Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Slauson Boyz - Bangin' (Official Music Video)

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Click play on this BLUEtiful video and watch Nipsey Hussle and Co. get their Loc on homie. Chitty! Chitty! Bang! Bang!

Young Jeezy Ft. Yo Gotti - All White Everything (Official Music Video)(Trailer)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Young Gunz - Closer (Freestyle)(Official Music Video)

The Kenneth Anger For Missoni Fall/Winter 2010/2011 Ad Campaign (Short Film)

Foxy Brown Gives It Up For Nicki Minaj's "Branding" Skills @ Mixtape Daily @ MTV.Com.

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Be still my bulletproof heart! Is this really a (kind of) kinder and gentler Foxy Brown that we have here? Has Inga reemerged as a more mature young woman able to hold both her defiant B-Girl stance, unthreatened by new comers, while, most surprisingly of all, remaining publicly encouraging of the current crème de la Femme-Cee, Ms. Nicki Minaj? Well, yes AND no.

Foxy's remark to the effect that Mattel®'s "Booty Shot" Barbie® is merely very good @ "branding" herself completely negates her ability as an MC, thereby reducing her phenomena to novelty status. In my esteemed opinion, that's a backhanded compliment @ best boys and girls. Nevertheless, this polite non-negative commentary with regard to another female rapper could mark an impressive new chapter in the life of Foxy Brown - a woman whom I've always thought was the most naturally gifted pure Hip Hop Femme-Cee in the game since MC Lyte. With a reality show in the works, if shorty could just get that pesky inflated sense of entitlement off of her fatback, she might be able to mend some fences and salvage any fame that she has left ... and believe me, her fans are still there.

So, in summary, rather than knock her poor outfit choice for her B.B. Kings performance or the spare tire rapidly accumulating perilously close to her " U.pper P.ussy A.rea", I would like to applaud Foxy Brown for biting her tongue, swallowing her pride and playing nice for this MTV interview. Good shit!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Hitting Newsstands Next Week: Diddy x Co. Cover The August/September 2010 15th Annual "Juice" Issue Of Vibe Magazine.

Live From Facebook HQ: Kanye West - Freestyle/"Chain Heavy" (Preview)(Accapella)

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: In light of all of the turmoil surrounding Kanye West's life prior to the release of his last full length player, the near fatal Antares© Auto-Tune™ asphyxiated career suicide attempt of an album, "808's And Heartbreak", I am more than willing to give this creative genius a pass. Son was fucked up before ... period.

Fast forward to 2010 and Mr. West, Mr. West is on a refreshingly innovative creative tear the likes of which Hip Hop music has not seen in too damn long! So what if Amber Rose aint there to put the Hennessey charged battery in his back anymore ... he clearly has learned his lesson ... lol. Trust me yall, "Good Ass Job" is gonna be 1 good ass album!

The Nike Air Force 1 Low "Brooklyn Borough Edition" Supreme I/O Quickstrike Release = Yes, I Am A Brooklyn Bigot And Proud Of It!

"Nike introduced their latest quickstrike pack designed by the famous DJ Clark Kent. Clark Kent as most know is the only one out there that can make the Air Force 1 appealing again. His brilliant ability to blend neat colorways into each other and match up signature patterns has helped Nike revitalize the Air Force 1. The Brooklyn Edition Nike Air Force 1 Low Supreme I/O is one of the most sought after pairs part of the pack. The ‘Five Boroughs’ pack contains 5 different models representing the five boroughs of New York City. Each pair represents each borough properly!


Black/Red Plum-White

Information Courtesy Of: Osneaker.Com

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Every so often, there comes a day when we are each forced to face the cold, unforgiving mirror of reality and confront our own ugly prejudices. For me, today was such a day.

Soooooooooooo, yeah, yesterday I caught wind of the Nike Air Force 1 Quickstrike "5 Borough" Pack and I wasn't really into it. I mean, not only have I long discontinued my membership in the NetJets® Nike Air Force 1 fractional ownership program, but, too add insult to indifference, all I saw were the Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx "Borough Edition" releases. Who fucking cares? However, upon waking up bright and early this magnificent morning to check my email, I was excited to find that the homie Barris @ Osneaker.Com had sent me the complete release information for the Nike Air Force 1 Low "Brooklyn Borough Edition" Supreme I/O from this Quickstrike package ... now we're talking ... lol.

