Yep 30 Years of Shock The World : G-Shock 30th Anniversary Event New York City

*Clears throat, catches breath and wipes brow* Ok….I know it’s almost 2 weeks since I was at the 30th Anniversary G-Shock Event at Pier 34 in New York City. Due to the horrific travel debacle I had with Air Tran trying to go to Florida. A flight cancellation turning into me staying an extra night in the city that I love but not really a night because I had to be up at 3am to be on standby to get a 6am flight. *Deep breath* But that “B***ch, didn’t kill my vibe” of the G-Shock Event which part two of two of my Events for the day. So let me start by saying that Casio and its President and CEO Kazuo Kashio kept the event stylish by arriving on a Ducati via the big screen. He spoke about how the G-Shock brand has grown and still growing. And from what I’ve see G-Shock is still shocking the world.G-Shock Black Banner

Mr. Kashio even threw out into the crowd about five new G-Shock watches while sprinkling water from the watches in the crowd as they reached for these gems of watches. This was in addition to the Swag Bags that were given out to Press/Media after the event which included a 30th Anniversary Limited Edition G-Shock Watch. I must say it was a nice package of G-Shock-ism. Along with the CEO there were other speakers such as the Brooklyn Firefighter by the name of Mike Hernandez, actor Michael Marsden from such films as just released “The Butler,” “X-Men” and couple of other blockbuster films. Model Jessica Stam spoke about the beautiful Baby-G‘s for the ladies. Looks like Brooklyn was strong up in the event with Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez speaking sliding in a couple of jokes asking for audience participation for laughter and also in attendance was new Brooklyn Net Paul Pierce. Let’s not forget skateboarder Louie Vito spoke about his line and the perfect rugged watch for those sometimes extreme stunts on the pike along with Stevie Williams being in the building. The atmosphere was very relaxed yet exciting because of the new line of G-Shock watches such as the Rangeman series in which named also a Vodka based drink. I can’t remember what was all was in it but it was pretty good as you can see as me and my fam and fellow Gstyle Magazine writer Jason aka JMillion raised some drinks before Yelawolf and Eminem’s G-Shock performance.2013-08-07 21.50.58 Speaking of Em, they introduce his G-Shock watch that’s coming out near the end of this year called the Eminem GDX6900MNM-1. Besides the great line of G-Shock watches coming to a store near you, the icing on the cake was headlining to perform was one of the great MCs Eminem who is not known for performing at Product release events so you know Casio has mad pull to make this happen. Of course it doesn’t hurt they designed a G-Shock watch for D-town’s own. Anticipation was to the extreme but at the same time felt like the Media and the fans alike were somewhat patient. I mean you can attribute that to who the star performer was. This was a rarity so anyone who was fortunate such as myself and Gstyle Magazine we were like Jigga on Kendrick Lamar‘s “B***h, Don’t Kill My Vibe” Remix, in Jay Z‘s voice “I’ll wait (echo)” lol. You don’t hear me though lol. I know it was a media event but still from most of my concert experience the crowd can get restless while they wait for their favorite artist to perform. I mean just look at how calm and serene the crowd and the stage looked moments before Shady Records/Interscope MC’s Yelawolf and Eminem were to light a flame to the stage. 2013-08-07 21.23.19Yelawolf aka Mr. Slumerican himself held his own and did his thing and was a perfect warm up for Mr. Marshall Mathers. Eminem brought the classics even his verse on Drake‘s “Forever.” One of my favorite moments was when he brought Royce 5’9″ to perform “Lighters.” The performance included “Love The Way You Lie,” “Cleaning Out My Closet,” “Won’t Back Down,” “The Way I Am,” and when you thought the show was over he returned for an encore with what else but “Lose Yourself.” So of course like everyone else I am looking for Em’s album release slated sometime this year. All in all this was a great night for G-Shock and Hip-Hop. I have to say the products from what looks like another strong year for Casio and G-Shock, it really balanced out as far as product and entertainment. In some cases the entertainment can outshine the products and vice versa but that wasn’t the case at Pier 34 in New York City. I gotta give props to Casio and its staff for giving a great show on both the product side and entertainment side and I hope to see you guys at the 40th year anniversary event and thanks for the invite, greatly appreciated.

