Sound Session #349 (2-19-12)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on February 20th, 2012 by Hyphen

New music from Chip Tha Ripper, Erick Sermon, DJ Premier, Damian Marley, Brother Ali, Killer Mike, and more on this week’s episode of SNSS.  Plus we were joined in studio by RA Scion and Fleeta Partee.  Enjoy!

Show #349 (2-19-12)

  1. Chip Tha Ripper ft. Kid Cudi – “GloryUs”
  2. Erick Sermon – “A Way Out”
  3. Action Bronson & Statik Selektah – “The Stick Up”
  4. Saigon ft. Jovan Dais – “Women Are The New Dogs”
  5. The Kid Daytona – “My Kinda Girl (Side Chick Anthem)”
  6. AD ft. Big K.R.I.T. & Che Blaq – “Reality Check” (Local Music)
  7. Aleon Craft – “Jill Scott”
  9. RA Scion – “Beg” (Local Music)
  10. Gangrene – “Flame Throwers”
  12. DTMD ft. Godly MC & Kev Brown – “Raw (Oddisee Remix)”
  13. DJ Premier ft. Nas & Apathy – “Regeneration (Remix)”
  14. Damian Marley – “Affairs Of The Heart”
  15. Brother Ali ft. Phonte & Stokley Williams – “I’ll Be Around”
  16. Tony Williams ft. Kanye West – “Another You”
  17. Yuna – “Live Your Life”
  18. Yonas Michael – “Punks”
  19. Killer Mike ft. Bun B, T.I., & Trouble – “Big Beast”
  21. Fleeta Partee – “In The City” (Local Music)
  23. Jurassic 5 – “Jayou” (Throwback of the Week)
  24. REKS – “Autograph”
  25. MadKem – “Ms. Badu”

Link to download the mp3 of the show –
(back up / streaming link –
(2nd back up –

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Common Market – Escaping Arkham (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on March 25th, 2009 by Hyphen

Off the brand new Common Market digital release, Winter’s End EP, here’s the MTVu debut of RA Scion & Sabzi’s “Escaping Arkham.”  With Zia at the directorial helm, you already know the visuals are going to be flawless.  He’s really one of the most underrated directors in the game nationally…it won’t be long until people are flying him all around the country to do their videos.

Sidenote:  mobbing down to SXSW with a lot of Seattle folks, RA and Sabzi included, was one of my highlights of last week.  We have a ton of talent in the town and if you aren’t aware, you’re sleeping.  Plus, everyone is cool as hell…

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Hip-Hop Summit @ Highline – Today & Tomorrow!

Posted in Live Performances, News on February 26th, 2009 by Hyphen

To all my Seattle/Tacoma folks, I highly recommend you check out this year’s Hip-Hop Summit at Highline Community College today and tomorrow.  It’s going to be full of great conversations and great performances, including a panel appearance by yours truly later today at noon in the student union.  For the performance, you get to peep some of the best talent here in the northwest (Parker Brothaz, Common Market, Gabriel Teodros, and more) for only a few bucks.  Here are all the details:

Thursday, February 26th

The History & Evolution of Hip-Hop
with King Khazm(founder of Zulu Nation-Seattle Chapter, Hip Hop emcee & activist)
9-9:50am, Student Union-Mt. Constance Room

Hip Hop Politics
with Dr. Tricia Rose of Brown University
10-11:30am, Student Union-Mt. Constance Room

Panel Discussion: Misconceptions of Hip-Hop
with DJ Hyphen, Kitty Wu, King Khazm, and more
12-1:30pm, Student Union-Mt. Constance Room

Friday, February 27th

Art Showcase
Evolution of Art Club
10am, Mt. Constance Room

Poetry Lounge and Open Mic
11am, Mt. Constance Room

Night Show
Doors Open at 6pm
Highline Student Union, Mt. Townsend Room Stage
2 v. 2 Break Battle
With Performances by:
So HyDef, Nam, Khingz, Gabriel Teodros, The Parker Brothers and Common Market
Highline Students $5, General Admission $10

