Weekly Wrap-Up: Nicki Minaj, Adele, Dionne Bromfield & Diggy Simmons

This week on SoulCulture, we released a Nicki Minaj-signed “Pink Friday” canvas, reviewed new albums from Adele and Chase & Status, went back to the classics with D’Angelo’s Brown Sugar, got new music and videos from Tinie Tempah, Mark Ronson, Lupe Fiasco, Chipmunk and much more.


Win a Nicki Minaj signed ‘Pink Friday’ canvas | SoulCulture Contest ● Now that the fan frenzy has somewhat subsided following Nicki MInaj‘s recent visits to London and Paris, we’ve pulled a signed artefact from the rubble for one lucky SoulCulture subscriber to win, courtesy of Island Records.

D’Angelo’s brother Luther Archer recalls writing for Brown Sugar LP | Return To The Classics Chris Williams explores the music and social history around D’Angelo‘s seminal 1995 album, Brown Sugar speaks to his brother, Luther Archer about writing for the album.

Adele – 21 | Album Review ● “Adele hasn’t lost her touch in creating memorable, anthemic pop choruses. Nowhere is this more evident than on the opening track and lead single ‘Rolling In The Deep.” – Review by Aamir Yaqub

Chase and Status – No More Idols | Album Review ● “A name which has brought some credibility and an edge to popular music is the electro production outfit Chase and Status.” – Review by Henry Yanney

Mac Miller: Pittsburgh Emcee Kicking Incredibly Dope Sh** Ayodele Adepoju introduces rising Pittsburg hip hop artist Mac Miller.


Naomi Campbell covers British GQ Magazine March 2011 issue ● 40 year old British supermodel Naomi Campbell talks to GQ about her recent testimony at a war tribunal following her rumoured handling of illegal blood diamonds and more for the March issue’s cover story.

Skepta – Doin’ It Again | Album TracklistSkepta released his album, Doin’ It Again this week. The set featuring his biggest hits of the last year and includes appearances from Boy Better Know, Chipmunk and N-Dubz.

Chris Evans as Captain America: The First Avenger covers Empire magazine | Geek Alert ● Chris Evans covers Empire magazine and offers a detailed look at his character Captain America. “Captain America: The First Avenger” launches onto the big screen on July 22.

Adele covers Billboard Magazine, 21 LP goes Platinum ● Soulful siren, Adele, who’s sophomore album, 21, is set to hit the top of the charts this week, covers the brand new issue of Billboard Magazine.


Adele x Jamie XX – “Rolling in the Deep” (MeLo-X Remix) | SoulCulture #MusicMonday Exclusive

Jessie J – “Nobody’s Perfect” | New Music ● “Nobody’s Perfect” is from BRITS Critics Award winner Jessie J‘s forthcoming album Who You Are.

Chipmunk ft J. Cole x Chris Brown – “Champion (remix)” (CDQ) | New Music ● Premiered by Westwood this week and then updated with a CDQ stream, here is the remix for “Champion” by Chipmunk featuring Roc Nation rapper J. Cole alongside Chris Brown.

Dawn Richard – “Vibrate” | New Music ● “Vibrate” is the second leak from Dawn Richard’s upcoming A Prelude To #ATELLTALEHEART mixtape which will be released on Feb 7th.

Lupe Fiasco – “Words I Never Said” ft Skylar Grey (Prod By Alex Da Kid) | New Music ● “Words I Never Said” is the brand new single from Lupe Fiasco‘s Lasers album. Produced by British wunderkid Alex Da Kid, the song features Skylar Grey on the hook.

Mark Ronson – “Record Collection (RMX)” Ft Pharrell, Wretch 32, Wiley x Professor Green ● Here is the official remix of Mark Ronson’s “Record Collection” which originally featured Wiley & Simon Le Bon, now with additional verses from Pharrell Williams, Wretch 32, Professor Green and MNDR.


Bilal – “The Dollar” (Black Milk RMX) | Free DLBilal’s “The Dollar” from the very incredible Airtight’s Revenge LP gets the Detroit Producer/MC Black Milk remix treatment

Swizz Beatz vs Fela Kuti Pt 1 #MonsterMondays | Free DL ● For this week’s installment of the #MonsterMondays Swizz Beatz has mashed up some of his smash hit productions with well known anthems by the late Fela Kuti for the first part of his Swizz Beatz vs Fela Kuti mixtape.

Game – Purp & Patron: The Hangover | Mixtape Free DL ● After dropping the 2-Disc Purp & Patron mixtape just a few days before, Game wastes no time in releasing the follow up in the form of The Hangover.


Dionne Bromfield ft Diggy Simmons – “Yeah Right” | Official Video ● Here is the official video for Amy Winehouse‘s goddaughter/Lioness Records recording artist Dionne Bromfield‘s single “Yeah Right” ft Diggy Simmons.

Dionne Bromfield ft Diggy Simmons – “Yeah Right” | Behind The Scenes Video ● RWD TV were on set to capture the behind the scenes of Dionne Bromfield‘s new video “Yeah Right” with Diggy Simmons, from her forthcoming full length follow up to her introducing Dionne Bromfield LP that was released in 2009.

Rihanna – “S&M” | Official Video ● A slightly less full-on risque video than one might expect with a title and lyrics like that [but still banned from kids by Youtube] here come the official visuals for urban pop sex-siren Rihanna‘s latest, “S&M”; the opening track on her latest album, Loud [out now].

Tinie Tempah – “Wonderman” Live on the Graham Norton show (Video) Tinie Tempah dropped into the Graham Norton show last night and performed his latest single “Wonderman” (Watch the Six Million Dollar Man influenced video here) from his platinum plus debut album Disc-Overy.

Plan B covers Kanye West’s “Runaway” (Video) ● London’s own Plan B alongside beatboxer Faith SFX dropped into the Like A Version show in Sydney, Australia and performed this really dope cover of Kanye West’s “Runaway”.

Bow Wow – “6 Foot 7″ Freestyle | Video ● Bow Wow takes on his Young Money label boss Lil Wayne’s “6 Foot 7″ instrumental and delivers this freestyle.

Nicki Minaj makes Saturday Night Live debut [Video] | TV Catch-Up ● As well as well performing her two hit singles, “Right Thru Me” and “Moment 4 Life”, Nicki Minaj returned to her acting roots when appeared in a few comedy skits including unveiling a new digital short on SNL with The Lonely Island called “Do The Creep”.