May 24, 2011 ⋅ by Ben Baller ⋅ 39 comments

now, this is gonna be in 2 parts because I took well over 100+ pics at the MOCA “Art in the Streets” show which was by far thee best art exhibit I’ve ever been to in my lifetime and I’ve been to all the majors…. yes even the Louvre museum in paris…. this shit was just overwhelming with how much history and dopeness all in 1 room and in my city… I mean it was rooted all from hip hop pretty much, so it wasn’t just art, but artforms derived from the streets like rap music….

so that will be up soon, I’m just beat from jumping on a plane from LAX to ORD to LAX and on this diet but still had my champagne fix!

this is gonna be an interesting blog, because most of these pics used were taken with my instagram filter off my iphone.

okay…. so friday I did the usual handled biz, then met up with a texas buddy of mine and his girl Tara at the Grove… it was one of their few times ever in LA and their first time at the Grove…. so I took them to The Farm of Beverly Hills for a brunch…. got it in with the healthy swag; egg white omelete….. shit was delicious and I had Tara get the vanilla iced latte’ which I couldn’t have which is so good, I’ll fight someone over it.

After that, I headed over to Platinum to wish my lil homey who ain’t even like a little homey even though I got 10 years on him…. George! a happy birthday! (lotta birthdays to people dear to me in my life)

his shop looked like a damn party store! this is just one view really….. the whole place had mad balloons…. so you know my boy G got mad love from a lotta folks….

he just remixed my whip for the 3rd time now and we went very EURO with the monoblock style wheels…. the front isn’t finished yet and I still have a rear trunk spoiler coming on very soon…. so i’ll give you sorta side shots after I dropped it with new suspension and the new gun metal powder coated wheels

never ever did I think I would go with a monoblock wheel or a matte gunmetal wheel, but I know cars… and George DEFINITELY knows cars and trends…. the black wheels is played out to him, so he’s been rocking this tougher….
i’ll post pics soon when it’s done, the front looks mean and clean though….

while I was there, my lil homey DJ Skee’s car was there and he tried to sneak up on me like he was some COD character tryin to murk me…..

me and him have both come a long way in this game…. lol… we used to steady push the same whips until we both didn’t really care anymore… his car isn’t done yet, but I know they’ll get him looking right

so after that, I headed into work to get a few things ready and had to grab some watches for my boys Far East Movement who were performing at the Billboard Awards on Sunday, it was also my boy Apolo’s bday on Sunday and he invited me and Nic to come out with him to Vegas, but I had already made a commitment to get it in with Sean Mac and my Chi-Town crew for his bday…..

Friday night I was dying to find a spot to eat that was a little different but good….. I hit twitter to see what I could find and I found this

smfh…. I later found out this guy is called “the terminal” and dresses up like this when he travels. smh

so finally after a suggestion from a local beverly hills cat who I trust…. DJ Politik tells me that this spot called South Beverly Grill is official…. it’s owned by Houstons and they take reservations! that’s the only thing that urks me about Houstons! well that and the fact you can’t wear a hat inside the restaurant. GTFOH

the prime rib was all the way official, no to very very little carbs….. Nic got the scallops and she finished her entire plate which NEVER happens….

after that, we went to go see Midnight in Paris at the arclight and that shit was very very surprisingly good!
I don’t even like Owen Wilson very much, but he was great in this

Saturday was an entire day spent at the MOCA for “Art In The Streets” and it’s going to be hard to try to post everything from this art exhibit, but to see my close actual friends I grew up with from Mister Cartoon to Slick and others be shown in a highly respected museum and finally get their real official stamp makes me so fucking proud…. it’s crazy. (as promised I’ll blog that this week)

so after a whole day there, I got packed up and ready to hit Chicago to get it in with my fam fam

on the way to the airport, I took a pic of some things that are a factor when having a V12

yup…. 9 miles per gallon… and thats good! smh

and then

that’s the gas station 4 blocks from my crib….. smh, that’s cheap, it was almost $6.00 a gallon for premium and this is where everyone in Beverly Hills gets their gas. because now there are only 2 gas stations in all of Beverly Hills. sad as fuck….. but anyways…….

