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?

Paid Dues Festival, Sat 03.28.2009 March 11, 2009

Filed under: concerts,events,now that's hip hop,west coastin' — hiphopmuse @ 7:52 pm

My boy DJ Val the Vandle is on the ticket for Paid Dues Festival this year, and I’m so proud of him! That’s quite an accomplishment. Sponsored by Guerilla Union, Paid Dues should be dope. It’s gonna be at the NOS Events Center in San Bernadino. A little drive from Los Angeles, but a nice drive and well worth it. The lineup includes a “best of” list of the future of hip hop. Personally I can’t wait to see MURS. I’ll be there (God willing) and I hope you will too.


It’s Grammy Weekend…What Will You Be Doing? February 7, 2009

Filed under: concerts,events,ghetto fashionista,hollywood ish,west coastin' — hiphopmuse @ 9:11 pm

It’s Grammy weekend here in Los Angeles, and that means the city is poppin’. I’m sure you’ve seen the pics around the web of celebrities hitting up parties and gifting suites, getting their swag on. But what about the purveyors of style who aren’t celebrities? The fly folks who socialize in industry circles, then go home to real life after the party is over? I know who you are, and I got something for ya.

If you happen to be in LA this weekend, here’s some info on Grammy parties. Whether you want to do the Hollywood thing or kick it with the hipsters, I got you on the event tip. The best parties are usually quietly kept but I’m in a good mood and I feel like sharing. Pick your scene and go!

Sat 2/7

Sun 2/8


WALE, BLU & EXILE THIS THURSDAY 1/29 @ KEY CLUB January 27, 2009

Filed under: concerts,events,now that's hip hop — hiphopmuse @ 10:34 pm

I’m going to make it my business to check this show out, I’m sure it will be dope. Word is there’s going to be a live go-go band! I’m digging the DMV flavor coming to the west coast. Wale is definitely on my radar. “The Mixtape About Nothing” is hot fiyah!


Is DC the next hotspot? January 18, 2009

Filed under: events,hollywood ish — hiphopmuse @ 8:15 pm

The net is abuzz with up to the minute highlights of the doings of celebrities hitting DC for President Obama’s inauguration. Jay Z and Beyonce spotted at Pentagon City mall! Parties, concerts, celebrity sightings abound in DC this weekend. It’s like Howard Homecoming weekend times 100. There’s a NY Times article pondering the question of whether DC is stealing NY’s shine. With the 2009 inauguration of President Obama, and the hoopla surrounding it, is Washington DC the next “it” place to be?

If so, that’s cool with me. I for one love DC. For me, it’s been a hotspot.  It’s a very charming, regal place with lots of history and a strong culture. I mean, it’s our nation’s capital. It’s where our federal government happens. Politics rule the city. And with the government taking over the financial markets, it’s where the money is now.

DC has a flavor like no other. It’s Chocolate City, a black mecca. DC probably has the highest population of black professionals in its borders, running neck in neck with Atlanta. The swag of it’s people, from the ‘bamas to the cuties in the Nike Boots, to the go-go music, its hot.

DC is getting it’s shine, but it will never replace New York or Los Angeles. It’s impossible. Of course, I’m biased, as Los Angeles is my hometown. Each of these places has qualities that makes them unique. DC can’t do lowriders on Sundays, be Hollywood or be the birthplace of hip hop and inhabit the Statue of Liberty. DC can only do DC. There’s enough room for all us to have our shine.  So don’t worry New Yorkers and Angelenos. We’re each holding it down, respectively.


Inaugural Ball Gowns January 12, 2009

Filed under: events,ghetto fashionista,hollywood ish — hiphopmuse @ 10:05 pm

If I had it my way, I would be attending one of those fabulous inaugural balls that will be held in Washington DC next week. Alas, I’m hood rich (read: broke) so I’ll be at home reading the highlights on theybf.com. It’s ok, a chick can’t win them all.

If by some stroke of luck I came up on an opportunity to attend an inauguration ball, what would I wear? As my imagination wandered, I sauntered over to edressme.com for some picks.

deep violet halter dress

deep violet halter dress

This dress is classy and sophisticated, with a touch of sass around the neckline. The color is subtle, but it stands out. The color and detail of the dress does a lot of the work, so simple hair and accessories would complete this look. Add a pretty bracelet and earrings, and you’re good to go.

silver sequin gown

silver sequin gown

Bling bling! Every time I come around ya city…now you know I’m obsessed with most things shiny, and this one here really does it for me. The product description on edressme.com says this is a prom dress, but if you can fit it, you can wear it. Don’t quote me on that statement in 20 years, however.

charcoal grey gown

charcoal grey gown

This dress speaks to me. “I am confident, chic, and I know you see me,” it says. This dress would look hot with a messy updo and dramatic makeup. Add in bold accessories and you’re ova, honey.

gold strapless gown

gold strapless gown

This is the Beyonce dress. I can imagine her in this one. Maybe because it looks pretty similar to her Golden Globe dress. This dress is overtly sexy, so you’ll catch the eye of that cute alderman over at the bar. What up, boo.

To all those who have the opportunity to make to inauguration, biggups to you. Please takes lots of pictures for those of us who can’t make it. I’ll be near my laptop with a glass of wine waiting for you to upload them.



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.



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,