Over the last decade, 2 Chainz has positioned himself as one of the most well-respected rappers in the game, and he’s expanding his reach far beyond music. Beyond the hit records — “I’m Different,” “It’s A Vibe” and “Birthday Song,” to name a few — 2 Chainz (real name: Tauheed Epps) has focused his energy on entrepreneurship, launching multiple businesses including his own restaurant, Esco Restaurant & Tapas, in his hometown of Atlanta, and his own line of cannabis, a collaboration with Gas Cannabis Co.
He’s also raised his profile as host of Amazon Music Live, the weekly concert series that livestreams after Thursday Night Football and returns for a second season this month. Last year’s lineup featured some of music’s biggest names across multiple genres, including Lil Wayne, Anuel AA, Lil Baby, 21 Savage, Megan Thee Stallion, Anitta and Kane Brown.
Work or play, 2 Chainz makes sure he has top-notch flower with him at all times. He spoke to Los Angeles at the Amazon Music studios about his weed preferences.
You were in the studio with Lil Wayne a few weeks back. How much are you guys smoking together?
Well, he has his own and I have my own. It’s probably a little cloudy when we’re together, I can say that.
Do you remember the first time you got high?
I remember being scared. Maybe that was me getting high, but I remember my heart beating really fast … going to sleep and praying I wake up.
Sativa or Indica?
I’m an Indica person.
Favorite way to roll up?
I smoke joints.
Sid you give up tobacco?
I haven’t smoked tobacco since, I want to say 2013. I was about to perform for the MTV Video Music Awards. I’d been doing a bunch of shows and smoking. I don’t know what I was smoking at the time, probably Swishers. I’m not sure. But I know my voice was trippin’, my everything was trippin’. Once I started smoking without tobacco, everything worked out for me.
How much do you smoke in a day?
A lot. About 21 grams.
Do you have a favorite strain?
I’m an OG person still. Dinosaur I guess.
What’s your threshold for running out of weed?
When I think I’m running out of weed? Probably when I’m down to two ounces. Two or three ounces. It’s over with; I’m out then. I’m panicking.
Almonds. I like fruit. I enjoy cherries, pineapples. Whatever it is, I like to have healthy options around me. When I do get the munchies, I’m not just eating a whole bunch of sugar.
Favorite thing to do high?
Who in hip-hop has the best weed?
Me, I guess. I have the best — that’s what I smoke. I don’t think anybody in weed is really selling weed. I don’t know if everybody sees eye-to-eye on it, when it comes to if it’s strong, its taste, or it looks a certain way. But I know for a fact I ain’t never let nobody down.