Rappers with the Wildest Chains in The Game
In spite of Notorious B.I.G.'s famous declaration that "Mo Money" equals "Mo Problems," the pursuit of financial success has become central to rap culture. Blinged-out chains are more than simply a fashion statement; they're also a potent indicator of an artist's progress.
It's no secret that rappers have a long-standing practice of trying to one-up one another by owning the largest and most prestigious chains in the game.
Such competition has led to the development of some absolutely magnificent and yet ludicrous pieces of jewelry throughout the years, some of which have been known to even eclipse the music itself.
Here is a rundown of some of the most ridiculous and overpriced chains in all hip-hop.
Let's hope none of these celebrities are in it for the money since, otherwise, they could soon be declaring bankruptcy.
1. Rick Ross
Currently, Rick Ross is blazing a trail at the top of the charts. For $1.5 million, he bought a bespoke gold necklace with a pendant of his face. Since joining Jay-Z's Def Jam Recordings label 20 years ago, Ricky Ross has become a major figure in the hip-hop industry.
Daddy's Bad Boy Entertainment, Irv Gotti's Murder Inc., and Def Jam were all in on signing him before his debut song with the label came out since he was such a hot commodity.
He signed with Jay-Z's label in the end, but he and Diddy worked together on several albums and singles afterward. Soon after, in 2009, Ross founded Maybach Music Group; now, he also owns 28 Wingstop locations around the country and manages his own businesses.
We agree that he should treat himself to that expensive necklace depicting an image of himself.
The next person on our list is Pharrell, who just bought a gold chain from renowned jeweler Jacob the Jeweler. The $1 million price tag was worth it to Pharell since it allowed him to create a custom diamond-encrusted necklace featuring the members of his group N.E.R.D.
Jacob the Jeweler painstakingly added multicolored diamonds to represent the band members' clothing, facial expressions, and personal accessories, making it one of the finest instances of iced-out jewelry. And we're talking about minute details here.
Also, the chain is encrusted with colorful diamonds, but its puff chain design and extra-large links set it apart from the other gold necklaces on our list.
Pharrell, Chad Hugo, and Shay Haley formed N.E.R.D. initially as a side project, but later on, Pharrell shifted his priorities and decided to devote more time to the band's unique blend of rock, funk, and hip hop
When you have Pharrell's type of money, spending $1 million to honor your pet project makes sense.
3. Soulja Boy
Although Soulja Boy's fame didn't last long, he claims to have built a reputation for himself and has enough cash on hand to drop half a million dollars on a necklace that has a bright depiction of the planet and the words "The World is Yours." Perhaps a homage to the late great Nas?
Both the quality of the item and the fact that he wore it to the 2009 B.E.T. Awards guaranteed him a lot of attention. Even though he didn't win anything that year, wearing half a million dollars around his neck made him feel like he was on top of the world.
T-Pain decided to go all out when he dropped $410,000 on a gold chain. Literally, he bought the big ass chain that weighed over 10 pounds of gold and had no identifying markings. You ain't pullin' no pranks, dude. Whoa, that's a massive chain for your a$$.
This comical masterpiece, set with 197 carats of diamonds, was crafted from a blend of yellow and white gold.
Although the design isn't the most subtle, we appreciate the lack of frills; nonetheless, T-Pain subsequently said that he made the acquisition after being challenged by a buddy, and now he questions if he made the right choice.
Whenever you're done with it, T-Pain, send it my way!
If you haven't heard of Quavo (the Migos member who wears glasses), you've probably seen Ratatouille, where Quavo played Alfredo Linguine, who had a pet rat and wore a gold chain.
If you ask us, this is probably one of the most original ways that personalized jewelry has ever been put to use. It's catchy (everyone likes Ratatouille), and it has a strong connection to his musical career (Quavo sings "Call me Quavo Ratatouille" in a Migos song).
The small Q.C. pendant and chain around Alfredo Linguine's neck, as well as the spectacles that make him appear more like Quavo, provide a particular touch to this $250,000 necklace.
6. Lil Uzi Vert
Lil Uzi Vert, who has consistently credited Marilyn Manson as a big influence on his music, has a $220,000 iced-out choker that features a chain with enormous spikes and a picture of Manson.
The picture itself is fascinating since it captures Manson's likeness down to the Joker's grin and Mickey Mouse's ears on his trademark hat. The chain itself is of choker length, fitting snugly around the neck; it is adorned with huge, thick spikes.
Truthfully, we won't be taking any chances with someone who has a necklace like this.
Drake, one of the most popular musicians in the world, can try his hand at everything and have it be a success. Recently, he had this owl chain manufactured to represent his business, O.V.O.
The 40-carat Hermes link chain is dripping with eye-catching V.V.S. diamonds in vivid colors, including ice blue, canary yellow, and white.
Offset's year as a member of Migos has been great. The rapper, recognizing the success of the group's song "Bad & Boujee," commemorated their achievement by commissioning the creation of this teardrop-shaped necklace, a nod to the song's title and lyrics.
Reportedly made in under 48 hours, the 32-karat diamond raindrop and the 65-karat chain make up the pricey item.
9. Slick Rick
Slick Rick was an early proponent of the ostentatious lifestyle that has come to define hip-hop, and he had more money than Richie Rich and Mr. T put together. Since the mid-1980s, the guy, also known as MC Ricky D, has adorned himself with several necklaces and rings, many of which featured an actual crown, but nothing has ever compared to his justice scales medallion.
The beautiful accessory, which was bigger than his real face, would take on new significance once Slick Rick was put to prison after pleading guilty to two charges of attempted murder and countless other offenses.
When contrasted with Mr. Carter's great fortune, the claim that this Cuban link chain weighs an astounding 11 pounds and is the largest Cuban link chain ever created may seem like a bit of an understatement.
This legendary chain, valued at over USD 400,000, is a tribute to the early forms of hip-hop jewelry while still capturing a sense of the current day through its large presentation.
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