SClusive Premiere: The Last Skeptik - "That Old" | Music Video

The Last Skeptik
London based DJ and producer The Last Skeptik returns today with the eleventh visual taken from his BBE released LP Thanks For Trying and has blessed us with the world premiere.Read more

SClusive Premiere: Shamz Le Roc - "Lazy Days" | Music Video


After dropping off the audio just over a week ago, Shamz Le Roc's debut effort "Lazy Days" has steadily been picking up interest from some of the UK's tastemakers, spins on Radio 1Xtra and an increasing number of new fans, and today the pint sized rising talent gives us the green light to premiere the official visual accompaniment.

The fresh faced East LDN hailing newcomer Shamz Le Roc (and younger sibling of UK R&B trailblazer Kele Le Roc) brings us into her unique world with a smokey, hazy video which perfectly captures the young creative's fusion of R&B flavours, electronic and trap elements, chopped and screwed vocals and a laid back rap flow produced by Kream Team.
Wrap your eyeballs around the Ramone Anderson directed visual below and let us know what you think in the C-Section.

Waka Flocka Flame on his new mixtape 'Roaches To Rolexes', New LP, Giggs + more | SoulCulture TV

Waka Flocka Flame SoulCulture Interview Wireless
Last Weekend saw some of the biggest stars grace the stages at the 2013 Yahoo! Wireless Festival in East London and we were in the house to capture and experience the action on all three days.

Alongside our other coverage we got the chance to sit down with Atlanta, Georgia hailing 'Turn Up' master Waka Flocka Flame to discuss his thoughts on critics, his forthcoming mixtape Roaches To Rolexes, his forthcoming third album Flockaveli 2, working with UK rapper Giggs and his thoughts on UK Rap. Watch the full interview below...

Interview By: Marsha Gosho Oakes//Shot x Cut by: Versetti

#INSTAVIEW Bonus: Waka Flocka Flame gives us his #SummerSoundTrack

SClusive Premiere: Obenewa - "Make.Believe" | Music Video

Obenewa B SoulCulture SClusive

After giving us the green light to premiere the audio a few weeks ago, West London-hailing Soul rising star Obenewa has today blessed us with the official video for "Make.Believe", the first track taken from her eagerly anticipated forthcoming EP B.

The EP which began as an idea three months ago sparked by events in her life, is an a capella outing utilising her vocals not only as the lead, but as the instrumentation on the songs, basically everything you hear is from her mouth. The EP was then written in 5 days and then recorded in 3 days. Intentionally created in that way to make sure she captured that snapshot of her life and kept it honest and pure.

The first single "Make.Believe." which is a poignant and emotive piece, "About not wanting to let someone go, but you know that you have to and for just a moment you’re asking them to pretend, to make-believe that they will still be around."

The beautiful visual accompaniment directed by Gary Nurse keeps the monochromatic aesthetic established with the EP artwork and reflects the theatrical nature of the song, showing the push n pull between two protagonaists/lovers and the young singer wanting to stay in a fantasy world of make-believe and hope to avoid the reality of a failing relationship.

Watch the full video SClusively below...

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SoulCulture @ Yahoo! Wireless Festival Day 2 Round Up #SCWireless

Day 2 of the Yahoo! Wireless Festival at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, East London was a monster and SoulCulture was in the house soaking in the sights and sounds of the day and we survived the crowds and heat to bring you a little taste of what went down.Read more

SoulCulture @ Yahoo! Wireless Festival Day 1 Round Up #SCWireless

Yesterday (Friday, 12th July) marked the beginning of the Yahoo! Wireless Festival at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, East London and SoulCulture was in the house soaking in the sights and sounds of the day and we survived the crowds and heat to bring you a little taste of what went down.Read more

SClusive Premiere: Negash Ali - London Calling [FreEP] | Stream/Download

After dropping off the official video for the first taster from his new project "Dreams Don't", Negash Ali grants us the pleasure of SClusively debuting his new EP London Calling.Read more

BET Awards 2013: The Performances


Following a heap of BET Experience events over the last few days, tonight the 2013 BET Awards are taking place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California hosted by the one and only Chris Tucker, and with performances and appearances from some of the biggest names in Black music, you can check out the action as it unfolds via the live stream HERE and watch performances as they are uploaded below....
(Apologies for the autostart on some of these videos, blame BET not us)

Charlie Wilson Tribute

The 2013 BET Awards will premiere in the UK on Tuesday, July 2 at 8pm and repeat on Saturday, July 6 at 8pm on Sky 187, Virgin 184 and Freesat 140.

SClusive Premiere: Devine Carama - No Child Left Behind [Album] | Stream/Download


After already SClusively dropping off his latest single, "Dear Beloved (A Letter To Rapsody)", an ode to Jamla Records rapper Rapsody, Devine Carama today debuts his new album No Child Left Behind. Read more

JAY Z's "Oceans" features Frank Ocean, lyrics unveiled | News

JAY Z Magna Carta Holy Grail

While we still wait for the Justin Timberlake featuring single “Holy Grail”, from the eagerly anticipated and much talked about album Magna Carta Holy Grail, which is set to be released today (June 26th) and unveiling the lyrics to “Heaven” which incorporates lyrics from R.E.M‘s “Losing My Religion”, JAY Z has shared lyrics for another album cut and revealed a feature via the Magna Carta app available only on Samsung Galaxy devices.

