Dec20

DRAKE SF/SAN JOSE, WEEKEND WRAP UP, 1ST ANNUAL PLATINUM TOYS 4 TOTS CHARITY EVENT

December 20, 2010 ⋅ by Ben Baller ⋅ 4 comments

so damn? where do I begin?
get to SF and it’s cold as shit!!!!!!
even when my guys got to NYC after they left SF, said it was the same kinda cold…. and it was in the 20’s in NYC!

so I check into my hotel room where all of us were staying… I decided to walk around for a sec, but shit was just too cold and we had to meet in the lobby at 6 to 6:30pm to get to the venue….. as soon as I walked outside my face got hit with a cold wind like on some fuck you bitch, fuck you, fuck you! so my monkey ass walked right back around to the hotel and ordered room service…. I got bored so I took pics of the view




it looked okay for a second….. but don’t trip, shit was freezing outside


basic room… but at least it was a corner room with a view and I didn’t pay for it, so I can’t complain…

got downstairs and seen NOBODY
I’m always early and the most punctual out of anyone, always and ever…..
a few minutes later I walk outside to see if there are vans or trucks or a bus….
and yep there were…. then I seen Chase (Chase N Cashe) and then seen D-Crooks……


I thought maybe we was all stayin at a different hotel for a sec….

but naw, a few minutes later, I seen Jas Prince walk into the hotel to CHECK IN! lol.
he was checkin in around 6:10 when we were supposed to be leaving at 6:15….
but I knew Drake was gettin ready and all…. so then everyone starts walking down from Niko to CJ to the rest of the crew and Jas actually got downstairs before Drizzy did…
we all hopped into the black truck convoy and started our long 1 hour drive to San Jose… for the 1st 20 minutes it was a lotta shit talking about boxing… with mayweather vs. pacquiao and since jas prince’s dad manages floyd and knows a lotta inside info, he was giving us the scoop on pac man’s next fight which is against shane mosley…. then we got to baggin and all of a sudden down the 101 it got quiet and cats were passed out asleep….


when we finally arrive… there is a severe traffic jam off the exit and it’s all for the concert…
there are police barricades and all that…. I guess parking was bad, so there were pedicabs rolling peeps to the show and we looked over and both the pedicabs were girls pushing these peeps! wtf?

and in front of the HP pavilion it was packed! like a lakers game 7 packed!
I was so basic, that I was staring while we drove by so I couldn’t get a shot of the crowd

the police told us where to enter from…. the cop was like “you have drake in the car???” “in that car??” yes you basic pig! lol….

then we got into the under ground entrance and got out and got our credentials and walked into the venue (well backstage to be exact)




cats are chillin, a couple homey’s started twistin up some kush….. others were eating the catering and snacks….

and then we headed out cuz Drake had to do a meet and greet and meet some make a wish kids….
as I was walking out to the tunnel, FM had just finished their set!(we got to the venue late) and I heard someone say “5th member!” which is the running joke, but now is sorta true…. that I’m the 5th member of Far East Movement…. so I see Kev, virman, Proh and J and say, yo i’mma bout to be back in 5 minutes…..


I immediately realize… why the hell am I here at a meet and greet? I’m cool…. shook back to the tunnel and walked into FM’s dressing room…

it’s always so good to see my fam outside LA, but these cats are bonafied rockstars for real now!
haha, I give them shit about how fucking famous these fools are….. on the way to the show, I told the whole crew that FM is double platinum and the G6 played 2x on the drive down to san jose…. lol. asian ave swag is what Niko said…. but we’ll get more to that later….

chopped it up quick with the homies and Russ was in the house (FM’s manager) and he’s always on BAWSE mode… everytime one of my homies in the biz runs into FM, they always drop my name so I love that shit….. Benji and Joel seen them the other night and showed love at a random x-mas jam…. FAR EAST MOVEMENT IS EVERYWHERE!

so we took a few quick photo’s and I got to meet the homey Chino (big radio DJ in san jose and used to be in Phoenix)

so I go back to Drakes dressing room and it smells like Indonesia like a motherfucker…. so much kush smoke you definitely got contact high…..
we walked out and it was showtime for Drizzy…..


