Nelly featuring Paul Wall, Ali and Gipp
Grillz
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Original Explanation of Slang, Cultural References and Jeweler's Terminology

Rob the jewelry store and tell 'em make me a grill.
Got the da whole top diamond and the bottom row's gold.

Rob the jewelry store and force them to make me some jewelry for my teeth
My teeth are covered with diamonds
on the top and gold on the bottom

(Jermaine Dupri)
Yo! We 'bout to start a epidemic wit' dis one
Ya'll know what dis is...so so def
  (Jermaine Dupri)
Pay attention! We are about to start a dental jewelry epidemic with this song
You know what this is. It's so great.
(Nelly)
Got 30 down at the bottom, 30 mo' at the top
All invisible set in little ice cube blocks
If I could call it a drink, call it a "Smile on da Rocks"
If I could call out a price, let's say I call out a lot
I got like platinum and white gold, traditional gold
I'm changin' grillz er'day, like Jay change clothes,
I might be grilled out nicely (oh) In my white tee (oh),
Or on South Beach (oh) in my wife b.
VVS studded, you can tell when they cut it
Ya see my grandmama hate it, but my lil' mama love it
'Cuz when I...
(Nelly)
I've got 30 diamonds covering my bottom teeth and 30 more at the top
They have invisible settings and look like little ice cube blocks
If I could name my mouth the way we name alcoholic drinks, I'd call this jewelry a "Smile on the Rocks"
If I could call out a price, I would tell you that it cost a lot
I have platinum and white gold, traditional gold
I change my dental jewelry every day the way rapper Jay-Z changes clothes
I might be wearing some beautiful dental jewelry while in my white t-shirt,
Or I could be on South Beach wearing my wife beater (sleeveless t-shirt)
The diamonds on my teeth are excellent quality, as you can see
You understand, my grandmother hates me to wear them, but my girlfriend loves it
because when I...
(Woman)
Open up ya mouth, ya grill gleaming (say what?)
Eyes stay low from da cheifin'

(Nelly)
I got a grill I call "penny candy", you know what that means,
It look like Now n' Laters, gum drops, jelly beans
I wouldn't leave it for nothin'--only a crazy man would
So if you catch me in ya city, somewhere out in ya hood just say,
(Woman)
Open up your mouth, the jewelry on your teeth is gleaming
And I keep my eyes low because I smoked a lot of marijuana and your dental jewelry is so bright it hurts to look at it

(Nelly)
I have got some dental jewelry I call "penny candy", because it has many different colored gems
It also looks like the candies Now n' Laters, gum drops and jelly beans, all of which come in many colors
I wouldn't leave it for anything--only a crazy man would
So if you see me in your city, somewhere out in your neighborhood, just say,
CHORUS
"Smile fo' me, daddy
(What you lookin' at?)
Come on, let me see ya grill
(Let cha see my what?)
Ya, ya grill ya, ya, ya grill"
(Rob da jewelry store and tell em make me a grill)
She said, "Smile fo me daddy
(What you lookin at?)
I want to see your grill
(You wanna see my what?)
Ya, ya grill ya, ya, ya grill"
(Had a whole top diamonds and da bottom rose gold)
CHORUS
"Smile for me, boyfriend
(What are you looking at?)
Please, let me see your dental jewelry
(Let you see my what?)
Your dental jewelry."
(
Rob the jewelry store and force them to make me some jewelry for my teeth )
She said, "Smile for me, boyfriend
(What are you looking at?)
Let me see your dental jewelry
(Let you see my what?)
Your dental jewelry."
(The top was all diamonds and the bottom was pink gold made from and alloy of gold mixed with copper)
(Paul Wall)
What it do, baby
It's da ice man Paul Wall
I got my mouth lookin' somethin' like a disco ball
I got da diamonds and da ice all hand set
I might cause a cold front if I take a deep breath
My teeth gleamin' like I'm chewin' on aluminum foil
Smilin', showin' off my diamonds sippin' on some poten' oil

(Paul Wall)
What are you doing, dear?
I'm Houston rapper Paul Wall and I am as famous for designing diamond dental jewelry for celebrities as I am for making music
My own personal dental jewelry has so many diamonds that it reflects light like a disco ball covered with tiny mirrors
I have all the diamonds set by hand
And there are so many diamonds that look like ice they could lower the temperature if I took a deep breath
My teeth are gleaming as if I were chewing on aluminum foil
I'm smiling, showing off my diamonds and sipping on a famous illegal Houston cocktail made with prescription cough syrup
I put my money where my mouth is and bought a grill
20 carats, 30 stacks, let em know I'm so fo' real
My motivation is from 30 pointers VVS
The furniture my mouth piece simply symbolize success
I got da wrist wear and neck wear dats captivatin'
But it's my smile dats got these on-lookers spectatin'
My mouth piece simply certified a total package
Open up my mouth and you see mo' carats than a salad
My teeth are mind blowin' givin' everybody chills
Call me George Foreman 'cuz I'm sellin' everybody grillz


