about 100 pics to check out and a whole lot of text!
y’all ready? let’s start with new years eve…. in san diego. I gotta shout out Dejay for the VIP love and big shout out to my boy Susu for the co-sign… even Diddy shouted me out but I really fuck with ciroc doe!
I have to say that Fluxx is definitely the best club in San Diego hands down; Stingeree used to have it, but damn this place felt like Vegas when it was good…. had the ghost parked in front and the bottles are much less at Fluxx than in LA or Vegas… pretty good looking crowd as well. thank god for uber! because shit, I’d be damned if I had to walk 2 blocks in that cold ass weather and being that faded…. we went to 4 places to try to eat and it was either a 45 min wait or they ran out of food. no lie, the famous pizza spot I always go to ran out of dough!! wtf?
we stayed at the Solamar hotel this time and I got the corner suite and honestly? this is considered a 5 star hotel? or a 4.5 star hotel? I understand the US Grant and the Andaz, but smh. this shit was only convenient, not that fly. ok well, the bathroom was pretty nice, but wtf?
anyways, had a great time there for real. the breakfast at the Cottage is seriously one of the best breakfast spots on this side of the hemisphere! and other than that, we didn’t really get to eat all that great due to some bad choices made by friends smh
got back and had to get right back into filming…
I’m sure most of you guys read, but Lexus North America reached out to me and gave me a brand new Lexus LFA to drive for my show…. I think this was the first time they did any product placement for anyone with an urban audience… so I got it in with them. I’m using the car for a couple episodes of the season of my show and fuck it’s faster than I thought…. the car overall is awesome and honestly, when I was coming up, the acura nsx meant the world to me. it really was something that gave ferrari something to scowl or scoff at and now with all the ridiculous shit that is out now with bugatti’s and lambo’s, this new LFA means more than that nsx did in those easier to impress times and that’s saying a lot. shit is crazy loud and feels like a race car. I had to shoot a 5 page feature for DUB Mag as well so I used this car as it’s apart of my fleet for the meantime. much love to Lexus NA
I was filming my 4th episode with Apolo and he came down and was like, you know you will see a Veyron before you see one of these right? crazy though…. next time we have more time I’ll let AAO drive it. shit is mean
quickly back to my Rolls Royce…
I recently had my Ghost tuned by ECU Tuning Group and my boy Jags is a beast!!! he tuned my M5, my R8 and as well as my 7 series and the Bentley…. so he got my big ass heavy ass ghost to these stats here:
717lbs of torque now!
that was a 113 hp gain and 142 lb gain… DAMN!
I went to cars and coffee last weekend, but I’ll get into that for my February blog. (JK, after this I should be caught up to a lot of shit)
also, my contract with Supra ended on Jan 1st and its still all love….
but I did something I haven’t done in a while and that’s rock some Nike’s. if you remember, last year at the OKC vs Lakers playoff game on the floor… I put on some rare Galaxy Foamposites and that was the first time in 8+ years that I rocked something with a swoosh on it and now, it’s been 9+ years since I wore some J’s and BAM!
funny thing is, I got these the first week of Jan and they still haven’t come out yet…
much love to Joseph at NIKE for lacing me with some goods early
a few other things came in and let’s just call them birthday gifts
the other AF1’s are good kicks, I’m not big on high top AF1’s, but they were gifts and you can’t get mad at that
but these are pretty hard to get huh? had to break these out at the Laker game…. so they could touch that Staples Center hardwood floor and then the homey Russell Westbrook had to shit on me with these….
we got mad love from damn near both teams who came up to us before the game and right before the 3rd quarter, but I let cats have it… I was talking a gang of shit as usual! and after halftime, perkins came up to me and said you know it’s love, just during the games we get into it. wtf? shut yo big ass up fool!
but guess what? we got killed by OKC
fuck we got our asses whooped so bad, I texted westbrook talking shit and he laughed. fucker
I said, don’t trip, we’ll get you back!