I got the red-eye essentials…. and a little Riesling on 1st class = I’m good

got in to Chicago and was picked up by car service and then got it in with some breakfast…..
my boy Sean Mac flew me out 1st Class and put me up in a fly room, waaaay better than that room I stayed at in San Diego and this time the view was more official….. 😉

later on linked up with my boy Dave who runs the city and got a business called 1OFF Ent.
he took me for a drive on the westside where some of his boys run shit…. we were rollin down Madison… and passed by Kedzie and that’s the hood where my homey Lupe is from so I texted him…. he hits me back like 4 hours later, like wtf? why are you over there? lol….
my boy Bird runs shit over there and if you ever see Bird, you see he’s only 5′ 6″ maybe, but his heart is of a 7′ 3″ beast! and his eyes are genuine…. meaning, he means business, if he says he’s gonna pull your eyes out and eat them, well then 2 + 2 = 4. ya dig?

so we keep mashing through the westside of chicago, through K-Town (not that k-town lol) and just all over the Chi…. then get in a meal at Japonais… man, this place is definitely the best Japanese food that I’ve had in Chicago in my 30+ times of coming here… I took Nic to a spot downtown, but this place shits on it!

the rock beef and other robata/izakaya dishes were so fucking insane! damn…. zero carbs too, but my boy Dave got it in with some crab and lobster items, but I’m off shellfish for a little bit with this diet
the food was excellent and it was an offtime so nobody was there…. all bueno

we walked outside so my boy could smoke a spliff right over the bridge

there’s 2 levels and 1 is the bar/lounge and the other is the restaurant, but DAMN! I would have my birthday party here if I lived in the Chi

so we’re now headed to District to watch the Bulls/Heat game…. we passed by 50/50 and shit was unreal packed! but we got a table and watched this bum ass game smh…..

at least we were in good company… a lotta homey’s showed up for Sean Mac and a ChiTown local with a #1 hit Jeremih showed up to show love…. but
I mean jesus…. the Bulls are done. no way they can come back, no way…. and Dallas is playing insane right now, so it’s gonna be part II of the NBA FINALS of 2006….. let’s see….

the wings and things were good at this spot btw and it was just like any other sports bar (not like GOAL here in LA though) and a couple cats came up to me and wanted to show me love…. said they’ve been following my moves since Myspace and why am I in Chicago…. well shout out to the homey who got 8 barber shops in the Chi. I forgot your name, but love…. and to the guy at O’hare in the polo sweats. peace
btw, Chicago people were hurt and mad… the mood was not good after this game, so I was like…. sighhhh yeah I know what its like!

while waiting for the valet, I took a picture of the biggest/nicest McDonald’s I’ve ever been to lol

even cooler than the one in roppongi, tokyo, it’s called the Rock and Roll McDonald’s… and I want to eat a McRib there someday lol

aite…. we’re late…. headed over to my boy’s crib first so he could get changed

my boy lives just outside downtown and in the penthouse of a 33 floor building, his view is insane… and the note on his crib is right! OH BTW, DID I FORGET TO MENTION THAT IT WAS 80 DEGREES OUTSIDE????
yeh, it was hot….. but it was pouring rain at that exact moment with mad wind! but all good… it stopped after a few minutes.

so I did a few drops for his company and chopped it up on his house phone(lol, yeh he got one) and broke down Rose’ 101 to those who don’t know…. (being a rose’ connoisseur) and then we shook back to my telly so I could get dapper dan

so while we’re driving back to my telly…. I’m getting texts that Far East Movement is rocking the Billboard Awards and you can see my watches on them….

it still trips me out to see my homey’s come up and be international super stars! I’m so happy for them for real…. it’s crazy. KOREA! oh and Philippines for Virman lol

oh and it was my boy Apolo’s bday who was one of the hosts for the awards

happy birthday AAO

so I got dressed fast! so fast that I forgot my fucking grills and my camera….. I need my digital cam for indoor night pics, so I ran upstairs after we were already fashionably late! I made my boy turn around literally 2 blocks from the hotel…. so I came back a 2nd time and then guess what? I forgot the camera battery! smfh…..

fuck it, we’re off to RUMBA for the man of the night. DJ SEAN MAC AKA SEAN MACNIFICENT!
we get there and I see cars are lined up for both Valet and the self parking across the street from the spot…. there’s a police car parked in front…. but it’s okay, she was fam lol 😉

the spot was located on a quiet street, so you know whoever was there was there for 1 reason… TO PARTY WITH SEAN MAC!

