CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: The success of Livestyle as a brand and as the ultimate contemporary philosophical and cultural agent of change in Hip Hop depends largely on my ability to present to Y.O.U., my audience, a sincere and transparent vision to follow. To that end, I adhere to a strict "full disclosure" policy with regards to all things "fly" - basically, because I like Y.O.U. soooooooooo damn much, I have got to accuarately cue Y.O.U. in on certain things that I would normally not share with mere mortals ... lol.
Anyway, instead of paying ridiculously jacked up premiums for vintage clothes from some middle man, I often take my chances rummaging through piles of long forgotten garments @ estate sales in rich communities, thrift stores in rich communities and on the global shopping community that is eBay. Yes, patience is truly a virtue and I have a closet full of 1-of-a-kind finds to prove it!
Am I happy that this über rare Ralph Lauren 1989 "Cookie" Long Bill Cap is already holding @ $182.50 with 4 days left? No. I'll tell Y.O.U. what though, if this baby stays under $500, I might have to go in on this purchase. I mean, paying this price for a hat is considered a cardinal sin by anybody who used to boost from stores and/or catch "vics" on the Franklin Shuttle, but, this is 20 years old and I do have the crisp matching Lo Goose for this champion I.T. supreme. What is a Brooklyn boy supposed to do? LOL. It is what it is.
CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: From the outset, Livestyle has always been a labor of L.O.V.E. - L.O.V.E. for the finer things that life has to offer and, more importantly, L.O.V.E. for a like minded community of people whom have been left to waste away with very few sources for organic and healthy cultural nutrition. I feed the need. So far so good.
Evaluating this blog and assessing our progress as I do, I have unequivocally decided that it is high time that I not only encourage Y.O.U. to experience great things, but, that I also begin to actively dissuade Y.O.U. from squandering precious moments and brain cells on stupid pedestrian dalliances. To that end, I would like to introduce the brand new "For The Record" segment. The inaugural entry is dedicated to the ridiculously popular Trendoid Bible AKA Complex Magazine.
For the record, the title of this post is somewhat misleading; how can I be "done" with something that I truly never started with? I mean, when there aint nothing else popping on the newsstands I have been known to peruse the pages of the publication in question, but, I always knew that it was cat nip for Hispters ... lol. Anyway, when the New York City "Cab King" is low on cash and/or feels that mass transit would be the more expedient way to travel, I hop on the train and, as was the scenario today, I generally cop a magazine or 2 to keep me company on the iron horse.
So, with King Magazine being finito and me already having this month's Vibe Magazine, the homie wasn't left with too many options yall. Maxim don't really do it for me and with Soulja Boy Tell 'Em and a crew of other mildly retarded rappers reppin' the South on the cover of the latest XXL Magazine, I kind of had no choice other than to purchase the current Complex Magazine. Why the fuck did I do that? From page 1 immediately regretted buying this horrible Hipsterific handbook. It's mainstream marketing meets gay-stream targeting and I truly aint had no business reading this shit. In retrospect, the Jonah Hill/Katy Perry covers and the features on the uber cool Ken Jeong and Jorma Taccone had me fooled, but, once I saw Asher "Not-So-Great-White-Hype" Roth's racist faggot ass in there I knew that I had made the wrong decision. Complex Magazine is some "paint-by-numbers" bullshit perfect for all mindless tacky trend chasers - Translation: Loyal Livestyle members have no need for such drivel.
For the record, this is not a personal attack. I pride myself and my brand on integrity and, thanks to my good ole' hood code ethics, I simply cannot stand idly by while major portions of my culture, your culture, OUR CULTURE are being co-opted by clid-di-di-di-downs (Shout out to PUSH! Montana). Real niggas rise up! If Y.O.U. truly want to read a well written, multi-genre media magazine, go and get yourself an issue of Vice Magazine ... they rock. Follow the leader.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The above rant in no way inhibits my ability to accept and appreciate Complex Magazine's sexxxy Cassie, Kim Kardashian and whatever other b-a-d chicks photoshoots that they may publish in the future. Come on, let's be reasonable people ... lol.
