Posts Tagged ‘ Las Vegas ’

XS Las Vegas New Year’s Weekend 2016


One of my good friends just finished up her trip to Vegas and told me that she had an incredible time there (it was her first time). She also mentioned that her favorite club experience was at the XS Club, so it’s only right to take a look the cool recap video of the New Year’s Weekend 2016 that club XS just released.

Watch XS Las Vegas’ New Year’s Eve 2016 recap of the five-day long celebration including Alesso, Ruby Rose, Skrillex, DJ Five and Slander!

Check it out for yourself below, I might just party there New Year’s 2017!

 

R.I.P. Tupac Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996)


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On September 13, 1996, Tupac Shakur tragically passed away after being shot in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas. At around 4:03 p.m., Tupac was declared dead after his body started hemorrhaging blood and doctors were unable to stop the internal bleeding. His mother, Afeni, ordered the doctors to stop after blood loss became too severe and ‘Pac was soon declared dead after living seven days in a medically-induced coma. The official cause of death was noted after an autopsy as respiratory failure and cardiopulmonary arrest in connection with multiple gunshot wounds. Shakur’s mother positively identified her son at the hospital after his death, the Clark County Coroner’s office certified the death certificate and, most disturbing, a photo from Shakur’s autopsy leaked out of the coroner’s office, showing the rapper laying with his upper chest sliced open and the first word of his “Thug Life” tattoo visible on his stomach. His remains were cremated at his mother’s request. During his brief life, Tupac was arguably the most revered and celebrated rapper to ever do it. In a career that stretched from his days as a background dancer for the Oakland-based hip-hop collective, Digital Underground, to acting in films and his celebrated run at Death Row Records, Tupac Shakur’s life and music touched the lives of millions of fans across the planet. Due to having one of the most extensive and exhaustive catalogs of music, Tupac has sold over 75 million records worldwide making him one of the most commercially successful musicians of all-time. His discography features some of hip-hop’s most enduring records including “California Love”, “I Get Around,” “Hail Mary,” “Dear Mama” and countless others. Stories that Shakur is still alive persist today, The details surrounding Tupac Shakur’s death have been recounted dozens of times in the nearly 18 years since the night he was shot in Las Vegas. Newspaper and magazine articles, books, documentaries and websites have recapped, analyzed, scrutinized and commodified the rapper and actor’s unsolved murder, ranging from sober accounts to wild-eyed conspiracy theories. There are even those who still hold onto the belief that Shakur is not really dead, with reports over the years having him living in Cuba, New Zealand, Tasmania or rural Pennsylvania.

Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept


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Audi is looking to get in on all the CES action as the brand announces they will be unveiling the Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight concept car during the Las Vegas electronics show. LED headlights are still a newer technology on the automotive scene, but the German auto maker is looking to the future for the headlamps on this beast. This Audi concept has been outfitted with laser diode headlights that are capable of illuminating the road up to 1,640 feet. Of course what’s under the hood is just as impressive. Audi has equipped the Quattro Laserlight with a plug-in hybrid drive system that pumps out a whopping 700 horsepower while still being able to get 94 miles to the gallon. There is plenty more technology used throughout the vehicle including Audi’s MMI multimedia system, a system that controls all of the car’s on-board electronics. Sport Quattro concepts have been popping up more frequently, and while Audi won’t commit to the Laserlight specifically, they have confirmed that some form of the concepts will be landing at dealers in the coming years.

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Forbes Highest Paid Electronic DJs of 2013


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Esteemed business magazine and infamous list makers Forbes have put together the 13 highest paid electronic music DJs of 2013, estimating their earning from live shows, endorsements, merchandise sales, recorded music sales, and external business ventures. While last year saw Tiesto top the list, bagging $22 million USD, this year sees Scottish producer Calvin Harris more than doubling that figure and netting a total of $46 million thanks to over 100 live shows at places like the Las Vegas megaclub Hakkasan (for which he received up to $200,000 per night). He also receives revenue from his songwriting work for megastars like Rihanna, meaning he ends up taking home even more money than the likes of Jay-Z and Katy Perry. How did he do it? “The rise of dance music has been astronomical in the last three years,” he tells Forbes. “I happened to be in the right place at the right time.”