While I can remain very much objective concerning matters of a less intimate nature (NOTE: Like, say, for instance, Global Warming ... lol), with regard to my beloved home turf, I make absolutely no attempt to hide or apologize for my bias ... Brooklyn all day! Fellow Brooklyn native and friend of Livestyle, the world famous DJ Clark Kent, designed this entire über limited edition Tier 0 collection and, without a doubt, put that extra hometown L.O.V.E. into the "B.rooklyn E.dition" Air Force 1.

Featuring a wool and leather blended upper and a chenille (NOTE: Think high school varsity jacket "Letterman" patch material) signature "Swoosh", these black and plum colored bad boys might just own the "Athletic" bracket of this Fall's fly footwear league. Y.O.U. see it. Holla @ ya boy in BK!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Lessons By Larry Leight Pt. 1: The History Of Oliver Peoples.

Oliver Peoples History from Oliver Peoples on Vimeo.

"Oliver Peoples

Oliver Peoples is a retailer and maker of eyewear begun by Larry and Dennis Leight in Los Angeles in 1987. Many early designs were retro-inspired. The brand gained mainstream popularity by the end of the 1980s, largely thanks to an article in the July 10 1989 issue of "Time" magazine. Founded in 1987, Oliver Peoples began with the introduction of a retro-inspired eyewear collection created by renowned designer Larry Leight. Headquartered in Los Angeles, where Hollywood and fashion converge, Oliver Peoples now has seven retail stores located in Los Angeles (2), New York City (3), South Coast Plaza (1) and Tokyo (1). Oliver Peoples eyewear is also available at fine optical and specialty stores on six continents in more than 45 countries and territories."

Spotted Online Here: Imflashy.Com

Read The Full Academic Dictionaries And Encyclopedias Entry Here: The History Of Oliver Peoples

Fabolous Ft. Red Cafe - Tonight/Love Come Down (Official Music Video)(NSFW)

NEW MUSIC: Nicki Minaj Ft. Rick Ross - Your Love (Unofficial Remix)(Dirty)(NO DJ)

Streaming Audio/Download Link: Nicki Minaj Ft. Rick Ross - Your Love (Unofficial Remix)(Dirty)(NO DJ)

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: On what is clearly NOT an official remix, Señor Rozay bellies up to the beat and drops some baller bars on Nicki Minaj's smash hit "Your Love". When the "Teflon Don" is in the house, aint no popular song safe ... lol.

Nicki's vocals don't even sound mastered yo ... me thinks this unauthorized remix was actually cobbled together from lesser Digidesign®/M-Audio® Pro-Tools sessions scraps and reference vocals ... lol. *Cue Annoyingly Catchy Nicki Minaj "Your Love" Adlib Voice* "Dot-da-dot-dot-NOOOOOOO!" LOL. Whatever. "BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWSE!"

Why "Back To The Future" Is Secretly Horryfing x Robert Zemeckis Is A Racist @ Cracked.Com.

Fat Joe "Tales From The Darkside" Eps. 1, 2 x 3: Talks Biggie Wanting To Clap DJ Clue, Booking Biggie's 1st Paid Show x R.Kelly's Boxing Skills.




CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Although it may not be reflected in his rhymes, as anyone who has ever shared a studio session with him can attest, Fat Joe is 1 H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks of a storyteller.

Blessed with a salesman-like gift of gab and an endearing "every man" wit, not to mention being so closely linked to DJ Khaled, and one might have thought that Joey Cooked Coke would have taken to the internet with his "Tales From The Darkside" web series a looooooooong time ago. I mean, son's album is about to drop like TODAY, right? And he's only on his 3rd webisode? Really? Clearly, the lessons of Rick Ross's video-after-video-after-video relentless online media assault didn't make a dent with the geniuses up @ KOCH Records on Fat Joe's "The Darkside Vol. 1" promotion team. It is what it is.

Anyway, while the 1st 2 installments could have been longer, the homie from the BX borough laces listeners with some special memories about the late, great Biggie Smalls and a funny ass story about R.Kelly putting the beats on niggas in a ghetto Chicago "Fight Club" ... lol. Say what Y.O.U. will about Terror Squad top dog's talent, but this man's Hip Hop roots run crazy deep my nigga. Watch and learn. Good shit!

Cam'ron Ft. Vado - We Gettin' Money Baby (Official Music Video)

The APPLEBUM x New Era "Sunshine" Cap = Good Morning Sunshine!

