Jhene Aiko – Comfort Inn Ending (Freestyle) (video)

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

Mental note: don’t cheat on Jhene, although…really?

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Mistah F.A.B. – Live Freestyle on Sound Session (video)

Posted in Artists, Interviews, Live Performances, Sound Session on September 19th, 2013 by Hyphen

The homey Mistah F.A.B. stopped by SNSS this week and as is tradition with F.A.B., he blessed the mic with a crazy freestyle off the top of his head.  He completely killed it, with all sorts of Seattle references for us: his cousin Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch and his 3 touchdowns in the Seahawks vs. 49ers game earlier that night, Richard Sherman vs. Skip Bayless, Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton, Tha Bizness, Macklemore, and more.

Props to F.A.B. for being one of the few MC’s brave enough to spit…and murder…a legit freestyle live on air with us.  Some of your favorite MC’s have declined to rhyme live with us, and even those that do rarely do it off the top.  No writtens here, just improvisational skill at it’s finest.

You can download the audio of the freestyle right here – http://www62.zippyshare.com/v/69183512/file.html

And the full interview is available on the archive for SNSS #431, right here.

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Shad – Flying Colours (preview)

Posted in Artists, Live Performances, Music Videos, Videos on July 4th, 2013 by Hyphen

Similar to my favorite “freestyle” video of all time, Shad went in on the “Grammy Family” beat for about 7 minutes and absolutely murdered it.  So many bars, so much knowledge.  Best writer in the game, imo.  Peep the lyrics here.

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Macklemore – The Backroom Freestyle (video)

Posted in Artists, Live Performances on September 23rd, 2012 by Hyphen

Honestly, the verse was ill, but Mack rocking that jacket on BET is all you need in life.  And for all my label homies that hit me up about Mack pretty much every week, check the rhyme starting at 1:42.  That should answer your questions…

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New School Noise Cyphers

Posted in Artists, Live Performances, Sound Session, Videos on July 5th, 2012 by Hyphen

New School Noise is the brainchild of my guy DJ Same and Le Fresh Perspective, who hope that the event can shine light on some of the younger MC’s in the Seattle area.  The idea is pretty straightforward: fans will vote from a list of MC’s to decide who will perform at the showcase, which goes down August 19th at Neumos.  In the build up, they’ll be releasing a few of these teaser videos showing cyphers with some of the artists looking for votes.

Up above, you can see Dave B, Sean Brooks, Rebel, and J’Von, while down below, you’ve got Warm Gun, TayWill, Key Nyata, A-Rawlo, and Antbeezy.

Since Same has been helping out with Sound Session, we’re helping out with this program and co-signing it.  I think I may be hosting the event at Neumos too, but we’ll have more official news released on Le Fresh’s site, Neumos’ site, and TAOD as we get closer.

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Shad assisting the Vancouver Sun Kids Fund (video)

Posted in Artists, Live Performances, Other Peoples' Interviews, Videos on December 10th, 2011 by Hyphen

This clip of Shad talking to kids at a middle school in Surrey, BC exemplifies why he’s one of my favorite MC’s.  It’s one thing to be an incredibly talented rapper and musician, but when combined with intelligence and the realization that you have an obligation to help make the world a better place, it takes it to the next level.  I wish more MC’s were as forward thinking and intelligent as Shad, so they could speak to our youth as well.  As it stands now, there are probably less than 20 MC’s around that I’d encourage they go speak to kids.  And that’s horrifying.

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Eminem, Slaughterhouse, & Yelawolf – BET Cypher (video)

Posted in Artists, Live Performances, Videos on October 15th, 2011 by Hyphen

Like any sane individual, I didn’t watch the BET Awards and I knew that anything worth seeing would pop up online later.  Sure enough, the video that had Twitter going crazy and everyone professing their love for Eminem is here in all its explicit glory.

Em’s verse is bananas and it’s funny to hear him rhyme over East Flatbush Project’s “Tried By 12″ beat almost 15 years after he was killing the Rap Olympics over similar records, but like any moment that gets SO much hype…I just instinctively have a little bit of a “meh” reaction.  Don’t get me wrong, every rapper here is dope and spits crazy, but there’s just so many bars upon bars upon bars upon bars for me.  I would have spazzed about this in 2000, but now, it’s cool…plus, it’s a great look for lyrics to actually be highlighted on a network like BET.

