High Linehan, "Bling-bling Bertie," The Irish Times, August 2, 2003
I want to respond to these popular misconceptions.
Yes, a number of hip-hop hits do celebrate being rich and having an abundance of the things money can buy, but it's important to see these songs in their wider context.
Hip-hoppers didn't invent the glorification of materialism.
Many of today's popular TV shows, from ''Entertainment Tonight'' and ''Access Hollywood'' to practically anything on the E Channel, suggest we've become a bling-bling society. TV specials showcase the opulence of our favorite entertainers Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, Will Smith, etc. Newscasts report the price of diamonds and other jewelry worn by stars at popular award shows.
Davey D, "Fixation on bling-bling isn't limited to hip-hop," San Jose Mercury News, August 8, 2003
The Williamses say they want to live in a gated community for the same reasons as most people: They want a nice place to raise a family, they want peace and quiet, and they don't want to be bothered.
But there's another reason. Like B.G.'s hit song says, it's about "Bling! Bling!" Li'l Wayne calls it "braggin' rights." A teenager whose gold teeth say "CASH MONEY," Wayne says he lives with Baby in English Turn just so he can say he does.
Anne Rochell Konigsmark, "Rappers' latest project," The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, November 28, 1999
Folks say take that chain off boy ya blindin me
All day my phone ringin bling bling bling
Can see my earring from a mile bling bling
B.G., "Bling bling," Universal Records, April 20, 1999