Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Sowmya Krishnamurthy appears in the following:

Nicki Minaj Is The 21st Century's Insatiable Hip-Hop Monarch

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Minaj indelibly changed the hip-hop landscape in the past decade. She wanted the throne. Now that she has it, she isn't going to relinquish it to anyone — male or female — gunning for that title.


How To Be Smarter About... DJ Mustard

Thursday, October 23, 2014

From Drake and 2 Chainz to Chris Brown and J-Lo, everyone wants a taste of the hip-hop producer known as DJ Mustard. Soundcheck finds out why.


Alex Gibney Explores James Brown In 'Mr. Dynamite'; How To Be Smarter About DJ Mustard; The Budos Band Plays Live

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A new documentary film explores the rise of the hardest working man in show business. Learn more about hit-making producer DJ Mustard. The Budos Band plays in the Soundcheck studio.


Jamie Lidell In The Studio; Hip Hop Pick Three; Saturday Night With David Lee Roth

Thursday, April 25, 2013

In this episode: English musician Jamie Lidell recorded his latest album in his new house in Nashville, Tennessee. But the record is far from homespun. He brings a soulful electro-pop performance to the studio.

Plus: Writer Sowmya Krishnamurthy joins us with a round up of three brand hip hop new tracks.

And: Most of us know David Lee Roth as the original frontman of Van Halen during the mega-rock band's peak in the early 1980s. But to BuzzFeed music editor Steve Kandell, Diamond Dave was a childhood hero. Kandell recently spent a Saturday night with his hero and lived to tell us about it.

Pick 3: Drake, Jay-Z and Pusha T

Friday, April 19, 2013

In the hip hop world, new tracks are constantly being released without warning through outlets like Soundcloud and Twitter. Hip hop writer Sowmya Krishnamurthy joins us with three new releases from Drake, Jay-Z and Pusha T that all were recently introduced to audiences exactly this way.  


Critics Look Back At 2012: A Big Year For Frank Ocean

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Billboard editor Joe Levy, hip hop journalist Sowmya Krishnamurthy and KCRW DJ Anne Litt share their favorite albums, most memorable concerts, biggest musical disappointments and more...

A Year For Newcomers: Sowmya Krishnamurthy's 2012 Music Survey

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Hip hop journalist Sowmya Krishnamurthy says 2012 was all about newcomers -- namely, the young rapper Kendrick Lamar, and R&B singers The Weeknd and Frank Ocean.


Once Rhymed About, Obama Finds Less Support from Hip Hop in 2012

Monday, November 05, 2012

Before the 2008 presidential election, hip hop stars like Nas, Young Jeezy and Sean "Diddy" Combs enthusiastically endorsed then-Senator Barack Obama through speech and song. But four years later, the hip hop community's support of President Obama's re-election has seemed somewhat muted. Hip hop writer and Soundcheck bullpen member Sowmya Krishnamurthy joins us to discuss how rappers like Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Lupe Fiasco and Nicki Minaj have demonstrated their feelings of political support, apathy and disapproval leading up to election day. 


Auto-Tuning The Candidates, Hip Hop In The 2012 Election, And The Citizens Band

Monday, November 05, 2012

Tonight on Soundcheck: With Election Day finally here, we take a look at a few ways music and politics have intersected this cycle.

Sean 'Diddy' Combs For Musician In Chief

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Throughout the past several weeks, Soundcheck has been accepting nominations for our first Musician In Chief. Today, Sowmya Krishnamurthy tells us why Sean "Diddy" Combs deserves your vote.


Get To Know: Chief Keef

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The top contender for buzziest newcomer in hip-hop this year is Chicago's Chief Keef, the recording moniker of 17-year-old Keith Cozart. Chief Keef has steadily built a local following through a slew of mixtapes and viral music videos, notably "Bang," "I Don't Like," and "3Hunna," which each racked up millions of downloads and views online.

Rapper Pusha T (one-half of the duo the Clipse) stumbled upon the video for "3Hunna" on the website Worldstar Hip Hop and in turn brought the ascendant Keef to the attention of fellow Chicago native Kanye West. 

West was entranced by the youngster's aggressive flow and true-to-life imagery that depicts the often violent and bleak circumstances of Chicago's South Side. When West and his G.O.O.D. Music collective remixed the track "I Don't Like" with Keef’s verse intact, Keef was catapulted from local star to the national stage. Since then, Chief Keef has since inked a deal with Interscope Records and kicked off a myriad of performances including 2012’s Lollapalooza music festival. Chief Keef's major label debut is slated for November 2012.


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Meet Three Of Hip Hop's Emerging Producers

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Hip hop artists are increasingly relying on the internet to hunt down lesser or even completely unknown names to create the sound of their tracks. Hip hop writer Sowmya Krishnamurthy ...

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Pick Three: Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Nas

Monday, July 30, 2012

We get a taste of three new releases from hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar and R&B singers Frank Ocean and Nas, hand-selected by writer, blogger and co-host of the MTV show “Hip Hop POV” Sowmya Krishnamurthy.

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