Well done 2.0 Boys.

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Mac Miller (REALLY) freestyling on Cosmic Kev’s show (video)

Posted in Artists, Live Performances, Other Peoples' Interviews, Videos on October 4th, 2011 by Hyphen

Mac takes a lot of heat from hip-hop heads, mainly because his fan base is heavily comprised of young white kids. However, as his hype continues to build, he’s been winning over more and more cats, which is sure to continue when his upcoming mixtape with Jazzy Jeff drops.  Plus, if he keeps making appearances like this, spitting a better, legitimate, off the dome freestyle at 2:25 than a TON of these underground lyrical miracle cats I know, he’ll be in great shape.

Go head Mac, killin’ em.

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Sound Session #318 (7-3-11)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on July 5th, 2011 by Hyphen

Not really feeling writing a wrap up of this week’s SNSS on a 4th of July, so I’ll keep it super simple.

Shout to the homey Serius Jones for coming through the studio to chill and rip a couple freestyles.  Also, we played part of our interview with Bentley, but be sure to peep the full discussion through the links below.  We talked all about his days as Diddy’s assistant, growing up with Andre 3000, his emergence as a musician, fans judging his music without even listening, and more.  Super cool dude and artist…don’t sleep!

Show #318 (7-3-11)

  1. J. Cole – “Work Out”
  2. Tyler, The Creator ft. Frank Ocean – “She”
  3. Shabazz Palaces ft. Thee Satisfaction – “Swerve…the reeping of all that is worthwhile (Noir not withstanding)” (Local Music)
  4. Random Axe – “The Karate Kid”
  5. Pete Rock & Smif-N-Wessun ft. Black Rob – “(I’m A) Stand Up Guy”
  6. Freddie Gibbs – “Lord Giveth, Lord Taketh Away”
  7. Jon Connor – “Someday”
  8. Lloyd ft. Andre 3000 & Lil Wayne – “Dedication To My Ex (Miss That)”
  9. The Cool Kids ft. Mayer Hawthorne – “Swimsuits”
  10. Dom Kennedy – “Ice Cream Truck”
  11. Raekwon ft. Ghostface Killah, Cappadonna, & Method Man – “Ice Cream” (Throwback of the Week)
  12. **INTERVIEW WITH BENTLEY (SNIPPET)**
  13. Bentley ft. Anthony Hamilton – “Greener”
  14. The Black Opera – “Sleep Tight”
  15. Don Trip – “Vent”
  16. Serge Severe – “Here Comes The Man” (Local Music)
  17. Co$$ ft. Sene & Aloe Blacc – “Only When I Dream”
  18. Kendrick Lamar ft. GLC – “Poe Man’s Dreams (His Vice)”
  19. **INTERVIEW WITH SERIUS JONES, PT. 1**
  20. Serius Jones – “Flexin’”
  21. Common ft. Nas – “Ghetto Dreams”
  22. Nas – “Nasty”
  23. **INTERVIEW WITH SERIUS JONES, PT. 2**
  24. John Crown ft. Action Bronson – “Like This” (Local Music)
  25. **INTERVIEW WITH SERIUS JONES, PT. 3**
  26. Drake ft. Jhene Aiko – “July”

Link to download the mp3 of the show – http://www.mediafire.com/?yuvfkkvxmeg5vrv
(back up / streaming link – http://hulkshare.com/9jl80t6kwaav)
(2nd back up – http://www.zshare.net/audio/922668701f324c49/)

Link to download the full interview with Bentley – http://www.mediafire.com/?ebi16l97v07b95x
(back up / streaming link – http://hulkshare.com/e7u61lslx8ul)
(2nd back up – http://www.zshare.net/audio/92280893b539ec43/)

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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Shad interviews Shad (video)

Posted in Artists, Live Performances, Other Peoples' Interviews on July 2nd, 2011 by Hyphen

If you’ve been coming to this blog for a while, you already know all about Shad. Even if you do, this interview actually gets in to some personal topics that you don’t often hear him talk about. And if you’re curious why folks think Shad is so dope, check the rhyme:

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