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Slick Rick Tells The Stories Of His Jewelry Collection Piece By Piece (Video)

While Slick Rick is widely recognized as one of Rap’s greatest storytellers, he is also well known for his flamboyant jewelry. For more than 30 years, along with the eye-patch and colorful suits, the MC almost exclusively appears in specially-designed jewelry. Precious metals and jewels are on his fingers, around his wrists, in his teeth, and certainly around his neck. On Soul Train with Doug E. Fresh in the mid-1980s, Rick donned at least three gold rings to match his sunglasses. He was more draped up by 1988’s The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick cover art. It has been a growing part of Rick’s image ever since. However, behind the artwork, iconic photographs, and props is a real story of a collector with a vision for custom quality. Recently, Rick appeared in GQ’s “On The Rocks” video series. Right from the jump, The Ruler is honest and upfront about the history of Hip-Hop jewelry. “Back in the days, when rappers used to start off, we used to have to borrow the jewelry before we could purchase it. So, that’s why you hear a lot of rumors where they say, ‘You don’t own that. You don’t own this. You borrow it. Da da da.’ Back in the days you’d say that a lot,” admits Slick Rick. “But it was true. But it’s not a bad thing; it’s just you have to sell yourself like ‘Cinderella.’” Slick Rick Shares A 30-Year-Old Song That Missed His Great Adventure (Audio) Later in the piece, he follows up with a personal example, “This was one of my first bracelets. I got it from Jacob The Jeweler too. I used to borrow this from Jacob until I purchased it.” The famed Manhattan jeweler arranged a payment plan for the Def Jam Records artist. Throughout, Rick’s wisdom about jewelry is accessible, regardless of class. He admits several times to not having the means to get the pieces he desired. However, he found a way to save up and make a play. Rick also offers some tips to people who may want to get some flash on a budget. Ricky also explains where he thinks the notion to wear so much bling came from. “Well, I’ve been in this jewelry game for a minute. Since the very beginning. You know, the only people that were before people like me and Rakim and Eric B. and them cats, was like Mr. T. So, Mr. T was our role model, before us.” Besides the A-Team star, he also cites Sammy Davis, Jr. as another inspiration too, especially displaying rings while holding the microphone. Slick Rick’s Children’s Story To Be Re-Released As Actual Children’s Book Rick shows a ring in his collection that resembles one of his earliest purchases. “When you’d look at my first pictures, you’d always see me with one ring on, or a bracelet. I didn’t have all this stuff yet.” Rick also says that he often upgraded his pieces in size, but also taking pieces and later encrusting them with diamonds. He says that he has also “dipped” older rings, bracelets, and necklaces to rose or white gold tints. It gave them a freshness for changing trends. On one table is Rick’s more extravagant modern purchases. On the other surface are some relics from Rick’s ’80s and ’90s run. This style icon reasons that big, flashy pieces have always been popular in places like New York City because they stand out from a distance. They show success and flare. He runs through his bejeweled eye-patches, gaudy rings, and humongous medallions, including one gift from his wife. Although he has a gold plate with a diamond-studded “scales of justice” and another with a 3D scorpion, he asserts that he is neither a Libra or Scorpio, but instead a Capricorn. Two of these astrological pieces were alter after purchase. He says he bought the justice piece from a Chinatown storefront display after years of it sitting there idler. The Ruler says he believes it may have belonged to a drug dealer who was never able to come back for his custom medallion. From Geto Boy To Golfing Man: Scarface Takes The Course (Video) At one point, Slick Rick displays an iced-out watch that he uses when he’s mingling with the well-to-do. Asked by GQ if the rectangular-faced watch is the famed Cartier, Rick replies, “It’s a Bronx-ier,” with a laugh. He does show off a custom Rolex with added rings around it. This one is another Jacob creation. Rick shows some of his specific pieces from the ’80s, including a Mary plate with a ruby, and other medallions. Rick goes on to breakdown why you always have to be adding to your collection. “As time evolved, you gotta get bigger—as you can see. This is a style that came out later, which made this look tiny. You see what I’m saying? Now, you walking around like this and you ain’t getting no respect. So what? Yeah, give it to your girl,” he says with a chuckle. It is just one of several lighthearted moments in the vignette. Rick describes purchasing a special diamond ring set for he and his wife after returning home from prison in 1997. He says he saw Doug E. Fresh wearing a similar ring and knew that he had to step his game up. E-40 Is 1 Of Hip-Hop’s Smartest Hustlers. He Breaks Down His Businesses Beyond Rap Last year, Def Jam released some special 30th-anniversary merchandise tied to Rick’s debut. They also dropped some new songs from the Great Adventures sessions that did not make the cut. He also worked with Black Eyed Peas on their latest album. Recently, Rick also made a cameo in Nas’ NASIR mini-movie.

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For Vince Staples, Sobriety Also Meant Survival

Vince Staples GQ Sober Musicians

Source: Michael Schmelling / GQ

Vince Staples has only lived for a quarter of a century, but he’s already cemented his place as a cultural commentator along with his formidable musical contributions. Given that many artists of his generation rely heavily on alcohol and drugs to create and cope, Staples shared a perspective of living sober that was largely centered on survival.

