Bling Bust: Rappers Cutting Back On Jewelry

06/26/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

After years of starring in rap-music lyrics and videos, "bling" is losing its ring.

The recession is cramping the style of hip-hop artists and wannabes -- many of whom are finding it difficult to afford the diamond-encrusted pendants and heavy gold chains they have long used to project an aura of outsized wealth.

Read the full story at the Wall Street Journal, or view our slideshow below.

Bling Bust: Rappers Are Cutting Back On Jewelry During Recession