"If you love Hip Hop or R&B music then the chances are you have heard a sample of the classic track from Roy Ayers, Everybody Loves The Sunshine. APPLEBUM pays homage to the classic song by using it as an inspiration for the latest Sunshine cap made in conjunction with New Era. On the front panels are the gold embroidery that reads “Everybody Loves The Sunshine” with matching APPLEBUM logo on the back and New Era logo on the left side. Whole cap is black except the middle section that is printed by a silhouette of a mountain range created by a sunrise in gradient. Currently this cap is available at the APPLEBUM online store and APPLEBUM stockists."

Information Courtesy Of: Freshnessmag.Com

Available Online Here: Applebum.Jp

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Over the past 5 years, Japanese streetwear emissaries, APPLEBUM, have managed to carve out quite a nice niche for themselves in the upscale streetwear global market. Their instantly recognizable and Hip Hop sneaker head relatable K.icks B.ox A.ll S.tars and Mixtape Collection full body prints celebrated the look of many a "poly acquisitional" (NOTE: Shout out to China for that clinical term for a nigga that likes to collect a bucnh of shit ... lol!) member of fly society's homes while simultaneously communicating that level of dedicated connoisseurship of the wearer to the public. To that end, the brand new APPLEBUM and New Era "Sunshine" Cap is yet another exciting fresh fitted nod to the ways of classic Hip Hop.

While many of Y.O.U. may be unfamiliar with the name Roy Ayers, I little doubt that Y.O.U. are more than casually acquainted with this Fusion-Jazz/R&B pioneers sonic works of art which have been sampled by various dusty fingered Hip Hop producers for over 2 decades now. His discography is the definition of "Ubiquity". I mean, except for Vampires, "Everybody Loves The Sunshine". Likewise, EVERYBODY loves the Roy Ayers tune that inspired this fitted.

In any event, this beautiful morning dawn sun drenched show piece for your dome piece is most definitely good money my nig. Aint nothing too "look-@-me-I-just-got-a-Karmaloop-discount-code-and-don't-know-how-to-act-with-mommy-and-daddy's-money" flashy about this item. Y.O.U. already know what it is. Keep your head up!


Uno. (Sample)

Dos. (Example)

Whether Y.O.U. realize it or not, your very viewing of this online destination acts, in effect, as an electronic signature that indicates your full acceptance of the legally binding Livestyle user agreement. In exchange for my unique culturally liberating perspective and anti-trend high fashion editorials, Y.O.U. are entitled to much more than just hastily copied-and-pasted viral videos and images poached from other blogs. No, Y.O.U. clearly deserve much better and better Y.O.U. shall receive! I take immense pride in the advancement of knowledge - of all forms - and relish the opportunity to contribute to this ongoing conversation with specific regard to your individual refinement. This entry offers 1 such occasion.

Roy Ayers has a superior catalogue of music that spans longer than a line @ the D.epartment of M.otor V.ehicles. His genre bending creations have served as a lush garden from which Hip Hop beatsmiths have continually managed to harvest some of the best and most memorable samples the world has ever known.

"Everybody Loves The Sunshine" is 1 of Roy Ayers's most popular hits, however, this "low hanging fruit" of a record, while not obscure, is no less valuable to sample lovers like myself. This gem from 1976 is just 1 of those grooves that every O.G. Hip Hop enthusiast MUST have in their collection. This is 100% Kush blunt music on the beach ... in the Summer ... and I don't even smoke ... lol.

Anyway, although I have neither the time nor the patience to list every artist that has sampled this particular joint from Roy Ayers, for your listening pleasure, I have benevolently included the original record along with 1 of the most famous Hip Hop songs to have successfully sampled it. Come on ... how much do Y.O.U. L.O.V.E. me? LOL. You're welcome. You're ALL welcome!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Brunch Bunch Pt. 95 (The "95 Live" Edition!)

Reverend T.D. Jakes Approved.

Friday, July 23, 2010

T.I. Ft. Keri Hilson - I Got Your Back (Official Music Video)

Helloooooo Ladies: The Limited Edition Sanrio and Dr. Martens 50th Anniversary Collaboration Collection = The Cat's Meow!

"As part of Dr. Martens 50th anniversary, the brand teamed up Sanrio to release a footwear collection featuring Hello Kitty’s bow and a mash-up of Sanrio characters on the classic 1460 8-eye boot and the Mary Jane strap shoe. This exclusive limited edition collection consists of five styles– three 1460 8-eye boots and two Mary Jane strap shoes. Whether you’re a Hello Kitty fan or not, you can’t deny these are real cute. Retail prices are: Mary Jane $119.95, Hello Kitty Boot $134.95 and Sanrio Boot $164.95.

