Chris Tucker Performs "Remember The Time" Tribute To MJ @VUndergroundNYC (Video)

Chris Tucker stunned the audience at Village Underground venue in New York last week when he took to the stage to perform "Remember The Time" in tribute to the late, great Michael Jackson, backed by a live band. Check out the footage, courtesy of HipHopWired.

Cheri Dennis Unveils New Image & Performs Live @ Southpaw, BK (Video)

Rocking a new style with electric blue hair and a patterned bodysuit in leather thigh-high boots, [former?] Bad Boy/Atlantic Records R&B singer Cheri Dennis resurfaced onstage last week at the Christian Rich concert at Southpaw in Brooklyn; check out the videos below.

Having been off the radar for a while since her 2007 debut release, In and Out of Love, after performing she announced to the audience, "I know that song might be a little different than what some of you are used to...

"I know I probably look a little different than some of you are used to - but this is the real Cheri Dennis."

I wonder what's coming next...

Keep an eye on her Twitter @CheriDennis to find out.

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Sunday Soundtrack: Janelle Monae - "Smile"

Photo by Neil Raja

Revisiting Janelle Monae's beautiful and harrowing cover of Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" has been the perfect antidote to this dreary Sunday evening. This must-watch performance was captured by SoulCulture at Monae's first ever London show in November 2009 at Cargo, Shoreditch.

Monae will be back in London to perform at KoKo this Wednesday 8th September. If you didn't manage to snag tickets (which were apparently somewhat like gold-dust!) vibe out to this performance and check out my review from her last visit back in July.

J. Cole Performs On Rooftop In Michigan | Video

Cole takes the stage for an intimate crowd on a rooftop in Michigan, performing tunes from The Warm Up. Filmed by Street Logik.

Eminem Performs “Love The Way You Lie” x “Not Afraid” At T In The Park | Video

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As hip hop's heavyweights continue to take over Britain's festival season, Eminem headlined on Saturday night at this weekend's T In The Park in Scotland.

"Love The Way You Lie"

"Not Afraid"

Kelis - 4th Of July (Fireworks) | Live in London, May 2010

Here is footage from Kelis' show last month in London, performing her latest single, "4th Of July (Fireworks)". While Kelis' dance direction has had many critics (including me if I'm honest, I do prefer her old stuff) it has to be said that she looks VERY comfortable performing on that club stage.

Mos Def x Lenny Kravitz – "It Ain’t My Fault"

On May 12th, Mos Def and Ben Jaffe got together to write a song for Gulf Aid, a benefit for those affected by the oil spill.  In an all-night jam session less than 12 hours later, they recorded the song with Lenny Kravitz, Trombone Shorty, Tim Robbins and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Lenny Kravitz photo (above) by Aworan

VIDEO: Alicia Keys On Later… With Jools Holland

Enthusiastically introducing Alicia Keys' return to perform on his live music show in London, Jools Holland asks her where she puts her Grammys.

Alicia Keys performs “No One”:

Alicia Keys performs “Empire State Of Mind (Part II) Broken Down”:

Watch Vivian Green’s Interview x Performance On The Mo’Nique Show

R&B singer and pianist Vivian Green chats to Mo'Nique about her latest album, Beautiful [out now on E1], describing the sound as a fusion between her first and second albums. Following some health problems with her son Jordan, who was diagnosed with an unknown syndrome soon after her previous album was released, Vivian explains that the album is titled in celebration of her son's development and recovery.
Interview + Live Performance of "Too Intense":

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Macy Gray – “Beauty In The World” Live On The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Video)

Macy Gray performs "Beauty In The World", her lead single from new album The Sellout, live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Featuring collaborations with T.I., Bobby Brown, The Bodyrockers’ Kaz James and Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum formerly of Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver, The Sellout drops on Monday (May 17th) via Concord Records/Island Records.

Photography by Steve Rutherford for SoulCulture.

K'Naan Explains "Wavin' Flag" Metaphor

"The important thing about being a creator, someone who makes things from the ground up, is sometimes to evoke new images for something that already has an image - and to change the feeling of that image..."

After performing an intimate café show in Slovenia, K'Naan explains his meaning behind "Wavin' Flag".

Photography by Tamar Nussbacher for SoulCulture

Toni Braxton Admits To Pulse Album Nerves

"I was a little nervous, I'm gonna be honest..."

After performing on the Wendy Williams show last week to support its US release, Toni Braxton admitted to being nervous about her new album, Pulse; out today in the UK.

"I needed the love because I was feeling really depressed," she said frankly. "I didn't think I would be able to perform again or sing again - and here I am today on your show..."

Toni is also open about the much speculated financial debt she has had to deal with since having a heart attack during a residency in Vegas, when her insurance refused to cover her pre-existing heart condition.

Ms Braxton's live performance of "Hands Tied", the third official single from Pulse:

Pulse is out now on Atlantic Records.

“I Learned The Hard Way”: Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings On The Late Show

On yesterday's The Late Show with David Letterman, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings perform the title track from their latest album, out now on Daptone Records - "I Learned The Hard Way".

Sounds fantastic! I like Ms Jones' sass.

VIDEO: K'Naan, Drake, Justin Bieber & Nikki Yanofsky perform "Wavin' Flag" at 2010 Juno Awards

Having scooped the 'Artist of the Year' prize at this year's Juno Awards a couple of weeks ago, K'Naan performed his catchy anthem "Wavin' Flag" [for which he also nabbed Songwriter of The Year] live with talented fellow Canadian artists Drake [ New Artist of The Year], Nikki Yanofsky and wonderkid Justin Bieber.

"We just move forward like Buffalo soldiers."


Corinne Bailey Rae Performs "Closer" On The Late Late Show (Video)

Corinne Bailey Rae performs "Closer" from her critically acclaimed sophomore album The Sea on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Cypress Hill Perform “Insane In The Brain” x “Rise Up” On Jimmy Kimmel (Video)

Happy 4/20 ;)

Cypress Hill passed through the Jimmy Kimmel show to promote their new album Rise Up and performed their classic "Insane In The Brain" as well as their new single "Rise Up".

"Insane In The Brain"

"Rise Up"