The Sowmya Life relaunch coming soon!

I’m so excited to announce that The Sowmya Life relaunch is in the works! After being on WordPress for forever and a day, I’m upgrading to a better platform that will make The Sowmya Life better than 10 Super Bowls (© Homer Simpson). I’ve been hard at work migrating content and playing around with templates that will make The Sowmya Life experience wavy for 2015 and beyond. Until then, stand by.

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J. Cole announces new album in heartfelt video

This is how you announce an album. J. Cole surprised us all last night by announcing a new album, 2014 Forrest Hills Drive, dropping 12/9. Jermaine accompanied the news with this new mini doc shot in his hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina. I have to say, he’s one of the few rappers we (fans and the industry) genuinely like and want to win. Looking forward to the new record.

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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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My barefoot afternoon with French Montana…

A few weeks ago, I went to French Montana’s crib to hear his new album Mac & Cheese. Because of house rules, I had to take my shoes off, along with Chinx, Velous and Harry Fraud. Luckily, my pedi game was on point. Read the full story in this week’s issue of Billboard or online here.

P.S. A lot of tabloids took my story and took quotes out of context to spin off a Khloe Kardashian and French Montana story. It bites that people don’t bother checking their sources anymore. Some of you need a MLA citation refresher.

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