Tinashe Performs “2 On” on Wendy Williams [FULL VIDEO] @Tinashe @wendywilliams

Tinashe Performs 2 On Wendy Williams

How does Wendy Williams ring in a new year of life? With performances from some of music’s most respected sounds (more on that later!) and promising new comers, that’s how! As a part of the 50th birthday bash for Wendy Williams, the R&B riser Tinashe performed her song “2 On”. Though guest artist ScHoolboy Q didn’t make it for the performance, Tinashe still took the stage to engage the crowd. See the full video below
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[RETRO REVIEW] Around the World In A Daze: Rolling Stone Album Review of Prince’s Around the World in a Day Album by Jon Pareles June 6, 1985 @furthermucker @gonzomike @zaheerali @questlove

Prince - Around the World In a Daze Prince Around the World in A Day Album Review

While cleaning out some of the soulhead vinyl archives, one of our staff members came across this old Rolling Stone Magazine album review of  Prince‘s Around the World in a Day, which was his follow up to Purple Rain, which we recently celebrated.   The writer, Jon Pareles, breaks down the album and while we don’t agree with everything he wrote, it is a solid read. Enjoy:

REPRINTED FROM ROLLING STONE – JUNE 6 1985

PRINCE IS UP TO SOMETHING, no doubt about it, on Around the World in a Day. The packaging will pass for psychedelic, as will the name of Prince’s recording studio and custom label, Paisley Park. And audio embellishments like finger cymbals and lost-in-space synthesizers — not to mention the album’s first lines, “Open your heart, open your mind” — would have been right at home in lysergic times. Read more of this post

Mello Music Group Present In The Ruff by Diamond District [FULL STREAM] @XOyUoddisee @MelloMusicGroup

Mello Music Group Present In The Ruff by Diamond District

We admit that we slept on this, but these DC artists have soul! A whole different type of MMG, the Mello Music Group cultivates regional soul, hip hop music, bringing us artists that appeal to the senses and soul. Diamond District are a DC based crew that put out this gem In The Ruff back in 2009. While the album is going on five years old, it still speaks to us in a real way.

You can stream the full album here. And if you are like us, you should support the artist with a purchase!
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Saul Williams Talks “Holla If You Hear Me” With the Breakfast Club [FULL VIDEO] @SaulWilliams @breakfastclubam

Saul Williams Talks Holla If Your Hear Me With the Breakfast Club

It was a great disappointment when we discovered that the Broadway show Holla If You Hear Me would be ending its short lived run. The Kenny Leon helmed musical based off the music of Tupac Shakur brought a lot of excitement about hip hop’s arrival to a point in contemporary culture where it could influence the Great White Way. But alas, with the show coming to an end, these conversation are still being.

Nonetheless, Saul Williams  and his cast mate came through to Power 105.1 The Breakfast Club to discuss the show as well as his other ventures. Get in to the full interview below!
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“Do You Wanna Get Down” with this Donna Summer Remix [FULL STREAM] @LateNiteTuffGuy

Do You Wanna Get Down WIth this Donna Summer Remix

Variety is the spice of life, and so you should spice up your summer afternoon with this dope remix by LNTG, the Late Nite Tuff Guy. Donna Summer is forever a sister of soul, and we will always love her for her indelible mark on the genre. But this remix takes it to another level that is bona fide groove inducing. Listen to this “Do You Wanna Get Down Remix” and proceed to both “toot toot” and “beep beep” through the day.
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Leanne Rimes and Doug E. Fresh Celebrate Wendy Williams’ B-Day [FULL VIDEO] @wendywilliams @RealDougEFresh @leannrimes

Leanne Rimes and Doug E. Fresh Celebrate Wendy Williams' B-Day

Last week the notorious female shock jock turned media maven, Wendy Williams, celebrated her 50th birthday. As a part of the celebration, many from far and near came to wish her well. We have plenty videos covering the event, but this is an exclusive one of Leanne Rimes singing “Amazing Grace“, followed by a chopped and a capella remix of “It’s All Because of You” with Mr. Doug E. Fresh himself!

Watch the video below!
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Science of War – Blue Buttonz ft. Jess The Facts, Urg 7, Mighty Casey & Bin Grim [FULL STREAM + VIDEO]

Science of War

Blue Buttonz is putting hip hop in touch with it’s historic, political roots. Always a medium for saying the unpopular but still bringing the truth, hip hop can be controversial and raw. On this track “Science of War”, Blue Buttonz- alongside Jess The Facts, Urg 7, Mighty Casey and Bin Grim- are speaking some poetic justice about the past two decades of America’s involvement in the so-called “Middle East“.

