Thursday, April 29, 2010

Young Jeezy - Hood Politics (Official Music Video)(Off Of His Forthcoming "Trap Or Die 2" Mixtape)

Behind The Scenes: Rick Ross Ft. Ne-Yo "Super High" (Directed By F. Gary Gray)(Co-Starring Stacey Dash)

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: F. Gary Gray sitting in the director's chair + the good Stacey Dash principle look = BAAAAAAAAAAAWSE!

Lupe Fiasco - I'm Beaming (Official Music Video)

The Saks Fifth Avenue Exclusive Converse® By John Varvatos Chuck Taylor Studded Flag High-Top Sneakers = Sole Brother # 1!

Available Online Here: Saksfifthavenue.Com

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: As I have alluded to in previous posts, I have what might best be described as a relatively "Laissez-faire" attitude towards my Summer wardrobe. Unless Y.O.U. one is so inclined as to carefully organize and employ a colorful rotation of seersucker (NOTE: When worn too much, please place the emphasis on the "sucker" ... lol) suits, there are few imaginative Summer clothing options for the fly gentlemen. This is where a good shoe game comes into play.

Where the Winter months provide us with ample opportunities to showcase complex nuances of expression through layers of sweaters and overcoats, the casual Summer selection often gets whittled down to t-shirts, shorts and kicks. That being the case, in the bright light of day, sneakers often take the marquee and become the unchallenged star of the outfit show!

This season is sure to see a water main break-like flood of fresh footwear offerings and 1 of my early favorites are the Saks Fifth Avenue exclusive Converse® by John Varvatos Chuck Taylor Studded Flag High-Top Sneakers.

These $100 limited edition black-on-black American Flag inspired reimagined Chuck Taylors are constructed of pyramid-stud "stars" and twill/metallic stitched "stripes". Contemporary menswear impresario John Varvatos delivers once again. Militantly cool.

T.I. - I'm Back (Official Music Video)

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: All holy H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks is set to break loose August 17, 2010 when the king is "Uncaged". Salute this man!

NEW MUSIC: Drake - Find Your Love (Dirty)(NO DJ)(Produced By Kanye West)

The First Lady Of LiveStyle Says: Nice try Aubrey, but Y.O.U. can do better and Y.O.U. know that. I listen to Room For Improvement more, and thats when Y.O.U. still had room for improvement. #AishaShrugs. And 'Ye, can I ask why Y.O.U. gave him a beat that sounds like Y.O.U. ditched from 808's yourself? LOL! Smh. Better luck next time boys, because in my opinion this was a #fail.

Signing Off...

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Curt@!n$ – Letter To The People (Official Music Video)

Curt@!n$- Letter to the People Pt.1 from itscalmatic on Vimeo.

Living The "Suite" Life Of Zack & Cody: The Waldorf Astoria's The Waldorf Towers "Sex And The City 2" Movie Package = Do It Up Like Carrie & Co.

"I would rather gouge my eyes out with the heel of a mold-encrusted Manolo than see Sex and the City 2 , set to be unleashed in theaters on May 27th.

(For the record, I liked the HBO series, but was appalled by the first movie, which apparently makes me a lonely heretic, since it did very well in the box office.)

Still, I cannot ignore the buzz that's building around the sequel, and Manhattan's Waldorf Astoria's The Waldorf Towers is offering a Sex and The City Movie package, which is actually a pretty good deal. Stay for two nights at $300, double occupancy, eat cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery, drink two Cosmos at the hotel's Bull & Bear restaurant, get two 60-minute spa treatments (one per person), and... two tickets to see the blessed movie itself. You can also take the Sex and the City NYC tour.

Nota bene, these activities probably won't have anything to do with the new movie, which centers around a trip to Abu Dhabi (filmed in Morocco). And it has to be said that these Manhattan-based activities are starting to feel a little retro, since let's face it, it's been 12 years since the series started airing and six years since it stopped -- but hey, nothing's wrong with a little nostalgia. Other hotels in the city are also offering similar packages.

The package runs May 1st to August 30th, but movie tickets are only available when the movie is in theaters. And if history's any indication, given the track-record of these sort of sequels, the run could be short -- so if this package intrigues, book earlier rather than later."

