Rapper Noah-O Represents on “Sway in the Morning”

Well-known Richmond hip-hop artist, Noah-O, was interviewed on the legendary hip-hop radio show, “Sway in the Morning,” in New York on Friday.

The rapper turned heads in the studio performing a track from his new album produced by DJ Mentos, “The Rain,” which is available here. We have links to the Sway studio videos below and asked Noah-O a few questions about the experience.

Style: How did this come about?

Noah-O: Last March, Cheats [Marc Cheatham] invited me to go to VCU to attend a film screening put on by Afrikana Film Festival that Sway executive produced regarding police brutality. And it was around the time many killings were in the news.

I wasn’t going to tell him I was an artist due to the situation being a community event and not to come off as opportunistic. I just wanted to meet Sway and tell him I grew up hearing him as a local DJ in San Francisco and take a pic. We talked and I invited him to Plush to have dinner since he would be in town. Once we went to Plush, we ate and hung out, and after a while Sway wanted to go to the nightclub section of the building and see the people.

A lot of people noticed him and us together and took pics and he eventually realized I was a music artist from there. He invited me on the show. That was over a year ago but I kept in contact with his producer. They found out I would be in town for our Trust The Vibes East Coast Tour last Thursday and invited me on as a guest Friday a.m.

What was the experience in the studio like?

It was surreal being there, as we had communicated so long ago. I had begun to think it would never happen. When he came out to meet us in the lobby the first thing he said was, “You thought I forgot about you, huh?”

It is refreshing to see there are people in the industry who keep their word and not only that he and his team care about hip-hop culture, the issues affecting the community and people. Not only that, but to think I was rhyming in a place that Eminem owns and so many famous and talented people have been in is a blessing, life-changing opportunity.

Did Sway give you any advice?

Keep killing it.

Have you seen a bump or renewed interest in the album?

There is definitely an increase in the awareness of who I am globally. A lot of Asians and Filipinos, people from Virginia everywhere and industry people are getting hip to me, new doors are opening.

What do you have coming up locally?

I have shows coming up in DC, Northern Virginia and Philly for our Trust The Vibes Tour and this fall I’m going to be touring Europe with a German artist, ¥EN, and I’ll be joining Versace ChaChi for a few dates there as well.

Massive 3,400-Pound Great White Shark Passes Mouth of Chesapeake Bay

The world’s biggest celebrity shark is heading home.

Mary Lee, a huge great white shark tagged by Ocearch.org five years ago off Cape Cod, passed by the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay this morning.

The shark with more than 100,000 Twitter followers sent a ping to the Ocearch satellite at 4:56 Friday morning. She was approximately 300 miles off the coast.

Read more at PilotOnline.com.

Tributes to the Fallen Heroes of the Bowling Green Massacre

A few days ago, Kellyanne Conway noted that the media had failed to report the Bowling Green Massacre. Almost immediately, sharp observers pointed out that there was no Bowling Green Massacre. Conway said she made a mistake.

Too late. Creative people are writing and singing tributes to the heroes of Bowling Green.

Here is one, and another, and another.

Best of all is this sign, a tribute to the victims.

We will have to look for laughs wherever we can find them. Americans are creative people!

Today in Ostentatious Kitchen Appliances: an $18,000 Coffee Maker

In the beginning, there was the 23-karat-gold ice cream sundae. It debuted in 2008 at a tony New York City restaurant.

Imagine, the finest Tahitian vanilla ice cream drizzled with the world’s most expensive chocolates, topped with caviar, almonds wrapped in gold leaf, and bits of candied fruits from Paris that cost $1,000 per pound.

The price tag: A cool $1,000, which made it the Guinness Book of World Records’ most expensive dessert.

Me? I might rather buy a plane ticket to somewhere warm.

Now, this just in from Royal Paris – the Royal Coffee Maker, possibly the world’s most expensive coffee maker, a bespoke addition to the common kitchen, is now in painstaking production.

Imagine a siphon-brew system with a Baccarat crystal carafe cradled in 24-karat gold (or silver, for the less well-heeled). Parts like the gargoyle spigot, fish key, counter weight, oak leaves and finials are made by a craftsman using the lost wax method. It sits upon a semi-precious black obsidian, azurite or malachite base, with or without your engraved initials or company name. Or family crest.

Check it out at www.royalcoffeemaker.com.

The cost: $10,000 to $18,000.

Just thought you should know.