I got to get Q into a quick episode as well on season 2; now we have B-Story lines and the episodes are twice as long… should be interesting as we figure out what network we go to
while Q was in town, he bought some Louis Vuitton luggage and I was like wtf? son, you got for real paper now bro… LV is for bums, that medium style life like mines…. so I took him over to Goyard and he got right!
and Q got to spend time with his god son….
he’s the damn same height as a 1000% bearbrick! and he’s taller and heavier than most 1 year olds I know and is barely 5 months!
shout out to my homey Cartoon for copping this for my son. lol. he said he almost wants to have another kid just so he can see him rock this! I love that cartoon is so OG with shit and if you know old school, then you know hip hop cats were heavy fans of kung fu movies!
now if you didn’t know….
my collab with Diamond is finally coming out later this year. in fall
I got some samples in and I won’t lie, I’m fucking hyped!
THE CUTTY IMAGE CAME OUT IMPECCABLE! THAT HIGH RESOLUTION PRINTING MAKES IT LOOK LIKE YOU GOT FOR REAL ICE ON YOUR CHEST! thank you NICK! fuck… we got mens and womens tees, hoodies, crew necks and hats… we going in! magic is next week so if you’re around, come fuck with your boy! I’ll be at the Diamond Booth and also the NEFF booth repping my watch release (sidebar. I have some instores in the bay area, OC and Seattle in april this year) don’t trip, this sick ass Gold Ben Baller watch drops in Fall too!
stay tuned here for more details!
that grizzly gang is coming for you! and my god, I can’t believe how crazy cubans are back now. I mean they were back a year ago and even 2, but now? shit is fucking mainstream to the maximum when you got Scott Dissick calling you for one every month! and now he’s rocking a silly big miami cuban and this tee drops in Sept of this year
been rocking my skater side a lot lately…. had gio from the diamond shop set up this board with some cruiser wheels and shot over to Nokia center to meet up with Far East Movement for some lunch… it’s been decades since I rocked a skateboard, so in memory of that, I had to put on some AJ 1’s!
after a good catch up lunch… I had nic meet up with me at Nokia Live and had to have FM take a pic with London
so back to work… the biggest star in the world is who? that’s right Justin Bieber and he gets his jewelry made by who? you already fucking know….
he had us custom make him a totally new mold and new medium sized jesus piece, solid! and in between a full size jesus and baby jesus… the Jesus Bieber piece. shit is dope! it’s the jesus piece on the left and we even got a new sized bead chain to compliment it perfectly! it’s 135 grams total and has 7 carats of them VVS’s in it. so sick…. btw, the right side Jesus piece isn’t to be messed with. that’s the classic full size piece and that’s not just anyone’s piece… that actually belongs to one of the biggest Korean pop stars out there! Jay BUM Park! I fucks with you Dong Saeng!
JB met MJ and had it on when the photos were taken!
I don’t know what’s going on with all the negative press with JB lately, but I talk to him often and see him when he’s in town and it doesn’t look like he’s falling apart or around some bad influences… shit seems all normal to me, other than the fact that he’s famous as fuck and is worth over 100 million dollars at 18. leave the kid alone and let him do his thing… also he repped my jewelry so tough this past weekend on Saturday Night Live it’s crazy… thank you Justin and the whole team
my boy Rob K stopped by to vent a litle bit and pick up my brothers PS3 game….
playstation allstars battle royale!
we got to catch up a little bit… I fuck with Cabbage Patch heavy and he put me onto it and they got one in DTLA now, so that’s my weekly go to! in the middle of chatting he was like… damn Kanye is going to be my nephews Uncle. yeah he is bro
oh btw, I’m on this month’s XPOZ magazine’s cover and the story was done by my boy Lil Shawn…. def a good read and you can catch it online or pick up a copy at any local southwest newsstand (vegas, AZ)
in the middle of the month, my boy Ryan Grant who plays for Green Bay made it to the playoffs and they hit the bay area and so I said fuck it… let me go support and check my boy out…. I hate the niners, so it wasn’t hard for me to go… only one thing though… it was cold as fuck! and I didn’t pack anything, I just brought some PJ’s and a different tee and drawls… came up with a hoody and some jeans. smh
I had an amazing view though… no lie, but no time to site see…
me and my boy Nelson met up and hit the mall right off market st…
got a quick bite to eat and tried to find some packers gear, but they had zilch smh… but oh, I did get stopped maybe 5 times in 5 minutes by cats who recognized me… shits always a trip and the Bay is one of my biggest fan bases. so you know that just adds to the love….
