Thirty-three year old Lil Wayne is almost as famous for his love of jewelry as he is for his rap output. Few artists have sung, or whatever you call what Lil Wayne actually does, as much about precious baubles and bling as he has. This week's jewelry lyric comes from his song "What Does Life Mean To Me?" from his pre-breakout 2002 record, 500 Degreez. As a statement of purpose, it ain't much — against a deep soul beat and quickly listing Wayne's primary interests in worldly affairs — marijuana, cars, sex, and women with sizable posteriors. And, oh yes, jewelry.
Want more lyric art? Check out additional selections from Toby Keith, Dean Martin, Fleet Foxes and Jermaine Dupri in the gallery below.
From country superstar Toby Keith's 1995 holiday album, Christmas to Christmas, "Christmas Rock" is a jaunty little ditty that tells a mordant tale of a husband's effort to economize during a tight holiday season. His wife, unfortunately, has other ideas. Other sparkly, expensive ideas that you are undoubtedly familiar with.
And in her eye she got a big ol' tear
She wants a Christmas rock
But Santa's pockets ain't got no roll
Okay, it might not rank up there with love, sunsets, the sparkle of a beautiful woman's eyes, or rocking' out till the break of dawn, but jewelry is well-represented in popular song. We begin our art series (with downloadable desktop backgrounds) with a tune from an old favorite, Dean Martin. Known as "The King of Cool", Martin was both a member of "The Rat Pack" as well as one half of the country's top comedy duo, along with Jerry Lewis. While "Buono Sera" may not have been one of Martin's biggest hits, it was a favorite of many and includes a special sentiment that might have some meaning for a few jewelers of a certain age out there. Not feeling the Dino? No problem. Check out lyric art from the highly eclectic combination of Fleet Foxes and Jermaine Dupri in the gallery below.
Today, we're going to go back in time. All the way back in time to the beginning of last month, where we'll present your favorite Shine Blogs stories of August 2015.