On Friday night, August 23rd, the enduring Village hipster shopping destination, Atrium NYC, (644 Broadway @ Bleecker Street) held an exclusive party in-store to celebrate the 20th anniversary and unveil a remodeled interior. Atrium also showcased the Fall '13 collection of fashion brand KTZworn by Rihanna, KanYe, Lady Gaga, Jay-Z and more. Atrium NYC now carries the largest selection of KTZ product in the US. A frequent of both Atrium and KTZ, Rihanna attended the event and shopped the new collection.
The event also featured a performance by ASAP Ferg and appearances by other celebrities including artist / producer Ryan Leslie, Heron Preston of Nike & Been Trill, and Jennifer Anne Williams (wife of Matt Williams, creative director for KanYe West and Nick Knight).
On Saturday night, Jay Z and Diddy were hanging out like old times at Sound Nightclub
at the official D'USSE pre-party for The Legends of Summer Tour atSound Nightclub in Hollywood. The two close friends sipped on D'USSE
cocktails with guests including Kevin Durant, Nicole Scherzinger,
Adrienne Bailon, Brandon Davies and Kid Cudi. Jay continually texted DJ
Jus Ske throughout the night to play specific tracks off his new album.
They stayed until around 3:15 am partying in Sound Nightclub's VIP section.
Theophilus London spends most of his time traversing across the globe. Homey is a jetsetter, that's for sure. Lately, TL has been spending much of his time in Paris, mixing it up in the DJ scene and getting down with some of the best up-and-coming electronic and hip hop producers in town. Rumor has it he's even learning French. Check out the banging new Rihanna remix he put together with French Producer Club Cheval.
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Inaugural Balls abound in Washington DC and there were no shortage of celebs making the rounds in support of worthy causes during this inaugural year. The Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball II, a ball which celebrates the re-election of President Barack Obama, honored mega recording artist John Legend and hip-hop's latest burgeoning force 2 Chainz at Washington DC 's Harmon Center for the Arts. The Sunday, January 20th event gave lifetime achievement awards to MC Lyte and Doug E. Fresh. The event was sponsored by Philanthropik and Russell Simmon's Hip-Hop Summit Artist Network.
The red carpet welcomed celebs that included: Rosario Dawson, Wayne Brady, Lance Gross, Angela Simmons, Chrissy Teigen, LaLa Anthony, Terrence J, Marsha Ambrosius and more.
Top to Bottom: Doug E. Fresh & Wayne Brady (above); Angela Simmons (above); Rosario Dawson; Chrissy Teigen; MC Lyte; LaLa Anthony & Terrence J
Tuesday night, Roscoe Dash andVibe Magazine started the holidays off right with the J.U.I.C.E holiday party at Goldbar in New York. The Music Line/Geffen recording artist celebrated the release of his debut EP, J.U.I.C.E (Just Understand I Control Everything), by performing his hit singles "Good Good Night" and "Siddity" to a packed house and collecting canned goods and toys for a local charity in Atlanta. J.U.I.C.E is in stores now and available on iTunes.
The MTV breakout nominee is also in the running for "People's Choice" artist in XXL'sFreshman Class issue. Click here to vote for Roscoe.
Music superstar Pharrell Williams’ group N.E.R.D. performed on Saturday at the House of Blues in New Orleans as theCoors Light Search for the Coldesthip hop competition came to a conclusion. The event took place during the Essence Music Festival. The show was opened by PyInfamous, who bested more than 3,000 MCs to take the “Coldest” title.
Coors Light® named PyInfamous, also known as Jason Thompson of Jackson, Miss. the official winner of the 2011 Coors Light Search for the Coldestnational MC competition. PyInfamous opened for Pac Div and N.E.R.D. at thenational tour’s final stop, an invitation-only event held July 2 at the New Orleans House of Blues. He received $10,000 in studio time from Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company. View PyInfamous’ winning performance and learn more about the contest click here.
***-PyInfamous competed against over 1,250 artists to claim Search for the Coldest’s South region title. The universal feel, effortless rhymes and chilled-out horns on his original track, Bliss (Colder than This),propelled him to the Final Four performance round where he competed against Mojeed Amushan (OMG) of Brooklyn, NY (North region winner); Jowed Hadeed (Eclectic Approach) of Seattle, Wash. (West region winner); and Anthony Evora (Billa Camp) of Chicago, Ill. (Midwest region winner).
Songwriting, production and publishing company MarilynMusic announced the release of their latest single "IMA B A CELEBRITY" oniTunes and Amazon, as well as video release on YouTube. The song and video feature the vocal talents of Wallace Gary, who has worked with such esteemed artists as Ashford & Simpson and Chaka Khan. Gary is also the vocalist on other upcoming MarilynMusic tracks, including "Jump" and "Calling All Girls".
An homage to the Black Eyed Peas, the song spoofs the lavish lifestyle of a hip-hop celebrity. With an incredible pop/dance hook, this is a song that will be thumping in the clubs for years to come. MarilynMusic has an incredibly vast range of musical ability, and on this track, they aptly mix blends of hip-hop and dance with a pure understanding of what a pop fusion classic sounds like.
MarilynMusic founders Michael Gaines and Casey Conrad met Wallace at New York's Sugar Bar. Wallace, who has done backup for Ashford & Simpson, Chaka Khan, and others, was performing that night... and the rest is musical history. Download IMA B A CELEBRITY here.
Russell Simmons sat with Chris Brown Tuesday night during the celebration dinner for the release of his new album, F.A.M.E. and blogged about the experience exclusively for hip pop news website,GlobalGrind.com.
Simmons told Brown that he “is suffering from the same thing as almost every young star has gone through, including the Disney kids.” Simmons also feels that he and other artists who have made mistakes should not be "paying the price of the sins in their young lives for the rest of their lives. Again, and again, and again.” And that if we as a society “…insisted on that there would be no art.” He suggests that Brown is need of a lifecoach and his “heart and office door are always open to him." Click here for the full story on GlobalGrind.com.
There is nothing more luxurious than the perfect cocktail. Certainly everyone should drink responsibly and when out on the quest one can drink "fashionably" with the help of this little cocktail suggestion
1.5 parts BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® East Gin
1/2 part Fernet Branca
1/2 part White Cacao Liqueur
1/2 part Homemade Nutmeg and Lightly Infused Cardamom Syrup
3/4 part Heavy Cream
Shake and serve straight up in a cocktail glass. Toasted Cinnamon Dust garnish
*provided to The Quest for "it" by Nike Communication