I hear the radio DJ’s announcing Drakes about to perform and GAWD DAMNNNNN! it is retardedly loud in there! I mean I’ve heard many screams before for like Usher or Adam Levine or mad stars from the thousands of concerts I’ve been to, but DAMN! this was louder than his sold out show at the Gibson a month or so ago… 20,000 girls screaming! LOUD

and then…. it’s on… and they’re ready for the kid











so right before we actually all walked into the arena… we had a group prayer…. and then Drake said yang, I’m gonna call you out to bring me the watch after “what’s my name” and so….
I’m just walking around the sound booth area and stuff this whole time… then I hear the Rihanna song and walk up to the stage….

and then I hear Drizzy say “I got my boy Ben Baller here, we’re bout to give away a diamond watch…. who wants a watch?” and it was just screams and I think they might have thought he was joking for a second…. but everyone wanted this to go by quick because Drake was running late…. so He found a girl to give the watch to and shouted me out again and right then and there, after Drake looked at me, he got sidetracked and confused and thought we were in LA lol….. so he said real loud to the crowd “L.A.!” dammmmn….. I blamed it on myself and then after within 10 seconds…. Drizzy won the crowd back…. not a big deal… I walked off that stage TOOOO FAST!

again, Drake continued to kill shit

and then I walked right in front of the stage to find the girl he gave the watch to who had a “MARRY ME DRAKE” sign and was with her sister and other relatives who I couldn’t understand because they were screaming!

apparently she was hit over the head a few times by jealous other girls who wanted the watch…. congrats!
lol
*EDIT*
HERE’S SOME PICS OF HOW IT WENT DOWN FROM A PHOTOG IN SAN JOSE BY THE NAME OF MISHA





didn’t have CD JR there this time to take pics of me on stage giving out the watch….. but F it, these are even better 🙂

THANKS MISHA from Butchershopcreative.com
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so we walked back into the dressing room to salute


these cats got the life! mannn
haha…. Drizzy got Ace of Spades on his rider always…. so the promoter brought in the bottle of Ace before the show started…. and Jas poured it up for a few of us… they literally drank that shit like it was the price of Gatorade!
we walked out back to the cars to head back to SF and figure out a plan as there was no after party and nobody was really feelin it too heavy…..

Drake took a bunch of pics with fans and then He took my chain and took a pic with me and Future lol


shitt…..

so we headed back up and the drive this time was only like 45 minutes or so and of course we caught jokes the whole way home… cuttin each other up crazy!

get back to the hotel and cats can shower and figure it out…. I didn’t sweat so I didn’t need to wash my ass…. I smell like a billion dollars always.

so we’re all downstairs waiting for Drake…. and again, we get to talkin shit and cuttin jokes on each other…. I said Niko looked like a hybrid of Bruno Mars meets Manny Pacquiao lol….

finally, we stroll around and there isn’t shit cracking in SF and there isn’t shit to eat after midnight in the city… smh…. we can’t walk into Denny’s and it wouldn’t be a good look…. we didn’t want to walk into a pizza spot in north beach as that wouldn’t be a good look…. so we finally found a spot near the embarcadero called “GLOBE” and it was alright….
the people in there were in their late 30’s to early 40’s…. very quiet and the decor looked like someone’s house.


I didn’t give a fuck… I was hungrier than a hostage for real….
so I finally got it in and meanwhile, these older ladies walked up to Drakes security and asked if that was Drake and asked if it was okay to take a picture and Drake did and then he proceeded to tell people that I was the guy from Far East Movement who sings Like a G6 and the girl went crazy so I took a picture with her…. YOU ARE THAT GUY! I SEEN THE VIDEO! I LOVE YOUR NEW SONG! (believe me when I say it’s much easier to just take the picture then explain that I AM NOT PROH-GRESS from FM as that point she wouldn’t believe me or anyone, I had to be him smh worst part about it is that she asked me about the Rocketeer song and I didn’t even know the lyrics lol)…. so me and Drake get into cuttin up on each other at the table heavy….. I went from talkin bout remember when I used to get you car services for you and your dates? to picking you and 40 up from the airport and getting you jewels? and then he cut me up about me looking like johnny dang? cmon mane….. and then about how I dissed him early on in his career by not letting him keep some jewels etc…. and why did I have to put up 2 peace signs in the air like I was the president at the San Diego show? smh lol…. we all chopped it up for a long time and I couldn’t believe the homey D, a fellow korean wouldn’t back me up…. smh….

right before the bill came, now remember this restaurant was cool and kinda hip, but not the spot the average hip hop listening crowd goes to… but as soon as we walked in “the blame game” by Kanye was playing…. hmmm????

