How To Be Smarter About… DJ Mustard

“Mustard on the beat, heaux”… If you’re a hip-hop head, you know exactly what this drop means on a track. For those who don’t, I gave my Cliff’s Notes on DJ Mustard to WNYC’ Soundcheck last week. If you didn’t catch the interview on the radio, here it is! Forgive my stuffy, nasal voice. I was fighting off a cold.

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SXSW 2015 announcement!

SUPER EXCITED! I’ll be moderating a panel on women in rap journalism at SXSW 2015. This is my very first SXSW (so please send any tips and taco recos) and I’m stoked to be able to talk about women (or lack thereof) in rap media with my friends and colleges. The panel on Wednesday, March 18th features: Kathy Iandoli (Vice, ID, Medium, etc.), Georgette Cline (The Boombox) and Nadeska Alexis (MTV), all awesome, opinionated ladies who have worked all of your favorite rappers.

Info on the panel here and more to come soon… See ya in Austin!!!

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Check out Village Voice’s ‘The Best of NYC 2014′ issue

Village Voice‘s ‘Best of 2014′ issue is out! I contributed a few blurbs to the issue, which features everything from the city’s best nachos to the hottest producer. Cop the issue chock full of goodness or peep it online.

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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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