Cool Nutz ft. Mistah F.A.B. – Know God (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on January 26th, 2014 by Hyphen

PDX & the Bay connect on this one, produced by Trox. Shout to all the homies along I-5 South.

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Kwabs – Wrong Or Right (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on January 26th, 2014 by Hyphen

Another amazing artist coming out of the UK, Kwabs, might be my favorite new voice in music. His vocals are really powerful, though they are tempered down a bit on this specific record. Great stuff.

The EP is out February 3rd.

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Lupe Fiasco on Sound Session (Studio 93)

Posted in Interviews, Sound Session on January 21st, 2014 by Hyphen

Our good friend Lupe made another appearance on Sound Session recently, though this one was in the form of our “Studio 93″ series, where we interview an artist in front of a large group of winners.  We talked about his upcoming Tetsuo & Youth album, including details about his creative process and a discussion about how responsible complex MC’s are in ensuring listeners understand the messages they put in their verses.  We also discussed how he collaborates with other artists and how he’s often turned down for these projects because of his past controversial statements, before moving on to topics like his relationship with Rick Ross and how the music industry has changed as technology has improved over the years.

It’s always fun to chop it up with Lu, who really is one of the most gifted individuals we have in hip-hop.  He’s an innovative thinker that likes to challenge the status quo, which is always necessary, plus him and Shad are the 2 best writers in the game, imo. Hope you guys enjoy the conversation.  Shout to the Marsupial Empire for recording and editing.

FNF up!

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Sound Session #448 (1-12-14)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on January 15th, 2014 by Hyphen

SNSS

Good music a plenty on this week’s episode of SNSS, including tracks from artists like The Lox, Termanology, Mykestro, Rockie Fresh & Casey Veggies, Kwabs, Kastle, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, and more, but there’s really only one thing on the mind of everyone in Seattle this week: the epic showdown between the Seahawks and 49ers, where the winner goes to the Super Bowl.  It should be a great game since the 49ers are the hottest team in football and might be the only squad more talented than the Seahawks top to bottom.  The Hawks haven’t played well offensively of late (or really all season, at least compared to their potential), but they have a great defense and the huge benefit of home field advantage here in Seattle.

With all due respect to the Patriots and Broncos, the NFC Championship is essentially the Super Bowl since these are the 2 best teams in football.  Should be a great one.  Go Hawks!

Show #448 (1-12-14)

  1. The Lox – “Love Me Or Leave Me Alone”
  2. Termanology ft. Ransom – “Set It Off”
  3. Mykestro ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Set Precedent (LA Mix)”
  4. Drake – “Trophies”
  5. Rockie Fresh & Casey Veggies ft. Juicy J – “All That”
  6. Tinashe – “Ain’t Ready”
  7. Mac Miller ft. Syd Tha Kyd & Thundercat – “In The Morning”
  8. Kwabs – “Wrong Or Right”
  9. Kastle ft. Atlas – “Must Be Crazy”
  10. Common – “War”
  11. Roc Marciano ft. A.G. – “Soul Music”
  12. Nacho Picasso ft. Avatar Darko – “Tell Me Something” (Local Music)
  13. Rick Ross ft. Jay-Z – “The Devil Is A Lie”
  14. M.O.P. – “Ante Up” (Throwback of the Week)
  15. V. Dot ft. Louis V – “Town Biz” (Local Music)
  16. Talib Kweli ft. Raekwon – “Violations”
  17. Fabolous ft. Jadakiss – “The Hope”
  18. Xperience & MTK ft. Casual – “Brighter Day” (Local Music)
  19. Black Milk – “Deion’s House”
  20. Nemo Achida ft. BJ The Chicago Kid – “Hands On”
  21. Joey Bada$$, A La $ole, & Dyemond Lewis – “Sol Luna”
  22. Jamall Bufford ft. Magestik Legend – “Travel Light”
  23. Vampire Weekend ft. Danny Brown, Heems, & Despot – “Step (Remix)”
  24. Elle Varner ft. Wale – “Rover”
  25. Vancouver Sleep Clinic – “Collapse”

Link to download/stream the mp3 of the show – http://www.solidfiles.com/d/dd6a462338/
(back up – http://www7.zippyshare.com/v/32953375/file.html)
(2nd back up – http://linkmixes.com/it9far87thh4)

If there are any problems with the links or if you’d like to be added to our weekly email list to receive the playlist and download links after every show, just shoot me an email, DJHyphen@gmail.com.

