Shad on Sound Session (2014) (video)

Posted in Artists, Interviews, Sound Session on October 4th, 2014 by Hyphen

One of the best writers in hip-hop, one of our favorite artists, and one of our best friends, the incomparable Shad, visited Sound Session to speak with J. Moore and I recently. We discussed a variety of topics, exploring what it’s like coming up in Canada making his style of music, winning the Rap Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) over his countryman Drake, and how he chooses to promote himself in the US market. He also spoke about his last album, Flying Colours, and his plans to take the follow up project in a new direction, before running through a lightning round of questions covering 90’s sit-coms, left handed basketball players, his favorite sneakers, and more.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Shad represents everything I love about hip-hop and I cosign literally every song/message he’s put out into the world.  Very talented, very humble, and very intelligent, I wish more artists would follow in his footsteps.

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Sam Smith – Restart (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on October 4th, 2014 by Hyphen

The Zane Lowe produced highlight from Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour is the official two step record of 2014 and now it gets some visuals, documenting some of Sam’s recent tour life.  Hopefully you’ve had a chance to catch him on his first American tour because his voice is incredible to hear live.

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Loyalty Digital Corp. – The WWE-P (mixtape)

Posted in Artists, Mixtapes on October 4th, 2014 by Hyphen

The homey Fokis put together this wrestling inspired project featuring Sadat X, Punchline, Skyzoo, Torae, Maffew Ragazino, and more and it’s a free download for y’all to check out! Download below:

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Joey Badass – Christ Conscious (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on October 4th, 2014 by Hyphen

Hip-hop is alive and well. Joey’s murdering everything he touches these days and “Christ Conscious” is no exception. Dope video too!

Watch out for B4DA$$ and Seattle homies: Joey’s performing at the Showbox on 10/10.

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Russ – Yellow (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on October 4th, 2014 by Hyphen

The homey Russ has quickly become one of my favorite artists out right now. Dope beats, catchy melodies, and some of the most heartfelt, genuine lyrics in the entire game. What more do you need?

“Yellow” is extra special for me since Russ humbled me with the shout out in the second verse.  Definitely got you homey!

Download the full project, Silence, for free right here.

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Cozz – Cody Macc (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on October 4th, 2014 by Hyphen

I always enjoy seeing new talent come out the gate spitting hungry AF and that’s what you’re seeing with Cozz, J. Cole’s newest signing to Dreamville.  The most amazing part of this video is that they actually got shots of Los Angeles without any cars driving around in the background.  But on the real, peep Cozz’s abum that just dropped, Cozz & Effect, and watch out for an appearance on SNSS real soon.

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OG Maco – U Guessed It (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on September 28th, 2014 by Hyphen

Guilty pleasure. Dope visuals, fun delivery, I’m not mad. HWAH!

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Problem on Sound Session (video)

Posted in Artists, Interviews, Sound Session on September 25th, 2014 by Hyphen

Problem traveled up the west coast from L.A. to Seattle and dropped by the KUBE 93 studios to chop it up with us for Sound Session on 9/10/14.

We discussed his background, how he originally started by producing on a PlayStation, how he started rapping for chicks, and how he developed arguably the best ad-lib in rap (WHAT!?!).  After talking about his past, he spoke on his upcoming album, “Karma,” and Diamond Lane Music Group’s strategy to make it his biggest release yet.  And as you might expect with a passionate LA native, the conversation ended with Problem explaining why Kobe is the greatest Laker of all time and who’s better, Kobe or MJ.

Big shout to Problem and all of Diamond Lane Music Group, plus the First Ladies for shooting/editing!

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Broods – Never Gonna Change (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on September 24th, 2014 by Hyphen

Y’all need to peep the Broods album that drops 10/7 called Evergreen. Very dope music. If you’re sleeping, here’s a taste with their breakup themed video for “Never Gonna Change.”

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Shad – Progress (Part 1: American Pie, Part 2: The Future is Here) (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on September 20th, 2014 by Hyphen

These are the kinds of songs that simply put Shad on a level that few other artists can touch.  Truly next level in his message and his delivery.  Wow.

Words from the director, Justin Broadbent:

“The death of music is similar to the death of visual art. The online, numb, browsing experience has (naturally) started to effect the current state of art. We’ve become a Tumblr’d culture, over Googled, educated and bored in 4 seconds or shorter.

“I made a non-music video for Shad’s “Progress”. It’s a website. It’s a comment on the state of art and also maybe the only video that could attach to such an intensely accurate and poignant song for our generation. It is like the movie credits to now. Tumblr on.”

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