Today we get a peek at the lyrics for "Oceans" which will feature Frank Ocean, who joined Jigga and Kanye West on some track on their Watch The Throne LP. In a visual available exclusively on the app, Shawn Carter explains the meaning of the track and discusses the dualities and themes of slavery and accomplishments explored in the lyrics. For non Samsung users check out the lyrics below...

JAY Z Frank Ocean Oceans Lyrics SoulCulture

The Magna Carta Holy Grail LP is due to be released on July 7th but one million Samsung Galaxy owners will get it in advance via the Magna Carta app on July 4th.
Stay locked for updates

SClusive Premiere: Devine Carama - "Dear Beloved (Letter To Rapsody)" | New Music


Preparing the release of his No Child Left Behind LP, Devine Carama allows us to share a brand new track SClusively to wet listeners tastebuds in the form of "Dear Beloved (Letter To Rapsody)".Read more

SClusive Premiere: Mega f/ George The Poet - "Do 4 Love (Don't Go)" (Prod. The Confect)

Mega George The Poet
Following our premiere of her exquisite cover of cover/refix of Chris Malinchak‘s runaway hit “So Good To Me”, Mega returns to grace us with another SClusive from her forthcoming debut covers EP Waiting For Sunrise.

This time around, the soulful 20 year old North London resident, who cites the likes of Leona Lewis, Lauryn Hill, Mary Mary, Joss Stone and Adele as her influences, gives us this captivating cover of "Do For Love" by Bobby Caldwell which incorporates elements of Wretch 32's "Dont Go". The track is produced by Get Familiar worthy North London hailing production unit The Confect and features Renowned Entertainment's star in the making George The Poet who delivers another standout performance. Listen and fall in love below...

Listen To: Mega f/ George The Poet - "Do 4 Love (Don't Go)" (Prod. The Confect)

Waiting For Sunrise which will be out later this month and also features Joel Baker and Nick Brewer.
Stay locked for a lot more from Mega on SC and Follow @justmemega on twitter.

J. Cole - Born Sinner | Album Review

Unfazed by the sales showdown between himself and Kanye West - “I'mma drop the album the same day as Kanye/ Just to show the boy’s the man now like Wanyá” - J. Cole hits listeners off with new album Born Sinner. With much hype surrounding Cole’s major label sophomore release, the bar appears to have been set very high with this brave, bold, and at times controversially beautiful journey of self-exploration mirroring that of a musical confessional.Read more

SClusive Premiere: Fat Freddy’s Drop - Blackbird | Album Stream

FFD - Blackbird - Album Cover
Following the unveiling of their creative visual for "Clean The House" which had us and many craving their forthcoming LP Blackbird, the award-winning, New Zealand hailing seven piece band Fat Freddy's Drop got in contact with us and have granted us the honour of premiering a stream of their 3rd studio album four days ahead of it's release date.Read more

Mac Miller: From Both Sides Of The Lense | Interview

Mac Miller SoulCulture Interview

Things have been on an upward trajectory for 21-year-old Malcolm McCormick, better known as Mac Miller over the last 2 years. Having released his debut album, Blue Slide Park, that charted at number one on the US Billboard chart - the first independent record to do so since Tha Dogg Pound back in 1995 - Miller has followed up with the psychedelic drug-fuelled Macadelic mixtape, an MTV reality show and a jazz project. Preparation for the release of his sophomore record, Watching Movies With The Sound Off, find him in London on a Friday afternoon, where SoulCulture check in with him after a photoshoot as he walks through Regent Park. "I'm currently walking in the park with an umbrella," he informs us over the phone. "It's raining but still nice."

Mac Miller SoulCulture Interview

Having made the move from his hometown Pittsburgh to Los Angeles last year, he certainly isn't used to our unpredictable British weather. After spending a week in the City of Angels to film an episode of MTV's Punk'd,  he rented his gated hillside mansion in order to isolate himself for the recording of Macadelic. "I loved the vibe out there," he explains, "It was my first time having my own space and I decided to move."

However, it isn't necessarily the women, weed and weather of L.A. that inspire many West Coast representatives, that are driving Mac forward, but the fact that moving away from his hometown, and in particular producers E. Dan and Big Jerm, has left him to fend for himself, creating a necessary evolution in his sound. "I'd spent all of my time working with two of the most talented producers in the game, so there was never any reason for me to explore doing things for myself," he explains. "When I moved I isolated myself, so it really could have been anywhere." Ironically the isolation has allowed him to connect with a diverse line-up of hip-hop's finest, including SchoolBoy Q, Ab-Soul, Action Bronson, Earl Sweatshirt, Tyler The Creator, The Internet, Flying Lotus and Pharrell Williams, all of whom appear on his new album. And like everything Mac seems to do, nothing is forced or contrived. "It's really organic. People just started coming over, and they like the vibe at the house," he explains. "Me being out there has allowed us to become good friends and then the music has just followed. In Pittsburgh there was nobody really around to put on the album and stuff - other than the homies - so I had to do it myself."

