanta history as he has acquired a stake in the city’s A3C Festival and Conference.

The annual gathering has long been lauded as “hip-hop’s family reunion,” boasting a lineup hip-hop’s best talents both in the spotlight and from behind-the-scenes. The event is best highlighted by its lineup panels and speakers every year, uncovering the inner workings hip-hop and dissecting its relationship across disciplines such as film and tech.

A3C has always been one the most important places for artists to show f their creative ideas and to learn business moves,” 2 Chainz said in a press release. “I’ve moved from artist to being inside the owner’s box. I’m excited to be co-owner and to help shape A3C over the next decade to be the biggest festival on the planet–the festival for the future.”

Now entering its 15th year, A3C was recently acquired by the Paul Judge Media Group and Atlanta’s Gathering Spot coworking company. It’s notably moved away from a format that featured a three-day festival, instead opting to focus on an even more dynamic speaking lineup while putting highly-curated events across the city, including a 25th-anniversary show in which Yasiin Bey will perform his Black On Both Sides album front to back.

“I’m passionate about bringing together Atlanta’s colleges, companies and culture and A3C is becoming the go-to event for being part that combination,” adds Dr. Paul Judge to the new announcement. “I’m thrilled to welcome 2 Chainz to the ownership group. Ever since I’ve known Chainz, his creativity, team, and entrepreneurship skills have repeatedly proven to be world-class. Together we’ll open new doors in the intersection technology and culture.”

Diddy Blesses 2 Chainz With New Ciroc At Friday The 13th Themed Birthday Party

Diddy is probably sitting on a dungeon unreleased Ciroc flavors. The mega mogul and hip-hop legend was one many celebrities that showed up to 2 Chainz‘s 42nd birthday party on Friday the 13th. As reported by TMZ, the party was decorated to match the date, giving 2 Chainz’s born day a spooky vibe all over. Tombstones reading “RIP To My Haters,” and “RIP To Her Weave” stood out among the decorations, which also included a haunted chariot and more graveyard props.  Still, the atmosphere fright did not deter celebrities like Diddy, DJ Khaled, T.I., Jermaine Dupri, Jeezy, Remy Ma, and more from showing up. 

When Diddy arrived, he blessed 2 Chainz with a bottle white grape Ciroc. The golden bottle glistened in the light, and was a perfect present for the man formerly known as Tity Boi. 2 Chainz was honored to recieve the first bottle the new flavor, which Diddy made sure to present him with tons press around.  The flavor has yet to be released to the public, but you can purchase a pre-order the white grape Ciroc online. It is expected to touch down this Fall, and will undoubtedly be a quick sell-out. 

Future & 2 Chainz Just Made "The Hardest Song In The World"

Two Atlanta’s finest have ficially crossed paths once again. Nearly ten years removed from talks a collaboration album, Future and 2 Chainz have decided to join forces for the good the masses. Today, the pair took to Instagram to tease “the hardest song in the world,” providing audio evidence to back up their lty claims. But first, the pair express gratitude for having linked up to begin with, with Future deeming the collaboration “long overdue.” 2 Chainz proceeds to strike up the band, as the sound a synthesizer fills the garage.

Future & 2 Chainz Just Made "The Hardest Song In The World"

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Sadly, that’s about all we get, as 2 Chainz cuts it f before the drums get a chance to hit. “I’ma put it out in a minute,” he promises, though it’s unclear whether he’s readying yet another album, or simply dropping f a loosie. Either way, given that the pair have wasted little time in drumming up hype, expect this one to surface as soon as this Friday. Of course, that’s merely speculation, but at the rate Future has been dropping would it really be a surprise?

Check out the brief snippet below, and sound f – do you think 2 Chainz and Future have it in them to craft the self-proclaimed “hardest song in the world?”

Jay-Z Named Top Executive at Cannabis Company Caliva

 

Life has come full circle for rapper and entrepreneur Jay-Z.

Back in the early days, Jay-Z was selling drugs outside a New York City housing project.  This week, he was named Chief Brand Strategist at a cannabis company called Caliva.

