Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Introducing... D-visions

As you know SW are about what's hot, what's cool, and most importantly what's Social.

Which is why we had to let you know about D-visions, a fine UK street wear brand that just oozes quality in terms of design but doesn't fail disappoint on the comfortable factor.

Have a look at D-Visions Signs Of Life 2010 collection.

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Janelle Monaé ft Big Boi - 'TightRope'


The monochrome loving Janelle Monaé has released the music video to her latest single, 'TightRope', featuring OutKast's Big Boi. 'TightRope' is lifted off of Janelle's highly anticipated debut album, 'ArchAndroid' which will be released May 18th.

Janelle is working the cameras with her dance moves! What do you think of the video?

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Nathan ft Flo Rida - 'Caught Me Slipping'

Talk about a blast from the past....well kind of!

UK R&B singer Nathan has resurfaced, after disappearing for about three years, with a music video for his new track, 'Caught Me Slipping' featuring rapper Flo Rida. Young Money 'recording artist', Shanell, is a model in the video.

Nathan who has been in the States for a while working on his latest music project, seems like he's definitely back and ready to crack the US and regain his UK fans. We waiting to hear more new material........

What do you think of Nathan's video?

Thanks SoulCulture

NEW MUSIC: Christina Aguilera - 'Not Myself Tonight'

Yesterday Christina Aguilera premiered her brand new single, 'Not Myself Tonight', on her website and her A.P.E radio station, Christina Aguilera Radio. The single, produced by Palow Da Don is take from her forthcoming album, 'Bionic', which is due to be released June 8th.

'Not Myself Tonight' will be available to purchase via iTunes from April 13th.

What do you think of the single? Is it a good 'comeback' track?

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

SNEAK PEAK [VIDEO]: Ty - 'Emotions'

Watch a sneak peak of Ty's 'Emotions' video, the first single taken from his fourth coming album on BBE, 'Special Kind Of Fool'. The video is directed and produced by Odyssey Media Collective.

I love this song and the video seems to capture the spirit of the song. Great stuff!

Special Kind Of Fool is out on April 19th, 2010 (BBE Records)




'OMG' is the first international single from Usher's brand new album, 'Raymond v Raymond', which is released today. makes a cameo appearance in the music video as he lends his vocals to the track also. Good video......

Usher's been a busy man doing promo for 'Raymond v Raymond'. Check out Usher's interview with Good Morning America where he talks about his career and life

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Justin Bieber - 'Never Let You Go'

Justin Bieber released the video for 'Never Let You Go' today, which is said to be the second single from his debut album.

We're liking this little guy.......

VIDEO: Usher Performing 'Hey Daddy' On David Letterman Live

Ahead of 'Raymond v Raymond''s release date today, Usher performed his single 'Daddy's Home' yesterday on David Letterman Live.

SNEAK PEAK [VIDEO]: Janelle Monaé ft Big Boi - 'Tightrope'

A quick preview of what to expect from Janelle Monaé's video for 'Tightrope', featuring Big Boi. The video premieres tomorrow, March 31st on MTV.

Thanks Soul Culture

Monday, 29 March 2010

J Cole About To Hit The Road

RocNation protege and the next big thing in Hip hop, J Cole, is about to embark on  a US college tour. J Cole, who's impeccable rapping skills caught the attention of his now mentor, Jay-Z, is taking his talent on the road and will undoubtedly create an even bigger hype in the process. Back in late December 09, SocialWriters mentioned Mr Cole as one to watch out for and with his tour on the way, it will no be long until he crosses the pond. 

Though he is yet to release an album, rumour has it that his debut album will be released some time this summer. Finger crossed!


NEWS: Drake's 'Thank Me Later' Gets Release Date

Its official, Hip Hop's boy wonder Drake's debut album, Thank Me Later is slated for a May 25th June 15th release, after being pushed back again!

The Canadian rapper has been working with The Dream, Jay Z, and Kanye on the project, and also wanted Sade on board, however the singer politely declined citing that she wouldn't be working on any collaborations in the near future.

Speaking to the Young Money affiliate said 'It's gotta be something that I feel is timeless and is better than anything I've ever done'.

This album runs the risk of being too collabo heavy....all the greats cemented their status on their first albums with little to no features.

Will Drakes album deliver, what do you think?

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Kelis - 'Acapella'

Check out the full video for Kelis' new track, 'Acapella', produced by David Guetta.

What do you think of the video?

NEWS: New Acts Added To The Wireless Festival Bill

Bluey Robinson, Drake, Chipmunk, Chase and Status, Tinie Tempah and Missy Elliot are just some of the names that have been added to the bill for this year's Wireless Festival in London.

They join the likes of Pink, Jay-Z, Lily Allen and The Ting Tings.

The Wireless Festival full line-up so far is:

Friday July 2

The Ting Tings
Daisy Dares You
The Temper Trap
Plan B
Taylor Hawkins And The Coattail Riders
Bowling For Soup
Neon Hitch
Bluey Robinson

Saturday July 3

LCD Soundsystem
The Big Pink
DJ Shadow
Missy Elliott

Sunday July 4th

Lily Allen
Mr Hudson
Chase & Status
Friendly Fires
Tinie Tempah
Professor Green
Neon Hitch
Bluey Robinson

NEW MUSIC: Nicki Minaj - 'Harajuku R-N-Barbie' Mixtape

Ahead of her debut single being released, Miss Minaj has released the mixtape, Harajuku Barbie R&Barbie'. Tracks that we already know such as 'Shaking It For Daddy', 'Up Out My Face', 'Lil Freak' are featured on the mixtape, plus a bunch of new ish.