Mac Miller SoulCulture Interview

With every project thus far, Mac has captured a different vibe and has immersed listeners in those worlds. Undoubtedly his most adventurous effort yet, Watching Movies With The Sound Off is, in his own words, "More cerebral and surrealist, like Salvador Dali. There are a lot of layers to it," he goes on "But I kind of just want people to listen to the music and take from it what they will." The escapism, as well as the title, draws from his love of films, and bringing up the subject soon reveals that he is a film-buff who gets too involved in what he watches. "It's an opportunity to temporarily escape your world and live in another. I cry at the sad bits, smile at the cheesy parts, scream at scary movies," he admits. "As a kid I used to spend the next few hours after the movie playing pretend and imagining what is next for the characters." He also recently portrayed himself in the 5th instalment of the 'Scary Movie' franchise alongside Snoop Dogg. The second half of the title comes from the studio ritual of playing muted films and drawing from them to create soundtracks which become original compositions. And this passion for the alternate realities of cinema is echoed throughout WMWTSO, whether in Fly Lo's Sci-Fi production and the Super-Hero Comedy visual for lead single "S.D.S," or the fact that Mac employs battle rapper Loaded Lux to deliver a diss rap about him, in order to leave the haters with nothing more to say - which whether intentionally or not, draws comparisons to the final scenes of Eminem's semi-biographical 8 Mile.

Whilst directing movies through his music, he has also spent a lot of time on the other side of the camera this year, with his MTV2 reality series Mac Miller & The Most Dope Family that originally aired in the US back in February. He describes the experience of being followed by cameras as rough, although it certainly doesn't come across as something he has regrets about. When asked about the legitimacy of the situations documented in the show, he is happy to be transparent. "The reality of my life is that I just sit in the studio all day and make music," the self-confessed music addict explains. "You can't really make a show about that. So everything is real in the sense of that there is no script. But we might decide like 'This episode we go fishing' and then whatever happens becomes the episode."

It's interesting to observe that despite the fact that the last year has seen Mac acquiring an L.A. mansion, fast cars, women, famous friends and an MTV show - where most would expect his output to begin engineering itself towards chart exposure - his music seems to have gone in the complete opposite direction and, if anything, has become even more organic. He attributes this to his ability to separate the various aspects of his career, explaining that he set times to film and treats the TV show as a job, returning to his studio as soon as the cameras are off to make more music. "The cameras came at a funny time for me," he reflects, "because my life has become a lot more private and more relaxed than ever before. Now I'm not going to clubs and events, I just want to sit around and make music. I'm realising the preciousness of my privacy."

Another new string to Miller's ever extending bow, is his newly surfacing production work, which seems to be growing in quantity as months pass and is present across a number of tracks on Watching Movies With The Sound Off. Working under the alias Larry Fisherman, the past few months alone have seen the likes of Ab-Soul, Sir Michael Rocks, Hodgy Beats, Boldy James and Freddie Gibbs spitting over his instrumentals, as well as an upcoming EP with underrated Long Beach rapper Vince Staples, which Mac has produced in its entirety. When asked about the seriousness of his production work he is quick to respond: "Oh I'm taking it very seriously. I'd love to have producing even pay the bills." Nevertheless he is still building his confidence in this aspect of his career, informing us, "I'm still self conscious of being called a producer, because it's something new, but it's very exciting." And while having such an arsenal of MC's to call upon can't harm, Mac's time working with Pharrell Williams on their upcoming Pink Slime EP - as well as "Objects In The Mirror" on WMWTSO - hasn't been too bad for his inspiration either. "Pharrell can do anything," states Mac. "How he sees music. He's a visionary, and he always pushes things to the next level. It's great to see that openness."

It's this kind of openness that is increasingly present throughout Mac's own ventures as well as his genuine music that have him moving from strength to strength. "I love it man," he says happily and sincerely, "It's all I do. It's less of work and more of an addiction. Music is open, and there are no limits. You can do whatever you want to do. And it's that mind set that me and all of us are with."

Watching Movies With The Sound Off is available on Monday 17th June. [pre-order]

Words by: Grant Brydon
Images by: Hayley Louisa Brown

SClusive Premiere: Eric Lau f/ Rahel - "Guide You" | New Music

One Of Many
Following the unveiling of "Everytime" and the Tawiah featuring "Where To Go Now", we are proud to SClusively present to you this morning the third and final track to be released from Eric Lau's forthcoming album release, One Of Many, which is set to be released on June 17th.

Today the soulful London based production wizard gives us the green light to unveil "Guide You" a beautiful musical journey which features mesmerising vocals from singer-songwriter Rahel (who also features on the previously released "Everytime") and features additional production from Kaidi Tatham.

Press play and enjoy the goodness below...

The cover for the album is attached. The album also features vocals from

One Of Many also features Tawiah, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Oddisee and Fatima and you can pre-order the album HERE NOW.