The jewellery has always been a popular element of decoration among various stars and artists who performed different music styles. Why? Because it was a true symbol of wealth and status – so it contained everything that the young hip-hop stars have dreamt about at the beginning of their career. This article will tell something more about the history of jewellery in the hip-hop industry with providing some example of jewellery.
- The beginning – 1970s and 1980s
- Years: 1990 and 2000
- From 2000 to 2019
The beginning – 1970s and 1980s
In the 1970s the hip-hop was born. In this period Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson were extremely popular but there was also a place for hip-hop artists. The gold chain was first shown by Kurtis Blow who appeared half naked wearing only gold chains at the cover of his first album. Even today, the chains from the album cover are common and you may get them at The Gold Shop. It is obvious that Blow was a great inspiration for other artists who followed his fashion, for example: Biz Markie, LL Cool J, Eric B.& Rakim who had also album covers that present them wearing gold chains that have become their everyday accessory.
Years: 1990 and 2000
At the beginning of 1990s, hip-hop has become a popular music genre and a huge music industry. The same has happened with the piece of jewellery that were sold as frequently as the hip-hop records. It is worth to add that during this period, pendants have become very popular especially Jesus crossed and ankh. Today you may also get them at The Gold Shop. Some important artists from this period are following: Notorious B.I.G, Jay-Z and Lil Kim.
From 2000 to 2019
The beginning of 2000s is a very good time for hip-hop. This music style has become a strong music industry with lot of money and hip-hop jewellery hanging on the hip-hop artists’ necks. The 2000s is a golden time for Eminem – a white rapper who had a significant part in the industry and who was noticed not only by hip-hop fans but also by people who had never listened to hip-hop before. As an outcome, he earned an Academy Award for “8 Mile” soundtrack (the film tells story about his life – it was directed and produced by Eminem). During this period the hip-hop artists wore many heavy Cuban chains with huge and heavy pendants that have become a distinguished feature of every rapper. What is more, the pendants, bracelets and gold watches have become popular accessories, too.
These days, the most well-known hip-hop artists are undoubtedly Jay-Z and Kanye West who set trends in music industry as well as in fashion and in the jewellery’s world. Their social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are followed by million of fans from every corner of the globe. Moreover, every time they wear some gold chain with unusual pendants they are sold immediately at The Gold Shop where you may find numerous inspirations for your everyday outfit to match your hip-hop style and your personal style, too.
As it can be seen, the hip-hop development was long and many things have changed although the hip-hop is considered to be one of the youngest music genre in the world. When it comes to jewellery, it is worth to follow current trends when you want to be a true hip-hop fan. Moreover, it is also worth to have some classic jewellery, such as Cuban or Figaro chains with fancy pendants to underline your special feelings toward this music genre.