Saturday, January 31, 2009

Ciara Ft. Young Jeezy - Never Ever

Officer Ricky Episode 1: Locked Up With Officer Ricky (50 Cent @ Thisis50.Com Disses Rick Ross's Mama x His Baby Mama ... Ouch!)

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50 Cent Is Soooooooooo Ready To End Rick Ross's Career.

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Really, with all of the holes in his story, why did Rick Ross have to go and provoke my nigga 50 Cent? I mean, with 50's career in decline, why would anybody volunteer their own career to his trademark rap "beef" meat marketing plan like this?

Helloooooo Ladies: Fendi Ombre Zucca Jacquard Chef Bag = Get Your Shine On.

"Add a little shimmer to your day by carrying this silver-with-a-pinkish-hue Ombre Zucca Jacquard Chef bag by Fendi. Iridescent zucca jacquard leather with ombre effect paired with a pouchy shape make this bag what it is, along with accents like gold hardware, rolled leather handles, and an oversized metal pull etched with the Fendi logo. It also has a fabric-lined interior with a zip pocket and a nameplate. It's a great way to carry a pretty much neutral bag without feeling dull or dreary. $1,810"

Information Courtesy Of: Luxist.Com

Available Online Here: Eluxury.Com

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Who would have guessed that a mother of pearl logo emblazoned bag could actually work as an almost everyday (or, rather, everynight) bag? Well, that's exactly what Fendi has created with the Ombre Zucca Jacquard Chef Bag. Featuring supple rolled leather fringe handles, characteristic polished gold logo embossed hardware throughout and a not-so-typical, but welcome, oversized Fendi circular pull tab, this handbag successfully straddles the thin line between crass and class. Oh yeah, the Fendi Ombre Zucca Jacquard Chef Bag is a decent size too, so, on your "Sex In The City" chocolate martini sippin' nights out, Y.O.U. can fit everything except the kitchen sink in there ma ... lol. Good shit.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

A Little Gordon Ramsey For Y.O.U. Pt. 3

NEW MUSIC: 50 Cent - Try Me (Rick Ross Diss)(Dirty)(NO DJ)

Rick Ross Dissing 50 Cent (Snippet)

Streaming Audio/Download Link: 50 cent - try me (rick ross diss)(dirty)(no dj)(miss info exclusive)

NEW MUSIC: Rick Ross Ft. John Legend - Magnificent (Dirty)(NO DJ)

Streaming Audio/Download Link: Rick Ross ft. John Legend - Magnificent (Dirty)(NO DJ)

As is standard here @ Livestyle, when either I or, in this case, the topic of my post, reference something that is trivia worthy and integral in allowing Y.O.U. to achieve full appreciation of said entry, I have made it my sworn duty to put Y.O.U. on. Yes, of course, Y.O.U. are all very welcome ... lol.

Anyway, in case Y.O.U. didn't know, everybody's favorite C.O. turned kilo slingin' kingpin, Rick Ross, pays Hip Hop homage @ the start of each verse in this song to Flatbush Brooklyn's very own and Erasmus Hall High School alumnist, Special Ed, and his 1989 classic "I'm The Magnificent". Rick Ross obviously knows his Golden Age New York City Hip Hop and so should Y.O.U. my nig. Good shit.

Preview Clip: Lil Wayne Interview For Katie Couric's "All Access" Grammy Awards Special @ CBS.Com

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Ameer - Never Be Shits

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Being a member of any powerful and increasingly influential collective of artists does have more benefits than drawbacks my friend. Case in point: Since diving into this Crash Crew project, I have had the pleasure of working alongside some talent that I might not have never really crossed creative paths with had it not been for The Heatmakerz doing the right thing and assembling this all-star team. Ameer is 1 such talent.

The owner and proprietor of "Fly Nigga Hardcore" Airlines just dropped this gem called "Never Be Shits". Y.O.U. get it, right? The homie does this for the "have nots" except he had to add an expletive to the song's title in order to give it just the right amount of "hardcore" ... lol.  Understand what needs to be understood.

NEW MUSIC: Young Jeezy Ft. Jay-Z - My President Is Black (D.C. Mix)(Remix Of The Remix)(Bill O'Reilly Diss)

Streaming Audio/Download Link: Young Jeezy ft. Jay-Z - My President Is Black (D.C. Mix)(Remix Of The Remix)(Bill O'Reilly Diss)

The Clipse "Play Cloths Tour" Interview In Canada @ Vice Magazine.

