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The history of hip-hop through its jewelry

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Tommaso Berra
Hip-hop | Collater.al

Hip-hop, especially in the 1990s, was a phenomenon of claiming presence on the scene, a way of not going unnoticed by conveying an eccentric spirit that was also manifested through clothes, as well as in rhymes. So many trends were born and launched by the American artists of those years, including the habit of wearing large, flashy and blinding necklaces, with pendants that echoed the symbols of collectives or just as a manifestation of wealth.
In a forthcoming volume titled “Ice Cold: A Hip-Hop Jewelry History,” publisher TASCHEN will recount through vintage photos the connection and history of hip-hop through jewelry worn by names such as Run-DMC, Notorius BIG and Tupac, reaching all the way to the present day, with necklaces and grillz by Travis Scott, Cardi B, Tyler, the Creator and Pharrell.

Author Vikki Tobak traverses 40 years of history, recounting one of the greatest subcultures of 20th-century music, defining its evolution and the social reasons that led jewelry to be an indispensable element in telling the story of rap and hip-hop.
Also opening Ice Cold are some direct contributions from those who have experienced the scene up close, including essays by Slick Rick and A$AP Ferg.

You can pre-order the book on the official TASCHEN website at a cost of €80.

Hip-hop | Collater.al
Hip-hop | Collater.al
Hip-hop | Collater.al
Hip-hop | Collater.al
Hip-hop | Collater.al
Hip-hop | Collater.al
Hip-hop | Collater.al
Hip-hop | Collater.al
Hip-hop | Collater.al
Hip-hop | Collater.al
Hip-hop | Collater.al
Hip-hop | Collater.al
Hip-hop | Collater.al
Hip-hop | Collater.al
Hip-hop | Collater.al
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