Guest Star: "I Can Tell You Firsthand, Amber Rose & Tahiry Are About Their Business" -Benzino

Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 1:00PM

Written by SOHH for Benzino

With this first annual Hip Hop Weekly Swimsuit and Summer Fashion issue, we wanted to create our own lane. We came up with the swimsuit edition but we figured that we feature over 200 products relating to style in the magazine. So we kinda wanted to do two separate covers, the same magazine but with two different covers. One with Amber Rose that kinda represents style and the other one with that Sports Illustrated look with Tahiry.

Each cover has its own look. The one that Tahiry's in, we had did the Peek-A-Book cover, we kinda coined that phrase where we're showing her on the beach where the lifeguard is stationed then our art director kicked the door out and then the door sticks back on with the cover. It's pretty dope.

Right now, this big 3-D revolution is taking over and the idea just came to me. It just came to me. I asked our art director if he could do the 3-D and he said he actually had to learn it himself with the software that enables you to do 3-D.

Dave Mays reached out to Amber Rose's peoples. Her brother Antonio is really cool. So Dave reached out and they accepted. Of course it's a business so people are compensated but she thought it would be real dope. Amber is on some high fashion type of thing. She doesn't really want to be boxed in, she's trying to take it to another level and I have a lot of respect for her because she knows exactly what she wants to do, how she wants to do it. It was a pleasure working with her, she's really nice and she's also really focused.

And with the world famous Tahiry, she's also another focused person. Some of these girls are really focused on their careers and trying to take what they're doing to a whole 'nother level and I know they might get a bad rap sometimes but I can tell you first hand these girls are about their business.

The photo shoots took place at the Grand Beach Hotel in Miami and we did it at the National because when you shoot 3-D, you gotta have different objects in the forefront, in the back and front to get the perspective of everything. This issue is more of a photo-based thing. We really wanted to pay attention to the beauty. I think a lot of magazines just really want to emphasize the body, the a**, the chest, whatever. I don't think that they really focus on the beauty of the face and that's what we really wanted to bring out. We wanted to get some really good quality pictures across. We didn't want to get nothing too sleazy. We wanted to keep it with class.

Real talk, this has all been overwhelming. Honestly. It's just a matter of time before Hip Hop Weekly crosses that line to where you'll be seeing the Hip Hop Weekly awards. It's the same blueprint as The Source. We ain't lost a step, we just had to get it back together. Having dropped this first annual issue, I think a lot more females are going to want to be involved with the next one so I think through the Internet and the magazine, I think we'll be able to have a real good choice next time with even more women to choose from. There's a lot of beautiful women out there, it's just a matter of who's gonna have that top cover spot?

To order the 1st annual Hip Hop Weekly Swimsuit & Summer Fashion issue, click here.

Benzino is renowned for launching The Source with co-founder Dave Mays and having over two decades of music within hip-hop. In 2007, Benzino and Mays launched Hip Hop Weekly which has become known as the first hip hop oriented magazine to feature weekly breaking news and views about entertainment, TV, music, fashion and sports to consumers aged 15 to 44.

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