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Sound Session #447 (1-5-14)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on January 12th, 2014 by Hyphen

SNSS

Here’s the first SNSS episode of 2014, featuring new music from Hov, Drake, Oddisee, Jamall Bufford, BJ The Chicago Kid, Elle Varner, Audio Push, Fabolous, 7 Days Of Funk, The Lox, Pro Era, Tinashe, Bridget Kelly, Vampire Weekend, and more.  If you missed our Best of 2013 wrap up, click here.

In other news, as I type this, we’re a 2nd half away from the Broncos beating the Chargers and setting up an epic weekend of Seahawks/49ers and Patriots/Broncos matchups to determine the Super Bowl.  Can’t wait!

Show #447 (1-5-14)

  1. Rick Ross ft. Jay-Z – “The Devil Is A Lie”
  2. B.o.B – “Paper Route”
  3. V. Dot ft. Louis V – “Town Biz” (Local Music)
  4. Drake – “Trophies”
  5. Shelton Harris & Tyler Dopps – “No Gods” (Local Music)
  6. Oddisee – “Invisible Walls”
  7. Jamall Bufford ft. Magestik Legend – “Travel Light”
  8. Nemo Achida ft. BJ The Chicago Kid – “Hands On”
  9. BJ The Chicago Kid ft. Jerreau – “My New Christmas List”
  10. Elle Varner ft. Wale – “Rover”
  11. Fabolous – “Cuffin Season”
  12. Audio Push – “Shine”
  13. 7 Days of Funk (Dam-Funk & Snoop Dogg) – “Let It Go”
  14. Malice & Mario Sweet – “Celebration” (Local Music)
  15. The Lox – “Love Me Or Leave Me Alone”
  16. Outkast ft. Goodie Mob – “Git Up, Git Out” (Throwback of the Week)
  17. Joey Bada$$, A La $ole, & Dyemond Lewis – “Sol Luna”
  18. Kidd Upstairs ft. Mistah F.A.B., Gaita, & Hongry – “Nostalgia”
  19. Talib Kweli – “Lover’s Peak”
  20. Tinashe – “Midnight Sun”
  21. Bridget Kelly – “Coca1n3 Heartbreak”
  22. Jhene Aiko ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Stay Ready (What A Life)”
  23. Vampire Weekend ft. Danny Brown, Heems, & Despot – “Step (Remix)”
  24. A$AP Mob ft. A$AP Nast & Method Man – “Trillmatic”
  25. MeLo-X – “Break From Flatbush”
  26. Childish Gambino – “3005”

Link to download/stream the mp3 of the show – http://www.solidfiles.com/d/e5f65fc6d3/
(back up – http://www47.zippyshare.com/v/80917764/file.html)
(2nd back up – http://linkmixes.com/q0o1cfl8nn0n)

If there are any problems with the links or if you’d like to be added to our weekly email list to receive the playlist and download links after every show, just shoot me an email, DJHyphen@gmail.com.

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Clock Radio Speakers podcast with DJ Hyphen

Posted in Uncategorized on January 5th, 2014 by Hyphen

(you like that 3rd person blog title, don’t ya?)

The homies Doc and Armond do one of the best hip-hop podcasts around with their Clock Radio Speakers show and I was honored to be a guest on a recent episode of theirs.  Toss this on and listen to us nerd out about all sorts of topics, including rap’s fascination with radio play and how radio really works, Wale’s issues with Complex, “event” releases in 2013 from artists like Jay-Z and Beyonce, my #InboxMadness Twitter series, industry tastemakers, and a whole bunch more.  Just a fun discussion with some folks that truly love music.  Good times.

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Sound Session #446 (12-29-13) – Best of 2013

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on January 5th, 2014 by Hyphen

SNSS

It’s the last Sound Session of the year, which means only one thing: time for our annual “best of” wrap up show!  You can peep previous year end episodes here (2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009), but for this year’s list, see below and check our notes too.  As always, we pick what we feel represented the best artists and music that we highlighted on SNSS all year.  Normally, we avoid picking more than one track from an artist, but we couldn’t resist this year.  Kanye and Drake dominated 2013, in every sense (“HOW, Sway?), and they had too many records to only pick one.  Those guys were the MVP’s, but there were lots of great records this year:

