Hip Hop isn’t going mainstream – it’s gone mainstream. And now, it’s going upstream. No longer the domain of urban angst, Hip Hop has entered the echelons of high-society parlours. In this case, some of the most blinged out bling from the genre’s stars is going under the hammer at tony auctioneers, Phillips de Pury.
Among the lots of diamonds, gems, rings and pimped out pendants is a jeweled Rolex watch worn by Notorious B.I.G., Lil’ Wayne’s jeweled Money Bag pendant and Biz Markie’s Headphone Necklace. The sale isn’t though only about weighing down the jewelry boxes of well-heeled doyennes, proceeds from the sale of select items will benefit the National Museum of American History’s new “Hip-Hop Won’t Stop” collection.
The auction’s going down on October 1st but you can get a sneak preview of the rappers’ jewels between September 23-30 at the auction house’s Chelsea headquarters.