If you're a fan of this'll love this mixtape!


Sunday, 28 March 2010

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Erykah Badu - 'Window Seat'

Here's the video for Erykah Badu's new single, 'Window Seat', which is taken from her new album, 'New Amerykah Part Two: Return Of The Ankh', which is released March 30th.

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: R Kelly - 'Echo'

R Kelly released his music video for 'Echo' via his Twitter account. Good track - budget video!

Friday, 26 March 2010

SNEAK PEAK [AUDIO]: Christina Aguilera - 'Not Myself Tonight'

Have a listen to the preview of Christina Aguilera's forthcoming single, 'Not Myself Tonight', which has been produced by Palow Da Don.

The full song will be premiered on Monday!

VIDEO: Drake On Being Black AND Jewish


Who would've guessed that Drake was Jewish?

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Ludacris ft Diamond, Trina and Eve - 'My Chick Bad' [REMIX]

Ludacris has enlisted Trina, Diamond and Eve to jump on 'My Chick Bad [Remix]'.

Nicki Minaj featured on the original......

Which female rapper sounds the best on this track?

RUMOUR: Jay-Z To Sign Keisha Buchanan To Roc Nation?

Rumours are swirling that Keisha Buchanan is in talks with Jay-Z's Roc Nation label to be their latest signing......

They definitely hit it off at Jay-Z's BRITS afterparty in February at Merah, and a source told The Mirror: "Jay is serious about getting her on board."

I knew something like this was coming! I was always convinced that Keisha was the main reason why Jay-Z signed the Sugababes to Roc Nation.

If this turns out to be true, it will be yet another blow to the Sugababes, who are rumoured to have been dropped from Roc Nation, after poor sales of their latest album, 'Sweet 7'.......can someone say karma?

Those who laugh last laugh the longest!

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Christina Aguilera Reveals New Album Info And Artwork For 'Bionic'

Christina Aguilera is to release her new album 'Bionic' on June 8th 2010. The first single will be 'Not Myself Tonight' which will be released on iTunes on 14th April. You can hear a snippet of the track on at 6pm EDT on March 30th.

'Bionic' sounds like it's going to be a good album just by going off of the collaborators that will feature on the LP, such as Powlow Da Don, who produced 'Not Myself Tonight', Sia and Tricky Stewart, amongst others.

The title 'Bionic' reflects Aguilera’s ability to take her range to new levels and use her voice in various ways never heard before.

Aguilera describes the album as a unique mix of many genres and styles of music, “I was able to explore and create a fresh, sexy feel using both electronic and organic elements with subject matter ranging from playful to introspective.  I am so excited for my fans to hear the new sound. It is something I don’t think anyone will expect.”

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Shontelle - 'Impossible'

New music video from singer Shontelle. 'Impossible' is Shontelle's first US single and is taken from her forthcoming album, 'No Gravity'

Shontelle sounds like Rihanna to me in this track...I guess it's a Bajan thing!

SNEAK PEAK [VIDEO]: Kelis - 'Acapella'

Check out the 30 second teaser clip for Kelis' video for her forthcoming single, 'Acapella'. The full video will drop March stay tuned!

VIDEO: Diggy Simmons Claims His Dad's Music Connections Didn't Help Him Get His Record Deal

Diggy Simmons, who is Russel Simmon's nephew and Rev Run's son, signed a record deal with Atlantic Records recently. Little Diggy claims that his Dad's connections within the music industry didn't get him his record deal.......

I guess the boy wants to believe he achieved something on his own (which he has in a way), so we wont burst his bubble as he's quite a good rapper...better than his older brother JoJo who actually wanted to make a career out of rapping.

If Diggy wasn't related to rap royalty and his uncle wasn't great friends with Lyor Cohen down at Atlantic Records, would Diggy honestly have got a record deal?


NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Usher ft Nicki Minaj - 'Lil Freak'

Here's the full video for Usher's 'Lil Freak', featuring Nicki Minaj. Ciara and Jamie Foxx pop up in the video for cameos. This video doesn't seem up to par with Usher's previous music videos......

What are your thoughts on the video? 

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

AKS Wins The Cordless Show "People's Vote"

Cast your minds back to March of 2009 and you'll remember a piece we did in our 'New Flava/New Kid On The Block' segment about a young Deptford MC who released a mixtape called 'A Miracle In The Making'??? That young man was none other than AKS, but you already knew that right?

Part of The Midas Touch crew, AKS stayed on his grind and built on the success of AMITM to make it on to UK hip hop scene radar, eventually becoming one of the nominees of the Cordless Shows' People's Vote (pretty much leading the way from the beginning in the voting tables), and after some hard graft and shameless Twitter/Myspace/FaceBook promo work he was crowned the winner.

In the video below AKS talks about his journey, winning the compeition and his future plans!

