Starting around 1990, roughly concurrent with the release of Spike Lee's seminal motion picture "MALCOLM X" and the dizzying successes of rap music stars, a t-shirt slogan started to appear which said; IT'S A BLACK THANG, Y'ALL, YOU WOULDN'T UNDERSTAND.
The word "thang", used in this context, was an Ebonicism used to refer specifically to a cultural meme or norm, which those who belonged to the special group-- in this case, African-Americans, would immediately recognize and understand... whilst those not belonging to this group (whites or non-blacks) would fail to understand, appreciate, or even recognize.
Thus, by extension, a "thang" is a folkway, meme, norm, predilection, code, shibboleth, artifact or behaviour exclusive to, or closely allied with, a particular sub-group of the larger populace.
Upon entering a neighborhood bar traditionally frequented by the African-American community:
White wannabe-rapper: "Yo, what is up widdis? One jar at the end of the bar filled with pickled eggs and another one filled with pickled pig's feet? Yo, dass nasty!""
His Black buddy: "Man, it's a Black thang, you wouldn't understand."
Or, during a moment of treasured understanding:
Straight guy: "Would you mind please telling me what IS it with you gays and Barbra Streisand?
Gay guy: "Oh, I guess it's a Queer thang, you wouldn't understand."
Or, at a typical American High school:
High School Teacher A: "One of my students actually has a tattoo of a tiny black teardrop under his left eye! It's kinda creepy... What is THAT all about??"
High School Teacher B: "Yeah, well that's a Latino gang-banger thang. Supposedly it means they've offed someone."
Slang word for thing. Also used to replace the proper word for any object.
"Hit that thang!"
"Give me that thang!"
"Where is that thang at?"
"You better find that thang soon."
What people use to replace the word 'thing'.
Also a male part.
Ain't no thang but a chicken wang, so lets go bang bang, rightch'all!
Eww, put that thang away!
also reffered to as "them thangs"
means big, automatic weapons. AKs for example
"my hood down for whatever
we all ride with them Thangs"
Any object, person, place, or thing.
What that thang smell like?
There's no time to cock it when nigga's run up on you wit them thangs out.
Aye, that girl over there got some big thangs mane
Can mean a number of things including guns, drugs, and pussy. It's usually used in place of those things as a means to be discrete about discussing those type of things, particularly the former two.
"I ran up on him wit the thang-thang, ya heard".
"Lemme get two of them thangs".
"Ayo ma, why don't you gimme that thang".