In Her Own Words: Marsha Ambrosius confirms signing to J Records, Forthcoming Collaborations + New Album

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SoulCulture exclusive: Marsha Ambrosius confirms being signed to J Records. Just Blaze, Dre and Vidal and Focus are among the special guests featuring on her forthcoming album, Yours Sincerely... Marsha Ambrosius, to be released this year.

"Well, long story short, I AM SO EXCITED!!! :)  Having a solid career as a song-writer/producer for so long had me in a very comfortable lane.  It really wasn't a decision made on my part to pursue a solo career, it was a blessing to be offered.  My deal with Dr.Dre became a writing/production relationship with the Interscope building and I was cool with that.

Right now, I am so thankful to have a home at J Records, home of Alicia Keys, Jamie Foxx, Mario all of which  I have had the pleasure of working with.  J Records having an understanding with the direction of my sound and style has taken a great weight off my shoulders (literally lol - lost weight on weightwatchers HA!) and I am so comfortable and confident and happy to just be able to make music that I'm in love with again.

I have a tentative title for the album "Yours Sincerely... Marsha Ambrosius" which will be available some time this year (don't know when for sure just yet) and I'm in the studio right now putting the icing on the cake.  I treat my music like home cooked meals, it takes time, can't just bung it in the microwave or order it to go in 5mins.  I need to get all these flavors making sense together and have my listeners pressing play and letting it repeat over and over till you realize you listened to that song already :)

I'm making AN ALBUM!!! I can't wait to share it with the world :) I have Just Blaze, Dre & Vidal, Focus, myself and SPECIAL GUESTS TBA on MY album :) Woohoo :) :) :)"

Yours Truly,

Marsha Ambrosius

Follow her: @MarshaAmbrosius / Facebook

Photograph by Tamar Nussbacher for SoulCulture.

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MORE: Watch our interview with Marsha Ambrosius


The Hip Hop Highlights of The Decade

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Ten years into the 21st Century and Hip Hop is now one of the biggest grossing industries in the world today. Forget the music – the clothing, films and TV deals have all played a part in establishing this way of life as one of the biggest phenomenons. To think it all started off with just two turntables and a mic...

As 2010 dawns, its time to take a look at what has had the streets and discussion boards talking; the artists, the controversies and sadly, the losses. The Hip Hop Highlights of the Decade...Read more


Eminem – "Elevator" + "Buffalo Bill" (New Music)

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Two brand new tracks from Eminem taken from the upcoming Relapse:Refill album package.

Listen to "Elevator":
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Listen to "Buffalo Bill":
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ALBUM REVIEW: Rakim - The Seventh Seal

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Whenever any '70s or '80s babies preach about the classic days of Hip Hop, they usually refer to the early '80s and 90s era. But what they most commonly mention is that one particular individual defined what it meant to be an enigmatic emcee during this period. Rakim, the proclaimed “God MC” drops his eagerly anticipated third solo LP, seven years after it was announced he would be returning to the booth.

Whilst collaborations with Dr Dre broke down early, the R still pursued his comeback and with the Biblically referenced Seventh Seal album ready, is this the Armageddon which the rap game has been waiting for?Read more


Solange Knowles - "Stillness Is The Move" (Dirty Projectors cover)

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Along with word today that Solange has left Interscope is a free buzz track for us to enjoy - Solange Knowles' version of "Stillness Is The Move" by Dirty Projectors, using a sample originally from "Bumpy's Lament" by Soul Mann & the Brothers and made popular by Dr Dre ("XXplosive") and Erykah Badu ("Bag Lady").

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50 Cent - Before I Self Destruct (Album Review)

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Although 2009 has seen Eminem, Jay-Z and Rakim make welcome returns to the game, there is yet another figure which the Hip Hop community has felt empty without. 50 Cent, the most influential and controversial artist of the new millennium, steps back into the rap arena with the hugely delayed - but equally anticipated -  Before I Self Destruct album.

Balancing business with beef in ‘09, fans and haters have been debating whether or not 50’s musical relevance is necessary, with Lil Wayne, Drake and other rap rookies basking in the glow in which the G-Unit General once ran roughshot in.

Darker and murkier than all of his prior albums, Before I Self Destruct presents an evolvedRead more


NEW MUSIC: Sway - "The Watcher Freestyle"

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Sway dropped a brand new freestyle on his twitter.
Going in over the instrumental Dr Dre's "The Watcher" The UK Mcee announces upcoming "Delivery" mixtape.

LISTEN
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Sway's new single Mercedes Benz is out on Oct 26th. BUY IT.


SC:TV interviews RAEKWON on Cocaine rap, Busta, Dre and Part II

15_raekwon_lgl"I make music for the drug dealers," states Raekwon in the surreal setting of an upmarket London hotel lobby. SoulCulture were there to listen to a preview of the highly anticipated sequel to his classic debut album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx and to speak with the Wu-Tang founding member.

In this interview, The Chef discusses the enthusiastic support and input of Busta Rhymes and waiting on Dr Dre, ("it didn't feel good,") moving forward as an independent artist with 15 years experience in the business and his confidence in this 'classic' sequel: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Part II.

Interviewed by Marsha Gosho Oakes
Filmed&Edited by RizeOfTheRobotz


Marsha Ambrosius Live In London, July 2010 | REVIEW + EXCLUSIVE DOWNLOADS

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UKSoulJam put on a monthly showcase in London at the Jazz Cafe every month. This month, they were pleased to present Marsha Ambrosius from Floetry as the headline act on a line up of UK Soul artists.

I fondly recall watching Floetry perform at Jazz Cafe four years ago, on the popularity of their debut album. Great chemistry on stage, fun crowd interactions and dope music. After they split last year Marsha Ambrosius found herself singing all over the West Coast as an introduction to her solo career. Two mixtapes later and I'm in the audience of the Jazz Cafe eagerly awaiting my floetic namesake's first ever solo performance since Floetry... Read more