Everyone at Social Writers would like to congratulate AKS on his success and wish him even more as he begins his journey to stardom.

Other ways to keep up to date with AKS


NEW MUSIC: Brandy Ft Timbaland ' Chinese-Home'

Brandy has teamed up with mega producer, Timbaland, on her last album which is due for release later this year. 'Chinese Home' is just one of many tracks where the old buddies showcase their musical chemistry. Brandy is a legend and if this song is anything to go by, I for one can't until she drops her album.

Download the track here

Do you like Brandy's latest effort?
Leave a comment and let us know


VIDEO: Jay-Z's Garden

A little cartoon comedy featuring Jay-Z, the hottest chick in the game, Beyonce and Kanye West

Thanks Yardie

NEWS: Sugababes To Be Dropped From Roc Nation?

Rumour has it that the Sugababes, have been dropped from Roc Nation. The trio were scooped up by Jay Z's record label last year and their not so successful seventh studio album, entitled 'Sweet 7', was set to be their official US release on the label.

After the dismissal of original member Keisha Buchanan and countless album pushbacks, the groups disappointing number 14 ranking in the charts, may have been the final straw for Jay's Roc Nation. As if things couldn’t get any worse for the girls, this weeks mid week report have revealed that the 'unlucky seven' album, is now firmly sitting at the number 36 spot.

If it is true, the news will not come as a surprise; following the groups recent bad luck in the charts, it was only a matter of time until Roc Nation took action. The future of Sugbabes is looking bleaker by the second. However; one word springs to mind, karma!

Source: Punchbowl Blog

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Kid Sister ft Cee-Lo -'Daydreaming'

What do you think of Kid Sister's video for her second single 'Daydreaming'?

Monday, 22 March 2010

SNEAK PEAK [VIDEO]: Usher ft Nicki Minaj - 'Lil Freak'

Here's a sneak peak of what to expect from Usher's music video for 'Lil Freak' featuring Ms Minaj.

This sneak peak doesn't create any anticipation to want to watch the full video........but the track is a winner

Geneva Motor Show: Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible

The month of March can only mean one thing, the Swedish Geneva Motor Show.

This year marks the 80th annual motor event where the big hitters in the car manufacturing world flex their guns and show off their new toys.

Aston Martin stole the show last year unveiling the One-77, a V-12 super car costing around 1.2 million pounds with only 77 units being made.

However, Bentley is the name many motorist enthusiasts are talking about, as they unveiled their new Bentley Continental Supersports convertible.

The new Bentley will set you back around 110,000k. Way out of our budget, but its nice to dream right?

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Chipmunk ft Esmee Denters - 'Until You Were Gone'

London MC, Chipmunk, has teamed up with Dutch singer, Esmee Denters, for Chippy's next single, 'Until You Were Gone'. The single is out April 19th and willbe featured on the re-release of Chipmunk’s album, 'I Am Chipmunk Refill'

VIDEO: Tiger Woods' First Interview With ESPN Since Cheating Story Broke

Tiger Woods gave sports channel ESPN a five minute interview, with no limitations on what questions they could ask, last night. In the interview he talks about his wife Elin and his mother's feelings on his behaviour, his return to golf which he is "nervous" about and how he feels about his behaviour that led him to cheat.

Friday, 19 March 2010

MEW MUSIC VIDEO: Robin Thicke ft Estelle - 'Rollacoasta'

Robin Thicke has teamed up with Estelle for his third single 'Rollacoasta' from his album, 'Sex Therapy'. LOL at Robin Thicke's dance moves!

What do you think of the song and video?

Thursday, 18 March 2010

MIXTAPE [AUDIO]: Kano - 'Jack Bauer - The 7 Day Edition'

Your favourite East London MC, Kano, has just dropped his new mixtape 'Jack Bauer - The 7 Day Edition'

<a href="">Intro by Kano</a>

NEWS: Tinie Tempah To Take On The States?

Apparently Tinie Tempah's #1 UK single, 'Pass Out' is going to be released in the States, and it seems he has a few US fans already!

A label insider told The Sun: "The song is already being played over there and it is rapidly developing a big fan base.

"P Diddy is a fan and Tinie's management have been inundated with requests from top artists who want to be involved when he re-records the song for the American market.

If this is true, well done Tinie!

(Source: Digital Spy)

In other news, East London MC, Kano, has released his version of Tinie's 'Pass Out', which will be featured on his mixtape 'Jack Bauer' which he releases tonight at 9PM GMT via his website

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: T-Pain - 'Reverse Cowgirl'

T-Pain is back with his brand new video for 'Reverse Cowgirl', taken from his forthcoming album, 'rEVOLVEr'. This video is very art-tastic for T-Pain and the song isn't too bad either - we can see that autotune isn't going to die away again anytime soon.....

What do you think of the track and the video?

NEWS: Diddy To Help Finance Crystal Palace FC?

These American rappers love a bit of football.....

Mr Diddy is reportedly in talks about aiding the finance for the bankrupt football team, Crystal Palace, who are currently facing relegation from the Coca Cola Championship.

A source said: "Diddy was in London meeting football fixers a couple of weeks ago. The finance is in place, he's just deciding who he thinks he'll make a bid for. Portsmouth was mentioned but he thought Palace were a better idea. He could cover their debt and bankroll a return to the Premier League. He liked the name as well."

