Friday, July 31, 2009

Behind The Scenes: Model Bubbles: Party Hoppin' x Interview @ DynastyTV = Jizz. In. My. Pants.

The Balmain Men's Black Leather Jacket For Fall/Winter 2009 = Money Talk$, Bullshit Wears Lesser Leathers.

"New from Balmain is a textured, layered, quilted twist on a wardrobe mainstay, the leather jacket. Though it might hurt your pockets, you’ll look like a million spankys with new Parisian piece. $4189."

Information Courtesy Of: Dailydrop.Com

Available Online Here: Colette.Fr

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Although not necessarily the case, my pursuit to distinguish the urban from the urbane and bring more sophistication to the game often does lead me to the skies as I hang on to sky rocketing designer price tags destined for the stars. Fuck it! My aspirations fuel my fires.

Now, if Y.O.U. already think that such luxury labels as Christian Dior, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Hermès are pricey (and they ARE), be prepared to become highly and personally offended by the ultra expensive House of Balmain.

Founded in 1945 by Pierre Balmain, this firm once known simply for extravagant yet classic evening gowns, now, under the decadent direction of Chief Designer Christophe Decarnin, is all about walking the razor's edge of contemporary fashion.

I can't front, when the Balmain name was on it's death-bed and headed for bankruptcy, snatching up a new designer and completely reimagining this wholesome brand in Paris party girl style took some cajohnes. Maybe the powers that be felt that they had nothing to lose and everything to gain. And gain they did. Starting in 2005 Balmain has once again risen to the heights of the haute couture hierarchy and recently introduced their 1st men's collection @ the Paris shows in January of 2009.

This simply gorgeous Balmain Men's Black Leather Jacket for Fall/Winter 2009 is truly an exercise in understated opulence. Price of admission: $4,189 USD. Stuntin' on your entire city: Priceless. Yeah, I'm gonna have to be 1 of the 1st rappers to name drop this over the top brand. Wait for it. Your fake Louis duffle bag makes me chuckle! LOL. Holla @ ya boy in BK!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

NEW MUSIC: Eminem Ft. Mariah Carey - The Warning (Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon Diss)(Dirty)(NO DJ)

Streaming Audio/Download Link: Eminem Ft. Mariah Carey - The Warning (Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon Diss)(Dirty)(NO DJ)

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Woooooooooooooow! Ironically, today's date is July 30th or 7-30 which is exactly the N.ew Y.ork S.tate hospital code that is used to identify mentally insane patients and "insane" is exactly how Eminem attacked this scathing response to Mariah Carey and her barely relevant husband Nick Cannon.

Dammit man! Eminem detailed this diss track with "Takeover"-like accuracy and, the funny thing is, I'd bet dollars-to-donuts that the homie Marshall has got a sleeper cell worthy stockpile of venom tipped bullets on deck for this cougar/cub couple. LOL. Good shit!

Jay-Z Talks Blueprint 3, Roc Nation, Michael Jackson, The Groupie Game x More @ TimwestwoodTV




CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Just your typical boring dance-around-any-topic-that-people-really-care-about Jay-Z interview ... nothing to see here (literally ... lol), but, whatever. It is what it is.

Amber Rose Talks Playing "RoboCop" In Kanye's Next Video x Her Upcoming Photo Spreads As Her Side Piece Nicki Minaj Looks On @ MTV.Com

Living The "Suite" Life Of Zack & Cody: BREAKING NEWS: The Four Seasons Kicks Ritz-Carlton Ass!

"Bad news for the Ritz-Carlton, it's no longer the top dog in luxury hotels. That's according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2009 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study. The study looked at overall hotel guest satisfaction across six hotel segments from luxury to budget. The Ritz-Carlton has been chosen the top luxury hotel in past years but this year the honor went to the Four Seasons even though the rooms at the luxury chain are more expensive. In the next tier down, the winner of the Upscale segment was Embassy Suites Hotels which took the honor for the third year running.

