Monday, May 31, 2010


CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS:  As I have stated in the past, irrespective of your personal feelings towards America's now seemingly perpetual state of war and imperialistic concerns, on Memorial Day (NOTE:  And Veteran's Day as well), I implore Y.O.U. to put aside the contentious partisan bickering and to, instead, salute all of the brave men and women of our Armed Services who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of our beloved country.  Sure this is the un-official official kick-off to the Summer 2010 season and the homemade BBQ sauce smothered ribs posted on that good Weber® grill smell something delicioso, but please take a brief sun drenched minute to appreciate what this national holiday is really all about.  Remember:  All gave some, but some gave all.  Happy Memorial Day 2010!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Saturday, May 29, 2010

RegularOlTy x Leaders 1354 x New Era Collab.

The First Lady Of LiveStyle Says: As the 3rd and final release, Y.O.U. might want to get your hands on these limited edition RegularOlTy for Leaders 1354 New Era fitteds. No 2 hats are the same and I can guarantee they will not be put into production again, as Leaders tradition is to never repeat the same hat twice. These one of a kind fitteds were scheduled to go on sale this past week, but due to a change in the sites shopping cart, luckily the release was pushed back to Monday 5/31. Y.O.U. already know how this goes, or atleast Y.O.U. should... Early is never early enough!

Signing Off...

NEW MUSIC: Kanye West Ft. Dwele - Power (Dirty)(NO DJ)(1st Single Off Of "Good Ass Job")

Streaming Audio/Download Link: Kanye West Ft. Dwele - Power (Dirty)(NO DJ)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Keep It On The Download: Rick Ross - The Albert Anastasia EP.

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Download Link: Rick Ross - The Albert Anastasia EP


01. Diddy Intro (Produced by Infamous)
02. MC Hammer (Produced by Lex Luger)
03. Blowin Money Fast (B.M.F.) (feat Styles P) (Produced by Lex Luger)
04. Money Maker (Produced by Boi-1da)
05. Gotti Family (feat. Yo Gotti)
06. Fire Hazard (Produced by The Runners)
07. All I Need (feat. Birdman & Trey Songz)
08. Sweet Life (feat. John Legend) (Produced by John Legend)
09. Super High (feat. Ne-Yo) (Produced by DJ Clark Kent & The Remedy)
10. Knife Fight (feat. Kool G Rap)
11. White Sand Part 2 (feat. Triple C’s)
12. 300 Soldiers (Produced by L-Don)
13. Nasty (feat. Masspike Miles) *Bonus*


Sickamore x XXL Magazine Presents: The Famous Factory Show = Better Than The Cheesecake Factory?

The First Lady of LiveStyle Says: No offense to the headliners, but I'm only really going to show L.O.V.E. to one of our friends here @ LiveStyle, PUSH! Montana... #AishaShrugs. LOL! This Friday May 28 @ 7PM on North 6th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn the Sickamore x XXL Magazine Presents: The Famous Factory Show goes di-down clid-down. It's Black Flag time for you cockroaches! See Y.O.U. there!

Signing Off...

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LOVE Magazine Presents: The Louis Vuitton Archive Project (Ready-To-Wear, Handbags x Shoes From 1998-2010)(Directed By James Lima x Katie Grand)

The New Chrome Hearts x Rick Owens Sneaker Collabo = Lover's Rock!

"Chrome Hearts worked with Rick Owens on a collaborative pair of sneakers. As with previous Chrome Hearts releases, the host item is adorned with various silver embellishments. Look for these in Chrome Hearts flagship stores."

Information Courtesy Of: Highsnobiety.Com

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: If Y.O.U. can imagine what the awe-inspiring offspring of a condom-less Nike Air Force One and Pierre Hardy tryst might resemble, then Y.O.U. are well on your way to envisioning what the new Chrome Hearts and Rick Owens Sneaker collabo has to offer.

The glamorized goth palette of American born/Paris based designer Rick Owens meshes incredibly well with the romantic vroom, vroom Chrome Hearts motorcycle aesthetic and gives us some basic black Italian leather luxury kicks with some kick ass silver ornaments and details.

