The SAC Presents the 2012 Homecoming Concert featuring 2 Chainz and Meek Mill!
2 CHAINZ Tauheed Epps (born September 12, 1976), better known by his stage name 2 Chainz, is an American rapper from College Park, Georgia. He was first known for being one-half of southern hip hop duo, Playaz Circle, which was recognized for being signed to Ludacris' record label, Disturbing tha Peace.
Epps attended high school with singer Monica and exceeded his teacher's expectations of him by finishing second in his class. He later attended Alabama State University to play basketball, and later transferred to Virginia State University after his sophomore year.
Following the release of an independent album titled United We Stand, United We Fall (2002) recorded as the group Playaz Circle, the duo were introduced to fellow Atlanta rapper Ludacris, when he moved into their College Park apartment complex whilst he was acting as a DJ. After taking interest in Playaz Circle, Ludacris began to record several songs with the group, playing some of them on his radio station. The duo released several mixtapes for charity as many of Playaz Circle's performances had a choir in the background, something 2 Chainz added from his childhood days in church, while their debut album released in 2007, followed by a second in 2009.
Shortly afterwards, Epps left Disturbing tha Peace and changed his stage name to 2 Chainz in 2011. Now signed to Def Jam records, 2 Chainz’ debut album was released in August 2012.
MEEK MILL Back in 2011, Meek Mill was relatively unknown but his fate changed quickly when Rick Ross took him under his wings. Born May 6, 1987, Mill was first recognized as Robert Williams from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Both of his parents died when he was only 5 years old. His grandmother and uncle, Grandmaster Nell, took him under their care.
It was Nell, a Hip-Hop pioneer that inspired Mills to pursue a career in music. In his teens, Mill began by forming a rap group. "I was in a group, BloodHoundz, me and my littlehomies from around the way. But we all started getting locked up and everyone started going their different ways," he said of the short-lived group.
Mill ventured out alone as underground rapper and his name traveled to industry veterans and talent seekers. Through his manager, Mill was briefly signed to T.I.'s label Grand Hustle Records.
Mill was officially signed to Ross' Maybach Music Group in February 2011. He released his debut single "Tupac Back" later that year with Ross as featured guest. The single appeared in the label's compilation album "Self Made Vol.1". But it was the remix of "Imma Boss" that really put Mill's name out there. It charted peaked at number 51 on Billboard Hot 100 and at number 20 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
He released a mixtape in May 2012 as precursor of his debut album, "Dreams & Nightmares". In the same month, he signed with Roc Nation for management. "Amen" was then released as the first single from his album, featuring recording artists Drake and Jeremih. "Dreams & Nightmares" is released on August 28, 2012.