Hello, welcome, let’s take a break from business information and international doom and speak about a rap video and really, very costly PlayStation Moveable handheld.
Producer, rapper and anime fanatic Pharrell Williams was, a really very long time in the past, barely notable for proudly owning a 14-karat gold Blackberry (I informed you it was a really very long time in the past). In 2008, to maintain the theme going, he purchased a PSP and “commissioned a 14K gold PSP casing to exchange the inventory plastic”.
This shinier, a lot heavier PSP (coming in at 660g vs a inventory PSP’s 280g) wasn’t designed to simply carry round in his pockets; to enhance the extravagance of the hand-held itself—which wasn’t jewelry, he was nonetheless utilizing it to play video games on—Pharrell additionally had a customized Goyard case made up.
Why am I telling you this now, in 2023? Partly as a result of I solely simply came upon about it, and thought the concept of Pharrell Williams proudly owning a golden PlayStation Moveable is about essentially the most “Final Days Of Rome” act of pre-GFC extravagance I can consider sharing on this web site in a function that’s all about online game historical past.
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I’m also telling you this in 2023 because that very same PSP just turned up in a new Drake video, after the Canadian rapper spent a few million bucks buying some of Pharrell’s old stuff—mostly jewellery—at auction. The PSP is visible just a few seconds in, gets waved at the screen around 0:50 and gets very close to the camera at 1:29:
If you’d like to see more pics of the PSP, right here’s the public sale itemizing (on Pharrell’s personal public sale web site), which reveals that it bought final 12 months for $19,375