For more information contact: Tony Innouvong at, (206)878-3710 x3904

Come through:  2400 S. 240th St., Des Moines, WA 98198

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Common Market – Tobacco and Snow Covered Roads (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on January 7th, 2009 by Hyphen

Now this is hilarious.  Fellow Massline member Ra Scion saw Geologic & Sabzi’s “Coffee and Snow” video and had to respond.  He linked up with tthe original director, Zia, to record this dope sequel to the Scholars’ video.  Comedy…and still doper than what most artists try to create with their official videos.

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Sound Session #185 (12-14-08)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on December 15th, 2008 by Hyphen


Here’s the Sound Session playlist and download links from Sunday night.  As usual, we had a ball playing the best new music around, plus we were joined in the studio by the homey Geologic from the Blue Scholars.  Along with laughing at our crazy callers, Geo was in the building to talk about the upcoming Blue Scholars and Common Market shows at the end of the week here in Seattle.  If you’re in the town, you better be coming through Neumo’s Thursday, Friday, and/or Saturday night to see two of our most talented groups tear it down like they always do.  Shout to the entire Massline family.

We also had a quick appearance from two of our Cali friends, Glasses Malone and Mistah F.A.B., who dropped in before performing at the Star Bar.  First off, you haven’t lived until you’ve heard these two cap on each other.  I wish y’all could have heard the off-air convo…hilarious.  Secondly, be on the lookout for Glasses’ major label debut, Beach Cruiser, coming in March of ’09.  Dude has been putting in work in the Cali underground for years so it’s good to see him on the verge of such big success.

Do what you do and peep the entire show below:

Show #185 (12-14-08)
**Co-Hosted by Geologic (of Blue Scholars)**

  1. 88 Keys ft. Bilal – “M.I.L.F.”
  2. Alchemist ft. Evidence, Blu, & Kid Cudi – “Therapy”
  3. Freeway – “Look Around”
  4. Ghostface Killah – “Slept On Tony”
  5. Blue Scholars – “Joe Metro” (Local Artist)
  6. Q-Tip ft. D’Angelo – “I Believe”
  7. Black Milk – “Hold It Down”
  9. Glasses Malone ft. Lil’ Wayne & Birdman – “Haterz”
  11. Souls of Mischief – “Tour Stories”
  12. Evidence ft. Elzhi & Aloe Blacc – “To Be Determined”
  13. 6th Sense ft. Adele – “Bringing 1988 Back” (WORLD PREMIERE)
  14. K’Naan ft. Chubb Rock – “ABC’s”
  15. Common ft. Martina Topley-Bird – “Everywhere”
  16. N.A.S.A. ft. Kanye West, Santogold, & Lykke Li – “Gifted”
  17. He Say She Say – “Crash Dummie”
  18. U-N-I – “Hollywood Hiatus”
  19. Clockwork – “Same As Me” (Local Artist)
  20. Joe Budden ft. the Game – “The Future”
  21. Fresh Espresso (Rik Rude & P-Smoov) – “Elegant” (Local Artist)
  22. Sene – “Whateva, Wheneva”

Link to download the mp3 of the show –
(back up / streaming link – )

Link to download the parts with Glasses Malone & Mistah F.A.B. –
(back up / streaming link – )

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Common Market – Trouble Is (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on September 24th, 2008 by Hyphen

(look at Grynch gettin’ his cameo on…well done sir!)

Brand new video from some of the finest local talent here in Seattle, RA Scion & Sabzi, collectively known as Common Market.  I’ll let them describe the visuals:

”Trouble Is” tells the story of a vagrant farmer’s hardship in a town where the locals call into question his intentions and work ethic. The video captures this tension with unmistakably rustin and southern imagery as the first scene opens with a fiery sermon delivered from the pulpit of a dusty Baptist church.  The farmer, played by the emcee RA Scion, is aggressively pursued by a town mob, first driven out of town over distrust and distaste, then back again for the purpose of assimilation by force.  The video takes a curious turn in the final scene, ultimately leaving the viewer in the position of the town-folk to question the farmer’s motivation.

