What’s Your AMMO?: EJ Johnson of #RichKids
There’s no introduction here, we ALL know who EJ Johnson is. The 21 year old sat down with us at The High Line Hotel (NYC) to chat about school, fashion, and what it’s like to be EJ.
What’s your AMMO?
My AMMO is the brand new pink python Celine bag my mom just brought me back from Monaco!
Fashion is your first love, what is one of your youngest and most vivid memories of a growing relationship with fashion?
I first fell in love with fashion upon moving to New York for school. NYC is the ultimate destination for all things fashion related.
When choosing a major for college, what made you pick hospitality? Are you pulling from the energy of your mogul father?
I chose event planning & hospitality because I’m really good at planning parties! I’ve always planned my own birthday parties for as long as I can remember.
Based on the trajectory of your current “fame” all of this has happened by a chance dinner moment with a friend captured by TMZ. You’ve now been signed on for several TV shows and will be a correspondent for Fashion Week. Are you enjoying the spotlight so far?
Yes, I am. I love the attention!
You came out to your parents at the age of 17 and then to the world just a couple years ago with full support from your family. Some young men do not receive that type of encouragement. What kind of advice can you offer those who are still living in the shadows?
It’s important that you love yourself first and foremost. Second, it’s incredibly important to surround yourself with loving friends or family or both. Not all families approve of their children coming out which breaks my heart. I am very fortunate to have loving and supportive parents. For those individuals with families who disapprove, its important to replace the void with loving friends who will support you no matter what.
Have you ever considered collaborating with your equally fashionable sister, Elisa, on a fashion project?
Yes, we’re working on it. Stay tuned!
Who are some of your icons?
Several of my icons include my parents; for sure. Rihanna, Beyonce, Oprah and Gaga.
If you could describe yourself by 1 type of food, 2 colors, and one animal what would you pick?
There’s definitely not one food item that identifies me best, but colors which describe me the best would be black and gold. Only one animal describes me best – that would be a lioness!! Ha!
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For more on EJ head over to his fashion platform, www.ejjohnsonstyle.com, AND catch him in action on the #RichKids of Beverly Hills on E! Sunday’s at 10/9c
First Look: Nike | Tech Pack Collection | Fall 2014
If you could imagine the life of an art curator who is also a rapper then you can imagine the life of Derrick B Harden, also known as Dear Derrick. The Brooklyn native has channeled his energy to produce his first EP, The Jamie Project, now available on iTunes. The 4 track album takes us on a journey with a sensitive thug on the quest to find love in these cold streets.
Head over to iTunes and check out The Jamie Project.
This weekend if you’re in the mood for some nostalgic and iconic images in fashion on the New York scene head over to the W Hotel on Lexington for the W Hotels and Liberatum Presents “Tagged.” We attended the opening which included a panel featuring Glenn O’Brien, Scout Willis, Larry Clark, Shala Monroque, Valentine Uhovski and Francesco Carrozzini. The group spoke on the effects of social media on the current generation. The exhibit ends July 22nd.
How many of us have just wanted to hide away for a week and avoid our grown up responsibilities? Well in the new movie, Laggies, Keira Knightley figured out just how. Laggies follows Knightley as she struggles to figure it all out while hiding at a teenager’s (Chloe Grace Moretz) home along with her father (Sam Rockwell). The trailer makes this all too real journey seem funny and slightly easy which makes us want to see it immediately; so we can figure it all out too.
Check out the trailer below.
New Exhibit: Naturel | To Die For @ POPPINGTON (NYC)
Last week we attended the opening for DC based artist, Naturel, at Dame Dash’s POPPINGTON in L.E.S. Despite the hot temperatures; inside and out; the artists work spoke to the scene; curated by David Chang and Greg Cummins. Guests included the legendary Spike Lee among others.
Head down to Poppington to check out Naturel’s work. Also head over to the artists instagram for more.
BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), the Danish architecture firm, has built a Baltic Birch plywood maze inside the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Here’s what the lead architect had to say:
R&B songstress, Elle Varner, has released her latest track “Don’t Wanna Dance” featuring Trap Master A$AP Ferg. Listen.
On September 27th, your favorite artists will perform in the name of global charity to end extreme poverty. Jay Z, No Doubt, and The Roots are among the line up for the Global Citizen Festival at Central Park’s Great Lawn. Although it would help to purchase your tickets, you may also receive a free way in by joining the fight. Head over to the Global Citizen website, globalcitizen.org, for more details.
TDE darling, SZA has released a new track, “Moodring” she says she wrote after opening for Coldplay. Listen courtesy of Kitty Cash.
Fresh | AMMO : Rapper | G-Eazy
AMMO: What’s Your AMMO?
G-EAZY: My AMMO is my team. They’re all my homies and I’m lucky enough to work with some brilliant people. As a leader, I want to put everything on my back and just go all the way and never want to let them down.
A: Hip-Hop or Rap: What’s your interpretation of the difference between the two?
G: That’s a huge question and you could go on forever about what details define each side. I feel like Hip-Hop traditionally has more of an emphasis on lyrical content and subject matter and rhythmically it can be different. In terms of production, you think of boom bap drums with more of a groove. Rap is more about sub bass and swag. It’s so broad though it’s tough to not go on and on.
A: With your new album, These Things Happen, what can you say was your favorite part about producing this album?
G: Being able to say that I co-produced my own album means a lot to me. Having that freedom to help craft my own sound and aesthetic helps the album flow and maintain a consistent vibe. Also knowing that I took my time with the whole record and didn’t rush it. A lot of times artists get eager when it comes to releasing music. But this time around I wanted to take my time and do it right.
A: Craziest thing you’ve seen on the road?
G: People camped out hella early to be first in line. Actually it’s not weird it’s tight, they’re the most diehard fans. They’re still crazy though, crazy but awesome.
A: Favorite artists growing up.
G: Bay Area legends like E-40, Too Short, Keak da Sneak. I also listened to a lot of 90’s east coast Hip-Hop too though, like Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Biggie, Jay-Z, etc.
A: If you could describe yourself by 1 type of food, 2 colors, and one animal what would you pick?
G: Haha. Steak frites; Black and Sea foam Green, and a giraffe cuz I’m tall as shit.
G-Eazy’s debut album, These Things Happen, is available TODAY on iTunes.
Photography by Jonne Johnson; exclusively for AMMO Magazine.
Events: Studio Six Point Six | Showcase
AMMO Magazine rolled through Studio Six Point Six's first event in the East Village. The night showcased the Studio's new projects including their first book, and some live DJ sets. Looking forward to what the NY based creative collective & design studio will come up with in the next few months. If anything, be sure to make to out to any future events they throw; this one was nothing but great vibes.
Opening Ceremony + Thierry Boutemy | Capsule Collection
In stores now, Opening Ceremony has launched a collaborative capsule collection with esteemed florist, Thierry Boutemy. The collection features a full range of apparel, shoes, and accessories in conjunction with New Era, Vans, and Manolo Blahnik as well as a fragrance; Geranium 30, by Le Labo.
I have always had the highest respect for Opening Ceremony’s freedom of expression. It has been a wonderful and interesting experience seeing the flowers I created transformed into clothing. Opening Ceremony allowed me total creative freedom when designing the florals/prints for this collection. I am also thrilled that my dear friend, Barnabé Fillion has created an exclusive perfume for this collaboration inspired by scents I love.-Thierry Boutemy
The Opening Ceremony and Thierry Boutemy collection is available exclusive at Opening Ceremony locations and online.