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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J. Cole releases “Be Free” as a tribute to Michael Brown and Ferguson

I’m sure you know all about the tragedy of Michael Brown and what’s going on in Ferguson. From the death of a young man to police retaliation and journalists getting jailed, it’s a shocking and sad state of affairs. Yesterday, I posed the question of hip-hop’s commentary (or lack thereof) in what’s going on. As the voice of young black and brown kids, hip-hop needs to take a stand. I got a lot of Twitter response and today, J. Cole put out a track called “Be Free.”

“Be Free” is a heart-wrenching song and you can hear Cole’s emotions pouring out. I really respect Jermaine and the whole Dreamville team for doing this. It’s easy to forget your roots once you become a big star and J. Cole hasn’t. Also, make sure to read Killer Mike’s heartfelt words dedicated to the Brown family.

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Check me out on Huff Post Live talking about women’s stuff

I was asked to swing by Huff Post Live last week to discuss headlines in women’s news including Diane Sawyer, Rihanna and the Supreme Court. Check it out.

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