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OUR WEBMASTER AND TRUE MASTERS TO WEB DESIGN PERIOD! EMSAR!

October 16, 2008 โ‹… by Ben Baller โ‹… 2 comments

I gotta stop and breathe and thank the guys who made it happen for Icee Fresh with this amazingly clean and beautiful website. Emil and Emsar has taken us to that level we needed to be at presentation wise and it’s only going to get better and better.
THANK YOU SO MUCH EMSAR! seriously, when I was thinking of a facelift and reinventing the site, you surpassed my expectations and wishes.

a lil info about them….
Emsar Design LTD is a full service advertising agency established in 1997, who has built a great reputation for delivering the best and classiest their industry has to offer… They take pride in having excellent customer service and over provide their clients which range from the superlative of Automotive, Jewelry, Apparel, Restaurant, Lifestyle, Publishing, Non-Profit and many other.

Over the last few years they have turned Emsar Design LTD from just a advertising agency that provides services into a BRAND that is sought by the cream of the crop from every angle of the earth.

a few of their heavy hitter clients are:
Platinum Motorsport, Singh Autosport, Simon G Jewelry, Hipnotic Wheels, Forgiato and of course yours truly I.F. & Co. ๐Ÿ˜‰

thank you again emil.
you can peep their website out @ WWW.EMSARDESIGN.COM


ANOTHER CRAZY DAY/NIGHT! DIM MAK PHOTOSHOOT & JAY-Z, DJ AM CONCERT @ THE PALADIUM

โ‹… by Ben Baller โ‹… 5 comments

So I obviously started out the day gettin it in @ the gym with my man Gregg… he started me out easy and then tried to kill me! jesus… after that I had mad errands to run and in the middle of the errands my lil bro Steve Aoki hit me up to be in his clothing brand’s (DIM MAK) photoshoot…. so I finished up a couple things and headed up to los feliz and shot a few flix with my boy Quang. I love Quangs work and I’ve shot with him several times. Much love to my boy Steve. He’s doin big thangs and again, he killed it at the DJ AM fundraiser show.
here’s a candid shot of me and Steve from the photoshoot!

so after that, I got home just in time to change my fit real quick so that I could head up to see my Man Jigga aka Hova aka Jay-Z! Not only was this the grand opening of the L.A. (landmark/monument) Paladium nightclub(they finally got fucking AC!) it was the real welcome home for my fam DJ AM; it was his first gig since the plane crash and wow, talk about don’t call it a come back. the biggest rapper alive and the baddest club dj alive! Shit was crazy from jump. thank you Rocafella fam and Caline for the ticket and VIP pass! wow! F.Y.I. I was involved in Jay-Z’s first album ever “Reasonable Doubt” and also his first platinum and gold album which I have the plaques to prove ๐Ÿ˜‰ I been down with the ROC since 1995

let’s do the play by play:
this is what a street value $1,000 seat/ticket looks like

ok, so shot from outside

now you gotta have the VIP wristband to get up to the VIP balcony seating

and the VIP table of course ๐Ÿ˜‰

so anyways… THIS PLACE WAS SOLD THE FUCK OUT! JESUS! PACKED TO THE MAXIMUM

Hova killin it early! yes my view was stupid good.

one of my favorite parts of the night… Jay’s FUCK BUSH segment of the show!

and another crowd shot, Jigga had them open!

and last but not least, AM gettin it in with the hand skills!
it was crazy to see AM a little nervous, I’M SO FUCKING PROUD OF YOU FAM! GOD DAMN SON, JAY-Z!

so now let’s go to the videos ๐Ÿ™‚

Jigga with Memphis rippin shit! LOOK AT THE CROWD!

now Jay performing “public service announcement”

here is DJ AM remixing “H to the Izzo” live with Jay and killin it!

and last video I got is Jay-Z making sure the crowd appreciation is there for his special guest appearance by the baddest club dj, mr AM aka Adam Goldstein.

thanks for reading as always…
1 god bless


WOW WHAT A NIGHT!!! KANYE WEST PARTY & WELCOME HOME DJ AM BENEFIT PARTY!

October 15, 2008 โ‹… by Ben Baller โ‹… 1 comment

F.Y.I. ALL THE PICS ON THIS BLOG ARE JUST BIG THUMBNAILS, CLICK ON THEM TO ENLARGE THE PICTURES! ๐Ÿ˜‰

well I’ll keep it funky with y’all…. I had such a long day that I passed out and woke up not wanting to go out. the Kanye Event was something I def wanted to peep and knew it’d be interesting since his listening parties usually are… so I get there 1/2 awake, the valet was a hot mess! walk in and I see 50 naked women. but immediately I felt like I was at a 1991 rave and it was late 80’s popish… sorta madonna meets keith haring meets christopher street meets electronica. anyways. as for the music, I’ve never heard Kanye sing so much…. thats as much as I’ll say about that.

