Modern definition: Bling worn around the neck, often made of gold, silver, or platinum. Featured in a Jibbs song.
Traditional definition: Metal links that are locked together to make a strong and flexible line. Chains are typically used for anchors and other places where high loads may be exerted on the line, particularly in large vessels.
"Do your chain hang low
do it wobble to da flo
do it shine in n the light
is it platinum is it gold
could u throw it over ya shoulda
if ya hot it make ya cold
do your chain hang low"
A rapper's source of power. The sunlight to his birdman. Without a chain of platinum/gold/diamonds/bones, a rapper sloses his ability to drop tight flows over phat beats. The is an absolute necessity, and its importance should not be taken lightly.
Ludacris once said, "Some people ask why there's a skull on my chain, it's 'cause I LOVE gettin' head."
A chain is a unit of length; it measures 66 feet. The chain in wildland firefighting is used as the measure of the rate of spread in chains per hour.
It is also used a lot by the USDA Forest Service by hand crews to see how far they have dug line or how far they have to go.
"How much farther are we going?"
"About 4 chains." (264 ft.)
"The wildland fire is spreading at 40 chains an hour." (2640 ft. or 1/2 a mile in 1 hour)
1: A chain worn around the neck, usually with a medallion of some sort. Typically made of gold, silver, or copper. Popular within the Hip-hop community.
2: A shortened version of "chain smoking".
Yo' I took that fool's chain last night, son.
Your dealer must chain like a motherfucker, bro.