I didn’t have my cam…. so I got 2 pics from my iphone, but I got some from my boys from 1OFF

now my only complaint was that I wish they put on the AC harder in this joint because it was HOT!

shout out to J Millionaire from the chi who reads the blog and was dressed real sharp….. he copped the only Jeroboam in the place!
and speaking of champagne… there was a slim selection since it was a restaurant/lounge, not really a club, but fuck it we got 6 bottles of whatever they had early!

at least they had nectar imperial (no rose’) and some NV Veuve yellow label….. well actually the homey J Millie copped a bottle of Moet Rose but not the clear bottle….. it was all good… I finished my bottle of bubbly too fast I think….. at any rate, I had a good time and the music was real good
here’s a little snippet/trailer to Sean’s bday

shout out to Jeremih, GLC (yeh homey, good to link again) and 3 Deep John
big shout outs to Sean Mac, my man Bird, my shadow Sluggo who made sure I was good the entire time I was there and had the hawk eye on me…. and my boy Fellow BUT the biggest shout out to my boy Dave who really is the super glue to this whole equation and Chicago x LA connection…. mad love to you bro.

after that, we headed over 2 blocks to Ontourage and then I was just ready to tap out even though Bird has me dying! I was literally laughing my ass off with his crazy ass….. so I had Sluggo take me to Lawrence’s fishery to get some fish! and MANNNNN that shit is crack! I got a pound of catfish strips and a salad (mannn too good)

It was empty….. why? because it was 4:30am on a sunday night! lol

got my zzz’s in and woke up… had a car service take me to the airport lightweight late… but it was okay……

because I had the 1st class swag to get me passed the bogus security line…..

rockin my Lupe Fiasco Converse…
I usually fall right asleep, especially when the plane doesn’t have wifi (smh)… but someone right behind me in 1st class farted! a real pungent eggy smell too, so it fucked up my rest….
the dude sitting next to me with a semi young middle aged cat who seemed real cool….. usually when I’m on first and not with a friend or Nic, it’s always a cool person…. so this guy was the VP of BP…. yes BP the gulf gas crisis BP…. and we chopped it up about a lotta things, a great network indeed and he told me he was involved in a call to Columbia, South Carolina with a private jet and my heart stopped….. I said don’t say no more please…. I lost 2 friends on that plane crash…. Chris Baker and Charles Still (aka Lil Chris and Che’) so he told me some intel on the situation and it wasn’t a fuel problem and I told him my situation and pulled out my ipad and showed him pics of my boys and it was a small world…. we chopped it up about hockey to all kinds of shit and it made the flight actually pretty easy because I hate to fly….

anyways, made it safe back to LA and I posted up and caught up on some work and editing pics….

much love
gonna get it in this week.
everyone have a blessed one




  • James NomadRipMay 24, 2011 1:13 pm

    Isn’t that yours on AAO’s wrist too?

  • Seriously CuriousMay 24, 2011 1:22 pm

    great post. is the MOCA exhibit still on? Guessing its not. I would have loved to check that out. Hey thats an idea for your blog, maybe include a section specifically for public events you know about or got going on?? Like a calendar or something. Over time you can use that section for advertisers too listing their events for a small price or something.

  • Ben BallerMay 24, 2011 3:57 pm

    @nomad I’m sure it is…. I haven’t even glanced at it too tough, I was so rushed

    @serious, naw it’s going on til August, go check it, I may have to again.

  • MikeMay 24, 2011 5:12 pm

    any clue on the beat they used in the bday video?

  • FivefeezyMay 24, 2011 8:08 pm

    Yo ben wuts your instagram name?

  • Ben BallerMay 24, 2011 9:33 pm

    @mike no idea…

    @fivefeezy it’s @benballer

  • CoryMay 24, 2011 9:40 pm


    sadly your hate for the Heat only fuels the fire for the ring, again Rose shows he is a true MVP by not closing, sucking air in overtime, only person who looked in worse shape was Noah. Have to admit we are looking good as the Heat….

  • Ben BallerMay 24, 2011 11:17 pm

    naw, the heat got 3 great players…. chicago has 1. that 1st game was a fluke…. u know what, a MVP should have closed that game out tonight. Magic or Jordan woulda made that last shot to win the game at the end….. it’s sad…

    this Dallas vs Miami part II is gonna be a good series… I’m bummed about Mike Brown though

  • CrazyMTFMay 25, 2011 4:29 am

    GO HEAT!

  • CrazyMTFMay 25, 2011 4:30 am


  • Mike DukesMay 25, 2011 8:45 am

    That was a fun read, much better than that read about san diego.. I love the positive happy write ups, they deserve the most attention. Keep going hard on that suit swag, its a great look. and btw, its 95 degrees out in south florida, i know you love the HEAT. baahaha. Keep in touch homie.

  • lakers4lifeMay 25, 2011 10:27 am

    What’d you think about the Keith hearing pieces? And there was only 2 pieces in the whole exhibit that people weren’t allowed to take pictures of, and both were by basquiat. I wonder how much they were worth. I was lookin at cartoon’s work for probably over an hour! That shit made me think about all my homies from Florence, white fence, 38 st , and all my other ese homies that were like fam to me. Much props to Mr. Cartoon.