Is this "Birthday Sex" song catchy in that "Girl-you-know-I-I-I"-hear-this-shit-so-much-so-now-I-kind-of-like-it kind of way? Yes. However, much like happened to Flo-Rida and, even worse Mims, I honestly think that this record is just waaaaaaaaay bigger than Jeremih and anything else that he could ever hope to release hereafter. Yeah, "1 Hit Wonder" land is about to get a brand new resident. It is what it is.
CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Sure to bring an incandescent glow to the cherub-like faces of 5th Avenue fashionphiles come Autumn, this sneak peek of the Louis Vuitton Accessories Fall 2009 Collection looks to maintain Marc Jacobs's brilliant material marathon win streak as Creative Director of the legendary French luxury malletier.
Featuring everything from signature scarves and quilted handbags to chunky bangles and super sized sunnies, Louis Vuitton continues to successfully strut the oh so slender catwalk between stylish brand recognition and shameless merchandising. I mean, I would complain, but, really, who would listen? LOL.
There is a good reason that the most counterfeited brand in the land still manages to rank high in the minds of both aspirational consumers and high society alike. The key word here is quality my friends. Nobody does it better. Message To My Livestyle Ladies: Start stacking that paper for the Louis Vuitton Accessories Fall 2009 Collection right about NOW! LOL. Holla @ ya boy in BK!
I would like to believe that we have developed a relationship based on the utmost confidence and trust here @ Livestyle. That having been said, please accept and, if indeed possible, enjoy my inclusion of this Nate Dogg and Warren G. "G-Funk" era classic "Nobody Does It Better" ... yeah, I said it, CLASSIC. Respect my authoritay! LOL. Good shit.
CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: My beautiful and talented cousin/GODsister/brainiac Jennifer graduated from the prestigious Columbia University Graduate School last week and, obviously, such an achievement called for some heavy celebration! It was not all champagne toasts though. Over a delicious (albeit different than my Brooklyn ass has grown accustomed to ... lol) Italian dinner @ OTTO's, conversation drifted from current to past historical events and the contextual nuances surrounding each. My GODfather, a former Wall Street maven now relishing his retirement and all of the free time that it has to offer, is still a boy from The Bronx who became a man as a Marine during the Vietnam War.
Not unusual for those of us who tip the bottle, as the wine flowed so did the memories. My GODfather's proud recollection of his service as a Marine was only marred by the friends that he lost and the venomous acrimony with which he was "greeted" upon his return home from the war. The government had once again played politics with the lives of it's soldiers - the human capital expenditure of the Vietnam War in particular has never and can never be accurately accounted for. Yes, War is indeed hell.
No matter where Y.O.U. stand on the national defense issue, please never permit yourself to categorically dismiss the selfless sacrifices of our brave military men and women simply because Y.O.U. aint feeling the United States of America's global initiatives and "bully pulpit" world power policies. This country is full of shit, but, I challenge Y.O.U. to find any developed nation that does not have more than it's fair share of hypocrisy. It is imperative that we ALL realize that it is most often the people whom have the least options among us who, while looking to supplement college tuition and explore a world that they might otherwise have only seen on television, provide the 1st line of defense against our enemies and ensure the liberties that we almost always blithely take for granted.
This holiday is about so much more than cliché "I-am-a-better-American-than-Y.O.U." symbolism in the form of yellow ribbons tied around random trees. Memorial Day has got to signify more than the unofficial start of the Summer season and a reason to hit the beaches homie. No, today is the day when we recognize the price paid for freedoms saved and pray for the souls of the guardians that continue to foot the bill for our country's toll in perpetuity.
Fuck it! Let's keep it all the way hood my nigga. Whether Y.O.U. boldly defend the corner of your block or are now stationed in Iraq, I humbly salute Y.O.U. and your service. I don't have to necessarily agree with the orders that Y.O.U. have been given, but, I pray that GOD watches over and Y.O.U. and protects Y.O.U. on your mission. Thank Y.O.U.This is Livestyle.
CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Perfect for the Hippie hoopster in your life, sporting goods manufacturers extraordinaire Wilson have just dropped the Rebound Recycled Basketball. Complete with the tag line "Think Globally. Hoop Locally.", @ only $12 USD this rock makes both economical and environmental sense - I'd like to think of it as Eco Friendly2 ... lol. Score 1 for Wilson. Good shit.
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