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.
7 days ago | Hip-Hop
Who’s your top five, dead or alive? The ranking of best rappers of all time is a common sport in hip-hop. The consensus — at least if you grew up on New York City rap — is usually some combination of the Notorious B.I.G., Jay Z, Rakim and Nas. It’...
10 days ago | Hip-Hop
There are two types of the Weeknd fans: Before Fifty Shades of Grey and after. The film that awakened PG-13 rated, sadomasochistic fantasies in bored housewives this year has catapulted the singer — -who until then was largely a niche fixture in h...
15 days ago | Hip-Hop
Puff Daddy took my hip-hop virginity. In 1997, the producer-turned-rapper’s debut album, No Way Out, was my very first hip-hop purchase. Until then, my parents had relegated my prepubescent life soundtrack to safe, saccharine pop like Mariah Carey...
16 days ago | Hip-Hop
Le1f is gay. Le1f is a rapper. But please don’t call him a "gay rapper." Hip-hop loves nomenclature. Despite lines of race, gender and sexuality increasingly blurring in society, the genre is quick to categorize new artists in nice, neat boxes — r...
23 days ago | Brooklyn
The house at 66 Dekoven Court sits on an unassuming street in the Ditmas Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. Nestled next to old Victorian homes and trees clinging to remnants of fall foliage is a four-story, brick red building with a slanted roof and ...
1 month ago | R&B/Soul
New York City ain’t nothing to fuck with. In hip-hop, this goes without saying. Sure, other cities may think they run this shit — and if you turn on the radio, it’s a feasible assertion — but the city is still home to the harshest critics and fans...