  • Ben BallerMay 25, 2011 12:24 pm

    @lakers4life everything was allowed to be photographed…… I got every piece of Haring in there and all of the Basquiats

  • farouqfuxMay 25, 2011 12:59 pm

    Yo Ben educate on Rose’ a little….. no joke I stay buying NV Veuve because it tastes great and drink it at home.

    Lupe Fiasco Chucks >

    Barney Perforated Patent leather chucks also >

  • CrazyMTFMay 25, 2011 2:38 pm

    Yo STL going through some tornado shit right now.please pray for us.

  • lakers4lifeMay 25, 2011 7:33 pm

    I took pics anyway, but they didnt want me takin pics of the blue vase that was done by Haring and I think basquiat. And they also didnt want me taking pics of the Joe Louis piece by Basquiat. They said those were the only two I couldn’t take pictures of.

  • lakers4lifeMay 25, 2011 7:36 pm

    Hopefully Mike Brown brings some defense to the Lakers!!!

  • Ben BallerMay 26, 2011 10:28 am

    mike brown is gonna be aweful

  • CoryMay 26, 2011 12:46 pm

    Nothing makes me happier then seeing the Lakers take a step back, really Mike Brown, I find it hard to think Howard is coming west with the pieces you guys are putting together

  • Ben BallerMay 26, 2011 5:38 pm

    I don’t want howard…. he’s fast, def faster than shaq ever was an prolly a much better athlete, but not as dominate or intimidating….
    anyways, I’d like to secure CP3 or Deron Williams and then it’s a problem…. we need a fast young PG who gets it done. so 1 of those 2 first.
    then, someone needs to tell and slap bynum for being a 2011 version of Elden Campbell…. he needs to be more of a beast like McDyss or just play like an animal. not so soft.
    Howard would be cool…. I just like how he’s a bitch personally off the court, that shit carries onto the court too, ONLY THESE DAYS IT DOES.

    Michael Vick off the field = crazy mofo. and it doesn’t fuck with his on field skills… basketball is different. soo many soft soup motherfuckers

  • seyfMay 26, 2011 7:02 pm

    @mike the beat i used was Kelly Rowland – Motivation

    1off ent x

  • lakers4lifeMay 26, 2011 9:25 pm

    haha! …Elden Campbell , that shit’s funny.

    I know man, Mike Brown will suck, I’m just trying to be optimistic lol. Well, at least he SAYS he’s gonna bring defense to the lakers. They shoulda went with Brian Shaw.

    Cory: But at the same time, Howard might wanna come out here because he could possibly be the star/franchise of the L.A. Lakers, especially when Kobe retires. Who wouldn’t want to be the star player for the Los Angeles Lakers . Shit, he might even marry a Kardashian and have a reality TV show if he comes out here lol.

    If Bynum’s knee could hold up, he’ll continue to develop and the Lakers won’t need Howard. But most likely it won’t so I would get Howard.

  • richMay 27, 2011 11:58 am

    jim buss (who will run the lakers now) just said andrew bynum is untouchable so i doubt they will get howard

  • CrazyMTFMay 27, 2011 3:31 pm


  • Ben BallerMay 27, 2011 4:15 pm

    @crazyMTF son before u get stamped as loser status…. please show me any memorabilia or a Florida state license showing you from FL. otherwise shut your corny ass up

  • jtetsMay 27, 2011 4:40 pm

    Ben, can you please explain the history in this? Faces, era, etc.

    …from the hundreds tumblr. I spy Meth.

  • CrazyMTFMay 27, 2011 11:24 pm

    Nope I won’t I’m a sports head and I go hard for what I love baseketball.A you came in with the same mouth I had you stud by words of Lebron and the Heat but mostly Lebron and I did too. You said they won’t make to the finals I said they will.You said they wouldn’t beat the Celtics I said they are.You said that the Bulls would run them over I said they won’t.Then you said they not even going to make to the championship and really? I just enjoy proving people wrong it’s funny sometimes and a bit anoying too but hey thats me. I’m Laker head hands done but I steal watched other players that I admired and Lebron is one of them . I was hoping for the Lakers and the Heat but mostly the Lakers to make to the championship to see Kobe and Lebron go at it but it never happened. So when the Lakers lost I put my mind and support on the Heat just as much as you did with the Bulls and their games.So don’t be upset cause you had to eat your words on thursday but the real deal is that championship game then thats were it’s really going to go down.


