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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Las Vegas Shakeup

When the Hakkasan Group launched its flagship Las Vegas club and restaurant at the MGM Grand in 2013, its executives hinted at something more to come. The company had just opened the doors at a $100 million dollar, 80,000 square-foot facility–the largest of its kind in North America—but CEO Neil Moffitt cautioned that it was just the beginning for the hospitality brand.

Since then, Hakkasan Group has negotiated a series of global partnerships and acquisitions, the largest of which may be a deal for a Las Vegas competitor that would alter the nightlife landscape of Sin City. According to multiple sources, Hakkasan is set to acquire Morgans Hotel Group’s stake in Light Group, the operator of Vegas nightclubs including Light and 1 Oak.

While the final purchase price is unclear, those familiar with the negotiations suggested that the deal could be valued at more than $40 million in cash and debt, with Hakkasan taking control of about 20 restaurants and clubs in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Miami. Hakkasan would be buying Morgans’ 90% stake in Light Group, which the New York-based hospitality company bought in late 2011 for $46.5 million in cash and debt.

Those familiar with the deal said that negotiations between the two companies have gone on for months as Hakkasan continues its aggressive expansion strategy.  Earlier this year, the company bought San Diego-based Enlightened Hospitality Group, which operates Southern California fine dining restaurants, and partnered with MGM Resorts MGM -1.78% to build non-gaming hotels in a joint venture known as MGM Hakkasan Hospitality.

Multiple sources also confirmed that Hakkasan had made inquiries to buy out nightlife operator Tao Group, whose venues include Vegas’ Marquee Nightclub and New York’s Marquee. Those inquiries were made earlier this year, but never led to substantial negotiations, said those close to the companies.

By purchasing Light Group, Hakkasan will consolidate the crowded nightlife industry and absorb one of the newer venues to open on the Las Vegas strip. Located inside the MGM-owned Mandalay Bay, Light Nightclub opened in May 2013 and was set up to compete with Hakkasan’s behemoth venue, which launched in April of that year.

Since debuting its Vegas venue, Hakkasan Group, whose ownership can be traced back to Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has continued to establish itself as a major player in Sin City entertainment. The company will also add to its Vegas portfolio with the opening of the 75,000-square foot Omnia at Caesars Palace in the spring of 2015.

If Hakkasan is able to complete its deal for Light, the hospitality firm may own three of the largest nightclubs by the time of Omnia’s opening next year. It would also presumably take over Light’s smaller properties and restaurants, including Japanese eatery Yellowtail and Bellagio-based club, The Bank. One person close to the negotiations noted that, as part of the deal, Hakkasan would be committing money toward the future improvement of current venues and the development of new properties.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Vegas Chips - The Things U Do

Reggaeton meets Urban Pop on sexy new Caribbean dance track ‘The Things U Do’ 

LAS VEGAS, NV – A sexy new Caribbean dance vibe is coming out of Las Vegas thanks to the new sounds and styles of multi-talented artist Vegas Chips. Celebrating the story of a couple in love, Vegas Chips brings a little bit of an Afro-beat with a nice groove on his latest his single “The Things U Do.” Currently available across all streaming platforms, the single is the latest from this fast-rising talent who also owns Vegas Chips Music LLC. It’s the first of many singles to come over the next few months, leading up to a full album sometime in early 2022. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

So Gaudy (@So_Gaudy) - "SIN" (Album) + "Day & Night" (Video)

