'Words can't explain how I feel right now,' the rapper says of Grammy nods.
Wih three Grammy nominations under his belt, 2 Chainz has much to celebrate. Last night (Feb. 5), the rapper invited tastemakers from his hometown of Atlanta to Vanquish Lounge to join in his excitement over the nominations -- Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for "Mercy", as well as Best Rap Album for his solo debut, 'Based On A Tru Story.' By 10 pm, the 2 Chainz Gold Tie Grammy Nomination Celebration was underway and countless radio executives and DJs were in attendance to congratulate him.
Bill Black, program director at Atlanta's Hot 107.9, and Hurricane Dave, operations manager at Radio One, found a space from which to watch the crowd. DJs Don Cannon, Holiday, Infamous wove through the boisterous partygoers to shake hands with 2 Chainz. Fellow artists like Wale, Travis Porter and 2 Chainz' own Cap 1 also came through to show support, heading straight to the V.I.P. area. Producer Bangladesh was spotted in the crowd as well, attempting to talk over the boom of the live music.
As the champagne was passed to every guest, 2 Chainz took the stage to make his toast for the night. "Words can't explain how I feel right now," he said, going on to speak of continuing a legacy of community service and maintaining excellence whether he wins or loses. Several times throughout the evening, the Def Jam signee could be seen beaming, gazing out into the mob as if even he was in disbelief of the amount of people who came out to show love.
After a decade in the industry, 2 Chainz has managed to make quite an impact on the rap world. Amir Boyd, head of promotions at Epic Records, told of the moment when he knew the rapper had crossed over. "Last year I was at the All Star game in Orlando and there were like six white guys sitting behind me and all they kept saying was '2 Chaaainz, 2 Chaaainz...' the entire game," he said incredulously, mimicking the infamous chant. "At that time he hadn't even had an album out, just the mixtape. That's [just] one instance. I felt it way before then but with that one I was like, 'Okay, it's about to be on.'"
"Everything I said was gonna happen happened," Boyd continued, "When I heard 'Cocaine Cowboys,' I knew what was about to happen. I'm proud of him."