UPDATE: Ralph Lauren x The Richemont Group Introduce Watch Series #2 - The "Sporting Collection".

"First for the new Ralph Lauren watch brand I discussed the Stirrup Collection. Featured here is the second line, the Sporting Collection. I commented on how the Stirrup Collection looked like a design melding between Cartier and Hermès; well the same is true here. True to its name, the Sporting Collection is more sporty then the Stirrup or Classic Slim collection. Six large screws keep the bezel look strong, yet can pass for being functional if necessary. It's strong looks aren't aggressive looking though, which is nice as this watch says "I clean horses for fun."

I am on the fence about the application of the Ralph Lauren logo, and whether I admire it or not. It is certainly retro, reminding you of a time when branding was less of an issue that it is today. The models come in three flavors. A subsidiary seconds model, a chronograph, and a world timer with power reserve. Metals are either steel or gold. Again, Richemont gives Ralph Lauren access to the parts bin, and the Sporting Collection features IWC mechanical movements such as the RL98295 for the world timer. My pick is the black-faced chronograph on the metal bracelet, that is a sure hit."

Information Courtesy Of: Luxist.Com

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: As we've previously discussed, although I am typically against non-traditional watchmakers attempting to breach the very real and, in my esteemed opinion, necessary divide that exists between clothiers and horologists, the Ralph Lauren and The Richemont Group collaboration has piqued my interest.

Following the impressive 1st entry in the Ralph Lauren Polo watch collection, the "Stirrup Collection", comes the aptly named "Sporting Collection". While this watch is certainly respectable, it looks a little too plain for my tastes. Nooooooooooo, I am not looking for gaudy diamonds and all kinds of color combinations, however, something as simple as ridges and more intricate detailing on the crown would have been nice. Hey, Ralph Lauren or not, shit like that matters my nig.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A Little Gordon Ramsey For Y.O.U. Pt. 2

Jadakiss - Letter To B.I.G. (Official Video)(Directed By Va$htie)

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Shout out to my family cousin Rob and Va$htie - the director of this video.

Jadakiss x Va$htie

My Hungry Cousin/Manager/Friends In High Places Having Extraordinaire: Young Rob

The Reigning Queen Of The "Downtown" Scene/Director Extraordinaire: Va$htie

LiveStyle Exclusive: Shaquille O'Neal Ft. Notorious B.I.G. - Can't Stop The Reign (Biggie's Verses Only)

Shaquille O'Neal Ft. Notorious B.I.G. - Can't Stop The Reign (Biggie's Verses Only)

"[Verse 1]
What? Uhh, what?
Uhh, uhh, what? Uhh
9-6 Catalogue
What, what, uhh

I speak deep with killers about million dollar figures
Blessing niggas in Ac Legends and Vigors
Cream lizards, cream Coogi's, I do my duty
As long as they fly as me and high as me
Success in my circle, try to break it, I hurt you
Ain't no gettin out that, I doubt that
We want the exotic, erotic ladies
Not them toxic ladies that burn a lot
I learned a lot, from junkies to ruffians
From being tied up by Columbians, cause 80 grams was missin'
Listen, had to change my position
From wanting to be large to head nigga in charge
My garage, call it Celo -- 4's, 5's, and 6's
Honies by the mixes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it
Smoke out with Leo, Biggie Tarantino
Size like a sumo, Frank White numero uno

[Verse 2]
A lime to a lemon, my D.C. women
bringing in 10 G minimums (NOTE: The line was originally, "bringing in COKE and HEROIN", but I guess that was, undersatndably, a little too filthy for Shaq's bosses @ the NBA) to condos with elevators in 'em
Vehicles with televisions in 'em
Watch they entourage turn yours to just mirages
Disappearing acts, strictly 9's and Macs
Killers be serial, Copperfield material
My dreams is vivid, work hard to live it
Any place I visit, I got land there
How can players stand there and say I sound like them, hello
Push wigs back and push 6 Coupes that's yellow
Bust clips that expand from hand to elbow
Spray up your Day's Inn, any 'tele you in
Crack braggin' sick of braggin' how my mink be draggin'
Desert E's street sweepers inside the Beamer wagon
I rely on Bed-Stuy to shut it down if I die
Put that on my diamond bezel, you're messin with the devil

Streaming Audio/Download Link: Shaquille O'Neal Ft. Notorious B.I.G. - Can't Stop The Reign (Biggie's Verses Only)

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: As I have contended for years in private and, most recently in public in recognition of the biopic "Notorious", Biggie's verses on Shaquille O'Neal's record "Can't Stop The Reign", in all of their drug dealer detailed glory, are some of his best bars ever! Is that saying alot about this selection? Yes it is. However, Biggie said alot in this song.

