Chicago rapper Yung Berg has offered his take on 2 Chainz recently being robbed in California in light of his past run-ins with criminals that reportedly walked away with his possessions.
Despite having similar outcomes, Berg said he could not compare his previous strokes of bad luck to Chainz because ill-advised decisions ultimately determined his fate.
“I think me and 2 Chainz are two different people and I can’t really speak on his situation. As far as me, you gotta understand when I first came out I was 21 years old. I was a young guy that had a lot of attitude that came off a certain way. Because I didn’t say anything and I had labels telling me not to say anything when altercations would happen, people would just run with the stories they wanted to, or whatever the press made up. It’s so crazy because I know there are kids in high school and stuff that go through the same things, but I’m blessed, I got a top ten record, Grammy nominations and it just adds to my story to have been able to bounce back from everything.” (Page 31)
A couple weeks ago, Chainz came clean on being robbed at gunpoint while in Cali.
“I saw the gun first,” 2 Chainz told Emperor Searcy, Mz Shyneka and Mister Smith. “It was like a .357. It was so heavy he couldn’t really hold it. The gun was so big. That’s what made me take off running. … When I went into the street, there was another dude with a whole ‘nother gun. … That’s when I knew it wasn’t like an episode of Punk’d. I was like this is real…I had bullet fragments in my hair…I think he thought he shot me. … I’m just excited about life. I’m so turnt up, you can’t turn me down. … I’m just geeked about life. Then when I saw the footage, I’m like it was real. They was on my a**!’ This was a sign. That’s all it was. I come from this.” (Hot 107.9)
Chainz’s hired muscle Hammer Strength recently said the entire crew were approached by three gunmen shortly after arriving in town.
“We went downtown to San Francisco — it’s broad daylight, like 4:30 in the afternoon. People were walking around and everything — all of a sudden three dudes just jumped out with huge guns, .357 Magnums. They pointed the guns at us and we was like ‘Whoa!’ We thought it was a joke for a minute. We looked at them, we stopped, kinda paused. We thought it was a joke. Then all we heard was, ‘2 Chainz give it up.’ So we like stood there and didn’t do anything, and we kinda like froze, ’cause we wanted to see if this was real. All of a sudden, the next thing you know, 2 Chainz kinda like backed up a little bit. And then he said, ‘Give it up. Give it up.’ And then all of a sudden he took off. He took off running first. When he took off running, we took off running. Then all of a sudden these dudes, they just start shooting. I don’t know where they shot at.” (Power 107.5)
Back in 2011, Berg said he would tone down his flashy apparel in light of the attention it brought him.
“On some real sh*t back in the day when I was buying those big a** chains and sh*t, I felt like that was a part of me being Yung Berg. But me growing up and being Christian, being Mr. Ward, and who I really I am, I toned down. I’m not going to be with the big gaudy chains because people would look and they would say ‘Well, this n*gga still ain’t learn his lesson.’ I learned my lesson. I’m going to have jewelry but it’s going to be more upscale and common. It’s not going to be catching just the nigga eye.” (VIBE)