Caliva is considered one of the biggest cannabis firms in California, and as Chief Brand Strategist Jay-Z will have “a crucial role driving creative direction, outreach efforts and strategy for the brand,” according to an announcement from the company.

Specifically, Jay-Z — whose given name is Shawn Corey Carter — will focus on helping individuals leaving the prison system.  He will help them through job training and development, and through advocacy.  That has become a major focal point for Jay-Z, who has also championed efforts to reform issues with lengthy parole restrictions, prohibitive bail structures, coerced confessions, and prison violence and sexual abuse.  These problems disproportionately impact lower-income neighborhoods, with African-Americans heavily impacted.

Jay-Z issued a statement in regards to his new role with the company, which pointed to a lot of potential in the cannabis industry.  But is this industry still booming?

During the past year, California’s cannabis industry has surprisingly shrunk by nearly 20%, at least in part due to an expansion of government regulations. But this downturn has not affected Caliva, whose revenues have grown by 350% over the course of the same period of time. The company also currently employs more than 600 people.

Some in the music industry are not surprised that Jay-Z’s first foray into cannabis is related to criminal justice reform.  Just recently, Jay-Z served as the executive producer of a documentary series about Kalief Browder, who committed suicide at Rikers Island prison after spending 3 years while waiting to be tried for stealing a backpack.

Jay-Z is not first musician to partner with the cannabis industry. Others include:

  • Snoop Dogg
  • Willie Nelson
  • Wiz Khalifa
  • 2 Chainz
  • Freddie Gibbs
  • Juicy Jay
  • The Game
  • Ghostface Killah
  • B-Real

2 Chainz Reaches Settlement In $10 Million Lawsuit Over TeeFLii Song

According to The Blast, rapper 2 Chainz has settled his $10 million lawsuit over a song he’s featured on.

If you’re unaware, Tity Boy and guests TeeFLii and DJ Mustard were being sued for $10 million by songwriters Allen Georgia, Sten Stonebridge, and Frederick McFarlane. The trio claimed that the rappers stole their 1993 song “Back It Up” for TeeFLii’s 2014 debut single “24 Hours.” The writers claim that TeeFLii’s song with 2 Chainz is an “obvious, knowing, willful infringement” “Back It Up.” They alleged that the defendants “either copied, or reproduced, the dominant theme from ‘Back It Up,’ and co-opted it as the main theme for ’24 Hours,’ with minor modifications and a tempo change.”

Well it appears 2 Chainz can put that all behind him now as the trio have settled on a number that both parties are happy with, although it’s unclear what that is. The songwriters informed the court that they have “reached a settlement in principle and respectfully request that this Court administratively dismiss the action with leave to reopen the case in thirty (30) days from today’s date, if the parties have not submitted their final stipulation dismissal by such time.”

Universal Music, Tommy Brown Form Champagne Therapy Music Group

Brown recently announced an official partnership between himself and Universal Music Group to create the brand-new Champagne Therapy Music Group.

Tommy Brown is known as a hitmaker.

He most recently produced for Ariana Grande, working on several of her songs, including “7 Rings” and “Thank U, Next.” Brown has also produced full albums for the female music superstar.

But that’s just the latest in a string of high-profile collaborations: Brown has also worked with the lights of Nas, Big Sean, The Black Eyed Peas, Ludacris, T-Pain, T.I., 2 Chainz, Macy Gray, and Meghan Trainor.

According to the deal structure, all artists and producers at Champagne Therapy Music Group will work with Universal Music Group for the production and official release of their latest musical ventures.  Additionally, Universal Music will work closely with artists from Champagne to execute full-scale marketing campaigns and promotion for their music.

For UMG, the deal offers a strong future pipeline of superstars and hits, all of which can be appropriately blown up by the mega-label.

Tommy Brown and UMG are envisioning Champagne Therapy Music Group as a new type of music label.  Brown’s goal for Champagne Therapy is to make it a boutique-style music label that focuses on true musical artists that leave a mark on the world of music.

That’s a lofty goal indeed for pop music, though plenty of Brown’s collaborations already have long-term potential.