To determine overall satisfaction the study looked at seven key measures: reservations; check-in/check-out; guest room; food and beverage; hotel services; hotel facilities; and costs and fees. Over 66,000 people who stayed n a hotel between May 2008 and June 2009 were part of the study. The survey showed that guest satisfaction with luxury hotels has remained stable from 2008. The most-desired amenities include complimentary breakfast, wireless Internet access and pillow-top mattresses. In luxury hotels a high percentage of guests say they expect in-room high-definition flat-panel TVs. The study also found that guests are more aware of property-initiated "green" programs and 72 percent say they participated in their hotel's conservation programs."

Information Courtesy Of: Luxist.Com

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: In spite of some of the good news that I have been hearing from uber conservative sharper-than-Steve-Harvey CNBC master market analyst Larry Kudlow, I still recognize that we remain in a highly recessionary market. That being the case, value (NOTE: Almost completely based on an individual's emotions) has taken on a deeper, more significant meaning. Now, many of us could not have afforded a stay @ either The Ritz-Carlton or The Four Seasons during even the best of financial times, however, for those not all together adversely affected by the economic downturn, price is NOT the ultimate consideration when booking a luxury suite. No, in fact, according to the latest J.D. Power and Associates 2009 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study, well-heeled customers will gladly pay 10% more for a room @ The Four Seasons as opposed to @ The Ritz-Carlton for a greater overall experience.

Look, I get it - when I am paying well in excess of $500 per night I personally would drop an extra $250 for a better stay and guaranteed satisfaction. I mean, Y.O.U. get to a certain point and it's all the same anyway my nig. It's the little things that count to true connoiseurs and, as with a brand like The Four Seasons, engender the strongest customer loyalty - from continuous innovations and the highest of hospitality standards, to custom-made beds, oppulent spas and 24-hour service. Maaaaaaaan, after all of this talking, I've only got 1 question: Where do I sign up?

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Young Jeezy Talks Support For Michael Vick @ MTV.Com

The AK47 Bullet Ice Tray = Oshea Jackson Approved.

Information Courtesy Of: Dailydrop.Com

Available Online Here: Drinkstuff.Com

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Now, for the record, I do NOT have an unhealthy infatuation with firearms, it's just that, apparently, bullets (much like the Jolly Roger "skull-and-crossbones" was a few years ago) have become this season's edgy fashion symbol de rigueur. Chief style strategist Stefano Pilati and Y.ves S.aint L.aurent recently introduced the Bullet Cufflinks, perfect for any fashion assassin and, now, we have the AK47 Bullet Ice Tray available @ Guaranteed to turn your favorite thug's frown upside down! What's good?

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

NEW MUSIC: Maino - BK BK BK (Freestyle)(Dirty)(NO DJ)(Off Of His Forthcoming "Unstoppable" Mixtape)

Streaming Audio/Download Link: Maino - BK BK BK (Freestyle)(Dirty)(NO DJ)

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Yes, I fully realize that because this freestyle was released over the weekend, Maino's "BK BK BK" might already be considered by some as ancient news in this finicky microwave media market, but, fuck that! Y.O.U. aint heard shit until a real Brooklyn nigga posts it! Shout out to the whole N.ostrand A.venue Rock, the Black Flag battalion and my niggas, my-brothers-from-other-beautiful-mothers @Mandalay_Jay and @PUSHMONTANA. Y.O.U. heard the man, "BK! BK! BK!". Let's get it.

Young Jeezy - A.merica's M.ost W.anted Tour (Day 1) (Special Guest Appearance By Drake)

Rick Ross Ft. Ne-Yo - Boss Lady

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Apparently, For Rick Ross, a video a day keeps 50 Cent away ... lol. BAWSE!

52 Seconds With Amber Rose On The Streets Of NYC @ TheBlayReport

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Ummmmmmm, not to pluck any of the pretty petals from this Rose that grew from the Philly concrete streets, but, really, who thought that she didn't style herself? I mean, long ago I had come to the conclusion that any beauty brave enough to rock a buzz cut early (READ: Before seeing other young ladies do so, therefore making her a pioneer by definition) simply couldn't take orders from some hired hand stylist. Now, is shorty's style impeccable ... the answer is NO. However, fearlessness in the face of pre-programmed fashion drones ALWAYS scores the "Daily Double" here homie. If Y.O.U. should see this stripper, feel free to tip her. Holla @ ya boy in BK!

