Last week I read a memorable article in the LA Times ("Hip-hop artists are getting very mouthy about their bling," 11/23/05), and it was the first I had heard of this guy (photo credit: Damon Winter / LAT):
Hint: He is not only "The People's Champ," but also a specialist in all styles, as they say, of grills, or fine, bejeweled, purely aesthetic dental fronts for rappers and high-steppers.
My newly coined favorite expression of dismissal and disdain:
Paul Wall would never do that.
At the moment, I'm catching up on email while semi-watching a terrifying documentary on the collapse of Mayan civilization. The only bright spot thus far is the description of royal signifiers of wealth and prestige, e.g. a necklace of jaguar teeth.
A necklace of 36 jaguar teeth, when a single jaguar only has four fangs, would have required the capture and killing of nine jaguars; possessing such a totemic item represented prosperity beyond measure.