Mai,Mai,Mai….Jeannie In A Bottle!

Couldn’t express to you more how absolutely Fly I think this woman is!

Not only is she one of the Dopest make-up artists and stylists out there, she is also a very active super-humanitarian. But that only makes sense with her being a fearless Aquarian who loves life. And fearless is the word…Any chic who confidently rocks Blue hair is my type of chic! Especially the way she does it.

Jeannie (whose last name Mai, is pronounced like my – which she cleverly takes advantage of), has been grinding for a minute now; bouncing from celebrity make-up gigs to corresponding and judging on hit television programs. A proud Asian-American of mixed Vietnamese and Chinese heritage, Mai first became a celebrity in her own right after hosting the Orient-oriented news magazine show, Stir – which was nominated for an Emmy.

This Asian pride, which you should know I’m partial to – due to my own heritage, is the partial motivation behind most of Jeannie’s charitable efforts, as she lends her support to curtail child poverty and sex-trafficking in countries such as Thailand and Vietnam. Her secondary motivation is her platform for female empowerment, which finds her promoting female fashionistas on the rise and guest speaking on panels. She is most famous outside of her work for the Prayer Box that she started along a hiking trail in L.A.

You can read more about her at her blog http://iheartjeanniemai.com/about/ 

In the meantime, you can focus on my own dubious reasons for celebrating her on this very blog. Reasons such as appreciating her awesome symmetry and beautiful California glossed skin.

Her personality definitely screams Los Angeles, she’s tatted up, tan and toned as hell! But she comes off as a vivacious and down to earth kind of chic that would be cool to kick it with, complete with a wide bright smile and a sense of quirkiness that rounds it all out. Quirky and cool are always a winning match.

Now pair that with her…uhmmPair and then you have a Bad misses who will never be on the worst dressed list. The appeal of her mixed background gives her a look that highlights her exotic features but doesn’t present them to you before she presents herself. Her cheekbones make her look like the poster-girl for a Heart-shaped face! It’s a very soft exoticism that one wouldn’t get lost in as much as they would be intrigued by. The way she carries it is even better. Nothing is extra here. Just a warmth that kinda shines thru even the best eye-liner.

You can catch Jeannie on her show How Do I Look on the Style network, if that’s your thing. As I imagine, most men like myself would probably opt to admire from a distance rather than watch a fashion makeover show geared towards women. Tho I will admit that as I’m posting this, I did turn to see an episode, just to look at her and see the swag in action.

Now that I’ve put that out there,

Can I just say,

Jeannie Mai,

You

are My New Crush!

New Malik-16 mixtape x 2DopeBoyz x Harlem Vault WESTSIDE TIL I DIE Drops today!! 16th for 16

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Ok, This is the big day.  DECEMBER 16TH.

My New California-themed mixtape,

Westside Til I Die

Drops today and gets an extra big push from the homies at 2dopeboyz.com and vaultharlem.com

I chose to get up with the dopeboyz because they are kings at what they do, and they are true WestCoast hip-hop afficianados. And I chose Vault because they rep the style of West Harlem  like no other. Plus they’re on my block!!

They co-sign the project that is a nod to the fact that I’m from the Westside of Harlem, but also pays homage to WestCoast rap and the classic songs by artists from that side of the map that I came up listening to. Sure, some instrumentals from The Game make their way on there, but every beat I rapped over wasn’t necessarily by a dope artist.

Some beats were just dope and I had to touch them – blame it on the producer. Some of these beats weren’t even made by westcoast producers. But nevertheless, they became memorable Hip-hop joints that will hopefully take you some place as you listen to them.

Like my last 2 mixtapes which were bundled together as a double mixtape

(see  How To Make A Mixtape Vol. 1 ;Who Doesn’t Rap??! and How To Make A Mixtape Vol. 2 ; Disco Inferno, hosted by the homey GangStarrGirl Of Course), I wrote this mixtape  within that grueling 3 month winter of 2005-2006 period where I forced myself to write 3 mixtapes back to back inbetween working Real Estate and Coming home at 1 O’clock in the morning after double shifts at The WORST TGIFridays in the city!!! (The Rockerfeller one).

Now of course, I cleaned some things up in the midst of recording it, and updated some lyrics (hence the Drake reference on the first track).

But it’s still good ol’ Vintage from the kid.

This may be the last mixtape where you’ll hear me doing Long-Ass verses and wordy bars, due to how my style has progressed since then. But you tell me. Keep me on my toes people!

Having that said, go to either of the 2 sites mentioned above to see what they say about the kid. You can also download the tape there, or come right back home and click on the picture above and  leave a comment after you listen.