Shout to Zia Mohajerjasbi, who continues to direct excellent pieces.  If you missed RA on Sound Session a few weeks ago, peep it here.

Seattle people: catch CM along with People Under The Stairs and Shawn Jackson on Sunday at King Cobra.  And cop that Tobacco Road asap’ers.

Video courtesy of OnSmash.  **UPDATE** – Added the full video.  Thanks to reader Shale for the heads up.

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RA Scion (of Common Market) on Sound Session

Posted in Interviews, Sound Session on September 8th, 2008 by Hyphen

(if you prefer YouTube, here are parts 1 & 2)

One half of Seattle’s own Common Market, RA Scion, came through Sound Session yesterday and we recorded it for y’all.  We chopped it up about their new Tobacco Road album, their unique release party coming up on Thursday at Neumos, their experiences performing at the protests of the Democratic National Convention in Denver, and more.  You can watch the video above, or if you prefer just the audio, grab it here:

RA Scion on Sound Session
(back up / streaming link – )

Tobacco Road drops tomorrow…cop that!  Shout to the other half of CM, Sabzi, who we saw over the weekend as the Blue Scholars tore down Rock The Bells.  Some random RTB video will be popping up on TAOD this week.

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Sound Session #171 (9-7-08)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on September 8th, 2008 by Hyphen


Damn, how is it already September?  Time is moving so fast, this is crazy.  Anyway, here’s this weekend’s Sound Session for your listening pleasure.  We recapped some of our experiences at Rock The Bells (random RTB video and an interview with Phonte coming soon) and played all sorts of good music from people like Murs, Royce The 5’9″, Kardinal Offishall, Kanye West, Elzhi (in Seattle this week!) and more.  We also debuted songs from Illa J (featuring Guilty Simpson), Madlib (feat. Defari), and Now On (produced by Jake One…who sat in on the show) and chopped it up with RA Scion of Common Market live in the studio.  RA and Sabzi are set to drop one of the dopest albums of the year, Tobacco Road, on Tuesday so be sure to cop that!

Show #171 (9-7-08)

  1. Murs – “Me and This Jawn”
  2. Royce The 5’9” ft. Kid Vishis – “Kill ‘Em”
  3. Elzhi – “Guessing Game”
  4. DJ Revolution ft. KRS-One – “The DJ”
  6. Common Market – “Gol’dust” (Local Artist)
  7. Illa J ft. Guilty Simpson – “R U Listenin’”
  8. Kid Cudi ft. Wale – “Is There Any Love”
  9. Fusion Unltd ft. Little Brother, Nickleus F, Hall of Fame, & Skillz – “The Sun”
  11. 88 Keys ft. Kanye West & Malik Yusef – “Stay Up (Viagra)”
  12. Kardinal Offishall – “Nina”
  13. Jazmine Sullivan ft. Kardinal Offishall & Lindo P – “Need U Bad (Remix)”
  14. Termanology – “Please Don’t Go”
  15. DJ Babu ft. M.O.P. – “Dearly Departed”
  16. Johnson&Jonson (Blu & Mainframe) – “HalfA’Knot”
  17. Jake One ft. Freeway & Brother Ali – “The Truth” (Local Artist)
  18. Now On – “Catapults”
  20. Shyan Selah – “Hollywood Blvd” (Local Artist)
  21. Statik Selektah ft. Consequence – “Mr. Popularity”
  22. Madlib ft. Defari – “Gamble On Ya Boy”
  23. Janelle Monae – “Many Moons”

Link to download the mp3 of the show –
(back up / streaming link – )

Link to download just the parts with RA Scion –
(back up / streaming link – )

Link to watch the interview with RA Scion –
(if you prefer YouTube, watch the 2 parts here – )

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