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?

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


Today Was A Good Day, Right Cube? October 1, 2008

Right on Cube, today is a good day. It seems like NWA week on Hip Hop Muse. Now that I think of it, hey, why not? I now declare, it is NWA Week on Hip Hop Muse.

It’s one of those rare days when things fall into my favor, which I feel so blessed to have received. I’m having a good hair day. I got a job offer in my field (web advertising), I did a good deed by recycling some e-waste, copped a fly-ass suede bag and a leather belt with gold chain detail (channeling my inner rock star), and I met a handsome guy while handling some business. To top it all off, I have some Teriyaki wings from Wing Stop. Ch-ch-cheah.

This summer was pretty hectic, so I’m reveling in the moment while it lasts. Damn right it was a good day.



Hip Hop Is A Major Motivator September 24, 2008

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At some point, we all need some kind of motivation. When you aren’t getting it from your family, your friends, or society, you have to get it yourself. Self-motivation is a major tool for success. When I’m in such a mindset, there are certain songs and albums I turn to for my motivational soundtrack.

Kanye West, Graduation


This is my default go-to album when I need to get my mind right. If I could sum it up in a sentence, this record is a reflection on hustling your way to the top of your game while keeping a sane head. Wondering if you’re going to fulfill your dreams. And who can’t relate to the sentiment, “Wait till I get my money right….you can’t tell me nothing! Ha ha!” I’m broke today, but just wait until I get my money right!

Snoop, “Ups and Downs”


I relate to Snoop mostly because we’re both from the LBC, but mainly because he keeps it way real. I usually pop this track in when things are really screwed up, and I feel that there’s nowhere to go but up. Snoop sums it up perfectly in the outro:

“I think back to the words my grandaddy used to say. I never seen him in church, but he always had the word. Sometimes he would tell me, you gotta take the good with the bad. You got to do bad in order to do good.”

That’s real spit.

Tweet, “Smoking Cigarettes”


I know Tweet is R&B, but R&B is the female counterpart to hip hop (not including female emcees, obviously). It’s where women dominate. The musical composition to this song is fantastic. Bass and guitar strings rule here. Tweet’s voice is a perfect complement, with its smoky and raspy undertones. Many women can relate to this song. Shoot, sometimes when I’m bugging out I feel like smoking a cigarette, and I don’t even smoke.

Tribe Called Quest ft. Faith Evans, “Stressed Out”


The title says it all. Faith says it all in the chorus. ‘Nuff said.

Ghostface, “Cher Chez La Ghost”


This song is so much fun, and it makes me sing along and dance every time I hear it. Dancing releases bad energy and increases endorphins,  and brings you to a happier place. I strongly recommend it.

Feel free to adopt my motivational music, or share some of your own in the comment section.

Peace and love.