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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I interviewed Bobby Shmurda, the rapper behind the Shmoney Dance

Unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard about the Shmoney Dance.I headed over to Phil’s Pizza downtown to interview the rapper behind the song, Bobby Shmurda, who has everyone from Beyonce and Jay Z to Drake shaking it. Peep the interview for the Village Voice here.

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Jay Z and Beyonce’s ‘Run’ is the coolest looking fake movie ever

Jay Z and Beyonce probably made this Run trailer for their upcoming summer concert but dayum, it looks entertaining. I need someone to make this hip-hop Bonnie and Clyde into a movie ASAP.

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