Fresh off his televised and wildly popular marijuana debate with Nancy Grace (see below), rapper 2 Chainz has stepped up his political ambitions from rhetorical to actionable and revealed that he plans to run for mayor of his hometown, College Park, Georgia.
Mr Chainz, real name Tauheed Epps, said he plans to review his qualifications for the top municipal job and will run if he meets them, according to a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. College Park is about 8 miles from Atlanta.
“I’m supposed to be running for mayor in College Park. I got everybody wishing,” Mr Epps told hip-hop magazine XXL. “I’m really gonna do this little mayor thing in College Park. I’m just trying to make sure I have the right qualifications.”
To qualify for the mayoral post, Mr Epps is required to be a resident of the city for at least one year, be registered to vote within the city and not have been convicted of crimes involving voter fraud or corruption, according to the College Park website.
The 37-year-old rapper does have felony charges on his rap sheet, but for narcotics, not corruption. It’s unclear if he meets the other requirements. College Park’s mayoral election will be help on 3 November.
If Mr Epps is qualified and runs, he likely will be running against Jack Longino, who has been College Park’s mayor for two decades. When trying to convince voters he should be the next mayor, the rapper, who also once went by the moniker Tity Boi, has a campaign-ready anthem: his song “I’m Different”.
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