In The Mix
Kanye West hits town again
IS HONOLULU becoming the newest hotspot for hip-hop royalty?
Two months after his show at the Blaisdell, Kanye West was back in town with fellow G.O.O.D. Music artist Common. The two were seen buying comics at Gecko Books & Comics last Tuesday, while Kicks Hawaii's DJ Delve reports West stopped by the shop twice -- once on May 28, then again on Saturday with Common. It was the second big-name visit for Kicks in 2006, after Southern legend Bun B paid a visit earlier this year.
And now you know why West wasn't in a New York courthouse on Thursday, when a jury decided that he and rapper Ludacris didn't commit copyright infringement when they released "Stand Up" in 2003. He was relaxing in paradise ...
ALSO SPOTTED last week: Wilmer Valderrama, star of "That '70s Show" and current host of MTV's "Yo Momma."
I'm told he was here with friends from Los Angeles radio station Power 106, and they did a good job of checking out all the different nightspots. Valderrama paid a visit to Zanzabar on Wednesday and the Ocean Club on Thursday, then hit both the W Honolulu and Pipeline Cafe on Friday. Full Court Press' J-Sway tells me he was in a great mood at Pipeline, chatting with fans and posing for pictures on stage ...
BACK TO DJ Delve for a minute -- he leaves today to represent the 808 in Chicago, where he'll be the featured DJ on Friday at a release party for the new Nike Footscape. The shoe is getting a push from Kicks Hawaii's sister store, St. Alfred.
Delve admits to being nervous, but he's eager to get there and show the Midwest how Hawaii heads wreck shop. I'm sure he'll represent us well ...
IF YOU have digital cable, take a few minutes this week and check out the on-demand version of TRX TV on Oceanic channel 15.
The show, which features interviews with and music videos by local artists, has been part of the schedule on OC-16 the past few months. According to creative director Andrew Magpoc, however, their hope is to transform the show's concept into a full-blown music video channel (running 24 hours a day) by July.
But in order to do that, TRX needs to show it has the necessary viewers. Check out the on-demand episode for a look at Creed Chameleon's video for "Flesh and Blood," filmed after he recently won the show's "New Junx" contest ...
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