Sunday, February 28, 2010

Respect The Architects: DJ Premier Talks The Making Of Biggie's "Kick In The Door" With Sean C x LV @ Bestofbothoffices.Com.

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Yes, it was the mid-1990's and dissing B.I.G. was more en vogue than DKNY (NOTE: Pronounced "DINKY" by "Lizzy" lifting boosters and chic Brooklynites alike) reflector vests and "beef and broccoli" Timberland field boots. It was all fun and games until somebody got hurt.

In Related News: For some odd reason, a fact that almost always escapes meaningful discussion, is that Biggie's "Ten Crack Commandments" (Also produced by the expert ear of DJ Premier) was originally a beat that Jeru Da Damaja had laced for a HOT 97 promo that was later rightfully appropriated by the "Livest one from Bedford-Stuyvesant" ... and an indisputable classic record was born. Good shit!

The Brunch Bunch Pt. 76

Reverend T.D. Jakes Approved.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Big Sean x Hustle Simmons x Wild Hare x Idiot on Stage = A Problem.

The First Lady Of LiveStyle Says: Twitter tells ALL. I knew this was coming sometime last night when I heard multiple reports of my dear friend Hustle Simmons having to take matters into his own hands during Big Sean's set @ Wrigleyville's famous Wild Hare. Story is, Hustle tackled this no name artist off the stage after he inexplicably tried to commandeer the mic during Big Sean's performance. No bueno. Luckily, no one was seriously injured and he was escorted out by security. Sean continued to perform after the incident was handled.

Note To The Unknown Artist: Who do Y.O.U. think Y.O.U. are? Kanye? I think not. Big Sean ain't Taylor Swift. And neither is Hustle. Stick to being the irrelevant ignorant hatin' @$$ Chicago artist Y.O.U. are. Show some respect and put on for your city by shutting up and sitting down somewhere. Thank Hustle for your 15 minutes of Twitter fame.

Signing Off...

Editors Note:
I posted the short video yesterday, but after watching this extended version and speaking to Hustle about the incident, I got mad all over again. Terrence I felt what Y.O.U. were saying. Don't let these haters mess with your $! Chicago is your city just as much as it is mine. Y.O.U. already know what to do. See Y.O.U. soon.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Helloooooo Ladies: The Limited Edition Van Cleef & Arpels "Le Pont Des Amoureux" Ladies Watch = Poetry In Motion.

"Love is in the air at Van Cleef & Arpels, but then again it never really left. Van Cleef & Arpels only exists because Alfred Van Cleef fell head over heels in love with Estelle Arpels. So it makes perfect sense that love should be a theme that the company holds dear. So for all you incurable romantics out there, here is a timepiece to fall in love with."

"The Van Cleef & Arpels Le Pont des Amoureux watch which translates as the "lover's bridge" is designed and assembled by Van Cleef & Arpels in their Paris atelier with a movement built in Jaeger LeCoultre’s workshops. The watch features a unique movement centered upon the design of the dial. The dial depicts a bridge with the silhouette of a woman and a man walking across it, the silhouette of the woman represents the hour whilst the silhouette of the man represents the minutes. Twice a day they will meet in the middle of the Bridge. The case is made of white gold and set with diamonds with an enamel dial and white alligator strap."

Information Courtesy Of: Sybarites.Org x Opening Quote Courtesy Of: Europastar.Com

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Sadly, the infection that is "mass fashion" has taken on pandemic proportions, affecting not only clothing, but, also, timepieces as well. With the advent of new watch companies (NOTE: Most notably starting in 1997 with the wildly-popular-turned-wildly-corny Technomarine® watch) promising "old world" integrity @ relatively low-tariff costs, for the uninitiated, the art of horology has largely been reduced to low-on-complications-high-on-bling-wattage monstrosities for public consumption. Prestige brands have dedicated decades (and in some cases even centuries) to carefully cultivating a discerning consumer loyalty where it is understood that an expectation of high quality will come @ a high premium ... there's just some shit that Y.O.U. should NOT "bargain hunt" for ... lol. Diamonds can be a wonderful additional instrument in the opulent orchestra of fine watches, however, everything and I mean EVERYTHING must be in tune and not simply an "iced" over cover-band mimicking elegance. To that end, I present to Y.O.U. the incredible Van Cleef & Arpels "Le Pont des Amoureux" Ladies Watch.