Anyway, while I have posted the complete version of this song with Shaq's admirable yet fast forward ready attempt @ rhyming alongside the late, great Francis M-to-the-Iz-H already, Mr. 401K somehow managed to procure this exclusive Biggie solo version and he was kind enough (and smart enough ... lol) to send it to me this morning yall. Real niggas hold me down and, by extension of Livestyle, now, do the same for Y.O.U. as well. Spread L.O.V.E. - that is most definitely "the Brooklyn way". Holla @ ya boy in BK!

Pharrell Williams = The King Of Croc.

Information Courtesy Of: BBCicecream.Com/Blog

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Whilst I have not been a fan of cartoon characters adorning any articles of clothing since my cousins Rob, Javon and I were heavy into our J.C. de Castelbajac and Iceberg collections, I do fuxs with these BAPE Spongebob Croc Leather kicks. I mean, if Y.O.U. can't find it within your discontented heart to appreciate these 1-of-1 sneakers, then, Y.O.U. must, @ the very least, respect the custom made purple crocodile Hermès Birkin Bag that reportedly ran the homie Pharrell 80 large and that, now, is just a mere prop in this new photo. Yeah, it's like that my nig. As long as Skateboard P stays the fuck out of the pink furry Mukluks, he will continue to stand heads and shoulders above that other guy - Kanye West ... lol.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

If You've Got $990, Tom Ford Definitely Has Some Serious Jeans For Y.O.U. AKA The Official Fuck The Recession Denim.

"Tom Ford Launches $990 Jeans
1/26/09 at 11:40 AM

Well you didn't expect denim by the man who makes $9,000 fur boots to cost less, did you? Tom Ford's new jeans, which retail for $990, are hitting stores now. They're made from raw-looking pre-washed Japanese selvage denim and won't shrink or shed indigo on any of your favorite undershirts. It's the least they could do for nearly $1k, after all. Better still, the front button is 18-karat gold plated, and the pockets are lined with fine silk. Of course, they also come with an intrinsic invaluable wealth of pocket/button-related pickup lines."

Information Courtesy Of: NYmag.Com

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Now, will I be 1st in line to purchase a pair of these $990 gold buttoned and silk pocketed Tom Ford jeans? No. Am I interested in these decadent denims? Yes. I mean, when we are talking about the man who, as creative-director, single-handedly rescued the (as hard as it is to believe) once on the verge of oblivion legendary Gucci label, anything is possible. Soooooooooo, who's got the Tom Ford showroom hookup? What's good?

NEW MUSIC: Jay-Z - When The Money Goes (Dirty)(NO DJ)(CDQ)

Streaming Audio/Download Link: Jay-Z - When The Money Goes (Dirty)(NO DJ)(CDQ)

"Wearing Carhartt And Leather, Motherfuck The Weather On Valentine's Day, Doing Stick-Ups Together"

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Yes, this is the original "Ride-Or-Die" bitch anthem right here boys and girls. Newark New Jersey's own Apache knew what time it was waaaaaaaaaay back in 1992 my nigga.

There truly is nothing like a lady that knows how to tote that trae-80 and stay on her toes, all the while deftly managing to abstain from scuffing her pretty little Christian Louboutin shoes on the curb. Y.O.U. heard the man, "I had a church girl, quiet girl, one girl was rich, the most memorable girl was a gangsta bitch". True indeed.

The Nike Air Flight Lite High "White Men Can't Jump" Pack = Not Your Average Retros Hoe!

"Nike Flight Lite High White Men Cant Jump Pack

Product Description

White/Metallic Silver-PR Purple-Electrlm

This is one of the most unique pairs to drop so far in 2009. This is a pair of extremely limited Nike Flight Lite High part of the White Men Cant Jump Pack. This is a very unique pair that is limited to less than 72 pairs. This pair of shoes will not be made available any where else but This is a must have pair for all vintage addicts."

