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.
3 days ago | Hip-Hop
Hip-hop loves its Horatio Alger tales and the definitive, pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps image is that of the plucky kid carrying crates for a famous DJ — until the day he finally makes it on his own. In the case of Pete Rock and Smoke DZA, i...
5 days ago | Rap
In the last twelve months, A$AP Ferg has toured the globe — from Tokyo to Toronto — but it doesn’t compare to coming home. "There’s nothing like a New York crowd," says the Harlem native. "They know all my songs. I’m one of them. They’re one ...
3 months 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...
4 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...
4 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...
5 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...