Another business to add to the empire of Mr "Take That, Take That" - what next, the F1?

IMAGES x VIDEO: Alicia Keys Brings Out Beyonce and Jay-Z At Her MSG Concert

Last night Alicia Key's had a concert at New York's Madison Square Gardens and brought out the power-couple, Beyonce and Jay-Z, separately for her collaborations with them.

 Queen Bey joined Miss Keys on stage for their collaboration, and Alicia's next single, 'Put It In A Love Song'.


Jay-Z appeared for 'Empire State Of Mind'  

Alicia is coming to tour the UK in May, and her support artist is Melanie Fiona. I doubt any of these two heavy-weights will be joining Alicia on stage *sigh*

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Today In London: Erykah Badu's Exclusive Playback Session Of New Album, New Amerykah, Part II: Return Of The Ankh

"Keep in mind that I'm an artist and I'm sensitive about my Sh*t" Erykah Badu

Today SocialWriters were specially invited to an exclusive playback session of the Queen of Neo Soul, Erykah Badu's new album, New Amerykah, Part II: Return Of The Ankh.

Strolling into the intimate setting of the effortlessly chic Hospital Club in Covent Garden, Miss Badu entered a room filled with anxiously awaiting attendees. However; the moment she walked in, the mounting anxiety quickly transformed into a sigh of relief with a splash of excitement for what the mixture of eager journalists, bloggers and music lovers, were about to hear.

After briefly running through the order of the tracks on her new masterpiece, Erykah then humbly proceeded to let the music speak for itself. The two time grammy award, self confessed 'analogue girl' has surely out done herself on her latest effort.

How she continues to bring the same spark and ingenious of her first album 'Baduizm', into the futuristic neo soul sound of 'New Amerykah, Part II: Return of The Ankh'; is beyond me. Though the two albums differ completely, she has managed to reinvent the vibe that was felt when her first album dropped, a true  reflection of her creative artistry.

NEWS: Jay-Z Collaborates With Jack White Of The White Stripes

He's collaborated with many rock/indie stars in the past such as Bono from U2 and Chris Martin from Coldplay. Now Jack White from the rock band, White Stripes, has revealed in an interview with GQ that the pair have collaborated on a track.

"I just did a record with Jay-Z," said White. "We did a song together a few weeks ago. It was incredible. I played him something that I've been kicking around for a while and he immediately came out with words for it. It's unbelievable-sounding."

We wonder if this track is part of Jay's material for his new album he's said to be working on......

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

NEWS: Sugababes' 'Sweet 7' Is Not Doing So Sweet In Terms Of Sales

In the midweek sales for the Official UK Album Chart, 'Sweet 7', the latest album from the Sugababes looks set to chart at #12, which is a low entry position for the trio.

If the Babes don't get a Top Ten with 'Sweet 7', it'll be another blow to the girl group who's new line up just doesn't seem to be working with the fans. Poor album sales, former band-mates wanting rights to the Sugababes name as well as the forever changing line-up spells a possible disaster for the group.

Let's see where 'Sweet 7' will take the girls this year - it's make or break time!

Album Review: Usher- 'Raymond v Raymond'

Usher returns with the follow-up to the luke warn recieved 'Here I Stand', but does it live up to the much gathered hype???

A lot of people were disappointed with 2008's 'Here I Stand' as it did not live up to 2004's diamond certified 'Confessions'. They also felt that Usher could not handle the pressure of the emergence of Timberlake/Brown/Songz. So if you ask me 'Does this album top his last effort?' I'd have to say... Just!

The first singles from the album, 'Daddy's Home' (USA) and 'OMG' (UK) have done little to light up the charts, but are quality songs. It's only when you delve deeper in to RvR that the true quality is shown.

Although most of the tracks leaked on to the internet made the final cut of the LP, they do not disappoint as they are put together very well. 'There Goes My Baby', 'Mars V Venus' and 'Okay' are classic Usher baby-making songs that showcase his silky vocals we've all come to love. Ludacris, P Diddy and Ms Nicki Minaj, (with whom he is currently filming a video for 'Lil Freak' with), also come along for the ride and make some stellar cameos on the more up-tempo songs. I would have liked for him to include the ode to his sons, 'I Love You Too'.

All in all, Usher has put out a good album that keeps him up there with RnB's great performers, but a call to a certain Mr Dupri wouldn't have gone a miss! With all that said the album is definitely worth purchasing.

Looks like Mr Songz is going to hold on to the Prince crown for a bit longer.

Can anyone say 'Re-packaged remix album'...

NEWS: 50 Cent To Record A Dance Track?

50 Cent seems to have caught the 'Dance' bug whilst touring Europe as he has said that he has recorded an up-tempo dance track, after being inspired by a European club playing dance music.

"I wanted to make a song like that, so I went into the studio. Because I'm travelling with my live band, I took the band with me and we sequenced it and recorded the actual record while I was out there."

So I guess we should be looking out for a new style of music from Fiddy as he claims:

"I won't allow myself to be placed in a box which I can only do one style, or do one kind of music. They should expect the unexpected on this one."

