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Best (and Worst) Hip Hop Teeth Grills

The sky’s always been the limit when it comes to keeping up with the hip hop Joneses: partying, expensive cars and jewelry has got to outdo the competition. So when it wasn’t enough to be dripping head-to-toe in diamond-studded earrings, medallions and watches, rap stars moved on up to adorning their own teeth.

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Grills 101: Also known as “fronts” or “grillz,” these high-priced urban accessories are literally jewelry for the teeth. They can be temporary fixtures that slide over existing teeth like a retainer, or they can be made into permanent caps. Grills can be made from precious metals and studded with gemstones.  Although there are universal-sized grills sold on the market, your standard hip hop baller will wear only customized pieces, which need to be made from a dental mold upon which the metal and stones are then mounted.

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Grills History: Grills have been around for over 20 years. It started in New York, at Eddie’s Gold Teeth, owned by dentist Eddie Plein.  Eddie came up with the idea and proceeded to hook up the NY original hip hop set like Flava Flav and Big Daddy Kane.  Eddie then took the trend to the Dirty South when he moved to Atlanta in order to service clients like Nelly,OutKast, Goodie Mob, Ludacris and Lil Jon. Today, Eddie is known as the “Iceman” and charges a minimum of $100 a tooth.

The controversial dental accessory quickly gained itself lovers and haters.  Presently, school districts in Alabama and Georgia ban students from wearing grills in the classroom.

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Paul Wall. Category: BEST Grills
Texas rapper, Paul Wall is featured in Nelly’s “Grillz” track. He spits “…My teeth are mind blowin givin everybody chillz, call me George Foreman cuz I’m sellin everybody grillz.” Paul has an extensive personal collection as well as a retail line. The particular version he’s wearing in the image below is lavished with diamonds and is said to be worth $30,000.

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Slick Rick. Category: WORST Grills
Another grills aficionado is Slick Rick. The old-school rapper is a grills pioneer: he’s had glammed-up smiles since 1985. The veteran emcee performed recently in The Shrine opening in Chicago. Slick Rick was one of the performers in the club’s “Eyes Wide Shut” series, a monthly event that’s expected to bring famous faces to The Shrine’s stage.

Only a few teeth encrusted in diamonds, Slick? For shame. Must’ve ran out when they did the diamond eyepatch.

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P. Diddy. Category: WORST Grills
Sean Combs aka P. Diddy
also had some gems created for his choppers. Hope he doesn’t break off that toothpick in there.  The Rap Mogul has recently expanded his Sean John fragrances line to Europe and is expecting to see his “Unforgivable” perfume displayed on Michael Shank’s racing Ford-Riley in the upcoming one-day race weekend at the “World Center of Racing.”  Not digging the bottom-row only look; the gold gives him a strange looking underbite!

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Flava Flav. Category: BEST Grills
While Diddy went gold for his bottom front teeth, Flava Flav went all the way. He’s got 22K semi-permanent gold caps top and bottom made by the legendary Eddie Plein. Being the lovable egomaniac that he is, Flav’s teeth spell out his own name… in diamonds of course.

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T-Pain. Category: BEST Grills
The prolific songwriter and singer T-Pain’s 
fronts below are 100% fancy yellow diamonds in a pave setting, reportedly worth $30,000. Last March, however, T-Pain fell and is said to have broken four teeth, suffering several cuts and abrasions inflicted by his grill when his golf cart flipped over. This forced T-Pain to back out of several scheduled projects. Talk about pain and no gain!

But leave it to T-Pain to rebound in style. While his grills were in the shop, he shocked and awed the hip hop world with his newest notorious accessory: The Big A** Chain pendant, overloaded with diamonds and platinum, which he premiered at the recent 2009 BET Awards.

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Johnny Depp. Category: WORST Grills
Actor Johnny Depp decided to keep his grill after shooting the first “Pirates of The Caribbean” movie. He joked he won’t take them off until they’re finished with all the sequels, but in reality Johnny has had serious dental trouble over the years.  The actor explained:  “I’ve had many problems over the years with my teeth; several root canals. Once they found an eight-millimeter tip of the drill bit in one of the canals. That was horrible. That was a six-hour ordeal. The process of taking the gold teeth off can be ugly too. Sometimes it just goes `ding’ and it shoots off, and other times you got to really address the issue a little more intensely… at first I was going to keep them for my kids.  But I think they might be disgusted with me giving them my teeth, so I’ll probably just put them on eBay and see what anyone offers.”

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Nelly. Category: BEST Grills
Rapper Nelly loves his platinum and diamond grill so much (check the fangs!) he even paid an homage to his favorite accessory through his song, appropriately titled: “Grillz”.  Nelly, like many of his hip hop peers has expanded his domain to include apparel and is an owner and spokesperson for Apple Bottoms, a womenswear line that accentuates voluptuous figures.

