Daily Archives: February 7, 2013

Looking Very Hip-Hop: Female Rapper Eve In $640 Isabel Marant Wila Suede Wedge Sneakers & A Fitted Cap


Female rapper and actress Eve was spotted at SiriusXM Studios in NYC. She was there to promote her upcoming LP, Liplock which drops this Spring 2013. She kept it Hip-Hop in a grey sweater and blue denim jeans paired with $640 Isabel Marant Wila Suede Wedge Sneakers (The sneakers below are the same sneakers that Eve wore. The Velcro strap and tongue just have a different color). This taupe and sand suede version sneaker is highlighted with black all-over and features Velcro straps, padded tongue and collar, leather insole, and textured rubber sole. Eve completed her outfit with Gumball 3000 Pitstop Cap.




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Expanding His Empire: Swizz Beatz Joins Monster As Investor, Board Member


Swizz Beatz may be small but his empire keeps getting bigger. Music, cars, fashion and sneakers; this Bronx native does it all. It was just announced that the entertainment mogul has joined the creative and marketing team at Monster Cable Inc. He has become an investor in the company and is now a board member of the headphones, cables and audio gear brand business. Other celebrity partners and endorsers include Sheila E, Nick Cannon, Xzibit and Ray Leonard.

Monster’s Chief Executive, Noel Lee said, “Swizz will advise us on our creative direction, product design and our marketing. We’ll be looking to him to tell us what’s next. He’s the real deal. He doesn’t get involved in something unless he believes in it.”

Monster’s Vice President, Kevin Lee added, “He is part of the Monster brain trust, helping us innovate on how we connect to the consumer.”

 “I analyzed and studied the company for a couple of years,” said Swizz Beatz. “It felt like this is the right time to be in business together. I have a seat on the board. I am a co-owner. This is a graduation for Monster, and it’s a graduation for me. For Monster, it shows they are investing in the culture. They are not doing things just to get by. In the next few months, the world will see who the monsters are in this world.”

Credit: Billboard 

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Solanges Knowles, Kelis, Nene Leakes, LisaRaye McCoy, Jessica White & Estelle Attend Essence Black Women In Music Event


Solange in a $652 Ostwald Helgason Striped Silk Blend Top paired with $675 Nicholas Kirkwood Leather & Patent Leather Pumps.

Some of the most powerful and talented women in the entertainment industry joined forces last night Wednesday (February 6), for the 4th Annual Black Women In Music Event which was held at Greystone Manor in West Hollywood. Solanges Knowles, Kelis, Nene Leakes, LisaRaye McCoy, Jessica White and Estelle were all in attendance. The ladies were glammed-up when they walked the purple carpet. Honoree Solange, also performed. Verdine White from Earth, Wind & Fire accompanied Solange onstage during her performance. Tamia, Jill Scott, Denise Vasi, Keke Palmer, Amber Riley, Jurnee Smollett and more also attended this star-studded event. Peep the pics below:


Kelis in a black & white embroidered dress which she wore under a long python coat and black thigh-high boots. She accessorized her outfit with a gold clutch.


Nene Leakes kept it classy in a black dress paired with $1,695 Giuseppe Zanotti Sandals.


LisaRaye McCoy looked cute in her signature all white paired with powder blue embellished snakeskin sandals.


Jessica White in a black & white jumpsuit accessorized with a black clutch.


Estelle styled in a suit made my Eugene Lim and white shirt paired with $715 Sergio Rossi Cachet Sandal.

