Weekly Wrap-Up: Chase & Status, Adele, Diddy-Dirty Money & Liam Bailey

This week on SoulCulture, Cheryl Cole and Kanye West received the remix treatment, with stunning reinterpretations of their songs from soul singer Adele and The Portland Cello Project Orchestra respectively; new music came from Chase & Status, The Streets and more, new music videos came from Liam Bailey, Nicki Minaj and The Floacist, SoulCulture partied with Diddy-Dirty Money and much, much more.


Diddy-Dirty Money London HMV instore x album launch (Jan 20) | Pics x VideoDiddy-Dirty Money hit London town last week as part of their European promotional tour – and of course a party was in order. SoulCulture were invited to attend the group’s intimate album listening session and captured footage and images.

Star Slinger: One of UK Hip Hop’s best kept secrets? ● “Originally from Nottingham, now residing in Manchester, Star Slinger is a Hip Hop producer who makes instrumental Hip Hop or “beats” as we would call them but that’s not even the half of it, he is arguably one of the best and most innovative new artists of 2010 and certainly 2011.” – Profile by Ayodele Adepoju

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


Kanye West: new LP this summer, ‘All Of The Lights’ vid in 1 week, Watch The Throne in 2 months ● Sending instant waves across Twitter in his usual fashion, Kanye West took to the worldwide micro-blogging platform this week to announce three fairly major bits of G.O.O.D. music news.

KiD CuDi announces new mixtape ‘A Man Named Scott’, a rock album + “Maniac” filmKiD CuDi returned to Twitter last week with a few announcements, he will be releasing a new ‘rock album’ called Wizard, a mixtape called A Man Named Scott and the video for his Man On The Moon II single ‘Maniac’ this year.

New Orleans JazzFest 2011 lineup includes Lauryn Hill, Lupe Fiasco, Wyclef, John Legend & The Roots ● The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival recently announced the music line-up for the 42nd edition of the Jazz Fest which is scheduled to be held over two consecutive weekends between April 29th and May 1st and between May 5th and May 8th 2011.

Jay-Z & Will Smith announce joint film venture, “Annie” remake in development ● Following news of their talks over remaking Broadway classic Annie with Willow Smith to star, it has been announced today that Jay-Z and Overbrook Entertainment partners James Lassiter, Ken Stovitz, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith have joined forces in a film partnership to develop and produce major motion pictures.

Lupe Fiasco tells KUBE 93: “I can’t not tell the truth” [Video] ● Just before heading to Australia for his headline gig at the Big Day Out Festival, Lupe Fiasco stopped by KUBE 93 radio in Seattle for an interview with DJs Hyphen and J. Moore.

Thundercats new cartoon series: New image + pics of new action figures hit the net | Geek Alert ● We brought you news about the return of the Thundercats to our scenes with a brand new animated series on the Cartoon Network a while ago. Now we have a the 1st (albeit it slightly blurry) look at the brand new Thundercats series!


Adele covers Cheryl Cole’s “Promise This” for BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge | New MusicAdele performed performed a few stripped back tracks including this amazing cover of Cheryl Cole‘s single “Promise This” in front of a live audience for BBC Radio 1′s first Live Lounge Special.

Game – Purp & Patron [Discs 1 & 2] | Free Mixtape DL Game has released both discs from his slightly delayed mixtape, Purp & Patron, hosted by both DJ Skee and DJ Funkmaster Flex. Disc One is called Purp and Disc Two is called Patron [see what he did there?].

The Streets – Cyberspace and Reds | Free Mixtape DL ● ritain’s biggest selling Hip Hop artist, Mike Skinner, a.k.a The Streets, has released his second official mixtape Cyberspace and Reds, twelve days before the release of his last album, Computers and Blues (February 7th).

XV – “Smallville” (Prod by J. Cole) | Free DL ● Wichita, Kansas XV native weaves his intricate flow over the Smashing Pumpkins sampling, J. Cole production.

Chase & Status x Cee Lo Green – “Brixton Briefcase” | New Music Chase & Status and Cee Lo Green collaborate for this monster of an anthem from the production duo’s sophomore album release No More Idols.

Mark Ronson premieres Teeko & B. Bravo remix of “Glass Mountain Trust” (ft. D’Angelo) ● Producers Teeko & B. Bravo have made a stripped down, spaced out, funked up remix of Mark Ronson and D’Angelo’s “Glass Mountain Trust”, from Mark Ronson & The Business International’s recently released album, titled Record Collection.


Liam Bailey – “You’d Better Leave Me” Video Premiere | SoulCulture Exclusive ● Nottingham, UK hailing soul talent Liam Bailey gives SoulCulture the exclusive premiere of his official video for “You’d Better Leave Me”: the lead single from his forthcoming self-penned, Salaam Remi-produced debut LP.

Kanye West’s “All of the Lights” covered by The Portland Cello Project orchestra (Video) ● On December 17, 2010 at a sold out show in Portland, Oregon’s Crystal Ballroom, The Portland Cello Project orchestra performed a beautiful rendition of Kanye West‘s “All of the Lights”, taken from his international critically acclaimed album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

Nicki Minaj – “Moment 4 Life” ft. Drake | Video ● Here are the visuals to Nicki Minaj’s highly anticipated video for “Moment 4 Life”, off her US platinum selling debut album, Pink Friday.

Floacist strips down for sensual new video: “Let Me” ● Wearing only glittery nipple pads, g-strings and copious amounts of body oil, The Floacist and her leading man play Adam and Eve with a seductive dance of temptation in the sensual visuals to “Let Me”, from the former Floetry member’s new solo album Floetic Soul [out now].

Alexis Jordan – “Good Girl” [Official Video] ● Star Roc/Roc Nation singing sensation Alexis Jordan returns with the official video to accompany her second single ‘Good Girl’ which is off of her self-titled forthcoming debut album.

Bilal – “Levels” (Directed by Flying Lotus) | Video + Free Remix Flying Lotus makes his directorial debut with the official video for “Levels” by Bilal, featuring Erykah Badu, Thundercat and Shafiq Husayn (who produced the track).

Oprah Presents Master Class with Simon Cowell (Full Episode) Simon Cowell was episode 4′s subject of the OWN network original series Oprah Presents Master Class. The infamous record label executive/Reality TV singing competition mogul turns his critical eye on his own life and shares what rejection, failure and, finally, great success have taught him.

Adele ’21′ launch gig live at The Tabernacle (Full Concert Video) ● To celebrate the release of her new album 21, Adele hit the stage at the Tabernacle in London on Monday 24th January for an intimate concert.