Like any active Hip Hop fan, I’m able to find humor in hearing about another rapper getting his chain snatched. It’s the adult equivalent of “Guess who got that ass beat in the locker room today?” With the exception of Waka Flock last year, it’s a pretty harmless crime that does little more than cost the victim money, pride, or an odd combination of the two. To a rapper, a chain – much like a car – is a phallic status symbol. A badge of success to show the hood, family, & all his babymommas that he made it. The chain snatcher is aware of this, also, for the record, which isn’t to imply they’re smart enough to do anything about it, but you smell my cologne.
As far as west coast chain snatching is concerned, it’s relatively easy to retrieve a chain or whatever, once the owner’s been relieved of it. It hasn’t yet reached such nigtastic heights that, say, carjacking did in the early 90′s. Yet being the operative term. Granted, Cali is bigger than most states, but once you factor in the percentage of weirdos & creeps, it dilutes many of the sub-cutures, petty crime committing included. In other words, those types of niggas who snatch chains & all that all know each other for the most part. Or they have random babies by random rats who just so happen to be related to random victims, victors, or poor schlubs who know all the wrong people. But, that’s beside the point. West coast chain snatching has only recently become as “popular” as it’s been on the east coast, but if you ask me, every time it does happen out here, it has something to do with Suge Knight. Go figure.
The art of chain snatching is possibly as old as the original graffiti is. & I say that not as an expert on how old
real old graffiti is, but by using the common logic that people have probably been writing on shit they don’t own for as long as they’ve been taking things they don’t own. Think cave man & things of that nature.
Over the years, chain snatching has taken on a life of it’s own. What was once the less-selective brother to purse snatching has become somewhat of an iconic cultural phenomena. No bullshit. A rapper who’s never had his chain snatched is like a girl who lost her virginity, but never had her hyman burst. & in the same vein, a rapper who has had his chain snatched is either less likely to replace it, eager to surround himself (& his feelings of vulnerability) with hired guns, or both. Both probably happens more than people would admit, though.
In closing, let’s visit the latest case, which involves Lil Wayne’s, umm, artist or manager or best friend or what have you, Gudda Gudda (pronounced like Gut her-gut her, except faster & twangy-er), & a couple other of our favorite chain losers. Only, let’s visit it through the eyes of the people…
im still laughing at how gudda gudda got his chain snatched in minnesota. it was probably by a somalian pirate on vacay.—
chivas watson. (@chivas_watson) January 22, 2011
S/o to who eva snatched gudda gudda chain!—
Monte' Wilson (@Monte_is_ill) January 21, 2011
Nigga webbie said he ain't never got his chain snatched lol lol—
George Price (@OchoPrice) January 21, 2011
I wonder which rapper will get their chain snatched this year… Or will it be young berg again—
Rick Da Ruler (@rickf150) January 22, 2011
Not for nothing, but jewelry’s for chicks anyway. I don’t even use both my earho[||]es, but you don’t come here for tips on fashion, do you?