Reminder Nike Kobe Prelude IV : Stock or Rock

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Don’t forget tomorrow saturday 01/11/14 Nike releases the Kobe Prelude IV. Priced at $200, Nike created the “Prelude” pack, for all of those who missed out on previous releases, the return of the Kobe I,III,IV,V,VI and VII in January as well. With Nike set to unveil the Kobe IX next month, the Black Mambas signature line is looking revamped for the new year. What your thoughts on the sneakers: Stock or Rock them?

Run D.M.C X Keith Haring X Adidas Superstar “Christmas in Hollis”

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“Tis the season for this years wrap up of kicks.” Run D.M.C has teamed up with Keith Haring and Adidas to drop “Christmas in Hollis”. Taken from there popular late 80’s holiday song, Run D.M.C adds their titled single on the tongue with a classic Keith Haring “A Very Special Christmas” art. Sneakers are scheduled to be released on December 21th at select adidas stores. Make sure to check back at Thesource.com for further updates.

Black Paper Records present Klassik Frescobar

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“I’m not a one dimensional person, so I don’t make one dimensional music, ” Klassik explains. “I write about love, hate, drugs, streets and everything in between. As long as it’s real and from the heart people will love it. ”

Born in the late 80’s, the 24 year old Bronx native feels his perspective may be the formula to his success. This outlook has earned him features from various artist in the industry. “I sent them the music. They liked it… the rest is history.” Back in 2009, Klassik released his “Back for Revenge” mixtape hosted by DJ Diggz, DJ Lust and Evil Empire. This tape put his neighborhood into a frenzy. “That’s when my fans started to call me “ The Bronx Hiroshima”. It was a spin on the term “Bronx Bomber”

In following up to the popularity of “Back for Revenge” , Klassik released “Sleep When I Die”. Changing his local buzz to another platform. “It happened fast. That tape was everywhere! I started putting out videos and they’d end up on Worldstar the next day.” Shortly after the April 2010 debut of “Sleep When I Die “, Klassik was arrested and sentenced for a robbery charge stemming from an incident in 2009. To support his loyal fanbase, he released the “Free Klassik EP” availabile at: BuyFreeKlassikEP.com and iTunes. “ I had to let the fans know that it wasn’t over’. The fan support is undeniable. Fans took pictures with “Free Klassik” gear (shirts, stickers, chains) and flooded Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Klassik is due to be released from prison spring 2014. For music and information visit:

KlassikFrescobarBlog.com
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Chef Aleem Talks Working With 2 Chainz, the Restaurant Business, & More

Screen Shot 2013-11-30 at 10.13.52 AMHave you ever visited 2 Chainz’ Instagram page? If not, you’re missing out on meal time. There’s seared salmon with lobster & sweet pea risotto & shaved zuchinni, shrimps and grits and more than a dozen meals that’ll have your mouth watering. The man behind these means is Chef Aleem, a magnum cum laude graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts of Atlanta. Before hitting the road with 2 Chainz, this father of three ran a restaurant in College Park. Find out how he got his start, his top struggle meals and hear about Cool Kids Cook, his nonprofit.  

What inspired you to jump into the cooking field?

Well, I’d always been interested in cooking since I was young, but I never considered it as a way I would make part of my living. You know what I’m saying? It was just something that attracted me. I started having children, and then my kids’ mom passed away when they were still young, so…I was into a lot of health things back then and I definitely wasn’t going to feed my children fast food. So, it automatically put me in the kitchen to make sure that I was giving them proper, balanced meals. Then a lot of times, for friends of mine, if they had birthdays or they would come over, they were always like, ‘Man, this shit is so good, you should have a restaurant!’ But in my head, I already know that it takes more than being a good cook to run a successful restaurant. So I’d be like, ‘Yeah, I hear you, but…’ — you know, I was more or less involved in things in the street. I had jobs, but I was still hustlin’ or whatever to get money. But then, when she passed away, of course, I changed my game plan. Because, as a man, you always think that if something happened to you, the kids have their mom, but mine turned out with something happened to her, now I gotta be there for them. So I can’t do something that’s going to put me in jail for a long period of time or take me off the street for good.