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New York’s Back! A$AP Rocky & French Montana Cover XXL’s March/April 2013 Issue


Finally, Hip-Hop is moving back to New York! It is my opinion to say that for over the last decade, New York’s Hip-Hop hasn’t been getting the recognition that it deserves. Vanessa, decided to put Harlem’s own A$AP Rocky and Bronx bomber French Montana on XXL’s March/April 2013 issue. The twosome shares a cover together and they also have solo covers. Below are some excerpts:


Rocky’s debut album, LONG.LIVE.A$AP, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in late January. On the day of the release, he sat down with XXL’s editor-in-chief, Vanessa Sattenfor a lengthy discussion, which touched on a variety of topics, including the death of his father, who passed away on Christmas Eve 2012. Rocky recounts how hurt he was to lose his father so suddenly, right on the eve of his album release and his subsequent rise. Rocky also talks about his parents’ love for hip-hop and their biggest influences, which helped him grow into the artist that he is today. Before he was an artist, though, he was Rakim Mayers, a fashion-conscious, drug dealing kid from Harlem who rose to fame as part of the A$AP Mob and is now one of New York’s biggest hopes for a hip-hop comeback.


In the other cover story, French Montana, whose debut disc, Excuse My French, drops on April 16, XXL racked up a dozen pieces of interesting tidbits about himself, ranging from his hopes for the album and his relationship with 50 Cent to reflecting on the day he was shot in the head. The March/April issue of XXL hits stands nationwide on February 19.

Credit: XXL

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Keyshia Ka’oir In Diamonds & Christian Louboutins

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Last month, business mogul and cosmetics brand owner Keyshia Ka’oir partied it up at Lux lounge in Washington D.C. for her birthday. Her outfit of choice was a fitted printed dress paired with $1,995 Christian Louboutin Guerilla Peep-Toe Ankle Boots. She accessorized her outfit with a diamond chain, earrings and bangles. Of course, she sported her signature Mohawk and red lipstick. Last month, Ka’ior alongside female rappers Trina and Teyana Taylor joined forces for Keyshia’s ‘Ka’oir’ cosmetic ‘The American Dream’ new ad campaign. The ad campaign debuts this month. What is your verdict on her outfit?

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Photo Credits: Keyhisa Ka’oir  |MyTheresa.Com

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Watch My Kicks: T.I. Wearing Air Jordan Retro 11


Yesterday, Hip-Hop mogul, actor and author T.I. was spotted dining at Madeo in Beverly Hills with his wife Tiny and model/media personality Toccara Jones. Tip’s sneakers of choice were Air Jordan Retro 11 which he paired with blue denim jeans and a sweatshirt. Tip is currently covering the latest issue of The Source Magazine. He is also shopping a $75 million dollar distribution deal for his record company, Hustle Gang/Grand Hustle. Sony Records offered him $50 million; read the original story here.




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Loren Ridinger Styles In A Balmain Jacket, Calypso St. Barth Tamarind Sequin Pants & Christian Louboutin Platforms


Last week, Motives by Loren Ridinger cosmetics brand owner Loren Ridinger attended the Market America World Conference 2013 in Miami at the American Airlines Arena. Before taking the main stage for her presentation, Loren posed backstage with her daughter Amber and she sure was bling’d out in gold. Loren looked glamorous in a Balmain jacket and $395 Calypso St. Barth Tamarind Sequin Pants paired with Christian Louboutin platforms. She accessorized her outfit with Hermes and Cartier jewelry. Amber styled in a peach Zara jacket, white Topshop blouse and Balmain pants paired with Casadei shoes. I respect Loren a lot! She does a great job branding herself. She is also a great business mogul and role model for people.


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Another Plaque: A$AP Rocky’s Single ‘F***in Problems’ Goes Platinum


A$AP Rocky is having a great year so far! The RCA Records rapper debut album, Long.Live.A$AP debuted at the #1 on the Billboard 200 and now his single “F***in Problems” Featuring Drake, Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz reached the one-million mark in digital sales. The album’s lead single is now platinum! The song is currently #10 on Billboard Hot 100 and is projected to rise a couple of spots by the end of this week. This Spring 2013, the Harlem native will embark on a world tour with Rihanna. Congrats Rocky, welcome to the music industry and take your talents pass the stars.

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