Although neither fashion house's name should be new to members of the truly distinguished style cognoscenti, both Rick Owens and Chrome Hearts are still waaaaaaaaay off of the mainstream fashion, cookie cutter Trendoid radar (READ: Totally worth buying). Invest in fresh!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

PUSH! Montana - 1 Man Army (R.I.P. ODB)(Over Ason Unique's "Brooklyn Zoo")(Official Music Video)

Trey Songz x Keri Hilson Premiere "Yo Side Of The Bed" (Official Music Video)

Chicago Bulls x Lebron James x Phil Jackson = A Potential Problem.

The First Lady of LiveStyle Says: Phil Jackson coming back to coach the Bulls without Mike may sound like pure fuxkery, but the chances of Lebron James being traded aren't as odd as Y.O.U. might think. Word on the street from my good friends back home is that "the king" was in town looking for condos the other day. #AishaShrugs #GoBulls!

Signing Off...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Hitting Newsstands Next Week: Nicki Minaj For Vibe Magazine June/July 2010 (Preview)

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Judging from the looks of this electric promo shot for the June/July 2010 issue of Vibe Magazine, everybody's favorite Mattel® Barbie® doll on Meth behaving/über marketing savvy femme c is right on schedule as she continues her "massive attack" upon the hearts and minds of the most vulnerable amongst us - the children. That's right boys and girls: Think Pink! LOL. "There's a Nightmare On Elm Street and guess who's playing Freddy!" G-G-G-Get'em Cookie!

Rick Ross Ft. Diddy - The Albert Anastasia EP (Intro)(Official Music Video)

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: The NOT so long awaited yet still highly anticipated prelude to the "Teflon Don" album, "The Albert Anastasia EP" (NOTE (A Brief History Of Violence): The real Albert Anastasia (born Umberto Anastasio) was the head of what we today universally recognize as the Gambino crime family and was christened "Lord High Executioner" as the legendarily violent patriarch of the original mass murder for hire team, Murder Inc. No Irv Gotti.) drops this Thursday May 27. Who's ready for some brand new overly cut procaine sold as cartoonishly glorified cocaine raps!? "BAAAAAAAAAWSE!"

Monday, May 24, 2010

NEW MUSIC: Fat Joe Ft. Trey Songz - If It Aint About Money (Mastered)(Dirty)(NO DJ)

Streaming Audio/Download Link: Fat Joe Ft. Trey Songz - If It Aint About Money (Mastered)(Dirty)(NO DJ)

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Thankfully, for your ears and mine, Fat Joey Cartegena has learned from his last album's "Aloha" debacle with Pleasure P (NOTE: Y.O.U. will probably never read that name here again as even merely typing the name "Pleasure" in relation to another dude makes me highly uncomfortable ... lol) and, this time around, instead enlisted the talents of the homie Trey Songz for this "If It Aint About Money" record. I don't know how I completely feel about this song yet (UPDATE: Yeah, I decided that I DO fux with it just as this entry went to press ... lol), but Fat Joe's "Darkside" is looking kind of bright. Good shit!

Nas x Damien Marley - As We Enter (Official Music Video)

Red Cafe - No Witnesses (Official Music Video)(Directed By Ramon Cruz)

The D.Q.M. Short Sleeve Oxford Shirt For Summer 2010 = "Olly Olly Oxford Free!"

"Dave’s Quality Meat continues to impress with their offerings outside of the usual graphic tees and hats with a great selection for summer in the form of chinos, shorts and oxfords. Normally not ones to endorse short sleeve oxfords, the range of muted tones, slimmer cut body and perfectly cut sleeves. One can only hope these are made in the USA."

Information Courtesy Of: Limitedhype.Com

Available Online Here: DQMnewyork.Com

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: In my ongoing efforts to blend both the urban and the urbane I am happy to announce that my pursuits are being aided by a thoughtful segment of the current fashion market that is sympathetic to my discriminating needs.

As a person whom likes to occasionally channel a Cape Cod afternoon to my Brooklyn stoop via khaki shorts and the rolled up sleeves of a relaxed dress shirt, I am completely smitten with these D.ave's Q.uality M.eats Short Sleeve Oxford Shirts for Summer 2010.

