Tyler the Creator’s latest album, Flower Boy, earned him the No. 2 spot on Billboard magazine’s Top 200 chart with 106,000 units (70,000 of album sales) in sales during the week ending August 5. Tyler apparently kept the Flower Boy theme rolling by collaborating on a themed chain with music industry vet-turned jeweler Ben Baller.
Ben Baller posted a couple pictures of the gaudy piece to his Instagram account, and several themes and songs from Flower Boy are recognizable. Fans of tracks such as “Where This Flower Blooms” and “Seeds” may catch the correlation between templates of bees, sunflowers, ladybugs, and roses within the diamond encrusted piece.
“In my entire career as a jeweler, Tyler has always been 1 of my all time favorites to make jewelry for,” Baller wrote in his IG caption. “T always pushes me to execute the craziest ideas into jewelry format. And he's always been about colors and precious gems.”
The Ben Baller client list mirrors a chart listing, with Kanye West, Drake, Nas, Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, Snoop Dogg, The Black Eyed Peas, and Mariah Carey among Baller’s previous clientele.
Baller says he crafted the chain while Jimmy If of Los Angeles-based IF & Co. was responsible for the wax cut.
Tyler the Creator and Ben Baller previously collaborated on a pair of chains for Tyler’s Cherry Bomb album in 2015.
“One thing I truly admire about Tyler The Creator is that, he studies things until he overstands them, whether it be vintage German cars, old rare vinyl records or even precious gemstones,” Baller said of his 2015 pieces for Tyler. “You would never think a guy like him would like jewelry because he's not a flashy guy; I love making jewelry with him and for him because it’s always dope AF and interesting.”
Tyler the Creator’s Flower Boy album (with its Eric White artwork that inspired Tyler’s chain) is in stores and available on streaming platforms now. You can view Ben Baller’s multiple pictures of the chain in question above.