Information Courtesy Of: Osneaker.Com

Available Online Here: Osneaker.Com x Offline @ The Nike House Of Hoops.

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS:  Lest I be misunderstood, I believe it prudent of me to clarify my position with regard to neon colors and their unfortunate association with retrosexuals.  It is no surprise to any person whom reads Livestyle regularly that I find automated trendoids to be repulsive, however, when a trend overlaps with the realistic reproduction of a classic vintage item, it can cause a tear in the Space/Time continuum of style that allows for some other shit to happen.  Case in point:  The Nike Air Flight Lite High "White Men Can't Jump" Pack.

This über limited edition of kicks looks like they were ripped right off of Wesley Snipes's non-taxes-paying feet ... lol.  True, the day-glo yellow, orange and purple accents have been souped up for these new models, but these rare Airs are still good money.  The trick here is to not go into emergency-must-match-every-article-of-clothing overload and, instead (if Y.O.U. can, indeed, get a pair of these), let your kicks do all of the talking.  As always, trust me, I'll show Y.O.U. how to do this son.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Young Jeezy x Jay-Z Discuss "My President Is Black" @ MTV.Com

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CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS:  Aside from all of the Right Wing hoopla surrounding this song, what I find most interesting and, actually, flat out funny is how the homie Jay-Z pulled a Marcy Projects Brooklyn bogard move and politely escorted Nas and his not so strong verse off of this Young Jeezy song.  I mean, it's like Nas was never even on the record to begin with ... lol.  Woooooooooooooooow!  Y.O.U. gotta L.O.V.E. it.

Adidas Originals "Nuesslein" Model AKA Fun With Felt.

"Joining the trend of bringing back old styles, adidas Originals released this Nuesslein. Inspired by an old adidas tennis court shoe, these Nuessleins are covered in felt, complimenting the unusual silouette of the shoe. Besides creating a rather unique upper, adidas pays attention to detail by accenting the shoe with a gum toe, gold trimming and plaid-patterned collar and insoles. These are now available at size?"

Information Courtesy Of: Freshnessmag.Com

Available Online Here: Size.Co.UK

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Whether Y.O.U. pronounce it "Ah-Dee-Das" like my British mates or "Adidas" like a real American, Y.O.U. cannot go wrong with a pair of Adidas Originals. I have long given up the need to horde multiple pairs of Nike Air Force 1's come Summer and, instead, prefer the classic O.G. style and comfort of a few good pairs of Stan Smith's. Now, while not my favorite Stan Smith shoe, the Adidas Originals Nuesslein model is definitely cut from the same tennis court.

As previously discussed here @ Livestyle, simplicity rules and should be the order of the day for every corner cosmopolitan individual - no need to make a spectacle of yourself, just get dressed. With regard to these Nuesslein kicks, I mean, 1st of all the felt material is just fuckin' classy and the white and red midsole accented by an articulated crepe colored toe guard is basically the bees knees for the gentlemanly man about town ... lol. Additionally, I have a sneaking suspicion that, like so many great kicks recently, these might be next to impossible to find in the States. So, yeah, you've basically got a few good reasons to snatch these bad boys up. Get Y.O.U. some!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Brunch Bunch Pt. 19

Reverend T.D. Jakes Approved.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

NEW MUSIC: Rick Ross - Mafia Music (Dirty)(NO DJ)(Taking Shots @ 50 Cent)

Streaming Audio/Download Link: rick ross - mafia music (dirty)(no dj)

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: As is the cyclical nature of life, what goes around comes around. Today, Rick Ross decided to lick some shots in 50 Cent's direction and, while I can't say that he doesn't deserve it, it is funny to start seeing other artists go @ him with his tried and, until recently, true rap "beef" meat marketing plan ... lol. Fuck the dumb shit though, the real story here is how Rick Ross bodies this track for 4 minutes and change my nigga. Mandalay Jay will L.O.V.E. this record. Good shit.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Disturbing The Sheets Presents: Ludacris Ft. Plies - Nasty Girl 2008 (Starring: Temeca)

Disturbin tha Sheets presents Temeca from DTP TV on Vimeo.

Young Jeezy Directs Bill O'Reilly x Faux News To Fallback.