GQ profiled a handful of musicians of varying eras and genres who have struggled with drug and alcohol usage and are currently living clean. One of the most prominent members of this grouping of artists was Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler, who said in the profile that he’s on his “fourth run” in getting clean. However, among the acts that were profiled for the piece, Staples was the one artist who has never indulged in drugs or drinking for reasons that were shaped by his tough Long Beach, Calif. upbringing.

From GQ:

“I am very sure that I’m gonna think different answers than Steven Tyler or anyone involved in this piece. I’ve lived a completely different life. What I’m saying is: The drug usage was the last thing on my mind. When you’re surrounded with death and dismay and poverty and all these things that happen every day, I didn’t have time to worry about using or partaking in certain things. People where I come from don’t use drugs in a recreational sense. We’re not at a party, or at the rock show, or at the rap show, doing lines in the bathroom. Where I come from, life comes day after day after day, and people use these things to cope. People use drugs as a coping mechanism, and I’ve always held that reality. Reality hurts, but so does addiction—it’s just which pain you choose.

Powerful stuff.

Check out the entire GQ’s profile examining the clean lives of nine musicians, including rock veteran Steven Tyler, here.

GQ‘s The Music Issue features Frank Ocean gracing the cover and giving readers a rare inside look at his creative process.

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Watch: Machine Gun Kelly Names 10 Things He Can’t Live Without

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Ohio rapper Machine Gun Kelly has some major daily needs. The hip-hop veteran has shared a Top 10 list of everything he can’t live without from his comics to Nintendo Switch.

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Watch: “King Of R&B” Jacquees Breaks Down Decked-Out Jewelry Collection

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R&B superstar Jacquees has more jewelry than the average person owns in a lifetime. The hip-hop crooner took a moment to show off his signature necklace, diamond studded tooth and more.

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Watch: Dipset Break Down Their Insane Jewelry Collection

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New York rappers Dipset have more diamonds and pearls than fans think. The hip-hop crew recently linked up to break down their most prized jewelry pieces and the Diplomats’ origin.

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GQ Names Childish Gambino Best Dressed Man in the World

Words by: Kevin Keise

Being clean cut and well groomed is such a thing in the past, and slightly hairy chests and vibrant colored suits are the driving forces in today’s fashion, at least according to GQ Magazine.

Over the weekend, the famous British style publication released its top 50 best-dressed men in the world. Singer, actor, and director Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, landed at number one.

The creator of the hit show Atlanta and viral “This Is America” video climbed up 17 spots from last year to beat out actor Jeff Goldblum to claim GQ’s top spot.

GQ spoke highly of the Emmy Award-winner calling the 35-year-old a “new-wave renaissance man” and said, “his style is superbly ‘wavey’ too, providing all the Seventies-inspired vibes a modern man needs in his wardrobe right now.”

They also commented on Gambino’s open-chested attire: “While his array of cheekily unbuttoned silk shirts and soft, striped V-neck knits over the past year get honourable mention, our favourite facet of his personal style has to be his commitment to anything-but-black tuxedos – especially the regal, all-purple Gucci rig he wore to the Emmys in September. Our king.”

Dior Homme creative director Kim Jones, who was on the panel compiling the rankings, also applauded Gambino’s fashion sense. “On screen and in person, Donald Glover wears his clothes with charisma and style.”

Other notable names from the Hip-Hop culture that made the list included: Travis Scott at No.5, John Legend at No.8, Skepta at No.10, Post Malone at No.12, A$AP Rocky at No.17, Tyler, The Creator at No.25, Chadwick Boseman at No.31 and Lil Pump at No.32.

GQ also included Offset at a new entry but didn’t list him. GQ said the one-third of the Migos “can wear suits and sports gear like no other.” Meanwhile, Donatella Versace raved about Offset. “OMG! Offset and Migos have a special place in my heart. He doesn’t care about rules. He’s unapologetic. He does what feels right for him. This couldn’t be more Versace!”

 

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Anderson .Paak Names 10 Daily Essentials He Can’t Live Without

Anderson .Paak

West Coast rapper Anderson .Paak needs more than a microphone to get his day started. The hip-hop star has dished on everything he needs on a daily basis.

In a new GQ video, .Paak shares his personal needs from personal family pics to Essentia water.

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Watch: YG Shows Off His Insane Jewelry Collection

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West Coast rapper YG is flexing his ice. The hip-hop star has treated fans to an up-close at his most prized jewelry.

In a new GQ clip, the Bompton native runs through his ice and the stories behind the flashy body candy.

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Watch: Slick Rick Shows Off His Insane Jewelry Stash

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New York rap legend Slick Rick is flexing his jewels. The hip-hop veteran has come forward to show off his insane iced out collection.

In a new GQ video, Rick the Ruler reveals everything from his iced-out eye patches to giant pendants.

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Watch: Kid Cudi Decodes His Most Iconic Tracks & Talks Kanye West Bond

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G.O.O.D. Music affiliate Kid Cudi has a serious stash of tunes to his name. The hip-hop veteran has dug deep and decoded some of his most iconic songs.

In a new video, Cudder focuses on everything from “Reborn” to “All of the Lights” and talks about his close-knit Kanye West bond.

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