Daily Archives: May 17, 2012

Dope Or Nope? $1,075 Hermes Quantum High-Top Sneakers

Upscale fashion brand Hermes released its Quantum High Top sneakers which are priced at $1,075. This sneaker features a white goat-skin and white calf-skin leather upper, silver piping, a strap with an “Albion” steel buckle, and a white rubber sole. Are you feeling these sneakers?

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New Label Home: Swizz Beatz Signs Joint Venture With Imagem Music

Music producer, fashion designer and creative director Swizz Beatz and his Monster Music Group recently signed a joint venture with Imagem Music USA. Swizzy is very creative as a business man and now the Bronx-bred producer is focusing on music once again. I love how Swizzy is a renaissance man, he’s always looking for more to do, I’m the same way. I will never be too comfortable, there is always more to do. Today, it was announced that the United States division of Imagem Music has signed a joint venture with Swizz Beatz and his Monster Music. Swizzy’s protegé Tyrone Johnson and Naki ‘Snagz’ Levy are the first signings to Monster Music Publishing.

In a press released, Swizzy said, “I’m excited to be partnering with Richard [Stumpf] and the entire group over at Imagem Music. This partnership will enable me to further develop my group of talented producers and also introduce many new producers and writers to the world”.

Monster Music Group’s President, Monique Blake told CMU: “Monster Music Publishing is one of the first ventures to come from the Monster Music Group umbrella, and we’re looking forward to much success with Imagem as our partner”.

And Imagem US chief Richard Stumpf added: “In addition to being a fantastic artist, writer and producer himself, Swizz is a magnet for great talent. We are very excited to partner with such an important member of the creative community. Amanda [Schupf, Creative Manager at Imagem Music] goes back a long way with Swizz and his team, so it is great to see that trust and friendship blossom into a business relationship”.

Source: CMU

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Read Her Side Of The Story: LisaRaye Covers Jet Magazine & Speaks On Catfight With Stacey Dash

Successful Hollywood actress, business woman and former Premier of Turk & Caico’s LisaRaye McCoy is covering the latest issue of Jet Magazine. LisaRaye found time to take a break from filming season 2 of VH1‘s scripted show Single Ladies to chat with one of the oldest and most successful African-American publications. In the exclusive interview, LisaRaye talked about her cat fight with Stacey Dash and denied that she got her fired from the show. She also talked about her former friend, actor Duane Martin. Below are some excerpts:

On moving on without Stacey Dash who played her best friend on the show:

Believe me I wish things had worked out because I thought Stacey and I were great together.  She was my age and we were working it.  It was sex-symbol to sex-symbol.  But she didn’t want to be there.  I was disappointed about that.  She had some issues.  I’m not sure exactly what those issues were.  In the end, she and VH1 made a decision.

On the catfights that really went down on set

Yes, there was a disagreement over a scene.  And it really wasn’t with me.  It was with the director.  I think it was about 2 or 3AM and we’d been shooting all damn day.  Stacey tried to argue with the director about a line.  And I’m like: “Girl, if you don’t say what the director wants you to say.”  It wasn’t that serious at first, but it went there.

It’s a bunch of women on the set.  We might all be on our damn period at any given point.  I just wanted us to move forward.  Then the argument took on a life of its own.  The show decided to use it for publicity.  They just ran with it.

On which Hollywood friend she had to dump:

Duane Martin. I introduced him to my ex-husband [former Turks & Caicos Premier Michael Misick], he got buddy-buddy with him and then turned against me.   Just recently, this fool Duane up and sold a building he and I bought awhile ago in Los Angeles, without asking…I don’t care if we’re not friends, just don’t try to f**k me in the interim.

When I heard about him in the middle of Will & Jada’s divorce rumors, I tweeted: sounds familiar.  He really aint got enough business.

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Forties Is The New Twenties: Jay-Z Looking 22 In His Timbaland Boots & Blazer In London

42-year-old music mogul Jay-Z was looking 20 years younger at the U.K. premiere of  Men In Black 3 in London. Jigga was looking all dapper as he walked the blue carpet in a pair of construction Timbaland boots, black blazer, tee-shirt and jeans. The film stars Will Smith & co-stars Nicole Scherzinger and opens in the U.S. on May 25. Jigga is across the ponds for the European leg of his ‘Watch The Throne’ tour with Kanye West. Peep the pictures below:

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From The Hood To Hipsters: Waka Flocka Covers XXL June 2012 Issue

They say good things come to people who work hard and that’s exactly what happened in Waka Flocka case. The Atlanta rapper is covering the June 2012 issue of XXL Magazine. On the cover, Waka is sporting a wife-beater with an iced-out chain and watch. XXL‘s June 2012 issue hits newsstands nationwide on May 29 and there will be an Atlanta and NYC performance in conjunction with the release of the issue. Below are some excerpts via XXL:

“He’s only been around three years and already everyone from the gangstas to hipsters love Waka Flocka Flame. The riotous rapper and architect of hits like “O Let’s Do It,” “Hard in da Paint” and “No Hands,” graces the cover of XXL’s June issue with a special revealing interview by XXL Digital Content Director Carl Chery. In the story Waka speaks on his fast rise to celebrity status, rumored controversy with fellow Brick Squad leader Gucci Mane, what it was like to live with Nicki Minaj, running a label, bringing gangsta back to hip-hop, his new album Triple F Life: Friends, Fans & Family and the December 2011 murder of Waka’s good friend Slim Dunkin.”

Here are some quotes from Waka’s interview:

“I don’t feel like a celebrity, or this quote-unquote star everybody talk about. I guess Waka Flocka like a job, honestly. I’m at my job right now, so I gotta do it to my fullest.”