First Diddy with 'Train Music' now Fiddy....who's next to jump on the European bandwagon of Dance?

Source: Digital Spy

Monday, 15 March 2010

NEW MUSIC: Ty ft Sarina Leah and Sean Escoffery 'Emotions'

'Emotions' is the debut single from South London Hip hop veteran Ty's fourth coming album, 'Special Kind of Fool' ( release date April 19th 2010 on BBE) .  

An infectious beat with Ty's legendary lyrical  etiquette, the brand spanking new track is perfect for the dance floor and will have you shaking a leg or two, the moment you hear the first beat drop.

'Emotions' is out today via iTunes, support, support, support!!!

<a href="">Ty &quot;Emotions&quot; feat. Sarina Leah &amp; Shaun Escoffery (Album Version) by tymusic</a>

What do you think of Ty's new single?

Leave a comment and let us know.


NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Trina ft Diddy and Keri Hilson - 'Million Dollar Girl'

Rapper Trina is making a comeback for 2010. Here's her new video for 'Million Dollar Girl' featuring Mr 'Take That, Take That', Diddy, and Keri Hilson.

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: N-Dubz - 'Say It's Over'

'Say It's Over' is the second single to be released from their album, 'Against All Odds'. The video is another high budget production for the trio - they've definitely come along way......let's see if they can crack the States!

Friday, 12 March 2010

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: FR3E - 'I Got My Beads On'

After 2009's club banger, 'Tribal Skank', FR3E is back with a brand new track and video for 2010, 'I Got My Beads On'. The video is not a winner, but the sound of its pulsating bassline and relentless bongos will be a hit for Funky House lovers, but will it have the same success as 'Tribal Skank'?

‘I Got My Beads On’ is released 15 March

GET YOUR BEADS ON: Fair trade B3 (THINK IT – BELIEVE IT – LIVE IT) beads designed by Elisha Francis and available from February 2010 via

NEW FLAVA: Diggy Simmons- 'Flow Stoopid'

Son of Hip hop legend, Rev Run and nephew of the worlds biggest Hip hop mogul, Russell Simmons; young Diggy Simmons has become quite the little rapper.Rhyming over the instrumental of Nas' classic banger, 'Made you look' , Diggy has stunned us with his impressive lyrics and (dare I say it) fresh to death flow!

Bearing in mind that he is still a teeny bopper, young Simmons has most certainly inherited the music gene in his family much to pleasure, I'm sure, of Father Rev Run.

Side Note: This line kills me.. "Y'all a slaves to a page in my Mac book", watch out Bow Wow, Diggy is not playing!

Diggy - Made you look Freestyle (Flow Stoopid) from Diggy Simmons on Vimeo.

What do you think of Young Diggy's rap attempt, does he have any potential?

Let us know!
Thanks Pinboard Blog

NEWS: Lil Wayne Not Allowed To Sign Autographs In Prison

Incarcerated rapper Lil Wayne has been ordered not to sign any autographs whilst serving his one year sentence at New York's Riker's Island prison.

The decision was made because "Lil Wayne is not a celebrity [whilst in prison]", said a rep from the Correction Officer's Benevolent Association.

Seems like Weezy is having an easy ride in Riker's Island....well for now anyway.....


VIDEO: Lady Gaga Talks To E! About Her New Video, 'Telephone'

Lady Gaga talks to E! about her latest music video, 'Telephone', featuring Beyonce.

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Lady Gaga ft Beyonce - 'Telephone'

Finally the video you secretly know you've been waiting for......

What do you think of this collabo with Lady 'Tell 'Em Bey' Gaga and 'Honey' Bey?

Thursday, 11 March 2010

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: H-Boogie ft Get Far - 'The Radio'

Singer and sister of Estelle, H-Boogie is off to a good start for 2010. After featuring on tracks for Bashy, producer T2 and others, H-Boogie is finally releasing her debut single, 'The Radio', featuring Italian DJ Get Far.
The track is very Pop/Dance enthused - seems like H-Boogie has finally found her niche.

'The Radio' will be released digitally on May 17th.

Are you feeling this track?

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: B.o.B - 'Nothin' On You'

Rapper B.o.B is a fairly new rapper from Atlanta who looks set to be the next big thing. His single 'Nothin' On You', featuring Bruno Mars, is released on April 27th, and is taken from his debut album, 'B.o.B Presents: The Adventures Of Bobby Ray', which will be released later this year.

NEWS: Taio Cruz Gets A #1 Single In The US And Breaks Records

British music artist, Taio Cruz has scored his first #1 single Stateside for the US release of 'Break Your Heart', featuring American rapper Ludacris. 'Break Your Heart' was also a #1 single in the UK last September.

Taio has also broken the record for the largest jump to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 by an act with its first charting single, from #53 to #1.

Click here to watch the US video for 'Break Your Heart'

In other news, Taio is getting set to release his brand new single, 'Dirty Picture' , featuring Ke$ha. A remix of this track will feature rapper Drake - we can't wait to hear the track!

