Harlem-based rapper/producer/director and Krushed Grapes Lifestyle owner Cab Cabernet presents the self-directed music video for “Le Connoisseur”, the De’Clat-produced single. “Le Connoisseur” is the second single from Krushed Grapes: Harlem Vintage, Cab’s forthcoming album featuring guest appearances from VonQwest, Noni Kai, Kat Starr Johnson and Priciliya Marie as well as production from Roddy Rod, RTNC (the producer behind Your Old Droog’s album, J. Bless, Declat, Tigga-Bounce, Frank Lotz and White Indian. The “Le Connoisseur” video comes on the heels of the music video for first single “The Lifestyle”.
Formerly known as Hanif-Jamiyl of New England group Maspyke (of whom Roddy Rod is also a member, Cabernet performed alongside Mos Def, Q-Tip, Slick Rick and EPMD, co-founded Bukarance Records, and ghostwrote for numerous artists before reinventing himself in 2006, founding a private all-male escort service catering only to female clients and opening a cigar lounge.
In 2009 he released the album Krushed Grapes and the following year he unveiled Krushed Grapes Footwear, a line of luxury, handmade sneakers. KG Lifestyle also produceds handmade leather accessories including wine carriers, cigar cases, briefcases, wallets and hats, sold and customized at the customer’s request. “Who is Cab Cabernet? The recording artist? The oenophile? The aficionado? The designer? The entrepreneur? This song and video is testament to the legend of Monsieur Cabernet, the lifestyle connoisseur,” says Cab.
We got the chance to find out a little bit more about the Krushed Grapes lifestyle from the man himself- exclusively for Locash.
Cab, what influences your style?
Life influences art, and vice-versa. The lifestyle that I live is a representation of the art that I create. It’s full of great adventures, joy, pain, achievement, failure, work and play. Balance. You dig?
What’s your favorite drink?
People often ask me this question, and I cannot give you a simple one-drink answer. Wine is definitely my favorite alcoholic beverage, but I love drinking wine, and the culture of wine in general. I don’t have a favorite wine. Depends on the seasons, food I am drinking with, what part of the world I am in, etc. It’s getting warm now, so I’m more on the white rather than red. Simply because white wine is served chilled, and is more refreshing in the warm or hot weather.
Where are your favorite travel destinations?
My own mind first and foremost. Japan, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Canada. I’d like to buy a huge yacht at some point and sail the globe. My company took a group of people on a wine, jazz and safari tour in South Africa back in 2010. And we did Sonoma wine country in 2011. I’ll be doing more KG Lifestyle tours to various destinations in 2016.
I see you directed your “Le Connoisseur” video. What are some of your favorite music videos?
Wow. If we’re talking strictly rap, we have to go back a bit. “Think About It” by Special Ed, “Microphone Fiend” by Eric B. & Rakim, “My Philosophy” by BDP, “Scenario” by A Tribe Called Quest, “Me, Myself & I” by De La Soul. So many more, but these stand out in my head at the moment.
What’s Harlem nightlife like in 2015?
Very colorful, vibrant, trendy. Harlem USA is the place to be all over again for nightlife. Similar to back in the 20’s, 30’s. 40’s. All races and classes would come uptown to party. That’s what it is right now. Harlem is it.
“Nightlife partyin’ all night in Harlem-
Uptown, everything’s all right in Harlem-
So many born are destined for stardom-
Say it ain’t beautiful, I beg your pardon?-”
From the song “MAIDEN HARLEM” off of the forthcoming album KRUSHED GRAPES: HARLEM VINTAGE by Cab Cabernet.