marzo 13, 2024

The influence of hip-hop extends far beyond music, and now, some of the genre's most iconic jewelry pieces will take center stage at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Titled "Ice Cold: An Exhibition of Hip-Hop Jewelry," the exhibit is set to open on May 9 and will showcase dazzling accessories worn by some of hip-hop's biggest names.

Among the featured artists are legends like The Notorious B.I.G. and contemporary stars like A$AP Rocky, alongside other influential figures including Nicki Minaj, Slick Rick, Erykah Badu, and Tyler, The Creator.

Hip-hop jewelry has become synonymous with luxury and success, and according to Sean M. Decatur, president of the museum, these pieces hold significant cultural importance. "These jewelry pieces are not just magnificent in and of themselves, they’re an important part of hip-hop history and hip-hop culture," Decatur stated.

The exhibit is not only a celebration of hip-hop's blinged-out aesthetic but also ties in with a book of the same name released in 2022. Authored by Vikki Tobak, "Ice Cold: A Hip-Hop Jewelry History" delves into the evolution of hip-hop jewelry over the past four decades, showcasing iconic imagery and sharing compelling stories of self-expression and identity.

Tobak's book documents the rise of hip-hop jewelry, from the gold adidas pendants of Run-DMC to the extravagant chains and medallions sported by artists like Eric B. & Rakim. It also sheds light on the pioneering jewelers who played a vital role in shaping the culture, including Tito Caicedo, Eddie Plein, and Jacob the Jeweler, as well as newer artisans like Johnny Dang and Avianne & Co.

Featuring a foreword by Slick Rick and essays by A$AP Ferg, LL COOL J, and Quality Control Music's Coach K and Pierre "Pee" Thomas, "Ice Cold" offers a comprehensive look at how hip-hop has redefined the world of jewelry, luxury, and style.

The exhibit promises to be a captivating journey through the history of hip-hop's most iconic accessory, showcasing the creativity and innovation that have made it a cultural phenomenon.

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