Joey Badass ft. BJ The Chicago Kid – Like Me (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on February 13th, 2015 by Hyphen

It’s early, but I’ll make two statements I’m pretty confident will end up being true: this is one of the best songs of 2015 and Joey’s B4DA$$ is one of the best albums of the year.  J. Cole at the end of 2014 and now Joey, Lupe, Drake, and soon to be Kanye and Kendrick to kick off 2015.  Not too shabby…

btw, Dilla and The Roots on the beat!

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Sound Session #504 (2/8/15)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on February 12th, 2015 by Hyphen


Running around like crazy this week so unfortunately I don’t have too much time for a recap, but never fear, we’re back with another great episode of SNSS to hold you down.  J. Moore was joined in studio by DV One and ran through dope tracks from folks like Tunji Ige, Kali Uchis, Warm Brew, Drake, Joey Badass, Nefew, Alina Baraz, TUT, a few throwbacks to honor two of the greatest musical geniuses of all time, and more.

As often happens with our show, we have the privilege and honor to give some artists their very first radio spins, and no matter how many times it happens, I will never get tired of seeing their reactions.  Moments like Russ hearing his track played over 100k watts while in the home studio he recorded it in, or Johnny Rain’s tweet below are what SNSS are all about!


Enjoy the show (and peep that Johnny Rain album ASAP!):

Show #504 (2-8-15)

1.    Big Sean ft. Drake & Kanye West – “Blessings”
2.    King Reign – “Happylaidback”
3.    Nefew ft. BJ The Chicago Kid – “Lionheart”
4.    Raz Simone – “These Words” (Local Music)
5.    Tunji Ige – “Pocketed Lighter”
6.    Joey Badass – “Hazeus View”
7.    Warm Brew ft. Arima Ederra – “In A Bottle”
8.    Russ – “Hoe Love”
9.    TUT ft. Angel Mae & Taylor Freeman – “Holy Water”
10.    Vic Mensa – “Down On My Luck”
11.    Slum Village – “Raise It Up” (Throwback of the Week)
12.    Bob Marley – “Waiting In Vain” (Throwback of the Week)
13.    Kali Uchis – “Know What I Want”
14.    Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One) – “Two Wrongs” (Local Music)
15.    Malice Sweet – “Try You” (Local Music)
16.    Alina Baraz & Galimatias – “Fantasy”
17.    Johnny Rain – “Oakland Ting / 808 and Patron”
18.    D’Angelo & The Vanguard – “Really Love”
19.    Von Pea & The Other Guys ft. Kooley High – “Might As Well”
20.    J. Cole – “Fire Squad”

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Sound Session #503 (2/1/15)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on February 7th, 2015 by Hyphen


I haven’t had time to archive the latest SNSS until now, so I’ve had a few days to recover and decompress from the Super Bowl.  Hmm, where to begin?  I could write a book on it, but let’s just summarize it from a perspective I think most Seahawks fans will agree with: it was a great game with a few chances for both teams to really seize control (that 3rd down play to Kearse will never be forgotten), but it was always going to be difficult with our lack of dynamic WR’s and an increasingly hobbled secondary.  That said, magic happened and there we were, just 1 yard away from back to back Super Bowl victories, a feat almost unthinkable with free agency and the parity fostered by the league.

2nd down, 50 seconds, 1 time out…and the Seahawks OC, Darrell Bevell, makes the worst (on field) decision in American sports history.  I’ve heard folks complain about this “exaggeration,” but umm…name one that’s worse?  Webber’s timeout gets mentioned, but that’s a mental error, not a premeditated decision.  There’s nothing that eclipses this in terms of stature, scale, importance, opportunity, etc..  Hindsight is 20/20 but as soon as they walked to the line with an empty backfield, every Seahawks fan sick of Bevell’s misuse of Marshawn inside the red zone felt it coming.  Run. The. Ball.

There’s been a lot of talk trying to defend the call (and Bill Belichick’s clock errors too) this week, but I’m not having it.  You run the ball with #BeastMode on 2nd down and still have every option you want on 3rd and 4th if he doesn’t get in.  There’s even a decent chance the Patriots let him score there to ensure Brady has a little bit of time left.  And say for some ridiculous reason you decide to pass…you do not run THAT call with THAT personnel and in THAT situation.

Malcolm Butler made an incredible play, possibly the greatest in NFL history, but it never should have happened.  Patriots fans will say Kearse’s catch never should have happened too, and they’re probably right.  Sports just happen like that sometimes, which, cruelly enough, is why we watch.  You never know what’s going to happen, unless you’re a Hawks fan and you see Marshawn spread out wide at the goal line.

ANYWAY, back to the music.  J. Moore continued to hold it down in the studio while your boy is across the pond on that international steez (“hardly home but always reppin”).  Peep #503 for new tracks from Fabolous, Lupe, Joey Badass, Raz Simone, J. Cole, Elzhi, OverDoz., OnCue, Meek Mill, Vic Mensa, Sampha, Kali Uchis, Warm Brew, Alina Baraz, Wale, and my theme song of the moment (despite the game), Big Sean’s “Blessings.”  Sometimes I’ll be walking through these London streets and randomly belt out, “waaaaaaaaaay up, I feel blessed!”

