Archive for November, 2008

GQ MAN of the YEAR Party Pictures

Actor Jason Statham
light gray and blue always looks good together.

Adam Brody
Very casual polos and suits? Hmmm,
you can get away with it Adam.

Designer Thom Browne
i heart it. tie clip, tie tucked in,
“high-watered” pants, and boots.
Can ya digg it?

Big Boi
Now this is what I’m talking about Big Boi
You should dress like this more often.
Slate Grey looks good on you.

Leonardo DiCaprio
Velvet suit eh?
Zac Efron
He looks cool as usual, but the tie throws me off a little
I think its because the top knot is so skinny

GQ MAN of the YEAR COVERS: Barack Obama, Michael Phelps, and the rest of em’.

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Emotional Connection: 808s and Heartbreak

Okay, so I was going to do this whole big spiel, yanno talk about Kanye West's new album: 808s and Heartbreaks, but I decided to keep it simple… 808s and Heartbreak is the shyt.

Naw, I can't just leave it there, lol, I have literally been jamming to this album every second of the day for the past week– Robocop and See You In My Nightmares are on repeat c-o-n-s-t-a-n-t-l-y. The 808s are everything and more, his insistence that every track use TR-808 generated drum beats for a more 'tribal drum' feel and to get away from 'typical Hip-hop beats' worked, it worked like hell. I mean the songs go hard, they go soooooo hard. The beats? Well they captivate your mind, putting you in an alternate universe where you somehow gain the ability to see like Kanye. His emotions are strategically yet unintentionally smeared throughout the album in the rawest ways. Alexis Phifer (as I shake my head) that girl is definitely deep in his heart, as is alot of other situations and life happenings.

Kanye and Alexis

I haven't experienced this type of emotional connection to an album since The Love Below. Remember when that came out- the double album Speakerboxx/Love Below? I remember getting the album from my big brother, going into my room, popping it into my silver Aiwa stereo system, laying on the bed, and pressing play. My heart, my mind, my soul was touched like never before- it was pure art, pure poetry, just raw and deeper than anyone could ever imagine. And 808s and Heartbreak is the only album that has came close to recreating such an experience. When talented/artistic/creative rappers get emotional – GREAT things happen.

It's funny cuz I didn't even like Robocop at first… but now I heart it. I just have to stop playing it for awhile before I completely play it out… but forseriously (lol), this is his deepest album to date- very honest very real. It may not be The Love Below (who can seriously go harder than 3 stacks??, c'mon), but some of tracks are pretty close.

You can purchase the album in The Urban Gentleman StoreFront (top left corner)- it's in the "Essentials of Cool" section and "Music" section.

An old 808 machine article.

Side Note: I have some pretty rockin sockin video ideas for both Robocop and See You in My Nightmares (Lil'Wayne is a beast in this one), so ummm hit me up Ye' if you need some ideas, lol.

Jacket Fanatic: Jim Jones Complex Magazine

I never thought I’d feature a guy like Jim Jones on The Urban Gentleman (no offense), but this jacket??? sick-O-ning… i love it.

Looks like something Kanye would rock in a heartbeat. Speaking of Kanye- if this guy doesn’t hurry up with his line… I’m getting impatient. Kanye we’re waiting dude… Pastelle was suppose to be everywhere right now- magazines, stores, our closets. If anybody gets any updates please let me know!

SWANK OR DANK: Nike Pendelton Blazer

Nike Pendelton Blazer

I like Nikes, I like some Navajo inspired things… but a hybrid of the two- idk. Well these limited edition Nike Pendelton Blazer are made of wool making it easy for you to keep warm in these winter months… hey, they say oddly textured shoes are the way to go these days- leather is out (or on vacay). So what do you think…, $150


Urban Gentleman Dictionary Corner: Henley

Introducing The Urban Gentleman Dictionary Corner. I want my Urban Gentleman to be not only be fashionably fly, but fashionably erudite as well… basically I want you guys to be educated about those simple fashion terms- it’ll make you a better person, somehow, lol.

Hen·ley ( \ˈhen-lē\)

A henley shirt is a collarless men’s casual wear pullover shirt characterized by a 4-6 inch long placket- that long part with the beneath the round neckline, usually having 2-5 buttons. It essentially resembles a collarless polo shirt. The sleeves may be either short or long sleeve, and it can be made in almost any fabric, although cotton , and cotton- polyester blends, and thermals are by far the most popular. The name comes from a particular style of shirt that was the traditional uniform of rowers in the English town of Henley-on-Thames.

Hugo Boss henley from Nordstrom.

Chris Paul is wearing a henley here.
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