This week on SoulCulture, we reviewed albums from Skepta, Rhian Benson, Saigon and more, and interviewed new artist Indigo Charlie. SoulCulture got stylish this week with posts on Adidas’ latest releases. In TV and film news, the first Thundercats animated series trailer was revealed, as well as the first trailer for the sequel to comedy The Handover. In music news, the 53rd annual Grammy Awards left an aftermath of drama from Steve Stoute and Fantasia, and UK songstress Adele breaks records. New videos come from Kanye West, Mz Bratt, Jennifer Hudson and Dr. Dre, and new music lands from Lil Wayne, Mike Posner, Jessie J and more.
SOULCULTURE FEATURES x REVIEWS
Saigon – The Greatest Story Never Told | Album Review ● Henry Yanney review’s Saigon‘s much anticipated release, The Greatest Story Never Told.
DJ Vadim presents The Electric – Life Is Moving | Album Review ● Ayodele Adepoju reviews DJ Vadim presents The Electric – Life Is Moving.
Indigo Charlie: Emerging indie-soul talent speaks on individuality, fashion & work ethic ● SoulCulture spoke to up-and-coming indie-soul songstress Indigo Charlie about individuality, record labels and her love of fashion.
Tyler The Creator meets Justin Bieber ● Tyler The Creator, front-man of internet sensation Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, tweeted that his dream of meeting Justin Bieber had finally come true.
Travis Barker – Give The Drummer Some LP | Official Tracklist x Cover Art ● The Blink-182 drummer’s about to give us some with a slew of special guests, as the tracklist for Travis Barker‘s widely anticipated debut solo album emerged this week with an exhaustive list of lyrical features.
Steve Stoute talks Grammy criticism with Hollywood Reporter: “How did this happen?” ● Translation Agency marketing executive and founder Steve Stoute recently took out a full-page ad in the New York Times to take
aim at the Grammy Awards for not awarding Grammys to the likes of Eminem and Justin Bieber.
Arcade Fire’s manager responds to Steve Stoute’s Grammy letter ● Following Steve Stoute’s open letter, Scott Rodger, Arcade Fire‘s manager has responded to the Translation Agency marketing executive and founder with an open letter of his own which was sent to industry analyst Bob Lefsetz.
Aretha Franklin responds to Fantasia over Grammy Awards snub ● After American Idol winner, Fantasia Barrino revealed that she boycotted the 53rd Annual Grammy Award ceremonies because she was left out of the ceremony’s tribute to her idol – the legendary Aretha Franklin, the ‘Queen of Soul’ felt the need to respond to Barrino’s grievances and recently sent a statement to USA Today’s Lifeline Live.
Adele poised for first US Number 1 album with ’21′ ● According to reports from Billboard, the odds that Grammy Award winning UK soul singer/songwriter Adele will score a US Number 1 album with her recent effort 21 are “pretty great.”
Adele equals Beatles’ record with four simultaneous Top Fives in UK charts | Music News ● Adele this week became the first artist since The Beatles to hold two top five positions in both the UK’s single and album charts.
Maverick Sabre – The Lost Words EP | Artwork + Tracklisting ● Mercury Records signee and acoustic/folk singer/songwriter Maverick Sabre recently unveiled the official tracklisting and release date for his forthcoming official EP, titled The Lost Words EP.
Thundercats Animated Series: 1st Trailer Revealed! | Geek Alert ● The first teaser trailer for the 2011 remake of the Thundercats animated series has been aired on Cartoon Network. Watch it below.
XXL mag unveil 2011′s Freshmen Class cover stars ● XXL magazine have now unveiled the cover stars of their anticipated fourth annual Freshmen issue highlighting an emerging class of Hip Hop talent.
Buju Banton found guilty in cocaine case, faces up to 15 years in prison | News ● Reggae legend Buju Banton faces up to 15 years in prison after being found guilty on drug related charges.
Remembering Malcolm X: May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965 ● February 21st marked 46 years since human rights activist and icon Malcolm X was assassinated.
