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2 Chainz arrested; was it brass knuckles or just a large ring?

May 22, 2012 |  4:09 pm

2 Chainz

If you thought 2 Chainz's interest in alloy-based accessories only extended to his pseudonymous neckwear, think again.  

The rapper born Tauheed Epps was arrested in the Delta terminal at New York's La Guardia Airport on May 22 on suspicion of carrying brass knuckles in his luggage. Specifically, the charge was misdemeanor possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, and Epps was held at the airport before being taken to Queens County central booking for formal charges.

There is a debate as to whether or not the item was a weapon or just elaborate jewelry. Hip-hop peers, including Big Sean and DJ Drama, have rallied to his defense, claiming that the alleged "brass knuckles" were simply a four-finger ring that Chainz had sported in recent videos. Drama Instagrammed a photo of the item in question, and it does seem likely that it was meant as a fashion accessory.

Chainz is on a hot streak right now, performing on Drake's Club Paradise tour with his single "No Lie" and he had a well-regarded cameo on Nicki Minaj's "Beez in the Trap." 


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-- August Brown

Photo: 2 Chainz, Rosci and Terrence J at on April 9, 2012, in New York City. Credit: Craig Barritt/Getty Images.