Information Courtesy of: Luxist.Com

Visit The Waldorf Astoria Hotel Online Here: Waldorfnewyork.Com

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS:  The Livestyle authority of better living through cultural refinement dictates that an individual accurately assess and, subsequently, go about the means of possessing and enjoying all that this splendid life has to offer - irrespective of price.  Now, while it is true that luxury often comes @ a steep premium, that is not an absolute.  Indeed, it is incumbent upon the educated enthusiast to be able to recognize and take relentless advantage of a great bargain ... only a fool habitually pays retail ... lol. To that end, it would be criminally negligent of me to not apprise Y.O.U. of the ridiculously cheap "Sex And The City" Movie Package @ New York City's legendary Waldorf Astoria's The Waldorf Towers Hotel.

This limited time promotional package celebrating the release of the revenge of everybody's favorite Manolo Blahnik heeled mob is a no brainer: $300 gets Y.O.U. a 2 night stay accommodations for 2 in the Waldorf Towers, delicious and massively frosted cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery (NOTE: A favorite of mine second only to my lady's homemade cupcakes), 2 Cosmos @ the hotel's Bull & Bear restaurant, 2 60-minute spa treatments (1 per person), and, obviously, 2 tickets to see the actual movie - duh. Like, in NYC a glorified junkie motel like Best Western can easily run Y.O.U. a $150 a night; and don't even get me started on tallying up the extras. Follow these helpful steps: 1) Guesstimate how much you've blown on obscenely overpriced bottle service in x_____________________ (insert random douche bag nightclub name here). 2) Smack yourself in the face. 3) Book the Waldorf Astoria's The Waldorf Towers "Sex And The City 2" Movie Package.

Hey, sure I could do without the cosmos (NOTE: I much prefer the warm of embrace of a well aged Whiskey and/or Bourbon myself) and I will go on record as of right NOW that my shorty is free to invite along any friend of hers whom is even remotely interested in seeing this Sexy sequel, but I am NOT about to pass up this opportunity for an awesome stay-cation in a sumptuous suite high atop Park Avenue overlooking my hometown metropolis. Stop playing.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Young Jeezy Ft. Plies - Lose My Mind (Official Music Video)

Fat Joe Performs "Slow Down (Ha Ha)" Live @ Club Mansion In South Beach, Miami @ Thestreets.TV.

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Sans "Young Jizzle With The Stamp In The Middle", Fat Joey Cartegena launches into a performance of his current hit record "Slow Down (Ha Ha)" live @ Club Mansion in South Beach, Miami. Of course his next project "The Darkside" is going to go quadruple wood, but, it's nice to soak up a little sliver of the limelight from time-to-time ... lol. No hate on this side my nigga. Do ya thing homie!

Jae Millz - Verbal Intercourse (Freestyle)

The Brunch Bunch Pt. 84

Reverend T.D. Jakes Approved.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Preview: The Louis Vuitton New Bond Street, London Maison Store Opening.

Young Jeezy Ft. Plies - Lose My Mind (Official Music Video Preview)

Diddy Says, "I'm Sorry" To The Losers For Ciroc Being Voted "Best Premium Vodka" @ PTwittyTV.

The Burberry Spring 2010 "April Showers" Collection = Sun Shower Fresh!

"Burberry re-imagines their trenchcoats and jackets for the change of weather. Their “April Showers” collection for Spring 2010 features new colorways on their classic cuts. While the trenches are in focus right now, the stow away jackets have caught our eye. Their simple front finish and packability make them appealing for those days when weather changes like girlfriends."

Information Courtesy Of: Selectism.Com

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: It never ceases to amuse and amaze my delicate senses how often the tour bus of fashion finds itself circling temporary trends, only to responsibly return to the steadfast style depot when all is said and done.