Las Vegas rapper So Gaudy releases his highly anticipated project SIN, featuring the lead singles, "Day & Night," "Birthday" and "Run Run." Once again the West Coast based rapper has proven that he has no quit in his relentless pursuit of musical success after a near fatal accident left him unable to walk. From fighting past near paralysis due to a car accident, to owning and operating his own studio in Las Vegas, this Sin City rapper has steadily grown his fan base without the help of no major investor or label backing him. With the release of “On My Own” this past Summer, So Gaudy added to his growing buzz on social media and blog sites where he has been featured. In recent years So Gaudy has graced the pages of The Source, AllHipHop, Boi-1da, SOHH, Respect-Mag, Dirty-Glove, and TrapsNTrunks to name a few, earning the respect of his peer and media. “I’ve been working my ass off the past few months and I got a new song coming out soon with Ponce DeLeioun and a couple of other artists, I’m just consistently dropping videos and trying to put my foot on the industry’s neck,” So Gaudy said. "The new album is crazy, it’s mainly produced by 44. We took our time and recorded 30 songs and then cut it back to about 8 songs. We may make it 10 songs, but they all were produced by 44. My music ain’t made for one type of person, it’s just made for the youth man. It’s turn up, it’s a feeling, it’s roll up, it’s pain, it’s happiness and it’s music for the youth that’s dealing with what’s going on today in 2019 and onto 2020.” To date So Gaudy has been fortunate enough to work with a host of artists including; Soulja Boy, Strick (YSL Records), Kyle Massey, Ponce DeLeioun, and more. In addition So Gaudy is happy to announce that he has recently teamed up with Swisher Sweets for their Artist Project Initiative. As part of the Artist Project Initiative, So Gaudy will partner with Swisher to “elevate the culture and spread the #sweetlife" as an ambassador for the brand. “The Swisher situation is a great opportunity that was put in my lap. They have an influencer component to what they do and I was someone they were looking into. I have a lot of connections with them, and my video director had partnered up with them too so it was something that just came full circle. I had my business manager review the situation and we got the deal done,” So Gaudy explained. Coupled with his Las Vegas based studio that has recorded a host of artists just off the strip, So Gaudy has developed a sustainable music business amidst the chaos and wild nightlife of Las Vegas that he raps about and has experienced since his early teenage years.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Lady Gaga to Open New Store on Las Vegas Strip

Lady Gaga took to Twitter to announce that her Haus of Gaga store will officially open at the Park MGM in Las Vegas on May 30 to celebrate the return of her wildly popular Enigma residency.

While Gaga has yet to reveal what will be sold at the store, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal, there will reportedly be a range of Gaga-branded products available for purchase.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Ekoh (@ekohmusic) - "The D3tour" (Album) + "Villain" (Video)

Las Vegas MC, Singer, Songwriter EKOH continues to deliver with brand new album THE D3TOUR out now! Featuring appearances by Locksmith, Rittz, Futuristic, Jarren Benton, Vin Jay and more! In an era where rappers prominently drop singles, Ekoh shows and proves the importance of artistry through body of work and full length projects. Rapper, singer, songwriter, Ekoh is known for his combinations of rapping, catchy hooks, comics references and impeccable flow. 

Monday, February 18, 2019

Las Vegas Based Artist Puggy Picasso Drops "Get Rite" ft Chief Scrill and K Duece

Las Vegas-based artist Puggy Picasso drops off the soulful new single “Get Rite” featuring K Duece and Chief Scrill. Praying on better days, Puggy breaks down the trials and tribulations he’s been facing in life lately. Originally raised in Portland, Oregon Puggy Picasso now calls Las Vegas home to his hustle. Adding features from K Duece and Chief Scrill on “Get Rite” it’s easy to see Picasso isn’t the only artist out there that has been fighting to see the light. Laid back and smooth production give the listeners a change of pace and introduce us to introspective side of Puggy Picasso.

Press play on “Get Rite” and be sure to look out for more releases coming from this rising star soon!

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Mally Mall Pleads Guilty In Prostitution Case

Rapper/producer “Mally Mall” Rashid pleaded guilty Monday (Oct. 21) to operating a prostitution enterprise disguised as escort businesses, federal prosecutors and his defense attorneys said. Rashid, 44, faces prison time of at least one month, and up to 33 months when he is sentenced Jan. 21. His plea resolved a criminal case that became public following an FBI raid at his Las Vegas home in September 2014, U.S. Attorney Nicholas Trutanich and defense attorney David Chesnoff said.

Rashid won’t have to register as a sex offender, both sides said. He pleaded guilty to one charge of using an interstate facility to aid unlawful activity, Trutanich said in a statement. Rashid admitted that for more than a decade he operated escort businesses that “induced and enticed numerous women to engage in prostitution,” Trutanich said.

In some instances, prosecutors said Rashid’s credit card was used to pay airfare and other travel-related expenses for women he featured in advertisements for prostitution on paid websites such as Backpage and Eros.

“We think this is a just resolution,” said Chesnoff, speaking for his client and Atlanta-based attorney Steven Sadow. “We’re pleased this matter has been resolved, as the allegations date back many, many years.”

