Chain Hang Low

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"Chain Hang Low"
Chain Hang Low.jpg
Single by Jibbs
from the album Jibbs Featuring Jibbs
ReleasedJune 20, 2006 (2006-06-20)(United States)
December 23, 2006 (2006-12-23)(Europe)
January 19, 2007 (2007-01-19)(United Kingdom)
Recorded2005
Studio Phat Buddah Studios, St. Louis, MO
Genre
Length3:32
Label Geffen Records
Songwriter(s)
  • Jovan Campbell
  • Derryl Howard
  • Maurice Wilson
  • Antwain Elliott
  • Lamont McLendon
Producer(s) The Beatstaz
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 of his 2006 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 the 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]

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Background

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. [3] [4]

Chart performance

"Chain Hang Low" debuted at number 69 on the Billboard Hot 100 the week of August 19, 2006. [5] Six weeks later, it reached the top 10 at number 8 on the week of September 30 and maintained that position for three weeks. [6] It peaked at number 7 the week of October 21 [7] and stayed on the chart for twenty weeks. [8]

Music video

Directed by Benny Boom, the video features Jibbs rapping the lyrics while he's moving around his old neighborhood. Along the way, children singing the "Do your chain hang low" hook attempt to steal ice cream from an ice cream truck, and Jibbs fights in a boxing match. The video was shot entirely in a studio on green screen when the production company, Robot Films, lost the permit to shoot the video on the actual streets the night before the scheduled shoot. Everything from the ice cream truck, to the people running, was all simulated in a suburban St. Louis industrial park studio and composited in post-production at the Syndrome Los Angeles production facilities. To maintain the accuracy of Jibbs's home neighborhood, James Larese of the Robot Films collective Syndrome visited the actual neighborhood and took an extensive series of still digital photographs which were added during post production.

Remix

There was an official remix released which featured Yung Joc, Rich Boy, St. Louis native Lil' Mont, and Lil' Wayne. [9]

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

Charts and certifications

See also

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