hip hop muse

hip hop don’t stop. whatever i give you, it will be heavily seasoned with hip hop flavor like your grandma’s secret fried chicken recipe. this is the life of a b-girl. street fab, urban sophisticate. ghetto socialite. all the way real. are you down?

Don’t Be Mean, It’s Halloween October 31, 2008

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Happy Halloween ya’ll! Hopefully you’re enjoying yourself…drinking, eating candy, and engaging in debauchery. That’s what it’s all about on Hallow’s Eve. There’s so much bullshit going on in the world right now, we all deserve to escape into whoever we want to be today.

For the ladies, this is a day to explore our inner slutty whore. Most sexy Halloween costumes amount to massive amounts of leg, boob, and cheek action. It’s overcast and rainy in LA today (gasp! We ain’t had precipitation since May) but it don’t stop. Bust out the fishnets and stilettos and keep it pushing.

Personally, I’m tapping out of Halloween festivities today. I went to a costume party last week so I don’t feel like I’m missing out if I stay in, eat candy, and drink wine. My costume was Ms. Slutty Nerd. Actually, that’s not too far from who I am as a person, so it worked out pretty well. All I had to do was add tape to my glasses for my costume. Obviously I’m not really a slut, but I think I’m pretty damn sexy and brainy. Ms. Slutty Nerd is an extension of my personality ;-).

I’m feeling Thriller-ish. It’s a classic Halloween piece, so it’s only right that it gets some play. You know you know whole dance routine by heart, so get up and dance along. I am.

*In my best witch cackle*



Throwback Vid: INOJ “Love You Down” October 29, 2008

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Remember the mid-90s, when there was a plethora of So-So Def bass music? At that time, bass music from Florida and Atlanta was hittin’. If you’re old enough to remember and enjoy it, don’t act like you weren’t Tootsie Rollin’ and Bankhead bouncing.

When INOJ’s vid came on today, it took me back to that time. “Love You Down” was a hot vid. Who knew that Lil Jon would make it from being the random guy behind the turntables in the So So Def videos to the King of Crunk? Shouts out to that dude.

This video made me want to go to college. Not necessarily because I was interested in receiving higher education; in my adolescent mind I thought, “wow, college looks fun!” Cute guys in greek letters, parties, hanging out on the yard. By the time I made it to college, my perspective changed a little bit. I was very focused on earning my degree…while kicking it with cute guys, partying, and hanging out on the yard. I definitely hammed it up during my four years, but I graduated with a 3.2. I might have graduated with a 4.0 if I wasn’t being a hot mess, but I had a grand ole time. I turned out aight.

Peace, love, and Barack the Vote.

6 days until change.



Orakel Dynasty Art/Fashion Show Friday Oct 24 October 24, 2008

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Orakel Dynasty Art/Fashion Show Tonight 10/24

My boy Val is spinning at this art/fashion show at Sachi tonight. I’m sure the vibe will be laid back, cool and soulful. Val is definitely a tastemaker DJ, he’ll create a chill, loungey, yet hip hop vibe that’s gonna move your soul.

Isn’t that what we want sometimes? It’s going on in Long Beach Marina so it’s super chill and jazzy. If you haven’t been to Long Beach Marina to enjoy the restaurants and lounge spots, you’re sleeping. It’s definitely a spot for the grown and sexy to enjoy good food, drinks, and music. If you ain’t got it, get some culture in ya life peoples.


Mr. Black President October 22, 2008

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I don’t know if ya’ll heard, but the Los Angeles Times is officially endorsing Barack Obama for president. Word?!

This is huge. When was the last time you heard of a major news outlet officially endorsing someone for president? The media is supposed to be unbiased, right? We know it’s really not, but the LA Times came out and said it straight up. I’m not even mad.