Tommy Brown was born in Pittsburg and was inspired by Anthony Jones, aka Tone, also a Pittsburgh native.  Brown started making music in his mother’s basement but eventually shifted to Los Angeles to pursue his career as a musician and a producer.  Of course, that turned out to be a well-chosen path — and UMG’s Santa Monica HQ may have helped to facilitate the Champagne handshake.

Watch 2 Chainz Find Out That Tierra Whack Once Washed His Car As A Teenager

If you’re asking the right crowd, the first weekend Coachella was Tierra Whack’s to own, with the Philly-bred star making an impact during her debut in Indio, catching the attention Vince Staples and even joining Janelle Monae onstage during her set.

During the weekend, Whack got to enjoy the fruits her labor backstage as she rubbed elbows with the idols who have become her peers and even got the chance to tell 2 Chainz about the one time she washed his car when she was a teenager. Whack has previously revealed the fun fact, revealing the time that she worked at a car wash in Atlanta when she was 18-years-old. 2 Chainz clearly never caught wind the story and in a new clip Whack disclosing the details backstage, he appeared to be in a state shock.

“I swear,” Whack can be heard repeating faintly.

It was in an interview with The New York Times that she originally shared the story.

“I have so much built-up inside,” she told The Times. “To be able to put what I have in my head into real life is just an amazing thing.” She added that the car washing job was her first in Atlanta and helped her fund the purchase a laptop with which she began her music-making process.

“I washed 2 Chainz’s truck, T.I’s car, but I missed Andre 3000.”

2 Chainz Names His "March Madness" Final four Predictions

2 Chainz isn’t any stranger to basketball, having established himself as one the sport’s elite rapper slash ballers. In truth, prior to creating it as an emcee, Tity Boi was going through a promising profession as a D1 faculty basketball participant, do you have to be doubting his credibility. To preserve the connection alive, his latest Rap Or Go To The League album even introduced LeBron James into the fold as an A&R. Clearly, the person has roots within the sport, and thus has credibility as an authority. As such, the rapper took a second to share his prediction for the NCAA’s “March Madness.”

 2 Chainz Names His "March Madness" Final 4 Predictions

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“My last 4 picks would most likely be Duke if Zion comes again,” says 2 Chainz, on Radio.com. “If Zion would not come again, I am afraid. I feel Kansas can shake this loss f they only had. They began f actual good this season. Started declining, however I do know they’ve an amazing coach, nice system. I all the time like Kansas. You can by no means ever underestimate Michigan State. And then it will be some sleepers that are available in. Arizona was wanting good.”

What do you consider 2 Chainz’ predictions? Is he on to one thing? Find out when March Madness kicks f on Tuesday, March 19th.

2 Chainz ‘Money within the Way’

Just days after releasing Rap or Go to the League, 2 Chainz travels via time within the video for one of many album’s standouts, “Money within the Way.”

While driving an elevator in an house constructing, he lives via practically 50 years of historical past within the Vincent Lou-directed clip. He witnesses a civil rights protest in 1965, adopted by a theft and the start of a kid, ending with a commencement in 2010. In the tip, 2 Chainz buys your entire block. Whether wearing a floral-print blazer or lime inexperienced peacoat, the Drench God stays dripping it doesn’t matter what period.

The Buddah Bless and Jabz-produced monitor seems on 2 Chainz’ fifth album Rap or Go to the League. A&R’d by LeBron James, the star-studded set additionally consists of appearances from Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, and extra.

Travel via the many years with Tity Boi beneath.

LeBron James, Meek Mill, & 2 Chainz Discuss Giving Family Members Money

When somebody will get placed on to the wealthy life, do they owe it to household and mates to take care them? On the newest episode LeBron James’ new HBO present The Shop, the Lakers star sits down with some his well-known mates to debate whether or not they really feel accountable for giving their family members cash now that they’ve fats financial institution accounts. In a sit down with Meek Mill, Jerrod Carmichael, Anthony Davis, 2 Chainz, and others, the group overtly shares their ideas, and never everybody thinks they should financially present.

