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Once upon a time def Jam was truly “def.” The company was so fresh and new that Russell Simmons once did a record with the legendary Jazzy Jay. We can’t remember why Rush was forced to the mic, but the results are an old school classic produced by Mr. Rick Rubin. We also posted the other version, “Def Jam,” which only featured Jazzy Jay. He sounded like one of the Transformers. Definitely Def!

Russell Rush & Jazzy Jay – Cold Chillin’ In The Spot – 1985

DJ Jazzy Jay “The Def Jam” – 1985


HAPPY BIRTHDAY LAURYN HILL!, is Lauryn Hill’s birthday.

To celebrate Ms Hill’s iconic contribution to music, interviewed some of our favourite artists to gather their thoughts on Lauryn’s classic album, Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, and to wish her a truly happy birthday.

SoulCulture.TV presents.. Happy Birthday Lauryn features Jazmine Sullivan, Eric Roberson, BBC DJ Trevor Nelson, Teedra Moses, Jose James, J*DaVeY, Muhsinah, Tawiah and Nneka:

Interviews by Marsha Gosho Oakes, Filmed+Edited by


Santogold is dead.  Sort of.  Not really. 

Singer Santi White has rechristened her moniker as Santigold, thanks to a law suit with a little-known wrestler-type sales person.


Last year, some dude named Santo Gold decided to sue Santi in between making small budget films and selling weak bling via infomercials. Santo Gold, real name Santo Rigatuso of Baltimore, made a never released movie called “Santo Gold’s Blood Circus (1985).” The movie is now spliced up and inserted inside his infomericals, which peddles jewelry.


Meanwhile, the newly created Santigold isn’t sweating it.

A press release reads, “Change the graffiti on the bathroom wall, get your tattoo fixed, get your T-shirt airbrushed and change the name on your year-end list. Santogold is now Santigold. She’s not telling you why, that’s just how it is.”

On the other side, the dweeb Santo Gold has release the worst diss record ever, “I’m The Real Santo Gold.”


“I’m the real Santo Gold and I don’t like my name being stole.”

We’d prefer if you didn’t rap or make music.

Meet Shyvonne Sanganoo

shyvonneShyvonne Sanganoo stands on stage at Blaggards, a small bar on 38th and 5th in Manhattan. She didn’t scout this space out before opting to perform here on a blustery winter night. Men are fixated on the game. Rock acts are on deck and an acoustic songstress just left the stage for the crowd. Pinning down what sort of venue Blaggards represents is difficult. The whole crowd is White, but there is Hip-Hop music playing between acts. The ambiance is rustic, reminiscent of a Wild West saloon.

And then there is Shyvonne, colorfully dressed, draped in her own style with a handful of loyal friend-fans. She was recruited to be here, as the owner of Blaggards spotted her at another New York spot. Although, her career is at its infancy, Shyvonne is already walking. By the time she starts singing, all the eyes in the room are on her. Predictions are that she’ll be flying very soon. How is it to perform in front of weird crowds?

Shyvonne: [Laughs] That depends on what your definition of weird is. Let’s pretend you mean simply different crowds, I love it. I learn a lot from shows with different crowds as opposed to shows with familiar faces and ears. If I can grab that attention of that random guy in a suit who has no idea who I am, then I served my purpose and it was a good show. I like strangers. [Laughs]
Is there a mother and/or father to your musical style?

Shyvonne: [Pauses] I would more so say I was raised by a village of influence rather than just a musical mother or father. I love so many different genres of music and have been influenced from them all: from rock, to Hip-Hop, show tunes, to soul, to club music. Your music spans across several genres, what’s your definition of the music you make?

Shyvonne: That’s always a hard question that I’m often asked. Its like if you had a very mixed background and on an application you can only check one box for race. It’s hard to sum up all of your music into one genre so ill have to make up a long run on shyvonne3sentence to answer that one. I am a rock & soul superstar, charismatic person but with a sad soul at times with a story to tell. My music is simply my expression, my therapy. Often people ask me why am I so bitter in songs, but seem happy at parties. First of all, most songs are about relationships not just with boys, but family, friends, work and myself. Second, I am happy and its because getting feelings out through song is what helps me deal with certain things and disappointments that life my throw my way. Our way. I define my music based on my mood which often changes. Sometimes I wanna punch someone in the face, other times I want to cry, smile, and dance my heart out. My music is me, and that’s not a one worded answer just yet.

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Drake and Wayne. Wayne and Drake. Drake and Wayne and Santogold are unstoppable.

LMFAO – “I’m In Miami Trick”


A Kid named Cudi, along with the Smash Brothers, kicked the ballistics at the Deko Lounge in Central New Jersey…in central January.