London is home

September 5, 2012 โ‹… by Ben Baller โ‹… 26 comments

London Asher Yang was born on August 24, 2012 at 12:12am

shit, I was hoping he was going to be born on the 23rd to share Kobe’s birthday, but really I just wanted him to be born and out already, but nowhere near as much as my wife wanted him out already. he was 9lbs at birth and 21.5″ long, a BIG baby and my wife is normally 105lbs, 5’4″ so this was VERY tough on her.

I have to say though, I never truly knew what unconditional love meant until he popped out. it was 16 hours of labor for my wife, but once she was fully dilated, it took 10 minutes of pushing! my mom and my father in law were in the waiting room looking for a movie to watch because they knew it would be a while, but when my mother in law sent a text to my father in law, he was shocked… the whole process was unbelievable. I was so tense and anxious… when the doc said, hey do you wanna take a look? I said naw, I’m good, but in the manner of FUCK NO! it was crazy because my wife had 3 OB’s before this one and all of them made her uncomfortable. finally she found Dr. Jose Medrano who works out of Burbank, CA and he is the coolest! I mean cool with the permanent capital C. He rides a Harley! also has a Ducati! lol… he’s a filipino man out of NYC with a LOT of class & skill! He’s a very popular guy and he came very highly recommended from a friend. if you are looking for someone to deliver your baby with ease and perfection, I suggest him… for more info on him, go here: Jose Medrano M.D. our experience was great with him. He’s definitely going to deliver our next baby!

ok back to London. the immediate second he came out of Nics womb, I felt electricity shoot through every part of my body. I smiled, I cried, I said OH MY GOD! at least 7 times loud…. he was perfect, he is perfect. I just knew obviously after 10 months that a baby was going to come out, but I had no idea what he would look like even with the 4-D ultra sound and or if he was healthy etc… I was just in shock. incredible. to be in that room, to see him come out, just typing about it makes me teary all over again. of course there are so many people who have had kids, so many young ones, older cats, but I couldn’t have asked for a better time in my life to have my first child. for real this was the best blessing I have ever had, it was the proudest and happiest moment in my life. surpassing any accomplishment in my past and then some. holding him was surreal and I was in shock for the first 48 hours at least. thank god we got a beautiful big suite, because we needed it. but god damn, everyone and I mean EVERYONE said you wont get any sleep. and when 100 people tell you, you’re not going to sleep, guess what? you won’t. for the first 3 days, we got an average of 2 hours of sleep and they broke up in 20-30 min naps. it became a myth (sleep that is) and after a few days at the hospital, we finally went home and even with my mother in law moving into the nursery, I still got little sleep and it’s crazy, my son is a night owl just like me. from 1am to 6am, his ass won’t sleep and if he does it’s for 20 min. and he needs to be fed by my wife every 2 hours, so I feel for her. but every time I hold him at night or day and I’m completely exhausted, I look at him and his eyes and think, damn. this shit is totally worth it. it’s indescribable.

the past 11 days have been amazing. very trying at times, but thank god for hard work and success…. I don’t know how some of my friends who make a very humble income do it. it’s very expensive and time consuming. I don’t want to have nanny’s raise my kids unless it’s much later in life. My wife will do that, that’s her job for a while now. We didn’t have the nurses even take care of him for a while so we could sleep, we couldn’t part with him at all….

so now that he’s here, I am totally thinking different. I prepared myself prior, but now? I’m just thinking differently. I want the best for him as most parents do, but I want his life to be much better than mine. I don’t want him to struggle no matter how much he may learn from that, I want him to overstand some of the shit I had to go through in a traditional but broken korean household. I want him to understand the value of a dollar for real. I mean so real. my wife came from an amazing home, a father who never said no to her(yes spoiled, but I will be the same) parents still together and raised both her and her brother well. I’m glad I had him now and not 10 years ago, because I don’t ever want to feel like I can’t give or get him something. money don’t solve all problems, but it makes life very convenient if you have it. it’s nice to take a few weeks off here and there. this is why I work so hard and get little sleep and deal with headaches. for him and for my future children. I have made more money this year than last and last year was awesome, but I spent more money this year than ever in my life, on the wedding, honeymoon, cars, house, my son…. all worth it and all that came back to me twenty fold. as far as extra shit I spent in the past? that’s down to a 1% factor. seriously. the above I mentioned were things that had to happen. no bottles really or extra silly extravagant shit other than my bentley which I purchased cash was spent. but I would spend that bentley money on trips and clubs easy in the past. that’s a wrap. I’m even thinking of getting a Jeep rubicon and just hooking that up and calling it a day. I don’t care. I just want to eat right and eat whenever I want to. feed the family and clothe them the best I can. share my world and wisdom with them.