Capturing all sorts of political dissidence, this song is particularly timely, given current events. Check it out now!
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The Weeknd is the “King of the Fall” [FULL SONGSTREAM] @theweeknd

The Weeknd is The King of the Fall

The Weeknd has officially entered the stratosphere of perennial, proliferating hitmaker. This new song follows in the same vain of “Often”, with it’s sexually suggestive lyrics and boastful swagger. But there is something about the new age synths that mellow the tempo of the song, and makes for a great listen.

Stream the full track here!
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GQ Feature : A Brand New Ye [FULL ARTICLE] @kanyewest @gqmagazine @xzachbaronx

GQ Feature : A Brand New Ye

Kanye West is an ever evolving, ever dynamic presence in the scope of modern America pop culture. No matter his controversy, he is arguably one of the greatest contributors to “American cool” or even international style for that matter.

In this sit down interview with GQ Magazine’s Zach Baron, Yeezy talks about his coming ventures, including a new fashion line, a footwear deal with Adidas, and of course, a new album! This article tells a tale of Kanye West and his life as a married man, as a dad, and as an individual striving to be the fullest version of himself. You can read the full article here!

Legendary Artist Goldie to Curate “Masterpiece” Series @VibeMagazine @MrGoldie @ministryofsound

Legendary Artist Goldie to Curate “Masterpiece” Series

Legendary Artist Goldie to Curate Masterpiece Series

The Untied Kingdom‘s Ministry of Sound’s Masterpiece series, is a body of work selected by some of the most revered music minds of the nation. The Ministry of Sound began as a London nightclub but now is a true taste maker in British music. Their Masterpiece series signifies some of the top sounds in the region.

Previous artists listed to curate the this list include Fabio and Grooverider, and a soulhead favorite, Giles Peterson. Vibe has recently broke that the talented Goldie will now join the ranks of curator of the “Masterpiece” series. This compilation is sure to be literal music to our ears!

See full announcement on Vibe.com.

@NipseyHussle and @BigBoy Attending Los Angeles Peace Walk – @TTMFoundation

Nipsey Hussle and Big Boy Attending Los Angeles Peace Walk

Using their influence for good, some of the biggest names in Los Angeles hip hop are encouraging people to attend today’s Los Angeles “Peace Walk and Peace Talk”. An event hosted by the Trayvon Martin Foundation, these events are meant to discuss and propose solutions for the ever occurring violence in Los Angeles street culture. Big Boy and Nipsey Hussle, as well as actress Jurnee Smollet-Bell are among a few who are using their celebrity influence to have an impact on the community.

For all those in the Los Angeles area, the event is scheduled to being at 10:30 am at the historic Crenshaw High School.

Gifted Artist, Tough Questions – “Ill Mind of Hopsin 7″ [FULL STREAM + VIDEO] @hopsin

Gifted Artist, Tough Question - Ill Mind of Hopsin 7

Hopsin is an LA based rapper who has been in and out of the entertainment scene for years. If this is your first time hearing him flow, rest assured that he is a talented MC with an amazing flow. His lyrics are usually evocative and bombastic. This new song “Ill Mind of Hopsin 7″ is new different. But what’s special about it is that this song is something like an open letter between the artist and God.

Challenging the edicts and even existence put forward by a Westernized,Christian view of God, Hopsin seems to bare all in this song. It is for that reason that this song enters into a space of “great hip hop”. Hopsin demonstrates that he is unafraid as an artist, and indeed as a human, to speak on issues that weigh on his heart and mind. You can stream the song here and watch the video. This is a record that deserves spins!

Also, a happy birthday to Hopsin!
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Jhene Aiko is Feeling “The Pressure” [FULL STREAM] @JheneAiko

Jhene Aiko is Feeling The Pressure

It’s been a long time coming, but Jhene Aiko is truly breaking out this year. Known for her signature, low, swinging cadence, she brings that voice to “The Pressure”. Singing about the unnecessary burdens of a struggling relationship, Aiko creates an incredibly relatable song, stating that “every gem is a not a diamond”.

You can stream the full song below and really get into this track!
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Boyz II Men on The Breakfast Club [FULL VIDEO] @BoyzIIMen @breakfastclubam

Boyz II Men on The Breakfast Club

The Boyz…uh, Men are back! The epitome of the 90′s R&B group, we have Boyz II Men to thank for many classic songs. Now, with 22 years in the industry, they are poised to make a comeback. After their performance of their new songs on Jimmy Kimmel a few weeks ago, we presented a few weeks ago that they will have a new album out this September.

