Tauheed Epps, better known as rapper 2 Chainz, and 10 other men on his tour bus were arrested by Oklahoma City police Thursday morning after they refused to leave the bus following a traffic stop, authorities said.
All 11 were arrested on misdemeanor complaints of obstruction, police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said. The artist appeared Wednesday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena with Lil Wayne.
Police said officers with a drug interdiction task force stopped the bus about midnight on Interstate 40 near Meridian Avenue because of a broken taillight. While questioning the driver, police found evidence of drug use.
The driver got off the bus, but the door closed and locked behind him. Wardlow said the rest of the men on the bus refused to exit.
Police towed the bus with the men still aboard to the police training center at 800 N Portland Ave. while they got a search warrant. After officers got the warrant about 9 a.m., the men got off the bus and were arrested.
Some narcotics were found on the bus, and police are trying to determine who they belong to, Wardlow said.
Epps posted two comments about the incident on his Twitter feed Thursday afternoon. The first said: “Don't ask me ask OKC police department what they found on the bus,,,,u won't get an answer because nuthn was found.”
The second included expletives and said, in part, “our bus gets pulled 1 a week and they always say I smell weed I need to search ur bus.”
Those arrested were: Epps, 35; Cedric Brooks, 31; Abdullah Mujahid, 52; Rory Smith, 43; Jermaine Simister, 37; Stephen Boykin, 29; Jack Brown, 32; Marshall Sudderth, 26; Robert Jordan, 38; Leon Smith, 36; and Bryan Gathii, 28.
Epps and Boykin were arrested in February in Maryland on drug possession complaints. Boykin was driving a van in which Epps was a passenger.
Epps' career began in 1997 when he formed the group Playaz Circle with friend Earl Conyers, known as Dolla Boy. Epps took on the name “Tity Boi,” and the pair released their first album in 2002.
The group eventually signed on with Disturbing Tha Peace, a subsidiary label of Def Jam Recordings run by rapper Ludacris. They collaborated with other artists, including Lil Wayne.
In 2011, Epps changed his stage name to 2 Chainz, after criticism that his former stage name was misogynistic. He released his first solo album in 2012.
His second album is scheduled to be released next month. The first single from the album, “Feds Watching,” features lyrics related to drug use such as, “Pumping that amphetamine, all this D I'm peddling,” and “smoking California weed with California hoes.”