Season after predictable season, black makes a triumphant come back (NOTE: Only after the proclamation of another popular pigment as the "new black" has run it's course ... lol), hem lines rise, neck lines plunge and edgy design impresarios decide that it is once again time to revisit the curated aesthetics of classic style. True arbiters of flyness never stray far from gilded staples of enduring taste, but, still, it's nice to see - if simply for a stitch in time - the rest of the world catch up with us. Apparently, for Spring and Summer 2010, sensibly chic is in with many famous fashion houses showcasing crisp and clean offerings. Case In Point: The Burberry Spring 2010 "April Showers" Collection.

After the ruthless rape of Burberry's signature "Nova Check" tartan print by vapid Trendoids, the label fell out of favor with many and was exiled to Siberia, however, for those of us in the know, this British bastion of luxury never lost a step. The brilliant Spring 2010 "April Showers" Collection comes as the Burberry brand experiences a resurgence amongst fickle fashionistas with a couple bucks to spend and looks to capitalize on it's retrieved adoration.

British designer of the year, Christopher Bailey, gives characteristic trenchcoats, stow away jackets, polo shirts and accessories charismatic splashes of bold color that add contemporary edge to standard elegance. Now, THIS is how Y.O.U. "fix up and look sharp!" Good shit!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Behind The Scenes: Rosa Acosta x Estevan Oriol x T.I.T.S. Collabo T-Shirt Photoshoot = Jizz. In. My. Pantalones.


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Nas x Damien Marley (Distant Relatives) Discuss The U.S. Revoking Reggae Artist's Visas @ VladTV.Com AKA What Kine Ah Fuckery Is Dis?

Ciara Ft. Ludacris - Ride (Official Music Video)

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Ummmmmmm, yeah, sooooooooooooo, I don't really know how many people there are left walking GOD's green Earth that still give much of a fuck about Ciara and/or her increasingly marginalized music status, but, this video is worth a looksie ... lol. Ciara most definitely gets it in on this 1 yall! Good shit!.

UPDATE: The First Lady Of LiveStyle Says: It's safe to say that Ciara is no longer hiding her"goodies" in comparison to her debut video with Petey Pablo. And Bow Wow is probably feeling some type of way after watching this. "If Y.O.U. liked it, then Y.O.U. shoulda kept the ring on it" LOL!

Let me quit bullshittin'. Some of Y.O.U. may already know and for the those that don't, I, Aisha "Ms. Windy City" Ali, used to dance. Despite all the raunchy bull riding, from one dancer to another, I recognize Ciara's talent. With a gang of new followers, I predicted the hype and excessive YouTube views coming once people saw her go back to her roots and dance her 5'7 a** off. I'm pleased to see her mature as an artist and give a few femme artists out now a run for their money. The simplicity of this video forces Y.O.U. to pay attention to her and a few minor details. I guess we can put an end to the rumors about her sex change too. LOL!

Signing Off...

It's only a LiveStyle tradition that I post the video that I made a reference to, right? Right. Reminisce.

Respect The Architects: R.I.P. Guru (Of Gangstarr).

"Guru of Gangstarr Dies, Writes Letter To Supporters

Legendary Gangstarr artist Guru has succumbed to cancer after a lengthy bout with the disease.

The artist, born Keith Elam, died on Monday April 19. He was 43 years old.

Solar, Guru's partner, expressed sadness over the loss.

"The world has lost one of the best MCs and Hip-Hop icons of all-time -- my loyal best friend, partner, and brother, Guru," Solar said in a statement. "Guru has been battling cancer for well over a year and has lost his battle! This is a matter that Guru wanted private until he could beat it, but tragically, this did not happen. The cancer took him. Now the world has lost a great man and a true genius.

Guru, a Boston native, rose to fame in the 80's as one half of Gangstarr, the iconic rap group with DJ Premier.

The group released six highly regarded albums in their tenure until 2003 when they broke up. After his successful run with Premier, Guru founded 7 Grand Records with producer Solar.

Solar went on to tend to the rapper as he fell ill, seemingly controlling the flow of information and access to Guru. Many of his family members complained that they were denied their right to see him."

Read The Full Story Here: Allhiphop.Com

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Since it's formative years, Hip Hop, as a culture, has had to deal with mortality and the specific complexities of untimely death. B.oogie D.own P.roduction co-founder DJ Scott La Rock was murdered in a hail of bullets in August of 1987 setting in motion a sad pattern of violence that culminated with the assassinations of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls and, sadly, still continues until this day.