Jennifer Hudson spends time in South African jail for ‘Winnie’ film ● Jennifer Hudson‘s latest film role as Winnie Mandela in upcoming biopic, Winnie has seen the young entertainer challenge herself in ways untold – with her completing 5 days in solitary confinement in a South African jail.
Kanye West’s “All Of The Lights” video given epilepsy warning ● YouTube has swiftly succumbed (although not completely) to pressure from UK charity organisation Epilepsy Action to have Kanye West‘s new video for ‘All of the Lights’ banned online.
Chris Brown’s F.A.M.E. LP tracklisting unveiled | Music News ● With guest appearances from the likes of Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes, Justin Bieber, Ludacris and Benny Benassi, Chris Brown unveils the official tracklist for his latest LP, F.A.M.E.
Wiz Khalifa “Rolling Papers” Album Cover Revealed ● Wiz Khalifa reveals the cover to his debut album, Rolling Papers.
Adidas Originals x Snoop Dogg launch Freemont Mid shoe | Style ● With the NBA All Star Weekend almost gone, Adidas Originals show off their new trainer with their favourite brand partner Snoop Dogg.
Adidas Originals by Originals: Kazuki Kuraishi ZXZ “Ian Brown” kicks | Style ● Adidas Originals tip their hat to the influential lead singer of The Stone Roses, Ian Brown by way of these ZXZ trainers.
Jeremy Scott x adidas Originals by Originals JS Bear Pink | Style ● Jeremy Scott has being doing work with Adidas for a minute now, known mainly for his ‘JS Wings,’ and as part of the Originals by Originals series he has unveiled the new JS Bear Pink.
NEW MUSIC x DOWNLOADS
Mike Posner covers Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” | New Music ● J Records singer/songwriter Mike Posner brings us his take on Adele‘s global smash “Rolling In The Deep” from her album 21.
The Cool Kids – “Bundle Up” 1st single from debut album ‘When Fish Ride Bicycles’ | Free DL ● Chicago rap duo Chuck Inglish and Mikey Rocks better known as The Cool Kids return to the game with “Bundle Up” the first single from their long-awaited debut album When Fish Ride Bicycles.
Jessie J – “I Need This” (Prod. by Oak) | New Music ● Jessie J revealed earlier this year that her own version of “I Need This,” which she originally penned for Chris Brown‘s Graffiti LP, will appear on her own forthcoming debut album, Who You Are.
Dondria – Dondria Duets 2: Mixtape | Free DL ● So So Def recording artist Dondria, who last year released her debut album Dondria a.k.a Phatfffat, has taken to the Internets to release her latest mixtape, Dondria Duets 2: Mixtape.
Lupe Fiasco – “All Black Everything” | New Music ● Lupe Fiasco let loose what he calls the best track he has ever created “All Black Everything” from his forthcoming “Lasers” LP.
Lupe Fiasco – “Moment 4 Life” freestyle x full Tim Westwood session audio ● Once again Lupe Fiasco shows what a freestyle is supposed to be as he blacks out over the instrumental of “Moment 4 Life,” made famous by Nicki Minaj and Drake.
J*DaVeY – Evil Christian Cop: The Great Mistapes | FreEP ● Alternative LA-based duo J*DaVeY recently released their second installment of their Great Mistapes’ series and the follow-up to 2009′s Boudoir Synema: The Great Mistapes.
Mac Miller – “She Said” (Prod. by Khrysis) | New Music ● Brand new music from recently announced “XXL 2011 Freshman“, Pittsburgh-bred emcee Mac Miller, titled ‘She Said’.
Jamie xx – “Far Nearer” x “Beat For” | New Music ● One third of Mercury Award-winning alternative British group The xx, Jamie xx took to BBC 6 Music to play a set for 6 Mix filled with songs he’s currently feeling as well as songs that have inspired his productions.
Lupe Fiasco flips The Prodigy’s “Girls” (Radio Rip) | New Music ● Here is Lupe Fiasco‘s refix of The Prodigy‘s “Girls”, let loose on DJ Semtex‘s radio show.