Live From Paris: Hermès Fall/Winter 2009-2010 Men's Collection Show.

Fabolous Ft. Keri Hilson x Ryan Leslie - Everyday, Everything, Everywhere

Congratulations Fab! I feel like he is one of a select few taking everything by storm right now. I appreciate and respect his grind. It must be a BROOKLYN thing! Keri looks nothing less then stunning. And this just might be my favorite hook she's done since Help with Lloyd Banks. Glad she has progressed in her career to come to this point. Because, sadly enough, no one really knew who she was on Rotten Apple. That's funny, because now, just a few years later, nobody really knows who Lloyd Banks is ... how's that for a role reversal ... lol. I keed. I keed. Oh yeah, Ryan Leslie is a genius. I really shouldn't have to expect less from him. With that being said...

Signing Off...

It's only right that I do this. I have to follow LiveStyle protocol. And plus, this song is a hidden gem. ENJOY!

Lloyd Banks Ft. Keri Hilson - Help.

The Nike NSW "Pinnacle" Collection Fall 2009 = Peak Performance.

"Nike Sportswear’s NSW Fall 2009 Collection has started to hit select retailers including Haven in Canada. Products included in this first drop are the NSW tee, NSW Featherweight Windrunner, Boston FZ Hoody, and Best Windrunner Hoody. Being that this this the NSW Pinnacle Collection, each piece features some added details or technology including waterproof RiRi zippers, sonic welded pockets and seams, and extremely lightweight material. You can pick up the NSW Fall 2009 Collectin now at Haven and other Nike Sportswear retailers."

Information Courtesy Of: Freshnessmag.Com

Available Online Here: Havenshop.Ca

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Coming up on the 1st year anniversary of the opening of their flagship store located @ 21 Mercer Street in New York City's trendy tourist trap SoHo district, Nike Sportswear (NOTE: Please refrain from referring to this line as Nike Sportswear in public though and, instead, casually call it NSW, in order to avoid being relegated to loathsome "noob" status ... lol) continues to impress and keep the fly shit on deck.

Case In Point: Last weekend saw the über limited (of course) release of the NSW Fall 2009 "Pinnacle" Collection @ Haven in Canada (Ay!) and other fine Tier 0 Nike account holding retail outlets. Dammit! It's Fall premiere time already, huh? I hereby declare that, particularly for the East Coast of The United States, we deserve a government assisted bailout for the Summer that never really was ... lol. Anyway, this relatively high end offering of t-shirts and windbreaker waterproof wonders from NSW gives us ALL something to look forward to as the seasons innevitably change. Simple luxury never goes out of style. Holla @ ya boy in BK!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Drake - Best I Ever Had (Kanye West Director's Cut) = Yessssssssssssssss! No Breast Reduction!

Drake - Best I Ever Had - Director's Cut from kwest on Vimeo.

NEW MUSIC: J. Cole. Yay or Nay? I'm Still On The Fence.

Download Link: J.Cole - The Warmup

So I've been hearing quite the buzz about some kid that went to St. Johns with me and just signed to Roc Nation. But I have NO CLUE who he is! And from the looks of things, a lot of Y.O.U. dont either. So partake in this video. It should fill Y.O.U. in just as much as I would. And then some..

While my friend KLEPONE and I are not signing off on him just yet, "Dreams" featuring Brandon Hines caught our attention. All I can say is that Drizzy might want to step it up before J. Cole takes all his limelight. I feel the comparisons coming. Tell me what Y.O.U. think.

Signing Off...

If you're clueless as to who Brandon Hines is, Stay Tuned Kids!

EDITOR'S NOTE: CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Yet further evidence that in this Mad Max-like wasteland of talent that mediocrity is the new "good" and that good is the new "great".

