2 Chainz Speaks on Leaving Ludacris' Label Before Breaking Out As A Solo Star
The year before 2 Chainz broke out as a solo artist under the tutelage of Def Jam Records, Tity Boi was running with Ludacris on his Disturbing Tha Peace label.
Drench God revealed in a recent Drink Champs interview that he paid Luda $100,000 on each of his first three solo albums to break his deal with DTP.
“I just started growing as an artist, I started growing as an individual. It was amicable,” he admitted around the 2:44:00 mark. “I woke up and called [Ludacris] and said, ‘I don’t want to be on the label anymore.’ Then they said, ‘You can’t do that. You can’t just get off a label like that.'”
As he explained, DTP believed 2 Chainz was plotting to join the Cash Money empire through his relationship with Lil Wayne, but that wasn't the case.
“I been around [Ludacris], I been around Wayne, and then I’m learning I can really do this on my own,” 2 Chainz continued. “I paid [Ludacris] to get out, they get a point on my first three albums. I paid Luda the 100 grand and I gave him a point on each of the three albums. I just dropped my seventh album. I’m on my eighth album that I’m about to drop now — and the $100,000, I mean very humbly, I got it on me now.”
It's safe to say 2 Chainz's solo career ended up being a success. Based on a T.R.U. Story debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 2012, and since then, he has racked up a number of hits in his decorated solo discography.
In February, 2 Chainz released his seventh studio album and final trap project, Dope Don't Sell Itself. The deluxe edition will be released soon and will feature Justin Bieber.
You can watch the full interview below.