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Lil Jon. Category: BEST Grills
While some opt for the bold gold, Lil Jon chose a pure white ice look with platinum and diamonds. Designed by Paul Wall himself, they cost a cool $50,000.  His investment paid off as Lil Jon was crowned “King of da Grillz” in the latest Grillz rankings for 2009.

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Kelis. Category: WORST Grills
The ladies were not left out of the grills fever… much to our dismay.  Singer Kelis got her gold and diamond fronts, also from Paul Wall, for her “Bossy” video.  Kelis has another set in platinum, created especially to commemorate her engagement to rapper Nas, who has a matching pair.  Each grill cost $36,000.  Nas and Kelis wore their engagement grills up until the wedding ceremony in 2004 because the bride wanted to have a traditional wedding. Update: Kelis has recently filed for divorce from Nas.

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Brooke Hogan. Category: WORST Grills
Singer Brooke Hogan, also made the mistake of getting into the grills game. Paul Wall appeared in Brooke’s “About Us” video and afterwards he decided to freshen up Brooke’s mug with an exclusive custom-made diamond grill for her. It was reported that dad Hulk Hogan was so pleased with the look that he ordered a set for himself.  Brooke won the 2006 Teen’s Choice Awards for the ‘Best Grillz’ category. Shaking our collective heads.

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Lil Wayne. Category: BEST Grills
Rap superstar Lil Wayne told talk show host Jimmy Kimmel that he spent around $150,000 for his diamond-clad teeth. He decided to get a permanent set to guard his deteriorating dentalwork, a result of a teenage addiction to sweets. The rapper said “I like Skittles and Starburst, but I have bad teeth due to too much candy, so I got them covered with a grill. It doesn’t come out.” And how does one care for such precious accessories? “I brush ’em with Colgate everyday.”

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Dog Grillz. Category: BEST Grills
Last but not least, when grills for humans are just not enough. You know you’re a true player when your most loyal companion has his own solid gold fronts to impress the bitches:

dog grills

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Asmara Wreksono

Asmara Wreksono has a passion for everything related to celebrity, fashion, music (R&B, Hip Hop and Jazz are her favorites) and loves to write about them. In her spare time, she likes watching TV series and movies, sharpening her sketching skills and cooking. Asmara has been published in SoJones.com, CelebrityClothingLine.com, ProHipHop.com, ThatGossipSite.com, Fabcrush.com and many others.
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24 comments
jamaicayardy
jamaicayardy

and for you smart guy you are so stupid y dont you jump off a cliff and get rid of your stupid self and leave these guys ,,,stop hater,,,

jamaicayardy
jamaicayardy

y most of you being haters ???,,,,,,,,,and for you andy how does these guys grills get into hip pop ?? haters people wear what they want to wear and what they feel good in,,,,stop haters find something to do so you can make some money,,,damn

Jason Stuttgart
Jason Stuttgart

I thought they were stupid until I saw some real diamond grills in real life. Pretty impressive looking actually if they are done right. I certainly won't wear them but if you can pull it off it's a wild look.

Nayama
Nayama

Wow... I'm sorry, but how is it possible that people this STUPID get to be rich and famous... oh, I forgot, it's America! Stupid people put stupid people on the throne...

Rina
Rina

Eeeew! Eeeew! The whole idea if this is so repulsive---

smartguy
smartguy

all dem nikka stupid * dey-need-to kill them selves besides lil wayne

grillz2
grillz2

my grillz are better than theres!!!!

Boo
Boo

From a distance, most look like their teeth are rotten, especially the yellow gold ones. Either that or that they just ate a whole bag of oreos.

robert
robert

tpain rulz becuse those grillz could be worth millions

fro man
fro man

lil wayne is the bomb baby, watch him nuke this sh-

doa
doa

This is stupid period, people who does this kind of thing to their teeth are ignorant.

Aj o
Aj o

Brooke Hogan looks scary :S and lil waayne got the best grill 4 sure

Captain
Captain

2 each his own.. & most things in moderation an good taste an 4 a good reason... the only ingnorance is in those who hold opinions & points of view where theirs is the only point of view!!!!

Amy
Amy

I think they all look very STUPID! It's horribly ugly and totally ruins any nice features a person may have. If you have the cash, make your teeth look real and nice. You all look like freaks.

Andy
Andy

This some ignorant ass bull shit. Instead of worrying bout some wack ass grillz yall niggas should be more concerned bout whats coming out of these artists mouths.... and for those of you who still dont get it i mean lyrics. This article definitely took a loss. its the farthest thing from hip hop. turn your radios off.... D.O.A

Dominique_
Dominique_

mmm lil wayne's grill looks sooo gud his is def tha best out of dat group. He looks tha best in it and it fits him well.

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