Anime: From Screens To Jewelry

Anime: From Screens To Jewelry

From Killy's Death Note-inspired necklace to Uzi's pink diamond from Naruto, read on to explore how Japanese anime has slithered into the domain of jewelry brought to you by hip-hop artists.

Japanese anime and hip-hop pass collectively like turntables and a microphone. The anime/hip-hop crossover has additionally caused different creative achievements which includes conventional animes being soundtracked via means of hip-hop.

Cases in point: "Afro Samurai" featuring production from Wu Tang’s RZA and "Samurai Champloo" featuring the late Japanese hip-hop producer Nujabes. Moreover, the music video of Kanye West’s “Stronger” was also heavily inspired by the dystopian 1988 anime film "Akira."

These two seemingly unrelated things have been commingling for decades with hip-hop artists sampling theme songs and references from animes and on the other hand, anime writers and artists being influenced by the rugged and rawness of hip-hop. But, over the past few years, younger rappers have been taking their love for it to new levels with crazy pendants that pay homage to their favourite shows.

Canadian rapper Killy commissioned Avianne & Co. to create a pendant of Ryuk from Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s "Death Note," drawing on the rapper’s interest in manga/anime. For context, "Death Note" is a Japanese manga series revolving around a teen genius who discovers a mysterious notebook which grants the user the supernatural ability to kill anyone whose name is written in its pages.

The one-of-a-kind piece depicts the face of the bored Shinigami from the said series. Crafted from both white and yellow gold, the pendant is covered in genuine vs quality handset diamonds. Some defining design elements include the large rubies set in the eyes and the heart-shaped diamond earring attachment.

The Youtuber-rapper, KSI dropped £390k on a custom-made necklace depicting Beerus, the anti-hero from Dragon Ball Z and mind you, this wasn't just any old necklace for it wholly was custom-designed. (No context because if you haven't watched Dragon Ball Z, we have no hope for y'all.) It has around 2,000 gemstones and is 18 carat gold, taking over 550 hours of craftsmanship to make.

Similarly, Trippy Redd bought a chain created after Soul Eater's 'Moon' for 100k before his Pegasus album and his chain was inspired by his favorite anime Soul Eater. Soul Eater is a Japanese manga set in the Weapons of Death Masters Academy, and revolves around three teams of weapons, each of whom can transform into humanoids and a master of weapons.

The chain is in moon shape as he says “no other anime looks like Soul Eater, it's very precise the way they made that anime specifically. Soul Eater moon (points to chain), my homies Sunny has the sun.” Reminiscent of the wicked, the clock chain he got after "ALLTY3" dropped and mixed with his skeleton choker with the glowing red eyes.

Now, we can't miss what Uzi did this February. The man implanted a 10-carat pink diamond on his forehead and was all over social media. The diamond was inspired by his favorite show, Naruto that follows a young ninja who dreams of gaining recognition from his peers and becoming the town's leader, the Hokage.

The pink diamond derives inspiration from the character Lady Tsunade's Strength of a Hundred Seal, which is a purple-pink diamond-shaped seal on her forehead that looks remarkably like the rapper's new jewel. Uzi's love for Naruto is no surprise as he has previously dropped a track “Sasuke” whose let's say is an interesting character in the show.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>Lil uzi and Lady Tsunade</p></div>

Lil uzi and Lady Tsunade

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Ski Mask the Slump God revealed his Yu-Gi-Oh Millennium Puzzle chain last year. Anyone who’s watched the anime or read the manga will know the significance of the Millennium Puzzle.

The puzzle or pendant as it was called in ancient Egypt is considered the most powerful of the Millennium's Seven Objects. It contains the spirit of Pharaoh Aton, who gives "knowledge and the power of darkness." In an interview with XXL, Slump God revealed the meaning behind the chain.

“Actually, Juice Wrld 999 was supposed to get this chain. We both came up with the idea at the same time, but we decided that he was gonna get it. It would fit his whole style. Since he couldn’t, I was like, Fuck it, I’m just going to do it in the name of Juice, of Jah [XXXTentacion]. That’s why I got the world on the inside… I’m just gonna sit with this for a minute. Because it’s also a sentimental piece, so it was worth it for me.”

Ski Mask via XXl

The connection between anime and hip-hop is a classic yet dramatic blend that has helped various artists add quality to their music, be it samples, nods, or footage. Jewels have never been as pervasive as modern hip-hop culture. More than just a status symbol, iced out chains also showcase how far an artist has come. To conclude, we can say Ski Mask topped the list with his crazy Yu-Gi-Oh chain and Lil Uzi Vert when it came to the diamond slapped over his head. Influence from anime has been in hip-hop ever since and will continue to come forward through more mediums in the near future.

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