Watch their interview with Power 105.1 The Breakfast Club to see what the Men have been up to since their last major release and get excited about this fall!
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In Memoriam : The World According to John Coltrane [FULL VIDEO] @ColtraneHome

In Memoriam : The World According to John Coltrane

Today marks the 47th anniversary since the passing of the jazz and blues titan John Coltrane. During his era, he was a standard bearer for what it meant to be a jazz artist. But what’s more impressive has been his enduring legacy that has maintained him as said standard bearer. There is not a jazz artist today in which “Trane’s” influence cannot be heard.

This film The World According to John Coltrane is a thorough documentary exploring the later periods of his life and work.It was created with input from his widow, Alice Coltrane. Do it enjoy it as we celebrate the life of John Coltrane.
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Elle Varner “Don’t Wanna Dance” ft A$AP Ferg [FULL STREAM] @ellevarner @ASAPFerg

Elle Varner Don't Wanna Dance ft A$AP Ferg

Elle Varner is one of the realest R&B soul singers out today. Taking her realness to a whole new level, she gets candid on new song “Don’t Wanna Dance”. Bringing along member of the A$AP Mob, Ferg, Varner sings through the pain of a night in cramped heels and bad music. There is a touch of ironic humor blended with sublime vocals that makes this a great song. In addition the Kanye West “We Don’t Care”/The Jimmy Castor Bunch “I Just Wanna Stop” sample kicks the song off in a nice way.
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Drake Hosts ESPYS, Performs “Side Pieces” ft. Brian McKnight [FULL VIDEO + DOWNLOAD] @Drake @ItsBMcKnight @ESPYS

Drake Hosts ESPYS, Performs Side Piece ft Brian McKnight

While we all acknowledge Toronto’s Crown Prince for his rapping abilities, we often forget that Drake got his start in acting. Last night he dusted off those chops with his hosting skills of the ESPYs, the annual award show for American athletes.

From the beginning, Drake garnered laughs with his opening monologue. But it was his stirring production of his “new song” (read: parody) “Side Pieces” that really brought the audience to their knees. Cited as a tribute to the “glue” that really holds the athletic world together, he was joined on stage by Brian McKnight. Indeed, this was the perfect coming together of humor and soul.
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Where Caribbean Meets Soul…Meet Memee Nelzy [FULL VIDEO] @Meemee_Nelzy @Osmojam

Meemee Nelzy

We at soulhead.com have been love with the French soul scene in large part due to Osmojam. We are grateful to her for expanding our horizon to include other French soul artists. Of this niche group is Meemee Nelzy. She is the definition of a self-made artist. Her tireless work since 2009 of self-producing and promoting her own album has garnered her acclaim and respect.

Of her hit songs include “Sé Isidan” (It’s Here). Here is a reggae infused version of that song. Check it out and be sure to groove. Find out more about her at FrenchSoulIsNotDead or from her Bandcamp site! 
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“Music Saved My Life” by Joell Ortiz ft. B.o.B. and Mally Stakz [FULL STREAM] @JoelOrtiz @BobATL @MallyStakzYND

Music Saved My Life by Joell Ortiz ft BoB and Mally Stakz

The reason we at soulhead love posting about music is because we know how powerful it is. Music has the ability to save us from the brink of despair and chaos. Joell Ortiz captures that in his new song “Music Saved My Life”. Listing off a litany of his rap influences, Ortiz declares how music has brought him and power. Joining him on the track are B.o.B. (whose No Genre 2 mixtape is a testament to music’s healing power) and Mally Stakz. Stream the full song.
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Busta Rhymes Has A Good Time Playing Busta Karaoke [FULL VIDEO] @BustaRhymes @BigBoy

Busta Rhymes Has A Good Time Doing Busta Karaoke

Busta Rhymes is an unsung legend of the New York scene. While many of his contemporaries have been steadily making music during this decade, Busta has been conspicuously absent for the past five years. That silence has officially ended! In addition to the song “Calm Down” with Eminem that is taking over the air waves, he stopped byo Big Boy’s Neighborhood and completely shut down the studio! Performing karaoke to his own songs (much like Usher did a few months ago), Busta Bust proved that he still has one of the sickest cadence in all of hip hop.

Watch the full video below and be impressed!
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