B&A Props & Set stylist JJ Chan styled some of the most iconic bling in Hip-Hop history for the New York Times, in celebration of the genre’s 50th anniversary. The team embarked on a thrilling journey spanning NYC, LA, Cleveland, and Houston, delving into the world of hip-hop, celebrity collections, and iconic jewelry to complete the assignment. The final images appeared alongside the New York Times article, “A Brief History of Bling.”
While the project's tight timeline and the complex coordination with artists and their personal collections presented logistical challenges, it also added an element of excitement to their adventure. Throughout the project, JJ styled pieces of history, such as Biggie's medallion and Tupac’s ring, and engaged with individuals who had shepherded these unique collections through the years. They even visited the offices of the legendary Johnny Deng, most well known for his custom grills and large, flashy pieces.