but our waiter looked like a hybrid between the blonde guy in Ratatouille and Corky from Life Goes On…. so he looked like he MIGHT know who taylor swift is… but I mean square as hell….. and as he hands over the bill, he says “I KNOW WAY TOO MANY PEOPLE HERE RIGHT NOW THAT I DIDN’T KNOW LAST YEAR, WHO THE FUCK ARE Y’ALL” I mean he said this shit loud! LOLOLOL. WOW MANNNN!

after a lot of drinks and food, btw, Drake got his food literally dead last…. like 10 minutes after I finished my meal! lol… we all headed back to the telly, Drake and crew had to leave the telly at 4:30am to get to a flight to catch to NYC for 106 and park…..

my monkey ass had a 2pm flight…. so I was good!
woke up the next morning to trife ass bay area rain!

obviously my ass was not walking anywhere to get any food….

ROOM SERVICE!

hey this was only $57 after gratuity! not bad huh? (thumbsdown!)

so I got a call that my car was here to pick me up…..

and at 1pm, I got the airport in 15 minutes from the financial district to SFO in the rain!
my driver was a boss! he was from lebanon and bladed through that rain like it was nothing!

got to the airport to find out my flight had been delayed 1 hour!
but I wasn’t mad after I found out there were people who had 3 to 4 flights canceled on them!
I get a bbm from Jas sayin he’s been at the airport since 9am! lol….. waiting!

I start to lightweight complain about traveling commercial to friends….
and I as do that, I get a text from Apolo with this picture

while, I’m at SFO under hostile conditions…. this jerk is flying in a private jet to ???? lol smh #throatchop!

btw, I flew right next to Bruno Mars and didn’t say a damn thing because I hate flying and I usually take a valium even for an hour flight to just relax and throw on my beats and tune errrryone out!

sheeeiuttttttttt
I got on my flight at 3 and got into LAX at like 4:05…. but peep game!
IT TOOK ME 2 HOURS TO GET TO UNDEFEATED TO GET MY LEVIS BE@RBRICK!
THATS HOW FUCKING BAD L.A. FRIDAY TRAFFIC IS! SMH!

anyways….

after I took pics of the bearbrick and etc etc….
me and Nic decided to check out this new restaurant out in Beverly Hills just up the street from Mr. Chow called Villa Blanca…. it’s an italian asian cuisine and the decor is BEAUTIFUL! looked like a miami coke dealers home! no but really….it looked like an all white house decorated personally by Versace!
prices were not bad at all and food was very good!

shit they had fried chilean sea bass! with peas and french fries! lol… shit was delicious!!!!




Nic had a grilled sea bass with a different kind of prepared spinach with a shrimp sauce that was really good…. and mashed potatoes

after that, we headed to Target to get gifts for my nephews and for the Platinum Toy Drive…
we went late because Target was definitely empty late night…..

after that, nic wrapped gifts and I passed the fuck out!

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SATURDAY

woke up to trife ass weather in LA!
I hate the rain!
theres a shit load of work to be finished, but it’s all out of my hands now as it’s in my diamond setters hands to complete these jobs…. so I didn’t need to go into work, I could do everything via phone or email.

but the rain was so shitty and there wasn’t anything in my house I wanted to eat, so me and Nic headed out to koreatown to get some Pho…. then stopped by my mom’s to say hi and spend some time….
but before I could do anything… I had to stop down the street at Teuscher to get my mom her favorite….

Dom Perignon Champagne Dark Chocolate Truffles

got to her shop for her to cuss me out for nothing…. but she loves Nic

going back to champagne…
my homey Lil Jon tweeted this pic of the vending machine outside his hotel room…

what hotel got this shit??? damn

we got back home and I did absolutely nothing but blabber on the internet all night and caught up on work and made a few sales via email.

oh! actually…. we got a clear vase from Target and I made a be@rbrick 100% vase for my bathroom lolol

YOU CAN’T TELL ME THAT’S NOT ART!

watched a gang of Law and Order SVU and then said ZZZZZZZ….

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SUNDAY

it’s GIVE BACK TO THE KIDS DAY!
GOT READY AND GOT FRESH FOR THE 1ST ANNUAL PLATINUM MOTORSPORT TOYS FOR TOTS CHARITY!

