"He just continues to get better; it’s like fine wine. He’s something else. When you talk to him, you see purple. He’s wisdom."
— Pharrell Williams, speaking to the Associated Press on the nature of working with frequent collaborator Jay Z. (via aintnojigga)
"My last moment with Big was us out of town for a show. Jay-Z was staying in that same hotel. Jay-Z wasn’t there but Big was laying on the bed. The whole crew was there. He said, “Yo. My favorite MC, the most dangerous MC, is Jay-Z.” I said, “What?!” Jay-Z had ‘Reasonable Doubt’. Big was at 2 million with ‘Ready to Die’, but he still felt that Jay-Z was the dude to keep your eye on."
— Busta Rhymes, speaking to MTV on how The Notorious B.I.G. would often speak of Jay-Z being his biggest competition for the crown of New York. (via aintnojigga)
Jay-Z, The Notorious B.I.G., Abdul Malik Abbott, Kareem “Biggs” Burke, Dame Dash, and AZ on the set of Dead Presidents in 1996, in the classic dice game cut-scene.
Jay-Z, Mic Geronimo, The Notorious B.I.G., and director Abdul Malik Abbott on the set of Ain’t No Nigga in Miami in 1996.
"Jay was never going to race with any of us. That was just my delusion. Because his career runs laps round people. And he runs laps round people, lyrically. He’s a philosopher and a poet."
— Pharrell Williams; speaking on his desire to reach Jay Z’s level of musical genius, but realizing that Hov cannot be matched (via aintnojigga)
Jay-Z and The Notorious B.I.G. performing at the Palladium in 1996, photographed by Lenny “KodakLens” Santiago. Word is Biggie was rushed there, and got dressed for the show outside the venue in the middle of the street.
American Apparel has unveiled another controversial campaign, this time casting a Bengali model to post toples with the words “Made in Bangladesh” emblazoned across her chest, barely hiding her nipples.
The model, Maks, is actually a merchandiser for American Apparel, who was born in Bangladesh to a traditionally Muslim family, and moved to the United States when she was four. She strictly followed her religion until high school, where she “[forged] her own identity,” leaving behind many Muslim traditions, as you can obviously see in the above photo.
“She has found some elements of Southern California culture to be immediately appealing, but is striving to explore what lies beyond the city’s superficial pleasures,” reads the accompanying text. “She doesn’t feel the need to identify herself as an American or a Bengali and is not content to fit her life into anyone else’s conventional narrative. That’s what makes her essential to the mosaic that is Los Angeles, and unequivocally, a distinct figure in the ever expanding American Apparel family.”
Although it remains to be seen, I think the image might cause a stir amongst members of the Muslim community. Of course, we have to wait and see the reactions, as the ad is brand new.~aazer.tumblr.com~ instagram : @therealaazy