Now, as Hip Hop grows older, we inevitably must face the loss of luminaries due to a host of new complications. Yes, Trouble T. Roy died in an accident and Eazy-E lost his battle with AIDS - so, it hasn't been all gun smoke - but, moving forward, we will increasingly see many of our pioneers pass from prolonged illnesses, diseases and, eventually, even age.

Whilst Livestyle is dedicated to the delicacy of refinement and the exploration and discovery of the joys of life, as a blogger, I am also obligated to acknowledge it's inherent duality ... particularly when it hits so close to our Hip Hop home. Yesterday the music world bid a premature farewell to G.ifted U.niversal R.hymes U.nlimited of the legendary group Gangstarr.

Mr. "It's Mostly The Voice" and his partner in crhyme, DJ Premier, expanded Hip Hop's musical vocabulary and crafted some of the most beloved and memorable compositions that we have ever heard. Arcane Jazz records were lifted from cobweb covered crates, sampled, looped and cut to precision by DJ Premier, setting an enviable stage for Guru to lay his unmistakable monotone soliloquies of excellence. Lyrically simple, but mentally nimble, Guru represented substance and could always be counted on to deliver compelling music to an intelligent audience. Guru was never a favorite MC of mine independently, however, as the voice of Gangstarr, he is responsible for some of my favorite songs of all time ... songs that have become a cherished part of the soundtrack to my turnstyle hopping, orange box cutter toting Brooklyn childhood. How real is that?

Speculation abounds with regard to the circumstances surrounding Guru's death - not so much about why or how he died, but, rather, with regard to the role that French artist MC Solar played in Guru's personal life during his final years and whether or not his responsible for some of the seemingly petty rhetoric found within Guru's goodbye letter to his fans - but, I refuse to indulge the rumors. I had the pleasure of meeting this man a few times, so, instead, I choose to eulogize and honor an incredibly influential pioneer and remember some of his best work. My sincerest prayers go out Guru's family during this most trying of times. GOD Bless. R.I.P. Keith "Guru" Elam. Respect the architects!



Gang Starr - Mass Appeal
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Behind The Scenes: Young Jeezy Ft. Plies "Lose My Mind" Video Shoot (Pts. 1 x 2).



Happy 4/20, 2010!!!! = When Bloodshot Eyes Are Smiling.

Brush Up On Your 4/20 History Online Here: The Official "Sticky-Icky" Wiki Page

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Yes, once again the chief high holy holiday of High Times Magazine subscribers is upon us. I invite curious onlookers to keep an eye towards the Heavens as dutiful Dutch Master® rollers and proud polyamorous pot puffers of all persuasions put 1, 2 OR 25 in the sky (NOTE: This year the challenge is to, on scale of course, recreate the travel industry crippling volcanic ash clouds that currently blanket Iceland and much of Northern Europe). Although my cotton-mouthed stoner munchies days are well behind me, I have nothing but admiration for the millions of marijuana enthusiasts whom embrace 4/20 as their personal holiday. Merry Spliffmas! LOL.

So, without further ado, whether Y.O.U. smoke that "Reggie Bush" or possess a more mature palate that savors the flavor of a full bodied bud of Sour Diesel, I beckon Y.O.U. to free your baggies and Ziploc® brand sandwich bags of their lush contents, stuff your cigars, pipes, bongs, bowls and vaporizers, grab your lighters and spark 1 up for the good times! Cheers!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

NEW MUSIC: Jadakiss - In For The Kill (Dirty)(DJ)

Streaming Audio/Download Link: Jadakiss - In For The Kill (Dirty)(DJ)

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: FACT: There is NO such thing as a wack Jadakiss verse ... there are only good and better ... lol. Enjoy!

Lil Wayne - I'm Single (Official Music Video)(Co-Starring Tammy Torres x Mizz Natasha)(Directed By DJ Scoob Doo)

Mr. x Mrs. Carter-Knowles Perform "Forever Young" Live @ Coachella 2010.

The Brunch Bunch Pt. 83

Reverend T.D. Jakes Approved.