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    Hip Hop & The Gold Chain.

    Hip Hop & The Gold Chain.

    Today, there’s no denying that Hip Hop and jewelry are ubiquitous. And the relationship between the two has grown stronger over the years. The culture that was birthed from stories of struggle is now in a space to celebrate its progression – and status. And rappers will continue to use jewelry as a symbol of success.

    From Kurtis Blow sporting multiple gold chains on the cover of his debut album to LL Cool J’s gold rope chains, Notorious B.I.G.’s massive gold Jesus piece designed by Tito the Jeweler, to iconic record label logos embossed in gold and diamonds – gold chains and Hip Hop became synonymous. 

    Early pioneers of the culture would have never imagined this shift. From what started as a creative medium for the oppressed, subjected and under-represented, to a full-blown culture that boasts its success and wealth with hefty gold chains.

    But before all of this even started – did you know that the earliest record of gold chains takes us back to ancient Egypt? Legend has it that they wore gold chains to scare away evil spirits and for good luck. Many wars were also fought over gold – it represented strength, wealth and eternal love. Fast forward a couple of hundred years and the gold chain is now seen as a status, worth, time and dedication symbol.

    There are a few things that make a Hip Hop artist a dope - solid rhymes, a relentless flow, swagger - and Pt, Ag, Au, and C. For my geeks who got that, I appreciate you. For the ones still scratching their heads, that’s platinum, gold, silver, and carbon, which when compressed, forms a diamond. Elements that are synonymous with Hip Hop. 

    From the very beginning, gold has been a staple. 

    Move forward a few more years Hip Hop became an organized industry gold moved from a symbol of status to moving billboards for the artist. Take, for example, the Roc-A-Fella symbol worn by Jay-Z. Now, in the present, gold is still prevalent but it's not just worn as a chain - you can see it in artists mouths as "grillz" have become increasingly popular, or wrapped around their wrists, embedded in their eyewear, shoewear, etc.

    Times have changed but one thing still stands -- Hip Hop and gold will forever be indebted to each other. Think as the music as a form of the struggle and the gold is a representation of escaping it. 

    Forbes Reveals Top 5 Richest Rappers

    Forbes Reveals Top 5 Richest Rappers

    With the recent announcement of his new status as Hip Hop’s first billionaire, its no surprise that Jay Z tops Forbes’ “Richest Rappers” list. But the competition is fierce amongst Hip Hop’s elite. In their annual list, Dr. Dre, Diddy, Kanye West and Drake join Hov as the cash kings.

    1. JAY-Z – $1 billion

    2. Dr. Dre – $800 million

    3. Diddy – $740 million

    4. Kanye West – $240 million

    5. Drake – $150 million

    Here’s a breakdown of where all these millions come from for each of these artists.

    JAY Z: $310 Million from his Armand de Brignac champagne deal

    $220 Million for cash & investments in companies like Uber

    $100 million from D’usse Cognac

    $100 million from TIDAL.

    - to name a few.

    DR. DRE: $500 Million from his Beats by Dr. Dre headphone line deal with Apple

    DIDDY: $740 Million from his cable network, Revolt, Sean John clothing line, and Ciroc

    KANYE: In addition to music sales & concerts, Ye’s partnership with addias has brought in millions as well.

    DRAKE: The youngest on the list, Drake’s fortune is fueled by real estate investments, his Virginia Black whiskey, plus his tour and residency at XS Nightclub in Las Vegas.

     

    Jay Z Has Reached Billionaire Status!

    Jay Z Has Reached Billionaire Status!

    A billi, a billionaire. Call me Phil Collins, I feel a billion is in the air.

    Amazing to think that Jay Z rapped these words 11 years ago for his remix to Weezy's "A Milli." And as of today, he's officially a billionaire! Revealed in a new Forbes cover story, Hov’s fortunes have hit the billion mark - making him the FIRST Hip Hop artist to reach the milestone.

    While he remains one of the best selling Hip Hop artists in the game, Hov’s portfolio is not just music. His earnings are derived from various business ventures that include liquor (D’Usse), fine art, real estate, stakes in Uber (and other companies), Tidal, Roc Nation, and of course his long catalog of music.

    We salute the self-made billionaire from Brooklyn with a compilation of our favorite Jay moments. 

    It's only right we start off with this gem. Jay Z spotted with the late, Nipsey Hussle. 

    History was made when two of New York Hip Hop's legends finally came together after putting the beef aside. 

    Stuntin' with his Bonnie, Hip Hop's royal couple, never disappoint. 

    What's a man if he doesn't take care of his family? Jay spotted at an award show with daughter, Blue, and wifey, Beyonce. 

    Two living icons in one photo. 

    Jay typically keeps it simple in all black, but accessorizing with multiple gold chains once in awhile doesn't hurt either. 

    In a two-part documentary, Biggie's mother, Voletta Wallace, gave insight into the type of friendship her son, B.I.G., and Jay had: "Christopher and Jay, they're a different relationship, they're very good friends." 

     

    Jay Z Pays Tribute to Nipsey Hussle, Performs New Freestyle at B-Sides 2 Show in NYC!

    Jay Z Pays Tribute to Nipsey Hussle, Performs New Freestyle at B-Sides 2 Show in NYC!

    In New York City, music fans rejoiced at the grand re-opening of the famed, Webster Hall, with an epic concert headlined by none other than, JAY Z. The venue had hosted its last show in August of 2017. But Brooklyn Sports Entertainment Global (BSE) acquired Webster Hall in partnership with The Bowery Presents. Together, they decided to celebrate the grand re-opening with a historic concert. And who better than one of NYC’s music icons.

    The sold-out crowd was in for a special treat as Hov brought some friends with him to surprise concert goers. Including fellow New Yorkers, Nas, Cam’ron and Jim Jones. “Nas is my brother, Cam is my brother,” Jay proclaims, confirming that all is well despite past feuds. It was truly a joyous moment in New York Hip Hop, and Hip Hop, overall.

    Also using the opportunity to perform a new freestyle, Jay paid tribute to the late, Nipsey Hussle, highlighting the work he did for his community.

    Also, throughout the night, Jay can be seen rocking the iconic Roc-A-Fella chain. 

    Jay Z Roc-A-Fella Chain

    At King Ice, we highlight the importance of Hip Hop in our culture, and have offered an array of culturally relevant jewelry, seen here