Salute To The REAL: 2 Chainz Covers FADER

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Def Jam rapper 2 Chainz is covering the 80th issue of FADER magazine. On the cover, he is shirtless in a green army hat and wearing a lot of jewelry. Below are some excerpts and pictures from FADER:

“Tauheed Epps casts quite a shadow. Standing at six-foot-five, he walks in a lumbering gait. His dreadlocks hang to his shoulder blades, his cargo jean shorts are frayed at the bottom, with clusters of unnecessary accessories‚ÄĒmultiple wallet chains, a large, ‚Ä®purple landline handset that plugs into his cell phone‚ÄĒdangling from his pockets. His purple sneakers match the phone. Large black Stevie Wonder-style frames, hinged with golden medallions, serve to protect his light sensitive eyes. ‚ÄúSome oily eye condition bullshit,‚ÄĚ he explains. They make it considerably difficult to interpret his permanently soft-spoken deadpan. He‚Äôs a rapper, but not the type of rapper that fans are quick to run up on. Instead they tend to operate in stolen glances and whispers:¬†Is that 2 Chainz?!”

“On this particularly warm afternoon in early April, Epps, much better known as the rapper 2 Chainz, is headed back to his ‚Äúcastle,‚ÄĚ as he proudly calls his home about 30 minutes south of Atlanta, for the first time in a while. The house is not quite medieval in its scope but it is enormous, exactly the sort of boilerplate McMansion that one would expect to find in the middle of post-rural Georgia. The bricks are pristine, the ceilings intimidatingly high. Immense columns adorn the front door and an ornate white piano sits behind it. It‚Äôs the type of home that could‚Äôve been plucked directly out of a reality TV show about overly-entitled housewives. Still, it sits on 22 beautifully woodsy acres. (When I ask 2 Chainz if he enjoys nature, he responds dryly: ‚ÄúI like killing shit.‚ÄĚ) He bought the house in November, right after he signed his solo deal with Def Jam, and has been on the road in intermittent weeklong shifts ever since, leaving little time to enjoy the property‚ÄĒhe seems like a visitor in his own home. Upon his arrival, he almost pulls into a neighboring driveway.”

This issue arrives next week, but you can read the entire cover story over at FADER.

Source: FADER

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