Tauheed Epps, a.k.a. 2 Chainz, is enjoying stardom and teaching his girls how to live in the spotlight. The rapper tells Paper magazine that he is instilling in Heaven and Harmony the importance of true friendship.
“They are growing up in a society where people obviously know who their dad is and obviously treat them different, and I try and teach them how to judge friends… real friends,” says the star.
Epps is also aware of the current unrest among youth and the need for good role models within society. “The youth are definitely looking for someone to look up to,” explains the artist. “Someone that they can get education from besides a teacher. A lot of kids listen to music, they watch sports and they pick their role models through different forums. I just really like what we’re all doing, and especially as young black males: getting together and at least having a conversation on trying to change the planet.”
In trying to change the world, 2 Chainz has become dedicated to revising the current legal system that does not allow felons to vote for an extended period of time after they are released from prison. “The first person I was able to vote for was Obama,” shares the rapper. “So it was like I missed a whole decade, maybe, of being able to vote and share my opinion.” Tauheed has since partnered with other Hip Hop artists to create the ‘Respect My Vote!’ initiative, which sheds light on the problems plaguing those who are released from prison after spending several years in confinement.
Tauheed Epps is the proud father of two kids.