Hip-hop has injected its way into mainstream culture, from the cars to the clothes to the jewellery. It was only a matter of time till grillz found their way onto our teeth, literally speaking.
Also known as fronts or golds, a grill is a type of jewellery placed over the teeth. Worn by hip-hop artists in the early ’80s, it became popular in the mid-2000s and now it seems the trend is spreading like wildfire, in part due to Lil Wayne, Kanye West and Future sporting their bling-encrusted creations.
A sign of wealth and lavishness, even our own hip-hop artists are not immune to the status symbol. In 2016, AKA had a pair made by dentist to the stars, Lexleo “Dr Smile” Aliwal.
Made from 18 carat gold and sporting 10 vampire rubies, he posted an image of the elaborate gift on Instagram.