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

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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


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

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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


Mac Miller live in London with The Internet @ Plan B [Full Concert Video]

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June 10th saw Mac Miller perform a special one off show at London's Plan B showcasing his new album Watching Movies With The Sound Off. Performed alongside Odd Future's The Internet, a mass amount of amateur videos hit the net the morning after the show but now Mac gives fans the official footage.

Running through a few well known hits of his including "Best Day Ever", "Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza" and "Donald Trump", the purpose of the night was to give fans an exclusive listen to the new album before it hit stores - it dropped June 17th - in a live capacity.

The sold out show, which saw Mac perform "Star Room", "S.D.S.", "REMember" and "Gees", also saw Mac pick up a guitar, strap up, and knock out a few riffs.

Watch the full London show below.

http://youtu.be/yvfUzZsPqxY

Watching Movies With The Sound Off is out now, read our review here.


J. Cole - Born Sinner | Album Review

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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


MC Melodee | Get Familiar

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It’s apparent upon hearing MC Melodee for the first time that the city of Amsterdam has been hiding an undiscovered Hip-Hop talent within its walls. Lyrically charming [as well as physically striking], MC Melodee is what happens when beauty meets the beat. Read more


Talib Kweli - Prisoner Of Conscious | Album Review

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Two years since his previous effort Gutter Rainbows hit stores, Brooklyn rhymer Talib Kweli drops off his fifth solo album Prisoner of Conscious. With an array of featured guests, a magnitude of rhythmically responsive instrumental backdrops and more subject matters than a book of short stories, the 15 track lyrical get down is a tempo frenzy of intellectual poetry. Read more


Mac Miller performs "REMember" in London with The Internet [Video]

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With one week to go until the release of his new album Watching Movies With The Sound Off, Mac Miller stopped off in London last night (June 10th) to perform a special one off show showcasing his upcoming sophomore release.

Telling the crowd not to expect to hear much in the way of his popular back catalogue, the sold out show at Brixton's Plan B was Mac's way of giving his UK fans a look at his latest creation. Backed by Odd Future band The Internet, Mac ran through a host of new tracks including "The Star Room", "S.D.S." and "Bird Call".

Giving a physically high energy performance, the young Pittsburg native slowed things down towards the end and went on to give a touching performance of "REMember", a track dedicated to a friend he lost not so long ago taken from the forthcoming LP, for the first time ever with The Internet. He even pulled a guitar out and started strumming a few chords.

Watch the performance of "REMember" below.

http://youtu.be/VbkWgw2xgoo


Omar - The Man | Album Review

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“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” This is definitely something that singer Omar Lye-Fook can relate to. As a longstanding member of the UK soul community, since the mid 80‘s he’s been part responsible for putting the UK on the map musically. Not changing his delivery, creative mindset or his target audience, whether it’s his happy-go-lucky attitude to life or his passionate application to making music, you just can’t help but love him. Respected by everybody, hated by none, having him back after seven years is some what of a relief. Read more


Adrian Marcel performs "Killa" at his homecoming show, San Francisco [Video]

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On the road and doing the rounds performing Stateside from coast to coast, R&B newcomer Adrian Marcel recently touched down in San Francisco as part of his homecoming show. Performing to a packed house at Yoshi's, the Oakland, California native broke out the big guns when he unleashed the instrumental for his recent hit "Killa," which shares the same beat as the famous Luniz joint "I Got 5 On It." Garnering much crowd participation, the track itself already seems to be a hit with the fans. Read more


The-Dream - IV Play | Album Review

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A complex character of sorts, The-Dream is an incredibly talented individual who once in a while makes a questionable creative decision. With that said, when he’s on his game he’s really on his game. Returning with his fourth studio album [if you disregard the free-turned-salable Terius Nash: 1977], the aptly titled IV Play is commercially the most anticipated of his long plays; thanks to his high-profile Beyonce collaborations, Watch The Throne input and Grammy win for "No Church In The Wild." Read more


Tracey Lee f/ Young Guru - "Pro Bono" | New Music

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Having already hit us over the head with the Marvin Gaye sampling soul banger "It's About Time", Tray Lee now cooks up a pre-golden era dish served with a freestyle side salad in the form of "Pro Bono".