So how did it go from that to you working with celebrities?
Well, first of all, Atlanta’s a who’s-who city. That’s another reason why I wanted to get a degree, because you know how I look. You don’t really see ‘chef’ if you just try to figure out my occupation by looking at me. So, my point is, to have a degree in a who’s-who city can make you look more marketable – especially a degree with experience. I had to make sure that when I was at school I made sure I worked with some of the top restaurants around, so that I could get real training. It’s real humbling when you get out of school with a degree and you think you’re really about that and then you go to work for the restaurant and you got a lot of Mexicans and Latin people who never went to school that would cook samples around you who got better knife skills, they got better stove skills, better grill skills than you ever had coming out of school. It’s because they’re hands-on in a restaurant. So, me going with celebrities – I had a restaurant that was kind of a carry-out on the south side of town and after the lease was up, people kept telling me, ‘Man, you gotta be somewhere where people can sit down and really enjoy what you do, drink some wine and relax.’ I said, ‘Well shit, okay, if this many people telling me that, then I need to look for a space where I can have seating.’

How did you meet 2 Chainz?
My first real restaurant was in College Park and that’s where 2 Chainz was born and raised as well as where he had his recording studio. We knew mutual people and somehow their people started coming to the restaurant, my people started going down there, you know, just interacting. He noticed that when he ate my food, he didn’t feel bad. So, we used to just joke a lot that ‘When you get big, you gotta make sure you’re eating good.’ Then, I was going to move the restaurant because I needed a bigger demographic. I was gonna move our program downtown and at the same time he was becoming a bigger artist. He bought his tour bus. The tour bus is equipped with a studio and a kitchen. He was like ‘Why don’t you come down and ride with me?’ I said, ‘Let’s say I ride for a few weeks and if the money’s right then we could make it happen.’ That was about three years ago, so you know. And, in between then, other celebrities came in the restaurant and I catered for other groups that celebrities were involved in, so my name started getting a little buzz around. So I’ve been touring with him as his personal chef for the last three years.

How much creative freedom did you have with B.O.A.T.S. II Meal Time Cookbook? Was 2 Chainz hands-on?
He gave me the freedom, but the only thing I was told was to keep it as simple as possible because it’s an insert in a CD cover and it can only be so many pages. I had to pick out the things that coincide with what people saw on the Instagram as well as simple things that are still delicious meals that I would do on the tour bus. Of course, he saw it before it came out. He looked at everything, made sure he liked it, okayed the pictures, okayed the meals, but he allowed me the creative control to decide what it would be.

So what’s that transition like, to go from pretty much being in the kitchen to working with some top-notch celebrities?
It’s a big difference from a restaurant setting because you’re responsible for rent, overhead, employees, set open and close, set menus, that kind of thing, as opposed to when you’re a personal chef with an entertainer, you’re more on their schedule and their time. You get to see the world or the country while you work. You get to experience other parts of the world, other people, other cuisines, so that’s a positive thing — things that I wouldn’t be able to do until later in my life, because of having to earn a living. Because of the one person, you get to meet a lot of other people interested in what you do. Like I said, it’s a pretty positive experience.

Which one do you prefer better?
I mean, I guess when this dies down, I wouldn’t mind being in a restaurant again. It’s a real humbler when you have people who are regulars – you know their name, what they like to eat, you can expect to see them a few times a week – that kind of becomes a family kind of thing, so you kind of miss that. A lot of times with my Instagram, now, people will look at my restaurant like ‘We miss you, man! When you comin’ back? I’ve been trying to duplicate that food!’ Once again, because I like to spend time with my family, when I have down-time from touring I get to be with my family a little more, so that’s positive. I like what I’m doing now, but I wouldn’t mind doing the restaurant thing a little later.

So we’re gonna go off topic for a little bit. What were your top struggle meals growing up?
The government cheese, real cheese, fried bologna, oodles of noodles. Oodles of Noodles – I would put shrimp in it, I would put lunchmeat in it. Back then we used to have something called Steakums, I would make dinner sandwiches with it – I’m talking about onions, cheese, toasted bread, I was on that. Just trying to turn hot dogs into meals. Sardines with crackers. I was on that.

Do you still go back to any of that stuff, or are you on a healthy diet?
I still eat Ramen Noodles. People be like, ‘What the f-ck are you doing?’ They just remind me of when I was young and I still like them. That’s the main thing I eat right now is a pack of Ramen Noodles.

So the fact that you can cook – how does that usually go over with the ladies?
(Laughs). I found that on social media a lot of women let it be known that there’s nothing like a man who can cook and make comments on how I look and shit like that. You know, I definitely see that it is attractive to women.

