Mouth shining, Eddie’s gold caps all up in the dental

from Nas – A Queens Story Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Eddie Plein, the godfather of grills, is credited with kick-starting the trend for gold teeth in Hip Hop. He made the fronts that Nas wears in the video for “Thief’s Theme”.

Eddie opened his first store in Queens back in the 80s, making custom fronts for trend-setters like Just Ice and Flavor Flav. In the 90s he moved to Atlanta and brought removable grills to the South.

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