LA Times’ endorsement, along with that of Colin Powell, is groundbreaking. Obama has the media on his team, and he’s even converting Republicans. It’s gotten so bad that many Republicans are are hopping on Team Obama. No matter the party affilation, I’m thankful that people are understanding that we need change, and it may be found in a black president. We can’t keep doing it the way it was done before, look where that’s gotten us. Fucked the fuck up. The environment we live in is going to shit because we aren’t changing for the better. It’s time to get it together.

I don’t have to tell ya’ll to get out and vote. I’m sure you’ve made your decision by now. If you’re still undecided by midnight Nov. 3, stay home so the rest of us can vote for Obama.

I am HipHopMuse, and I approve this message.



LA Fashion Week, listening parties & stuff October 15, 2008

It’s cracking this week in Los Angeles, moreso than I’ve seen in some time. It’s LA Fashion Week, so there are a gazillion shows and associated events going on. On the hip hop front, Jay Z is performing tonight at the Holllywood Palladium with DJ AM on the 1s and 2s. God bless that brother for coming out of such a tragedy. And what better way to get back into the swing of things, by DJ’ing for Jigga.

It’s listening party galore this week too. I guess everyone’s gearing up for those Q4 album releases. Last night, Kanye & E-40 each had listening parties for their new projects. Tonight is the Q-Tip listening party for his new album “The Renaissance.” I had the opportunity to attend 40 Water’s listening party, and it was interesting to say the least.

I’m not the biggest E-40 fan, but I respect his work and I like quite a few songs he’s put out. “Sprinkle Me” used be my joint, along with “Hurricane.” He undoubtedly helped put the Bay Area on the map and has made a significant contribution to not only west coast hip hop, but hip hop as a whole. He is the man responsible for hip hop lingo like, “fa sheezy,” and “my nizzle.” He’s the first person I know of who used such terms.

Back to the listening party. 40’s new album “Ball Street Journal” is ok, I guess. Most of the tracks consist of bass heavy party music. Which isn’t a bad thing. 40 is known for making party music. “Tell Me When To Go” is guaranteed to make a party jump. But the new stuff isn’t very memorable for me.

What was memorable was when I met Too Short at E-40’s party. Dude is an OG. I kept referring to him as Mr. Shaw, which I think made him feel old because he winced every time I said it. But it seemed the most appropriate way to refer to him, being that he’s been in the rap game since 1983. He’s been rapping almost as long as I’ve been alive. Biggups to Mr. Shaw, aka Short Dog, aka Short Dog the Pimp. He is indeed pimpish in his ways, he’s very charming. The ladies were showing him love last night.

Read about Kanye’s listening party here. Wish I coulda made that one, but it’s all good. Maybe next album.

Until we meet again,



Beyonce vs. The Mexican Breakfast Ladies October 13, 2008

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I’m sure by now everyone has seen Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” video floating ’round the net. Michael K over at DListed posted a HILARIOUS video from which he suggests B swagger jacked:

The remix, with Andre 3000? For real? I have to give it to the Mexican Breakfast ladies, they’re gettin’ it.

But still. I. Cannot.


Hip Hop Muse


Hi Hater Remix Video: Maino Ft. TI, Swizz Beats, et al. October 11, 2008

LOL @ TI’s opening! I love his allusion to Puff’s intro to Craig Mack’s “Flava In Ya Ear” video.

I really like this song, it’s the new hater anthem. This is a track to bump when you’re rolling up to the party looking fresh. Sure, there may be haters meanmugging, but don’t worry about it. Just give ’em a wave. Hi hater!

This is the quintessential remix video. It has the all white background, the cameos, and it features like 10 people, some of which are ALWAYS featured on remixes. Which isn’t negative thing, I think artists like Fab and Jadakiss who resurface on remixes here and there create anticipation. It makes us wonder why the hell they won’t come out with an album or something. The aforementioned rappers seem to have established a large part of their career by lacing other peoples’ tracks with their rhymes. In that way, it’s ingenious. It allows them to stay relevant.

Good to see my girl Mya in the vid! I’ve always appreciated her style and energy. She’s very fab. Hopefully she’ll make a comeback soon.

Off to find a remix to hop on,

Hip Hop Muse