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?

“Candy Girls” Reviewed March 9, 2009

Filed under: ghetto fashionista,hollywood ish,now that's hip hop,po pimpin — hiphopmuse @ 9:47 pm

So last night I watched “Candy Girls” on E!, the new reality show about hip hop video vixens. It didn’t totally suck, and I like reality shows so it was cool to me.

I won’t call it must see TV, though it was pretty interesting to watch. I think of myself as an intelligent black woman but I’m not above watching chicks make asses of themselves on TV. If it’s entertaining, dammit it’s entertaining. I know to visit other media when I need something more intellectually stimulating.

Now that the disclaimers are out of the way…the main benefit I see in “Candy Girls” is that we get a glimpse into the lives of video chicks. Love them or hate them, the video girl has always been a topic of interest in hip hop and this is the first reality show that is centered around them.

Are they hoes? Or are they savvy businesswomen? Or both? I don’t know if there’s a black and white answer to that question since the ride to the top isn’t always pristine.

The part I don’t like about the show is the attitude of some of these chicks. They’re probably playing it up for the show, but there’s quite a bit of backstabbing, taunting, and in-fighting among these women. It’s totally dumb. What is this junior high? If you’re a grown ass woman getting your hustle on, act like one.

I also take issue with race and class and how it’s depicted in the show. Olivia is mixed, and seems very disconnected from her blackness. On the same vein, the other girls tease her for not being black enough, which isn’t cool. All black people aren’t the same, and “blackness” exists on different wavelengths.

And what is this thing about making Olivia feel excluded because she’s never been arrested? Like being arrested is a black thing? And for a woman? What part of the game is that? I guess.

The way it’s depicted is the black girls are mean to the confused mixed girl and the Spanish girl. So it’s not a good look for anyone, really.

It reminds me of junior high school, the mean girls all grown up. Jealously, competition, hateration…

Yet I’ll be watching. Cause I like watching bad TV. It’s escapism, baby.



Sidebar: Not to sound like a hater, but I honestly don’t remember seeing any of these chicks in a video. And I watch a lot of videos. Maybe I saw one of them and didn’t know :-/.


I Guess… March 4, 2009

Filed under: ghetto fashionista,hilariousness,po pimpin — hiphopmuse @ 8:50 pm

Apparently I’m late to the party, since the Youtube tags say this commercial is from the Superbowl. However, I saw this shit for the first time today and nearly fell out my chair.

It’s funny as hell but almost sad, because we all know Ed McMahon’s money is funny. He’s like 90 or something, it sucks that he’s struggling financially when he should be enjoying retirement. Especially since he’s had a pretty solid career as a television personality.

And let’s not even get on MC Hammer. When he was a “famous rap star” as noted in the commercial, he had a huge reputation for ballin’ out, making it rain, or whatever the 80s equivalent term is for being hood rich.

But hey, at least they’re making dough doing these Cash 4 Gold commercials. They’re not only spokespeople, they’re Cash 4 Gold customers.

Now that I think of it, hood rich people were onto something. Keep the cash in your mattress, or buy jewelry. If you invested in stocks it means shit now, but if you have a whole bunch of gold, diamonds, and platinum, you have a little bit of wealth.

*Off to search my jewelry box for miscellaneous gold pieces to cash in*


How to spend Valentines Day if you’re single February 13, 2009

Filed under: po pimpin — hiphopmuse @ 9:07 pm

Ah, Valentine’s Day. One of the more heart-wrenching man made holidays. Being bomarded with marketing imagery under the guise of celebrating love sometimes doesn’t always fare well with single folks. Even when you’re happily single, you may still feel the twinge of being alone on Valentine’s Day. How should a single person spend the day? Like it or not, it’s here. Argh! What to do?

1. Spend time with a loved one . It doesn’t have to necessarily be a spouse or partner. It could be your good friends, siblings, parents, grandparents, your puppy – it doesn’t matter as long as you’re with someone you love. Valentine’s Day isn’t just for romantic love, it’s a celebration of love itself and that goes for anyone dear to you.

2. Spend time with the person you love most, you! Why not take V day and pamper yourself? You may spend so much time tending to the needs of others that you neglect the person you love most, yourself. Go to the spa. But some good champagne and get toasty in front of a warm fireplace (or space heater!) with a good movie or book. Hit up a movie or art gallery.  Engage in an activity that you enjoy and makes your heart happy.

3. Host a party. You know people who know people, so invite them all over for a get together. Make sure to diversify and invite guys AND your girlfriends, you never know what connections can be made. You may snab a sweetie for next V-day and you won’t need this blog post.

4. Go to bed. There’s nothing wrong with sleeping through a holiday you don’t really want to partake in. If you’re asleep, it will be over before you know it. Sometimes there’s nothing better than hanging out in your PJs all day in front of the TV watching marathons of your fave shows. Order in, watch the True Hollywood Story marathon, and chill. No pressure to go out and get dressed up. Plus its free, minus the tab for takeout.

Just because you’re alone doesn’t mean you’re lonely. The point is to celebrate those you love, romantic or otherwise. And do what feels good to you. Don’t buy into the pressure of the faux holiday. Feel free to adopt my suggestions, or tell me some of your own. What are some good ways for single people to observe V-day?


Juicy, Juicy: Bad Boy Tell All February 2, 2009

Filed under: po pimpin,throwback moments — hiphopmuse @ 9:03 pm

During my daily jaunt ’round the blogosphere, I ran across a post on Necole Bitchie reporting that former Bad Boy artist Mark Curry is releasing a tell all about Bad Boy Records, entitled “Dancing With The Devil: How Puff Burned the Bad Boys of Hip Hop.”  Finally, a Bad Boy artist brave enough to come forward and reveal the madness behind the label.