Show #446 (12-29-13)
**Best of 2013**

  1. Action Bronson – “Strictly 4 My Jeeps”
  2. THURZ ft. Cali Martyr – “Got Damn, Got Damn”
  3. A$AP Rocky ft. Skrillex & Birdy Nam Nam – “Wild For The Night”
  4. Kris Kasanova ft. Skeme & Jarv Dee – “Shut Em Down”
  5. Tyler, The Creator ft. Frank Ocean – “Bimmer”
  6. Kanye West ft. Charlie Wilson – “Bound 2”
  7. Kanye West – “Black Skinhead”
  8. Pusha T ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Nosetalgia”
  9. Step Brothers (Evidence & Alchemist) – “Step Masters”
  10. Nacho Picasso – “Crime Waves” (Local Music)
  11. Jay-Z ft. Rick Ross – “F*ckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt”
  12. Romaro Franceswa ft. Fearce – “Bounce” (Local Music)
  13. Shad ft. Saukrates – “Stylin’”
  14. Smash Brovaz – “Whatever”
  15. Drake ft. Sampha – “Too Much”
  16. Sampha – “Too Much”
  17. Drake ft. Jhene Aiko – “From Time”
  18. The Physics – “Play It Off” (Local Music)
  19. J. Cole ft. Nas – “Let Nas Down (Remix)”
  20. Isaiah Rashad – “Shot U Down”
  21. Porter Ray – “5 Mics” (Local Music)
  22. Chance The Rapper – “Acid Rain”
  23. Big K.R.I.T. – “Serve This Royalty”
  24. The Internet – “Dontcha”
  25. denitia and sene – “trip. fall.”
  26. Raleigh Ritchie – “In Too Deep”
  27. ForteBowie – “Gucci Mayne”

Link to download/stream the mp3 of the show – http://www.solidfiles.com/d/8f31e46420/
(back up – http://www35.zippyshare.com/v/99509846/file.html)
(2nd back up – http://linkmixes.com/hq2mac07719g)

If there are any problems with the links or if you’d like to be added to our weekly email list to receive the playlist and download links after every show, just shoot me an email, DJHyphen@gmail.com.

Notes:

1.  Action released lots of quality music in 2013, but this collab with Harry Fraud was his best.
2. Finally! A twerk record with lyrics. Club goers and backpackers unite!
3. ASAP’s collab with Skrillex didn’t quite fit with the rest of his album, but that’s not a bad thing when a track is this hype.
4. Kris, Jarv, and Skeme delivered a banger. Sadly, most folks are still sleeping. Not SNSS doe.
5. Tyler’s maturation resulted in one of the best albums of the year and this outro featured a beat that Pharrell wishes he made.
6. Yes, the video is absurd. Yes, the lyrics aren’t super dope. But this is my favorite record of the year. Just insanely enjoyable and a classic ‘Ye sample. You can’t front.
7. Another crazy beat, but the lyrics shine here. Kanye’s crazy but a genius. He was spitting truth all year in these songs and interviews.
8. Pusha had another great year (hanging with ‘Ye helps). This and “Numbers On The Board” were classics.
9. Speaking of classics, Ev & Al nailed this old school inspired slapper.
10. Seattle’s hip-hop scene is on fire and Nacho is the most intriguing MC we have. 2014 will be huge for him.
11. Jay dropped an average album (by his standards) but it still had a few gems, including this anthem.
12. Shout to BeanOne with possibly my favorite local beat ever. I could listen to that loop all day!
13. One Canadian legend linked with another soon to be Canadian legend. SK’s having fun on this one, but those lyrics are still rewind worthy.
14. Good ol’ fashioned boom-bap for the cold weather. T-Dot to SEA, connect.
15. We could have picked numerous records from Drizzy, but this one was a no-brainer. That hook. That beat. Those lyrics. Lock.
16. We had to give props to Sampha’s original that Drake sampled as well.
17. Still think Jhene had the hook of the year on “From Time.”
18. Last year, I mentioned that if the Physics release music in a year, they’re guaranteed to be on our year end list. Well, they released music. And it didn’t disappoint.
19. There were lots of dope “moments” (see Kendrick’s “Control” verse) but one of our favorites was Nas responding to Jermaine.
20. Kendrick was everywhere in 2013 and Q kept anticipation bubbling for his upcoming album, but TDE’s newcomer introduced himself to the world with one of the best tracks of the year.
21. The best part of Seattle’s hip-hop scene is that the future is looking STRONG. Cats like Porter, Romaro, and Dave B are leading the way for the youngsters.
22. Chicago’s up and comer linked with Seattle’s production OG, Jake One, and the resulting song was the highlight of Chance’s album.
23. A lot of folks are taking K.R.I.T. for granted and waiting for him to drop that undeniable classic, which will certainly come, but in the meantime, he continues to release great music. Another year, another great mixtape.
24. The Internet might have had the sleeper record of the year. J still points out that if they sold this track to Janet Jackson, it’s a guaranteed #1 hit. What a record…
25. Denitia Odigie and Sene collaborated for one of the surprise albums of the year and this was the first offering we heard off it. Still knocks.
26. Raleigh Ritchie’s an artist that might be off most people’s radars, but it’ll come in time. This is just a taste of what’s in store from this UK singer.
27. Forte simply does it all: raps, sings, produces. He’s good. He’s gucci.

