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How Drake, Bad Bunny and Nicki Minaj became part of a new Natural History Museum exhibit

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featured in a new show at the American Museum of Natural History called “Ice Cold: An Exhibition of Hip-Hop Jewelry.”It showcases custom-made jewelry worn by some of music’s biggest stars and made by legendary New York City jewelers, including Tito Caicedo, of Manny’s New York, who created Biggie’s iconic diamond-studded Jesus piece.“It’s time to celebrate the artists, jewelers, craftsmen, and everyday people who contributed to the storied history of hip-hop jewelry,” Vikki Tobak, guest curator for “Ice Cold,” said in a statement.

The exhibition, on view now through January 5, 2025, in the Melissa and Keith Meister Gallery within the Museum’s Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals, spans five decades.

It begins with oversized gold chains from the 1970’s and ’80’s, including the Adidas necklace from Jam Master Jay of Run D.M.C that was made in honor of the 1986 hit “My Adidas.” From the ’90s, standouts include a diamond-encrusted “QB” pendant made by Caicedo for the rapper Nas, and a diamond studded Roc-A-Fella medallion made in honor of Jay-Z’s record label.

From this century, there are key pieces worn by Nicki Minaj, Drake and others. Have a look. Self-proclaimed Barbie girl Nicki Minaj, who grew up in Queens, has been called “Barbz” by fans for years — long before she teamed up with Ice Spice for the hit song “Barbie World” on the soundtrack to last summer’s blockbuster “Barbie” movie.

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