Sound Session #255 (4-18-10)

“Real DJ’s don’t take requests”

That’s a line in the new J-Live (yes, new J-Live!) track that we ran this week and it definitely stood out to me the first time I heard it.  I was going to write a quick essay with my thoughts on the topic, because I can see both sides to some extent, but then I looked at the clock and realized it was 1am and I haven’t had dinner yet.

I’d love to hear your take but, um…yeah…in short, most DJ’s should take more responsibility with what they play, though not necessarily on radio where hands are often tied, just in general.  Regardless of your level of skill or the outlet you push the music through, if you’re a DJ, you’re a selector.  You have a responsibility to live and breathe the music you shine light on.  You use it to express your feelings, the same way the artists make records to express theirs.  Don’t you love it when a song says something you can’t?

Perhaps it boils down to how you view your role: are you there to appease the listener or are you there to support what you believe in?  Maybe both.  It may not be the politically correct answer, but I don’t play music for people.  I play music for the music itself.  I’m just lucky that a few people enjoy listening to my picks…and with that, another episode of SNSS for the dedicated few:

Show #255 (4-18-10)

  1. Kidz In The Hall – “Grizzly Man”
  2. Donnis – “Gone”
  3. Big Boi – “Shutterbug”
  4. J. Cole – “We On”
  5. J. Pinder – “Go Far” (Local Music)
  6. Vitamin D ft. The Note – “Who Dat????” (Local Music)
  7. Kendrick Lamar – “The Heart, Part 1”
  8. Cook ft. Tunji & Deacon The Villain – “Towards The Future”
  9. Yahzarah – “Why Dontcha Call Me No More”
  10. Janelle Monae ft. Big Boi – “Tightrope”
  11. Erykah Badu – “Gone Baby, Don’t Be Long”
  12. Pac Div ft. Ty$ – “Rollin’”
  13. Drake – “Fall For Your Type”
  14. Nas & Damian Marley ft. Dennis Brown – “The Promised Land”
  15. Eulorhythmics – “Leavin’”
  16. Little Brother ft. Chaundon – “So Cold”
  17. B.o.B ft. Lupe Fiasco – “Past My Shades”
  18. J-Live – “The Way That I Rhyme”
  19. Dead Prez – “Mind Sex” (Throwback of the Week)
  20. M64 – “In The Pocket (Grillade Remix)” (Local Music)
  21. Passion Pit – “The Reeling”

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2 Responses to “Sound Session #255 (4-18-10)”

  1. Cathy says:

    That quote brought a chuckle out of me. I agree with you- the agreement or objection to the statement really weighs on one’s view of and relationship with music. And of course, you can’t leave out the power of the Man dictating what plays on the airwaves. (Has or has not Clear Channel been testing SNSS these past couple of sessions, haha?)

    Snatching that archive since I missed half of the show, thanks Hyph!

    One love,

  2. Hyphen says:

    Welcome Cathy.

    Hahaha @ CC testing SNSS. We’re just joking about our technical issues, but I don’t doubt that we’re not exactly a CC favorite. But yeah, we don’t really concern ourselves with what other people like when it comes to music. We live hip-hop and we rep it on the show at all times. We don’t have any other choice!

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