I put on my Nancy Drew hat to find out if Bobby Shmurda is the new Trinidad Jame$

Is Bobby Shmurda the new Trinidad Jame$? It’s the question everyone in hip-hop has been asking since Shmurda Shmoney Danced his way into our lives and became this year’s hottest rap rookie. Investigative music journalism is a rare thing nowadays, so I was super amped when Medium wanted me to do a piece about this very question.

Working with my editor Dan Charnas (He’s a total rap OG. Google him if you don’t already know), I dug, for almost a month, into the nitty gritty of Trinidad’s famed $2 million signing to Def Jam and his ultimate demise. After chasing down any and everyone attached to Trinidad, the biggest coup was getting former Def Jam Records President Joie “Joey IE” Manda to speak on the record about the deal. Thanks to Dirrty, Trinidad’s former manager, as well as Sha Money XL, Reef at Shade 45 and Chuck Creekmur at AllHipHop for their invaluable insight too.

Check out the full article here in its 2000 word glory. To all the fans, industry heads and fellow writers who have sent their love on this, I appreciate you. *hits the Shmoney Dance*

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The Sowmya Life in L.A…. shoot day

I’m in L.A. this weekend shooting an awesome new project (Shhhushhhh… Top secret. I’ll give you details when I can) featuring tastemakers and trendsetters in music, art, food, fashion and lifestyle. Until then, here are some behind-the-scenes flicks featuring The Argyle’s Chris Hewes, DJ Franki Chan and artist Michael Hsuing.

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Big Sean returns with new tracks…and one is perfect one for your ex

Big Sean has been quiet as of late (minus his rumored relationship with Ariana Grande) but the rapper dropped four surprise tracks today and one of them is… ETHER at his ex Naya Rivera. If you hate your ex bf/gf, then send “I Don’t Fuck With You” to them asap. Damn.

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Roasted pork, Shishito peppers and other goodness at the Taste of Williamsburg

I attend some pretty cool events and concerts as a music journalist, but every now and then, I get to hit up events and tastings with my food writer friends and they are AWESOME. Seriously, any time I can stuff my face with free food is a very good day.

Yesterday, I went to over to Brooklyn for the Taste of Williamsburg where I got to sample deliciousness from a ton of local restaurants. The highlights: A whole roasted pig (because duh, pork is amazing), blistered Shishito peppers and the best iced coffee ever from Oslo Coffee Roasters. The only bummer, the lines were zany and I couldn’t get my sugar fix with Phin & Phebes Ice Cream. Sad face.

See some pics below and try not to drool too much.

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