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Would you spend $100 on a doughnut?

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Photo source: Hypebeast

At the Manila Social Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn you will find that the taste of luxury extends far beyond caviar and rich wine. For fancy people, what better way to blow money than to eat something dipped in gold? We all can commit that doughnuts are one of the many comfort foods that we run to in times when calories don’t matter and we want to indulge in all the “bad” treats the doctors warn us about. Rich people will find new ways to spend money all the time so why not drop a buck on a delicious, gold-coated doughnut?

People who would rather pay $100 towards the rent would laugh at the thought of spending so much money on this thing. I mean, it sounds crazy but for true members of the high life social clubs, this one doughnut is nothing.

The Golden Cristal Ube doughnut is filled with Ube mousse and champagne jelly. For head chef, Bjorn Delacruz, this is turning a Filipino family restaurant into a reflection of their already lavish lifestyle and home. Aside from the eccentric Filipino family dishes, this 24-karat gold treat has gained much attention and popularity on the NYC scene so much that locals will order a dozen at a time for a whooping $1,200!

According to Firstwefeast.com, Delacruz says that the inspiration behind this one-of-a-kind doughnut was to really add something new to the menu and celebrate  the longevity and success of the business. After pairing the doughnut and Ube (purple yams) he figured a taste of Cristal would send glory to your tastebuds so after trying this out, he had discovered the best tasting gold doughnut anyone has ever had.

Would you buy it?

Top 5! Albums/Mixtapes in 2015

Albums and Mixtapes in 2015

A$AP ROCKY AT LONG LAST ASAP

A$AP ROCKY – AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP

A$AP Rocky’s sophomore album, AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP is the kind of album that will quickly remind you of all the music you should’ve been listening to before you downloaded Young Thug’s Barter 6. Wait! Before we get into a heated music frenzy, let’s take a moment to remember exactly why we missed A$AP Rocky’s swanky rendition of the hip-hop lifestyle. The “fashionkilla” takes us into his personal world and interpretation of psychedelic expressionism in both his music videos and songs. A$AP Rocky creates songs that juxtapose their actual meanings. By doing this, we become enveloped in the artist’s vision of bright fantasy and dark reality. Like, in his song “L.S.D”., Rocky ties a connection between the emotional state of being in love, having sex and the reaction to a dream all while under the influence of LSD or acid. Yeah, you remember the Rocky who said, “…ten gold chains, wood grain, propane, sell the whole thang from the cellphone rang…” but its new vibes over here now “bruh bruh.” I’m talking about “M’s,” “Canal St.,” “Better Things”…I could go on.

After waiting two years to release this sophomore album, Lord Pretty Flacko Jodeye takes jiggy to a whole other level. On this project, Rocky questions his own religious beliefs as an unsaved Christian, the political/societal issues of the prison system while paying homage to one of NY’s esteemed rappers, Max B who is currently incarcerated. The acid-induced album rendered homage to his late mentor, A$AP Yams on the cover and by allowing us to hear Yams ranting in the outro. After we listen, we understand what it actually means to appreciate art and buying his album was one way to show that.

FUTURE - Dirty Sprite 2

FUTURE – DIRTY SPRITE 2

When Future and Ciara split, seems like that was the green light for Future to shake back and I mean all the way back. Dirty Sprite 2 is Future’s 3rd official album and we can all agree that this one exceeded all expectations we had after one leaves a public relationship and family behind to focus on his own career. The ATL rapper is hands down the official new King of the South, forget what ya’ heard. Future has continuously rolled out some of the best club-bangers and music videos for all of his projects. From Honest to Beast Mode to 56 Nights, Future’s identity in the music game can very well be described as trap music for the people who actually love to “dab” out of nowhere. Future’s music and sense of style are paralleled with his unorthodox twists to modern hiphop.

