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.
11 days ago | Interviews
Wu-Tang Clan loves the kids, but Method Man loves Fifties film noir. The rapper is thumbing the screen on his iPad and recounting the entire plot of Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard. It's the most animated he's been all afternoon. "It went from amu...
Migos knows how to make an entrance. The rap group breaks the humdrum lobby of the Dream Midtown by walking in — gliding in, actually — on a neon blue Oxbord. “Ay. You that writer with a cold?” Quavo suspiciously asks, while gingerly balancing him...
1 month ago | Interviews
Once upon a time there was a kid from Fayetteville, North Carolina, who moved to the big city with dreams of becoming a hip-hop star — but J. Cole's career was far from a fairy tale. A college student at St. John's University in Queens by day, the...
Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but don’t mess with Ghostface Killah. The Wu-Tang Clan veteran is fed up with the vocal comparisons to fellow New York City rapper — and relative neophyte — Action Bronson, and he aired his grievanc...
A$AP Ferg's secret weapon is a girl. The hands behind the board — often immaculately manicured — belong to Crystal Caines, helmer of brilliant hits like "Work" and "Shabba." The Harlem producer and rapper is quietly chipping away at the boys' club...
2 months ago | Hip-Hop
When Adrian Younge was asked to produce an album for Ghostface Killah, he didn’t want a traditional rap collaboration from the Wu-Tang Clan rapper. “I wanted it to have some fervent brand behind it. Something palpable. Something you could touch an...