Monday, September 24, 2012

A$VP- Swagged Out

It is truly an amazing quality when a dude knows how to dress. Whether it comes naturally and looks excellently effortless, or it takes conscious thought behind closed doors... a guy who can dress is a guy who can dress, and that's an extremely attractive quality.

Admittedly, it took me a little bit later in the buzz to grasp the A$VP movement. ASAP Rocky's swag is the reason I finally decided to give his music a thorough listen and was able to appreciate it. However first and foremost, I'm always more interested in finding out what he's wearing or what high end designer he's currently bonding with. 

You can imagine my surprise when in a recent interview with GQ ASAP Rocky said, "If a chick wants to know who made my shoes she's got to take them off and look inside." I so badly want to believe that, but part of me thinks it's too good to be true. Clearly, designers who know what's really good want Rocky and his crew members swagged out in their product. 

I can't deny that I love what's going on here. I'm looking forward to seeing what these dudes do next because I wouldn't be opposed to them with their own twists on the market. Plus, jealous is an understatement when I see ASAP Rocky getting a fist full of RiRi's ass on stage in front of millions. What a dream, no?

This isn't the last time I'll be talking about A$VP Rocky and his movement, trust. Don't sleep.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Right Now - Bridge

Who isn't constantly in search for a new song that they can vibe to? As some of you know, I tend to surround myself with people who are heavily into music. Music is my life, my therapy. It's the only consistent element that can give me chills and that I can feel to the core of my body. The only thing I'll never get tired of.

If you've heard The Time is Right by Azad Right, you've heard of Bridge. He's featured singing on a few songs, and as previously mentioned, a close friend of mine. This is someone who lives, breathes, eats, sleeps, everything music. He can rap, sing, and he writes all of his own material. I've been a fan since we were in our early teens, and I've had the luxury of observing him become better and better over the years.

Bridge is an LA native and works closely with DJ SKEE. He just released his first single, which comes with a very well-done video, where even the coloring of the video captures the vibe of the song- "Right Now". This song is hot, in the most mellow way possible. A guy who can sing like this, is hot. I mean... I'm just saying. If you disagree, then that really sounds like a personal issue that I most likely wouldn't be your friend over.

Without further ado, check out the latest greatest. Let us know if you're ready for more.


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Sunday, September 9, 2012

40oz Van.

There's nothing like having a special respect for a brand. It's even better when you hold respect for the masterminds behind it. Since befriending a crew of New York natives, I've been introduced to a new world. For those of you back home in Venice Beach, you remember the Rogue Status movement at the beginning. Now, Yo is doing his thing heavy and it still humbles me to see a DTA sticker thrown up in the East Village, or someone so far away from home rocking a gun show shirt. In a similar aspect, 40oz Van has started a movement in his home town of New York City.

As 40oz Van puts it, he "goes left, when everybody's going right". Instead of jumping into the t-shirt game, he decided to dominate the snapback field and so far, he's killing it. His hats are sold exclusively online via a link that is up for 12 hours. If you miss that slot, you miss that hat. This is what makes walking around with one of these hats that much more dope.

Behind every hat is an inspiration. For example, the latest red Balmain-inspired hat was released this past month in respect and remembrance for 9-11-01. This is different than a mainstream brand producing a product. This is coming from an individual who lived through this, someone who remembers that day so vividly and from such a personal perspective.

I've fallen head over heels in love with Manhattan after this summer, so whenever I spot a 40oz Van hat, I get a familiar humbled feeling. I have my eye out- these are the dudes that I want to see succeed, because their innovative and ambitious characteristics deserve recognition.

My ultimate favorite hat has to be the one of a kind Givenchy-inspired hat that 40oz Van can be seen wearing in his twitter avatar, or if you spot him somewhere in the city. When they branch into women's, please believe you'll be hearing about it right here and that I'll be snagging whatever they come out with. I dig this movement.

One Love to my Uptown Babis. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Adios, Summer 2012.

If there's anything that's been confirmed by this summer, it's that Manhattan is the best place in the entire world. I was able to experience life here through a new set of eyes, a new set of vibes, and a new set of venues. Of course, the places we went to and the fun we had was unforgettable. But what really makes a night magical is when the people you surround yourself with coast with one another effortlessly. Every Friday, I would feel butterflies in my stomach in anticipation for the weekend. Every world that meshed, worked. I will love the crew of summer 2012 forever. It started off with a routine of going to the meatpacking district, pre-gaming at RDV, and without fail winding up at Avenue. I can honestly say that Avenue has never let me down. Four o'clock brunches the next day at Russian tea room's we couldn't really afford, or a rooftop pool party. Starbucks was never a question, and Amy leaving was also never a question. She moved in every Friday until Sunday night or Monday morning, and then moved in for the month of August. I've never had such an amazing time living with someone.

Summer fling? Something was definitely in the air- but nobody's in love. The kid opened a new set of doors to my world and allowed me to see the city in a radical manner. The routine was then switched up every weekend with two common factors- starting at Catch and ending at 1Oak. Every time I walked into Catch, the perfect song was playing and almost set a vibe for the entire night. Worked every time. One of the places we witnessed things I can't even begin to fathom publishing at, was The Box. What an amazingly insane experience. I would recommend everyone to go there at least once in their life. They say that a summer love is never supposed to carry into the fall. The kid and I had a mutual agreement that Labor Day was D-day. I wish him nothing but the best and thank him for contributing to making my weekends that much better.

After 1Oak, it was likely that we wound up on a rooftop larger than the actual apartment it belonged to, or my place. Walking into Starbucks at 8am when people think you're just waking up isn't the greatest look. 

I had my best friend visit me before he went to Israel and was able to share my weekend world with him. Having someone I've known for almost the last decade was extremely humbling and I couldn't have had it be any better than it was.

I walked away from this summer with confidence about my future and answers from my past. I feel like I've made life long friends, and started a whole new foundation out here. There's nothing better than feeling like you can get to the top with the people you're surrounded by. I ended summer with a bang, really ready to transition into fall. 

Thank you to the key players in this summer... You know who you are.
I can honestly say that you guys are the reason I can walk away saying without a doubt that this was the best summer of my entire life.