Category Archives: Hip-Hop


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



Music video by NHI [Non Human Intelligence] performing Favorite Alien with C. Daniel Jordan [Video Director], Katrina Nelson [Video Producer], Scott Hebert [DP], Ben Staley [Video Editor]

Kid Sister Photo Shoot

So WAP was at an undisclosed location in NY (hint: Q-Tip spins there) watching the lovely femcee Kid Sister do a little modeling for a top secret campaign. Are those Reeboks we see? Check out the pics:






Forgive our ignorance, but we thought Long Beach was a G-Town with rappers like Crooked I and Snoop Dogg. But, Idle Warship (Res, Graph Noble and Talib Kweli) virtually live in Long Beach, as they continuously perform there. There is that show and some others from the group.

I.W. in the L.B.C.

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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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