1. Calvin Harris – $46 million

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2. Tiësto – $32 million

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3. David Guetta – $30 million

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4. Swedish House Mafia – $25 million

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5. deadmau5 – $21 million

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6. Avicii – $20 million

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7. Afrojack – $18 million

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8. Armin van Buuren – $17 million

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9. Skrillex – $16 million (tie)

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10. Kaskade – $16 million (tie)

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11. Steve Aoki – $14 million

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12. DJ Pauly D – $13 million (tie)

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13. Diplo – $13 million (tie)

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The Naked Ninja Warrior.


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Dinner In The Sky 0ver Venice


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Guests at Hotel Cipriani on the isle of Giudecca in the Venetian Lagoon will be in for a truly celestial meal: 22 guests at a time will be invited up for a Dinner in the Sky — at a big table on a rotating platform raised 164 feet in the air over the hotel pool. Two chefs will take turns feeding the fearless guests. Up there in the air, the paying guests will be able to relish a whole gourmet meal or just appetizers, prepared alternately by Cipriani Hotel chef Renato Piccolotto or Cips restaurant’s Roberto Gatto.

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Those opting for the smaller meals will be served appetizers and pre-dinner libations. These half-hour dinners will be offered daily at 5:15, 6 and 6:45 PM. The three-course dinner with assorted wines,  one-hour meals will commence daily at 8 and 9:30 PM. Dinner in the Sky has already been served in several major cities, including Paris, London, Dubai, Las Vegas, Sydney, Monaco and Brussels.

S.E.M.A. Cars.


The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world.  It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. As part of the AAIW, the SEMA Show attracts more than 100,000 industry leaders from more than 100 countries for unlimited profit opportunities in the automotive, truck and SUV, powersports, and RV markets. SEMA Show 2011 drew more than 60,000 domestic and international buyers.  Check out some of the most baller pics above and below.

I Love Vanity.


A successful design concept for a night club in Las Vegas consists of artistic colored lighting, finishes that are vibrant and surfaces that are dynamic and themed. All these features are apparent in the much talked about Vanity Club which is hosted in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas (Morgans Hotel Group). The designers ‘Mr. Important Design’ are not newcomers in nightclub design. They are responsible for Dolce Social Lounge and Blush together with successful retailers such as Nike and Levis.  The Vanity Club is all Vegas. Textures, paneling and motives are apparent throughout the interior giving every aspect of it a particular style finish. Entering the club you walk through a swirled corridor of honeycombed textural wall finish, which brings you to the nightclub seen right there and then.

The main feature of the space is the light and crystal feature which is circulated around a cyclone that rises 20’ out of the dance floor and spreads out in all directions above the dance floor. This vortex of glass and light comprised of 20,000 pieces of crystal covers 1200 sq ft and hovers over the dance floor like a cloud.  All the light fixtures are dynamic and luminous giving a strong character to the interior. The designers concept is jewellery box hence the fragile and glitzy finishes. The overall space consists of sparkling mosaic tiles on walls with textural ceilings and design panelling on the bar. It is busy with different finishes next to each other creating the illusion of different spaces within a space. The honeycombed idea pattern is also present behind-d the bar bringing a point of reference to the entrance corridor.

One of the most dramatic aspects of the club is the back lit pivot doors which open up to the atmospheric lounge exterior. The outdoor space is inviting and theatrical with the circular fire place providing seating all around with great views. The upholstery is neutral creating a contrast to the interior.  An item which brings all the features together is the artwork from Yelena Yemchuk whose brooding shots of women could have been made in the1940’s. Another vibrant art concept is present in the truly jewel bathrooms. These concepts which feature full height walls of laminated glass are the works of fashion photographer Miles Aldridge.

