Recently, the Guinness Book of World Records awarded Tauheed Epps , a.k.a. “2 Chainz,” with the award for “Worst Ability to Name a Person, Place, or Thing.” 2 Chainz, best known for his handjob-in-a-Lamborghini opus “Mercy,” was given the title after Guinness chairman Chris Blair was shopping at a Target store and saw 2 Chainz’s debut album Based on a T.R.U. Story.
“Looking at the cover of his album had me wondering if, now that he’s famous, he regrets his name,” said Blair.
After Blair ran a Wikipedia search of the rapper, he came to find that 2 Chainz’s history of poor name choices goes far beyond adding a “z” to the end of his name in the year 2012. Prior to being named 2 Chainz, Epps had given himself the name “Tity Boi.” misspelling both “titty” and “boy.” The misspelling of “boy” is due to his love of the Avril Lavigne hit Sk8er Boi, which is also his explanation for the numeral “2” being used in place of the word in his new name. The misspelling of “titty,” however, is just a result of our nation’s poor education system.
It wasn’t just Epps’ self-given nicknames that earned him the World’s Worst Namer title. Prior to being a “musician,” he worked freelance for a marketing agency that specialized in naming. 2 Chainz himself is personally responsible for the naming of the character K-Mart from Resident Evil: Extinction, several variations of Sean “Diddy” Combs’ name & pop sensation Ke$ha. The last freelance job Epps took (before retiring to focus on his musical career) was helping Snoop Dogg change his name to Snoop Lion. When Epps was asked what inspired the creation of Snoop Lion, he replied, “You ever seen a fuckin’ lion? They the shit! If they ain’t then why’d they rerelease The Lion King in 3D?”
Next Wednesday 2 Chainz will be at the Branson, MO Guinness Book of World Records Museum to perform at his induction ceremony.
Written by Garrett Callender
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