2 Chainz will be performing at the BET Hip-Hop Awards for the first time since doing so as a member of Playaz Circle in 2008. The Def Jam artist and G.O.O.D. Music affiliate’s popularity has grown tremendously since then and he is now one of the top acts at this year’s awards ceremony.

rolling out was hand as 2 Chainz rehearsed for the show by performing “Birthday Song” and “I’m Different.” The performance features a piano, a casket and supporting fans.

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