J. Cole freestyles over “Nothing Like It” by Beanie Sigel (Prod by Kanye West) | Free DL ● J. Cole hit uStream a few hours ago to connect with his fans and promised to drop a freestyle for the “ColeStreamers and the Dreamers”.
Raekwon Ft Ghostface Killah x Rick Ross – “Molasses” (Prod. by Xtreme) | New Music ● Something fresh from Raekwon‘s forthcoming LP Shaolin Vs Wu-Tang featuring Wu brother in arms Ghostface Killah & Maybach Music mogul Rick Ross.
Kenna ft. Shimmy Hoffa (Chad Hugo) – “Chains” | New Music ● Grammy Award-nominated alternative artist and producer Kenna calls upon one half of the Neptunes, Chad Hugo, to not only produce his latest single ‘Chains’ but to also feature on the song – which sees Hugo unleash his alter ego Shimmy Hoffa on the world.
Raphael Saadiq – “Stone Rollin’” | New Music ● With his forthcoming album Stone Rollin now set for release on May 10, Raphael Saadiq decided to release the album’s title track ‘Stone Rollin” for free download on iTunes but only for a week so rush on there now to proclaim your free download of ‘Stone Rollin”.
Les Nubians – “Veuillez Veiller Sur Vos Reves” Video x “Afrodance” | New Music ● Grammy Award-nominated “Afropean” Soul duo Les Nubians release their latest single titled ‘Afrodance’ off of their forthcoming third studio album Nu Revolution which is scheduled for release on April 19th, 2011 via Shanachie Entertainment.
Travis Barker x DJ Whoo Kid – Let The Drummer Get Wicked | New Mixtape ● Blink 182‘s Travis Barker links up with DJ Whoo Kid to release his Let The Drummer Get Wicked mixtape, tiding us over until the release of his debut solo offering Can The Drummer Get Some.
Lil Wayne – “I Hate Love” | New Music ● Lil Wayne opens up on a newly surfaced track “I Hate Love” – supposedly a track that didn’t make the cut for Weezy’s forthcoming Carter IV LP.
Ghetts – “Who’s On The Panel” | Video ● MTV Base held a round table discussion to determine The Best Of The Best: UK MCs 2010 and UK emcee Ghetts wasn’t on the list. Here’s his response in the form of “Who’s On The Panel.”
Dr Dre ft Eminem x Skylar Grey – “I Need a Doctor” | Video ● Premiered on MTV is the brand new video for Dr Dre’s new single “I Need A Doctor” featuring Eminem and Skylar Grey and produced by UK’s own Alex Da Kid.
Dr Dre “I Need A Doctor” + Interview w/ Alex Da Kid x Skylar Grey + Tyler The Creator Interview | Live Stream ● MTV Rapfix streamed the brand new Dr Dre video “I Need A Doctor”, with a Q&A with Alex Da Kid & Skylar Grey as well as an interview with Odd Future’s Tyler Da Creator.
Vybz Kartel – “Colouring Book” | Official Video ● Dancehall artist Vybz Kartel claims “Lil Wayne Coloring Book me soon pass you”, comparing his tattoos to Lil Wayne’s ink on new single.
Snoop Dogg x Game – “Purp & Yellow (Skeetox Remix)” | Video ●
Game and Big Snoop Dogg unleash the visuals for “Purp & Yellow” lifted off Game’s recent double mixtape, Purp & Partron, just in time for NBA All Star game which took place in their home city, Los Angeles.
Starboy Nathan – “Diamonds” | Official Video ● Here is a new video from Nathan of “Come Into My Room” and Big Brother fame, under a new moniker, Starboy Nathan.
Kanye West – “All Of The Lights” (Starring Rihanna x KiD CuDi) | Video ● Three months after the release of his internationally acclaimed fifth studio album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West finally liberates the visuals for his phenomenal song “All Of The Lights”.
Mz Bratt – “Get Dark” | Music Video ● Rising emcee Mz Bratt unleashes the Carly Cussen-shot visuals to “Get Dark”. The strong cut follows the infectious “Selecta”, and is produced by Mikey J.
