When it comes to adding bling to teeth, the sky has always been the limit. This is all part of the game of who can do it bigger and best, just like with the chains, cars and rings. Once they ran out of places to add gold too, well the next step was the teeth.
What are Grills?
Sometimes known as fronts or grillz, grills are nothing more than expensive jewelry for your teeth. Some are temporary that slide into place like a retainer while others are permanent caps. Hip hoppers will have theirs custom made from a precious metal, and some even go so far as to throw diamond studs on the front for effect.
Grills that are permanent are just like regular teeth. You need your trusty electronic tooth brush to clean them, a water flosser to get all that filet mignon out from in between, and a cool minty mouthwash. Just because they are made of metal doesn’t mean you don’t need to keep them clean.
The History of Grills
The grill phenomenon started over 20 years ago with a dentist. New Yorker Eddie Plein ran Eddie’s Gold Teeth when he came up with the idea to add even more color to the already colorful hip hop world. He was the one who got Flava Flav and Big Daddy Kane their first grills before heading south. In Atlanta he met up with the likes of OutKast, Nelly, Goodie Mob, Lil Jon, and Ludacris. Eddie is still in business and charges a cool hundred for every tooth he replaces with gold.
Hailing from Texas, Paul has one of the most extensive collections of grillz in the biz. Paul also sells custom grills, where a diamond studded one will cost over 30 G’s. The rapper is so happy with the look that he even raps about with Nelly; “ My teeth are mind blowin’ givin everybody chillz, call me George Foreman cuz I’m sellin’ everybody grillz”.
One of the first to get hooked on gold teeth, Slick Rick is still glamming his mouth 30 years later. His look is in constant change, going from bright gold to diamond encrusted whenever the mood strikes him.
Or whatever he calls himself these days changes his grill as often as he switches his fur coat. He is known for his extravagance in all aspects of his life, including adorning his teeth in diamonds.
The grill trend in hip hop is likely one that will never go away, especially when the big boys are still sporting them decades later. Now we’re not saying you need to drop 30 G’s to get the look, but if you’re going for all out gangsta’ then grills are the way to do it.