Much as the beautifully white gold sculpted lovers march across the dial marking time to meet and kiss briefly once every 12 hours, the "Le Pont des Amoureux" (Translation: "Lover's Bridge") is a marriage of gallery-worthy artistic intelligence meets innovation. The storied Van Cleef & Arpels firm, is 1 of those rare houses whose polyamorous L.O.V.E. for all things luxury has blithely escorted them into the worlds of watchmaking, fine jewelry and perfume without wavering in the craftsmanship department.

Yes, the pioneers of the stunning "Mystery Setting" technique (A meticulous procedure where precious stones are set using no visible "claws") have once again succeeded in decorating a magnificent watch without defaming its character. This limited edition, numbered masterpiece features a nicely sized 38mm case in white gold bezeled with round diamonds, a back-lit "Contre Jour" enamel dial upon which the romatic white gold "Lover's Bridge" scene is set, Jaeger LeCoultre Swiss movements and a white alligator strap.

Message To My Livestyle Ladies: This is most definitely NOT your homegirl's Coach watch ... lol. Hey, Y.O.U. don't have to be ready to cop a ticket and board the plane today ... just learn the flight schedule ma. Holla @ ya boy in BK!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Celebrity Jeweler To The Stars, Ben Baller, Talks Making Fabolous's "LOSO" Chain Live From Magic 2010 In Las Vegas @ CaviNYC.Com.

No More Snow, Please.

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: In lieu of posting yet another blizzard bashing post proclaiming my disdain for all of this Winter's damn snow, I believe that my feelings would best be expressed by this accompanying musical selection from the beautiful, tittilicious AND currently preggers Keyshia Cole. Enjoy!


The Brooklyn Circus (BKc) "Biggie Jesus" Polo = All Praises Due To The Most Fly!

Available Online Here: Thebkcircus.Com x @ the 3 BKc Locations Nationwide.

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Having successfully transitioned into elevated fashion and moving well passed his days promoting parties and slinging wears with the O.G. Ramsey Racing team (How many of yall remember that?), Quiggi, has become a progressive P.T. Barnum of sorts and has taken his burgeoning Brooklyn Circus (Bkc) brand global. Hey, that's just how niggas from Kings County do! LOL.

Alas, while Y.O.U. can take the boy out of the hood and dress him up in smart fedoras, snazzy suspenders and reversible bow-ties, Y.O.U. cannot take the hood out of him. Now, if it's proof that Y.O.U. need, then it's proof Y.O.U. shall get. Allow me to submit into evidence the ingenious BKc "Biggie Jesus" Polo. Although not a brand spanking new offering from BKc, this polo is a must have for Summer 2010.

I mean, ANY music fan worth his or her salt knows that it was the late, great Biggie Smalls who introduced the hustler-chic diamond flooded "Jesus piece" to the masses (A Brief History Of Violence Note: The "Jesus piece" was actually popularized 1st in the streets by a real person named "Jesus" - a Brooklyn dope boy demigod known for extravagent displays of "dirty money" and his signature Jesus Christ medallion.) and can, therefore, appreciate this witty twist on tradition.

While I normally make for the hills @ the mere mention of "gold foil" anything on clothing (Dear Ed Hardy, Christian Audgier, et al. Thank Y.O.U. for ruining this applique techniques potential. Sincerely, Chris Live AKA Shaker) the integrity of this item is only enhanced by this most clever design. I, for 1, have never seen Notorious look more glorious ... lol. Amen.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

NEW MUSIC: USDA - 100 Bottles (Dirty)(DJ)

Streaming Audio/Download Link: USDA - 100 Bottles (Dirty)(DJ)

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: That's a #truestory.

GLC - Momentum (Official Music Video)

GLC - Momentum (Official Music Video) from Davy Greenberg on Vimeo.

The First Lady Of LiveStyle Says: If you're on the Chicago "scene" then I'm sure that there are more than just a few familiar faces in this video. Shout out to Davy Greenberg for putting this epic piece of work together! Oh and I see Y.O.U. Sunny, Ruben, Lewis, Baines, Raphael & more! Had I been home, I might have considered making a cameo too! LOL. We all know that I am NO stranger to driving through my city's streets. :c )

Signing Off...

The Homie Curt@!n$ Interview @ True Stories Radio. Launch x A Special LiveStyle "Respect The Architects" Commentary.