Sure the young homie reppin' "Fayettenam" (Fayetteville N.orth C.arolina slow poke) has an enormous amount of potential, however, the derth of viable candidates for the oh so coveted Hip Hop "throne" has created a largely internet based vacuum where after a good freestyle or 2 message boards and blogs fill up with dick riders all hailing the "flavor of the month". I mean, haven't we ALL been here before? Asher Roth? Kid Cudi? Charles "The Pink Punching Bag" Hamilton? Insert random overhyped MC's name here x______________________________________.

Listen, if Y.O.U. truly do think that J. Cole is the "future", then please do him the greatest favor and grant him the space to grow and mature into the artist that he is destined to be. The hype stops here. Livestyle is all about quality control my friends. Please make a note of it.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Drake Re-Up: Let's Talk Gucci Mane, Lebron x Lola Luv AKA How To Lose A Chicago Girl In 10 Minutes.

Drake, baby, what are Y.O.U. doing? Smh. At first I was a little confused. Y.O.U. can't blame me. This has got to be the most low budget "show" E.V.E.R. But Hey! "I get it in OHIO! and none the less, I hear what he's saying. "The game needs change", and he's "the maf*ckin cashier!" At this point in time, Drake is trying to establish his credibility with his new found followers/fans/groupies or what have Y.O.U. Now, do NOT get it twisted people - I, Aisha Ali, have been around since Comeback Season and prior. Go do your research kids. But he lost me with all of this Gucci Mane business. "I think I love her." How can Y.O.U. relate? I wrote Gucci off after he knocked out ol girl on STAGE!

Whoa. Lebron. "Mentality of a Leader.." Y.E.S. "Potential to be..the greatest player the NBA has ever seen." Now Y.O.U. my friend are killing me! I am and forever will be a diehard Jordan fan. And for Y.O.U. to even attempt to dispute that, is a disgrace. Stop sneaking sips from your B-O-S-S Lil Wayne's styrofoam cup homie.

Oh yeah, the list of female friends that he fancies is weak to say the least. No bueno. And, for the record, NO it is not because I'm not on it ... lol. I'll pull a Peyton Manning and PASS. I don't know, maybe Y.O.U. boys can understand. Note to Drizzy: Make your next move your best move, or Y.O.U. just might lose me.

Signing Off...

The Brunch Bunch Pt. 45 (The LiveStyle 1st Anniversary Edition!)

Reverend T.D. Jakes Approved.

Friday, July 24, 2009

NEW MUSIC: Jay-Z Ft. Kanye West x Rihanna - Run This Town (Dirty)(NO DJ)

Streaming Audio/Download Link: Jay-Z Ft. Kanye West x Rihanna - Run This Town (Dirty)(NO DJ)

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Ok, so "Run This Town", Jay-Z's 1st official single off of the highly anticipated "Blueprint 3", dropped early this morning @ 9:11 AM (Oh, how clever ... "BP 3" is scheduled to release on September 11th 2009 - as the O.G. Blueprint album dropped on that tragic day of infamy, September 11th 2001. Yes, somebody in Jay-Z's camp is a multimedia multiple tie-in marketing genius ... either that or just Captain Obvious ... lol).

Anyway, after hearing Jay-Z mumble flow his way through a few bars of the 1st verse of this song recently on DJ Tim Westwood's show in the merry old UK, I was excited to hear the finished product and, now that I have, let's just say that it might have to grow on me. Now, none of this is to say that "Run This Town" isn't a good track, but, in my esteemed opinion it's simply not good enough. If 65 is a passing grade in High School, then this single is like a 75 ... nothing terrible, but, nothing superlative that's gonna earn anybody a "Student Of The Month" award.

The actual track is cool vintage sounding Kanye West (NOTE: He appears to slowly, but, surely be regaining and upping his testosterone levels) and, as a Brooklyn nigga to the bone marrow, as much as it pains me to admit this, his verse kind of does body Young Vito "Voice Of The Not So Young People" on this joint. Oh yeah, Rihanna took time out from shaving half of her pretty little head and biting Cassie's whole entire steez to fit this tune with a catchy hook.