Available in 3 warm weather color palettes these light weight button-down beauties fit the bill my G and strike just the right balance between casual and "poindexter" ... lol. Step your game up. Good shit!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Brunch Bunch Pt. 88 (The "1988 Crack Rock" Edition)

Reverend T.D. Jakes Approved.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

NEW MUSIC: Tony Yayo Ft. 50 Cent - Pass The Patron (Dirty)(NO DJ)

Streaming Audio/Download Link: Tony Yayo Ft. 50 Cent - Pass The Patron (Dirty)(NO DJ)

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Ehhhhhhh, I really don't care for this song ... it's a little too generic for me ... I expect much more from the once mighty G-Unit camp. I mean, we're still dedicating songs to overpriced yet terribly mediocre highly commercialized beverages? Really? Is that what's poppin' for 2010? Not only will I "Pass The Patron", but I will also pass on this record. Hey, that's just my opinion though. What say Y.O.U. loyal Livestyle readers?

PUSH! Montana - M.oney I.n The B.ank State Of Mind (Over Nasir's "New York State Of Mind")(Official Music video)

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Shout out to my Brooklyn brothers-from-other-beautiful-mothers Mandalay Jay and PUSH! Montana! Good shit!

Live From A Trump Towers Luxury Honeymoon Suite Overlooking Central Park Diddy x Rick Ross Discuss Their New Bromance.


Teairra Mari - Over (Official Music Video)(Directed By Murry Mile)

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Lo and behold there IS sustainable life after royally fucking up a Jay-Z co-sign early in your career ... lol. Yes, Teairra Mari is back and all it took was 1 amateur gold digger anthem ("Sponsor") and this sing-songy remake of Drake's "Over". This jump off has aged quit nicely. Salute this young woman!

Fresh T-Shirts! Get Your Fresh Limited Edition C.rooks V.ault V.ado "Slime Flu" T-Shirt Here!

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CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Tonight Cam'ron's most notable "Dipset Replacement Killer" and fellow life long Harlem representer, Vado, is pulling double duty unveiling both his solo mixtape "Slime Flu" and the Crooks & Castles sponsored collabo t-shirt that accompanies his latest overture to the streets.

Although New York City is a fashion capital and our diverse denizens regularly occupy the driver's seat for international pop culture, curiously, most of our new Hip Hop acts choose to climb the ladder of success naked - that is they either blindly forgo or simply ignore the intrinsic value of the creative cross-market collaboration in today's new media landscape. Basically, it's not nearly enough to merely be a "good rapper" in this ultra competitive climate where an artist must not only do battle with other acts playing musical chairs @ x___________________________ (Insert Random Major Or Independent Record Label Name Here.), but also struggles to seize the fleeting attention of today's fickle consumer.

Apparently, Vado got the memo and wisely hooked up with the sultans of streetwear @ Crooks & Castles and cooked up some cut and sew crack just in time for Summer 2010. Emblazoned with the signature Crooks & Castles re-rendered Versace Medusa's head rocking a bandit style bandana, the official limited edition "Slime Flu" C.rooks V.ault V.ado t-shirt goes on sale tonight @ the meet and greet @ Goliath NY in Harlem, NY and will be available while supplies last. Get yours!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Red Cafe "No Witnesses" (Official Mixtape Trailer)

Rick Ross - Ft. Ne-Yo - Super High (Directed By F. Gary Gray)(Co-Starring Stacey Dash)(Inspired By Chevy Chase As "Clark Griswald")

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Hmmmmmmm, me thinks that either director F. Gary Gray or Rick Ross or BOTH are big fans of the classic "National Lampoon's Family Vacation" movie. I mean, come on, Ricky Rawse clearly pulls a modified "Clark Griswald Getting @ Christie Brinkley on the highway" mack maneuver on the age-defying beauty Stacey Dash quite early in this film caliber visual. I know what I saw ... lol. Good shit!


As long time Livestyle readers well know, I rarely miss an opportunity to point out current artistic efforts that liberally reference the past and I take great pride in doing so. No, this is most assuredly NOT your run-of-the-mill self-absorbed kind of pride, rather this is a pride that comes from sincerely enjoy connecting the dots that outline our rich culture born of the greater pop-culture and acknowledging the symbiotic relationship that each share. So, click play on the video above and peep some of that good ole Clark Griswald game! Know the ledge.

A 1986 Andy Warhol Self-Portrait Sells For A Record $32.5 Million @ Sotheby's = And Y.O.U. Thought That Buying Out The Bar Was Cool!

"A late self-portrait by “pope of pop” Andy Warhol sold for a record 32.5 million dollars at Sotheby’s in New York on Wednesday.