Wretch 32 – “Anniversary (Fall In Love Again)” ft Alex Mills | Official Video ● Some creative visuals for “Anniversary (Fall In Love Again)” which is taken from Wretch 32‘s forthcoming album Black & White.
Jennifer Hudson – “Where You At” | Official Video ● Jennifer Hudson returns with the video for the anthemic “Where You At” the 1st single from her forthcoming sophomore album I Remember Me.
FILM x TV
BET Honors 2011: Full Performances by Trey Songz, Ne-Yo, Marsha Ambrosius + More | TV Catch-Up ● The BET Honors 2011 aired featuring tributes to Jamie Foxx, Herbie Hancock, Iman, Lonnie G. Bunch III, Linda Johnson Rice and Cicely Tyson by Trey Songz, Ne-Yo, Marsha Ambrosius, Keisha Cole and more.
Adele performs “Rolling In The Deep” on Late Show w/ David Letterman | TV Catch-Up ● Adele appeared on the Late Show With David Letterman this week to deliver another flawless performance of her single “Rolling In The Deep”.
Adele – “Rolling In The Deep” x “Someone Like You” on Jimmy Kimmel Live | TV Catch-Up ● Adele continues her US promo run with an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live to perform “Rolling In The Deep” and “Someone Like You” from her smash hit album 21.
Adele – “Someone Like You” Live on Ellen | TV Catch-Up ● Adele appeared on Ellen Degeneres‘ show earlier today to deliver this impressive acoustic performance of her hit “Someone Like Me” from her album 21 which is out globally now.
Jessie J – “Price Tag” live on Graham Norton Show x Interview | TV Catch-Up ● Jessie J dropped into Graham Norton‘s BBC talk show this week for an interview and performed her chart topping single “Price Tag” from her forthcoming album Who You Are that’s released on February 28th.
Bell Biv DeVoe perform with The Roots on Late Night w/ Jimmy Fallon | TV Catch-Up ● Following recent news of R&B group Bell Biv DeVoe‘s forthcoming return this summer, the legendary R&B trio of Ricky Bell, Ron DeVoe and Michael Bivins took to the stage of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night to perform their 1990 smash hits “Poison” and “Do Me!”; both from their platinum-selling debut album Poison.
Rihanna x Kanye West x Drake perform live at NBA All-Star Halftime Show | TV Catch-Up ● The NBA allstar game took place in Los Angeles and birthday girl Rihanna took to the stage at half time to performed a couple of songs including “Umbrella” before being joined by Drake to perform “Whats My Name” and then Kanye West hit the stage to perform his smash “All Of The Lights”.
Cee Lo Green – “Forget You” Live at NBA All Star Weekend (Video) ● During Saturday’s NBA All Star festivities, which included the celebrity all star game, and the Dunk and Three-Point contests, Cee-Lo Green took centre stage to perform his international smash hit “Fuck You” /”Forget You”.
Lil Kim – Carbon Copy: “A documentary exposé about crazed fans with record deals” | Video ● Nicki Minaj‘s former manager Fendi releases this 15-minute documentary/promo video presented by Queen Bee Entertainment and Artist Promos, aiming to show how Minaj is merely copying Lil Kim.
Magnetic Man perform ‘The Bug’ in Trevor Nelson’s BBC 1Xtra Live Lounge [Video] ● British dubstep supergroup Magnetic Man, made up of Benga, Skream and Artwork, recently joined DJ Trevor Nelson at BBC 1Xtra’s Live Lounge to perform ‘The Bug’, one of the stand-out songs from their debut self-titled album released via Columbia Records
Lupe Fiasco, Estelle, B.o.B & Janelle Monae – Game Changers Pt 3 (Video) ● Here is the 3rd & final part of the Game Changers round table discussion chaired by Danyel Smith.
The Hangover Part II 1st teaser trailer (Video) ● Warner Bros unveils the first teaser trailer for the sequel to hilarious comedy The Hangover.