In summary, YES, I will probably @ some point find myself drunk in a club triumphantly singing this song from the comforts of a V.I.P. booth behind a fortress of overpriced Veuve Clicquot Rosé bottles with a gang of my peoples, but, it won't be because I L.O.V.E. this song ... it will only be because I L.O.V.E. this life! Y.O.U. understand, don't Y.O.U.? This is Livestyle.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Mariah Carey Ft. Gucci Mane - Obsessed (Remix)

Fabolous Interview @ Sirius/XM Pt. 1

Thirsty Thursdays: New Ajia Nicole Pics @ Dynastyseries.Com x 1 New Rosa Acosta Pic For Good Measure.


Pictures Courtesy Of: Dynastyseries.Com

Helloooooo Ladies: The Gucci "Jackie" Collection Fall 2009 Preview = It Aint Trickin' If Y.O.U. Got It.

Available Online Here: Gucci.Com

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: As a good watch (NOTE: No Techno-Marine, Ice Master or any laughable variations thereof, please) should be a part of every gentleman's ensemble, so should a good handbag be a part of every fly woman's wardrobe - and the classic Gucci "Jackie O/Bouvier" (NOTE: "Bouvier" was her maiden-name before marrying J.ohn F. K.ennedy) bag is the perfect place to start. Named for America's once and future Queen, Jacklyn "Jackie O" Kennedy Onassis, this most iconic of all Gucci bags has been revamped and resized for Fall 2009.

I could go on and on about this beautiful range of accessories and, yes, I too have heard the rumors that, in real life, Jackie O actually carried a Hermès "Trim" bag and that Gucci was inspired and/or deftly "borrowed" that design for this collection, but, be that as it may, the Gucci Jackie O series is NOT to be fucked with ma! My Livestyle Ladies already know ... this is a game stepper-upper ... lol. Niiiiiiiiiiiiiice!

The PHLI Box Game Skins By MusicSkins = Yea, Though I Walk Through The Valley Of The Skinz.

"PHLI Box Game skins by MusicSkins. MusicSkins are made from premium grade 3M vinyl and adhesive technology so they apply easily and remove without leaving any residue, using a high gloss over laminate, which adds durability and a photo quality finish.

If you don't see your phone or MP3 player on the list below, we might still be able to obtain one for you. For information in getting a Skin with this design on a non-listed device, please email us at Enter the words 'Brand Skins Inquiry' as the subject."

Information Courtesy Of: Mooseshirts.Com

Available Online Here: Mooseshirts.Com

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: For the select and privileged few of Y.O.U. that actually really know me, these brilliant PHLI Box Game Skins by MusicSkins look exactly like the massive Great Wall Of Nike that line my brother Niketown's bedroom wall back @ my folk's crib. How cool is that? The answer is "very" and @ $14.99 I can clearly justify this purchase - I mean, $15.99 would have been exorbitant ... lol.

Available for your iPhone, iPod and Crackberry, this 3M Fathead® miniaturized poster for your phone is oh-fficial! 1 Word Of Advice: Please don't think about coppin' this unless your sneaker collection is B.ay A.rea L.aboratory Co.mpany enhanced diesel - anything else would be uncivilized. Holla @ ya boy in BK!


Per our ironclad Livestyle user agreement not only must I clarify my random references, but, in addition, sometimes I just have to drop extra jewels that correspond with and complement my already exquiste entries. This shit right here is a definite classic provided by early 90's Hip Hop act Trendz Of Culture off of their stellar 1993 debut album, "Trendz".

Sure, everybody (or, everybody that matters) knows them for their hit single "Off And On", however, "Valley Of The Skins" is a "winner, winner, chicken dinner!" too! Get with the program broham.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Behind the Scenes: Ajia Nicole (Hurricane Chris's "Halle x XXL Eye Candy July 2009) Photoshoot @ DynastyTV.

Ajia Nicole - Hurricane Chris' "Halle Berry," XXL Eyecandy from Bari the Beautiful on Vimeo.

Rick Ross Ft. Trina - Face (Is K-Mart's Wifey Back?)

