“At 4 o’clock I’m driving home,” Omarion sings into the phone, easily switching into performance mode as he hums notes and vibrato tones in his song voice. “Midnight,” a song from his second album, 21 (Sony, 2006), contains a verse about driving that pops into his head “It’s pretty bad; I’m at this woman’s house and I should have been home at 4 o’clock,” Omarion explains sheepishly. “It’s about a man doing wrong.”
With its beautiful waterfalls and picture perfect beaches, Honolulu, Hawaii is already a paradise, but Ian Ginoza wanted to take paradise to the next level by adding a bit of style in the form of Kicks Hawaii, the premier sneaker and streetwear boutique.
While most young, up-and-coming artists go out and buy a house, buy their dream car or go on a shopping spree once they get their first big pay check, R&B sensation Lloyd bought a drum machine. “I wanted to invest in my craft,” the 21-year-old says. “I’m really excited about the idea of becoming better and more developed as the years progress. The cool thing about being young is I can improve my abilities.”
Indeed, many seek the prestige that accompanies unprecedented royalty. However, 34-year-old Beenie Man, who’s been lighting up stages for 28 consecutive years, has rightfully earned the title of “undisputed king of dance hall music.” Beenie (born Anthony Moses Davis) proudly interprets the genre as music that represents the authenticity and militancy of Jamaicans–beats, rhythms and lyrics that represent the culture of his people, and nothing else.
As a jack of all trades, Ben Baller is infamous in every sector of the entertainment industry; he’s been a DJ for the stars, been an executive at major music labels, been a world renowned sneaker collector, consulted for Nike, co-produced and acted in a film, and is currently on fire as the new jewelry man in town.
Similar to his Matrix counterpart, Ne-Yo believed all would happen in due time, and that he wouldn’t become “the chosen one” overnight. “I let everything happen when it was supposed to happen,” said the talented singer and songwriter.
On the set of her new music video “Ridin’” from her upcoming fourth album Liberation, Mýa gracefully sits in a salon-like chair while people continuously work on her hair and makeup. Instead of wanting the peace and quiet a woman usually wants when getting pampered and primped by others, she kindly accepts to be interrupted.
In the English language “Buck” means quite a few things. It refers to males of some animals (such as deer, rabbits and squirrel) or it’s used as a slang word for a human male or a sexually adventurous boy. But in the hip-hop world, Buck refers to only one thing: the Nashville, Tennessee hustler turned rapper Young Buck, who made it big after meeting 50 Cent and joining G-Unit. “I got the biggest break in my career meeting 50,” he recalls.