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?

Happy New Year! December 31, 2008

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Happy New Year to everyone out there. 2008 was crazy hectic, but it wasn’t all bad. It had its good moments. If you made it to today, rejoice, because being physically present on earth is better than the alternative. Trust that 2009 will be better and brighter.

Be thankful that you made it to see a new year with new promises. Toast!




Rockin’ New Year’s Eve December 30, 2008

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Ladies, going out this New Year’s Eve? Whatcha wearing? Here are a few picks to ring in ’09 funky fresh dressed, impressed, ready to party.

forever 21 sequin dress

forever 21 sequin dress

Sequins are in order for NYE. This dress is for the fun, flirty party girl who loves to be the center of attention. Which is great…but do not even think of adding neon tights to this look, that’s not the business. Pairing neon tights will garner bad attention, not good. Trust.

victorias secret square-neck dress

victoria's secret square-neck dress

This square-neck little black dress is simple, yet elegant and sexy. I would jazz it up with chunky metallic accessories, strappy heels or fly booties, and a bold clutch. Dramatic makeup, a simple chignon a la Sade and a glass of bubbly. The theme here is understated sexy.

laundry sapphire blue dress

laundry sapphire blue dress

This dress is absolutely adorable. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but it’s beautiful. Sometimes one must sacrifice for beauty! And don’t feel bad for repeating this one. This dress deserves to come out more than once a year.

metallic pleather jacket

forever 21 metallic jacket

Top it all off with a metallic jacket. I’m totally obsessed with shiny stuff! What can I say? I’m a girl, and I came of age in the hip-hop, shiny suit, bling-infested 90s. I think this jacket is really fly, and it adds a bit of edge to each of these dresses. The fact that it kind of doesn’t go makes it work for me.



Skillz- “For Real (He Don’t Own Me)” December 29, 2008

Filed under: ghetto love affair,now that's hip hop — hiphopmuse @ 10:37 pm

Got Skillz? This severely underrated artist does the year end wrap up, like every year. That joint be like 15 minutes long, no lie. It always hilarious though. It’s a well-rapped culmination of the entire year, in like 100 bars. Check out the past 5 or 6 year end wrap ups here: http://therapup.uproxx.com/2007/12/the-rap-up-2002-2006.html. I just learned Skillz was from VA; DC Metro is killing the game in 08 and into 09.

This video has a sunny, breezy, feel good vibe to it. It kind of reminds me of DMX’s “Hows It Going Down.” A ghetto love triangle, set to hip hop music. “For Real” is for the ladies and the men who want to steal them from their men, lol.


Spotted ’round da web…

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Got my vans on but they look like sneakers…check out these watermelon joints spotted over at Exactly.net. Though I can’t see myself sporting these personally, I appreciate the inspiration behind it. Now all of a sudden I’m craving summer fruit…

While on the vein of skateboard styles, NY Times is reporting that skaters are capitalizing on the wave of foreclosures. Apparently with so many empty houses, there’s a plethora of abandoned pools for skateboarders to practice their jumps. Word is the kidney-shaped pools are the best ones to practice in.

Reality TV world is reporting that Whitney Port, former marginal character of “The Hills” and current star of “The City” doesn’t really work for Diane von Furstenberg. Not to say she isn’t employed at DVF, but the heffa ain’t never at work. Oh, and they’re also saying this “reality” show isn’t real and it’s scripted. Did anyone think “The Hills” or “The City” were real? It’s TV! Most of the content on TV is fake. We watch it because, well, often times there isn’t much else on in that time slot, and reality TV is like crack. It’s all escapism, baby.

Bush’s former aides say that he never recovered from Hurricane Katrina, according to AP. Well guess what? Neither did New Orleans, or the people who don’t have homes to go to three years after the hurricane. At least dude doesn’t have to live in a toxic trailer.

The soul of the south is forever changed, but not broken.



Charles Hamilton, “Brooklyn Girl” December 23, 2008

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I didn’t particularly care for Charles Hamilton’s flow the first time I heard “Brooklyn Girl,” but the more I hear the song, the more I like it. And this is coming from an LA girl, lol.


Heavy D, “Long Distance Girlfriend” December 13, 2008

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Heavy D has been away from the music scene for a cool minute now, it’s good to see him back. The former “overweight lover” is getting his sexy on in his new reggae influenced track, “Long Distance Girlfriend.” Nice song, glad to see him back.


Get in the kitchen and cook up something December 9, 2008

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Most modern, independent young women such as myself don’t have time to cook. It’s not that we don’t want to, it’s just that between having a full time career and having a life, we just don’t feel like it. It’s much easier to grab takeout or throw a pre-made meal into the oven than it is to cook a real meal.

Despite life’s demands, it’s worthwhile to make a home cooked meal for one’s self at least once a week. You deserve something as nice and thoughtful as a home cooked meal. Cooking involves creativity, and it can be a relaxing endeavor as long as you don’t put too much pressure on yourself to whip up something like you’re Rachel Ray. Shit, Rachel throws dinner together in a half hour, and she’s hella busy.

Making your own food is healthier and can help you maintain your sexy. When you make your own food, you control what goes into the meal, and the meals are usually more balanced. And, making your own food saves you money. You can save your leftovers for lunch the next day, and create new meals out of the original one.

As antiquated as it sounds, your man will appreciate you more if you get that ass in the kitchen. I know this may sound outdated to the modern, independent woman. It proves your drunk uncle right. Don’t give him too much credit though. Many men will share the burden of meal preparation. The truth of the matter is that most men value a woman that is willing to get in there and cook. If you hook your boo up with a steak and potatoes, you will have him hooked.

Here are some quick and easy ideas to aid you in your culinary endeavors:

Buy prechopped vegetables
. Or take the time to chop up your veggies all at once, and freeze them for later. That way you when you’re ready to get in poppin’ in the kitchen you won’t have to spend time chopping onions, bell peppers, and the like. Huge time saver.

Get a slow cooker. I haven’t done this yet, but dammit if getting a slow cooker isn’t high on my priority list. If you want to get me one for Christmas, send me a comment so I can give you my address and you can ship it to me. Throw all the ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning before you head to work, set the temp to low, and return home in the evening to a fully cooked meal. This is an excellent way to make beef or pork roast, chili, and other slow cooked meals. Do a google search for “slow cooker recipes” for meal ideas.

Drink a glass of wine while you’re cooking. Remember I told you that cooking is supposed to be relaxing, right? Enjoy a glass of wine and some music while you’re preparing your food. Create a fun, relaxing environment for yourself. A relaxed, positive mindstate is essential to creating a good meal. The vibes you give off translates to your food.

Here are links to a few quick and easy recipes. Get in there and whip up something! Show that the independent woman can put it down in the office and in the kitchen.



http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Griddle-Style-Philly-Steak-Sandwiches/Detail.aspxthis one is a good way to utilize that leftover roast beef from the slow cooker.

Bon apetit!