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Friday, August 29, 2014

Bars + Lounges : USA : NY : Manhattan : Ivy Lounge

Bars + Lounges : USA : NY : Manhattan : Ivy Lounge

Ivy Lounge
We are excited to announce the opening of Ivy, the newest addition to NYC's bustling restaurant scene. On Eighth Avenue between 55th and 56th street Ivy offers guests an array of options, from our specially designed cocktail menu, to our selection of craft and refreshing artisinal beers. All of this compliments Ivy's stellar dinner menu inspired by talented executive chef Jim Hanley.

Regardless of if you are looking for an after work cocktail, an intimate dinner, or a late night get together with friends, Ivy's low or high top tables, private "vip" area, or gorgeous sprawling bar offer the flexibility to perfectly tailor your afternoon or evening spent dining with us. Equipped with a friendly energetic staff prepared to cater to your every dining need Ivy remains dedicated to providing each guest with a memorable and unique experience to be had with each and every visit.

Ivy Lounge Review By Kristen M.: New York, NY

A little off the beaten path, but worth going out of the way! My new staple, its a great spot to meet up with friends for a casual, no frills kind of night which often isn't easy to find in New York. Great drinks, reasonably priced and the staff is friendly and always suggesting creative new cocktails not on the menu.

Side note: if you love the wall decor as much as I do, it was hand painted (not wallpaper). I am obsessed!

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Mixtapes : Problem : 354: Lift Off

Mixtapes : Problem : 354: Lift Off

Listen To Problem : 354: Lift Off

Problem - 354: Lift Off

Problem drops off a new tape entitled "354: Lift Off."

Over the course of the first eight months of 2014, Problem has been coming with freestyle after freestyle of straight fire. He's taken on everything from Migos' "Fight Night" to (fittingly) Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea's "Problem," but now comes time for him to drop off a full tape.

354: Lift Off corals some of the aforementioned freestyles, and mixes them in with some original material as well. Features on the tape include Bad Lucc, Childish Gambino, Bobby Shmurda, 12Til, Speaker Knockerz, Sam Smith and Jarae. Production comes from Zaytoven, Mars, Problem, Salva, and Krysis of the Soul Council.

1. Lift Off Feat. Bad Lucc
2. Dollaz and Sense / 0 to 100 Feat. Childish Gambino
3. Everyday Is My Day
4. Hot Nigga Feat. Bobby Shmurda (DatPiff Exclusive)
5. Motivated
6. 2 On / Fight Night / She Twerkin
7. Never Satisfied Feat. Bad Lucc
8. Sippin On Feat. 12Til
9. What Is 354
10. Grindin My Whole Life Feat. Bad Lucc
11. Lonely / Fancy / Dont Panic Feat. Speaker Knockerz
12. Latch Feat. Sam Smith
13. Hate Feat. 12Til
14. Chachi Forever Feat. Jarae

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Gear : Shirts : Ralph Lauren Polo Tech

Gear : Shirts : Ralph Lauren Polo Tech

Ralph Lauren unveiled its latest lifestyle fashion Monday and it didn’t take place on a runway. Instead, the new high performance Polo Tech shirt debuted on opening day of the US Open in NY. Some of the ball boys at the two-week tournament will be wearing smart black compression shirts capable of monitoring their biometric data.

This marriage of fashion and tech is a partnership between Ralph Lauren, which designed the shirts, and OMSignal which provided the biometric tech know-how. The compression shirt is basically a black, nylon tee shirt like you might see someone wearing at the gym. It’s equipped with a sensor that tracks the wearer’s vital signs. The data is sent via Bluetooth to an app that that breaks down the wearer’s recorded activity into heart rate, respiration, movement and other data. And it has a Polo logo on it.

The shirt acts as a sensor because it has a conductive silver-coated thread woven into it. So instead of wearing a chest strap to monitor your movements and collect the data, the silver in the fabric does this for you. It sends it all to a “black box” which is attached to the shirt with 4 snaps. This can be snapped off so you can wash the shirt. The black box has an accelerometer and gyrometer, in addition to housing the Bluetooth transmitter. It’s also rechargeable, though my idea of charging a shirt has nothing to do with micro USB ports.

