Daily Archives: October 28, 2011

Styling On Them Lames: Fabolous Rocking Air Jordan IV “Thunders” & Hermes Belt

This past Wednesday (October 26), Brooklyn’s rapper Fabolous was spotted making his way to Wale’s album listen session at the Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel in New York City. Fab was styling on them lames in a pair of Air Jordan IV “Thunder” sneakers with a gold-plated “H” Hermes belt. This sneaker was released back in 2006 and is part of the Thunder and Lightening Pack. This colorway features an all black suede upper with yellow accents, including the midsole, lacing holes and the material seen under the plastic grated mesh.

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New Music Fridays: D.O.P.E. “FOG” Ft. @DollahThaRapper & I.C.E.

The homie D.O.P.E recently released his new track “FOG” Ft. Dollah Tha Rapper & I.C.E. As of posting, I am not sure where this track will end-up at. Listen to the song below:

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Picture Me Dope: Lil Wayne Dress In His Skeleton Mask For Halloween

Some people in the USA are gearing up for the upcoming Halloween holiday. Yesterday Thursday (October 27), rapper Lil Wayne took to his official Twitter account @TuneChi and tweeted a picture of him in his Halloween mask. Weezy was dressed up in a green skeleton mask and a camouflage Creature trucker hat. Weezy also wrote “Happy holidays.”

Are you guys feeling Weezy’s Halloween mask and what are you rocking for the holiday?

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Star-Studded: Diddy Shoot Ciroc Ad With Jessica White, Eva Marcille, Dania Rameriz & More

Diddy sure does know how to sell a product. The entertainment mogul is taking his Ciroc beverage to another level. Diddy recently took over Las Vegas to shoot a new Ciroc ad featuring models Jessica White, Eva Marcille, Dania Rameriz, Lisa Seiffert, Jerica Lamens, Christine Teigen, and Jing Ma.  The photo ad was directed by Anthony Mandler. Peep the pictures below:

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She’s Taylored Gang: Former Video Vixen/Up & Coming Rapper Angel Lola Luv Inked Deal With Wiz Khalifa Taylor Gang Records

Former video vixen and up & coming rapper Angel Lola Luv aka LoLa Monroe recently inked a deal with Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Gang Records. In an interview with Atlanta’s radio station V-103, LoLa told DJ Greg Street, “We got it in with Taylor Gang. We Taylored now.

As far as LoLa signing with Khalifa, she said, “Wiz is like a positive free individual that’s about his business and that matches everything I’ve created on my side. When he reached out, he was like, ‘I feel as though our movements represent the same thing, so I want you to rep Taylor Gang.’ And I agreed, so it’s only right. Plus, out of all the situations that came to me, my business instincts and just the comfort level, I felt it was just the right move with him. He’s a stand-up dude and it just felt right.”

LoLa is currently in the studio working on her debut album and will drop a new single in November. “It’s gon’ be crazy,” said LoLa. She is also working on two new mixtapes including Crown Ain’t Safe, hosted by DJ Ill Will.

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Magazine Spread: Pusha T Featured In Sneeze

G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam rapper Pusha T is featured in the latest issue of Sneeze magazine. In the story, the V.A. native talked about his solo deal, Fear Of God: Let Us Pray II EP and 50 Cent & Jay-Z being his favorite rappers. Below are some excerpts:

How does it feel to have your first solo deal?

It’s dope, man. I was ready to make the next Clipse album after Till the Casket Drops and Malice wanted to do his book Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind & Naked. He was like, “I don’t want to do the Clipse album right now; don’t you want to do your solo album? Go ahead.” From that day forward, it was just like mixtape, freestyles, Fear of God, go to Hawaii, “Runaway.” Everything has been good since.

Fear of God Part II is highly anticipated. What can we expect from that, compared to the first?

This whole Fear of God thing is spiralling out of control, honestly. It’s supposed to be a mixtape then somebody comes along and they want to help me shoot videos and stuff so now it’s an EP. As far as the EP, look for street rap, to me this is the part of hip-hop that I love, the mixtapes and so-on.

Why the title Fear of God?

I needed something powerful. And it’s so funny because it sort of flipped meanings like, Fear of God is what I wanted to invoke on the competition, but I wrote the “Blow” freestyle, and I realized that Malice wasn’t going to be coming on the second verse, and I was like, “Damn this is really about to be all me?” And I saw the Fear of God. I was really taken aback and I was like, “Wait a minute, you just got to go forward.”