The Leaked Video Of The Scandalous Jordan Crawford Dunk On LeBron James = Sometimes, The Cover Up Is So Much Worse Than The Actual Crime.

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS:  Really Nike?  Really Lebron "I L.O.V.E. N.Y." James?  I mean, really?  Congratulations on making this barely noticeable dunk an international sports story. *Cue Drunk Tony Montana Voice*  "Is this what it's all about?" Message To Lebron: Look, I get it. For all of your natural physical prowess and accomplishments, Y.O.U. are still very much a child playing in a grown man's world. I fuxs with Y.O.U. hardbody homie, but, PUH-LEEZE cut the crap my nigga. You're better than this yo. Talk to me.

Calling All My Twiggas With More Than 250 Followers: Best Buy Wants Y.O.U.!

"Have a college degree, 250 Twitter followers and a blog? Then you can be a senior manager at Best Buy!

by Nicholas Deleon on July 14, 2009

Well, could have been a senior manager—the job seems to have already been filled. Still, let’s talk about it. Best Buy recently posted a job ad on its Web site looking for someone who would be “The primary lead for the Best Buy’s mobile, social, and video marketing and media efforts to drive in-store and online sales, create sustainable word-of-mouth evangelists, and brand loyalists.” Yup, that’s what a senior manager of emerging media does. No soul required, it seems.

You know a job is suspect when the entire Crunch Family (CrunchGear, MobileCrunch, TechCrunch, CrunchCrunch, etc.) qualifies, no questions asked. Here’s what Best Buy was looking for:

• Bachelors degree Liberal Arts, Marketing, Interactive Marketing, New Media, Business Administration or related

• 2 plus years of mobile or social media marketing experience at an Agency director level, strategist level, or brand interactive director level

• 4 plus years People or resource leadership experience

• 1 plus years of active blogging experience

250 plus followers on Twitter

A graduate degree is “preferred,” but who needs an education when you have Twitter followers? (Am I right?!)

Too bad the position was already filled. Not that Best Buy would have hired me, given my opinion of it."

Information Courtesy Of: Crunchgear.Com

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: As each of our lives become more and more enmeshed with the internet Matrix-like grid, I now find it completely apropos to paraphrase the B.lack M.afia F.amily middle finger flaunting slogan that once proudly adorned a Billboard along a stretch of highway in Atlanta, Georgia and announce that, "Twitter Rules The World".

While I am a noted technophobe, I was not dragged kicking and screaming to join this latest "The Truman Show" T.oo M.uch I.nformation invention - in fact, I signed up with little to no loss of sleep with regard to the matter. Let it be formally known that, I Chris Live AKA Shaker - Reputable O.G., MC and founder and curator of Livestyle - have nothing against shameless self promotion ... lol.

Anyway, ixnay the ollegecay egreeday and, apparently, I would be the perfect candidate to head the newly created Emerging Media Marketing Job @ the reigning Wal-Mart of electronic super stores, Best Buy. Hoping to better incorporate new media technology and bolster their online communications presence, about 4 weeks ago, Best Buy "twittered" (NOTE: Yes, my nagging nerd friends, I am fully aware that the correct applicable term is "tweet", however, that word is too sugar coated for me ... lol) that the company was in search of a senior manager for this newfangled J-O-B. 250 followers on Twitter ... check! I can quadruple that amount early and, coupled with my peerless peer-to-peer social networking skills, I could body this lane of the marketing game!

Alas, believe it or not, even with such stringent qualification standards, this position @ Best Buy has already been filled ... I know, unbelievable, right? LOL. Don't trip though my nig, expect to see a gang of listings for these type of created consultant gigs in the near future.  Shiiiiiiiiiit, if all I need is some bullshit ass 250 followers (They really must not know how easy this is ... lol) and a poppin' ass blog such as the 1 that Y.O.U. are now fixed on, then I am ready to go legit! Let's get it!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Young Jeezy x Foxy Brown (NOTE: Cover Not Pictured) Cover The September 2009 12th Anniversary Issue Of XXL Magazine x Why Slaughter House Is Not.

