Daily Archives: April 17, 2012

Young, Successful & Wealthy: Chicago Bulls Player Derrick Rose Covers GQ, Talks Being Compared To MJ & Hating Celebrity Status

I always say, “Life is what you make it” and NBA player Derrick Rose sure did make the best out of it. He’s young, educated, successful and very wealthy (he’s an inspiration to me). Growing up in the streets on the South Side of Chicago, in the Englewood neighborhood, one of the most notoriously dangerous communities in the country did not stop Rose from pursuing his dreams of being a NBA player. Last season, at 22, he became the youngest ever NBA MVP; he has played in three All-Star games in his first four seasons and has a contract with Adidas reportedly worth more than $200 million. Some basketball fans already know that Chicago has a proud, historic basketball tradition, from Isiah Thomas to Dwyane Wade to George Mikan. But none of those guys ever played for the Bulls. At just 23, Derrick Rose already has an MVP award, a $95 million contract, and a direct line to the White House. Rose lives on the eighty-fourth floor of the Trump building in Chicago. He is covering the latest issue of GQ magazine. In the cover story, he talks about people being there for him, making the right choices, his family and friends being very supportive, being compared to MJ, hating celebrity status and much more. Below are some excerpts:

On people being there for him: “The people who are there for me have always been there for me.”

On being the best kid in his neighborhood and not wanting the attention: “I was the best kid in my neighborhood at a young age,” he says. “My whole life. I was always the one everyone was talking about. I’ve never really wanted the attention, but it has always been there.”

On the Jordan comparison: “I’ve run into him a couple of times, but we don’t have a relationship,” he says. “His titles drive me. I’m not scared of him; if anything, it makes me work harder when I do train.”

On his inner circle and they telling him the truth: “There’s seven of us,” he says of himself and his oldest friends, plus his brothers and his mom. That’s it. “Longest I’ve known one of my friends is third grade. Most recent, seven years. They tell me the truth. They’re not yes-men.”

On being treated like a star, hating celebrity status and that life just not him: “Chicago isn’t used to stardom. Back when Michael was here, everyone was used to actors and singers and people being at the games. But there’s been a drought since then, and even celebrities, they’ll stop here to film a movie and then pop right back out. They don’t know how to act toward celebrity. So I always have someone with me. I can have a hat on, glasses on, whatever. People still notice me. If I go outside without a hat on, I feel like I’m naked.” Rose can have the entire world, as long as he doesn’t leave his home. “This life doesn’t fit my personality.

On making smart decisions and his family & friends are in his corner for the right reasons: “I won’t ever put myself in a bad position so that people can say bad things about me,” he says. “I make smart decisions, and my friends and my family, they are all there for the right reason. I’m very mature for 23 years old, and I know that whatever I do can hurt someone.”

Read the entire interview over at GQ.

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His Brand Stands For Everything! Diddy Tops Forbes 2012 Hip-Hop List, His Net Worth Is $550 Million

In my opinion, Diddy epitomize what a Black man from the inner cities stand for. Education, Strength, Tenacity, Success & Wealth; Diddy represents all of that. This year, the entertainment mogul tops Forbes 2012 Hip-Hop List. The publication estimates this Harlem native net worth at $550 million. Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Birdman and 50 Cent made the top five list as well. Below is an excerpt from Forbes:

Back in 2007, Jay-Z, Diddy and 50 Cent released “I Get Money (The Forbes 1-2-3 Billionaire Remix).” The song was a celebration of the artists’ inclusion atop the first-ever Forbes Hip-Hop Cash Kings list, now an annual package on the genre’s top-earning artists. It seems fitting that those same three artists find themselves in an even more exclusive group—the Forbes Five, a short list of hip-hop’s wealthiest moguls. Indeed, the original trio boasts a combined net worth well over a billion dollars, rendering their lyrical prognostications accurate.  They’re joined by Dr. Dre, flush with cash from his Beats headphone line, and Cash Money Records cofounder Bryan “Birdman” Williams.”

Complete list below:

1. Sean “Diddy” Combs – $550 Million

2. Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter – $460 Million

3. Andre “Dr. Dre” Young – $270 Million

4. Bryan “Birdman” Williams – $125 Million

5. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson -$100 Million

Read the entire story over at Forbes.

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Official Artwork: Meek Mill’s ‘Dreamchaser 2’ Cover

After numerous setbacks and delays, Philly’s own/MMG rapper Meek Mill will release his Dreamchaser 2 mixtape on May 7th. The disc is the second installment to his ‘Dreamchaser’ series. The official artwork was recently released and on the cover, Meek blows off some steam, maybe it is because he’s too hot. In my opinion, Meek is the hottest rapper in the streets. Don’t forget to listen to the first single “Flexin On Em”. Are you feeling the cover?