so enough.
here’s some pics of the adventure!

this was 4am August 23rd, real shit, my wife took this pic of my anxious ass… I was so excited, I slept with one foot on the floor ready!

not even a day old!

mama’s boy

a few pics of our hospital suite. shit was very decent. and unlike cedars, it wasn’t $3,200 a night. we didn’t have 12 hour a day room service, but shit worked out lovely and was NICE! it was necessary for US.

this was my shit from 10pm to 5am for 3 days straight. a few times a night!

he’s so damn chubby!
and thank god he doesn’t look so much like me, I want my future daughter to please look like my wife too lol

moms came by to visit on the first day… she didn’t sleep much either. her 5th grandchild was here. finally

the best feeling ever

I LOVE cafeteria food, but damn, they closed mad early…. my sister and brother in law, god bless their soul! they brought us Din Tai Fung from the SGV!!!! thank you!

my brother in law was super geeked too!

the homey Apolo Ohno came through (so did my cousins and brother, but I had to remember to take pics, I lost my memory and mind. there were over 400 texts in a short period of time too, I tried to reply to all)

before kim kardashian was rocking BIG rocks… my mom had her 10 carat Flawless D color marquise diamond. not internally flawless, FLAWLESS. you know I had to throw some kind of jewelry in here lol. do the math. gotta take care of Moms!

on the last day before we checked out, my sister and the twins came by again…
sidebar: thank god for having a fridge in our room and a damn shower and everything you might find in a decent hyatt hotel lol

sidebar, the hospital was very close to our house, maybe a 5 minute drive thank god, we could see our house from one of the windows! so dope to have a big corner suite with floor to ceiling glass…

the views were very decent as well… I could see from downtown LA Live to Century City to the Hollywood strip and Hollywood sign ๐Ÿ™‚

I took a cool panoramic pic of the room… but it didn’t work 360 degrees because I’m not fresh and still don’t know how to use the app properly

you have to click on it to see the full view, maybe right click and open in new tab/page

so finally after 3 days of resting up at the hospital it was time to go home, we got discharged and headed to the crib literally….
London was actually fine inside the car and loved it until we stopped at home

I think he likes sitting in the lap of luxury

walked into our home with gifts from my brothers Francis and George from Platinum Motorsport….

I’ve had many opportunities to smoke cubans, but I never have. I think it might be that time to do so…. I was buying Monte Cristo 11’s for my boss 17 years ago and now my partner Catdicc Jr. put 2 in my hands… much love. also G, that arrangement is type ridiculous. it also weighs about 79lbs. so fuck you lol

the first night home was the toughest, but I felt like we had so much more comfort being at home now. we may have had no nurses at the press of a button, but we have everything a baby could need… we didn’t get shit for sleep though, we took turns and it was tougher than staying up for an exam because an exam wouldn’t cost a life with one wrong move. you can always make up an exam too, you can’t correct a screwup with a newborn. that baby’s life is in your hands completely. that baby relies on you totally. it’s such a crazy responsibility and I see and hear about mothers smothering their babies or sudden infant syndrome and nightmare stories, so I gotta be over protective

he slept in the sleeper on our bed for the first week….

if we ever had to take a shower while one slept… then he went in the sleeper or…

his bassinet, btw, my son has more hair then I did at 18 years of age. smh
and you can’t tell in the pic, but my son’s hair is light brown with strong blonde streaks! crazy! has to be the spanish/french blood from his grandpa’s side of the fam!

what he does best is nap! so peaceful… and like Obama did… every 5 minutes I checked to see if he was breathing! lol. that’s my prince!

thanks to his uncle Apolo, he got this swag digital bouncer that connects to an ipod or iphone to play music while it bounces all over in the smoothest motion! I wish they had an adult version… I’d park in front of Hermes on rodeo drive and lounge and drink pineapple juice all day

he took his first bath and I cried… so fucking cute! thank you auntie Sara for the Lilo and Stitch blanket!

