GorgeousChanel Iman has been in the news most recently for dating rapper, A$AP Rocky. But she has been been making news in elite fashion for much, much longer. The model (or supermodel, rather) has been making steady waves and devoted fans for several years now. The girl with the uniqely fashion name—both Chanel and Iman—is a superstar.
Although born in Atlanta, Chanel hails from LA. She signed with an agency at 13, and loved the camera. The camera clearly loved her, as she aced the Ford Look of the Year contest and won coveted 3rd place. Of mixed ancestry (both African American and Korean), Chanel has the exotic good looks that fashion was crying out for, Yet, as she spoke of on the Tyra Banks Show there were fews spots for black models like herself and her supermodel peers: Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls,and Arlenis Sosa.
His album dropped yesterday to rave reviews bringing him up to kingliness status and last night on David Letterman, A$AP Rocky claimed his throne. He was introduced sitting on a golden chair for his debut performance as he spit rhymes and delievered some falsetto for the crowd. Once the beats kicked in, "Wild For The Night," blared through the speakers as A-Trak, AraabMuzik, and DJ Clark Kent were live on the turntables.
Watch the boys performance below
In 2011, A$AP Rocky (born Rakim Mayers) was a primitive name in the hip-hop scene. Just starting out back then, the 24-year-old MC received high acclaim when he put out his first mixtape Live.Love.A$AP, an impressive introduction. Now, his name is being celebrated for his work on his major label debut, Long.Live.A$AP.
In a recent interview, he told MTV News, "This album is more advanced; it's like [I] graduated," while comparing it to his mixtape. "It took me a year to do it, so everything I've been going through — as far as life inspiration — is all from within this past year after I got my record deal. Live.Love.A$AP [is life] before the record deal and Long.Live.A$AP is after the deal."
The inaugural Catalpa Festival, a truly unique musical experience, hits Randall's Island July 28th and 29th. There will be plenty of emphasis on site artistry, interactive experiences, and experimentation --not to mention over 40 performers! Musical genres are diverse, including blues, rock, hip hop, electronic, reggae, and indie. There will be art installations, bespoke event structures, and more.
Artists include, The Black Keys, Snoop Dogg, Asap Rocky, AraabMuzik, Zola Jesus, Girl Talk, Cold War Kids, Matisyahu, Felix da Housecat, City and Colour, The Sheepdogs, Hook 'n' Sling, My Pet Dragon, just to name a handful.
Hundreds of LED lit balloons marked the sky as we gazed over what had become our home over the past four days. It was the last show, the final push. We were running on fumes and anticipation after a weekend full of countless standout acts. This was the set we had been waiting for since we were fourteen, sneaking Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg CD’s into our sister’s Walkman to memorize every explicit detail of what would become so monumental so quickly. As we stood amongst the masses in complete disbelief, the entire weekend flashed before our eyes.
Thank goodness some of the best performances were available via live streaming coverage this year at Coachella. For all you poor souls unable to make it this year, we got ya covered. If you missed our Part I coverage go here. Otherwise plow forward for our Part II highlights.
Day 2 included coverage of the epic Snoop Dog and Dr. Dre set from Sunday night featuring a hologram performance by the departed Tupac Shakur! So eerily real it sent shivers down our spines. Eminem, 50cent, Wiz Khalifa, Kendrik Lamar were also some of the best performances.
Sure it's only days until this year's Coachella in Indio, California, but it's never too late to post a final lineup! This year, the schedule is tight and some hard decisions will have to be made. Do you want to see Radiohead or A$ap Rocky, Avicii or Dr. Dre with Snoop Dog? To tell you the truth, every decision is a good decision when the lineup is as good as it is, but that won't make deciding any easier.
For the full lineup and schedule, click here.
Smoke DZA has decided to bring Rolling Stoned hit “4 Loko” behind cameras and continue to beat the drum for the album's forthcoming release. Smoke DZA and up-and-coming Harlem based weed-rapper ASAP Rocky, both who clearly have an affinity for smoking the chronic, spend the majority of the video just straight up chilling and getting down on some purple.
The essential music video merchandise swag stand out, from fresh shoes and monies, to 40s and 4-wheelers, to whips and smartphones. It’s not a particularly crafty video, but it does capture the overall essence of the song: going loco on Loko. The visuals, lyrics, and sounds combine to accurately represent what it feels like after you’ve just knocked back a Four Loko drank—you’re pretty much housed to say the least, and then you eventually start to come down from the 12% alcohol content that boasts a serious kick of caffeine.
Rolling Stoned drops August 30.