I love a good tell-all, and this one may be real interesting. It gives us a glimpse into the darker side of the game, the side we don’t see in the shows, videos, and headlines.  It’s about time someone pulled back the curtains and exposed the inner workings of Bad Boy.

It’s a running joke in hip hop that when you sign to Bad Boy, you might as well just give up on your career right then and there, because at that point, it’s not going anywhere. Forget your hopes and dreams. You get one hot track and you’re shelved fo’ life. Ask Cheri Dennis, G-Dep, and Shyne.

Check out Necole Bitchie’s post for summaries from the book. Mark Curry was cool enough to post Chapter 1 on his site for our viewing pleasure. Charging artists for video appearances? Damn Diddy! No wonder he was all over his artists videos…


We’re in a recession? Really? December 1, 2008

Filed under: po pimpin,Uncategorized — hiphopmuse @ 9:56 pm

According to AP, it’s official: we’re in a recession. We’ve been in one since December 2007. Cue the sirens! Stop the presses! Ring the alarm! Drop and gimme 50! Who knew?</end sarcasm>.

The media must think people are stupid. We’ve known for quite some time that a recession is on deck. How did we know before they did? Do normal people have some sort of insight that the media doesn’t? Um, yea. I’m going to take the liberty and speak for everyone, and let you know how we knew it was a damn recession.

1. No holiday bonus. What part of the game is that? Many of us did not get a holiday bonus last year. Or an office Christmas party. The closest thing most of us got to having a holiday party was huddling with our coworkers in the breakroom over weak coffee and vending machine snacks. Feliz Navidad! You better be happy you have a damn job to get up and go to everyday, don’t push it by asking for extras. And please, please God let the direct deposit post when it’s supposed to. Sometimes companies are a little shoddy with posting payroll on time.

2. Mass layoffs. When a company breaks the news that they’re laying everybody off, that’s an indicator of a recession. Maybe not necessarily on a macro level, but it shows that things may not be going so well in your industry or field. There’s a shortage of money, and the company can’t keep afloat so they start cutting folks. One day, everything’s all honky-dory. The next day, upper management calls a staff meeting and tells everyone that they’re getting cut come January. Ouch! Polish up that resume, babies.

3. Crime goes up. In some areas of society, crime remains at a constant. The inner cities of America know this fact pretty well. But when rich white men start offing their wives to save dough,  and finance workers kill themselves and their families because they can’t afford to take care of them, you know shit is bad. People are resorting to murder to save money. I guess the cost of living is too much.

4. Wyclef lost his house. A part of me thinks that as long as Wyclef has been making hits, he should be wiping his ass with Benjamins. Hello, he was in the Fugees! But then again, I know of the legacy of artists mismanaging their funds, and it’s possible that maybe he doesn’t have as much money as I thought. Someone please call 911!

**I didn’t include the stock market crash as an indicator, because a) that’s hella obvious, and b) I don’t have any money invested in stocks so I didn’t feel that one personally.

I’m sure there are other indicators that I missed. When did you feel the recession hit? Speak your piece.


Ballin’ on a Budget October 6, 2008

By now most of us are willing to admit that our economy is in the thick of a recession. This means lots of us are cutting back wherever possible. *Sigh.* But hey, just because you need to cut back doesn’t mean you can’t still be fly. Want to know how to be uniquely stylish while saving dough? Consider shopping at Goodwill.

Admittedly, in the past I slept on the gems that can be found at a secondhand store. When I was growing up, my Grandma used to shop at secondhand stores, and I didn’t get it. I thought the quality of their goods sucked and it was a waste of time to sift through all that stuff to find something worth buying.

That changed for me last week, when I went to Goodwill to recycle some electronics. After dropping off my e-waste, I decided to take a look around and see what Goodwill had to offer. I was pleasantly surprised to find a few unique and stylish items to add to my existing wardrobe collection.

HipHop Muse Came Up At Goodwill

Hip Hop Muse Came Up At Goodwill

These items are pretty dope, right? The gloves are very feminine and retro. The silver detail adds a bit of edge. They were brand new too, still had the tags on them. The chain cinch belt makes me feel like an over-accessorized celebrity. Stylin’ on them fools.. And the chocolate brown cable knit bag is super trendy. Spotted elsewhere for $65. Copped from Goodwill for $6. Total spend: $11. Holla atcha girl when you see me in the streets, being fly and holding enough to make a contribution to my 401k.

Here are a few things to consider when shopping secondhand:

1. “Hip Hop Muse,” you may say. “Wearing other peoples’ unwanted goods gives me the bubbleguts.” To that I say…you make a great point. The idea of wearing something from God knows where is quite daunting. I recommend dry cleaning any secondhand clothing items. You don’t know whose arse touched those clothes before you came along.

2. Found a top you love with a missing button? Zipper broken on that super cute handbag? Negotiate. Usually the clerks at Goodwill will cut a deal with you if you do a little haggling, especially if the item has a defect.

3. If you see something you like, grab it immediately. It isn’t wise to pass up an item you like, even if you aren’t completely sold on it. If you initially pass it up and decide to go back and get it, someone else may have grabbed it.

4. Be prepared to make fixes. The handbag is missing its clasp, so I’m going to hit up an arts and crafts store to find a replacement. Then it’s going to my local shoe repair where it will be fixed. It will be like brand new!

I came up, so can you. I’m still quite iffy about buying clothes from Goodwill, but if I saw something I couldn’t do without, I would snatch it up with a quickness. I can get over my secondhand store misgivings to come up on a good deal.

Feel free to share your thoughts on your secondhand store experiences.


The Hip Hop Muse