famous rap/hip-hop legendary photographer Mike Miller gave me these… this is true thug life infant onesies! he’s gotta rock them at least once for a shoot, just for the fact that Pac was my boy and London is a west coast kid!

most importantly, my son is very healthy. everything is good… he has very strong hands and I love when he squeezes my hand. the energy is so powerful. I want to lead him to success

after just over his first week on earth, I had a small bbq with my family and friends at our home…. I had my nieces watch him while I went out to get some stuff at the market and my mother in law prepared the chicken and other things….

man, it may not look like much, but that fed 14 people and then some! my mother in law made filipino spaghetti and Apolo ate like 4 bowls worth…. just after he finished his 2nd day of training on Dancing With The Stars All Stars lol… the pics he sent me smh lmao

man, I will definitely have to use our grill more often…. shit comes in beyond handy. that along with the punk ass elevator are things I hated about living in a condo.

2 men, where’s the van?

the wireless camera works wonders! talk and listen and all that… move it many different angles and even has the room temperature. his nursery is way nicer than my bedroom until I was maybe 27! smh… sidebar: I got him and my mother in law a Roku2 box which streams all the newest movies and HBO GO and netflix and so much more and it’s perfect for that room. shit is kinda awesome…

I didn’t get to leave the house for a few days and the only times I did leave were to get food or to go to target, literally. that was it!
but I did get invited to a special dinner hosted by bobby and ben of the hundreds and complex mag and Agenda tradeshow…
it was at INK (fantastic restaurant on Melrose in WeHo) and I got to chop it up with a lot of fam and sitting next to me at my table was Russell Westbrook and we got to chop it up for about an hour and I was so damn surprised on how cool he was. He has a rep of being a dick on the court (I couldn’t imagine my rep if I played ball on that level smh) but he is just a stand up dude from the LB. we had a lot of things in common to talk about and he was a big fan of my jewelry… he remembers the fight I got into with Kendrick at game 3 of the playoffs lol… it was a good time… what else was sick was how Bobby got together this collection of fly ass Korean people making moves in different industries for real for real….

on the left of me, is my boy Roy Choi, now Roy is the founder of Kogi Truck and not only was it the most successful food truck out there, it was the first and started a whole fucking trend and craze of food trucks everywhere! he is a god damn pioneer! and the shit is still the bomb! now he has a restaurant and still runs all those trucks and has a book coming out. he is a full on 100% foodie to the fullest and is an LA OG, not just with Korean food, but everything. has a true culinary background, so don’t fuck with him…. he’s a solid dude and killing it! much love Roy, keep repping for the K’s…. on the right of me, is Jamie Chung who is probably the only or the most famous Korean American actress out right now. she didn’t break in by doing roles as a chinese geisha or a chun li part (even though she is playing an asian exploitation part in RZA and Tarantino’s new movie… she’s making moves with so much other dope shit… she went to Lowell HS in San Francisco so you know she’s smart as fuck and went to UC Riverside and paid her own tuition working 2 jobs until this acting shit hit…. she’s been in the Hangover 2 and actually was the female lead. (no delusional parts here or fake credits like some other asian girls have done which is fucking totally sad) and has a lead role in a upcoming movie called Eden and has 4 more films to come out this year…. she’s killing shit too and she rocks a solid gold Rolex GMT master lol and is def repping for Koreans! obviously Bobby has a successful clothing brand that he founded with the Hundreds and has a very very successful blog, more successful than mine and he’s a better photographer than me, but I can kick his ass ๐Ÿ™‚
I think Bobby has some plans for the 4 of us, who knows?

but do you know what?

