WATCH: Rye Rye on Music, Fashion and Album

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NESHA chats with Rye Rye about music, fashion and a bit about her upcoming album. Rye Rye is a new artist signed to M.I.A.’s label N.E.E.T. Recordings. The 20 year old rapper is also unofficially known as M.I.A.’s protege, evoking a similar out the box sound and style. What seperates this artist is her passion and integration of dance in her performances. Check out the video above as NESHA chats with the up and coming artist about everything she’s been up to, and what inspired her to be more confident in the unique way that she likes to dress.

BET Lens On Talent Finalist: Raeana Roberson

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Designer RAEANA is a top 25 finalist in BET’s contest “Lens on Talent.”  The contest which previously only highlighted film makers now features three categories including music, dance and fashion. This summer, Raeana submitted the above video and received a call from the producers a few weeks later notifying her of her finalist status. If she wins, she will receive $10,000 to put towards her dream–pursuing her talent– and be featured in BET’s Lens on Talent special. All you have to do to make this a reality is vote!

To vote, visit http://ow.ly/6NDwc and click “hot” under her video submission.

If you aren’t familiar with Raeana‘s work we have featured her milestones here before including being featured in the window at Saks Fifth Avenue, being sponsored by Saga Furs to show in Hong Kong and more. Check out the video and vote!

Triple L Society Opens Shop In Brooklyn

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Lawrence E. Nurse, founder of the clothing line Triple L Society opened up his first physical store location in Brooklyn during Fashion Week in NY. The opening of the 69 Lafayette street location was an intimate affair with wine, a DJ and a mix of friends and co-workers coming in and out wishing Nurse well and checking out the space. We caught up with the designer and entrepreneur and asked him how it feels to have his own store after having mostly an online presence for years and what his plans are to get the word out.

Fashion’s Night Out: Two Models Lead A Flashmob Across The City

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Fashion’s Night Out was a night to remember.  In the span of just a few hours I danced in the street, had a few drinks, met some amazing people, and witnessed a flash mob lead by two models Coco Rocha and Damaris Lewis.  It went down in front of Zac Posen’s store in the meatpacking district, and of course I caught the whole thing on video.

After the flashmob the energy in the district was high and the next thing I knew there was a massive crowd in from of the DVF store as Estelle started performing in the store.  I spent some time at the Maybelline Studio at the Gansevoort plaza and stopped by the Levis store for some amazing cocktails, wine and finger food.  Check out the photos below to get a visual of fashion’s night out from my point of view.  Its funny, eventhough I’ve covered FNO on this site before, this year was my first year experiencing it for myself.  If you pick the right stores and the right location the madness of the night can actually be a fun and productive one.

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ASAP Rocky Performs At Santos Party House [video]

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After the buzz of Fashion’s Night Out started dying down ASAP Rocky and crew turned it up at Santos Party House with a super jam packed performance.  Even Drake was in attendance openly showing his support for the rising new rapper.  Earlier, Drake made an appearance at the Versace store and introduced ASAP Rocky to the crowd there.  He seems to have taken a great intrest in ASAP who is an up and coming artist out of Harlem NYC.  Last week, Drake attempted to tweet Rocky but tweeted a false twitter account, so it was later deleted–but we have a screenshot (see below).

Check out the video below to see the madness that took place when ASAP Rocky and crew took over Santos. Warning: its a tad bit raunchy. Many who have experienced his music say that ASAP has a strong Cali vibe but he delivers it with a New York attitude.  

Watch below and read more to see the photos.

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Jade Performs Beautiful Problems At The Knitting Factory [bonus]

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Check out this bonus clip from the night Blind Benny performed at The Knitting Factory.  Their lead singer JADE performed one of her throwback songs from her first EP It’s My Heart, Cookie.  Watch as she performs “Beautiful Problems.”

I also had a quick chat with Shawn Lawrence James.  He’s the man with the plan that put the whole show together.  He’s known for putting on intimate shows with up and coming talent on the brink to breaking into the mainstream.  Watch to see what he had to say about how he discovers new music.

The next show is in a couple of weeks.  Details and link to buy tickets below.

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