Since the 80’s, gold teeth have become prominent in hiphop, with rappers Lil Wayne, Lil Jon, Paul Wall and several others rocking it in music videos and social events. Nelly, in his 2005 hit Grillz, solidified the looks’ status, rapping, “I got like platinum and white gold, traditional gold/I’m changin grillz errday, like Jay change clothes/ I might be grilled out nicely/ In my white tee/ On South beach/ in my wife beat.”

Today, music artistes wear grills in platinum, gold, or silver with multiple gems. Like other jewelry pieces associated with urban culture, grills communicate wealth, prestige, and are visible proof of a high level of disposable income.

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