“I don’t owe no one s**t,” Meek Mill stated. “Who you gonna please? I inform folks, in case you give your cousin $10,000, what you gon give your aunt? You gon’ give your aunt $20,000 as a result of she babysitting? What you gon’ give your grandma? It’s by no means gon’ cease.”

“I inform you what,” 2 Chainz interrupts. “I take care my entire…typically I do not even take pleasure in my day as a result of me feeling like I am so accountable for everyone, I am speaking about uncles, aunts.”

Jerrod Carmichael stated that after you make it, you typically overlook about all of the “hood guarantees” you make to folks whenever you have been poor. “My aunt hit me and was like, ‘Remember that rental in Florida you have been speaking about?'” he stated as everybody began laughing. “I wanted your sofa. All you stated was, ‘Oh yeah, maintain working laborious.’ That’s not price a $250,000 rental. I owe you a Lexus now, since you believed.”

Do you assume that the wealthy and well-known ought to take care their members of the family?

2 Chainz Talks "Rap Or Go To The League" On TIDAL’s CRWN

A number of days faraway from the discharge his Rap Or Go To The League album, 2 Chainz took a minute to hit up TIDAL‘s CRWN sequence for a dialog with Elliot Wilson. The interview itself finds each events partaking in a candid dialog, referring to a range topics, together with the album’s significance, particular observe inspirations, Atlanta’s legacy, and his personal epiphany to cease hustling.

“It simply takes one incident on your life to vary,” displays 2 Chainz. “You do not essentially should go to high school, graduate, get a masters on your life to vary. Your life can change within the occasion. If you are within the graveyard you possibly can’t do a lot about it. If you are incarcerated, that may be an issue. Hang in there.”

Wilson proceeds to shift the dialog to 2 Chainz’ “Statute Of Limitations” joint, which finds Tity Boi reflecting on hustling with different well-known rappers. “Why be so direct?” asks Wilson. 2 Chainz smirks. “I do not know what’s the issue proper now,” he says. “It’s by no means been completed in rap earlier than. The complete factor from starting to finish has by no means been completed earlier than. I am not imitating what is going on on within the streets. I keep in mind after I went chilly turkey. Ask my buddies, I stated someday I do not do this no extra. They thought I used to be playin’…I keep in mind when the Holy Ghost or no matter, it hit me, and stated you belong on stage.”

2 Chainz Talks "Rap Or Go To The League" On TIDAL's CRWN

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“I at all times been a decent hustler,” says 2 Chainz. “Even after I was doing the devilish issues. It’s exhausting to place each these in the identical sentence, however I’ve at all times been like that.” When Wilson asks if anybody ended up responding to “Statute” namedrops, 2 Chainz confirms he obtained a name from Lil Jon. “He advised me the album was hearth.” 

The dialog shifts to Atlanta’s place in hip-hop, which 2 Chainz claims has been integral for over fifteen years. “You obtained Tip and Luda,” says 2 Chainz, reflecting on Atlanta’s reign dominance. “Before that you simply had OutKast and Goodie Mob.” On that be aware, 2 Chainz appears again to Andre 3000‘s iconic “The South Has Something To Say.”

“What Andre did was immeasurable,” says Tity, acknowledging that doorways have been opened from Atlanta all the way in which right down to Miami. Be certain to catch your complete CRWN phase under, exclusively on TIDAL. The dialog itself is dynamic and fascinating, with 2 Chainz offering no scarcity gems for the plenty. Have you listened to Rap Or Go To The League but? What do you consider the mission?

Antonio Brown Says Big Ben “Feels Like He’s The Owner” On HBO’s “The Shop”

The newest episode LeBron James’ on-going HBO sequence, The Shop, simply aired Friday night time, and it seems Antonio Brown had a number of issues to get f his chest. While speaking with LeBron, Anthony Davis, Jamie Foxx, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, and Jerrod Carmichael, the Steelers star WR spoke in depth about his present scenario with the Steelers and his need to be traded. “That’s the narrative they attempt to create when you doing your personal factor,” Brown stated. “‘Yo, this man a distraction. He this kind man.’ All I’ve ever been was a man who got here from Central Michigan, sixth spherical who labored his ass f.”

