September 29, 2008

"Fight The Power" - Best Hip-Hop Song

This week Public Enemy's "Fight The Power" will be named Best Hip-Hop Song on VH1's 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs special.

To me Best Hip-Hop Song is just as hard to choose as best rapper, but I feel that "Fight The Power" is definitely a great choice for Best Hip-Hop Song. Feel free to see for yourself.

September 28, 2008

Rapper vs. MC

Before, I really get into this blog I want to first give the Webster's definition of both rapper and MC.

Rapper: one that raps or is used for rapping: as a: a door knocker b: a performer of rap music.
MC (Master of Ceremony) 1
: a person who determines the forms to be observed on a public occasion 2 : a person who acts as host at a formal event 3 : a person who acts as host for a program of entertainment (as on television).

I was talking to someone a little while ago about the words MC and rapper. The person I was talking to believed that an MC is someone that really keeps themselves true to Hip-Hop as far as lyrics and image and that a rapper is someone who raps not out of passion, but to gain commercial appeal like a lot of mainstream artists we see today.

My opinion on the matter is that the words MC and rapper basically mean the same thing. The term MC was created first and from what I know the MC was pretty much a hypeman for the DJ. I just feel that since the term MC originated during the birth of Hip-Hop and the word rapper was incorporated a little later, some people might think the label of MC makes you more authentic opposed to the term rapper which may seem more mainstream.

I'm sure there probably are a lot of people who may not necessarily agree with me, but I would love to hear everyone's opinion on the matter.

Why Are Sundays Sooo Boring?!

Man, I'm so bored right now. But it's not like this is out of the norm for me because I usually spend my Sunday's doing absolutely nothing so I really shouldn't be surprised at my boredom.

Right now I'm watching Kill Bill: Volume 2 on TNT and I'm searching the net trying to find some ways to promote this here blog. No luck so far. I'm really excited about this week though. I'm planning on going to a Q-Tip concert tomorrow and possibly a T.I. concert on Tuesday. Then of course there's all the Hip Hop Honors festivities. So hopefully all of that will make up for the laaaame weekend.

Well, I think I'm gonna take a break and listen to some Santogold now.

Where Can I Take My New Backpack?

So I got this really cool backpack at an event that I went to recently, but the problem is I don't really need to use it for anything and I'm kinda bummed because I really like it :-(

Any suggestions...I was thinking about backpacking across Manhattan ;-)

I Like, I Like...

Even though I'm still a little bitter that Vibe Magazine didn't choose me for their internship program 3 years ago, I am feeling their commemorative, 15th anniversary sneaker.

Aside from the fact that having a commemorative sneaker for you magazine is kinda wack, the sneaker is actually pretty decent. It's made by Adidas, the sneaker is pretty much all black and has an ostrich/gator pattern to it.

Honestly, I think this would be a great birthday gift for you know who :-) Actually, scratch that I'm still heated about the internship thing lol.

Hip Hop Honors 2008!

This week, I'll be attending my third consecutive Hip-Hop Honors. Yay me! I almost consider it kind of a pre-birthday celebration since the taping of the show always takes place a week or two before my birthday which is October 13, so ya'll better have my gifts ready.

Aside from the 2 hours you wait in line and the two hours you spend waiting around in Hammerstein Ballroom, Hip Hop Honors has always been an event that I've looked forward to. One of my all time highlights was seeing Tribe Called Quest and Busta Rhymes perform last year at Hip Hop Honors. Tribe was going at it, Busta was going at it and the audience, myself included, went wild! It was a great time.

My biggest disappointment last year...NO FOOD OR FREE BEVERAGES. Compared to two years ago where they had free food and drinks (non-alcoholic of course). By the end of the show I was 'bout ready to pass out.

This year, I'm really excited about seeing Slick Rick and Naughty By Nature, but all the honoree's are great artists. Aside from Slick Rick and Naughty By Nature, this years honoree's include De La Soul, Cypress Hill, and Too $hort. With performances by Big Boi, Q-Tip, Scarface, Ghostface, and lots more!

Oh! And unlike the years before I WILL be hitting up the after parties. So holla...

I leave you with this...Slick Rick's "Children's Story" and the link to the Hip Hop Honors page where you can vote for the Website I wrote for (HipHopDX) as Best Hip Hop Site! So make sure you vote!

Vote for HipHopDX! Vote as much as you want! Tell your friends!

September 18, 2008

"Swagger Like Us"

I just came across this song earlier today, and it's hot as hell. It includes verse's from some of the hottest rappers in the game including Jay-Z, T.I., Kanye West, and Lil' Wayne and it uses a sample from my girl MIA!

Oh, and I'm sure people are gonna be debating on who has the hottest verse on this so I'm gonna go ahead and put my vote in for T.I. You already know...

Some M.I.A. Fo Yo Ass

I love this song! And I'm obviously not the only one. The video has almost 15 million views and close to 50,000 comments.