A California Bay Area native, Mall has worked with a variety of artists including Tyga, Justin Bieber, Usher and Sean Kingston. His 2013 collaboration with Tyga, “Molly,” reached No. 66 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Mall also was featured in the VH1 reality TV series Love and Hip Hop Hollywood. At the same time the FBI served warrants at his million-plus-dollar home southeast of the Las Vegas Strip, agents raided his business, Las Vegas Concierge VS1, just off the Strip.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

sOuL from the O - Family Tree | Video @sOuL11525

 Family Tree is the first video single off of Oakland artist sOuL from the O’s Queens and Pharaohs album - but it almost didn’t happen!

What was supposed to be filmed in Philly, ended up in the Las Vegas desert just a few days before the shoot was to happen.
sOuL from the O would admit, “Good thing we talked a week before the shoot, because Hezekiah mentioned he would be in Vegas instead of Philly. Which was the best mixup because we realized the Las Vegas desert was a better place for the song’s video”

What resulted is a story of sOuL from the O walking through a barren land to receive this letter from this unknown ancestor reminding him of his roots, and his connection to something beyond this realm. The video juxtaposes images of sOuL from the O rapping about his family ties, & a mysterious ancestor placing images of family members in a tree. Eventually the two meet, against the backdrop of desert mountains and a driving piano breakbeat.

The Family Tree video is a testament to the song’s collaborators, sOuL from the O and producer/director Hezekiah’s creative vision, as much as their ability to adapt to last minute changes in landscape - and still make magic! Check it out!


Monday, August 17, 2020

Breezy 888 (@_Breezy888) - "18" EP

Las Vegas based artist “Breezy” delivers his new EP project entitled “18”. The young 19 year old artist’ who’s born and raised in Las Vegas is slowing making a wave growing his fan-base with a new project to start off his campaign run.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Chris Brown Named Suspect

The R&B singer was identified as the man who allegedly assaulted another adult male during a basketball game at Palms Casino Resort, according to the Las Vegas police. The man was treated for non-life threatening injuries, which were sustained after a verbal spat lead to a physical fight.

“Mr. Brown has been given the option of signing a citation for misdemeanor battery, or having the case submitted to the Clark County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution,” the press release reads. “As of this release, the LVMPD has not heard from Mr. Brown or his attorney indicating whether or not he would sign the citation.”

Chris Brown has been named a suspect in a basketball-related battery incident that went down during the early hours of Monday, May 4, according to Las Vegas police. After spending years on probation for the 2009 assault of his then-girlfriend Rihanna, Brown was officially taken off probation in March of 2015.

Saturday, August 7, 2021

What Is the ‘J. Lo Effect’?


Just last week, one of the “Selling Sunset” stars, Chrishell Stause, revealed on Instagram that she is dating Jason Oppenheim, who, with his twin brother, Brett, owns the high-end brokerage where she is an agent. Ms. Stause captioned the post, which featured several pictures from a cast trip to Capri, Italy: “The JLo effect."

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Shooting Dice Was Migos Culture


As the world continues to mourn the passing of Migos member Takeoff, who was senselessly killed after a dice game went wrong, it is essential to remember that the dice game--also called "craps" or "rolling bones" was part of their culture.

While mourning the sad loss of Takeoff, who was tragically murdered after a dice game gone wrong, it is vital to remember that to the Migos, shooting dice was their culture.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

@E40 + @TrapKitchenPDX's "The Meet & Eat" Part Of The Git Of Gab Tour

Hip Hop's hottest chefs, Trap Kitchen hook up with the legend E-40 for a unique Meet & Eat Tour experience as part of the upcoming Gift Of Gab Tour. At each stop, 40 will be meeting his fans directly as they devour the latest and greatest from chefs Malachi "Chef Spank" and Roberto "Sous Chef News." With recent ventures in the liquor industry soaring E-40 has become quite the chef in his own right if you follow his updates on Instagram. Teaming up with the Trap Kitchen movement brings a never-before-seen experience where fans can get to know their favorite artist and also indulge in delicious plates provided by Spank and News. With cosigns from the entire industry including The Martha & Snoop Show, Vice, The Chew, Comedy Central's Hood Adjacent, The Breakfast Club, and many more the Trap Kitchen team has been taking their brand to new levels in 2018. Check the dates below and be sure to bring an appetite when E-40 and the Trap Kitchen fellas pull up to your city.

If you're in Denver, Atlanta, or Brooklyn be sure to check the flyers below for full information on your city!

