Daily Archives: November 13, 2012

BREAKING NEWS: Up & Coming Harlem Rapper Dominic Lord Signs Major Record Deal With Geffen

The bidding war is over! Congrats goes out to up & coming Harlem rapper Dominic Lord. He just signed a major record deal with Geffen Records via Gee Robinson. This makes Dominic the first artist to sign to Geffen since Gee Robinson has been appointed Chairman of the prominent label back in 2011. Gee Robinson also serves as co-CEO of Hip Hop Since 1978, the management firm that handles Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Drake and more.

Back in August, I labeled Dominic “the next rising star to come out of Harlem”. Before he dropped his mixtape, Fashion Show, Dominic sat in meetings with Geffen, Warner Bros, Def Jam and more. Obviously, Geffen offered him the best deal. Dominic was an early member of the A$AP movement with Rocky, Ferg, Bari, Nast and others.

Dominic is being represented my music manager Steven Victor (Pusha T’s manager) and  entertainment lawyer Theo Sedlmayr (50 Cent, Chief Keef). He has also been in the studio with Stargate, Hudson Mohawke and Benny Blanco. He is currently on the California coast working with producer Young Chop.

This 18-year-old kid is very talented! He has a bright future ahead of him. Dominic, welcome to the music industry, give it all you have and take your talents pass the stars.

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Alicia Keys Covers Complex’s December 2012/January 2013 Issue & Opens Up About Her Personal Life

Rapper A$AP Rocky is not the only artist who is covering Complex magazine’s December 2012/January 2013 issue. Singer Alicia Keys also graces this issue. On the cover, A. Keys shows a lot of skin in a fluffy white dress. In the process of recording her new album, Girl On Fire which arrives November 27, A. Keys met with Complex’s senior editor Rob Kenner in London to do an in-depth interview for her cover story. She opens up and talks about a lot of personal things. This issue goes on sale December 4, but some highlights are below:

On competing with herself and not wanting to be compared to the other music greats: 

“I’m competitive with myself in the sense that I want to get better,” she says now. “It’s not that I’m obsessively dissecting myself, but there’s a critique that happens. I am very driven. I’m not comparing myself to other people. I don’t wanna be like her or him. I want to be my best.”

On her song “Brand New Me”.

“Don’t be mad that I’m different,” Alicia explains about the song. “Don’t be mad that I’m changed. Don’t be mad that I’m grown. You can’t affect me the way you once did. You can’t be mad. Like, how could you be mad?”

Inspirations behind her new album:

“Before making this record, in some ways I felt like a lion locked in a cage,” she wrote. “I felt like a girl misunderstood that no one really knew. I felt like it was time to stop making excuses for any part of my life that I wanted to change. Once I made that choice I became a girl on fire, the lion broke free!”

On starting so young and being in the industry most of her life:

“Because I started so young, so much of my life has been like catching up to myself—or trying to run underneath myself so I’m not falling. I finally stepped back and was able to look at it all and say ‘Wow.’ No complaints. I’m glad to be where I am and have this life. But it could be different. I don’t want to have the type of life where I’m not living or I’m always working or always fitting into whatever perfect box. I don’t want that type of hectic life. I don’t want people in my life that encourage that in any way. I’m not my old self anymore.”

On changing herself for the better:

“Becoming my new self, some people didn’t understand me anymore. Some people who I knew for years—we couldn’t be on the same page anymore. That’s OK because that’s part of growing, too. The hardest thing is to trust yourself, to know that what you’re feeling is valid. A lot of times we dismiss our feelings. I realized that I can trust myself and say, ‘No, I’m not comfortable with that.’ That was the toughest part. When I finally had the bravery to do that, that’s when I started to feel on fire.”

Read this interview in its entirety over at Complex.

Source Complex | Photography by Gavin Bond

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Reebok Re-Releases Emmitt Smith’s ES22 Sneaker For The First Time Ever In OG Colorways

For the FIRST TIME EVER, Reebok Classics is bringing back a true Classic in every sense of the word – the ES22. Worn by Hall of Fame Running Back, Emmitt Smith, the ES22 has been kept in the Reebok Classics Vault for the past 15 years. This long-awaited first re-release will exclusively hit Foot Locker on Wednesday, November 21st for a suggested retail price of $140. The shoe that helped earn Emmitt Smith a Rookie of the Year award, 4 Rushing Titles,  3 Super Bowl wins, 8 Pro Bowl wins, and a Super Bowl MVP award, will debut in its original colorways Club Blue/White and Black/White. Celeb fans of the Reebok Classic ES22 include Tyga, Rick Ross, Swizz Beatz, Maurice Jones-Drew, Roddy White, Jamaal Charles, DeMarcus Ware and more. This is a limited drop, so when they’re gone, they’re gone…

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Solange Knowles Attends The ‘GWOTYA’ In A Printed Dress From Derek Lam’s Spring 2013 Collection

Last night Monday (November 12), singer and model Solange Knowles got all glammed-up for the Glamour Women Of The Year Awards which took place at Carnegie Hall in New York City. For the event, Solo styled in a printed dress from Derek Lam’s Spring 2013 Collection paired with black & gold sandals. Mary J Blige, Pharrell Williams, and Tyra Banks were also in attendance.