TRAVIS SCOTT - RODEO

TRAVIS SCOTT – RODEO

Days Before the Rodeo was Travis Scott‘s first studio album and The Rodeo is out now and kids all over America are raging wild over these hard beats and Travis-esque hooks. Typical Travis Scott music consists of hard-strung melodies and a consistent slurring of normal words that all create an altruistic attitude toward anyone acting out against the rage. With a crowd full of young hip-hop thrashers, Scott has found himself a stable, loving crowd of fans who will pretty much pounce on the heels of their feet to his music and then swear that they don’t remember a thing from the actual show. Why? They were too busy getting drugged/wasted to think about what was happening around them. So, when’s the last time you’ve experienced this? Back in the 80s for a Metallica show? Well, Travis is your modern day rockstar or rapstar or young creative…whatever. He’s always dropping flames and “Antidote” is just a taste of what he can do with such a distinct sound. Travis can create a whole subculture based around his lifestyle and music alone. When listening to Rodeo you start to second guess your morals. Like, do I really want to drink tonight and I have to get up for work at 5 a.m. or I do just want to hit the bong and call off? Really, songs like “Maria, I’m Drunk” and “Pornography” are two tracks on this album where you start to feel that alcohol and good sex should be at the top of your radar for the weekend. I mean, he’s a turn-up guy. You should turn-up too; just don’t lose the job!

JOEY BADA$$ - B4DA$$

JOEY BADA$$ – B4DA$$

Being a young, black kid from the grimy streets of New York its already a given fact that some way hip-hop will have some sort impact in your everyday life. Pro Era’s Joey Bada$$ is still showing us the way back to true and honest hip-hop, not some noncomplex mix of sounds with a silly verse to shadow just how bad the artist actually is. OG Swank (nickname) brings to the table a fresher version of old school flow and NYC flavor with songs that target the youth and its steadily declining culture and upbringing. These days kids are constantly witnessing the unkempt neighborhoods of their cities and the faulty system of justice. In B4DA$$, Joey takes on a lyrical escapade into his childhood and the many issues/thoughts he baffles within himself . This rapper is arguably one of the best in our time in hiphop music. People anticipated his album sales to plummet saying that either he’s just a carbon-copy for what we’ve heard before or that he’s too young to spit so fire. But, with all the naysayers and music critics, he continues to empower the youth and shed light on more sensitive areas that not all young people are paying attention to. So, I applaud him for doing such a great job on this album. He deserves all the success and hand claps.

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Drake, Drake, Drizzy! Serena’s boo, Champagne Papi, Meek’s Rival, October’s Very Own, Drake from Degrassi…whatever you want to say; this man’s on fire! Cash Money or Young Money or OVO, whichever team you associate with him or sign him over to, this dude will always remain that dude. Drake has created a swarm of female fans that are purely infatuated by his persistent mellow voice over normally amped up beats. His voice (and we can all admit) is beautiful and works for every song. I don’t care if it’s a “Tuesday” remix with Ilovemakonnen or a “Cha-Cha” remake, we can all keep a Drizzy album in our iTunes playlists for when we’re in our “feelings”. It’s crazy because just when we thought NWTS was life, he served life on a platter with champagne on the side for If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. Everybody sang, “Runnin’ through the 6 with my woes…” and you know how that shh go! (you sing it too) I believe this album truly helped ring out all the glamorized perceptions of celebrity and opened doors for Drake to emerge as a newcomer to the “idgaf” lane of where rap currently is at this time. The casual flow and natural-like sound helps us understand the artist’s life happenings from his own real standpoint. Although, many of these songs revisit his old stomping grounds in Canada, we still feel connected to him now that we understand what he was actually doing out there. Of course, we can’t relate to everything he says, but if you’re listening its too late. “Ain’t No Tellin” what he’ll do next. I hope its a tour with Future for WATTBA.

So Dope: Nike Studios – Beijing

A Shanghai-based design agency called coordination.asia designed the Nike Studio in Beijing, China in celebration of the 2015 World Athletic Championships. The art gallery is comprised of high-energy workout labs, a multi-functional lounge and product displays in different zones for athletes to exercise while feeling more motivated and energized.

According to designboom, “the space’s overall atmosphere remains an uplifting and engaging experience, with clearly defined displays presenting different product ranges illuminated by bright LEDs.” The various zones are created to motivate and inspire athletes to “just do it” with pitch-black workout areas and free-floating motivational phrases that were strategically designed to catch your eye as you walk into the zones.

The 1200sqm gallery/studio also allows athletes to participate in training sessions and an ‘athlete lounge’ where people can relax and re-energize. Nike’s new Holiday 2015 collection is also presented in reflective display cases with themes of transparency and infinity. Nike’s goal for the lab is to create a special experience for people that want to focus their attention to detail and discover a faster, fitter self.