The tech box is a little larger than looks comfortable but the models demonstrating it with picture-perfect push-ups to get their heart rate going didn’t seem to mind. As they increased their stress levels, I was able to see the heart rate and respiration numbers of up on the mobile app. As these were working prototypes, I’m told the final products, which will be available next Spring, will have smaller sensors.

You may be wondering; wearable tech from Ralph Lauren? That’s exactly the direction the company wants to pursue, according to David Lauren, Executive Vice President of Global Advertising and Corporate Communications. He told me their goal was to be the first major luxury fashion brand making wearable tech and there are plans to expand into other types of clothes like their iconic Polo shirts, and of course fashion for women. Since the sensors can measure and return all kinds of data, he envisions taking this to the next level across the lifestyle brand; embedding tech fabric into everything from baby clothes to business suits to the latest fashion trends.

For now, Marcos Giron, a top-ranked singles collegiate tennis player will be wearing the PoloTech shirt during his debut match at this year’s Open. He’ll be tracking his biometrics, as will his coach, so they can make real-time adjustments to his play and form. The question is, how soon might we see something like this on Serena Williams? Lauren says a women’s line is definitely in the works.

No word on price yet though, I’m told it will be in line with Polo pricing.

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News : Eminem Teases Shady XV Album

News : Eminem Teases Shady XV Album

Eminem appears to be putting out an album this November. The rapper will release Shady XV, thought to be either his ninth studio LP or a compilation for his label, Shady Records.

Rumours regarding the new release come via a movie trailer. The latest preview clip for The Equalizer, starring Denzel Washington, includes snippets of audio of Guts Over Fear, Eminem’s new track with Sia. At the end of the trailer, a split-second title card indicates that the song will appear both in the movie and on the mysterious Shady XV, due out on Black Friday, which is 28 November. Since the clip’s release, another short video has been posted by Eminem, showing flashes of images of his career’s greatest hits.

Over the weekend, those scant details – Shady XV, Black Friday – also briefly appeared on Eminem’s official website; however, the page has since been taken down. The rapper and his collaborators have been tweeting the #SHADYXV hashtag since June, and Eminem was also spotted sporting the phrase on a t-shirt at his recent concerts.

Most fans assume that Shady XV is not a new studio album. Eminem released his last full-length, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, less than a year ago; this would be an uncharacteristically swift follow-up for the rapper. Instead, Shady XV is most likely a nod to Shady Records’ 15th anniversary. Although Eminem has released his own greatest hits anthology, Shady has only ever issued one compilation, 2006’s The Re-Up. Like Young Money’s Rise of an Empire or Good Music’s Cruel Summer, Shady XV could be Shady Records’ bid to promote its roster acts, such as Yelawolf and Slaughterhouse.

This new record might also be his way of saluting The Slim Shady LP, which turned 15 in February. At home and in the UK, the 41-year-old’s last six albums have all gone straight to No 1.

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Video : Usher : She Came To Give It To You ft. Nicki Minaj

Video : Usher : She Came To Give It To You ft. Nicki Minaj

Pharrell also makes an appearance in the dance-heavy clip.

First we got Usher and Nicki Minaj's booty-tastic VMA performance of "She Came to Give It to You" on Sunday. Now, two days later, a video for the MJ-channeling single has arrived.

Usher takes us underground for the seedy clip, through an illegal poker game to a smoky disco. Pharrell -- who co-wrote and produced the track -- is holding up the wall in the dance club, as Usher gives us flashbacks to his "Yeah!" video with all the grinding moves. Minaj makes an appropriately fierce entrance, walking through the club's surveillance room and rapping her verse in front of video screens.

Check the whole thing out for yourself -- including some impeccable shadow-dancing scenes -- above.

