Jul 27

Classics: Nasir Jones: The Resurrection

 

Nasir Jones: The Resurrection
KING SMIJ
2001

With this Classics section, I wanted to offer my readers something timeless each month. Anyone that knows me, understands my deep love of music. So I thought it was only right to include some releases that have either stayed in my collection, my heart or both.

To kick things off during the launch of www.flawlesscrowns.com, I couldn’t pick a better selection than this long forgotten mixtape Nasir Jones: The Resurrection. Mixed by KING SMIJ, this CD was released in late 2001 during the height of the war of words between Nas and Jay-Z.

During that time I remember playing this CD for anyone that would listen to it. Everyone that heard it agreed that it was a classic. I ended up loosing the CD somehow. Through some due dilgance, I was able to track down KING SMIJ and he was nice enough to send me it.

In my opinion Nas is Rap’s greatest lyricist of all time and I think this great mix of classic songs, unreleased tracks and freestyles will prove me correct.

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Jul 27

Mercedes-Benz Bridgehampton Polo 2010

On Saturday July 24th 2010, I had the distinct pleasure of attending the opening weekend festivities of Bridgehampton Polo. The day was filled with great moments for me. I felt like I was on a natural high the entire day. Growing up in the inner city I never imagined owning a moment like this in such a posh setting.

Bridgehampton Polo attracts la creme de la creme’ of the Hamptons Summer socialite season, and this opening weekend didn’t disappoint. Plenty of celebrities in the house too.

Kourtney Kardashian, Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat, the cast of Real Housewives Of New York and Real Housewives Of New Jersey and many more were in attendance.

Chris Bosh Bridgehampton Polo

Miami Heat's Chris Bosh

 

The Real Housewives Of New York's Luann De Lesseps & Romona Singer

 

Polo star Nacho Figueras at the POLO Ralph Lauren suite

 

Our RSVP came with entry to the hospitality tent that greeted us with Patron Tequila cocktails, Ultimat Vodka cocktails, Zino Cigars, hors d’oeuvres and more. Sponsors included Mercedes-Benz, Coca-Cola, Patron Tequila, Blue Star Jets, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Swagg.

It was surreal watching my first polo match in person. It’s an experience unto itself watching those beautifully manicured horses charge up and down the field.

Bridgehampton Polo

Bridgehampton Polo Action

 

A personal highlight of mine was meeting Amber Rose. She even is more stunning in person; cigarette in her mouth and all. Amber worked the tent and just drew attention everywhere she went. A true presence.

Amber Rose At Bridgehampton Polo

Martin Berrios of Flawless Crowns & Amber Rose

 

As Bridgehampton Polo closed out around 6:45pm, I felt like the party just began. But all good things must come to end right? Nonetheless Bridgehampton Polo was one of my biggest social highlights for the Summer. Hopefully I’ll see you at week 2.

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Jul 27

Cigar Review: Padron 1926 Serie No. 35

 
Cigar: Padron 1926 Serie No. 35
Binder: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Tobacco: Nicaragua
Length: 4
Ring Gauge: 48

In the world of Cigars, the house of Padron is the one of the most prestigious and well-respected. Started by Jose Padron in 1964, Padron 1926 Serie is a dedication to Jose’s birth year. It also won “Top Cigar” in 2007, in Cigar Aficionado Magazine so I decided to give it a try. The 1926 Serie features a Nicaraguan wrapper, binder and tobacco and is stronger than the Padron 1964 Anniversary Series.

Always weary of those double-digit priced offenders I chose the No. 35 short robusto which was priced $14.95; the lowest of the batch. At first inspection, this bad boy looks great. This half hour smoke features a beautiful dark brown maduro wrapper. It’s firm but soft to the touch, and only two visible veins.

Bandwith:
The double  band is spicy. It’s very classy and all the sticks come with a unique serial number.

Opening:
After cutting the cigar I took a sniff and was pleasantly surprised by the scent. I lit it up and was impressed by the initial face. The draw was just right and the initial taste wasn’t overpowering; subtle spice too which I don’t mind. Additionally the ash was firm with the whitest grey I’ve ever seen, if that makes any sense.

Seconds:
Wow what a great cigar. Everything is moving along nicely with this bad boy. Right now I’m thinking dam I should have picked up more of these. Its got a great slow burn and the smoke ring is going out even.

Thirds:
The final third on this Padron 1926 Serie has built up into a complex smoke with no harshness in sight. The peppery flavor is a slightly stronger now and the hints of cream make this a winner. I did hit a snag with the cigar going out though. After a couple of tries with the matches I was back in business. With a couple of more puffs, I put this one to bed.

The Verdict:
I loved this cigar. My only gripe is the cost. But with lines like Padron, and Davidoff that is to be expected. If you’re interested in the 1926 Serie, I suggest trying to catch a sale online. Brick and mortar smoke shops will usually retail this cigar much higher. But if you’re like me, the price tag shouldn’t deter you from missing a great experience. And this is one to certainly not miss.

4.5 out of 5 crowns

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