From tracks like Gucci Mane’s ‘My Chain’ to Big Sean’s ‘First Chain’, jewellery and hip hop have long been interlinked, with supersized gold pieces the ultimate way to showcase success. But over the last decade, hip hop jewellery has reached a new high, with rappers sporting bigger and bolder bespoke pieces.

With custom chains that can feature over 100 carats of diamonds and weigh more than 10 pounds, it’s now somewhat normal to see rappers covered in swathes of solid gold chains and iced out pendants. But just who wins the competition for the largest and most expensive neckwear?

In this blog post, we reveal which rappers own the world’s most expensive gold chains.

 

Jay Z: Gold Cuban Chain

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Jay Z first wore his statement cuban chain in 2013, at the 20th anniversary show for So So Def. Rather than opting for an encrusted pendant, the rapper commissioned this one-of-a-kind heavy gold chain that weighs in at 11lbs and is made from solid gold, earning it a place in our top 15.

Cost: $200,000

 

Lil Uzi Vert: Marilyn Manson

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A rapper who has frequently stated Marilyn Manson has influenced his music, it seems fitting that Lil Uzi Vert would pay homage to the musician through his jewellery. First seen in 2017, his tribute comes in the form of a 14k white gold and diamond chain. This Ben Baller design includes a 55 carat diamond Mickey Mouse Manson pendant and a whopping 100 carat diamond spiked choker!

Cost: $220,000

 

Quavo: Ratatouille

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Referencing his lyrics ‘call me Quavo Ratatouille’ in his Migos track, ‘Bad and Boujee’, Quavo was seen sporting a bejewelled Ratatouille pendant at the 2017 MET Gala. The white gold and diamond pendant shows Quavo as Disney’s Alfredo Linguini and includes Remy the rat, Quavo’s signature glasses and a miniature QC pendant.

Cost: $250,000

 

Cam’ron: Harlem World

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In the early 2000s, Cam’ron was seen wearing one of the most unique and flamboyant gold chains of its time. Containing 150 carats of diamonds, this battery-powered piece included a 3D spinning globe which read ‘Killa Cam Harlem World’. However, in 2018 it was bought by rapper Lil Yachty, who updated the pendant with the words ‘Yachty’s World’. 

Cost: $250,000

 

Kanye West: Horus

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As the largest solid gold chain in the line-up, Kanye West’s new neckwear caught the crowd’s attention during the opening performance at the BET awards in 2010. His humongous pendant of Horus – the Egyptian god of the sky, sun and moon – was made of 24k yellow gold, and nothing quite like it has been seen since! Alternatively, our Nefertiti iced out pendant is a more budget-friendly option.

Cost: $300,000

 

T-Pain: Big Ass Chain

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A huge design that consists of the words ‘Big ass chain’, this piece of bling was purchased by T-Pain in 2009. It weighs over 10lbs, is made from yellow and white gold and features 197 carats of diamonds. Interestingly, the rapper recently revealed he bought it on a dare and said he now thinks it was a bit of a stupid decision! If you’re looking for a more humble statement, check out our Self Made 9ct gold chain.

Cost: $410,000

 

Drake: OVO Owl

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One of Drake’s most recent heavy gold chains contains almost 3lbs of white gold and a 100 carat diamond owl. Custom made back in 2018, it was completed within six weeks and then flown to the rapper inside a bespoke bird cage. It’s believed to be more expensive than his previous owl pendant, a piece that cost $120,000 and contained pink sapphires alongside yellow, blue and white diamonds.

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Takeoff: Solar System

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Another Migos member, Takeoff, has made our list with his extravagant solar system chain. This custom neckwear includes a spaceship medallion with the YRN logo, sun and stars, as well as 3D planets. Every part of this piece is covered with over 200 carats of diamonds and has been spotted on the rapper several times since 2017.

Cost: $500,000

 

Soulja Boy: The World is Yours

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Worn to the BET Awards in 2009, this yellow gold chain features a colourful blue and white diamond globe surrounded by the words ‘the world is yours’ in yellow and pink gemstones. While Soulja Boy is known to have spent millions on his jewellery collection, this is believed to be the priciest piece he owns. For those on a more modest budget, our iced out world pendant is a great alternative!

Cost: $500,000 

 

Lil Jon: Crunk Ain’t Dead

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In 2007, this chain was given the title of the world’s biggest diamond pendant by the Guinness World Records. More than 10 years on, it’s still pretty impressive. In total, this neckwear boasts an impressive 3,756 diamonds, is made from yellow and white gold, and weighs more than 5lbs. 

Cost: $500,000

 

Sean Kingston: Crayons

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Perhaps the most unusual chain on this list, Sean Kingston was seen wearing a diamond, emerald and ruby studded crayon box in 2007. However, it hasn’t been seen since. This is because the singer’s sister shipped it to a jeweller in New York but allegedly insured this piece of jewellery for only $500. It went missing and has never been recovered!

Cost: $500,000

 

Gucci Mane: Twin Panther

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Worn by Gucci Mane in 2017, this decadent heavy gold chain contains a colossal 4,600 diamonds weighing 165 carats. Consisting of two panthers connected by three diamond strands, there are 1,800 diamonds in the panthers alone, with a further 2,800 making up the rest of the neck piece.

Cost: $500,000

 

Mike Jones: Ice Age

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Coming in at number three is Mike Jones’ ice age design. This monumental chain and iced out medallion is made from white gold and has over 100 carats of diamonds. However, in 2009, he woke up in his home to find it had been stolen by a friend! Fortunately, it was fully insured so he was able to make a claim. 

Cost: $1,000,000

 

Pharrell: N.E.R.D

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In second place is the custom N.E.R.D gold chain and pendant, owned by Pharrell Williams. It was made back in 2006 and consists of a medallion that features Pharrell and his two other band members. This impressive piece is encrusted with white diamonds as well as a huge range of coloured gemstones. 

Cost: $1,000,000

 

Rick Ross: Rick Ross Face

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So, who has the biggest and baddest chain of them all? The answer is rapper Rick Ross with his self portrait pendant. His iconic neckwear is an extravagant iced out piece that took the competition to an entirely new level in 2008. He then took this one step further in 2010, when he was seen wearing a chain of himself wearing a chain of his own face!

Cost: $1,500,000

 

If you enjoyed this, then why not read our post about some of the top jewellery collections in the UK rap scene? We’d also love to know which of these chains you preferred! Let us know on Facebook and Instagram.