“I got a whole label, man. We fire. We the new Wu-Tang, Roc-A-Fella. We what these labels are trying to create right now. We the new Cash Money. Squad! Flockaveli was the return of gangsta. I brought gangsta back, man.”

“I’m a hipster in my own sense. My little brother’s a hipster a little. Like, he’s a real fuckin’ hipster. Like, a rock-star hipster, so I fuck with ’em. U grew up fuckin’ with ’em. So it don’t matter. I’m with that. I smoke harder than them no mater what. I’m a “Flockster.”

“Dunk died, I couldn’t do shit four months, almost five moths straight. I couldn’t stay down long forever, cause bills gotta be paid, mouths to be fed. But that shit took a toll on us, man. Like right now, from December to fuckin’ April…That’s how long it took me to bounce back my nigga. That shit crazy.”

Source: XXL

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Passion For Fashion: A$AP Rocky Wearing A $625 Alexander Wang Leather Sleeve Denim Jacket

Rapper A$AP Rocky recently jetted across the ponds for the grand opening of Alexander Wang’s new store in Beijing, China. Since it was an AW’s event, it was only right that he rocked some clothing from their collection. He sported a T by Alexander Wang Leather Sleeve Denim Jacket which is available at Barneys for $625. A$AP Rocky will be releasing his debut album, entitled Long.Live.A$AP in July.

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New Music: Travis Porter “Do The Dash”

One of my favorite new Hip-Hop groups, Travis Porter recently dropped a new track called “Do The Dash” which will appear on their debut LP, entitled  From Day 1. Don’t forget that “Aww Yeah”, “Bring It Back” and “Ayy Ladies” are in heavy rotation. Ali, Quez and Strap will be releasing From Day 1 on May 29 via RCA. The 14-track disc feature collaborations with Tyga, 2 Chainz, Mac Miller among others and boasts productions from Justice League, Lil Lody, Diplo, J Mike and M 16. Listen to “Do The Dash” below:

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Fashion Me Dope: Don C & Ibn Jasper Wearing A $785 Givenchy Birds Of Paradise Tee-Shirt

This past Tuesday (May 15), music producer Hit Boy who produced Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “N****s In Paris” celebrated his birthday at the JL Nights VS Pop-Up party series at Hyde nightclub in Los Angeles. Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music family Don C and Ibn Jasper partied it up with Hit Boy and they were styling on them lames in a $785 Givenchy Birds of Paradise cotton crewneck tee-shirt. These shirts were designed by Italian Designer Riccardo and is from the Spring 2012 collection. Don C rocked the mint green colorway while Ibn sported the black. The Givenchy Birds of Paradise Tee-Shirts are very popular. Rapper Theophilus London wore the mint green colorway at the TAA Awards & Celebration at The BOX in NYC during the Tribeca Film Festival. Waka Flocka was also seen wearing the mint green colorway.

Ibn Jasper wearing Just Don snakeskin cap and Alexander McQueen skull ring

Julien Edwards with Don C wearing R$VPA$AP cap.

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We Off That: Most Likely Jay-Z Will Not Be Reconciling With Beanie Sigel, Plus He Speaks On Touring & ‘Watch The Throne 2’

Philly’s washed up rapper Beanie Sigel was once signed to Jay-Z’s Roc-A-Fella Records in the late 90’s-early 2000’s. For unknown reasons Sigel was dropped from Roc-A-Fella and basically left for dead (without a record deal), which led to Sigel recording diss songs aimed at Jay-Z. However, my idol Jay-Z never replied because Sigel is not on his level. Rolling Stone recently caught up with Jay-Z and asked him if it’s possible that he will reconcile with Sigel during his “Made In America” Music Festival in Philly at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Fairmount Park on September 1 and 2. Jay-Z also spoke about the European leg of his ‘Watch The Throne’ tour with Kanye West and Watch The Throne 2. Below are some excerpts:

In 2005, you performed the second “I Declare War” concert in Philadelphia, ending your feud with Nas. Is there any chance of you doing the same thing in September and reconciling with Beanie? It’s the city of brotherly love, after all. 
Um, I dunno. You know, I haven’t spoken to Beanie, so I don’t know how that plays out. It’s kinda, you know. And I’m going on tour tomorrow, to Europe, so I don’t know how that works.

What new things are you bringing to the European tour, besides converters for the outlets?
I don’t know. I just thought about the flag. It’s a major part of the show. We just gonna have to drop the flag everywhere. Everyone has to know we’re from America – I hope no one boos us.

There are all of these rumors flying around for who you’re working with on Watch the Throne 2. The name Kanye West keeps coming up. How is it different working together in 2012 as opposed to the last go-round? 
I don’t know. We haven’t actually started working on Watch the Throne 2 yet; I had to put that to the side. I had a little interruption on January 7th.

That whole thing.
Yeah, that whole thing. And Kanye’s touring, working on G.O.O.D. Music – which I haven’t heard, but I heard it’s great.

Source: Rolling Stone

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Summer 2012 Style: $185 Maison Martin Margiela Silk Pocket Tee-Shirt

The summer is just around the corner and I am still buying clothes to add to my collection. Last week, I brought 10 different tee-shirts from H&M which costed $6.95 each. Sometimes I like to wear affordable clothing and sometimes I like to wear expensive clothing. I recently came across some expensive tee-shirts from upscale fashion brand Maison Martin Margiela. The silk pocket tee-shirts feature the same patterned fabric they’ve used on the SS12 pocket squares and Margiela’s signature white basting stitches at the top back. These tee-shirts are available in black or grey over at Por Vocaçao .

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