ONTO DJ AM’S BENEFIT CONCERT/PARTY… MAD NAME DROPPING HERE, BUT FOR THOSE WHO DON’T KNOW ME? THESE ARE CATS I’VE KNOWN LITERALLY 10 YEARS + IN THE GAME. SO I’M TALKING ABOUT MY FRIENDS WHEN WE WAS ALL ON THE COME UP, FROM THE SUPER TRENCHES AND GRASS ROOTS OF DJING, WHEN WE HAD NOTHING, WE TURNED IT INTO SOMETHING…
so I pass thru the front of the club and there is a line like they’re giving out jobs. it was crazy long! I park my car and see Too Short parking too, I know it’s bout to be poppin… walk in with my man edski and eddie donaldson and I walk directly upstairs… cut chemist is killin it on the main stage but I gotta see fam first….. I walk to the upstairs, see my famo Jus Ske and I’m so amped and hyped to see him and my fam Ashley from Supra(good looks on my kicks always!) and start walking into the room and hear MY BROTHER HOMICIDE KILLING IT! I mean he went from showbiz and AG to blue cheese to cybotron to egyptian lover to all the OG world on wheels set(if you wasn’t from LA during the 1985 to 1988 era, you wouldn’t understand) My man Homicide is really the DJ’s DJ. so fucking ill on those turntables….

and my man Slep was in the house! man, so many OG’s in the spot…. from Eric V and Nick V (baka boys) to Truly Odd, sandman, my man Josh D, of course my boy DJ VICE and Fashen and so many more…. peeps I haven’t seen in over 8 years there, so I knew I was at home and it felt soo good (but I was missing my dream still). After Homicide got off the 1’s and 2’s, it was Vice’s turn and since the set up wasn’t as sophisticated and serato ready, they had to stop the music and homicide took it to the og garage ghetto old school days and plugged in his headphones to use as a mic to introduce Vice while Vice set up. I felt like I was at a house party. shit was awesome, had my NYC and LA fam all in one.


me and my man Jus Ske

my man Jus Reppin the AM all access badge and the iced out SKE beads (OG NYC y’all know the deal ๐Ÿ˜‰ …. and Jus is one of the founders of Danucht, here shown with the ill Goyard print.

so I walk downstairs with my man Fashen…. to the main room and main stage and the world famous Mix Master Mike is playing literally the illest set known to mankind. I’ll have a video up later of a snippet, but man he fucking killed it too. Monumental hip hop history type shit and all for the love of AM and my boys who lost their lives on that plane crash.

mixmaster mike getting props from AM

here’s the crowd pumping and feeling all that energy!

here’s my man Will I Am (we go back to 1991 from the Ballystyx days when he used to be Will 1 X) and most of everyone reading this blog doesn’t know this, but I did the Black Eyed Peas first Demo tape when I was an executive @ priority records. since then Will has become a collosal star in the music industry, from diamond albums, platinum albums, world tours, insane production credits and grammy’s of course… but we keep it 100 and Will was gettin in Homicides ass tonite no homo. lol. we always have some good ass bag sessions where we cut cats up!

me with my brothers Jus Ske and Steve Aoki

real spit, I remember when both of these guys didn’t even DJ and look at them now, crazy milestones have passed! steve damn I mad you were in Seoul and I wasn’t there!

of course the man of the night and 1/3rd member of my crew AMC!

Adam looked great tonite and his energy was amazing and I don’t know what else to say other than God has bigger plans for AM. love you bro

my lil brother Cisco was in the house… his dad was my godfather and cosigner to the music business for real! his brother Nic was also a huge crutch to my life for many years… it was actually through Cisco that I met Paris… they dated about 8 years ago or so. haha

he’s now doing big things with his new group Schwayze.

now you know I wasn’t checking out peoples chains or bling tonite… but damn! my homey Hillary Duff’s AP watch was no JOKE! I was like I gotta take a pic and blog this! such a beautiful watch and comes with a 6 figure price tag

mixmaster mike is a hard act to follow, but when you win a Grammy for PRODUCER OF THE YEAR! you can kind of freak it… me and mark ronson started out on different coasts but had similiar flavors and rocked some parties together circa 1997 to 2001 or so…. always been a great guy, shared similar passions with sneakers and music, but jesus christ he caught a whale and evolved into a super producer. He took over after Mike and killed it with his own twist and my man Simon Rex aka Dirt Nasty got on the mic and killed 100 bars.

so after mark ronson got off the tables… it was all about my asian broham mr kid millionaire aka Steve Aoki… this dude is on a harder grind than I am. jesus christ, he’s in vietnam one day and then in alabama the next day! got his own clothing brand dim mak and his own record company and he’s just all over the place…. his sister if former super model and muse to Karl Lagerfeld and also a close homey of mine too ๐Ÿ™‚
well I never see Steve drink, but tonight, god damn…. straight out the bottle. patron to the head! he got fucked up and his energy was amazing, he took it to the moon with his set and started off hardcore electronic funk and didn’t stop! Will I Am even got on the mic and blessed everyone with a freestyle and ad libs to steve’s dj set.


again, the vibe was so positive there wasn’t any drama in the air at all! I’m so proud and happy for the turnout and the benefit was for a fucking great cause! I wouldn’t even be up past 4am writing about this if it wasn’t something that will stay with me forever.

thanks, I’ll have another video up soon and I know this was long, but trust me, this is the short version…. for those who were there will understand how truly great tonight was!

peace, 2 fingers
here’s a short clip of Steve rockin hit set with LMFAO…