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CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS:  By now I am sure that Y.O.U. have heard all about the mini-uproar that Young Jeezy and Jay-Z's recent performance of "My President Is Black" has caused in conservative land.

Basically, for lack of anything meaningful to report on since the Republican'ts lost the election and, as a party, are in shambles, über prick and champion of all things prejudice, Bill O'Reilly, has been making much a do about nothing over on Faux News channel.  So, while I wouldn't dare give Bill-o The Clown (My Countdown With Keith Olbermann viewers know what time it is) any airtime on Livestyle, I did have to post the homie Jeezy's response to the haters.  Consider this a healthy dose of "Thug Motivation" my nigga.

Kanye West x Louis Vuitton Collabo Kicks: A 1st Look.

NOTE: Please pay close attention to the human raccoon cap that Kanye West is growing on his head. Oh yeah, the other guy in this picture is the man - Marc Jacobs.

Information Courtesy Of: Kanyeuniversity.Com/Blog

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Although I and the Livestyle Armed Forces are currently locked in an all out war with the inhabitants of Planet Trendoid, like our new president Barack Obama, I am a thoughtful and judicious man and, as such, capable of giving credit where it is due.

While I have no idea why Kanye West is trying to sabotage his whole entire life with the bullshit that he has been on lately, the bearded ego has, from the looks of things, created a pretty nice shoe with the good people @ Louis Vuitton. Sure, the back of these cosmopolitan kicks look like the ridiculous "shag" style pompadour haircut that Kanye has been parading around town lately, but, make no mistake - I fuxs with these sneakers hardbody. Good shit.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Max B @ Itsthereal.Com - Scrabble Anyone?

Biggavelli Don't Play from jeff on Vimeo.

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS:  It's too b-a-d that the homie Max B aint have the letters to spell out "betrayal" considering that his ex-wifey/stick-up kid stripper chick just turned State's Evidence on him.  No bueno.

UPDATE: Ralph Lauren x The Richemont Group Introduce Watch Series #1 - The "Stirrup Collection".

"As the luxury watch market feels the pressure from the economy on its shoulders, you wouldn't expect to see new brands popping up. Regardless, this partnership between Polo Ralph Lauren and the Richemont Group took seed before the economic hit really began and there was no stopping this seemingly immune connection of fashion and haute horology.

The new Equestrian line from Ralph Lauren is separated into three collections. The first of which is the aptly named "Stirrup Collection" due to the shape of the watch case. No, it isn't the tombstone collection. These are no mere fashion watches as can be seen from their unveiling at which occurred at the luxury watch show SIHH 2009. Richemont is the name behind many luxury brands, some of which the Ralph Lauren collection borrows from literally and thematically.

Inside the Ralph Lauren Stirrup collection watches are all Jaeger LeCoultre (Richemont owned) movements, such as the caliber RL750 in the power reserve version of the watch. The 18k rose gold case has a domed anti-reflective coated sapphire crystal, with a water-resistance of 30 meters. The watch designs look to me like a cross between Cartier (Richemont owned) and Hermes (not Richemont owned). Think of the Roman numbers (Cartier) and the shape of the case that looks like the Hermes lock-shaped watch. The stirrup collection is mounted on a wide crocodile band that is almost like a bund strap given how the lugs are attached. It's attractive and sober looking - just what the economy needs right now."

Information Courtesy Of: Luxist.Com

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Per our conversation last week, Ralph Lauren Polo may actually make me eat some of my words with regard to not purchasing timepieces from historically non-watchmaking companies. True to Ralph Lauren's classic Anglo-American aesthetic, the 1st series of watches unveiled @ SIHH 2009 is the "Stirrup Collection". Inspired by majestic polo matches and tournaments attended by trust funders worldwide, Ralph Lauren has supplied the unmistakable style for this watch, while The Richemont Group has provided the labor-intensive Swiss precision necessary to make this a viable contender in the high-end horology market.

Admittedly smitten with the design of this watch and the Jaeger-LeCoultre mechanisms that power it, because I have not seen any prices yet I will withhold a complete Livestyle co-sign. Like I said in the previous post concerning these watches, as much as I L.O.V.E. Ralph Lauren, if the retail on these bad boys is too pricy, I would rather spend my 5 stacks on a Breitling or, even, a good starter style steel Rollie instead. Real talk.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Charli Baltimore Interview @ Hiphopgossipsite.Com

Behind The Scenes: Sexy Latina Photoshoot @ Sugababz.Com



The New York Times Presents: Views on Obama, From 3 Generations - Starring: J.T. x Co.