Would you date a female who can’t cook?

Probably not. If you bring a lot more shit to the table tan cooking, that’s fine, but if you really don’t bring a lot more to the table and you can’t cook, then we got a problem. In other words, if I cook for a living, of course I’m going to sometimes want to have a meal prepared for me. I’m not real critical. People think that because I cook for a living, but I don’t complain about it, I’m not an asshole like that. All jokes aside, women don’t have to be a chef in the kitchen. At least bring something else to the table that’s really good.

So what’s next for you?
When I’m in the city, I’ll do a lot of catering and I’m still 2 Chainz’ personal chef. I have a nonprofit that I’m jumping off now called Cool Kids Cook. I want to just have young people explore the option of culinary as a way to make a living. A lot of times, cooking becomes ‘After everything else fails, I can go work in some restaurant, be a line cooker’, some shit like that where you really have no future. But if you really take this seriously early on, and you’ve had avenues to explore, because culinary’s a lot of things – from being a health inspector, a food inspector, to a restaurant manager. doing things like having young people at catering companies that really can do excellent catering jobs around the city and inspire them and they can really start making money and they can start seeing results from their work. Look at a guy like me, regular – it’s an ‘If I can do it, you can do it’ kind of thing, you know? And also we’re working on a project – a cooking show that is called Well Known. It’s not the run of the mill, today you’re going to make a fried chicken and you take this ingredient – I’m not doing any of that. It’s going to be a combination of visual, music, as well as cooking, because I think they all kind of run with a common thread. . It’s just a different twist on the same thing. It’s a little edgy, so it probably wouldn’t make it on Food Network or something, but it’s still a different, refreshing twist to the same old sh-t.

Check out WARA from the NBHD Latest Video, “98 Rocafella”

Screen Shot 2013-11-21 at 9.24.46 PMToday WARA from the NBHD dropped his newest music video for “98 Rocafella.”

The “Crouching Tiger” reminiscent video features the artist practicing some martial arts while flowing to the record, lyrics subtitled karaoke style in Chinese, and it ends with rolling credits. It’s an entertaining visual to watch.

Make sure to check the video out and also look out for the full double sided single made up by the first installment “98 Rocafella (A-Side)” and “Squeal (B-Side)” (both produced by 8-Track of Street Execs) which will be released by the end of the month!

Thandi
@Tawndurrz

Exclusive: Chris Webby Talks ‘Homegrown’, Being A Rapper From Connecticut & More

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The Source caught up with E-1’s artist Chris Webby to talk about his new album, Homegrown. During the chat, the Connecticut rapper touched on his hometown, breaking the ties to being called a “mixtape rapper”, debuting No. 2 on iTunes’ hip-hop chart and of course, his label.

When speaking on E-1, Chris Webby says, “It’s cool to have that extra backing. I’m glad I did an indie and waited to do it the way I wanted to…it’s nice that I don’t have to do everything anymore.”

Cop  Homegrown and peep the full interview below.

Former Players Weigh in on Embattled Rutgers Defensive Coordinator

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Piscataway, NJ—Rutgers University can’t seem to catch a break.

The nation began to pay attention to bullying in September 2010 after Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old Rutgers University freshman killed himself after discovering that his roommate had secretly used a web cam to stream Clementi having sex with another man and posted it over the Internet. In April of this year, former Rutgers men’s basketball coach Mike Rice was fired from the university after a video surfaced of Rice physically and verbally abusing players on the Scarlet Knights basketball team. Looking to turn the page, Rutgers is hit yet again with another bullying controversy. According to an NJ.com report, former Rutgers defensive back Jevon Tyree alleges that Rutgers defensive coordinator Dave Cohen called him a’p*ssy’ and threatened to head-butt him.

“He was just trying to really make me feel as if I was soft,” Tyree told NJ.com.

According to a Rutgers statement on the incident, the situation between Jevon Tyree and Dave Cohen took place in the spring and was dealt with immediately. Cohen apologized the following day for his participation in the escalation of banter, which resulted in the use of inappropriate language. Rutgers head football coach Kyle Flood reprimanded Cohen and addressed the situation immediately with the entire coaching staff.

According to the school,Tyree voluntarily left the team on November 6th and is reportedly still taking classes at the University.