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New Music: T.I. “Trap Back Jumpin”

It’s time to get the “Trap Back Jumpin” so T.I. drops his new single. Just in case you have forgotten, T.I. still has the streets and is the King. DJ Toomp handled the production. This track serves as the latest single off T.I.’s upcoming album, Trouble Man which arrives December 18th. The single is now available on iTunes. Listen below:

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GQ’s (Men Of The Year Issue): Rihanna’s SEXY Photo Spread & Highlights

Yesterday Monday (November 12), I posted Rihanna’s nude GQ “Men Of The Year Issue” and today, Riri’s official photo spread and highlights from her cover story were released. Just like Adina Howard’s 1997 popular song, “Tee-Shirt & Panties”, that is exactly what Riri had on in her Sebastin Kim shoot. Inside, Riri talks about the way she is perceived, her sexual image, what turns her on, the kind of music she makes and much more. Below are some highlights:

On how people look at her and see wealth and a product and how she looks at herself and see art:

“Sometimes a person looks at me and sees dollars. They see numbers and they see a product, ” she says. “I look at me and see art. If I didn’t like what I was doing, then I would say I was committing slavery. “

On the way she is perceived by others and her “sex symbol” image:

“I was a lot more naive about the way I moved and the way I was being perceived. The more you hear people talk about ‘Oh, you’re a sex symbol,’ it just makes you think, ‘Why are you saying that?’ And I figured it out.”

On what turns her on:

“I like to feel like a woman,” she says. “I have to be in control in every other aspect of my life, so I feel like in a relationship, like I wanted to be able to take a step back and have somebody else take the lead.”

On if she like to switch things up:

“I could absolutely be dominant,” she answers. “But, in general, I’d rather… How do I say this in like a…non-X-rated version?” Right. Lastly, any boundaries I should know about? “Love makes you go places you probably wouldn’t ever go, had it not been for love. But I think everybody still has their limits.”

On the type of music she wants to make:

“I want to make music that’s hopeful, uplifting. Nothing corny or supersentimental,” she told me. “I just want it to have the feeling that brings you out of whatever you’re going through. I want it to spark that fire. I want it to be real, authentic, and raw.”

Source: GQ | Photographer SEBASTIAN KIM

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New Music: J. Cole Releases “Miss America”

14 months ago, Roc Nation recording artist J. Cole dropped his gold-selling debut album, Cold World: The Sideline Story which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and sold over 217,000 copies in its first week. His sophomore album Born Sinner arrives on January 28th, but to celebrate the two-year anniversary of his Friday Nights Lights mixtape, Jermaine releases Born Sinner’s, first single “Miss America”. On this track, the lyrical genius goes in. Purchase on iTunes. Listen below:

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Model & Fashion Mogul Tyra Banks Covers ARISE Magazine’s November 2012 Issue

38-year-old international supermodel and fashion mogul Tyga Banks covers the November 2012 issue of ARISE magazine. As a teen, Banks walked the runway around the world for upscale brands including Chanel, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, and Fendi. She was also one of the original Victoria Secret’s angels. Banks has also took a stab at hosting a day time talk show and now she serves as the creator and producer of world-renowned TV series America’s Next Top Model, which has been syndicated to other countries around the world, outside of the states. She has been labeled as “the first lady of fashion and its business.” In her cover story, the fashion mogul talks about what people don’t know about her, happiest moments, guilty pleasure, earliest fashion memory and life philosophy. Below are some highlights:

What are most people surprised about you?
That I don’t have the personality I have on America’s Next Top Model [AMTM]. I don’t say ‘Your pictures are not fierce, you’re not smizing and hello nice to meet you’. It’s a character that I created, but it’s not really me. I’m more like I am on my talk show, that’s not me trying to be a thing. On Top Model it’s a character… it just so happens the character’s named Tyra Banks, but she’s not me.

Happiest moments?
Driving my car on the weekends… far. Washing my make-up off at the end of the day… it just feels damn good, it’s really me when I look at the mirror. I’m like ‘That’s who she is, they don’t know her’. [And] making young girls feel good, having a young girl coming up to me and me complimenting her on something physically and see her face light up, that just makes me happy.

Guilty pleasure?
Popping pimples!

Earliest fashion memory?
Me sitting on the edge of the bath tub while my mother beats her face [i.e. puts on a tonne of make-up]. That’s where I learnt to be a drag queen – from my mother. She likes a lot of make-up and I like a lot.

Life philosophy?
Have tunnel vision but do not forget your personal life. I’m all about teaching people to go for your goals, work extra hard, tunnel vision, tunnel vision. Now I say have tunnel vision but don’t forget your personal life. Now I talk to them about not forgetting your friends; yes you have to sacrifice but don’t forget your family, don’t forget if you want to have children. I waited too late for all of that. So I feel it’s important to have the balance, and I’m learning that now.

Read the interview in its entirely over at ARISE.

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New Music: Gunplay “Drop”

Rick Ross’ “from day one, homie” and MMG rapper Gunplay does not have any intentions of staying. Just like your neighborhood hustla, Gunplay is coming to drop the sack off and then he is leaving. The track serves as the first single off the Miami native’s debut album, Medellin. With that MMG signature sound, I believe Gunplay has a hit in the making. I’m should the street dudes are going to bump this song in their cars and trucks. Listen below:

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Styling: June Ambrose Wears A Gucci Dress & $995 Christian Louboutin Lady Super-Platform Mary Jane Pump

Over this past weekend, celebrity stylist, author and reality star June Ambrose attended the screening of Hotel Noir in New York City. For the occasion, June styled in a Gucci black & white silk dress which is available on eBay for $1,499. She paired her dress with $995 Christian Louboutin Lady Super-Platform Mary Jane Pumps and accessorized her outfit with a black clutch and bracelet. Ladies, do you like her outfit?

Pics via June Ambrose’s TwittereBay & Neiman Marcus

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