NEWS: New Album Of Contemporary Versions Of Quincy Jones' Classic Songs To Be Recorded By Biggest Names In Music

Artists And producers including Usher, Ludacris, Akon, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, T-Pain, Robin Thicke, LL Cool J, John Legend, Snoop Dogg, Wyclef Jean, Q-Tip, Talib Kweli, Three 6 Mafia, David Banner, BeBe Winans, Jermaine Dupri, and Scott Storch, amongst others among others who wanted to pay tribute to Quincy Jones, will record contemporary versions of classics from Quincy's massive catalogue.

The album is called Q: 'Soul Boss Nostra' and Quincy is executive producer of the album.

"Q: Soul Bossa Nostra features some of my favorite artists and producers on the scene today from the Pop, R&B and Hip-Hop worlds performing selections from my catalog that people really loved when they were originally recorded. Each artist picked a song that really resonated with them for different reasons - some of them having a connection because they remembered their parents playing the track when they were growing up. I am honored that everyone wanted to be a part of this celebration of these songs. They all made them their own, and knocked them out of the park." said Quincy.

"Each of these songs had incredible artists and unique stories from when we originally recorded them. I think that these new interpretations will not only introduce these songs to a whole new generation of music fans, but inspire them to seek out the original recordings and show that these songs really stand the test of time...that's the ultimate mark of a great tune."

The first song to be released from the album will be Akon's interpretation of the 1977 Brothers Johnson classic 'Strawberry Letter 23', which will be released March 24th.

'Q: Soul Bossa Nostra' is scheduled to be released sometime in May/June 2010.

NEW MUSIC: Roll Deep - 'Good Times'


The Grime collective, Roll Deep Crew, are back for 2010 with a brand new single, 'Good Times'. The single will be released April 26th.

Check out a behind the scenes video for 'Good Times 


We wonder whether Wiley, notorious for being a no-show at video shoots, will feature in this video?

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Remembering B.I.G.

Today marks thirteen years since Christopher 'Notorious B.I.G./Biggie Smalls' Wallace passed away after being shot in a drive-by shooting in whilst in Los Angeles.

Many considered Biggie to be one of the greatest lyricists and storytellers the rap game will ever see. In his short career Biggie released two multi-platinum albums that spawned hits and party favourites such as- 'Juicy', 'Big Poppa', 'Mo Money Mo Problems' and countless others.

Biggie's career started with a mixtape he made after his release from prison for drug related offences. This tape made it in to the hands of DJ Mister Cee and the editor of The original Source magazine who decided to feature Big in the Unsigned Hype column of the mag. The tape was then heard by a young Sean Combs who at the time was an A&R at Uptown records. He then signed Big and put him on the record 'A Buncha N*ggas' on Heavy D's album.

In 1992, Combs was fired from Uptown records and began his own imprint Bad Boy Records and took B.I.G. with him and the rest as they say is history! He then appeared on tracks with Mary J Blige and Supercat as he began his rise to stardom.

Ready To Die was released on September 13, 1994, and reached #13 on the Billboard 200 chart, eventually being certified four times Platinum.

During his career Biggie had many accomplishments-

  • Rap artist of the year, 1995 (Billboard)
  • Rap single of the year 'One More Chance', 1995 (Billboard)
  • New artist of the year, best lyricist, best album, live performer of the year, 1995 (Source awards)
  • Best video- Hypnotize, 1997 (MTV)
  • Best soul/rnb male album- Life After Death, 1998 (Soul Train)

On March 9th, 1997 Biggie and his entourage had just left an afterparty thrown by Vibe magazine & Qwest records when a car pulled alongside him and fired numerous shots hitting the MC in the chest. Biggie was then driven to Cedars Senai hospital, but was pronounced dead at 1.15am.

Fifteen days after his death, Biggie's double cd album, 'Life After Death' was released and would eventually hit the number one after an initial #176 position due to leaking. In 2000 the album would be certified Diamond, the highest certification ever given to a rap album.

The Notoripus B.I.G. will forever live on through his music and those were and still are influenced by him.

He is survived by daughter T'yanna and son Christopher.

Rest In Peace Christopher Wallace.

NEWS: Lil Wayne Officially Goes To Jail

After escaping the initial date of his sentencing due to dental surgery, Lil Wayne will now officially start his year in prison, after pleading guilty to gun charges today.

Wayne could be out within eight months if he is on good behavior.

With Wayne gone many say that rap will suffer a little, but it's highly likely that he has a stash of tracks that will be released on the mixtape circuit that will keep his buzz going when he's gone.

Monday, 8 March 2010

Pancake Gallery- Art Rules Aruba!

What happens when the desire to unite an international collective of art representatives becomes less of a vision and more of a reality? The Pancake Gallery is born.

Founded in 2007 by Dutch twins, Ira-sharay Kip and Ayra-Anandra Kip, the Pancake Gallery strives to accomplish one goal, "integrating and connecting international arts communities" and by enlisting the help of art enthusiasts across the globe, including musicians, DJ's, directors, actors, dancers and visual artists,the Pancake Gallery identifies itself as a catalyst for the arts with the spirit of a devout art activist.

Since it's establishment, PG has connected cities around the world, through producing an array of projects, ranging from theatre productions, exhibitions, parties and the rest( click here for 'Instrumental bank Holiday' blog post) , however; with the newly launched 'Pancake Gallery Foundation' based in the hidden jewel of the Caribbean, Aruba, Art Rules Aruba is its first project and is a step closer to awakening the world to a new kind of art community.