Tickets for all events are available at the link below.
AUG 29 - The Knitting Factory - Spokane, WA
AUG 30 - The Knitting Factory - Boise, ID
AUG 31 - Jub Jub's - Reno, NV
SEP 1 - The Wake House - Reedley, CA
SEP 2 - Brooklyn Bowl - Las Vegas, NV
SEP 5 - Senator Theater - Chico, CA
SEP 6 - SOMO Village Events Ctr - Rohnert Park, CA
SEP 7 - Fremont Theater - San Luis Obispo, CA
SEP 8 - Majestic Theater - Ventura, CA
SEP 9 - House Of Blues - San Diego, CA
SEP 11 - House Of Blues - Anaheim, CA
SEP 12 - Rialto Theatre - Tucson, AZ
SEP 13 - The Pressroom - Phoenix, AZ
SEP 14 - El Rey Theatre - Albuquerque, NM
SEP 15 - Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
SEP 18 - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC
SEP 19 - The Showbox - Seattle, WA
SEP 20 - The Roseland Theater - Portland, OR
SEP 21 - Mateel Comm. Center - Redway, CA
SEP 22 - The Catalyst - Santa Cruz, CA

More info on The Trap Kitchen

The Trap Kitchen was born 2013 in Compton, CA when Malachi "Chef Spank", a Crip, decided to come together with his best-friend Roberto "Sous Chef News", a Blood, to change the path their lives were taking in the streets with food. They've created a business that is growing rapidly with each passing day where you can get five-star restaurant meals without the five-star prices. Trap Kitchen has provided catering services throughout the city of Los Angeles, including, Long Beach, Inglewood, Compton, Carson, Hollywood, and other surrounding cities. Trap Kitchen is also known to travel state-to-state and caters in Las Vegas, Atlanta and New York City. Trap Kitchen is now open and serving food at a stationary location in Portland, Oregon.

The Trap Kitchen is known as the leading vendor at the Annual Black Owned Entrepreneur Business Expo in San Pedro, Ca, and recently fed over 5,000 people as one of the top-selling vendors at the 2017 Summertime in The LBC Music Festival. Chef Spank and News have made television and radio appearances on shows like The Martha & Snoop Show, Vice, The Chew, Comedy Central's Hood Adjacent, The Breakfast Club, and Fox 11. Their story has been featured in The Huffington Post, Forbes, LA Weekly, Vibe, and Billboard. The Trap Kitchen also offers a weekly menu published daily that is open to the public.  Cooking up more than food these chefs aspire to touch every stomach and feed the world.

Saturday, August 5, 2023

Usher Talks Being Single


Usher has been making waves with his residency in Las Vegas, with his show even causing some turmoil in the relationship between actor Keke Palmer and her current boyfriend. Navigating the situation wasn’t difficult for Usher, but the singer recently described points in his dating life that were. 

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Terry Watson Becomes New Lima, Ohio Celebrity

Lima, Ohio has introduced their very own local celebrity Terry Watson in a major way. Terry Watson, known locally as the “Little Caesar’s Dancing Guy,” entertains passers-by on a daily basis with his sign spinning and dance routine. On May 4, the local celebrity took his talents from the parking lots of Lima to the big stage in Las Vegas, where he placed second in the Little Caesar’s shaker board contest.

The shaker board contest is a competition among Little Caesar’s restaurants across the U.S. and the world. Each franchise sends in a video of their “shaker board dancer” to the company’s corporate office, where a panel of executives reviews the tapes and selects three people to attend the international contest in Las Vegas.

Watson was chosen out of hundreds of applicants, and received an all-expenses-paid trip to compete during Little Caesar’s annual franchisee meeting. Watson said he was “shocked” that he was chosen, but his boss, Ron Massey, wasn’t the least bit surprised.

“He’s been close to the top three for the last couple years, and this year he finally made it to the big show,” said Massey, who owns Little Caesar’s restaurants on Cable Road and Calumet Avenue. “What makes him so good is he’s doing what he loves. If you have a passion for what you’re doing, you’re twice as good at it.”

Massey said Watson has a “thousand-watt smile that everyone loves,” and that it’s not uncommon for customers and passers-by to hand him money or Kewpee hamburgers.

“I call him the richest man in Lima,” Massey said.

Back at work Tuesday, Watson was only a few minutes into his routine before he started getting honks and waves from drivers passing by the restaurant. He said in the past, he’s had children take pictures with him and ask for his autograph.

“I just love interacting with people and seeing their smiles,” Watson said. “It makes me smile inside.”

Despite his celebrity status, Watson said he doesn’t let it go to his head.

“I’m not a celebrity,” he said with a smile, “I’m just Terry.”