The collection is currently backordered with an approximate ship date of August 28, 2010 on SUPER KAWAII, I need all the boots"

Information Courtesy Of: Nitrolicious.Com

Available Online Here: Nordstrom.Com

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Although neither I nor my brother Niketown have any children of our own yet, thanks to many of our more promiscuous friends (LOL. I keed. I keed.) we both have a number of beautiful nephews and nieces (NOTE: As well as GOD children) to mold in our spectacular images and further indoctrinate into this Livestyle thing of ours. Not that the influence is completely 1 sided. Take this post for instance - the proof is in the footing ... lol.

Our niece Madison Jean is coming into her own as a 7 year old fashionista who, much to the chagrin of her father whom would much prefer that his progeny sport Air Jordans all day, is head over heels in L.O.V.E. with ALL things Hello Kitty®. This entry is dedicated to her and all of the official Livestyle Ladies that aint afraid to indulge their inner child and drop a few dollars on a piece from the über Limited Edition Sanrio and Dr. Martens 50th Anniversary Collaboration Collection.

What Y.O.U. see is what Y.O.U. get - from the Sailor Moon looking white body, blue bottom and red bow festooned Hello Kitty® boot to the all-star Sanrio boot. I don't much care for the Mary-Jane's ... sorry kids.

I can already picture these classic 1460 8-eyes shit kickers on a fashion forward fly girl ... her painted on Stitch's jeans cuffed ever so slightly to give a wink to her more playful side. I'm a sucker for subtle style references. Brains, beauty AND exclusive boots! How could Y.O.U. go wrong lil lady? LOL. Holla @ ya boy in BK!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

NEW MUSIC: Mos Def - Cream Of The Planet (Prod. By Ski Beatz)(Dirty)(NO DJ) - Download x Official Music Video

Streaming Audio/Download Link: Mos Def - Cream Of The Planet (Prod. By Ski Beatz)(Dirty)(NO DJ)

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: This is Mos Def-initely a must listen AND download right here boys and girls. Straight dope from the resurrected Dame Dash's 24 HR Karate School dojo project. HIYAH!

Keyshia Dior For Show Web Gems x A Special Livestyle Commentary.

Pictures Courtesy Of: Cutiecentral.Com

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Let this post make it abundantly clear that I fux with this Keyshia Dior chick hardbody karate! Shorty has been a thick as cold grits blip on my rump detector radar ever since she made her on screen debut earlier this year in the Timbaland featuring Drake visual for "Say Something". In this world of glorified strippers christened by fans of questionable taste as "dimes", today's born again video "models" often do little to separate themselves from the throngs of thongs looking to slide off that silver pole and land a principle role in X_______________________________ (insert random overhyped/under skilled rapper's name here) next uncut internet video.

Ms. Dior is different.

Although she is branded with the whore's equivalent of the "Mark Of The Beast" upon her lower back in the form of a sad "tramp stamp", I can AND will make somewhat of an exception here on the basis of style. Sure, she aint a "perfect 10", but there truly is NOTHING like a b-a-d itchbay that is willing to take risks with her appearance. Excuse me, but no matter how physically attractive a woman may be, I will always hit the "snooze" button on a boring bitch EARLY!

That having been said, please join me as I applaud this Jamaican Dancehall Reggae queen in all of her "bashment wear" glory for her dedication to flyness in the face of individuality challenged broads and her overall bravery while in the line of booty ... lol. Good shit!

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Young Chris Ft. Latif - What Should I Do? (Official Music Video)(Directed By Dep)

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Dammit man! Both the song and the video for this "What Should I Do?" joint off of the Don Cannon hosted Young Chris "The Network 2" mixtape go harder than Chinese arithmetic ... lol. Yup, the Young Gunner C still got that good whisper flow in full effect and this LeBron-James-on-a-hunger-strike looking nigga Latif can sing his ass off! LOL. Me likey! Good shit!

Chris Paul Tells The New Orleans Hornets, *Cue Kanye West Voice* "Fuck Yall Niggas! I'm Outta Herrrrrrrrrre!"

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Y.O.U. know he wanna play for the Knicks, right? Message To Amar'e Stoudemire: Get the Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY born and Baltimore, MD raised Carmello Anthony on the horn and fulfill Chris Paul's wish to bring a "Big 3" to Broadway! Stop playing.

