As the headline suggests, Miguel Castillo of the Wall Street Journal analyzes the effects of the recession.
“‘A lot of these rappers simply don’t have the money for real stuff anymore,’ says Jason Arasheben, who crafts custom jewelry for wealthy clientele, including Saudi royals and Hollywood movie stars, at his California boutique called Jason of Beverly Hills. ‘It’s to the point where they are wearing imitation jewelry, and that’s ridiculous.’
Mr. Arasheben designed the colossus of hip-hop jewels three years ago for rapper Lil Jon: an enormous gold necklace that spells out “CRUNK AIN’T DEAD” with 3,756 round-cut white diamonds (Crunk is a southern rap subgenre that Lil Jon — real name, Jonathan Mortimer Smith — has struggled to keep alive).”
Hey, I’m just the messenger. Read more at Rolling Out.
“Two years ago, before Ice-T had a verbal
squabble with him and white kids in Idaho went ape over “Crank That
(Soulja Boy),” Soulja Boy was already a legend among the teenybopper
set. Using his MySpace page and YouTube videos, the 16-year-old kid
literally gained millions of fans from the basement of his Batesville,
Miss., home. Sometimes, he would go as far as pretending his songs were
new Eminem and 50 Cent tracks to draw viewers. And it worked.
‘I was getting $10,000 a show before I [was] signed,’ says the now
18-year-old rapper. ‘I got caught with $60,000 in my backpack at school
… it wasn’t a good look.'”
*Rips pay stub. Pics up mic.*
Props: Maurice Garland