Gold Grillz HistoryWhether for status or style, gold adorned teeth are an age old tradition. From pharaohs to Madonna and everyone in between, golds have transcended race and culture to become one of the most popular body modifications around the globe. Most popularly know as hip-hop’s best friend, grills rose to prominence in cities like Houston, Memphis, and Atlanta in the early 2000s. However, they have had a widespread presence for at least a century across Eastern Europe. Early versions were installed over healthy teeth that had been filed down, but now “fronts” can be removed at leisure. Take a trip down memory lane for the history of gold teeth and a roundup of some of our favorite historical moments.
in certain regions of the world , especially in Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Countries, Central Asia, and the Caucasus Regions, gold teeth are worn as a status symbol; a symbol of wealth…. installed in the place of healthy teeth or as crowns over filed down healthy teeth
1940s: Dental surgeons in the Auschwitz concentration camp extracted the gold teeth and fillings of gassed prisoners along with their gold jewelry. The gold was then melted down and sold.
1980s/1990s: Eddie Plien brings gold teeth to hip hop outfitting rappers like Flavor Flav, Big Daddy Kane, and Kool G Rap. He later moves to Atlanta and opens Eddie’s Gold Teeth where he becomes the go-to guy for hip-hop’s elite.
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jermaine dupri oomp camp rap-a-lot ghetto boyz outkast slick rick trick daddy nas .
2005: Nelly releases his song “Grillz”, bringing gold teeth to the mainstream.
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