Some Red Carpet Celebrities were:

Busta Rhymes, Adrienne Ballion, Ice-T, Coco, Miguel, DJ Drama, Melanie Fiona, Sway, Doug E. Fresh, Bryan Greenberg, FeFe Dobson, Ronnie from Jersey Shore, Rosie Perez, Fabolous, Jim Sturgess, Vashtie Kola, John Leguizamo just name a few.

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Eminem and Royce 5’9″ photos courtesy of Roberto Bayde @R0bSkii of Official RTV @Official_RTV

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Nas’ “Life Is Good,” But What About The Album? [Music Review]

The Queensbridge MC has returned. And once again one of the greatest lyricist of all time is Live At The BBQ like it’s the 4th of July, the kid is grillin’ wordplay and sparkin’ lyrical fireworks as usual. There’s nothing like refreshing hip-hop in the morning, s**t all day everyday for that matter. Life is Good is more than a solid contribution, it’s a big “I’m still that MC you catz dream to be.” If this album had an alternative name it would be “Man Up” because NaS doesn’t shy away from his publicized divorce with his ex-wife pop artist Kelis. Life is Good is what’s good in hip-hop straight from the intro with “No Introduction” produced by Justice League. One of the already released singles “Nasty” along with “Daughters” which is a great take on the father’s perspective and trust in raising a girl to be a woman in this full track by No I.D. with an equally fresh music video.

One of my favorite tracks because of its honesty is “Bye Baby” produced by Salaam Remi & Noah”40″Shebib. It’s a song with a cleverly used sample of the infamous R&B group Guy and their street smash “Piece of My Love” in which Nas goes in a little in-depth about the good times and bad times to the end of his relationship with the misses. Please believe this work is all about his marriage, he goes into the essence of taking you on a tour of the hood in his story telling with Salaam Remi laced track “A Queens Story.” As the beat drops only over melody the keys of black & white ivories he spits: Now I’m the only black in the club with rich Yuppie kids/Sad thing, this is the top, but where the hustlers went?/No familiar faces around, ain’t gotta grab the musket/It’s all safe and sound, champagne by the bucket/Where them n****s I shouted out on my first sh*t?/Bo cooking blow, f***ing slay that, where Turkey went?/Old videos show n****s that was murdered since/Another reason to get further bent/Put your glass high if you made it out the stash spot/And here to tell your story and celebrate the glory/Drinks in the air for my n****s not here/This for the fallen soldiers/Hold it down, I told ya/Pop another bottle and keep the smoke rollin’.

What other way to be classic than to do a Salaam Remi, Rodney Jerkins, DJ Hot Day & Nas track featuring the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Mary J. Blige with “Reach Out” and “Loco-Motive” featuring the one and only Large Professor by No I.D. Just in time for the summer and bangin’ in the clubs is “Summer On Smash” produced and featuring Swizz Beatz & Miguel will definitely have you droppin’ the top and poppin’ that Ace reiterating life is good. It wouldn’t be a NaS album without the Icon droppin’ some knowledge on the masses and he succeeds with “World’s An Addiction” featuring the soulful vocals of Anthony Hamilton with It’s better to dead a beef than let it breathe, then we don’t succeed/Cause then you gotta murder dummies/Waste your time they allergic to money/I’m never squeamish to blood, we can thug, and get out of hand, what’s the options?/Only conclusion is shooting bullets, poppin, hoodlums droppin’, fear any day that the feds will come knocking. With the assistance of Salaam Remi, Da Internz & God rest his soul the Icon Heavy D delivers the infectious track “The Don” and “Accident Murderer” featuring Rick Ross reclaiming his spot as a legend in the game. Although she will be missed NaS lets us relive and enjoy the classic voice of a fallen songstress Amy Winehouse on “Cherry Wine.”

“You Wouldn’t Understand” accompanied by Victoria Monet NaS reminisces hanging with some hustlers stackin’ dough and cruisin’ lavish before they eventually hit the bing. The deluxe version contains songs produced by Boi 1da, Salaam Remi and No I.D. produced “Where’s the Love” featuring a Roc Nation conglomerate with the exception of Common named Cocaine 80s which includes James Fauntleroy, Makeba Riddick, No I.D., Kevin Randolph, Steve Wyreman & Rob Kinelski. NaS and “Life Is Good” is the one of those solid hip-hop totally infused with essence of hip-hop resurrecting the music that was once thought to be dead or on life support about to get the plug pulled. If you had any doubts if life was good for NaS, peep this well put together artwork to feed that cultural hunger. If you ask me, NaS’ life is pretty damn good right now so cop it and experience the good life.

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