Show #503 (2-1-15)

1.    Big Sean ft. Drake & Kanye West – “Blessings”
2.    Fabolous – “Rap & Sex”
3.    Lupe Fiasco – “Dots & Lines”
4.    Joey Badass ft. Raury – “Escape 120”
5.    Raz Simone – “Why Aren’t You Mine” (Local Music)
6.    J. Cole – “Role Modelz”
7.    Flip ft. Phat Kat & Elzhi – “Without Warning”
8.    Dave B – “Leaves” (Local Music)
9.    OverDoz. ft. Hit-Boy – “Rich White Friends”
10.    BJ The Chicago Kid ft. Schoolboy Q – “It’s True”
11.    OnCue – “No Way”
12.    Tre Ross – “Deep Lake” (Local Music)
13.    Meek Mill – “Monster”
14.    Snakehips ft. Syd (of The Internet) – “Gone”
15.    Vic Mensa – “Down On My Luck”
16.    Scarface ft. 2Pac & Johnny P – “Smile” (Throwback of the Week)
17.    Jay Prince ft. Fabienne – “The Trip”
18.    Emile Haynie ft. Sampha, Charlotte Gainsbourg, & Devonte Hynes – “A Kiss Goodbye (Reprise)”
19.    Kali Uchis – “All Or Nothing”
20.    Geovarn – “4am”
21.    Alina Baraz & Galimatias – “Fantasy”
22.    Warm Brew ft. Dom Kennedy – “Hold On To Her”
23.    Wale ft. Chance The Rapper – “Friendship Heights”
24.    Jean Deaux – “Who Am I”
25.    Young Jeezy ft. Kanye West – “Put On” (Throwback of the Week)

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Kwabs – Perfect Ruin (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on February 7th, 2015 by Hyphen

Man…Kwabs has one of the most powerful voices around. It gives you chills, quite literally in this video for “Perfect Ruin,” shot beautifully in a sub-zero location. Captures the song wonderfully…

Kwabs will release Love + War in May and this is the instant grat track when you pre-order now. iTunes / Amazon.

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Kali Uchis – Por Vida (free download)

Posted in Artists, Mixtapes on February 7th, 2015 by Hyphen

There are few things better than when an artist comes out of (relatively speaking) nowhere to floor you with some incredible music.  I had heard the name Kali Uchis for the past few months but peeped my first track about 3 weeks ago, and have been anxiously awaiting this project since that moment.  Definitely feeling some Amy vibes on this.  Download her free debut project immediately!

Download here: Kali Uchis – Por Vida

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Jay Smooth – Marshawn Lynch and the Theater of Disobedience (video)

Posted in Sports, Videos on February 7th, 2015 by Hyphen

Jay Smooth expertly summarizes why so many of us are rooting for Marshawn Lynch, aside from the fact he’s an incredible football player.  Talk to ’em Jay.

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Chinx ft. Jadakiss – Dope House (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on February 7th, 2015 by Hyphen

Another guilty pleasure alert (shout to Fetty Wap).  I dunno, there’s just something about the record that I like, but content-wise, it’s the same ol’.  For ignorant times, make it Suntory Chinx Drugz time.

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Sam Smith – Lay Me Down (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on February 5th, 2015 by Hyphen

To me, this is the best record that showcases Sam’s voice on In The Lonely Hour.  I still get chills at a few parts of this track.  Powerful vocals.

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Sound Session #502 (1/25/15)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on February 1st, 2015 by Hyphen


It’s the morning of Super Bowl XLIX and I can feel the energy in Seattle all the way here in London.  When the Hawks won last year, the feeling in the city was incredible and this year seems even bigger because the hype has now drawn in folks that aren’t even football fans.  It’s great to see everyone in the city come together, further illustrating the power of sports.  The only other time I can remember everyone being collectively so excited about something was when Obama won that first election.  We’ll see if the Hawks can pull it out against a tough Patriots team, but either way, they are massively appreciated.

On episode #502 of SNSS, J. Moore welcomed a few local artists to the studio so peep the show to hear updates from Dave B, Tre Ross, and Key Nyata, alongside new records from Lupe, Joey Badass, Freddie Gibbs, Hanni El Khatib, Warm Brew, Frank Ocean, Sam Sparro, Jean Deaux, The Weeknd, Snakehips, Jay Prince, and our homey Tunji!  We also gave SNSS debuts to two promising artists, Geovarn and Brent Faiyez.  Get familiar and enjoy the music!

Oh…and GO HAWKS!

Show #502 (1-25-15)

1.    Lupe Fiasco – “Mural”
2.    Fat Joe ft. Troy Ave – “How U Luv Dat”
3.    ASAP Rocky – “Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2”
4.    Freddie Gibbs & Hanni El Khatib – “Satin Black”
6.    Tre Ross – “Deep Lake” (Local Music)
8.    Warm Brew ft. Tunji – “We Can Do It”
9.    Joey Badass ft. BJ The Chicago Kid – “Like Me”
11.    Dave B – “Leaves” (Local Music)
13.    J. Cole – “No Role Modelz”
14.    Wale ft. Chance The Rapper – “Friendship Heights”
15.    Little Brother – “Speed” (Throwback of the Week)
16.    Action Bronson – “Actin Crazy”
17.    Frank Ocean – “You Are Luhh”
18.    Sam Sparro – “Rock The Boat”
19.    Jean Deaux – “Who Am I”
20.    Brent Faiyez – “Allure”
21.    The Weeknd – “Earned It”
22.    Geovarn – “4am”
23.    Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One) – “Number One” (Local Music)
24.    Snakehips ft. Syd (of The Internet) – “Gone”
25.    Diamond District – “It Ain’t Over (Black Milk Remix)”
26.    Jay Prince ft. Raheaven – “Polaroids”

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Kanye West ft. Paul McCartney – Only One (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on January 31st, 2015 by Hyphen

You’re not perfect, but you’re not your mistakes.

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