Weekly Wrap-Up: Drake, Ed Sheeran, Spiderman & Tinie Tempah

This week Drake’s Light dreams & Nightmares tour landed in the UK, and you guys came to SoulCulture for the latest features, reviews and interviews from the Canadian rapper. You also headed to SoulCulture when Ed Sheeran caused a stir dropping his No. 5 Collaborations EP this week, Tinie Tempah got multiple BRIT nominations, Jay-Z and Kanye West went “H.A.M” and Nicki Minaj announced a visit to London. Read on for the top posts this week.


Drake meets Rio Ferdinand at Manchester United Trafford Training Ground | Photos ● Whilst on his his UK tour, Drake stopped by at Manchester United football squad’s training grounds this morning for a mini-tour of the building and meet several players including Young Money fan Rio Ferdinand.

Drake: Lightdreams & Nightmares @ O2 Apollo Manchester, UK (Jan 13) | Photos ● SoulCulture’s creative director Versetti captures Drake‘s performance on-stage at the O2 Apollo in Manchester on the penultimate show of the Lightdreams & Nightmares UK tour.

Marsha Ambrosius’ ‘Far Away’ video shows “how much hate people have for PEOPLE period” Marsha Ambrosius speaks to SoulCulture about her emotive “Far Away” video, currently provoking some much-needed dialogue on bullying, oppression over personal lifestyle choices.

Drake: My Favourite Verse | SoulCulture.TV ● While spending time at Manchester Utd football grounds, Drake digs deep within his back-catalogue of lyrics [three mixtapes, one EP, one album and countless collaborations deep to date] to give SoulCulture.TV his Favourite Verse.


Drake: Light Dreams & Nightmares @ London Hammersmith Apollo (Jan 10) | Live Review ● “Monday night [10th January] Drake performed his final London night on his sold out, highly anticipated Light Dreams and Nightmares tour in west London’s Hammersmith Apollo.” – Review by Tahirah Edwards Byfield

J. Cole’s headline show @KOKOLondon | Live Review ● “On Sunday (9th January) J. Cole delivered his first headlined show on UK soil and, in the eyes of the hip hop loving Londoners in attendance at least, cemented his position as a leader of the scene’s new school.” – Review by Tahirah Edwards Byfield

Ed Sheeran – No. 5 Collaborations Project | EP Review ● “The Norfolk singer/songwriter collaborate with a number of 140 Grime Street’s residents, which aims to bridge the gap between the two contrasting worlds.” – Review by Henry Yanney


New Spiderman Movie: 1st Image Of Andrew Garfield in new costume revealed | Geek Alert ● Columbia Pictures unveil the first image from the forthcoming Spiderman reboot movie, providing a look at the new costume worn by Andrew Garfield who will play Spiderman.

Chase & Status confirm Drake collaboration is on the way ● Saul Milton of UK dubstep/drum’n’bass production duo Chase & Status confirms a rumoured collaboration with Drake is definitely in the works.

Eminem signs Slaughterhouse x Yelawolf to Shady Records + covers XXL Magazine Eminem has signed the hip hop supergroup Slaughterhouse (comprised of Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Crooked I & Royce Da 5 9) and Alabama native Yelawolf to his Shady Records imprint.

Yelawolf on signing with Shady Records x ‘Radioactive’ LP: “I want to take it to stadium level”Yelawolf interviews with VIBE about his recently announced deal with Shady Records, his stadium status ambitions and working with Eminem.

BRIT Awards 2011 Nominations: Tinie Tempah leads with 4 nods | Full Nominees List ● The nominations for the BRIT Awards 2011 taking place on Tuesday 15th February at the O2 Arena in London, were announced this week and Tinie Tempah leads the pack with 4 nominations.

Nicki Minaj hits London & Paris next week: “It’s Official!” ● Top-selling ‘Barbie’ emcee Nicki Minaj took to Twitter last night to confirm she’ll soon be touching down in London and Paris next week.

Ed Sheeran – No.5 Collaborations Project EP released today ● Talented multi-instrumentalist/singer Ed Sheeran released his latest EP, No.5 Collaborations Project, which later rocketed up the iTunes chart, landing at number 2.

Ed Sheeran signs with Atlantic Records following ‘No. 5 Collaborations Project’ success ● Having made crashing waves across the UK urban scene throughout 2010, undeniably talented UK singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran announces his decision to sign with Atlantic Records.

Corinne Bailey Rae ‘The Love EP’ to drop on Valentines Day | News Corinne Bailey Rae will be releasing a digital-only project of cover versions, titled The Love EP, on Valentines Day.


Trey Songz – “Spray” (prod. Salaam Remi) | Exclusive Unreleased Gem ● Straight from Salaam Remi’s extensive vault to the SoulCulture inbox, take a listen to some freshly liberated sexy smut he produced for Trey Songz, titled “Spray.”

Kanye West x Jay-Z – “H.A.M” 1st Single From Watch The Throne | New Music ● The first single from the  collaborative album between Kanye West and Jay-Z, Watch The Throne has landed. “H.A.M” is produced by Lex Luger (“B.M.F”) who describes the record as “aggressive and hard”. Click to listen here.

Corinne Bailey Rae covers Prince’s “I Wanna Be Your Lover” | New Music ● Following the news of Corrine Bailey Rae‘s forthcoming EP, here is her cover of Prince’s 1979 classic “I Wanna Be Your Lover” from his Prince album. Click to listen here.

We Plug G.O.O.D Music present: A Prelude To The Future | Mixtape DL ● If in 2010 you were metaphorically smothered with piles of mixtapes, EPs and free albums, you just might have missed this gem from the good folk at We Plug G.O.O.D Music, dedicated to showcasing the best emerging talents around the world.

Chase & Status ft Tinie Tempah – “Hitz” | New MusicChase & Status premiered “Hitz” – featuring UK’s man of the moment Tinie Tempah – from their forthcoming album No More Idols. Click and take a listen.

Raekwon – “Shaolin Vs Wu-Tang” | New Music ● Here is “Shaolin Vs Wu-Tang”, the title track from Raekwon’s forthcoming album Shaolin Vs Wu-Tang LP which will be released on March 8, 2011.

Jessie J performs “Who You Are” at a NYC subway (Video) ● With just a boombox and a camera man, Jessie J performed “Who You Are”, the title track from her upcoming album, to a growing crowd on the underground in New York’s Time Square.

Tiësto vs. Diplo ft. Busta Rhymes – “C’mon (Catch ‘Em By Surprise)” | Official Video ● Dutch dance music producer and DJ Tiësto joins forces with the incredible Diplo and Busta Rhymes for the club smash C’mon “(Catch ‘Em By Surprise)”. Click to watch the video.