Nicki Minaj - Your Love (Official Music Video)(Co-Starring Michael "Black Dynamite/Spawn" Jai White)

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Wooooooooooooooow! This video is hard to watch ... lol. Unless you're a teenage girl carrying on a tawdry L.O.V.E. affair with the color pink and/or an openly gay teenage boy, there is NOTHING here to see my friends .. lol. Video Summary: Kill Bill Vols. 1 and 2 meets silicone injected tushy tragic romance. Whatever.

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The Bo Jackson Nike Air Trainer 91 Retros = MCMXCI Fly!


The last of Bo Jackson’s signature cross-trainers, the Air Trainer 91 is back in town. A mean and muscular model from what was a golden era for the Swoosh, the 91 features a unique cross-strap across the forefoot plus neoprene lining for when the heat is on. Available in this original stone, gold and black make-up, you can pick up a pair right now from Premier."

Information Courtesy Of: Sneakerfreaker.Com

Available Online Here: Thepremierstore.Com

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Just when Y.O.U. thought that Nike had completely plundered their archives and exhausted their entire back catalogue of classic kicks, they dust off yet another rare gem and remind us ALL why they are the past, present and future king of sneakers. Yes, the Bo Jackson Nike Air Trainer 91 is now ready for an encore.

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh, 1991 was quite a turning point for me. The child who crushed hastily discarded empty crack vials under his feet playing freeze tag on the playground was beginning to evolve. My innocence conspired with my natural born curiosity and gave way to a world of new experiences - some good, some bad, but all unforgettable. In any event, as life outside of my parents cozy home beckoned, so too did all the trappings that fast money brings.

I was far too young to drive OR afford a Mercedes Benz 190E/Volkswagon Jetta/Nissan Maxima (NOTE: Preferably with a rag top, chrome detailing and "A Touch Of Class" elegantly scripted on the side ... lol), so that was a wrap. Guess what? Dookie gold rope chains weren't in the budget either (NOTE: Although, in a somewhat sad yet uniquely childlike imaginative way, my friends and I would fashion crude fake fronts - NOT "Grillz" - from gold candy foil ... lol. Fuck it! We had fun), so that was out the window. Sooooooooooooo, that left a young aspiring fly guy the clothes game - a field that I came to dominate @ an early age and have remained @ the head of for a decade and some change.

The Bo Jackson Nike Air Trainer 91 were an advanced acquisition for a young Chris Live AKA Shaker and I cherished them dearly. Heavy toothbrush action for the soles trying hard as fuck to keep the delicate nubuck leather uppers from getting wet. So, yeah, basically, I need a pair of these 2010 retros in my life.

Although these joints were previously retroed back in 2004 in the black/white colorway, this just released stone/gold/black colorway is my absolute favorite of the 2 O.G. versions. Y.O.U. gotta L.O.V.E. it! Holla @ ya boy in BK!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Missoni For San Pellegrino Limited Edition Bottle Collaboration = A Tall Glass Of Sparkling Water!

"Italian sparkling water company San Pellegrino has collaborated with Italian fashion brand Missoni.

The collaboration allowed Missoni to cover the San Pellegrino bottle label with their signature zig zag pattern.

Thirty million units of the special edition bottles are being produced and will be available in the best restaurants worldwide.

To celebrate the partnership, a limited number of PR bottles have been hand-made, dressed in an original Missoni textile patchwork and completed with the unmistakable San Pellegrino red star.

The Missoni collaboration marks the start of a series wherein S. Pellegrino will work with leading Italian artists, designers, musicians and companies, providing an international showcase for Italian design, style and culture."

Information Courtesy Of: Luxuo.Com

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS:  As a still recovering Cherry Pepsi® addict turned Seltzer water advocate, I am sooooooooooooooooo confident that this Missoni for San Pellegrino Limited Edition Bottle collaboration will quench the parched lips of thirsty style mavens during these dog days of Summer.

This Missoni laced bottle marks the inaugural edition in what promises to be a series of creative partnerships marrying the best artists, designers, musicians and companies with the sparkling S. Pellegrino brand and showcasing the wonders of contemporary Italian culture to the world.

When you're tired of tap water and a $1 Poland Spring® simply will not do (NOTE: And there aint nothing wrong with Poland Spring® my nigga. Do NOT get it twisted ... lol.), it's time to reach for 1 of these bad boys. Impress your most pretentious label whore friends AND stay hydrated! Viva la agua Italiano! LOL. Good shit!