I love London!
so much that I put him in this crazy outfit to take a drive with me and his mommy down to Pasadena last night to get some boba lol! he’s so tall!
so blessed to have my first born be a boy and so blessed that he is a dragon.

that’s all I can type, I am sorry but not sorry it’s been so long since I’ve wrote an entry on here, but you have to understand, my life has changed for the best and I don’t regret anything. this is the love of my life and I cannot wait to have another one. I hope London can have a sister, but if he has a brother, it’s all good…. I want to thank all the amazing nurses (they were only korean and filipino! lol) at the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical center and thank Dr. Medrano for delivering the baby and just thank the lord! there are so many gods, I’m not the most religious person out there, but I am spiritual and I am very fortunate and blessed…. Benny Baller is a daddy now.

peace y’all

see y’all in a day or so when I update with some jewels and gear!


la deep

September 2, 2012 โ‹… by Ben Baller โ‹… No comments

deep as a puddle…
I will definitely do an update soon with all the amazing occurances that have happened in the last couple weeks…. this is time off and much needed. I have a great team behind me at my store and my cousins can help you while I’m handling biz with my newborn, London.

so meanwhile, I did a huge feature on the Coveteur’s site. they asked and that was an honor… I was very grateful. I’m so small time to most of the people they have already featured in the past. but Hypebeast copy and pasted the article and I love the hater comments… I laugh at them, but what makes me feel weird is losers who don’t know me, say things they hear off other haters when they do google searches for anything negative and after searching the 15th + page, they finally see things and rumors like, Hey I don’t own my store, my cousins do. really? he doesn’t own any of the jewelry or cars. does that even make sense? I do lease vehicles, but the last few whips and most of my crazy cars I owned. get shit right. I mean even get it a little right. don’t be completely totally off dipshit. got the title to my bentley, already stated that here a couple months ago, owned the R8 outright… owned my big exotics in 2004-2006 because I had an exotic/luxury rental business that I owned. back to IF and Co. nobody else posts on here. no ghost writers, no front man, no ghosts or fronting period. it’s 4 main guys left and 3 of us are partners. I am one of the co-founders. this is my site. nobody else has access to it.

I read the silly ass comments, I don’t even know who or how got my info or put that out there, but they’re off. I don’t make that much per year, but I’m worth more than that. all that needs to be said. I’ve been around a long time now. Been in LA, NYC and SF longer than most celebs or rappers or entertainers have and I’ve somehow remained relevant in my respected fields. I never really followed anyone, I did my own thing and trends happened. fact.
now as for college ball?
I posted pics from when I played NCAA football and basketball, so I thought I’d refresh this dummy ladeep’s comment as to knowing me and knowing my friends? I have like 5 friends in life and 1,000,000 acquaintances. real shit

whoa! click on that pic, that must be a TOTAL COINCIDENCE! no way! there must have been a Brandon Yang who played basketball the same years I went to San Francisco State University! OMG, he wore #42 too????? the same # I wore since my freshman year in high school when I was all city and all conference? matter of fact, that # is tattoo’d on me. yeah, must be a coincidence, I lie too much right?
I’ll exaggerate to make some stories sound good, but my life is crazy. period
my nick name was Yang all time about 1994, then it was Baller because my assistant coach Brian Fogel (who coached at Cal and played ball at SMC(teammates with steve kerr) and Sonoma State gave me that name “Baller” and it stuck….
you now look so fucking stupid to have made up that entire post/comment to try to tarnish what doesn’t matter to some fucking losers. lol

oh and gangster? in a gang? which one? I grew up in a crip hood. no surprise there. but you said car club and then I thought, wait? what car club lets people borrow cars, cars worth over $100,000 to over $250,000? like everyday? for years? nobody. I pull up to places all over LA often in my cars. I know what it costs to rent a phantom or flying spur speed or M5 or R8, it’d be over $40,000 a month on some of those cars….
back to the gang and the clubs…
I’m a member of the notorious Cocky Ridaz. and we’re the most respected and deepest motorcycle crew in LA and if you run around south central and the west side, then you’ve seen the big red C’s all over the place…..

people confuse us for a gang because we act like hooligans and 90% of my crew are felons, but they all good peoples. they all got my back too.
you got me all the way confused dude. but a lot of people do. I just so happen to be at home chillin, so I have some time to straighten out a clown like yourself. in fact you can call up beverly hills rolls royce or platinum motorsport and ask them if I ever purchased any cars. I don’t pay them to lie for me, if I was broke, how could I?

go hide behind that name or other names you nerd.

