22 Rappers Who’ve Worn Ridiculous Chains
Statement jewelry has long played an integral role in hip-hop history. While the styles have changed over time—from Run-DMC’s signature dookie rope chain in the 1980s to Lil Uzi Vert’s iced-out homage to Marilyn Manson—the tradition of sporting shimmery neckwear is alive and well.
On Culture II, Offset brags about rocking an emoji reimagined as a colorful, diamond-speckled pendant. In 2011's "My Chain," Gucci Mane wonders: "My chain, my chain, don't you like my chain mayne?" (He's gone as far to create an Instagram account dedicated to his St. Brick piece.) A year earlier, Kanye West, Consequence and Q-Tip bragged about the heft of their chains on the bravado-packed "My Chain Heavy." And don't forget Jay-Z's iconic line, "Said she loved my necklace, started relaxin'/Now that's what the fuck I call a chain reaction" on 1998's "Money Ain't a Thang." These artists' rhyme books and jewelry collections are only built for cuban linx.
The demand for chains that are decadent, fully customized conversation pieces has never been higher, with celebrity jewelers such as Jacob the Jeweler, Ben Baller, Elliot Avianne and Gabriel Jacobs becoming legends in their own right. As rappers continue to up the ante on their chains, rocking pieces that could result in hunchback, XXL takes a look at the biggest and baddest neckwear over the years, with a focus on size, not how many numbers and commas were involved to seal the deal.
You Fuck With The Bull, You Get The Horns!!!! A$AP YAMS(RIP) & ASVP FERG BROUGHT ME OUT OF RETIREMENT! AND FLACKO said Ben you can't retire, the game needs you. So now I'm back like cooked crack! We had to hit you with 65 carats of them white VVS's on a white gold 3-D #YAMBORGHINI piece for #YAMSDAY!!!!! Custom Hermes Link diamond chain. Baguettes on YAMS teeth! Solitaires in YAMS eyes. Custom Made for @asapferg #ALWAYSSTRIVEANDPROSPER #Harlem #ASAPMOB #asapferg #ASAPYAMS #ASAPfoundation #IFANDCO #BENBALLER And now no jeweler is safe. ATTENTION: New @IFANDCO Beverly Hills flagship store location coming soon in early 2018!!!!!
I met @champagnepapi at the Apple Store in the Beverly center in 2008. From that day on I fucked with The Boy heavy. I was picking him up from the airport, getting him cars, trees and showing him my city like a real big homie does. #SoFarGone dropped and shit hit the fan. Then #ThankMeLater, then #TakeCare and He would take me on tour to be apart of the show giving out chains to random girls in the audience. One time at a sold out show in San Jose, Drake forgot where we were because he screamed out "LA what's good???!!!!" And that Bay Area crowd boo'd LOUD. It felt like that southwest commercial, Wanna get away? I back stepped off that stage dumb fast In 2012 I started my family and he became the biggest superstar in the and we lost communication... So 9 years later were here in Manchester U.K. to finally have our full circle moment. More life and more jewels to come bro #OVO #TheBoyMeetsWorldTour #IFANDCO #StoneIsland