  • coryMay 28, 2011 10:25 am


    I also agree I personally could do without all the new Miami Fans, where you guys when we didnt have Shaq and Wade was carrying the team on his back to round one eliminations, where were you when the team started and I had to go to home games in the hood, where were you when they had to curtain the upper bowl for TV games because no one was coming. We dont want you showing up now we have an allstar team on the floor, we are good, we have enough people who suffered at home watching this team shit the bed year after year, none of you were speaking up when we could have lost Wade to another city, hell most of you were rooting for him to come to your home city, so now we have landed James and Bosh dont jump over here , we dont want a bandwagon and none of us real fans are gonna pull you to the championship while you ride that bandwagon. So if your from LA , Chicago, Memphis, Carolina or wherever root for your home team with pride do you know hard it is to be Miami Dolphin Fan, well that is where I am from I cant just say hey New England is a good team ill root for them. So either move here or stop rooting but pick one.

  • lakers4lifeMay 28, 2011 12:37 pm

    Jtets: those are all the same faces I used to see at nt/shoe events lol

    Crazymtf: c’mon man, just chill. You been annoying a looong time ago. And you’re not a sports head, you said a few pages back the bulls lost one of the playoff games because “they kept passing the ball to the same players”…Wtf??? Lol. And you with the “boom in yo face” shit …just chill man, and don’t talk so much. You are coming off ass corny and he tells you this, but you still don’t see it.

    Cory : that’s exactly why I wouldn’t mind a rebuilding phase, so muthafuckas like me could get better seats!!! Lol

  • CrazyMTFMay 28, 2011 12:50 pm

    We don’t have a team so I can root for whoever and so can everyone else. I know New York people who love the Lakers and I know Atl people who like the Bulls as a team. To me I say do your thing and I’m on the Laker side but right now they are not in the championship. So I’m just going by who I think have a more chance of winning then saying there my favorite team. I’m praying for that Kobe vs Lebron championship game before Kobe retire I have hope.Ben you are a Laker fan rooting for the Bulls real hard after the Lakers lost and the Celtics fell off but I don’t have the same right to do that with the Heat no way. At the end of the day it’s all about whats going on now which is the Mavs vs Heat thats were the real deal go down.

    PS @CORY

  • CrazyMTFMay 28, 2011 1:02 pm


    I was explaining why the Bulls and the Heat keep on losing when I watch sports I don’t just look at one team I look at both of them.Like I said before I am a sports head I focus more on the moves then the pionts.How far the person shooting back, who’s making to many fails,what person need to step up on the shooting.Thats what I like to look at more then anything hell yeah I’m annoying as hell and I know that but I have no shame at how I act.When I get into sports I get into it cause I love it but I also don’t get all pussy when I my favorite player leaves the team I just move on and keep watching.

    PS: Mike Browns should do well with the team on the defense end besides Bynum but the offense there cool on that shit. Then again Shannon Brown need to do better on shooting the three’s cause he’s a short guy but he show can slam dunk his ass off.

  • importRACINGMay 28, 2011 9:50 pm

    @crazyMTF dont worry crazyMTF ben is just mad because him and his girl stopped talking.

  • MaxMay 30, 2011 4:11 am

    Hey Im always reading your blog thanks for the entertainment while Im out here working in Afghanistan lol…I have a question tho…I like pics you been taking recently …what feature or app is that? Thanks

  • Ben BallerMay 30, 2011 10:24 pm

    @max it’s instagram….

    @import word….. you’re right, you also sound like a very smart guy

  • importRACINGMay 30, 2011 11:00 pm

    not really rocket science. when i wrote that message I noticed that your blog had no mention of your girls line + I look to the right side of your page and see a tweet saying how you wont be attending a club which your girls fashion show was @. care to share the reason for your sudden break up? you guys seemed real cool together.

  • Ben BallerMay 31, 2011 12:00 am

    @import, I was kidding.
    we just spent the weekend everywhere. today on a yacht for her bridesmaids engagement party and bday

    I canceled the show because they didn’t have 1. my money, 2. my bottles right. they got their promo. so I took it off my page. I didn’t want to mess up her paper

  • bMay 31, 2011 6:14 am

    hey you havent updated in so long!!!

  • HeywoodMay 31, 2011 9:59 am

    Wow peoples be in your bizzness on some PI shit. u shouldn’t have to explain your personal life

  • HecJune 1, 2011 5:52 pm

    hey pendejo, Apolo wasnt a host at the billboatd awards, he was introducing an act, get it straight!

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