Honorable mentions from artists not otherwise represented:

  • 2 Player Co-Op (Trackademicks & 1-O.A.K.) – “Someone Great”
  • 50 Cent ft. Kendrick Lamar – “We Up”
  • AB – “You Used To Love Me”
  • Amp Live ft. James Melo – “D.H.E.A.”
  • A$AP Mob ft. A$AP Nast & Method Man – “Trillmatic”
  • Bas ft. J. Cole & KQuick – “Lit”
  • Big Sean ft. Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica – “Control”
  • Bondax – “Gold (Snakehips Bootleg)”
  • Busta Rhymes ft. Q-Tip – “Thank You”
  • Childish Gambino – “3005”
  • Dag Savage (Exile & Johaz) ft. Aloe Blacc – “When It Rains”
  • Dave B – “Illectric”
  • De La Soul – “Get Away”
  • Disclosure, Sam Smith, Jimmy Napes, & Nile Rodgers – “Together”
  • Eminem ft. Buckshot – “Don’t Front”
  • Halo & Masta Killa ft. Rocki Evans – “No Matter”
  • IamSu! – “Hipster Girls”
  • Jadakiss ft. The-Dream – “Big Boy Dialogue”
  • Janelle Monae ft. Miguel – “Primetime”
  • Jhene Aiko – “The Worst”
  • Joey Badass – “Unorthodox”
  • John Crown – “Ben Franklin”
  • John Legend ft. Rick Ross – “Who Do We Think We Are”
  • Logic – “Nasty”
  • Mack Wilds – “Magic”
  • Mayer Hawthorne ft. Jessie Ware – “Her Favorite Song”
  • MeLo-X – “God Magic”
  • Mystikal – “Hit Me”
  • Nickelus F ft. Drake – “Number 15”
  • Quelle Chris ft. Tanya Morgan, Cavalier, & Fresh Daily – “Greene Eyes”
  • Raz Simone – “Cold”
  • Rick Ross ft. Jay-Z – “The Devil Is A Lie”
  • Run The Jewels (Killer Mike & El-P) ft. Big Boi – “Banana Clipper”
  • Schoolboy Q ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Collard Greens”
  • Scribes – “Backseat (New Ride)”
  • Sol – “Jump In”
  • ST 2 Lettaz – “Trillmatic”
  • Tanya Morgan – “For Real”
  • The Black Opera ft. Mayer Hawthorne – “Queen Of Hearts”
  • T.I. ft. B.o.B, Kendrick Lamar, & Kris Stephens – “Memories Back Then”
  • Yo Gotti ft. J. Cole – “Cold Blood”
  • Young Roddy – “This One”

2014: let’s gooooooooooooo

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Sound Session #445 (12-22-13)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on December 26th, 2013 by Hyphen

SNSS

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Sound Session team!  There’s about 15 minutes left on Christmas Day as I write this and after a few weeks of traveling (special shout to some of my good LA friends that I saw last week, Enrique and Brian from Interscope), then the craziness of the holidays, I’m finally feeling like I can relax and catch up on things.  Hopefully you all had a great holiday and got to spend time with your friends and family, and you’re not working like I am.

That said, when we’re hanging out and playing new music from the likes of B.o.B, Kendrick, Jay, Emilio Rojas, The Physics, Disclosure, Rochelle Jordan, Oddisee, World’s Fair, Nemo Achida, Drake, Flume, and more, it really doesn’t seem like “work.”  Enjoy the latest episode of SNSS and be sure to tune in for our Best of 2013 show next week!

