The relative weight of chains, both figurative and literal, is explored in great depth on this G.O.O.D. Friday entry.

Talib Kweli, a frequent Kanye West collaborator, and former G.O.O.D. Music signee Consequence contribute verses to this track.

In 2020, an unfinished version of Kanye’s fifth studio album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, intended for Runaway writer Hype Williams, was leaked online, with an instrumental version of “Chain Heavy” included as the fourth song in the tracklist.