One side has his gold eye and the opposite his lips dripping gold. Between the two is a cloud of 8 multiple armed sputniks with aqua mirrored glass balls and lit white ones. The vanities feature sinks from Jaime Hayon, large individual lit make up mirrors, soft raspberry colored chenille poufs for each sink area and stunning “Digit chandeliers” by Emmanuel Babled studio. Two sets of 3-way floor to ceiling mirrors add to the complexity and luxury of the space. The rear area of the lounge contains the bathroom stalls which are “tufted” in a printed graphic for a surreal effect.

Swimsuit Models x And The Nissan 370Z.


I’ve recently developed a fascination with the Nissan 370Z, and in an attempt to look up some performance and tuning videos, I came across this gem…  An epic video piece put together by SI and the new Nissan 370Z featuring Melissa Haro, Damaris Lewis, and Jessica Hart who all hopped into 370’s.  The girls thought they were going on a leisurly ride through Vegas but the Drift Alliance picked them up instead at the Luxor Las Vegas Casino and took them for a spin they soon won’t forget.

G-Unit In Vegas.


The G-Unit name has been all over the world for years now, but some of the newer members of the Unit have not.  In the video blog straight from 50, the ENTIRE G-Unit crew takes a trip to Vegas, and whiles out in what seems like one of the funnest company retreats imaginable.  Check the method.

DJ Khaled’s We The Best Tour.


Everyone know DJ Khaled’s favorite catch phrase “We The Best”, and now he’s taken it from a saying, to an album (dropping July 19th), to a tour.  Check out one of his Las Vegas video blogs featuring all sorts craziness.

LeBron James Balls Hard.


I’ve always said to the people around me, to my staff, and to my younger cousins growing up that there’s always someone above you, and always someone below you.  Simply put, no matter how good you are, there will always be someone better.  And that’s a lesson that King James is teaching people with the leak of his Las Vegas receipt.  Supposedly LeBron James spend a few cents over $171,937.00 at a Las Vegas lounge recently.  Almost $13,000 in taxes added to his bill helped comprise the whopping total (that could send a person to a 4 year university).  And no matter how much you ball out in the clubs, there are not too many people who can rack up a bill like that and not think twice about it.

I only have one question… Who the HELL’s idea was it to spend $108 on Bud Light?

Go-Go GOLD!


The Golden Nugget hotel in downtown Las Vegas is living up to its name with the installation of an ATM that dispenses gold instead of cash.  Visitors are now able to buy gold coins and 24-karat “bars” weighing from 1 gram to 1 ounce at the new Gold to Go machine.  Prices automatically adjust every 10 minutes to reflect actual market value. The one ounce coin, at the moment, goes for about $1,400.

Golden Nugget owners believe a gold vending machine is actually a perfect fit for the casino. They already house the largest gold nugget in the world.  The first Gold To Go machine debuted in Florida just a few months ago. Operators say it’s so popular it has to be refilled about every three days.  The machine only accepts cash and is gold plated, bolted to the ground and virtually impossible to move.

Sleepless in Las Vegas


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A vacation is something that anyone in the entertainment line of work is lucky to get.  Some of us grind so hard, 20 minutes away from our cell phones is a vacation.  Then there are others who will “eventually get a day to myself… That’s gon’ be the day they burry me, but it’ll come eventually” – Lil Wayne.  I however understand the importance of staying hard at work, but I can never say no to a long weekend in Vegas.  So when my good friend Marqus Crawford offered me a deal on a villa in the Planet Hollywood towers, I obviously said yes.

Above are a few shots of the Villa we will be occupying during our stay.  While I’m alongside Jade Davis, Erik Woodruff, and Marqus, I will be giving you a play by play on the action, activities, and adventures that go down from the 1st to the 4th of April.