The First Lady Of LiveStyle Says: Well well well, looks like 'Ye has officially left his Graduation themed KanyeUniverseCity behind and moved forward to the more modern Lo and behold, his cybertron girfriend, Amber Rose, is featured front and center welcoming Y.O.U. to "The Wonderful World Of Kanye West V2.0". She's sporting a knee brace similar to mine! Except I can't hold a yoga position to save my life..LOL! Oh yeah, be forewarned that this is NOT the most user friendly website ever ... lol. You'll figure it out though.

Anyway, besides that frame of Amber and the frustrating set up, Mr. West also put out a video for "Coldest Winter." The concept isn't what Y.O.U. would expect to see, but then again, what else, but the "unexpected" can Y.O.U. expect from 'Ye? Thought I'd share.

Signing Off... After much too long..

I just found some hidden links in the white space. Explore! ;c )

Respect The Architects:
CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Ahhhhhhhhhhh, to be young and fascinated by creative efforts that, while NOT advertised as completely new, rarely, if ever, give proper credit to the awesome feats of imagination that have inspired them.

Now, the previous statement is in no way meant to belittle the youth for their inexperience (NOTE: Which is totally relative because I know enough now to know that I don't know nearly enough @ all ... lol), rather it is an acknowledgement of the great possibilities presented to us when today's artists reference the past. Much like the often long forgotten records that Kanye West and other superproducers sample and chop into reanimated pop music versions of their fomer selves, each time that any of today's artists extract from the past said artist's fans become encouraged to explore exciting new worlds and connect-the-dots of brilliance that surround us everyday. As chief curator of the Livestyle brand I relish the opportunity to help Y.O.U. connect such dots every chance that I get. The pleasure is all mine.

Kanye West regularly steps out of Hip Hop's narrow "box" to embrace different ideologies and allow his artistic side to be aroused by a limitless range of beauty and for that we should ALL be grateful. *Cue Jay-Z "A Star Is Born" Voice* "Clap for him".

Soooooooooooooo, today, Kanye and his sexxy redbone Strangé took a cue from the REAL Strangé - the incomperable Grace Jones. Know the ledge.

“Good artists copy, great artists steal” - Picasso

Live From Bryant Park: Burberry Fall Winter 2010/11 Womenswear (Full Show)(Pts. 1 x 2)



Behind The Scenes: Lloyd Banks Ft. Juelz Santana "Beamer, Benz Or Bentley" Video Shoot Footage x In-Studio Performance.

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Full disclosure time: I must confess that I originally had a less than 0% interest in hearing yet another painfully obnoxious musical homage to Hip Hop's perpetual infatuation with the "I-just-made-my-1st-million" trappings of the nouveau riche, however, I've gotta give it up for Lloyd Banks's Juelz Santana assisted comeback record ... "Beamer, Benz Or Bentley" knocks my nigga! Good shit.

Rick Ross Ft. Chrisette Michelle - Mafia Music 2.0

The 2010 Chanel Sport Collection = The Best Damn Sports Clothes Period!

Available @ Select Chanel Boutiques Worldwide.

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Fundamental to the greater Livestyle experience is having the wherewith all to instantly recognize the distinct difference between downright tackiness and tongue-in-cheek extravagance and being able to draw the necessary line in the ebony Tahaitian sand between the 2. Of course nobody takes to the slopes from head to ski strapped boot in Chanel (NOTE: Well, perhaps a countess having a holiday on the Swiss Alps might ... lol) and that is precisely what makes the new 2010 Chanel Sport Collection so wonderful!

Sports equipment is, @ its most basic Hydrogen atomic level, meant strictly to provide an athlete with uncompromising support, protection and, in some instances, even give them an edge against their competition - clearly there is no sporting good reason for such luxurious to activewear. That having been said, I ask, "Who cares?" I aint planning to play a game of "Around The World" @ Brooklyn's Wingate Park with a Chanel basketball. And I would totally old school WWF Honkey Tonk Man break that guitar over somebody's too-rich-too-pretentious head if they unsheathed it from it's quilted buttery leather case in my presence and even attempted to seriously play it! LOL.

The point is that there is no point to this most assuredly astronomically priced range @ all AND therein lies it's true value my friend. Get fly! Get it? Got it? Good.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Come 1 Come All: Watch As Lil Duval Serves The "Basic Bitch Queen" Natalie Of The "Bad Girls Club" A Slice Of In-Flight Humble Pie = Hilarious!