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Hello, my name is Chris Live AKA Shaker and I am a pack rat ... lol. Anyway, although I have a gang of magazines stacked all over the crib, I have compiled a choice selection of engaging reading materials especially designated for the wicker basket in my bathroom ... bear with me, this is going somewhere.

So, today while I was "dropping the Cosby kids @ the pool", I was perusing the pages of an old XXL Magazine when I peeped that Young Jeezy and Foxy Brown had also shared the cover of the September 2008 issue of this magazine as well. Hmmmmmmmm? I mean, a year ago it kind of made sense: Young Jeezy was gearing up to drop "The Recession" and Foxy Brown had just been released from Rikers Island looking like she had recovered from her deaf shit and was ready to get back on her Def shit ... even if she was signed to Blackhand Records/Koch ... lol. Fast forward to 2009 though and a Young Jeezy cover still makes sense, but, a Foxy Brown cover ... ummmmmm, not so much.

Oh yeah, to all of the message board geeks with 10,000 + posts whose idea of "toughness" is typing in ALL CAPS LOCKS, there is NO WAY that the über lyrical yet equally, if not more so, boring Slaughter House should EVER get a major magazine cover ... EVER - especially not to tip off the music industry's 4th Quarter! Next to their recent "Next Generation" cover or whatever, a Slaughter House cover might be XXL Magazines lowest selling cover in history. True story.


Dear Pretentious Nerd Core/Hip Hop Hipster Contrarian Who Loathes Anything That Appears Mainstream And Rubs 1 Out To Anything That Is "Underground" Regardless Of How Wack It Is,

Nobody cares about Slaughter House. When Joe Budden is the biggest name involved with anything that Y.O.U. are doing, Y.O.U. Have A Problem.


The Real World

Stop playing.

The Kanye West x Louis Vuitton Footwear Collaboration Has Just Hit Stores x The "Gay Fish" Deserves Some Applause!

"The much awaited Kanye West X Louis Vuitton Sneakers have finally hit the stores and we have some closer and more detailed shots of the kicks for everyone. The opulent luxury sneakers come housed in a matte Louis Vuitton box with the words “Louis Vuitton et Kanye West” printed on them. The shoes are stored away carefully in Louis Vuitton dust bags and each pair of shoes come with extra laces and an envelope containing mini booklets. Good things come in nice packaging, and we will admit it, the classy packaging makes these new kicks more desirable. Afterall, we do live in a highly commercial and materialistic world. Get yours at Louis Vuitton retailers."

Information Courtesy Of: Freshnessmag.Com

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Although my interest in the Kanye West x Louis Vuitton Footwear collaboration has subsided in recent months (and continues to drop sharply in direct proportion to the impossible amount of Hipsterific hype heaped upon them), 1 thing that hasn't changed is my respect for Mr. West's ability to take Hip Hop culture and fashion to the next level.

Even though I do NOT adhere to his desperately "daring to be different" Trendoid emboldening tendencies (NOTE: Much of which I blame on the tumultuous 2 years leading up to his Antares© Auto-Tune™ asphyxiated cry for help of an album, "808's And Heartbreak" ... so, he gets a teeny tiny pass ... lol), thanks (?) to Philadelphia hoodster honey Amber Rose he has chopped off the human raccoon cap/mullet, gave her his "murse" and actually copped his latest pair of Balmain jeans from the men's section - yes, he seems to be taking the long "walk of shame" back home to Reality-ville. Too b-a-d these Louis Vuitton kicks were designed while he was still buggin' the fuck out because, had they not had the "FRO-ny" tail inspired heel padding and them gay ass "Rhinestone Cowboy" tassle laces, I might have been able to really fuxs with these ... I mean, like, seriously ... lol.

In any event, while we both approach this fly shit differently, with the release of this ground (and wallet) breaking collection I have got to give it up to the homie. Kanye West has successfully managed to tie the Nike streetwear world and the high fashion world of Louis Vuitton together and has built a bridge to somewhere (No Sarah Palin!) where the code of the corner and the glittering runway can, eventually, both co-exist - Livestyle L.O.V.E.'s that! Real recognize real.