Before nabbing the Rutgers defensive coordinator gig, Dave Cohen became Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers coach at Western Michigan University in 2010 where the Broncos defense boasted its fifth ever MAC Defensive Player of the Year. Before Western Michigan, Cohen, a Long Island native, got his dream job in 2006 and became head football coach at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. That dream was short lived after Hofstra decided to drop its football program in 2009.

A former player who played for Cohen while at Hofstra who spoke on the condition of anonymity told The Source that the accusations against Cohen at Rutgers seemed plausible. “The traits all sound like Dave Cohen to be honest with you,” the former player said by phone. “We’ve seen cases like that in the locker room and on the practice field.”

“I’ve seen him get in the guys face, taking it outside the game of football and kind of taking it personal as far as name calling players and even [verbally] attacking player’s family members [by name calling] as far as calling players ‘f****ts.’ I remember vividly on the practice field, him calling players ‘f****ts’ and ‘b*tches.’ So cases like that occur. More intense cases occurred behind closed doors as far as one-on-one meetings with players and what players would tell me [things] after meeting with Dave Cohen in private and how it went down [the meeting] after it occurred. Trust me, I believe that too, because I’ve had closed meetings and private meetings with Dave Cohen and similar stuff went down like that to the [point where] only thing next that would have happened was us getting physical.”

While that relationship between coach and player was not a good one, Cohen had his share of supporters like Luke Bonus. Bonus played all four years as linebacker at Hofstra under Cohen. A native of Medford, New Jersey, Bonus said he was out at dinner with his old high school coaches when they broke the news to him about the latest Rutgers incident. “My [high school] coach turned the phone on and I saw a picture of Coach Cohen and I just couldn’t believe it,” Bonus told The Source by phone. “But in this day and age, I can believe it especially with what has been happening in the NFL and it seems like bullying is the new thing right now.”

Bonus was a walk-on freshman at Hofstra and won the respect of Cohen by working hard and earning his keep on the team. Bonus was named team captain and played in the team’s last season of existence in 2009, where they finished with a 5-6 record and a 52-38 win against UMass. He admits that Cohen was a tough, old-school, hard-nosed coach that expected a lot of his players—himself included. “When I was a freshman, I had a tough go at it. Like all freshman do, I was a walk on and I had to earn my spot like everyone else. Once we got to know each other, it didn’t take long for us to get to know each other. It was a great relationship. I was his right hand man and we were real tight. I understood he’s a hard-nosed coach. He always was.”

“It’s a shame I had to see him on there because I love Coach Cohen, he’s a great man and I think he’s a great coach and we put in a lot of time together. It was a shame I had to see him in that situation right there, right then.”

Bonus said that he reached out to Cohen via text message and let him know that he had his support.

Rutgers football is currently 5-4 and is 2-3 in the American Athletic Conference. The Scarlet Knights lost 52-17 at home on Saturday to Cincinnati. Cincinnati quarterback Brendon Kay threw for a career-high 405 yards against the Scarlet Knights. Rutgers defense allowed a season-high 619 yards in the loss. Rutgers will take the field against the University of Central Florida on Thursday.

-Brandon Robinson—@ScoopB

B. Howard Releases New Single, “I Do It”

IMAGE - B. Howard Official Social MediaPlatinum producer, musician and songwriter B. Howard dropped his first single off his forthcoming  EP, Official. The single is titled “I Do It.”

The  international musician has worked with a wide-range of A-list artists including Wyclef Jean, Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, Ciara and more. In 2010, he released the successful album Genesis. Gearing up for his stateside debut, Howard mastered the ability to effortlessly infuse sounds from a number of genres including pop, R&B and dance.

“I Do It,” is co-produced by Remo the Hitmaker. When asked about the track, B. Howard states, “I appreciate all my fans that have been there from the beginning, and I’m excited to share this other side of my music and myself with them.”

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Photos: Rich Homie Quan Performs In LA

Screen Shot 2013-11-13 at 1.52.08 PMFor the first time ever, Rich Homie Quan performed in Hollywood. The ATL rapper hit Supperclub Tuesdays with Supreme Team LA!

In front of a packed house, he took to the stage with Roc Nation’s Super Producer DJ Mustard. Rich Homie performed his hit single, “Some Type of Way” as acrobats dropped magnum bottles of Ace of Spades from the ceiling and ballers popped bottles. Big Gipp of Goodie Mob & RZA of WuTang came by to check out the scene along with R&B artist Trey Songz who was spotted in a section full of women. Omarion, DJ Green Lantern, and Hit Boy was also in the spot.

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