CHORUS
I don't just boast about diamonds--I actually bought some dental jewelry for myself
Mine contains 20 carats of diamonds and cost me $30,000, so everyone can see for themselves that I am genuinely wealthy
I feel motivated by the high quality diamonds of approximately 1/3 carat each
The jewelry in my mouth simply symbolizes success
I also have very expensive watches and necklaces that draw attention
But it's my smile that really makes people stare at me
My mouth jewelry simply certifies that I am a real success
When I open up my mouth and you see more carats than a salad has carrots
My teeth are amazing and cause strong emotions in everyone who sees them
You could call me George Foreman, because like him, I sell a lot of grills


CHORUS
(Gipp)
Gipp got dem yellows, got dem purples, got dem reds
Lights gon' hit and make you woozy in ya head
You can catch me in my Too Short drop
Mouth got colors like a Froot Loop box

(Gipp)
I have got yellow, purple and red stones in my dental jewelry
The lights reflecting from my mouth are going to hit you and make you dizzy
You can see me in my convertible car with the top down
The jewels in my mouth are brightly colored like a box of Kellogg's Froot Loops cereal for children
(Ali)
Dis what it do in da lou
Ice grill Country Grammar
Where da hustlas move bricks
And da gangsta's bang hammas
Where I got em you can spot them
On da top an' da bottom
Gotta Bill in my mouth like I'm Hillary Rodham
(Ali)
This is what we do in St. Louis
We wear diamond dental jewelry and speak in Southern slang
Where the hustlers sell drugs
And the gangsters shoot guns
Where I have the diamonds in my mouth, they are easy to see
On the top and the bottom
You can see how expensive they were
(Gipp)
I ain't dissin' nobody but let's bring it to da light
Gipp was da first wit my mouth bright white
Yeah deez hos can't focus cuz they eyesight blurry
Tippin' on some 4's you can see my mouth jewelry

(Gipp)
I don't mean to show disrespect to others, but I want this fact to be known
I was the first to wear this fashion of diamond dental jewelry
Yes, these cheap women can hardly see because my sparkling mouth makes their vision blurry
I'm driving a car with fancy wheels and you can see my mouth jewelry
(Ali)
I got fo' different sets--it's a fabolous thang
One white, One yellow, like Fabolous' chain
And da otha set is same got my name in da mold

(Got the whole top diamonds and da bottom row's gold)

CHORUS

(Ali)
I have got four different sets of dental jewelry, which is fabulous
One set is white gold and one is yellow gold, like the two big chains often worn together by Brooklyn rapper Fabolous
And the other set is the same, but it has my name on it

(The top row is all diamonds and the bottom row is gold)

CHORUS
(Woman)
Boy, how you get your grill that way and
How much did you pay
Every time I see you
Tha first thing I'm gon' say, "Hey.....

CHORUS

(Woman)
Boy, how you get your teeth that way and
How much did you pay for your dental jewelry?
Every time I see you
The first thing I'm going to say is, "Hey.....

CHORUS
 

grill the mouth, smile or dental jewelry. This term comes from the resemblance to the grille on the front of a car.

on the rocks with ice (alcoholic drinks).

Change Clothes Reference to 2003 Jay Z hit song of the same name.

VVS 1 or 2 is a very high quality diamond -- one with very few flaws (Very, Very Slightly Included).

penny candy an old fashioned candy that used to cost a penny.

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poten' oil strong (potent) Houston drink made from prescription cough syrup (and therefore thick like oil) also called drank or sizzurp.

30 pointers diamonds are weighed in carats (.2 grams) One carat can be divided into 100 points, so a 30 pointer would be roughly 1/3 carat.

George Foreman former Heavyweight Champion boxer. Foreman has also had a remarkably successful career selling cooking grills that bear his name.

Too Short drop reference to West Coast rapper Too Short's 1995 song about his convertible car, Top Down.

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Country Grammar a Southern style of speaking, but also a reference to Nelly's successful 2000 album and single of the same name.

Gotta Bill in my mouth like I'm Hillary Rodham double meaning of bill. He means to say that his grill cost a lot of money (bill being a banknote) but also makes an obscene joke that Hilary Rodham Clinton gives oral sex to her husband, former President Bill Clinton. Clinton was, of course, famous for getting those favors from Monica Lewinsky during his presidency.

Tippin' on some 4's reference to Mike Jones' 2005 song Still Tippin'.

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