I got a legacy to pass down to my son now.


p.s. I have been respected in the streets of LA for years. decades now. I grew up in the streets, FYI I HAVE NEVER BEEN ROBBED IN MY LIFE…. you see me with 1/2 a mill in ice and no security. when dudes get robbed out here, 75% of these guys or people tied to them hit us up to help them out…. I got love and the streets show love back. ok, I gotta go return my day date II which I would never sell because I don’t own and wear everyday smh lol



August 20, 2012 โ‹… by Ben Baller โ‹… 29 comments

I mean… the baby could be here any day. I’m anxious than a motherfucker and obvi my wife is beyond that and just wants the baby out. we’re 39 weeks right now. so our son will be here shortly!

meanwhile. I haven’t been in my store lately because I’m at home waiting for the baby to arrive…. but when I’m not at home, I’m out eating and damn, this past 4-5 days has been crazy! I think I gained 7lbs!!!! last time I did that in a week was when I visited New Orleans over a decade ago(after Katrina hit, I refuse to go back there and eat seafood no matter what anyone says)

so let’s start with thursday… hit me all time favorite italian joint “La Scala” with my boy Michael Trevino… for maybe 7 months or longer now, me and my fellow aquarian have been trying to get up to break break and just talk some shit… he’s always shooting in Atlanta for his show Vampire Diaries, so it’s tough and when he’s off, he’s traveling around like he should be and I’ve been all over. but finally got to chop it up over a chopped salad and bowl of spaghetti bolognese(hands down the best spaghetti I’ve had in my lifetime on earth. nothing comes close. Chateau Marmont is 2nd place though) and I know me and my dude will end up working on a project together somehow…

thursday night, I caught up with Catdicc Jr and my boy Peter and we hit up the Arclight for the midnight showing of the Expendables 2 and we ate at the cafe at the Arclight and it’s been a cool minute since I’ve ate there…. like maybe 10 years! but damn that shit was great! the fries were like mini baked potatoes and they have a full bar. we got it in and then watched a lot of action… the movie wasn’t bad at all. crazy to see all those action heroes all in 1 movie and man Chuck Norris brought the heat. his scenes were the best for real….

so Friday for Lunch I had to drop off that custom gold coin chain to my boy and he told me to meet him in Weho and I don’t like eating in Weho unless it’s Cecconi’s or like Madeo or Dan Tanas really…. but my boy is legit with his food choices and he never fails me. I was still really skeptical and he told me to meet him at this place called “O Burger” Organic Burger which obviously only serves organically made food and I was really skeptical because I’ve had those healthy burgers before and they’re ok, not bad, but not what I wanted to start my weekend off with……
WOW! after 3 bites, I had to say it was a tasty burger and they offer a egg there! after finishing that burger, I have to say it’s in the top 5 best burgers in LA. it could be top 3 to be real. I mean, it’s really really really fucking good. they only serve organic beverages, but their organic ginger ale was all the money!

much love to O Burger! I will be coming back!

oh yeah…

here’s what the charm looked like after I added a 60 gram 14k 4mm cuban link on it. such a dope chain, now I want to make something like it for myself….

it’s been so hot in LA. I mean triple digits hot. stupid crazy hot and I didn’t really have tints on most of my cars, due to getting fucked with more than I already do by the police, etc… but I couldn’t resist anymore. took it over to my boy Juniors shop “Fresh Tintings” in Reseda(he has 3 and soon to be 4 locations in So Cal) and he hooked it up with the best triple A finest pure ceramic tint made by Huper Optik

car is almost done… I CAN’T take off the front license plate because then I can’t park the car at LAX or even enter without getting pulled over. it’s 100% guaranteed and it’s such a fucking nightmare that I just want to leave it on. I also got $7000 in front license plate parking tickets last year so fuck that…. thank you again Junior! much love homey
so right before that sun set in the west coast, I met up with legendary photographer Michael Miller who specializes in West Coast Hip Hop artists…. he is a legend why? because he’s shot the late great tupac and Eazy E and NWA and so many more

those are just 2 legendary pics out of hundreds! thousands!
anyways, I shot with him for his documentary on west coast hip hop history
I was honored he even wanted to shoot me for it, but a few of my west coast legendary street cats reached out to me and I was game all in! we met up in Los Feliz, drove around Koreatown to downtown LA and then back around echo park and silverlake and reminisced about 1982 to 2012 really. crazy shit.

thank you Mike and much love homey. your book is incredible!

after that, I thought it was on at the crib and got some Links and Hops for me and Nic…. so I stayed near by and hopefully waited for our baby to come! I bought season 4 of Sons of Anarchy on sony stream and we watched the whole season in a day and a half! shit was good, but damn that ending was suspect! can’t wait for season 5 to hit next month!