Plus, I think the video was filmed a few blocks from where I live :-)

Blood Manor vs. Nightmare Haunted House

I consider myself a nerd. Luckily, nerds are kind of in these days. Part of my nerdyness stems from that fact that I like doing things such as reading Harry Potter books, going to museums, and checking out those fake haunted houses during Halloween.

So with haunted house season right around the corner, I've found myself in quite the predicament. Since, haunted houses are kind of expensive and I'm kind of broke, I can only check out one of them. It's either Blood Manor or Nightmare Haunted House. I actually went to Nightmare Haunted House last year with two of my good pals and it was fun, but not as scary as I had expected. There were a few screams here and there. There were some dumb things too, like the room filled with styrofoam blocks and the crazy lady throwing them at us. One of which hit me directly in the face :-( It was still fun though, but I'm tempted to check out Blood Manor to see what they've got to offer.

I don't really know why I chose to blog about this, lol. But you can blog about anything these days so I figured what the heck! And for all three of you who actually read this blog feel free to leave some suggestions in my comments!


A few blogs ago, I mentioned how I was planning on covering the red carpet at BET's Film Meets Fashion event this Saturday. Well, here's how it went down...

I get to the venue (ESPACE), which happened to be waaaay to far from the train station, on time at 7 p.m., but I was informed that I actually arrived quite early. Okay, not that big of a deal. I'd much rather prefer to be early than late any day. Plus, all I had to eat that day was two McDonald's apple pies so I was starving and ready for some grub. I had to walk a few blocks before I found some familiar places. I ended up stopping at a Dunkin Donuts to get a flatbread sammich and an iced tea. It was actually quite satisfying. After my delicious Dunkin Donuts meal, I head back to ESPACE only to wait some more, lol. I hate waiting, but one of the PR ladies at BET was really nice and kept updating us on when check-in would begin. So it was all good.

After about 30 minutes, press check-in begins! Yay! A lady from BET shows me a spot on the red carpet where I can ask my questions. And the nervousness sets in :-( But I met a really cool photographer, we talked for awhile and I informed him of my nervousness lol. Talked to some other people. Finally, a few celebs arrive...

The first few people who arrived I didn't was half me being shy/nervous and half me not knowing who the hell they were. I finally decide to make an attempt at my first interview. My first interviewee...*drum roll please*...Carlos from Making The Band. Ya'll remember him, he didn't actually become a member of Day 26. He was the guy whose fiancee was pregnant and their child was at risk of having Down Syndrome. Well, their child was born down syndrome free and Carlos is working on some new music.

I then went on to interview R&B singer Case, MTV/VH1 personality LaLa, the founder of the UrbanWorld Film Festival, and several others. Although, I didn't see any of the big name attendee's like Big Boi and Fabolous it was still a great experience and I know that for my next red carpet I'll know what to expect.

Oh, and probably the best part of the night is when me and my new photographer friend were invited into the event when the red carpet was over :-) Once inside, we enjoyed an open bar, appetizers, a fashion show, and great music by DJ D-Nice.


Katt Williams

"I'm only callin' ya bitches 'cause I don't know ya names individually."


September 11, 2008

Red Carpet D!

What up homeskillets?!

I'm attending my first big red carpet event this Saturday! least I think it's Saturday. I'll double check later. Hooray for me! I'm pretty excited about covering the event which is entitled Film Meets Fashion and is sponsored by BET and is part of the Urbanworld Film Festival taking place in New York this week. Hopefully, I'll be able to get some great quotes from the celebrities attending the event, including Big Boi (looooooove Outkast), Ja Rule, Fabolous, Chanel Iman, and others.

Wish me luck!

That Realness

I'm a big supporter of people making real music. Real, good music. So ladies and gentleman, without further ado I present to you....THE PHARCYDE...via YouTube! *round of applause*

Fashionista D! (Not So Much)

Okay, if anyone knows me they know that a fashionista I am not, lol. Although, this not-so-fashionista did attend her very first 'official' fashion show (Designer Abi Ferrin) this past Sunday at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York. Yay me! I emphasize the word 'official' because this was on some New York Fashion Week ish and not some random fashion show in the basement of Sinclair Baptist Church or something.

Anyways, the show was very organized, no drama at the door. I was kindly escorted to my seat which happened to be an aisle seat! Sweeeet! To my enormous delight, I spotted a few goodies placed on my seat. Which included this bag from Aldo...

Yet another bag for my rapidly growing handbag collection :-) I also spotted an Abi Ferrin bag filled with goodies including a package of espresso coffee which I know seems completely random for a fashion show swag bag, but hey they were one of the sponsor's for the show. The bag also included some nasty ass green tea flavored mints, the latest copy of Elle Magazine, a gift certificate for Abi Ferrin's site and a few other goodies.

So, after about 10 minutes of going through my goodies the show started. The first dress a red, silk charmeuse dress was amazing and hands down the best piece of the show in my opinion. The show continued on for about 10 to 15 short minutes. Lights came on, people bounced, and so ended my first 'official' fashion show.

Oh and P.S. check out these great clutches from Abi Ferrin. All of Abi's clutches are made in conjunction with Guardian Village Handcrafts, a great non-profit organization in Nepal.