From left, Jennifer Thompson, 29, William C. (Willie) Thompson, 84, and William C. Thompson Jr., 55, in Brooklyn Heights. All are going to inauguration of Barack Obama. (Photo: Michelle V. Agins/The new York Times)
"Three generations of Thompsons gathered around Grandpa’s dining room table in Brooklyn Heights the other day. They gave three distinct perspectives on the inauguration of Barack Obama. [Some of the Thompsons' direct comments can be heard throughout this podcast's audio.]

Let’s introduce this prominent black political family from Brooklyn.

William C. (Willie) Thompson was born in Harlem. He’s 84. He served in a segregated infantry unit in Italy during World War II. His father worked for a furniture store and was a city marshal, and remembered hearing Marcus Garvey preach his Back to Africa gospel on a Harlem street corner.

Willie Thompson himself is a former state senator — elected in 1964, the last time the Democrats controlled the Senate in Albany — a former councilman and a former state appellate judge.

In 1968, he lost a Congressional race by 200 votes to Shirley Chisholm, the Brooklyn-born daughter of immigrants. She was the first black woman elected to Congress. Four years later, Chisholm became the first black candidate for a major party’s presidential nomination.

Judge Willie Thompson’s son, Bill — William C. Thompson Jr. — is 55. He worked for a congressman one summer, became deputy borough president and president of the Board of Education. When he attended junior high school in Flatbush, he remembers some white students taunting him with racial slurs. He also recalls the stunned reaction when, as deputy borough president, he appeared before a mostly white audience of Brooklyn homeowners.

Bill Thompson is completing his second term as city comptroller. Instead of seeking re-election, he plans to enter the Democratic mayoral primary to challenge Michael Bloomberg next November. He would not be the first black mayor of New York, but faces daunting odds against a reasonably popular billionaire incumbent.

“Everything is possible,” his father says.

Bill’s daughter, Jennifer, is 29. She lives in the Bedford-Stuyvesant house that her great-grandparents bought. They were the second black family on the block in a neighborhood that is slowly becoming newly integrated by white homeowners. She says she has never felt the sting of racial discrimination.

Jennifer Thompson majored in political science at Wellesley, but has no desire to be a politician. So grueling, she said. So taxing. Instead, she took a real easy job: she teaches fifth-grade special education students at P.S. 256 in Bed-Stuy.

All three generations voted for Barack Obama in New York’s Democratic primary nearly a year ago (although Bill Thompson coyly describes his vote as a personal matter, and says only that he publicly endorsed the state’s favorite daughter, Hillary Rodham Clinton).

All three are going to Obama’s inauguration."

Read The Full Story Here: Cityroom.Blogs.NYtimes.Com

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Avid readers of Livestyle are no doubt familiar with the name Mr. 401K and his much heralded role as my longest-running-friend-and-brother-from-another-mother. What most do not know though is that there is a direct female counterpart to Mr. 401K in my life - her name is Jennifer.

In what I now imagine must have been 1 H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks of a kindergarten class, I met both Mr. 401K and Jennifer and we bonded over milk and cinnamon graham crackers ... lol. Although, during various times of my life, I went months and sometimes years without having contact with both parties, sensory deprivation has never dulled the meaningful memories and times that I share with each. In fact, even in separation, GOD made it so that our respective paths would meet in sublime alignment. Case In Point: After losing all contact with Mr. 401K for over 4 years, when we did fatefully re-establish communication through a mutual friend, we both were knee deep in this music game. We've always seen eye-to-eye even when we weren't face-to-face.

Anyway, I've been meaning to post this New York Times article starring my-longest-running-female-friend-and-sister-from-another-mister Jennifer and her exceptional family for a few days, but, with the inauguration and all of the news surrounding that event, some coverage had to take precedent. Sorry J.T.! LOL.

Aside from just being a story that features my lovely and ganxta ass homie alongside her father (New York City mayoral candidate Bill Thompson) and grandfather, this article also grants us a great perspective of 3 generations of Black Americans and their individual take on the significance of the election of Barack Obama to the highest office in the land. Good shit.

