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Call me George Foreman cuz I'm selling everybody grillz [Jan. 13th, 2006|08:14 am]
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I must have something wrong with me because every time I flip past Nelly's "Grillz" video, I end up watching it all. It's just plain funny. Yet another thing about modern life I don't understand -- an obsession with wearing your wealth. And it isn't just a black thing -- I know a white kid in Cedar Rapids who has set up a business selling fronts.

You can (if you care to) see the video at http://www.nelly.net

Got a Bill in my mouth like I'm Hilary Rodham

[User Picture]From: marmoset
2006-01-15 06:07 am (UTC)
How about this explanation:

Nelly -- "Grillz" (with Gipp & Paul Wall)

We will remember the grill as the goatee of the '00s. Certainly they look every bit as stupid and affected. But Nelly can remove his grill any time he wants to, which is not something you can do with that sailor tattoo on your forearm. He can dunk it in peroxide until the next video shoot, put on a suit and tie, and address the shareholders meeting of St. Lunatics, Inc. In other words, if what you're looking for is a low-commitment, high-impact fashion accessory, the grill cannot be beat. And there's another reason why conspicuous-consumption conscious emcees have responded so enthusiastically to mouth jewelry: it is entirely personalized, and therefore it can't be faked. Any old wannabe can procure rental bling from Jacob's and pretend it's representative of great wealth. But if you've got a gleaming grill to flash, that means that particular piece of jewelry is indisputably your own; for god's sake, a dentist had to make an impression of your teeth in order for Paul Wall, or whoever, to craft it for you. Wall's unique status as jeweler-emcee made him an obvious choice to kick a verse on this tribute number, and as usual, he does not disappoint: he begins by comparing his mouth to a disco ball, and concludes by encouraging us to "call me George Foreman 'cuz I'm selling everybody grillz". Turn on MTVJams; you'll see he's not exaggerating.

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[User Picture]From: chaircrusher
2006-01-15 03:14 pm (UTC)
Hah, well yes that explains explicitly and perfectly why 'Grillz.' I guess my wonderment is more an exisential "why?" in the sense that if fronts didn't exist, I would never have imagined them.

And it's the sort of ghetto-fab phenomena that makes me a bit uneasy from the standpoint that the majority of the audience is white kids, who respond to it with as much ironic derision as admiration. "Bamboozled" indeed!
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