The Basquiats: Celebrate BrandCJay

The Basquiats gathered in NYC at the top of the year to celebrate the born day of Brand.CJay. The night was a true homage to one of his favorite films ‘The Godfather’. The setting was Nonna’s table in Manhattan which happens to be James Beard Award winning chef Ron Suhanosky’s new innovative locale. Authentic Italian market by day, reserved table for 10 by night. The illustrious evening was hosted by luxury site and cigar aficionado Flawless Crowns.

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Ridin’ Solo

This might have to be that 2012 anthem right here.

Eat: Fatty Crab

Fatty Crab is one spot I’ve heard quite a lot about but have yet to experience. On my recent trip to NYC I had a chance to partake with fellow foodie and friend Chef Joey. With the chilly NYC weather outside the started drink of choice was the Rum Hot Toddy, which came in one of the most interesting tea cups I’ve ever seen.

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Crush It! By Gary Vaynerchuk

When I come across a book that speaks to the hustler in me, I’m all too thrilled to share. My latest reading infatuation is the book Crush It by Wine Aficionado/Self Made Hustler Gary Vaynerchuk. This dude has a passion aka dream and made it a reality all while branding himself in the process. The book doesn’t get to wordy or all “let’s do an assignment”, rather it calls you out to see if you really are about those dreams you say you are. I love how he speaks on how important the internet is to that process as well, which has made him a star in his own right. Check out a clip of him below and see what I mean:

Red Rooster in Harlem NYC

The foodie in me loves when friends refer me to places they deem top notch. Last night while on my born day food crawl my friend had us venture to Red Rooster in Harlem, headed by Top Chef Master Marcus Samuelsson. I’ll be the first to say I’m not a big fan of comfort soul food, but the dishes we tasted this night were quite delish. The night began with their version of a ‘Gin & Juice’. The West Coast side of me was like man whatever’ when I saw it on the menu, but after one sip 3 more were ordered. As my friend pointed out, them seem to get better each time (personally I think that’s with any Gin based cocktail). Check out the rest of my Red Rooster experience after the jump

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The Stamp’d LA Snap Backs

You know the kid lives for a good fitted and Stampd’ LA always gives me what I need. I like a fitted that get’s right to the point with no sticks or no seeds. What’s smart about the line is they create only a few fresh pieces for the masses to consume so the demand stays high.

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Eat: Raoul’s

Walking into this place I felt like I was walking into the real history of New York City. Raoul’s is the kind of bistro that feels sexy, dark, quaint, and very old school French. Then come to find out this place has been around since the 70′s, the nostalgic geek in me perked right up.  A good buddy of mine referred me to the locale as I was on a serious hunt to find Lobster Bisque. Mind you, that’s all I wanted was a bowl of bisque but one glance over the menu my taste buds yearned for more.

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Moments: Tom Ford

Tom Ford has always been 5 steps ahead of the industry. This clip into the method of his madness is simply inspiring for those that live on that creative edge. Enjoy…

Must See Movie: My Week With Marilyn

I’m always fascinated by stories of stars from old Hollywood. One story that never ceases to amaze me is the story of Marilyn Monroe. A woman that knew how to turn it on when she needed to, yet yearned to someone…hell anyone to love her for her. “My Week With Marilyn”  is a great telling of the very intimate time spent between Colin Clark, an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier. The story is based on a true story and book of the same name is spun around the production of The Prince and the Showgirl. Beautiful, poignant, and Oscar worthy is the best way I can sum up this feature. Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, and Kenneth Branagh all give amazing performances. This is one film you don’t want to pass up this holiday season.

Cop That

Finally a 4th quarter in the music industry I can stand by. Two of the hottest albums dropped this Q4 and my ears are in heaven. Common’s “The Dreamer/ The Believer” and The Roots “Undun” have restored my faith in hip hop in the final inning.

I’m not going to do alot of talking about the projects, but I will say you know I never lead you astray.

So Cop That Common HERE and Cop That Roots HERE.