Happy Birthday, Aaliyah!

The late R&B icon and idol Aaliyah would have been 33 years old today. Even though it’s been 11 years since the plane accident that caused her untimely death, her musical influence is still sonically felt. Her three now-classic albums remain the prototype for aspiring R&B singers, and her standard of style, grace, and beauty remains unparalleled. Read more

Machinedrum - "No Respect" | New Music

Supertalented genre hopping producer Machinedrum who has released over 15 albums under various aliases (Syndrone, Sepalcure & Tstewart) drops off this new cut from his forthcoming SXLND EP entitled "No Respect". Once I pressed play the pulsating house rhythm and dirty beats made it impossible for me to sit still (and that's a feat as I'm not a fan of house myself). I urge you to press play below and look out for Machinedrum's EP which will be released via LuckyMe on January 17th.Read more

Top Boy drama series to return for second season | TV News

Moments ago Channel 4 announced the return of Top Boy for a second, four-part series of Ronan Bennett's gritty four-part drama about about the nature of crime and young people living in London's housing estates which starred Ashley Walters and marked an amazing acting debut from Kane Robinson aka Kano. Following the critical acclaim and attention received by the first installment on the show on four consecutive nights (31 October, 1-3 November),

(Top Boy averaged 1.9m and 9.4% share across its four episodes (consolidated TV viewing), a 22% increase on the consolidated slot average and a 51% rise on the overnight average of 1.2m.)

Speaking on the commission of the second series Channel 4's Chief Creative Officer Jay Hunt said:
"For me, Top Boy encapsulates everything that our drama is about: hugely original and passionate, with a brilliant roster of new talent. I'm thrilled that we'll be seeing more."

Channel 4 Head of Drama, Camilla Campbell also added: "We always seek to produce drama with a distinct authorial voice that reaches the heart of our audience. We were delighted that Top Boy resonated so widely and captured a world behind the headlines in a deeply humane and absorbing way, and look forward to inviting its loyal viewers back next year."
More details on the exciting news coming soon.

Top Boy was created and written by Ronan Bennett, directed by Yann Demange and produced by Charles Steel, Alasdair Flind and Ronan Bennett. A Cowboy Films and Easter Partisan Films production.


Kano announces new mixtape 'Girls Over Guns' | Music News

Seems like Mr Kane Robinson better known as Kano has kicked his work rate into warp speed over the last few weeks. After delivering the weekly Not 4 The A List series with producer Mikey J (which you can download from here for free till Friday November 18th), starring in the very popular gritty Channel 4 drama Top Boy, releasing a freestyle over Common's Blue Sky and joining Sway for the remix of "Still Speedin" the 26 year old MC took to twitter yesterday to announce a new mixtape project which is set to be unveiled this week.

Girls Over Guns is a mixtape STRICTLY for the ladies ONLY, we aren't sure how he plans to deliver it but we know he plans to give it only to the females of the species exclusively.

"New Mixtape dropping next week!! STRICTLY for the gyal dem. I'm going in 4 my ladies on this one. Only they can have it! It's a problem. #GirlsOverGuns. More info on the way K.A!"

After the hard as nails Not 4 The A List releases, we weren't expecting this direction but before the men throw their toys of the pram, Mr K.A has a message for you.

"Man dem, your ting is coming soon. Your good. I got you. Dealing with the gyal dem right now... #GirlsOverGuns...and if you don't wanna speech the ladies, boooy that's your business. Ha!"

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How to Make It in America Season 2 Ep 7: The Friction | TV Catch-Up

Monday morning's TV goodies kick off with the latest episode of popular HBO series How To Make It In America, following the lives of enterprising 20-somethings Ben Epstein (Bryan Greenberg​) and his friend Cam Calderon (Victor Rasuk) in pursuit of their dreams to succeed in New York City’s competitive fashion scene. In episode 7, titled 'The Friction', Ben and Cam debate CRISP's future; Rene tracks down the origin of the Rasta Monsta tincture and Rachel celebrates a setback - watch the latest episode after the jump.
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How To Make It In America - Season 2 Episode 2: In Or Out | TV Catch-Up

Popular HBO series How To Make It In America returns with the second episode of season two, following the lives of enterprising 20-somethings Ben Epstein (Bryan Greenberg​) and his friend Cam Calderon (Victor Rasuk) in pursuit of their dreams to succeed in New York City’s competitive fashion scene.

Synopsis: Ben and Cam are stuck between two sales reps and a hard place; Rene leans on a client; Rachel lands a new job at Biscuit magazine, and lights up with Domingo.
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Real Steel London Film Premiere Highlights | SoulCulture.TV

Have you ever wondered what it might be like if you crossed boxing with robots? Nah, me neither... but Dreamworks did - and the result is Real Steel.

Jacqueline Sheperd reports from the red carpet frontlines of Leicester Square, London for SoulCulture TV at the UK premiere of new action blockbuster where man fights machine, starring Hugh Jackman and directed by Shawn Levy.

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Kano & Mikey J ft Wretch 32 x Wiley x Scorcher - "E.T" | Behind The Scenes Photos

After releasing the visuals for "Random Antics" via Grimedaily and "Alien" featuring Maxsta via SBTV, We are proud to announce that SoulCulture will be bringing you the third visual installment of Mikey J and Kano's Not 4 The A List weekly multimedia series.
The third track from the increasingly popular series of free music releases from the producer and revered MC is the explosive "E.T." which features the chart topping Wretch 32, Grime Godfather Wiley and the skywalking Scorcher. The final version of the track will receive it's first play on BBC Radio One via Tim Westwood and the official SoulCulture video directed by Kalvador Peterson and Patrick Odur and produced by Versetti for SoulCulture Media will premiere on SoulCulture.TV at the same time.
The track will also be available for FREE DOWNLOAD after the first play on Kano's Facebook and MikeyJ.net.