Saturday morning, we hit this spot close to the crib in Atwater Village called “Canele” and we’ve been wanting to come here badly for the past 4 months, but when we’ve tried it’s been too busy and Nic can’t wait or just haven’t had the time, so I yelped them and found out they actually have a super duper official brunch…. so we shot over there like 11am and it was super cafe style restaurant as I expected, but damn when that food came out!

I said, hold up, only white folks in the kitchen? hmmm haha

one of the best omelettes I’ve had in my life…

they’re famous for their French Toast and WOW! that shit was waaay too big. I mean nobody could finish an order of this by themselves and it was hard to even make a dent with me and my pregnant wife…. but we sure tried. shit was unreal!

now their bacon???? THE BEST I’VE EVER HAD! HOLY FUCK! this shit was about 5-6mm thick! no joke and around as long as a ruler! it was juicy and thick like the black pork you get from a korean bbq joint! I couldn’t believe it.
the restaurant is a little expensive, but not like Mr. Chows or anything. I can’t wait to finally hit that spot up for dinner! won’t be for a while though, at least a few months until London can either come or my mother in law can watch him

and so later on in the day, there’s a spot about 10 minutes away where fat folks and foodies eat at and damn, I can’t believe I ate here after having that monster breakfast….

so later for a late lunch, early dinner… me and my boy Pete finally decided to check out “oinkster” in Eagle Rock…. GOD DAMNNNNNNN!!!!!
this place has been on food network for like 3 different shows, that diners one, anthony bourdain and guy fieri too…. they all been there, all raved about it, so I had to check it out.
the owner was a chef at a nice restaurant and he studied under Langers (world famous, LA legendary spot) to perfect their pastrami…. man! their pastrami is incredible, their pulled pork is incredible and their milkshakes are insane!!!!!

dee lishhhh uss

they have a veggie burger too! I heard it’s crazy good, so that means Nic can come next time!

to make things worse…. we went to BJ’s after to get a pizookie. smh
so fucking good

but yo
real talk?

woke up to this on my nightstand
I didn’t even know I went to McDonalds late night and got myself a Mcflurry smh along with mad other snacks… I was 169lbs about 10 days ago. I’m back at like 177!!!!!!

but that didn’t stop me on sunday….
I had a contractor come over to install some chicken wire underneath our house because we have fucking skunks and possums who like to sleep and hide there and that means I can’t let PeeWee out or else he’ll get bit or sprayed, so it’s a damn nightmare… also blocked out some things around the backyard to make sure they can’t get in…. also installed the 42″ LED flatscreen in London’s bedroom….

so while he was doing all of that, what did I do?

I went to Don Felix to try their Lomo and their shit is pretty official. I was surprised! and it’s only about 8 min from the trap which is closer than Marios… only thing is they don’t have the official Jalea like marios, but this will do… INCA COLA!!!

and then shot over to my sister’s house in the hot ass 105 degree valley to say happy birthday to my twin nieces… I always make sure to get them the best gifts! everyone in my family is excited for the baby to come! and it was good to see all my family as I’m sure I’ll be seeing them very soon again

what I didn’t do this weekend? I WAS NOT FUCKING WITH “ROCK THE BELLS” HELL NO! no fucking way!!!!! 100 + degree weather around 50,000 people? I rather be in county jail for 6 hours
but shout out to my folks who performed, especially my homey Hit Boy who did his thing with Cudi

what did I eat for dinner though?

if you ain’t ever been to Dinah’s friend chicken, you should at least try it once. it’s better than popeyes or kfc or even golden bird or churchs… (can’t fuck with Roscoes) but it’s good as fuck! and their pineapple cole slaw is bomb… the other sides are ok though. they got one in glendale and right by the Fox Hills mall near LAX. check it.

MAN I’M SO FAT. I need to walk this shit off…. but like in a few months lol

no magic trade show for me this time, next year though for sure to promote my Neff Watch

and be on the look out for my jesus tee collab coming soon in early to mid Sept! online or chicago only! exclusively at Jugrnaut!

word up!

last night as I was about to go to sleep….

pure fuckery…. I got a bb gun and next time I see one, it’s over. he’s getting lit up!

peace everyone!

god bless!