Reach John Bush at 567-242-0456 or on Twitter @bush_lima

Sunday, April 27, 2014

First Givenchy Store In The US

+GIVENCHY will be opening a new store in the United States for the first time in Las Vegas, NevadaGivenchy, the French haute couture brand makes its US debut by opening up a 3100 square foot in Las Vegas. Back in 2008, Givenchy’s New York City flagship was shut down.
Part of the luxury group LVMH, the fashion label’s latest opening on the US shore will house luxury clothing and accessories for men as well as women. Rubbing shoulders with the likes of Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermès and more, Givenchy adds more glamour to the shopper’s paradise at the Wynn and Encore Esplanades.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Jamel Deon - "Deposits" | @Jamel_Deon

Jamel Deon was born in Las Vegas and spent his college years in Arizona..Now he is back in Las Vegas preparing for the release of the Hustle With Me EP. Class of 2017 graduating with a Bachelors’ Degree in Business Administration and a Minor in Entrepreneurship. Today, Jamel Deon makes hip hop music for the hustler at heart. "Deposits: featuring Rob Monday and Kajuan is one of those gems.

Creating music for over 10 years and pursuing a music career since 2014. Jamel Deon makes music for entrepreneur minded individuals. Jamel Deon has developed the #HustleWithMe brand that encourages us all to reach our goals for the audience of his latest releases.

The Hustle With Me brand is different from the rest because of its challenge yet motivating message. Which is to never give up grinding toward your dreams, you might as well give it your best. Click the link JamelDeonShop.com for our Merchandise Store!

Monday, January 11, 2021

1030 (@02JayMoney @DeeDaDemon) - "MAGA"

1030 (02JayMoney,Dee DaDemon) is a rap duo from the streets of Las Vegas, Nevada. The teenage rap duo are 2 of 50 members of the 1030 Block projects in Henderson, Nevada right outside of the Las Vegas area. 02JayMoney and Dee Da Demon are both very socially conscious and both have been fed up with the injustices and killing of unarmed African Americans ignited by the racist Trump presidency. “We really just got tired of seeing our people get killed on some bullshit and the pigs walk away free. We wanted to make some noise and be heard and stand up for our innocent fallen brothers and sisters. F MAGA, F them pigs, F Trump, F white supremacy and F them bitch ass Proud Boys” (Dee Da Demon). 02JayMoney stated, “They aint going to hear us until we return fire and trade a life for a life.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Darren Sharper Indicted

Almost 10 months after the Los Angeles County District Attorney‘s Office charged NFL safety Darren Sharper with seven felony counts, including two counts of rape by use of drugs, the 39-year-old Sharper was indicted in Louisiana Friday on aggravated rape and simple rape charges following a grand jury investigation.

If convicted of committing aggravated rape in Louisiana, Sharper would face “life imprisonment at hard labor without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence,” according to a press release issued by the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office earlier this year, citing Louisiana state law. The Orleans Parish DA obtained arrest warrants for Sharper and his acquaintance, Erik Nunez, on Feb. 27, 2015.

According to a spokesman for the Orleans Parish DA, Sharper was indicted on two counts of aggravated rape and one count of simple rape, Nunez was indicted on two counts of aggravated rape and one count of obstruction of justice, and another Sharper acquaintance, Brandon Licciardi, was indicted on three counts of human trafficking, one count of aggravated rape and one count of aggravated battery. Licciardi, a sergeant who worked in the traffic division of the St. Bernard (La.) Sheriff’s Office until being reassigned in June after he was under investigation, resigned Friday.

Sharper has already pleaded not guilty to charges in the L.A. County case. He remains jailed in Los Angeles. His lead attorney, Blair Berk, did not return a call and email from the Daily News for comment.Sharper was served an indictment by Tempe, Ariz. detectives March 12, and he was charged with two counts of sexual assault and three counts of administering dangerous drugs.

A Las Vegas investigation into similar alleged criminal behavior by Sharper — drugging women and sexually assaulting them — is still open, according to a Las Vegas Metro Police spokesman. A Miami Beach investigation of Sharper for alleged sexual assault was closed in May and no charges were filed.

Arizona authorities announced in March that they would not seek to extradite Sharper to face charges there until the Los Angeles rape case was completed. The Orleans Parish DA spokesman and assistant DA, Christopher Bowman, told the Daily News that while it is his office’s policy not to “comment on open cases, which this is now, all I will say is we are confident that we will be able to try Mr. Sharper within the time limits allowed under the law.”