Rapper 2 Chainz has announced that he plans to run for mayor in his hometown of College Park, Georgia.
In an interview with XXL, 2 Chainz explained that he was preparing himself for the race, stating: “I’m a musician not a politician. I’m supposed to be running for mayor in College Park. I got everybody wishing. I’m really gonna do this little mayor thing in College Park. I’m just trying to make sure I have the right qualifications.”
He added: “We’ll see what the future lies for me, but you know, everything I do gotta be organic.”
Earlier this month, 2 Chainz made headlines after he took part in a CNN debate about America’s marijuana policy. The rapper has himself been charged a number of times with drug possession – including in 2013, when he was arrested for unlawfully carrying marijuana as well as promethazine and codeine – primary ingredients in the cough syrup-based mixture sizzurp.
2 Chainz has until September 4 to register his candidacy. He would be running against incumbent Jack Longino, who has been College Park’s mayor since 1996.
This isn’t the first time a rapper has run for office. In 2011, Wyclef Jean ran for the Haitian presidency but was disqualified due to residency requirements, and, in the same year, Luther Campbell lost his bid to become mayor of Miami by just four per cent.