The greatest recession/financial apocalypse has hit our greatest heros: rappers. Bling is a thing of the past? Impossible! I don’t want to live in a world where I can’t buy a diamond encrusted panda watch that costs as much as small house in the burbs….or a one bedroom apartment here. The Wall Street Journal does an excellent job of reporting on cultural trend, reporting that some rappers, in an attempt to keep up appearances, have started requesting (Gasp-clutch the pearls…literally) cubic zirconia. Does that mean TI is going to be slinging his shit on QVC when he gets out of the slammer? Does this mean P Diddy is gonna have his own show with Susanne Sommers? Right after his Proactive ad? Pharrell launching a Cash4Gold style business on the channel? In all fairness, the WSJ alludes to this joke by mentioning that CZ, as it’s known to it’s intimates, is popular on QVC. Obviously rappers had to tone it down pronto because places like the Wall Street Journal are now using words like “ice” and “bling” and “grillz”. Also, Lil’ Wayne came up with bling in 2003? I really don’t think so. I feel like that’s older than 2003…but that’s when I disappeared into the worm hole that is law school so what do I know. Le sigh. I still miss “frosted”…I guess it never had a chance.