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?

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?


Wind it up! Movado, “So Special” February 9, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — hiphopmuse @ 9:49 pm

HipHopMuse loves reggae. Nothing gets me going like a good riddim. Check Movado’s “So Special.” I’ll keep it 100 with you, I really have no idea what dude is rapping about, but I dig the parts where he’s like, “I’m so special, so special so special…” Hey it doesn’t have to be that sophisticated.

The video is pretty cool. It reminds me a little bit of “Cher Chez La Ghost.” Enjoy!


Giving you the boot

Filed under: ghetto fashionista — hiphopmuse @ 11:21 am

With only a little over a month left until spring, stores are clearing out winter goods to make room for spring. Yay, because that means boots are on sale!

Browsing endless.com today, I found some boots that I’m itching to add to my collection. Notice my selections are all flat; while heels are wonderful and sexy, sometimes the urban fashionista likes to switch the style up and stay grounded. It’s possible to still be sexy without wearing heels. It’s all in how you rock it.

Fly and futuristic. Definitely a welcome change from those Ugg-style boots everyone seems to be rocking.

These patent leather, knee-high flat boots are dope. Perfect over a pair of skinny pants, or with a skirt.

I love the rusty, cognac color of these. The strap and buckle details with the ruching underneath add edge and femininity.


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


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…


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!


Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 19, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — hiphopmuse @ 9:31 pm

Today we observe the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King’s memory takes on a special meaning this year in light of tomorrow’s inauguration of President Obama.  Prez Obama is what Dr. King could have been had he not been taken so soon. Dr. King’s dream is realized!

President Obama has commemorated this day as a day of service. Even if “the man” didn’t let you off work, take a moment to reflect on the life and legacy of the front man for the Civil Rights Movement. If it wasn’t for Dr. King we could still be living in a segregated world.  Do a good deed, even if its as small and helping an elderly person with their bags.  The universe will repay you.