Bridging the many facets of arts and culture; theatre, dance, photography, fashion, dj-ing, rap& poetry, the Art Rules Aruba Art Directors ( a mixture of international artists and local professionals) will yield an innovative platform for students to enhance their creativity in a way that has never been done before. As expected, such a unique concept has not gone unnoticed and has garnered the attention of Coco cola who is proudly sponsoring the new project and has sparked the interest of MTV.Think, with a possible collaboration in the pipeline.


Akala is back with a brand new single, 'XXL', which is his first single from his forthcoming album, 'Doublethink'. 'XXL' will be released April 19th.

And The Winners Are.......Oscar Awards 2010

Last night the 82nd Academy Awards took place in Los Angeles. First time Oscar winner, actress and comedienne, Mo'Nique, won Best Supporting Actress for Precious, and Kathryn Bigelow won Best Director, making her the first woman to ever win that award!

Here's a list of the winners: 

Best Picture
The Hurt Locker

Best Director
Kathryn Bigelow

Best Actress In A Leading Role
Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side

Best Actor In A Leading Role
Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart

Foreign Language Film
El Secreto de Sus Ojos (The Secret In Their Eyes – Argentina)

Best Actor In A Supporting Role
Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds

Best Actress In A Supporting Role
Mo’Nique – Precious

Best Original Screenplay
The Hurt Locker

Best Adapted Screenplay

Best Animated Feature Film

Art Direction


Costume Design
The Young Victoria

Documentary Short
Music by Prudence

Star Trek

Music (Original Song)
Crazy Heart: The Weary Kind by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

Music (Original Score)

Sound Editing
The Hurt Locker

Sound Mixing
The Hurt Locker

Short Film (Animated)

Short Film (Live Action)
The New Tenants

Visual Effects

Best Documentary Feature
The Cove

Film Editing
The Hurt Locker

Sunday, 7 March 2010

NEWS: Tinie Tempah Scores A Number One Hit

South-London MC, Tinie Tempah, has scored his first UK #1 single, with the hit, 'Pass Out'. Tinie has come a long way in the music industry from MCing from the age of 14 and joining the Aftershock camp and releasing his track 'Wifey', which was a big hit on the underground scene. As personal friends of Tinie Tempah and DL Records, SocialWriters would like to congratulate Tinie on this major success!

Here's this weeks official UK Top Ten singles chart

1. Tinie Tempah - Pass Out
2. Rihanna - Rude Boy
3. Jason Derulo - In My Head
4. Ellie Goulding - Starry Eyed
5. Florence + The Machine/Dizzee Rascal - You Got The Dirtee Love
6. Alicia Keys - Empire State Of Mind (Part 2)
7. Timbaland ft Katy Perry - If We Ever Meet Again
8. Wiley ft Emilie Sande - Never Be Your Woman
9. Boyzone - Gave It All Away
10. Cheryl Cole - Parachute

Saturday, 6 March 2010

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Jagged Edge ft Trina - 'Tip Of My Tongue'

Jagged Edge are back with a music video for their new track, 'Tip Of My Tongue', featuring rapper Trina.
It seems like JE are bringing the sexy back, which is what they are known for.

Are you feeling this track and video?

Jagged Edge will be in concert at Indigo2 in London on March 21st

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Lil Wayne ft Eminem - 'Drop The World'

The video for Lil Wayne's track, 'Drop The World', featuring Eminem, has been released. 'Drop The World' is off of Weezy's latest rock-enthused album, 'Rebirth'.

What do you think of the video?

Friday, 5 March 2010

NEW MUSIC: Drake - 'Over'

Drake has finally released his first official single 'Over' which is taken from his forthcoming debut album, 'Thank Me Later'.

Does 'Over' live up to the hype?

Snoop Dogg's UK ban lifted

Snoop Dogg has finally won the legal battle to gain entry into the UK, after the ruling was passed yesterday (4th March).

The West coast rapper was previously banned from Britain, following a violent outburst which involved members of his entourage inside London's Heathrow Airport, three years ago.

The ban was finalised when the rapper was convicted of a gun and marijuan possession charge shortly after the airport incident, which heightened after his entourage was denied entry to the British Airways V.I.P section at the airport.

Snoop's effort to get the ban overturned was short lived, when the decision was reversed in 2008. However; Snoop's lawyer's have recently appealed their case to the Asylum and immigration tribunal, who successfully ruled in the rappers favour, allowing him to re-enter the UK.

Snoop Dogg is a well respected rapper here in the UK, so I'm sure his fans (including myself) will welcome him with open arms!

Source: BlackSheep Magazine

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Is Diddy Finally Going To Release 'Last Train To Paris'?

Diddy is currently in Paris with his lover music artist, Cassie, for Paris Fashion Week. It seems as though the Parisian air has done Diddy some good as it seems he has finalised a date for the release of his forthcoming album, 'Last Train To Paris'.


So I guess we should all look out for 'Last Train To Paris' on June 22nd - hopefully it's release date doesn't get pushed back again!

Masterstepz Resigns From Choice FM

After 6 successful years on Choice FM, DJ Masterstepz will be leaving the popular radio station after his final show on Friday evening.