Show #445 (12-22-13)

  1. YG Hootie ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Two Presidents”
  2. B.o.B – “Back Me Up”
  3. Fat Trel – “She Fell In Love”
  4. Rick Ross ft. Jay-Z – “The Devil Is A Lie”
  5. Roc Marciano ft. Evidence – “Love Means”
  6. Kanin ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Winner Circle”
  7. Emilio Rojas – “Hold Up”
  8. Nickelus F – “Sunday”
  9. Joey Bada$$ – “Two Lips”
  10. Talib Kweli ft. Mike Posner – “Colors Of You”
  11. The Physics ft. Stay Hi Bros. – “On My Mind” (Local Music)
  12. Disclosure ft. Sam Smith – “Latch (DJ Premier Remix)”
  13. Rochelle Jordan – “Follow Me”
  14. Alina Baraz & Galimatias – “Make You Feel”
  15. Donte Peace – “Maxxxed Out” (Local Music)
  16. Run-D.M.C. – “Christmas In Hollis” (Throwback of the Week)
  17. Owuor Arunga ft. DadaBass & Felicia Loud – “Black As They Come” (Local Music)
  18. Oddisee – “Invisible Walls”
  19. World’s Fair ft. Bilal – “Spanish Robin Williams”
  20. Nemo Achida ft. BJ The Chicago Kid – “Hands On”
  21. Kidd Upstairs – “So Far Away”
  22. Flume ft. Ghostface Killah & Autre Ne Veut – “Space Cadet (Remix)”
  23. Flume ft. Killer Mike & Moon Holiday – “Insane (Remix)”
  24. Drake – “Come Thru”

Link to download/stream the mp3 of the show – http://www.solidfiles.com/d/25790c5624/
(back up – http://www24.zippyshare.com/v/7886193/file.html)
(2nd back up – http://linkmixes.com/a8208vl2l7xs)

If there are any problems with the links or if you’d like to be added to our weekly email list to receive the playlist and download links after every show, just shoot me an email, DJHyphen@gmail.com.

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Disclosure ft. Sasha Keable – Voices (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on December 24th, 2013 by Hyphen

I’m so late on the Disclosure bandwagon, but I hopped on a few months ago and I’m all in. These guys can do no wrong.

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Sound Session #444 (12-15-13)

Posted in Episodes, Interviews, Sound Session on December 16th, 2013 by Hyphen

SNSS

For this week’s episode of SNSS, we decided to switch it up a little bit and highlight one of our favorite groups, The Physics, by dedicating half the show to their excellent catalog in celebration of their new album release.  Personally, they are far and away my favorite local crew from the Northwest, which is saying quite a bit when you think about all the quality music our region produces these days.

The Physics sat in on the entire show and talked all about the group’s history as we ran through tracks from all their projects.  We finished with a few records off their new album, Digital Wildlife, which is available for free download right here.  I can’t recommend it enough so definitely download it now and Seattle folks: come out to their album release party this Saturday at the Croc.  See you there!

Show #444 (12-15-13)
**Co-Hosted by The Physics**

  1. A$AP Mob ft. A$AP Nast & Method Man – “Trillmatic”
  2. Lloyd Banks – “Tour Stories”
  3. Roc Marciano ft. Action Bronson – “456”
  4. Childish Gambino – “Sweatpants”
  5. Flume ft. Ghostface Killah & Autre Ne Veut – “Space Cadet (Remix)”
  6. Flume ft. Killer Mike & Moon Holiday – “Insane (Remix)”
  7. Disclosure ft. Sam Smith – “Latch (DJ Premier Remix)”
  8. 7 Days of Funk (Dam-Funk & Snoop Dogg) ft. Kurupt – “Ride”
  9. Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Doggy Dogg – “F*ck Wit Dre Day (And Everybody’s Celebratin’)” (Throwback of the Week)
  10. Talib Kweli ft. The Underachievers – “New Leaders”
  11. The Physics – “Ready For We” (Local Music)
  12. The Physics – “I Just Wanna Beat” (Local Music)
  13. The Physics ft. Maneak B – “Coronas On Madrona” (Local Music)
  14. The Physics – “These Moments” (Local Music)
  15. The Physics ft. The Good Sin – “Seward Park” (Local Music)
  16. The Physics – “So Funky” (Local Music)
  17. The Physics – “Take A Win” (Local Music)
  18. The Physics – “Play It Off” (Local Music)
  19. The Physics – “No Tellin” (Local Music)
  20. The Physics ft. Dave B – “Higher Learning” (Local Music)

Link to download/stream the mp3 of the show – http://www.solidfiles.com/d/06b385f1b4/
(back up – http://www11.zippyshare.com/v/9421239/file.html)
(2nd back up – http://linkmixes.com/q446ocy1hbf6)

If there are any problems with the links or if you’d like to be added to our weekly email list to receive the playlist and download links after every show, just shoot me an email, DJHyphen@gmail.com.

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