We shot the first part of the video yesterday and you can take a peek at some behind the scenes pictures below.Read more

Chipmunk - Spazzz.com (Mixtape) + "Decorations On My Body" (Music Video)

Freshly released is the brand new mixtape from London's own Chipmunk Spazzz.com. The mixtape features collaborations with Wretch 32, Sincere, Skepta, Tinie Tempah, Wizzy Wow and Sneakbo going in over some of the most popular hip hop backdrops of the moment and some original material.
Download the mixtape here now.

After the jump watch Chipmunk, Skepta & Shalo's video for "Decorations", their ode to tattoo addiction and getting their skin covered in fine art. The video is filmed, directed, edited by SMI. Watch it below.Read more

Make It Possible With Jon Chu And Coke Zero [Video]

Are you into street dance and choreography? Then this right here is for you.
Jon Chu (director of Step Up 2, Step Up 3D, and creator of the LXD) has collaborated with Coke Zero to offer you the opportunity to create a brand new dance from zero and are reaching out to everyone passionate about dance to help them create the next hype global dance.

This is an immense opportunity for dancers to not only make an impact on dance culture, but also potentially be a part of the next global Coke Zero project. All participants have to do is go to http://www.cokezero.com/makeitpossible, download one of the tracks on the portal, film their dance move and upload it. Simple right?
Here is a short message from Jon Chu about the Make It Possible campaign.

Participants can then share their video with their friends. The more standout and creative the video, the better.
Make It Possible. Good luck!

Post sponsored by Coke Zero.

Brandy - On My Own Documentary Trailer [Video]

“I feel that I only have one last shot to make it back to the top and I need to make the decisions that will & affect the rest of my career!”
Nothing is guaranteed in this life especially success and Brandy Rayana Norwood is unfortunately an example of this.
The singer/actress hit the scene back in the early '90s gaining success on wax and on the small screen spanning over a decade.
But after having her first child, going through a divorce and being involved in a car crash that claimed the life of a young woman, Brandy released Human her fifth studio album which was a critical and commercial flop. But don't count her out yet, because she is back in the studio prepping her sixth solo album and will be taking us through the journey via a new documentary series called On My Own. Watch the teaser trailer below.


Kendrick Lamar x Jay Rock x Ab-Soul x ScHoolBoy Q (Black Hippy) invade NYC [Video]

The TDE Black Hippy family (Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul & ScHoolBoy Q) took over New York last week to promote Jay Rock's album Follow Me Home (which is out now, read our review here), slay radio, film a video for "Rigamortis" from Kendrick Lamar's epic Section.80 project and lots more. The West coast repping collective took the cameras with them and now we can see exactly what they got up to.
Watch the diary video below.

*DEAD* at them constantly trying to set fire to Ab-Soul's hair.

Jhene Aiko x Jesse Boykins III - “Stranger” (Remix) | New Music

The homie Jesse Boykins III turns his talents to "Stranger" my favorite track from Jhene Aiko's stunning sailing soul(s) release. The Romantic Movement representative who recently released the very dope Way Of A Wayfarer EP adds his vocals to the beautiful Los Angeles, California repping singer's popular song from the free album/mixtape release that has caputured many hearts worldwide.

Listen To: Jhene Aiko x Jesse Boykins III - “Stranger” (Remix) | Download

Download Jhene Aiko's sailing soul(s) here + Jesse Boykins III's Way Of A Wayfarer here.

iSHE + HEZEKIAH PROJECT – "Otis Part 2" | New Music

Jay-Z & Kanye West have opened up a pandora's box with their "Otis" release. From the moment the track hit the airwaves and interwebs, a million and one interpretations and freestyles have popped up online (and reside in the junk section of my inbox).

But then you get a gem like this and faith in good music is restored. The soulful duo of San Diego singer/songwriter Ishe and Philadelphia producer/songwriter/rapper Hezekiah get their hands on the original Otis Reading sample and create this dope joint entitled "Otis Part 2".

Listen To: iSHE + HEZEKIAH PROJECT – "Otis Part 2" | Download

Melanie Fiona - "Wake Up Alone" (Amy Winehouse Cover) [Video] | Tribute

On Saturday 23rd of July the world lost the wonderfully talented yet troubled soul that was Amy Winehouse. As fans and friends grieve, we have seen Russell Brand deliver a very touching and thought provoking piece called "For Amy", Big Boi unveiled a previously unheard remix of "Tears Dry On Their Own" and singer Daley delivered a touching cover of "Love Is A Losing Game".
Now Melanie Fiona who has on several occasions expressed how much of an influence Amy Winehouse had on her music and career uploaded this video of her performing Winehouse's "Wake Up Alone" from her Back To Black album. Melanie recorded this in her hotel in London in January, but uploaded it yesterday to pay tribute.

R.I.P. Amy Winehouse

Method Man VS. Father's Day [+ Other Holidays] | SoulCulture.TV

"You know what's so fucked up? Let me tell you about Father's Day..." says Method Man, as the Hip Hop legend proverbially rolls up his sleeves for an onslaught on the contradictions of commercial holidays.
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