2 Chainz had one item of jewelry too many when he was arrested at LaGuardia airport by police on Tuesday [May 22]. The ATL rapper spent hours in jail after the TSA discovered a four-finger ring that he said was misidentified as brass knuckles.
In an interview with MTV News, after his release, 2 Chainz said police confiscated the ring in an attempt to "assassinate my swag."
"Yeah, they took it from me, they took the Louis [Vuitton] case that I actually keep the jewelry in, they took that. I couldn't believe it," he said. "Me just trying to explain it was getting too frustrating, me just trying to explain my occupation and then when they finally got to the jail and everybody knew who I was, then they started calling their kids and putting me on the phone with their kids. It was like a weird experience."
2 Chainz explained that the reason he had the unusual ring in the first place was to start conversations, not fights.
"I do exclusive pieces. My pieces are actual conversation pieces, like, literally. When you see my gold, when you see my stuff, it's something to conversate about," he said. "People weren't doing four-finger rings and all that. I just like to set myself apart, so I definitely wasn't trying to beat nobody up on the airplane or nothing."
The "No Lie" rapper finally got out of jail after pleading guilty to an unspecified charge. He said that despite this incident, he has no intention of getting tied up in the legal system like some of his peers.
"I don't find that intriguing," he said. "You're supposed to make your mistakes during adolescence and use these times right here to kinda fix some of the things you did in the past."
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