so we take uber to candlestick park….
and the fuckery begins now, those are 2 of the only 3 pics I took that day/night why? because 1 I froze my ass off and the service there is nervous so my batt was dying… I couldn’t risk not being able to not get an uber back and I know when I get to instagramming and tweeting, my shit dies quick as fuck… so I sat there miserable in the high 30 degree weather in a hoody while my boy’s team got beat. smh….
fuck it, I still am grateful, my boy Nelson is a beast on them bikes… and the new terminal for virgin air at SFO is fucking amazing. the nicest airport terminal I have been to in life so far. god damn. the food to the pinkberry and all this other shit in there is just crazy. I got a fucking legit massage while I took pics with some fans.
so shall we get back into some more jewels???
lets my boy Dillon aka Kid Retro is a beast… and he had us make him a custom sized Harvey Cross with only VVS round diamonds….
now this joint has just over 8 carats and remember, these fuckers are 1/2 carats each in this bitch!!!! in VVS’s? you don’t wanna know that cost…
and to make it harder on y’all… he copped a matching baby jesus with only VVS’s and made it solid! we put it on a 14k solid cuban and called it a day…. not pictured? this sick bastard had me make him an all white 14k set to mirror this!!!! so he got double set ups like his unpolo joints! smh
thank you Dillon!
made a mario star for someone…. all natural canary diamonds and in 14k gold. I personally love this piece and would not have made it on my own, had someone not custom ordered it… because Pharell had it first remember that commander chief who got a sick ass rose gold piece last month?
December was the busiest December we have had in years. sorry my bad, it was our busiest season ever to date since I became a jeweler!!!!!
YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT ELSE IS CRAZY?
my fucking 40th birthday was crazy!
I honestly went back and forth in my mind about this… I said, let’s do something intimate, let’s try that fly new spot Coco Laurent but then, I got texts and more texts from every major club owner in LA to do something…. I figured fuck it, I can’t find a restaurant that will do it for 40 people on a friday or saturday, I don’t want to rent a restaurant out and so I said, let’s keep it in the family and do it at Playhouse. fuck it….
my boy Nick Diamond was in NYC for agenda and he was celebrating his bday there too as well and he went so trill with it, his ass threw up at the table! smh… he also popped 40 bottles of Dom P, as the player pimp should doe!!!!
so I said fuck it… to make matters worse, my boy aka best friend DJ Homicide was djing. fuck
lol. I said as soon as I walk in fam, I wanna hear Chief Keef and I want you to trap that club out so heavy, that the police think it’s a crack house…. we pulled up in car service… wait (do you read that? never in history of me going to a club in LA have I ever taken a car service. especially when I have a house on wheels to push…. but I knew I was going to get fucked up!)
so there is a line around the block to get in and I’m already knowing it’s gonna be a total shit show
okay, lets go!
btw, did I mention that Karrueche Tran was hosting my birthday party? lol we’ll get into that later… I was so faded by the middle of the night I didn’t even get to see her, well I saw her, but I didn’t get to say hi
my wife… always looking lovely; she really thinks in her psychopath mind that she needs to lose weight! lol. my boy Igor had every single waitress, waiter, bartender and barback rocking this tee! much love homey
shout out to my boy Timati who showed up. Timati is the biggest rapper in Europe, he’s from Russia and balls hard and is the only rapper to have over 100,000,000 views on youtube. shit is crazy…. it’s been a while, but we finally got to link up…. but who is that next to him?
