Sowmya Krishnamurthy wears red lipstick and interviews your favorite artists. A hip-hop aficionado since the "public school era," Sowmya has contributed to the Village Voice since 2011. She frequently appears on-air as a pop culture expert on MTV, CNN, E!, VH1, NPR and the Huffington Post. A native of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Sowmya started her career at William Morris Endeavor and has worked at Bad Boy Records and CNN. Follow her adventures on TheSowmyaLife.com.
1 month ago | Interviews
"We have been called the Indians. We have been called Native American," intones the renowned activist and poet John Trudell over powwow chants and a distorted hip-hop beat. "We have been called many names. We are the Halluci Nation. We are the hum...
2 months ago | Interviews
"Up. Up. One. Two. One. Two. Keep your feet in!" Two rope turners chant instructions as they twirl their lines in a fast eggbeater motion while a young girl jumps into the brief space between the strands. The soles of her sneakers make a soft, rep...
3 months ago | Music Reviews
"There's so much crazy stuff about to happen," Jon Bap says with a laugh, describing his forthcoming debut album, What Now?, out July 29. The Buffalo singer-songwriter's style, a free-flowing blend of jazz, funk, r&b, and soul, has always been...
4 months ago | Hip-Hop
When I meet Kirk Knight, the twenty-year-old rapper/producer, he's wearing black Yeezy Boosts and a T-shirt emblazoned with the logo of Nineties throwback Ruff Ryders Records. It's two in the afternoon and there's a stream of customers at Sweet Ch...
6 months ago | Hip-Hop
Always Strive and Prosper. It’s more than a feel-good album title for A$AP Ferg; it’s a way of life. "That’s the voyage that I’m going through right now. I’m always striving. You hit new levels [and] even when you hit that new level, there’s a new...
8 months ago | Hip-Hop
It’s well after dark in an industrial recording studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn, but rapper Smoke DZA and producer Harry Fraud are still buzzing. Earlier, they wrapped a music video shoot for a track off their new album He Has Risen (out today) and go...