Movie Trailer: Black Dynamite AKA Potenitally The Black "Anchorman" (Yes, It Looks That Funny).




Editor's Note: This movie looks so good that I had to post 3 trailers in order to fully convey it's sheer awesomeness.

























CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: I've been ready to see this film since 2 days before I even heard about it! Yeah, put that tid-bit of profound get down in your pipe and smoke it ... lol. Seriously, why doesn't my man @ Blackbuster Video (a finer bootleg emporium located just off of the corner of Flatbush and Dekalb Avenues in Downtown Brooklyn) not have this movie yet?

As if lifted from the cutting room floors of long shuttered small time studios and painstakingly pasted together strip-by-strip, "Black Dynamite" looks to be a period piece packed with all of the campy violence, cheap sex and overall ridiculousness that made Blaxploitation flicks great in the 1st place. The concept alone is tough, but, have Y.O.U. even looked @ the list of all star talent assembled for this cast homie? Arsenio Hall? Where did they find him? Salli Richardson? Ohhhhhhhh, now we're talking ... lol. "Black Dynamite", Y.O.U. say? I fuxs with this flick. Yes, Blaxploitation cinema is back and it never looked better - Y.O.U. jive ass turkey! LOL. Holla @ ya boy in BK!

A Very Special LiveStyle Message To Jay-Z: "Stop!" (Plus Pictures x Video From The Inaugural "Neighborhood Ball")

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CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Does "inauguration" rhyme with "intervention"? Maybe not, however, an intervention of the style-kind is exactly what the homie Jay-Z needs. This is troubling on a myriad of levels, particularly because Jay-Z has been Hip Hop's leading standard-bearer of all that's well and good with regards to style for over a decade. I will readily admit that, judging from the pictures of him performing alongside Young Jeezy jacking the "My President Is Black" song @ D.C.'s Club Love, I had incorrectly assumed that he'd "manned up" and had kicked the horrible outfit habit. These new pictures from the actual inauguration and the star-studded "Neighborhood Ball" which followed later that evening have since forced me to revoke any temporary praise and immediately pull this nigga's card!

Listen, as an eclectic hood fellow myself, I can respect and even appreciate a touch of this "The Huxtables" meets "hustler" aesthetic, but, this "Revenge Of The Nerds" trend is getting waaaaaaaaaay out of hand and, with Jay-Z's co-signage, I only see things getting worse. No bueno.


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Mary J. Blige.

Beyonce Knowles Carter Seranades The True 1st Couple Singing Etta James's Timeless Balad "At Last". Yes, "At Last" indeed.

P.ost S.cript: Yeah, Jay-Z's performance was alright, but I've decided to add these additional videos from the American Music Awards rivaling inaugural "Neighborhood Ball" in the hopes that these pleasant visuals might take some of the edge off anyway ... lol. You're welcome. You're all welcome.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Joe Budden x Tahiri Try Desperately To Locate Any Saigon CDs @ Best-Buy.

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: While I have absolutely NO interest in Joe Budden and Saigon's current "Who's More Irrelevant?" rap "beef", this video is worth posting. If Y.O.U. don't understand why, then don't even bother to watch it kid ... lol.

Charli Baltimore Remembers The Phone Call That She Received From D-Roc The Night That Biggie Was Murdered.

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NEW MUSIC (UPDATE): Jay-Z - My President Is Black (Remix)(D.C. Mix)(Dirty)(NO DJ)(CDQ)

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Barack Obama's Inaugural Speech As The 44th President Of The United States Of America (Full Video)



CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: While not 1 of Barack Obama's patented rousing rhetoric routines from the campaign trail, his inaugural address was instead a somber and powerful call to service for every man, woman and child of this flawed, yet remarkable country.

Barack Obama has not nor do I ever see him condescending to us and, for that, we owe him more than empty expressions of gratitude dressed up as souvenirs, slogans and, as of last weekend, elaborate inaugural parties from city-to-city. Make no mistake, this is miraculous moment to be celebrated by ALL, however, when we awake from our collective 1st Black President hangover, we must ALL set out to put in some serious work. Barack Obama knows this and, now, so do Y.O.U. homie. Now, back to our regularly scheduled Barry O. Show!

The Champ Is Here!

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Victory. History. Our story. Congratulations are in high order - for President Barack Obama and our nation.  Today is a new day. This is Livestyle.