When did you fall in love with hip hop? Honestly, truly? For me, it was sneaking to watch music videos at my grandmother’s house and witnessing a rambunctious trio known as T-Boz, Left Eye and Chilli singing, rapping and causing mayhem in their first music video “What about your friends?” — and just like that, I was hooked! As an 80’s baby, growing up in the golden era of music, expression and creativity was something that has shaped the way I work, live and play today. (Remember the calculator watch?) Eclectic beats and styles inspired “around the way” girls everywhere to love extensions in their hair, and bamboo earrings (at least two pair).
Nowadays, it’s that same freedom of expression that has influenced the retro styles in music, fashion and even technology today. Love the nostalgic look and feel of turntables scratching and mixing from pubescent school dances? You can bring memories back to life with mixing turntables or a retro bluetooth boombox.
When it comes to music, I live by hip hop nostalgia playlists on iTunes featuring Notorious B.I.G, TLC and Kris Kross. (Who remembers the East Coast family of BBD, Boys II Men and The Boys? Say I!) What about the 80’s and 90’s style? From designer takes on the trends, like Gucci belt fanny packs and gigantic gold bamboo earrings to New York Fashion Week trends of bra tops, shearling coats and bright bold colors – the Hip Hop era of the 80s and 90s will forever inspire and shape the things we love and enjoy today.
I’ve partnered with VH1 to share my love of Hip Hop and if you love nostalgia like I do, then you’ll love this amazing giveaway! In celebration of The Breaks return to VH1, we’re taking you back to summer with your chance to win a $100 iTunes Gift Card to purchase a Season Pass to VH1’s NEW Original Scripted Series, THE BREAKS, your favorite Hip Hop music from the 80’s/90’s and more! Find out how you could win below!
The Breaks series picks up where the successful VH1 original movie leaves off. It is 1990 in New York City at the height of rap’s “Golden Age” of creativity, but corporate America has been hesitant to embrace the genre. Nikki (Afton Williamson) lands a dream job as the assistant to the legendary and out-of-control Barry Fouray (Wood Harris). Her best friend and producer DeeVee (Mack Wilds) is working with rapper Ahm (Antoine Harris) who is currently under investigation by the police for murder. How far will these driven young people go to rise to the top of the hip-hop world? Stay on top of the twists and turns of this new series and get your Season Pass for VH1’s The Breaks now on iTunes.
The Breaks series airs Monday nights on VH1.
To enter, head to our Instagram and answer the question “When did you fall in love with Hip Hop?” or “What 80’s/90s Hip Hop song describes you?” One (1) lucky winner will be selected at random.
This post is sponsored by VH1 The Breaks. All opinions expressed and shared are my own.