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Wearing Neon & Leopard In Manhattan: La La Vazquez In $795 Christian Louboutin Pumps And $780 Alexander Wang Bag

Over this past weekend, media personality, reality star and business mogul La La Vazquez-Anthony was photo’d arriving to Madison Square Garden in Manhattan to watch her husband Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks play against the Miami  Heat. La La ran into VOGUE editor Anna Wintour while entering. As always, La La was styling on them hoes. She wore a black zip jacket, neon top, and drawstring Pants. She accessorized her outfit with a pair of $795 Christian Louboutin Unbout Illusion pumps in neon yellow, dark shades, and a $780 Alexander Wang Jane Shoulder Bag. La La was styling on them hoes. Are you feeling her outfit?

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Waka Flocka Drops The World On Top Of His Head: Peep His Spin Magazine Cover

I love seeing artists use their creativity to produce something that is cool and this cover is dope.  Waka Flocka drops the world on top of his head and spins upside down on May/June 2012 cover of Spin‘s “Loud” issue. Below is an except:

Do not adjust your screen, we are fully aware that Waka Flocka Flame is upside down on the cover of our brand new May/June issue. The 25-year-old Atlanta rapper is the couldn’t-be-more-perfect face of our first-ever Loud Issue, dedicated to all things enjoyably and compellingly disruptive. Not just because of his blaring dreadlocks or booming sonics or growled hooks, but — as writer Julianne Escobedo Shepherd discovers during a whirlwind international adventure — he’s a character at a moment when that quality seems at a premium. And while he’s on the cusp of megastardom, flying to Paris at a moment’s notice when Kanye beckons, he’s held in check by two personal tragedies, even if you couldn’t tell from his fun-loving, club-destroying image. ‘I’m 25, but I got an old man’s soul,” he says. “I just know how to camouflage it.‘”

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Spotted Across The Ponds: Nicki Minaj Arrives In London, Set To Launch New Fragrance

After a rough stressful weekend, which caused her to delete her Twitter account, Nicki Minaj recently arrived in the UK. Barbie was spotted arriving into London’s Heathrow Airport. She’s across the ponds to promote a new fragrance and has a few promo appearances which include a stop by the Graham Norton Show which airs Friday, an album signing and interview with BBC Radio One’s Tim Westwood. Minaj was wearing a pink fur coat and snow boats. Scaff  Breezy (SB) and Minaj’s entire glam squad was with her. Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded in stores and online now. Peep the pictures below:

Spotted: Necole Bitchie

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Passion For Fashion: Chris Brown Rocking An Adidas Run DMC Tank-Top & Pink Hat

Over this past weekend, singer Chris Brown traveled across the ponds for Supafest 2012, Australia’s largest urban music festival. On night one in Brisbane, he performed some of his hits including “Look At Me Now,” “Wall To Wall,” ” Yeah 3x” and his verse on Rihanna’s “Cake (Remix)”. Breezy will also perform 2 more Australian cities next weekend to wrap up Supafest. Breezy was styling on them lames in a purple Adidas Run DMC tank-top, pink hat, and jeans. His outfit is pretty simple but cool at the same time. I like the tank-top! Any thoughts on Breezy’s look?

In the picture above, Breezy showed his six-pack and abs while doing a dance move. His new album, entitled Fortune has a spring/summer 2012 release date.

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Spring/Summer 2012 Style: Billionaire Boys Club TYO Hoodies

If you’re an online shopper, fan of fashion brand BBC and know about online store ZOZOTOWN, then you’re In for a special treat. To celebrate the return of BBC to the online store, they released a new TYO hoodie. Starting tomorrow Wednesday (April 18), the hoodie will be available in grey, black and red. The cool and simple top has ‘TYO’ across the chest and the small “Tokyo” stitching on the hood to take precedent. In addition to the hoodies, tees with matching colors and graphics will be made available.

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Living The Life: Waka Flocka Travels To Germany In ‘Triple F Life’ Vlog

Rapper Waka Flocka sure is living the life. In his latest Vlog, this Queens born-Atlanta raised Hip-Hop artist travels to Germany. While in the European continent, Waka played golf, drove on the Auto Bahn, visited U.S.Troops at U.S. Army Weisbaden Base and Performed Live at Euro Palace Night Club. His new album, entitled Triple F Life is scheduled to hit stores and iTunes on June 12. I’ve heard great things about the disc. Waka is still in Europe on a promo tour and taking a few business meeting. Watch the Vlog below:

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Courtside In Dirty Jerz! Jay-Z & Beyonce Spotted At The Nets Game

Last night Monday (April 16), I attended the NJ Nets vs. Miami Heat game at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey (I was born and raised in Jersey and I get free tickets to most of the Nets game). Part owner of the Nets/music mogul Jay-Z, singer Beyoncé and their nephew Juelz (Solange’s son) were spotted sitting court side. Jay-Z kept it causal in a black denim jacket, tee-shirt, cargo shorts and Air Jordan sneakers. Beyoncé was all glammed-up in a multi-colored silk crepe Thakoon dress and Christian Louboutin Bourriche booties. The final score was 101-98, in favor of the Heat. Peep the pictures below:

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