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Singles : Logic : Driving Ms. Daisy f. Childish Gambino

Singles : Logic : Driving Ms. Daisy f. Childish Gambino

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Who Is Logic?
Sir Robert Bryson Hall II (born January 22, 1990), known by his stage name Logic, is an American rapper. He was born and raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He has amassed a large internet following and is a member of the RattPack, his group of friends that he works with. Logic has released four official mixtapes, with the most recent being the critically acclaimed Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever. He is currently signed with Visionary Music Group and Def Jam Recordings.

Logic was born in 1990 in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Throughout his childhood, both his African-American father and Caucasian mother suffered from crack addiction and alcoholism. His father was not a part of his childhood, but they are in contact with each other now. Growing up, his brothers sold crack cocaine and even sold the drug to his father. He attended Gaithersburg High School but did not graduate. He began skipping classes in the tenth grade. "I started doing badly and failed every class but English, so they kicked me out of school, they gave up on me." Logic was expelled and used his free time to dive into pursuing his music career. In hindsight, he wishes he would have stayed in school and received a proper education and always encourages his fans to do so. “I remember telling the kids [at my old high school], ‘All you kids that are here today to watch me speak to you guys have people that actually love you and care about you that make you go to school.’ And I said, ‘There are people in this auditorium as well that have nobody, but you’re still here and those same people are stronger than even I was.’ So education is a real big deal.” Logic left his mother’s home at 17, lived with a friend, and got two jobs. Since then, he and his mother have drifted apart and are no longer on speaking terms.

In 2009, Logic had come out of a five year relationship while working on his music. "You can put your everything into a relationship, but that doesn't mean you're going to get back what you give. When I created my first mixtape, I realized everything I put in my music — the hours, the lyricism, the time, the grind, pain, sweat, blood, tears — I get it back. I see it." He stated in an interview, "The thing is, I feel like so many artists, well, not really artists but so many people think they can rap and they just want a deal and the glitz and the glamour and the women but they don't understand that all I do and want to do is rhyme... I think I've sacrificed so much from my relationships to my friendships to my family; I've literally sacrificed my entire life and I'm honest."

Logic has referred to himself as a huge pothead when he was growing up. He has said recently that, "I don’t drink; I don’t smoke weed. I used to smoke; I used to be a pretty big pothead when I was younger, but I don’t smoke. I might have an occasional glass of champagne." He credits the way his family was growing up as his reason for not doing drugs. Logic believes, "You are not defined by the material you possess or the amount of money in your bank account, what defines you is how you attain them. "

Logic first became interested in rap by watching the movie Kill Bill at the age of 15, for which RZA of Wu-Tang Clan did the score. He started listening to Wu-Tang and delved deeper into hip-hop from there. The first hip-hop album he bought was The Roots "Do You Want More?!!!??!" Other big influences include his mentor Solomon Taylor and friend Lenbo, who let Logic live with him and make music in his basement.

Although he is a hip-hop artist, Logic is heavily influenced by Frank Sinatra. As a child, his mother made him watch old black and white movies, which formed his love for Frank Sinatra and influenced how he represents himself with the way he speaks and how he interacts with others with peace, love, grace, positivity, honor, and valor. Because of Frank Sinatra, Logic says he does his best to carry himself in an intellectual and kind manner. Just as Sinatra had the Rat Pack, Logic has his RattPack (an acronym for "Real All The Time" and consisting of friends such as his manager Chris, his producers 6ix and OB, and friend/fellow rapper C Dot Castro). Logic describes Sinatra as a man who was, "suave, debonair, honorable, respectable, with valor and grace." Logic's female fans are also called BobbySoxers just as Frank's were. He describes BobbySoxer girls as beautiful, intelligent, elegant, educated, classy, hardworking, young women. Logic also refers to himself as "Young Sinatra."

Logic has said that a never ending list of artists have influenced him including Wu-Tang Clan, Big L, A Tribe Called Quest, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Rakim, Drake, J. Cole, KRS-One and Nas. He has also stated that all music inspires him, including The Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis. He says that all the classic artists are what really gave him a foundation, but the newer artists are also his inspirations, and he brings the best of both worlds to his music. Logic says, "I love all subgenres within hip-hop and all genres of music and I think that's what allows me to make the music that I do, because of my appreciation for the music."

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