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December 17, 2015

The life and times of a little-known rap artist from New York.

The Story Of An Unknown Rapper

Born Theolonius R. Higgins III in 1978, the promising young rapper from Harlem boasted a short-lived, but vastly lucrative career in the music industry. 2-HeadZ was the unsung hero in the underground rap scene as the world’s first conjoined twin hip hop artist, settling in Queens, NY.

His debut, and ultimately only, LP - “2-HeadZ | 4 EyeZ | ONE Luv” was released in 1998 via Bad Boy Records to mixed reviews, although most were commending the young man for his courage in the face of adversity. The little-known rapper was taken under the direction of Sean “Puffy” Combs, who developed HeadZ into a bonafide lyricist and producer. His many talents included being able to harmonize with himself during live performances, notably during such hits as “ 2 HeadZ Don’t Make A Right” and “2 HeadZ Are Better Than 1” and “Put Your HeadZ In The Air (And Wave Them Like You Just Don’t Care)”- which just grazed the Billboard 200 Chart.

Unfortunately, his music failed to see the type of success of the era, overshadowed by his predecessors, Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur. He remained a fixture in the underground scene of New York, riding on the success of his only album.

2-HeadZ’s life was cut short when a freak accident claimed his life. According to VIBE magazine, he had fallen asleep on the top bunk of his bunk bed, winning the argument against his more conservative twin head who preferred the bottom due to balance issues. This proved to be a fatal decision, as HeadZ main head rolled over the smaller one as he turned to his side in the night. The momentum sent the rapper over the side and his two heads collided, resulting in irreparable brains damage.

Posthumously, 2-HeadZ released an unfinished record entitled “A Head Of The TimeZ” and a Greatest Hits album, “2HeadZ: Double Or Nothing” which was subsequently honored at the 2000 Grammy Awards. The artist has inspired so many current artists today. 2 Chainz pays homage to the late rapper by carrying on the theme of possessing a moniker containing a number with a word, pluralized by the letter “Z” He will be remembered for years to come as one of New York’s most prolific storytellers.

Source: MTV.com