2 Chainz reminisced recently about how he hooked up with Ludacris, and how Playaz Circle first formed.
In a recent interview with Hot 97’s Funkmaster Flex, 2 Chainz spoke about his early career, before he dropped hits like Riot and No Lie. Once a member of the duo, Playaz Circle with Dolla Boi, 2 Chainz was also a close associate of Ludacris.
He told Funkmaster Flex how Playaz Circle originated.
"[Playaz Circle] was originally like a compilation [in] the late '90s…it was my first time recording, my first song ever recorded was on this compilation," he said. "At this point in time, it was really a group, it was like maybe five or six emcees that put in their little trap money to put together a CD…[we were] trying to sell it out the trunk, the whole Master P-thing. Off that, I kinda got feedback…people were saying I was dope, and it was my first time ever recording, so it kinda gave me confidence to pursue it a little bit."
2 Chainz moved on to talk about his relationship with Luda.
"Luda was working in radio in Atlanta, Georgia, and with us having an independent album, we had to cross paths, and it was almost like…he went to the rival high school [because] he was from the south side of town…we stayed in [the same] apartment complexes, which is now the runway at the Atlanta airport…and then he started popping using commercials to start rapping, got his own label, and we figured it was the kind of situation where whoever got on first would pull the other one up, and he pulled me up and I pulled Dolla [Boi] up and we did Playaz Circle [as] a DTP thing."
- By Fiona Guest