With help on the ones and twos from longtime friend [and Jay-Z's right hand man] Young Guru, Tray channels the likes of Big Daddy Kane and Rakim on this speedy 80's inspired lyrical attack. Proclaiming the track to be authentic Hip-Hop, the man of "many facez" begins by shouting out the likes of LL Cool J, KRS One, Kool G Rap, Big Daddy Kane, Rakim and Chuck D.

Those that remember the days when all out spitting over a beat with some wild scratching was enough will appreciate this one. Forget singing/rapping, Tray Lee is going for the jugular with this one - "His skill minimal/ We ain't identical/ I don't do riddles or hide behind subliminals."

Both "Pro Bono" and "It's About Time" will feature on Tracey Lee's upcoming album ESQ.


Sisqo talks Dru Hill's conception and self-titled debut album #ReturnToTheClassics

Signed as a new act to Island Records back in 1996, Dru Hill were a young and talented vocal foursome with ties to gospel music who pretty much became an international success story overnight. Whether it was their authentic, honest musical delivery or their individuality as far as their image went, the boys from Baltimore sure knew how to bring it.

Constantly compared to the bad boys of R&B Jodeci, Dru Hill weren’t the only all male R&B group on their grind at the time. The '90s was a decade that played host to a gang of upcoming male rhythm and blues acts. The likes of Blackstreet, Silk, Shai, Color Me Badd, and Bel Biv Devoe were just some of the groups vying for that top spot.

With a Top 20 Billboard charting hit in the form of "Tell Me," the boys went out of their way to prove they were a refreshing alternate to their stiff competition - and it wasn’t long until the world caught on. Read more


Looking For Myself: Jared Evan talks industry politics, discovering Hip-Hop, Boom Bap & Blues

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"I’m a classic rock kid that fell in love with Hip-Hop."

There was a time that Jared Evan was considered a high priority artist by Jimmy Iovine, signed to Interscope Records via Polow Da Don’s Zone 4 imprint in 2009. After a mountain of money was poured into his development, some moderate success, a mixtape, a couple of singles and a few high profile tours later, label restrictions on his creativity choked the the singer, songwriter, rapper and producer and Evan departed the majors for a dose of fresh air and the chance to do things independently.

Finding himself during this time, he seems to have now unlocked his true musical potential. Moving more away from the rap pretty boy image Interscope tried to market him with, Evan’s recent material boasts copious amounts of heart, soul and a dash of rock - with love for bands such as the Beatles and Led Zeppelin - plus a generous helping of Hip-Hop.

Sitting down with SoulCulture, Jared Evan talks industry politics, musical growth and the creative process behind his recent collaborative effort with Statik Selektah, Boom Bap & Blues [read our review here]. The indie grind isn’t an easy one but, with hard work and determination, resetting the career clock isn’t always a bad move - or so Jared tells us... Read more


Logic | Get Familiar

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Currently ringing bells as loud as fire alarms, does anyone really know Logic? Having been recruited as part of XXL Magazine’s Freshman 2013 list, the Maryland emcee with both brains and bite also just signed his first major record deal with Def Jam. Read more


Ladylike: Terri Walker x Nicole Wray talk inspiration and resurrecting soul

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Taking it back to the days of afros and bell-bottoms, Terri Walker and Nicole Wray are Lady - a singing duo soaked in so much soul that not even a Spongebob Squarepants: Motown Edition could compete. Offering up copious amounts of unfiltered vintage soul sounds, their musical teaming is one welcomed with open arms.

Having just released their debut self-titled album on the highly regarded and ultimately respected Truth & Soul record label, the girls are currently on the road in America tearing up the circuit with their authentic adaptation of retro soul-meets-classic Hip-Hop. Pushing a genre often overlooked by the mainstream, Walker and Wray, led by their head and their hearts, have an undeniable date with success.

Speaking to SoulCulture prior to their American takeover, the girls explain what it is about music that keeps them inspired still to this day, and the reasoning behind their resurrecting a genre that inspires a world of feeling. Read more


Bishop Nehru | Get Familiar

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Teen rappers are not a new commodity as far as the Hip-Hop community goes. We’ve seen Shad Moss go from Lil Bow Wow to [big] Bow Wow, Master P’s son go from Lil’ Romeo to Romeo, and further back than that we bore witness to Kris Kross take adolescent rhyming to a whole other level. Hell, even LL Cool J debuted at the age of 16. With that said, enter 16-year-old Bishop Nehru. Read more