OH DON’T TRIP. Rihanna just happened to show up to say happy birthday to a baller! lol… what’s the first thing she said to me? “where’s the smoke at N***A???? lol. love her so much more just because she keeps it so hood. and to be honest, she even said fuck it, let’s get ratchet up in here! btw, she stayed until 3:30am smh… we left at 3am lol
oh dont trip, what’s that? more bottles?
lol. I had the entire VIP section roped off and it was only MY FAM there… sucks that Q was in Australia and Nick was in NYC, but I saw how hard Nick went the night before, so I was giving zero fucks! if they were both there, we could have broke a hollywood record and did 100 bottles… but by the end of the night, we did 45 bottles! smfh… this time I didn’t use a credit card, paid cash. fuck it
my boy FATS ordered a bottle so big that it was taller than my mother in law, no lie… shit was so big that 6 waitresses had to carry that bitch in. jesus… I was so faded though that I was on stage acting up on the mic and just doing foolish shit. all my boys showed up though, from the crooks fam, odd future fam, even Sanaa Lathan and some old school record industry folks I fucked with showed up… it was nuts in there
homicide really had it turnt up though my boy Lucky from the Living Legends who I’ve known for over 25 years showed up with the illest birthday gift ever in life! lol… he said bro, what do you get someone who has everything? A FUCKING MIRROR! I didn’t see Lucky for a while in life and I was reconnected with him through my brother Jonas (RIP) and it’s crazy… on Jonas’s 30th birthday, Lucky gave him the same thing. fucking awesome haha…. oh don’t trip thats just my homey Jermaine Dupri in the reflection of the mirror…. I think these new school kids have no clue about real OG’s…. a cat who produced over 100 million records sold, from rapping to singing to everything. smh, my boy JD is a real mogul and legend in the game and he went out of his way to come fuck with his boy
and then the best part of the night….
this cake was so fucking sick! mannnn
I mean, no lie, this pic sucks, but that shit looked like a real for real big face rolex president! damn, I wish I could say it tasted good because I didn’t even take a bite… smh I was so faded that 1. I pissed on myself, 2. I threw up outside in the back entrance and 3. as I did this, my boy Dillon handed me a bottle of Dom P luminous smh….
at 1:50am they shut down the bottles and me and Dillon ran upstairs to grab the last 3 bottles of Dom P rose and luminous they had… that shit was a battle with my boys who owned the club because of their license…. I dig it. but fuck it was my 40th and I’m not going to be doing a 50th in any club. that’s it…
so me and dillon and some homies chugged that ice cold rose’ down with the quickness
at one point in the night, there were a few tables that tried to order Nectar Imperial Rose’ bottle, but the waitresses told them, sorry, but that table over there bought them all up, so you’re going to have to buy the bottles from them… lol. whoops
I had a blast, don’t remember much after, but what I do know is that I didn’t go to work on friday, fuck the grind. I had the headache no pill could cure smh
also, my boys Anwar and Joshton peas sent me these dope ass bootleg Hermes tees…
and my wife got me something that I’ve been wanting for over a year now. real shit. there is nothing I wanted outside a 458 italia but this big ass expensive candle. I am addicted to any scent for the home that has red currant in it!
thank you baby
on saturday, I hit beverly hills to get some brunch at Barney’s and did some light shopping…. that night was my official birthday dinner and I made it really small. like super intimate
Beverly Hills Polo Lounge swag and when we walked in, Dr. Phil was having dinner with his wife and friends and sent over a nice bottle of wine to us
fam bam after that, we headed over to the SLS hotel to keep it going even though I wanted to stay there and keep it classy at 1912, but fuck it… a couple more drinks and bottles at Bazaar and some jokes and shit…. we did keep it light
THANK YOU SO MUCH TO MY FRIENDS AND FAM AND SO MUCH TO MY FOLLOWERS AND SUPPORTERS… I HAVE NEVER BEEN THIS HAPPY EVER IN MY LIFE. thank you!
