The feature story, titled “Hey Young World” takes a close look at 2 Chainz, Tyga, Mac Miller, and Kendrick Lamar’s burgeoning careers. Each artist sat down for an exclusive interview with The Source, to discuss leading his own movement. 20-year old Mac Miller silences the naysayers by doing what works best for him, saying that his fan base is “growing wider than people give me credit for,” while newly signed Def Jam artist 2 Chainz says he’s “hungry like that younger me” and Tyga even admits, “most of my fans are from 12 to 25.”
During a recent visit to “RapFix Live” 2 Chainz confirmed his new record deal with Def Jam. “At the end of the day, my new home and where I’ve been comfortable with for a minute, is Def Jam,” 2 Chainz revealed to “RFL” host Sway.
Chainz first gained rap notoriety — with the moniker Tity Boi — as one half of Playaz Circle, the rap group signed to Ludacris’ Disturbing tha Peace record label via Def Jam. The group had a breakout hit, “Duffle Bag Boy” featuring Lil Wayne, in 2007, and in 2009, the Circle released their second LP Flight 360: The Takeoff, also on Def Jam. Flight 360 didn’t perform as well as expected on the charts but that didn’t stop Tity Boi from reinventing himself as 2 Chainz on Atlanta’s underground rap scene.