Guest Star: "The Everyday Person Isn't Coming Off Work & Saving Up For Grillz Anymore"
Tuesday, Sep 6, 2011 3:55PM
[With recent buzz emerging about 17-year-old pop star Justin Bieber getting his teeth measured to fit a new pair of grillz, maker/rapper Paul Wall recently provided insight on the once-extremely popular Texas trend.]
[In Texas,] we've been selling grillz for so long. They were around long before [becoming associated with hip-hop culture] and they will be around long after.
It was so big in the hood and throughout the underground, but then it became a national trend and a fad. It even turned into something that went international. There's a lot of people overseas that are still selling them. They blew up and people think they kind of went away.
The trending and fad aspect of it has passed. It's not a trend anymore. It's not a fad anymore. From the people who have been wearing grillz and with the people that treat it like it's a part of life, and part of the culture, it's part of your culture and so you're still going to wear them.
You're still going to see people out in Houston, in the hood wearing grillz. We're still selling a lot of grillz to entertainers and rappers, but the everyday person isn't coming off work and saving up for grillz anymore. It's more the ballers and the dope boys. It's kind of like how it was in the beginning when it was just the ballers and the dope boys who were the ones that could go and get a grill.
There's some people who get a diamond actually encrusted onto their tooth. But that's more of a European type of thing. Anytime I see people doing that, it's usually people out in Europe. You might go out to Europe and see that walking down the street, but we don't do that [in Texas].
Prior to making a nationwide breakout in 2005 with a guest spot on Mike Jones' "Still Tippin'" and his Swishahouse/Atlantic Records debut, The Peoples Champ, Wall was involved with promotional street teams, DJed parties, put together underground mixtapes, and was half of the Color Changin' Click with Chamillionaire. Affiliated throughout the years with Paid in Full and Swishahouse, Wall has also held down a lucrative business as a maker of diamond-laced grillz. His clientele includes Lil Jon and T.I.