Posting Up in Dallas

I have been in Dallas for the last few days, with a few days left to go. Little bit of work, and lots of catching up. Plans to visit with old employers (1, 2), old friends, new stores, new restaurants, old restaurants, Dallas party kids (1, 2), do an interview, a corresponding photoshoot, make a cameo, buy some property, and squeeze in a high school reunion and a wedding. Good times. Busy is good.

And yes, things are bigger in Texas (referring to the plants, not the midsection):

Kanye West – Love Lockdown

Photo Credit: Robby Wells 🙂

NOTE: This post orginally got pinched (and subsequently pulled down) by WordPress citing potential copyright violations. So despite the fact I just had the original version of Love Lockdown available to be played here, not downloaded like thousands of other blogs out there, I got the yank. So although you can no longer LISTEN to it on my blog, please feel free to go download the new version in its entirety here.

Back to the post….

Of all of the performances at the VMAs this year, this was the only one I actually watched. It was understated, yet cool as hell. Most of the non-casted crowd was scratching their heads a bit, but I personally love the song and applaud Kanye for continuing to break the mold. If the dude wants to sing, let him sing. I know how bad it sucks to be pigeon-holed, and something tells me that Kanye would hate it even more.

For the record… I am not just the ‘digital guy’. Come on man!

Since I was rolling with Q, MTV ushered us up to the front to see the show. Of course, the mildly annoying cameras were on hand:

Q Da Kid – VMAs Livin’ the Dream

I have seen some early edits, and I think my ugly mug pops up in this a few times.  But don’t watch it for me… watch it for Q.

Oh yeah.  My red Bape Casio makes an appearance in the spot above:

Air Yeezys Spotted at The Hundreds Payoff

I am not really up on my Kanye entourage, but that dude GLC was at The Payoff, The Hundreds annual BBQ, and appears to be rockin’ some Air Yeezys. They actually look pretty decent all worn out like that. When Kanye wore them on tour, they looked huge and crazy bulky. But in this pic – if these are indeed the shoes – they look a little slimmer and actually wearable by someone other than Kanye on his spaceship. But they are Nike, so the are dead to me 🙂 Awww… just playin’. I just hope they flood the market with these shoes all G-Unit / S. Carter style. Kanye will make $100MM and all the heads will cry because every kid on the train will be wearing the Yeezy! And you know some crazy Chinese factory is already hard at work tooling out some fakes.

I just post this shit because the resulting search engine traffic keeps me blogging. Shameless, I know.

Solange Knowles – Don’t Mess with Vegas!

What news guy actually does something like this on air? I am very proud of this news anchor’s complete fearlessness when it comes to putting an aspiring diva in her place. The Knowles family brand extension very inappropriately went off on a very friendly anchorwoman, never apologized, and even had the nerve to post some sort of cliche YouTube response that only made her look worse. The anchorwoman apologized twice for NOTHING, and Solange did not apologize at all. I have seen nothing to convince me that old school manners have a place in R&B and hip-hop.

But you have to check out this video. The friendly anchorwoman had one of her news homeboys come to her defense. Well done! I love how he gives serious props to Jay-Z at the same time. Hilarious.

Thanks to WrapCritic for the heads up.

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