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Fun on Friday: Drake’s Grills

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I know what you need.

A grill.

No. Not the thing you cook meat on. A grill. For your teeth. Like Drake recently got.

If you’re not familiar with rap and hip-hop culture, you may not even be aware of this phenomenon, but wearing gold jewelry over your teeth is a thing. And it can be a very expensive thing.

Take singer/songwriter/rapper Drake. He had a set of grills custom made for his “In My Feelings” music video. One was made out of 18K white gold and the other out of 18K yellow gold. Both grills also feature platinum.

According to TMZ, Drake ordered the grills less than four days before the video shoot. Apparently, planning ahead isn’t a priority. But if you have Drake’s name-recognition and bank account, it doesn’t have to be. Celebrity jeweler Ben Baller delivered the set of grills in 36 hours, flying them directly to New Orleans for the video shoot.

It only set Drake back a cool $14,000.

I like the TMZ headline.

‘In My Feelings’ Grill Chewed 14K Outta My Pocket!!!”

Which reminds me, I need to step up my SchiffGold headline game.

I want to take a quick detour here. How does one become a “celebrity jeweler?” It sounds like something Baller just made up one day. “Yeah. I’m a celebrity jeweler. Here’s my card.” After all, his name is made up. No. It’s not “Baller.” His name is actually Ben Yang. That doesn’t have quite the same ring to it – not if you’re a celebrity jeweler. His family came from Korea, but he was born in American.

Look, I’m not making fun. This guy is a marketing genius. And the celebrity jeweler business isn’t a bad one to be in. Baller’s net worth is about $15 million. So, when I ask how one becomes a “celebrity jeweler,” I’m kind of serious. But, I guess I had probably better become a jeweler first. Or a DJ. That’s how Baller got his start.

Anyway, back to grills.

So, the whole jewelry on teeth thing didn’t originate with hip-hop culture. Wealthy Mayans drilled pieces of jade into their teeth.


Oh, hell no.

I don’t care how good it looks, or how cool it would make me, (and there is no doubt I could stand to up my cool game) there is no way I’m drilling something into my teeth.  Ouch. A grill that just slides over the teeth is a much better option.

But not for me.

I just don’t think that would work. I’m a 51-year-old white dude. I don’t think I’m going to pull off a grill. It works for Drake, but I don’t think I’m going to be giving Ben Baller a call any time soon.

No. I think I’ll just stick to Weber grills. That’s more my speed.

But you know, this underscores a truth. People want to own gold. Whether they horde it in a vault, wear it over their teeth or eat it, people all over the world recognize the value of gold. I can’t hook you up with a gold grill. You’re going to have to call Ben Baller for that. But I do know where you can get some beautiful gold coins and bars. Just give a SchiffGold precious metals specialist a call today at 1-888-GOLD-160.

Fun on Friday is a weekly SchiffGold feature. We dig up some of the off-the-wall and off-beat stories relating to precious metals and share them with you – with tongue firmly planted in cheek. Click here to read other posts in this series.


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Michael Maharrey is the managing editor of the SchiffGold blog, and the host of the Friday Gold Wrap Podcast and It's Your Dime interview series.
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