The stark 1986 image of Warhol’s famous face and unkempt hair was estimated to sell at between 10-15 million at the contemporary art auction.

The huge final sale value was in line with the strong demand for Warhols shown at the contemporary art auction at rival Christie’s in Manhattan on Tuesday.

The Sotheby’s sale was the highest price paid for a self-portrait by the iconoclastic artist, who died a year after the work was completed.

According to the auctions giant, this final self-portrait by Warhol captures his “attitude toward presenting his outer self, tempting us with the thought that he might finally let us glimpse his most intimate inner self.”

Ninety-four percent of lots at Sotheby’s found buyers, totaling just under 190 million dollars in sales, following a healthy performance for contemporary art at Christie’s the previous day.

Another big seller at Sotheby’s was Mark Rothko’s untitled abstract canvas dominated by the color red, which sold for 31.4 million dollars, up from pre-sale estimates of 18-25 million dollars.

A portrait of a saxophonist by Jean-Michel Basquiat — “Untitled (Stardust)” — sold for a whopping 7.25 million dollars, compared to the 1.8-2.5 million dollar estimate.

Another Warhol, “Flowers,” sold for 7.6 million dollars, beating the estimate of five to seven million dollars.

Jackson Pollock’s “Number 12A, 1948: Yellow, Gray, Black,” sold for 8.8 million dollars, double the low end of the four-six million-dollar estimate.

The painting was featured in a famous 1949 Life magazine article titled “Jackson Pollock: Is he the greatest living painter in the United States?”

Last week at Christie’s, a 1932 painting by Pablo Picasso, “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust,” set the world record for an art auction at 106.5 million dollars.

This snapped the record set just in February in London of 104.3 million dollars for Alberto Giacometti’s “Walking Man I” sculpture and confirmed a return of the bulls to a luxury market laid low by the 2008 global financial crisis.

Information Courtesy Of: Luxuo.Com

Additional Information Courtesy Of: NYDailynews.Com

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: As a student of the past and an intrepid pilot of the new, fine art holds a very special place in my heart of hearts. As a child, my mother nurtured my budding illustrative gifts by enrolling me into weekend art classes @ the venerable Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY (NOTE: I would take the kiddie classes and she would take the advanced adult course - my Mom is über talented too. After 2 hours of paint splattered watercolor fun and charcoal pencil stenciled visions it was back to the bus and the Franklin Shuttle train as we crisscrossed the borough and made our way home.) In fact, I was even accepted to The High School Of Art and Design in Manhattan, NY, but I declined, went to Xavier High School (also in Manhattan) to hoop it up and got sidelined by my b-a-d attitude and a dickhead for a coach. This is me. LOL. Anyway, I reveal all of this to say that long before my world became a crime related snow globe, my hopes and dreams where more Sports Illustrated® and, even earlier than that, my 1st true L.O.V.E. has always been art - whatever the medium.

To that end, I simply have to share the news of this 1986 Andy Warhol self-portrait selling for a record $32.5 million @ Sotheby's last week Wednesday. This massive self-portrait of the legendary Pop-Art pioneer was plucked from the personal collection of designer Tom Ford (NOTE: Who knew that Mr. "I-Single-Handedly-Saved-The-Gucci-Brand" has such a brolic art collection?) and was snatched up in a bidding war by an anonymous buyer with evidently very deep pockets and/or a mile long credit line.

Although members of the high end contemporary art world constitute the tiniest percentage of the only the wealthiest of sorts amongst us, I do regard the recent auction house art sales boom as a promising harbinger of good things to come for the global market in general. Look, I mean, if you were impressed the $32.5 million that Andy Warhol's self portrait commanded @ auction (NOTE: And it IS, indeed, an impressive feat.), one need only venture back 1 week prior to the Warhol purchase to encounter an even more extraordinary sale - that of Picasso's "Nude, Green Leaves and Bust" which set a world record of $106.5 million @ Christie's. *Cue Joey Lawrence Voice* "Whoa!".

Yes, as the beloved music industry that I grew up on fades into the rear view mirror of my mind, I find myself increasingly looking towards art and film as my new promised land. Hey, it's all art to me ... I've gotta keep the creative juices flowing. This is Livestyle.

Sunday, May 16, 2010