Went from slave days, whips and chains
To luxury whips, flat chains that hang
“Whips” and “chains” are rap slang for “cars” and “jeweled necklaces.” They were also key terms in the institution of slavery, though their meaning there was more straightforward.
The irony of these terms as slang for now coveted items, suggests that modern blacks are “imprisoned” by their fealty to capitalism and consumerism, just as they used to be held captive by slavery.
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