Brown ultimately introduced up his points with QB Ben Roethlisberger as nicely, saying he feels Ben thinks he’s a “proprietor,” earlier than happening to make enjoyable his interception in week 17’s pivotal sport.

“The kind man he’s. He looks like he is the proprietor. Bro, you threw the shit to the D-lineman! What the f*ck? I am over right here extensive open. You want to offer me a greater ball,” Brown stated. “But it is like within the league, you are going to have a man from the workforce that’ll be like, boy, you may’t say nothing. I would like you to get on the market like, however it’s like why I bought to be performing?”

Check out an excerpt the interview (under).

Anthony Davis, Antonio Brown Slated For LeBron’s HBO Series “The Shop”

LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s HBO collection “The Shop” will choose up once more subsequent Friday, March 1 and there are just a few notable friends deliberate for the Season premiere.

According to right this moment’s press launch, Anthony Davis, Antonio Brown, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, Jamie Foxx and Jerrod Carmichael are all scheduled to look within the upcoming episode, which was taped throughout the NBA All Star weekend in Charlotte.

That’s definitely an episode price watching contemplating all the juicy story strains, together with Anthony Davis’ and Antonio Brown’s separate commerce calls for. While Davis should wait till no less than this Summer to get out New Orleans, it seems that Brown’s time in Pittsburgh will come to an finish earlier than then.

The disgruntled vast receiver lately met with Pittsburgh Steelers proprietor Art Rooney II in Florida, the place they “cleared the air” on a number of points however finally agreed commerce is what’s greatest for each events. 

You can catch “The Shop” on HBO at 10:30pm ET subsequent Friday, March 1.

2 Chainz Reveals Lebron James A&R’d "Rap & Go To The League," Release Date

It’s ficially been over a 12 months since 2 Chainz introduced his album Rap Or Go To The League. Fans have been anticipating it to reach earlier than the top 2018 however that wasn’t the case. Instead, he launched two EPs throughout that point to carry us over till his album really dropped. Chainz took to Instagram to announce that he recruited LeBron James to A&R the challenge in addition to the discharge date.

2 Chainz’ new album is ready to drop on March 1st. The rapper shared the discharge date together with information that he bought LeBron James to A&R the challenge. Chainz shared some behind-the-scenes footage himself and the self-proclaimed “hip-hop historian” chopping it up in regards to the tracklist on Rap Or Go To The League

“It’s been fairly the journey to get right here and I do know I’ve saved y’all ready lengthy sufficient. All night time studio periods, dialing in, reflecting & opening up on these information or as I name it remedy! This is my every one train one physique work, I wanna have a good time black excellence! ….. “Rap Or Go To The League” the album A&R by @kingjames arrives three/1,” 2 Chainz captioned the Instagram submit.

The challenge has 16 tracks however Lebron recommended that they launch fourteen on the unique challenge and some weeks later, launch a deluxe model with the 2 extra songs.

Peep the footage under and maintain your eyes peeled for Rap Or Go To The League dropping on March 1st.

2 Chainz’ "Album Is Done," News Reaches Def Jam’s HQ

In the way during which Kingdoms had been introduced up to the mark in olden days, $ir Tek or Tek Maguire as he is colloquially recognized, travelled to New York City able to ship an necessary message, quiet as saved.

Tek, who works for Streets Execs, the fabled administration crew that reps Skooly, Young Dolph, Cap 1, and Travis Porter, simply introduced the completion  Rap Or Go To The League, the forthcoming challenge from the most important earner within the pack, the rapper formerly-known-as Tity Boi.

Tek did not simply fly up the East Coast pipeline with nothing to point out for it. In reality, every thing regarding 2 Chainz‘ new physique work is dutifully outlined in a message to his Instagram followers. According to Tek, Rap Or Go To The League is combined, mastered, and ready-to-go, however that is not why he made the journey in-person.

Seeing that 2 Chainz is a well-established artist, Def Jam permits Street Execs to micromanage the incidentals. The solely factor required the Street Execs’ crew, is to re-examine the budgetary constraints for the album – and as soon as Tek is granted a seal approval for his shopper, either side go f on their merry method. Simple is not it?