“Raid” the song you have with 50 and Pharrell is crazy. A lot of people feel like 50 is in vintage 50 form on that record…

PUSHA: I called Pharrell and said, “Yo, if you go back in with him and you make about seven more of those type of tracks you’re going to be responsible for something that’s monumental.” People don’t know that 50 Cent is like my favorite. Lyrically he’s not my favorite artist, but as a whole he’s my favorite artist. No one has done what he’s done in such a short time. What I always wanted 50 Cent to do was to get with all top-tier super-producers — Just Blaze, Kanye West, Pharrell, Chad Hugo, put out an album like that.

On Fear of God you also tackled Jay-Z’s “Can I Live.” Did you feel any added pressure to rap over that classic?

Not really, I come from a school where it’s got to be right lyrically. I’m such a fan of that record that I wasn’t going to cheat that record, it was not going to be cheated. It’s one of the best rap songs ever.

Did you talk to Jay about that at all?

 No, I don’t know Jay-Z, man. I see him in passing, definitely with Kanye and the Throne sessions. When I say Jay, I’m still looking at my favorite rapper of this time.

Source: Sneeze Magazine

Photographed by Matthew Salacuse

Interview by Joe La Puma

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Girl You Be Killin Em: La La Vazquez-Anthony Covers Today’s Black Woman Style Report Magazine

Media personality and actress La La Vazquez-Anthony is covering the December 2011 issue of Today’s Black Woman Style Report Magazine. In the cover story, the Brooklyn native talks about her success, acting career and married to NBA  player Carmelo Anthony. Below are some excerpts:

On her vision to success:

“You have to set a goal and really work towards it. A lot of people say, ‘I want to do this, I want to do that,’ but what are you doing to get to that goal? If you want to act, are you in acting classes? It takes that kind of commitment to get better at a craft, and people see the final result; but they don’t know the work it takes to do these kinds of things.”

On pursuing her career as an actress:

“I just wrapped Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, which is based on Steve Harvey’s book. I’m really excited about that one. It’s really funny but has a great message.  There’s an incredible cast; you have Taraji Henson, Gabrielle Union, Meagan Good, Michael Ealy, Kevin Hart…I mean the list goes on and on. To be a part of a cast like that is awesome.”

On her married to New York Knicks player Carmelo Anthony:

“You need to have your own thing going on, so you can live in your world as well as in the world of your relationship.”

La La’s Full Court Life season finale Airs Monday, October 31 at 9pm ET/PT.

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Ballinnnnnnn: Harlem’s Rapper A$AP Rocky Talks $3 Million Record Deal, Mainstream Acceptance & NY Hip-Hop

About two weeks ago, I reported that Harlem’s rapper A$AP Rocky signed to Polo Grounds/RCA Records. This past summer, the 23-year-old New York native became popular and made a name for himself with his singles “Purple Swag” and “Peso,” which got millions of views online and is already in heavy rotation on New York’s radio station Hot 97Pitchfork is reporting that Rocky’s deal with Polo Grounds/RCA is worth $3 million ($1.7 million for his solo output and $1.3 million to fund a group label called A$AP Worldwide). Below are some excerpts from Rocky’s interview with Pitchfork:

Pitchfork: A lot of rappers are moving away from big record deals and, as recently as last month, it seemed like you didn’t want to sign with a major, either. What changed your mind?

A$AP Rocky: About three million dollars. [Other rappers who don’t sign] are smart, but I feel like Sony/RCA is a family and the people there actually care about me. When I came to meet [Polo Grounds Music founder] Bryan Leach, I got to know him on a personal level– he would set up car service for me to go to other labels. He wanted to see me make it. He’s from Harlem.

I’m going to have creative control; there’s no bullshit. The situation is almost unrealistic. I mean, five months ago I had about $3,000 in my bank account. Now I’m worth $3 million. Nobody’s gotten a deal like that since 50 Cent.

Pitchfork: You have a place on blogs and in more underground circles, but you’re getting mainstream love and being played on Hot 97, too. Where do you see yourself fitting in?

A$AP: The only thing mainstream about me are my investors. That’s it. I can adapt to the radio because I’m a street motherfucker. I can adapt to the underground because I was independent for a while. Up in Harlem and the Bronx, they didn’t accept us up until now, until we got Jim Jones, Drake, and Lil Wayne cosigning the weirdo. Now people are like, “Oh, shit. He’s really making moves. How much money he got?” And it’s like, “Suck a dick.”

Pitchfork: It seems like there’s a lot of pressure on you to represent and rejuvenate New York hip-hop. How do you feel about other rap coming out of the city right now?

A$AP: [makes thumbs-down gesture] It sucks– it’s cliché shit. Diamonds, cars, aviator shades, Gucci, half-naked bitches, wack-ass beats. When Jay-Z was the only one rapping about that stuff, it was cool. Now it’s just so fucking old. Who gives a fuck?

Source: Carrie Battan/Pitchfork

Picture via Ysa Pérez

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