sunday was my actual birthday and I woke up late as fuck with an odd feeling inside and why? because my Lakers suck so bad and we were playing the Oklahoma Thunder at Staples and my boy Dillon got me courtside seats for my birthday…
from the IE to K-Town…. 2 bosses!
now why is this pic special? because the dude on the left is a fucking quadruple OG and was balling when I was a fucking kid trying to figure out how a VCR works…. he gave me my first big hollywood party which was the official oscars party in 1994! shit, I met quincy jones that night, along with 100 other huge actors like robert deniro etc…. and the guy on the right? duh, he gave me my first shot in hollywood and opened a LOT of doors for me… I remember being at Denzel’s 40th birthday so when I told them it was my bday, they felt old as fuck and were tripping…. but were very proud of my success and things and we had to take a pic kicks on court…. don’t trip the TV view and don’t trip…. Russell Westbrook is my boy but when anyone is playing against the lakers, you are my sworn enemy and before the game it was the same shit… me and KD going at it, he came up to me and was like, why you talk so much shit? my answer? fuck you kevin. lol and me and my boys got so deep in Westbrook’s head that he had a super off night… he couldn’t get into the groove of anything and after a while we got into a bad argument
so after me and westbrook got into it, some OKC fan was talking shit to me… I was gonna beat him fucking head off. he was some nerd really not about that life and talking crazy…. my boy Matt Kemp was like yo chill Ben, you better than that, don’t give this fool any attention bro… so with that altercation and more shit talking to OKC, the police came and the head of staples security
they pulled me to the side and shit got real lol. fuck… they almost kicked my ass out. had I not known John Black and been sitting in very expensive ass seats, I would have been thrown out for sure…. fuck but guess what?
WE GOT THE W ON MY BIRFFFDAY!!!!
haha, shit it felt so good…. it was sunny outside and damn, that was just a great game and great way to start my actual birthday off. we jumped into the RR and cruised around staples for a little bit talking shit… I saw some kid who was rocking my Ben Baller jesus piece tee from JUGRNAUT so I honked at him… later he figured out it was me and tweeted me haha
dropped off the homies and got ready for family birthday dinner at Lawry’s….
now as I mentioned before on instagram… this is like a 30 year tradition to come here for my brother and my pops birthday (he passed 2 years ago) and also christmas’s before any of us had our own families…. but no matter what every single year after I was maybe 7 years old, we came here and even when my mom wasn’t doing so well and when we were poor, she worked her 100 hour weeks to make sure we could get this dinner in because that’s how much it meant to her for us to eat well… I love my mom so much for the struggle and I will take London here when he’s older even though my wife is a vegetarian for 11 years now lol
later after dinner, I passed out from a food coma and my wife woke me up around 10pm….
she didn’t forget… I’m not about them fancy cakes from Joans of Magnolia or Sweet Lady Jane… my favorite cake of all time is either that ghetto white cake from the local grocery store or baskin robbins 31 flavors ice cream cake!!!!!!
so lastly…. my season 2 is almost done filming wise… just a few more tweaks and things left but here’s a few shots of some behind the scenes and with a few of the features
season 2 features:
Stevie Williams and DGK team
I’m pretty hyped for this…. it will definitely be much better than the first season!
and btw, if you ever break your iphone 3, 4 or even 5, hit up my boy mobile iphone guy
he pimped me and London’s phone out nicely!
he even fixes ipads…. and he uses OEM parts, so if you crack that beautiful iphone 5 screen? and can’t get with that genius bar? or got no insurance? he’s the solution
OKAY, I AM FUCKING OUT LIKE THE LAKERS ARE IN THE PLAYOFF RACE!
THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A POST WITH THIS MUCH WRITING OR THIS MANY PICS!
IT ONLY TOOK ME 4 HOURS AND 11 MINUTES TO WRITE TOO!
sorry, I will try to definitely keep it to once a week at a minimum!