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: SCENE: While on a recent flight back to L.A., comedian Lil Duval literally "chin checks" bitchasaurus rex Natalie - the professional Jay Leno impressionist/dim witted star of your girl's favorite alternate reality show, the Oxygen Network's ridiculously popular "Bad Girls Club". And I quote, "Your chin long as shit! That shit curves" ... lol. The funniest thing about this exchange is that son is all the way serious. Wooooooooooooooow! This video is sooooooooo brutal (READ: Great!) Y.O.U. gotta L.O.V.E. it!

Live From The Sunrise, FL Stop Of The Blueprint 3 Tour: Jay-Z x Young Jeezy Perform "Real As It Gets".

Fabolous Previews His Long Awaited Mixtape "There Is No Competition 2" For Mixtape Daily @ MTV.Com.

The Nike Hyperdunk Kobe Bryant Aston Martin Edition = Drive-By Fly.

"Nike has combined forces with Aston Martin for a very special edition Nike Hyperdunk Kobe Bryant Aston Martin edition. This special shoe is like no other and features premium leathers and the Aston Martin logo on the tongue. This shoe is a must have for anyone that is a collector of Hyperdunks and Kobe Bryant shoe."

Information Courtesy Of: Osneaker.Com

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Velocity. Performance. Excellence. Dominance. All terms that describe both the pinnacle of luxury automotive excellence that is Aston Martin and professional sports phenomenon Kobe Bryant. Opposites may attract, but the brand new Nike Hyperdunk Kobe Bryant Aston Martin Edition might, indeed, qualify as the perfect pair. Yup, 1st the commercial and now this.

Composed of the requisite premium leather, Flyfit upper and Zoom Air technology characteristic of all Nike Hyperdunk models, the only glimmer of superlative affluence to adorn these kicks is the signature Aston Martin "winged" logo that graces the not-so-wagging tongue of these über limited edition gems.

As always, Y.O.U. can cop the "Early Bird Special" @ Osneaker.Com OR Y.O.U. can simply breathlessly await the glorious day when 500 of these kicks hit Tier-0 accounts worldwide later this Spring. Drive to the hoop or drive in the Vantage Coupe. Pick a lane.


Sunday, February 21, 2010

Wiz Khalifa - Kush x Orange Juice (Official Mixtape Promo Trailer)

Roscoe Dash Ft. Soulja Boy - All The Way Turnt Up (Official Music Video)

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Catchiness be damned. Even @ this more mature juncture of my life and endowed with a rarefied sense of cultural connoisseurship, much to my chagrin, it would appear that I am still super susceptible to infectious hook and beat driven songs. Oh yeah, the fact that my brother Niketown plays this Roscoe Dash and Soulja Boy tune non-stop while we're on our route doesn't help matters either ... lol. Hey, I'm not some complete old head "fuddy duddy" type nigga though ... there's always room for brilliantly fun lowbrow fair such as this! Guilty pleasures rule!

Jay-Z Talks Turning 40, Barack Obama, Valentine's Day With Beyonce x Performs "On To The Next One" Live On Friday Night With Jonathan Ross.



NEW MUSIC: Young Jeezy - Trap Or Die 2 (Reloaded)(Dirty)(NO DJ)

Streaming Audio/Download Link: Young Jeezy - Trap Or Die 2 (Reloaded)(Dirty)(NO DJ)

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Although apparently NOT attached to either his long over-due (NOTE: In hyper-accelerated internet time) "Trap Or Die 2" mixtape or the impending release of the latest entry in his "Epistle To The Hustlers" series, "T.hug M.otivation 103", please consider this street leak as "Trap Or Die 2.1" ... "Reloaded" and reintroduced to Y.O.U. on the re-up. Aint a damn thing wrong with a raw sample of that new A-Work homie. "JEFE!"

Behind The Scenes: Lil Wayne x Co. "Roger That"


CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Yes, the still prepping for prison, Lil Wayne, and his Young Money afterschool program continue to crank out the videos in anticipation of his skid-bid on New York City's Riker's Island. March 2nd is inching ever so close ... who's ready to play some "razor tag"?

In Related News: Nicki Minaj uses this song as a platform to announce to the world that yours truly is the ONLY dope boy she'll let "boink for free" ... lol. "Roger THAT".

The Brunch Bunch Pt. 75

Reverend T.D. Jakes Approved.