2 Chainz isn’t in the good graces of the late Pablo Escobar’s estate. TMZ reports Chainz is being sued by Escobar Inc. for a minimum of $10 million over the name of the “Proud” rapper’s two Atlanta restaurants, Escobar Restaurant and Tapas.
Escobar Inc. says in their lawsuit they own the trademark to Escobar’s likeness and Chainz’s use of it on the two restaurant locations, a website, social media, merchandise and even menu items without permission violates federal law. In addition to the $10 million minimum, the estate is also seeking an injunction blocking use of the name and likeness at both locations.
Hip Hop has had a longstanding infatuation with the late drug lord who died the wealthiest criminal in history in 1993 with a drug empire worth an estimated $30 billion. While Nas has gone by the nickname “Escobar” since the onset of his rap career, other artists such as Wiz Khalifa have gone out of their way to visit Escobar’s grave in Colombia (angering the city’s mayor in the process.)