We’ve said before that there are two methods of creating an iconic hip hop chain. You can go tasteful, and fresh, creating something unique. Or, you can throw everything tasteful against the wall and go for audacity. Fabolous went the second route, and he went iconic because of it. Creating a diamond studded, Cuban chain holding, yellow and white gold monstrosity Fabolous embedded his Rich Yung line in infamy.
The $75,000 piece just screams extravagance, and it’s diamond setting only enhances its credibility. Designed by David Bling, this chain screams about status. Only somebody that is a true baller could get away with something so ridiculous, with is what Fabolous did. If you want people to buy into your clothing line, this is the way to catch them, and keep people talking.
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Method Man has already appeared on this list, and he rightfully appears on it again with a chain that is hip hop history: the Upside Down Wu-Chain. “You could never capture the Method Man’s stature, for rhyme and for rapture” he once famously rapped, and the solid gold chain is just that. Solid gold. Very little ice. At least for the original chain.
Meth has had multiple versions for the upside down Wu for years, and searching for images of it proves that something it’s not the content, or the bling, or the ice, or even the chain that it hangs on. It’s the man, and the design that makes it special.
Oh, and also having each lavishly designed piece being worth thousands, upon thousands of dollars.
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When people talk about the best chains representing the best labels, names like Rocafella, No Limit, Death Row, and Dipset get thrown around. Then when the children are done talking, the real icons start slowly letting everyone know they should not be forgotten.
Enter State Property, as hung around the neck of Beanie Sigel. It’s understated. It flashes. It is whispers at you. It doesn’t need to scream, because 300 grams of bling doesn’t need to scream. It already has your attention. You may think you’re hard, but then when you have 18k gold hanging around your neck on an equally ice chain you don’t have to guess. Everyone knows you’re hard.
Beanie went the route of simple sophistication on this $35,000 chain, representing his label in State Property. It’s crazy, and it’s legendary.
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When you enter the hip hop chain game, you either build up to a statement, gradually adding pieces and making yourself iconic…or you come out swinging. Nobody came out swinging quite like Cash Money Records did in their first video. Two Rolexes on each wrist. Lambos and Bentleys, and some serious bling. When you enter the game that hard, you stay for as long as you want.
Birdman made that dream come true, with his Cash Money Records Chain. The $20,000 gold piece is iconic, and it screams business. New Orleans hip hop beat down the door, and it did it on the neck of Birdman and Cash Money Records. No more words need to be said about this chain, it speaks for itself, and it speaks it’s name: legendary.
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Do you want the world to know how much of a true player you are? Wear a diamond in a crack vial around your neck like Shawty Lo. The entire chain was a risky move to take, and Shawty not only pulled it off, but he shows why boundaries should be pushed. It is gangster. It is silly. It is $15,000 of street hanging on your neck. Complemented by an icy chain, some may think this is going to far. We say it not just went far enough, it actually complimented the other chains he had hanging from his neck.
All that you need to know about the legendary status of Shawty’s chain is that when people first saw it they were disgusted. Then they wanted it. That is true street cred.
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If you hear the word “trill” you know for a fact that you are listening to Bun B. The Dirty South legend of course then had to make a chain that defines “trill” and proves why he is the unofficial mayor of Houston. Hanging the 10 Commandments from his neck, Bun lets the world know that he is carrying the laws of man and life with him at all times.
The lettering on this $40,000 piece compliments it nicely. It’s raised, not engraved, giving it an impressive 3-D touch. Hanging on thick gold, and silver ropes Bun proves that the yellow and white diamond piece is a legend in the hip hop chain world.
This isn’t an ordinary accessory for an ordinary man. This is Bun pushing the boundaries once again, and showing the world what “trill life” means. The chains, and the man, are a true OG.
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There are two methods towards creating an iconic hip hop chain. You can either make a giant dinner plate that lets the world know how much money you have due to its extravagance, or you can go the route that Chamillionaire did. Holding $100,000 worth of value, Chamillionaire’s Chameleon Chain shines bright with that equal value of diamonds. It holds double rows of solitaire diamonds, on a diamond stud chain, and what’s more was completely real. Chamillionaire’s chain came about when most rappers were wearing fake diamond stud chains due to their expense.
Debuting in 2008 and made by King Johnny, Chamillionaire’s ice changed the game by not only combining the ice usually found in hip hop chains, but also by putting it on a scale that most associated with solid gold medallions. Chamillionaire’s chain was large, it was flashy, and it was brilliant.
Perhaps nothing sums up the excesses of hip hop chains better than one that was immortalized in an action figure. Ghostface Killah, one of the core members of the hip hop shaolin warriors of the Wu Tang Clan, had a chain that was so large it couldn’t be contained on just his neck. Combining a dinner plate sized Versace Medallion hanging low on his neck, with an Eagle Bracelet on his wrist Ghostface dared the world to top him. Constantly referenced in his songs, Ghostface would eventually immortalize the $75,000 worth of gold in his infamous action figure:
The plate itself was worth over $40,000, with the other $35,000 contained in the chain. This isn’t even talking about the worth of the golden eagle. The chain itself had a bad ending, as it was eventually stolen by a janitor. Ghostface would eventually replace the plate with another infamous chain, but nothing could come close to topping the original.
Representing the infamous globe in the movie Scarface, Cam’ron’s Globe Chain is an icon in hip hop. Combined with the rest of Cam’ron’s ice, the chain represents $75,000 hanging on his neck. The Globe itself is nothing but real diamonds. The story behind the Globe is interesting as it originally was not being made for Cam’ron but for an unnamed football player. When the player decided that the Globe was too large, Gabriel Jacob’s team at Rafaello & Co. added custom work and presented it to Cam’ron. With the addition to the HARLEM WORLD writing surrounding the globe, it became a part of hip hop history.
The Globe itself is also famous for being battery operated, and fully operational. This was a first for hip hop jewelry, and is seen in pieces worn by Chris Brown and others today. In a race against who had the best ice, Cam’ron won with a piece that was more than just a big block of ice.
Welcome to a new series here at Cuban Link Chains provided by Bullion Trading, LLC. We’re taking a look at some of hip-hop’s nicest jewelry. To kick off the series, we’re starting with Method Man:
One of the most iconic chains in hip hop, Method Man debuted his Ice Pick Chain in the year 2000. First making his name in the Wu Tang Clan, Method Man debuted his $25,000 chain when most hip hop artists were not displaying custom made jewelry. The chain itself is exactly what it says on the tin: a diamond plated ice pick. Meth’s chain hasn’t been seen in years, as it’s been rumored that he had the chain melted down into another one, but the Ice Pick Chain is an iconic chain in the history of hip-hop.