The verteran club DJ hosted a daily 7-9pm (later extended to 10pm) show and interviewed many stars, including Jay-Z, Mary J Blige, Tinchy Styder, Rihanna, Rio Ferdinand, Bashy, David Haye, NeYo, Alicia Keys and Mariah Carey, who personally presented him with a mounted triple platinum disc for her album, The Emancipation Of Mimi.

Throughout his six years at Choice FM, Masterstepz was the ambassador of youth music and an active member of Choice FM’s ‘Peace On The Streets’ campaign, which works in association with Operation Trident, to deliver anti-gun/weapon crime messages. This was done via seminars, events and workshops at schools and youth centres all over London and the South East. In 2004, Masterstepz and ‘Peace On The Streets’ were the winners of the Sony Radio Academy Awards.

In a press realease yeasterday the DJ/producer said-

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working on the Peace On The Streets campaign and winning the Sony award for that show, as well as all the live broadcast shows and events such as Junior Jam and all the concerts Choice FM sponsored and that I hosted. I will miss Choice FM and wish all the presenters and staff all the best, but it’s time for me to move forward in my career and take up some exciting opportunities I have been offered."

As personal friends to 'Stepz, we at Social Writers feel this is the correct move for him and his career and wish him all the best in his future ventures.

Masterstepz’s last show on Choice FM will be this Friday, March 5th, from 7pm-10pm. To keep up to date with what he will now be doing, you can follow him on Twitter '@Masterstepz'

NEWS: Mutya Buena And Siobhan Donaghy Applies For Ownership Of Sugababes Name

Two of the original members of the Sugababes, Mutya Buena and Siobhan Donaghy have applied for ownership of the Sugababes name. This comes after the news of, third original member Keisha Buchanan's plans to sue for the ownership of the name also.

When Keisha was booted out of the Babes, it was said that Universal Records were the rightful owners of the name Sugababes. However, it has been said that the original members, Mutya and Keisha created the name of the group.

Looks like it'll be the battle of the Babes: The 'Original' Sugababes vs The 'Revised' Sugababes

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Nivea - 'Love Hurts'

Singer Nivea is trying to make a comeback with her new single 'Love Hurts'. The video features a remix of the song that has never been heard before.

Nivea's ex, Lil Wayne, who has filmed around 10 music videos in the past 2 weeks ahead of his sentencing, makes a cameo appearance in the video as her ex-love interest.............check out the chemistry between the two.....quite obviously no 'acting' was needed.

'Love Hurts' is taken off of Nivea's forthcoming fourth studio album, 'Purple Heart'

Source: The Feed x The Remedy

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Estelle ft Kardinal Offishall - 'Freak'

The music video for Estelle's brand new single 'Freak' debuted yesterday. The David Guetta produced single is off of her forthcoming album, 'All Of Me'.

This is a very creative video for Estelle and it works! 'Freak' definitely will be a club banger!

In other news, Estelle recently spoke to MTV about her decision to wear black make-up in the video, which seems to be causing a bit of controversy....

"I think [people] need to wait to see the clip. I could defend myself, but it's just silly. I'm black, so how do I do blackface? Missy [Elliott] did the same thing [with her video] 'She's A Bitch'. I refuse to defend it. I didn't put any white ring around my mouth - never that."
(Source: Digital Spy)

Do you have an issue with Estelle wearing black make-up in her new video?

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Young Money - 'Roger That'

'Roger That' is the second single to be released by Young Money. The track features head honcho of Young Money, Lil Wayne, Tyga and female rapper of the moment, Nicki Minaj.

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Trey Songz - 'Neighbours Know My Name'

The video for Trey Songz's next single, 'Neighbours Know My Name', has been released. Trey is definitely getting his 'grown and sexy on'!

Monday, 1 March 2010

Rapper Guru in coma after heart attack

43 year old Rapper, Guru is reported to be in a coma after suffering a heart attack yesterday. The accredited East coast rapper is due to undergo surgery at some point today, in New York.

One half of the famed and much respected Hip hop group, Gang Starr, along with fellow accomplice DJ Premier, who announced Guru's critical condition on Hip Hop Nation, has claimed to have stated that "Guru is in a coma and will under surgery tomorrow afternoon".

The sad news of Guru, born Keith Alam, unfortunate health condition will not go down well with the Hip hop world. With the loss of so many great MC's, over the last decade (B.I.G, Tupac, Baatin, to name a few)another loss will only add to the declining number of credible MC's.

SocialWriters wishes Guru a speedy recovery!

Click here for the full story.

NEWS: Keisha Buchanan Sues The Sugababes

Keisha Buchanan, founding member of The Sugababes, is suing the girl band for use of the name 'The Sugababes' as she came up with the band's name with fellow founder and ex-Babe, Mutya Buena.

Keisha, who was forced to leave the band in September, after it was said that Amelle and Heidi felt like Keisha was a bully, is demanding that the current line up, newbie Jade, Amelle and Heidi, call themselves something else, or pay her a one-off sum which could potentially be millions of pounds.

The Sugababes camp should've seen this one coming.......we sure did! As one of the founding members of the group, she surely is entitled to something, as is Mutya.

Good luck Keisha......this 'feud' looks like it'll be on-going.....
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