Chain Hang Low

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"Chain Hang Low"
Single by Jibbs
from the album Jibbs Featuring Jibbs
Released June 20, 2006 (2006-06-20) (United States)
December 23, 2006 (2006-12-23) (Europe)
January 19, 2007 (2007-01-19) (United Kingdom)
Format CD, 12"
Recorded 2006
Genre
Length 3:32
Label Geffen Records
Writer(s)
  • Jovan Campbell
  • Derryl Howard
  • Maurice Wilson
  • Antwain Elliott
  • Lamont McLendon
Producer(s) The Beatstaz
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Jibbs singles chronology
"Chain Hang Low"
(2006)
"King Kong"
(2006)
Music video
"Chain Hang Low" on YouTube

"Chain Hang Low" is a hip-hop song by American rapper Jibbs. It was the debut single off his debut album Jibbs Featuring Jibbs. It uses a sample of the children's song "Do Your Ears Hang Low?". "Chain Hang Low" peaked at number 7 on Billboard Hot 100, his only top 40 hit on that chart. It also reached numbers 6 and 16 on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts respectively and charted in countries like Ireland and New Zealand. The song went on to rack up more than 20,000 ringtone downloads in a span of two weeks.[1] The song reached number 50 on Complex '​s list of the 100 best hip-hop one-hit wonders.[2]

Background[edit]

XXL blogger Byron Crawford and The Source have classified this song in a genre of music called "minstrel show rap", because the chorus's melody is taken from the minstrel show song "Turkey in the Straw". Jibbs claims he didn't know the origins of the song, but sources have pointed to St. Louis Native Lil' Mont as being the original creator of the song back in 1997. Surprisingly enough Lil' Mont is also featured on the remix of the song.[3][4][5]

Chart performance[edit]

"Chain Hang Low" debuted at number 69 on the Billboard Hot 100 the week of August 19, 2006.[6] Six weeks later, it reached the top 10 at number 8 on the week of September 30, 2006 and stayed there for three weeks.[7] It peaked at number 7 the week of October 21, 2006.[8] It stayed on the chart for twenty weeks.[9]

Music video[edit]

Directed by Benny Boom, the video features Jibbs rapping the lyrics while he's around a neighbourhood where several people are around him, an underground parking lot where he's involved in a boxing match and the camera getting a close-up of his custom-made chain and grill. The video also shows an ice cream truck being driven by an obese man driving away from the children who want some frozen treats, only for him to get distracted by an attractive woman (set up by the children) and lose what he was carrying in his truck. The video shows adolescents doing the snap dance.[10]

Remix[edit]

There was an official remix released which featured Yung Joc, Rich Boy, St. Louis native Lil' Mont, and Lil' Wayne.[11]

In popular culture[edit]

The song was used during the opening credits for the films Drillbit Taylor and Norbit and was also used during an episode in season 3 of Entourage.

Formats and track listing[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Davey D's Hip Hop Blog: "Jibbs Hang Low Song Has Blackface Minstrel Origins." Retrieved on September 04, 2010
  2. ^ Cantor, Paul (May 15, 2012). "50. Jibbs "Chain Hang Low (2006) — The 100 Best Hip-Hop One-Hit Wonders". Complex. Complex Media. Retrieved May 27, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Jibbs - CHAIN HANG LOW - REMIX - WITH ACAPELLA - CLUB HIP HOP - 12". Vinyl Records. Retrieved September 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ Lucas, Demetria (November 2006). "Shock & Awe". The Source (New York City: L. Londell McMillan): 24–25. 
  5. ^ Crawford, Byron (September 22, 2006). "Minstrel show rap". XXL. Harris Publications. Retrieved January 3, 2007. 
  6. ^ Hope, Clover (August 10, 2006). "Fergie's 'Bridge' Steamrolls To No. 1 On Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 12, 2014. 
  7. ^ Cohen, Jonathan (September 21, 2006). "All Timberlake, All The Time On Billboard Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 12, 2014. 
  8. ^ Hope, Clover (October 12, 2006). "Timberlake Still 'Sexy' At No. 1, New Single Keeps Climbing". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 12, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Jibbs - Chain Hang Low". aCharts.us. Retrieved October 12, 2014. 
  10. ^ Harper, AJ (November 6, 2006). "Hip Hop In The Wrong Hands". Urban Horror. Retrieved September 4, 2010. 
  11. ^ a b "Jibbs - Chain Hang Low (CD)". Discogs. Retrieved October 12, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Jibbs - Chain Hang Low (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved October 12, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Jibbs - Chain Hang Low (CD)". Discogs. Retrieved October 12, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Jibbs - Chain Hang Low (CD)". Discogs. Retrieved October 12, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Jibbs – Chain Hang Low". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  16. ^ "Chart Track: Week 3, 2007". Irish Singles Chart.
  17. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Jibbs – Chain Hang Low". Top 40 Singles.
  18. ^ "Jibbs: Artist Chart History" UK Singles Chart.
  19. ^ "Jibbs Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Jibbs. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  20. ^ "Jibbs Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for Jibbs. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  21. ^ "Jibbs Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Jibbs. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  22. ^ "Jibbs Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Rap Songs for Jibbs. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  23. ^ "Jibbs Featuring Jibbs - Jibbs - Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved September 22, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Year-End Charts: The Hot 100." Billboard 2006 Year In Music. Billboard. 2006.
  25. ^ "American single certifications – Jibbs – Chain Hang Low". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved October 12, 2014.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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