BOTTOM LINE, RAIN OR SHINE, MAD CATS SHOWED UP AND EVEN IF THEY DIDN’T STAY, THEY CAME BY TO DROP OFF A TOY! AND BY THE END OF THE EVENT OVER 20 HUGE BINS OF TOYS WERE FILLED TO THE MAX!

THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO SHOWED UP!!!!!
I CAN’T BEGIN TO START OFF WITH THE THANK YOU’S….. BUT PLATINUM FAMILY DID THEIR THING!
FROM GEORGE, JACK, SAM, ISABEL, LENA, BEVERLY AND POPS AND ROB AND EVERYONE!
THE SPONSORS… VEUVE CLICQUOT, MONSTER ENERGY DRINK, CUPCAKE COMPANY OF MANHATTAN BEACH, THE SHRIMP GUYS! WOW THE FUCKING SHRIMP GUYS! KILLED IT!

DJ JUSTIN CREDIBLE……. I REALLY CAN’T BEGIN…. WAS A CRAZY GREAT DAY!

now to the pictures (in no particular order)

yup, they had Crooks x Platinum girls size tees too!


THE BAWSE HOGG! pops!


there was cases and cases of this!!! #champagnehooligans




now if you’re going to boiling crab for shrimp…. STOP! you just need to follow these cats on twitter at @theshrimpguys because they ain’t fucking around! they got the real whole shabang! thanks again!


early on! gettin NICE!



I had a philly cheese steak too, but it wasn’t as good as philly’s best and definitely not as good as the Shrimp Guys truck!


there were endless rows of these delicious cupcakes everywhere! the peanut butter chocolate ones were shittin on Joans cafe!


DJ JUSTIN CREDIBLE was on the 12’s doin work! #airhorn


finlandia vodka also sponsored the party and the drinks poured all day long for FREE 99!!!




now if you don’t know… this is George’s latest Bentley that shut down SEMA! it’s an exclusive premier4509 wide body Bentley (only 300 made in the world) and platinum motorsport is the US distributor for Premier4509
SHITTING!!!!

and then…..


George’s little brother Jack… had his next level shitting on the game LP640 with the matte reventon paint job and the premier4509 kit!

there were other whips there, but this wasn’t about the cars… it was about the KIDS!

Santa Claus pulled up in the Phantom with a trunk filled with toys!


the platinum family…. worldwide and wavy!


cash money, young money photographer Derick G came all the way from the MIA to show love….


Miami Vice… Lupe Fiasco and Catdicc1 in the building!


I’m sure there will be tons of pics up on a few blogs and of course www.PLATINUMMOTORSPORT.com


again, the event was a huge success and really, I’m very proud of the PM boys for holding down such a great charity!

The Event was supposed to stop at 3pm, but it went on til way after….. I left there around 4pm and headed over to my brother’s house to drop off xmas gifts to my little nephews since I won’t see them for xmas.

then I headed over to the slauson to grab some stuff for Drizzy and other clients who are in town this week and check on the status of the pieces we’re finishing before xmas! DEADLINES!!! AAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

met up with my chitown fam at the slauson right quick and then I had to shake out to meet some more clients in hollywood!

YOU WANT TO SEE SOME JEWELS NO??


ARON! that 8 carat VS invisibly set princess cut white gold cross is on it’s way to you!

me and Lupe were chattin up at the charity event and he was saying that he loves Wiz’s black and yellow song…. so speaking of black and yellow



Joe this 12 carat Black Diamond with Yellow diamond solitaires is on it’s way to you as well! 100 grams of gold!

OKAY, SO IT’S BEEN 3 HOURS SINCE I STARTED WRITING THIS BLOG! NO FUCKING JOKE! I’m exhausted…. gotta head to this Nicki Minaj video shoot now….

THANKS FOR READING, LOOKING!

PEACE!
WHEW!!!!

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COMMENTS (4)

  • MrodDecember 20, 2010 1:31 pm

    Wow! Nice touch with the yellow diamonds on that g-shock

  • djbattlemonkeyDecember 20, 2010 1:37 pm

    Black & Yellow! Hottest thing from the Burgh since Mel! Definitly know Ben remembers Mel and those Death Row days! And what ever happened to him and Sam Sneed?

  • SkalpDecember 20, 2010 11:04 pm

    Don’t tell me those yellow diamonds are 100% natural canary yellow, are they ?

  • Andrea Q.December 28, 2010 8:11 am

    I heard Drake came out on stage and said, “What up L.A.?”. San Jo gets no love, not even from other Bay Area cities.

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