2 Chainz Says Lil Wayne Courted Him for His Young Money Label
2 Chainz might’ve ultimately signed to Def Jam, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t get offers from other tempting camps in the past.
During an interview with MTV’s Rapfix Live, the Atlanta spitter said Lil Wayne asked him to join his Young Money label before.
“I was one of the first people invited to Young Money, before the album. Wayne asked me,” Chainz said. “Lil Wayne is one of the realist dudes in the game as far as opening up doors for people to eat and trickling down to their families. He’s one of the most unselfish, talented people that I’ve been around.”
Still, 2 Chainz decided not to sign with Weezy and remain with Ludacris’ Disturbing Tha Peace label as one-half of the rap duo Playaz Circle. His reasoning? He didn’t want to seem flaky and hop from label to label.
“From the outside looking in, I hate to see people look like they clique hopping,” Chainz said. “But when you just look at an artist that went from here to this subsidiary, to this subsidiary — for me I felt like I’m smart enough to sign 2 Chainz slash Def Jam like I did.”
Regardless, Chainz remains he and Wayne have a good relationship, especially considering their history. Weezy appeared with 2 Chainz (then known as Tity Boi) on “Duffle Bag Boy,” the 2007 single with his group Playaz Circle. Chainz also spent time on the road with Tunechi during his I Am Still Music Tour two years later.
And now, as a signee on Def Jam Recordings, the “Spend It” rhymeslinger was able to partner his T.R.I. label with the legendary record company and become his own boss instead. —Gina Montana