Ever since Junebug died of a gold chain overdose in I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, gold has gotten a bad rap.
Especially in rap. For years and years, all we heard on the radio was “icy chain” this and “platinum watch” that. Platinum got so big for a minute you’d think gold didn’t exist. Those were dark times.
But no more: in light of Trinidad James’ recently released “All Gold Everything (Remix)”, it’s clear that gold is back, and I don’t mean just in hip-hop. Here are six indicators from across the cultural spectrum that gold is here to stay:
1. Trinidad James “All Gold Everything (Remix)”
The original was obviously phenomenal, but TJ brought out the big guns for the remix: T.I., Young Jeezy, and the artist formerly known as "Tity Boi" all show up to blaze this joint. With so many rappers getting in on the action, it's obvious Trinidad isn't alone in his passion for flashin'. Don't believe me? Just watch.
2. There's No Escaping Betty White
At 91, Betty White seems to be everywhere: in Snickers commercials, on SNL, and now as the host of her own TV show. When I'm 91, on the other hand, I don't plan on ever getting out of bed. Her ubiquity goes to show that everyone (still) loves a Golden Girl.
3. A$AP Rocky “Goldie”
Rocky's unique because he makes the additional case that purple is back too. But let's face it, he's here because he reps that gold pretty hard: gold teeth, gold watch, gold Margielas ... the list goes on. And this song is just great.
4. Michael Phelps, Greatest (Swimmer) of All Time
The G.O.A.T.! Phelps won his 18th gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, making him the goldest Olympic athlete ever. Through his feats, the Baltimore native makes the most convincing pro-gold argument so far: "If you ain't got it, you ain't me."
5. Lemon and Leslie Host the Golden Globes
If you missed this year's Golden Globe Awards, you missed arguably the best duo to ever host the ceremony: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Though it's hard to appreciate an award that even Burlesque was nominated for, these two made a strong case that two golds are better than one.
6. 2 Chainz (In General)
Speaking of two being better than one, one chain just isn't enough for some people. This guy has two, and he seems incapable of not reminding us every five seconds. Most significantly, however, is the material of which his "chainz" are made: gold, baby. Not platinum, not silver. Gold.
And with that, gold wins again. "2 CHAIINNNZZ!"