Previously.. on SoulCulture: The UK riots, new Melanie Fiona, Jessie J, Meek Mill, Daley & more…


The UK riots was, and continues to be the main topic of news with the fingers of blame being pointed to, amongst many, rap music and ‘black culture.’ If you missed our coverage, hold tight. We also gave you all things Ye and Jay with our review of Watch The Throne, the full album stream and the official video for “Otis”. As well as that, new videos from Jessie J and Ms Dynamite, music from Meek Mill, Daley and Game and a look at the first in the Black Dynamite Animated Series.

NEWS
In the worst riots since the 1980’s across London and the UK, the blame game began with Paul Routledge writing for the Daily Mirror blaming hip hop culture and continuing with historian David Starkey blaming ‘Black’ culture making these kinds of statements “A particular sort of violent, destructive, nihilistic gangster culture has become the fashion and black and white boy and girl operate in this language together”.

Really? You tell me in our comments section.

As well as that we also digested the most anticipated hip hop album ever in life of the year Watch The Throne by two of hip hops major movers Jay Z and Kanye West – if you haven’t already listen to the full album stream here. We also gave it our SoulCulture breakdown and brought you the official visuals for the lead single “Otis”. For the launch Mulberry Street in NY turned into a WTT pop up shop, Jay Z, Kanye and King B included.

NEW MUSIC
Across the waters, Philly’s Meek Mill dropped his new DJ Drama hosted mixtape Dreamchasers, Compton rapper Game’s R.E.D. album sprung a premature leak and we gave you this track “Born In The Trap” produced by the legendary DJ Premier and we dropped the latest track from Lil Wayne’s album Tha Carter IV featuring Drake and Rick Ross “She Will” .

In our world of R&B Manchester hailing soulboy Daley debuted the Those Who Wait mixtape, his long awaited first body of beautiful music, including a duet with Marsha Ambrosius. Download available for you here.

Still on the R&B tip, Melanie Fiona unveiled a killer Rico Love produced cut titled “4 AM” whilst Odd Future‘s singer/songwriter of the moment Frank Ocean dropped a “Best Seller”.

NEW VIDEOS
After her time out nursing her broken foot, Jessie J is back with the official video for her new single “Who’s Laughing Now,” whilst Ms Dynamite dropped the video for “Neva Soft” and Mary J. Blige brought us the video for new single “The Living Proof”.

We also saw the official video for Common‘s Nas-featuring single “Ghetto Dreams” produced by No I.D, and production outfit Cookin’ Soul chopped up the “Otis” video for their refix of the track, along with Kid Cudi’s video for KiD CuDi – “No One Believes Me”.

NEW ALBUMS
We gave Ski Beatz‘ latest album 24 Hour Karate School Part 2 the SoulCulture rating and unveiled the official covers and tracklistings for Lil Wayne‘s Tha Carter IV album and Shady Records’ Yelawolf‘s forthcoming Radioactive LP.

GEEK
For the cartoon lovahs amongst us, we got our first viewing of the animated spin off of the popular Blaxsplotation action comedy Black Dynamite.

HONOURABLE MENTIONS
Ed Sheeran ft Wretch 32 x Devlin – “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” (Remix) | Music Video
Chipmunk x Wretch 32 – “Otis” (Freestyle) | Music Video
J Cole performs at the Heineken Red Star Access event in NYC [Video]
Katy Perry feat. Missy Elliot – “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)” Remix | New Music
Lil Wayne x Drake – “She Will” | Behind The Scenes Video
Prince joined by Kanye West on stage at Way Out West festival in Sweden [Video]
Affion Crockett Spoofs Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne + more on “In The Flow” [Video]