Who popularized it: Paul Wall
When we were influenced: 2004

The South was the main player in the mainstream success of diamond-studded grills. Ask anyone who had the biggest hand in that and they'd say "Paul Wall, baby. What it do?" While he had the Internet goin' nuts, he was also lacin' his Houston brethren with grills, spurring the bandwagoning of other rappers and hip-hop fans who could afford 'em.