“Jewelry has always been an important part of my life, but it grows as my life evolves.” A $ AP Ferg written on Ice Cold: History of Hip-Hop Jewelry, out of Taschen next month.
A collection of nearly 500 photographs, the 388-page book recounts the history of hip-hop from the 1980s to the present day, told through the jewels that have adorned the body’s greatest personalities. categories — in pictures and rhymes. From Run-DMC’s gold chain to Jay-ZRoc-A-Fella’s Pendant Cardinecklace with nameplate encrusted with diamonds, Ice explores the relationship between decor and identity through vivid imagery and thought-provoking personal essays from Ferg and pioneers including Slick Rick and LL Cool J.
Below, check out some of the sparkly multi-finger rings, glittery gold grills, and other statement pieces of jewelry that featured prominently in our pages. Ice: