DrJays.com’s Celebrity Holiday ’09 Gift Guide
Read below for more info on the celebrities featured in our Holiday ’09 Gift Guide!
REDMAN’S GUIDE TO ALL THINGS RED
“One of my favorite Christmases was three years ago. I took my kids to Disney in Florida to see the fireworks. I’ll never forget how big the smiles were on their faces.”
Redman got his name from when a little girl threw a snowball at his face when he was a kid in Newark, NJ and his cheeks swelled up. Best known as a solo rapper with hits like “Let’s Get Dirty”, “I’ll Bee Dat” and “Whateva Man”, he’s also loved for his energetic collaborations with partner-in-crime Method Man. Look out for a new album from Redman this month, titled Reggie Noble 9 1/2.
SNOOP DOGG’S GUIDE TO ACCESSORIES
“U gotta make sure U fresh, ‘specially in tha holiday season. U can’t dress like tha Big Boss Dogg, nor be him, but tha items [I chose] are my guide to make sure that U look as fresh as possible this New Year’s. So make sure U go scoop that items, or ask jolly St. Nick to bring ‘em, or if U Snoop Dogg, U just get ‘em for free! Hahahaha, chuuuuuuch!”
Snoop Dogg‘s new album, Malice In Wonderland, is being heralded as his best work in years. One of hip-hop’s most iconic figures, Snoop (born Calvin Broadus) has 10 albums under his belt, been featured in a number of films and TV shows, endorsed numerous brands, toured the world extensively and was recently appointed Chairman of Capitol Records.
POOCH HALL’S GUIDE TO WOMEN’S FRAGRANCES
“It’s important for a woman to have good perfume. It’s almost hypnotizing when you catch an amazing scent on a woman (which brings me to the favorite of all my picks, Hypnotic Poison). It’s like when you smell good food. You gets to grubbing!”
Pooch Hall is best known for his role on popular TV show, The Game. He can now be seen in the new sitcom, Accidentally On Purpose. Pooch recently showed off his modeling skills in a fall photo shoot for our sister site, DJPremium.com. We also interviewed him on DrJays.com Live, where we learned about his love of Members Only jackets, True Religion jeans and classic Timberland‘s. The rising star is currently busy learning vigorous dance routines for Stomp The Yard 2, due February 2010.
GHOSTFACE KILLAH’S GUIDE TO OUTERWEAR
“See snowmen, snowflakes, cinnamon cakes/Sisters and brothers, sliding down garbage can covers/Snowball fights, eggnog splashed with Hennessey/Bet Christmas is Christmas from New York to Tennessee/The Kris Kringles, the Jingling Babies/All them late nights wrapping gifts, driving you crazy/And Jack Frost is outside, freezing it up/Got the ‘hood and the Goose just to loosen you up/And all the homes is all lit with some many lights/See the trees through the windows, glittered up at night/Gingerbread house, bumping that Jingle Bell Rock/And all them little bad kids get coal in they socks”
-From “Ghostface Christmas”
Ghostface Killah recently released his ninth studio album with perhaps the best title ever – Ghostdini: Wizard Of Poetry In Emerald City. The hip-hop legend, recently dubbed by the New York Times as “the most lovable rapper in the world”, has a highly anticipated collaborative album with fellow Wu Tang Clan members Method Man and Raekwon due out sometime in 2010.
DJ DRAMA’S GUIDE TO FITTED HATS
“I probably own over 150 fitted’s easily! Here’s a little known fact: I used to have dreads back in the 90′s. When I cut them in 2000, I started wearin’ fitted caps. As the years went on it became a trademark of mine. So I always had to stay with different hats, styles and colors. My favorites are Mitchell & Ness and New Era.”
DJ Drama is one of hip-hop’s best-known mixmasters. Nicknamed “Barack O’ Drama”, the man behind the ever-popular Gangsta Grillz series has produced tapes with everyone from Young Jeezy to Gucci Mane to Lil Wayne, Wyclef and more. He’s the main DJ affiliated with T.I.’s Grand Hustle record label, has a regular show on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio and tours regularly across the US and the world.
SHEEK LOUCH’S GUIDE TO CLASSIC TIMBERLAND BOOTS
“The Jet Black 6-inch Premium Boot by Timberland is the perfect gift for the holidays because it’s rugged and it goes with anything you wear. If they don’t have them in stock at DrJays.com, come to D-Block Fitted’s in Yonkers, haha!”
Rising to national stardom as a member of rugged New York hip-hop trio The Lox (with Jadakiss and Styles P), Sheek Louch’s last album, Silverback Gorilla, gave him mainstream appeal off the strength of its lead single, “Good Love”. He’s currently working on a new album, set for release mid-2010.
TERRENCE J’S GUIDE TO GRAPHIC T-SHIRTS
“Cold weather is the best time of the year to get fresh! I love the hoodies, sweatshirts, jackets and tees that represent the holiday season.”
All ‘round good guy Terrence J co-hosts BET’s popular 106 & Park countdown show, watched in over 85 million homes across the US and international countries. Terrence is actively involved with charitable organizations, including McDonald’s “African American Future Achievers Scholarship Campaign”. In 2008, he was named one of the new faces of Sean John; catch him next up in Stomp The Yard 2.
TREY SONGZ’ GUIDE TO CLASSIC BUTTON-DOWN/UP SHIRTS
“A button down/up is classic and a must have for any man’s closet.”
The new school R&B ladies man, Trey Songz (aka “Trigga”) is currently riding high on the success of his latest album, Ready. With singles like “Say Aah”, “I Need A Girl” and “Successful”, the Grammy-nominated 25-year-old heartthrob will inevitably continue his ascent to the top of the charts in the coming year.
THE NEW BOYZ’ GUIDE TO JEANS
“We’re bringing back a style that was popular in the 80′s before hip-hop was wearing baggy pants. The skinny jeans movement is real and not just a west coast thing, like it has been in the last couple years. Kids everywhere are wearing skinny jeans.” (Legacy, The New Boyz).
Ben J (Earl Benjamin) and Legacy (Dominic Thomas), both 18, whipped the nation into a “jerking” frenzy this year, thanks to their debut hit “You’re A Jerk” and album, Skinny Jeans & A Mic. Currently on tour with Chris Brown, the teenagers have proved they’re much more than one-hit wonders with their new follow-up smash, “Tie Me Down” (featuring Ray-J).
DRUMMA BOY’S GUIDE TO THE FRESHEST KICKS
“Sneakers are always a great way to “kick-off” your outfit. They determine the way you walk through your terrain. Something like this All-Star Specialty Hi is perfect for a sunny day on your block. Match ‘em up with a fresh jacket and clean tee. Rocking through the rain, I would sport the R+ Revolution High’s by Rocawear with a leather jacket or fresh hoodie. And you can never slip up with a pair of the Vandal High LE’s by Nike. Whatever you choice may be, match ‘em up wisely and rock it fresh!”
Christopher “Drumma Boy” Gholson has produced some of hip-hop’s biggest hits, including “Put On” by Young Jeezy/Kanye West, “Here I Am” by Rick Ross/Nelly/Avery Storm, plus Grammy-nominated hits for T.I.’s classic Paper Trail album. Awarded a Key To The City (for his hometown of Memphis) in 2008 and featured in this year’s Welcome To Dreamland reality show on BET, look out for more hits from Drumma for acts like Gucci Mane, Monica and many more in 2010.
NEW YORK JETS’ KERRY RHODES’ GUIDE TO MEN’S HOODIES & SWEATERS
“Hoodies are so necessary for winter. They’re comfortable, warm and many brands have come out with fresh designs this season”.
New York Jets’ safety Kerry Rhodes started his stellar NFL career in 2005, having been named to the 2006 All Pro team by The Associated Press, and ranked #29 out of the top 500 players in the league in 2007. Along with signing a 5 year extension with the Jets last year, Kerry is still going strong with his Rhodes Foundation (“Reaffirming Hopes Of Dream Endearing Scholars” – living in America’s impoverished neighborhoods).
MELANIE FIONA’S GUIDE TO OUTERWEAR
“I’m born and raised in Toronto, Canada and winters are no joke, so it’s important for a girl to stay warm and look good at the same time. Accessorizing with a cute hat and scarf too is always a great way to change your look.”
One of the most exciting new acts of 2009, Melanie Fiona combines beauty, grace and talent as effortlessly as the reggae, pop and R&B music found in her irresistible sound. It’s evident that with the release of hits like “Give It To Me Right” and “It Kills Me” and her debut album, The Bridge, a new age of soul is upon us.
ELECTRIK RED’S GUIDE TO MEN’S COLOGNE
LESLEY: “A man’s scent is extremely seductive in the most subtle way! Certain men’s fragrances will leave a lasting impression even when they are gone. One of my personal favorites is Creed. I like it so much I carry a sample in my purse – it smells delish!”
SARAH: “The right scent will have a chick squeezing her pillow trying to inhale as much as she can of you for hours, even days after you’ve gone. So choose wisely gentleman! My picks are Creed, Burberry and Giorgio Armani.”
Electrik Red (comprised of Kyndra “Binkie” Reevey, Lesley Lewis, Naomi Allen and Sarah Rosete) released their debut album, How To Be A Lady: Volume 1 (Radio Killa/Def Jam) in early 2009, featuring the hits “Drink In My Cup” and “So Good”. The girls are back in the studio working on new music, set for release in coming months.
DAWN RICHARD’S GUIDE TO HEELS/BOOTS
“My favorite time of the year for fashion is winter, because of the layers you can rock. There is something so sexy about a boot; it’s the icing on your winter fashion cake! I especially love the Berlin Boot by Puma and the Caterinia Zip Bootie by Apple Bottoms – you get both a dope flat boot for the day time, and fierce high heels for your night time pleasure!”
From Danity Kane to Dirty Money, Dawn Richard continues to make her mark as a singer, songwriter and dancer. With fellow group members Diddy and Kalenna, Dirty Money is working on a new album, Last Train To Paris, due out in 2010 under Interscope Records.
TEYANA TAYLOR’S GUIDE TO SNEAKERS
“There’s no life without a dope pair of kicks. My sneaker heads, stand up!”
Teyana Taylor has created an impressive buzz since she broke out with her hit single, “Google Me Baby” in 2008. The Harlem native and protége of Pharrell Williams is a singer, rapper, songwriter, dancer, actor and model. Look out for Teyana’s big screen debut as a co-star in Stomp the Yard 2, as well her debut album, both due in spring 2010.