Sound Session #179 (11-2-08) – prObama Edition

Posted in Episodes, Politics, Sound Session on November 3rd, 2008 by Hyphen


Wow. I can’t believe we’re here: less than 24 hours from Election Day.  After all the hard work everyone has put in over the past year (and more for some of y’all), it’s finally time to go to the polls and vote for change.  By voting for Barack Obama tomorrow, we’re telling the world that America is ready to turn the corner on the last 8 years and move into the future with the right policies, strategies, beliefs, and behavior.  It’s time to regain our position at the head of the table and make the world a better place.  We’ll lead by example from here on out.

Throughout the election cycle, hip-hop has played an important and influential role, one that future generations will look back upon and recognize much more than we do right now.  Yes, at times, our culture does more harm than good, but overall, hip-hop continues to be the voice of young people around the world.  It drives popular culture and was synergistically tied into Barack’s entire campaign, providing an ever changing soundtrack throughout the primary and general elections.

On last night’s Sound Session, we ran an entire prObama show and played nothing but songs written for and inspired by Barack.  Big shout to all the artists who used their platform to speak on such important issues and apologies to those who we didn’t get to play on the show due to time constraints.  It may seem corny, but everyone who has made Obama songs over the past 2 years has really played a part in this campaign.  Somewhere, somebody was moved by the art you created…and that’s what it’s all about.

Another huuuuuge shout to Michelle Gregoire, daughter of Washington Governor Christine Gregoire, for coming through and co-hosting the show.  She broke down exactly why Barack and Michelle Obama have endorsed Gov. Gregoire’s bid for reelection, and why we all need to vote for Gregoire when casting our ballots for Obama.  This may be a “change” election nationally, but here in Washington, Gov. Gregoire has done a great job and deserves another 4 years…especially with like-minded people coming into power in Congress, the Senate, and the White House.  With everyone pushing progressive policies, we’ll see a lot of great things happen in the next 8 years, both nationally and at home here in Washington.

Lastly, many thanks to the founder of Hidden Beach Recordings, Steve McKeever, for calling in to talk about the Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement album they released in conjunction with the Obama campaign.  Be sure to check out the full interview through one of the links below.

Download this episode of SNSS and spread it around to anyone who’s fired up about this historic time.  If you’re waiting in line tomorrow at the polls, bump this in your mp3 player and remember what you’re doing this all for.  Change is coming and it starts with us.  GO VOTE TOMORROW!

Show #179 (11-2-08)
**Co-Hosted by Michelle Gregoire**

  1. Big Boi ft. Mary J. Blige – “Sumthin’ Gotta Give”
  2. DJ Green Lantern – “Stand Up (Interlude)”
  3. Dres (of Black Sheep) – “The Choice Is Yours (Taster’s Choice Remix)”
  4. 6th Sense – “Ignite The People (Like Obama)”
  5. Daytona – “Can I Kick It”
  6. Jay Smooth – “A Poem For The Young Voter”
  7. John Mayer ft. Twista & Joe Budden – “Waiting On The World To Change (DJ Green Lantern Remix)”
  8. M.anifest – “Age Of Obama”
  9. Kidz In The Hall ft. Talib Kweli & Bun B – “Work To Do (Change Remix)”
  10. Cocoa Tea – “Barack Obama”
  11. DJ Green Lantern ft. Gabe Real & Jay-Z – “What We Need”
  12. Wyclef Jean – “Obama For President”
  13. Nas ft. Johnny Polygon – “Black President”
  14. Joell Ortiz ft. Dante Hawkins – “Letter To Obama”
  15. H-Town All-Stars (Bun B, Chamillionaire, Paul Wall, Cory Mo, & Trae) – “Obama ‘08”
  17. Malik Yusef ft. Kanye West & Adam Levine (of Maroon 5) – “Promised Land”
  18. DJ Green Lantern ft. Jay-Z – “Lick A Shot”
  19. Ludacris – “Get Buck Freestyle (Politics (Obama Is Here))”
  20. DJ Noodles – “Division & Fear (Interlude)”
  21. RAtheMC – “Ready Or Not”
  22. DJ Green Lantern – “Find Ur Dreams (Interlude)”
  23. Alpha – “Obama ’08 (Do The Knowledge)”
  24. DJ Green Lantern ft. Wale, Rhymefest, Christina K, & Royce The 5’9” – “Black President (Remix, Pt. 2)”
  25. DJ Green Lantern – “1 Mic, 1 People (Interlude)”
  26. Rock City – “Paper Planes Freestyle (Ride For Obama)”
  27. Nappy Roots – “Good Day (The Barack Obama Yes We Can Remix)”

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Steve McKeever on Sound Session

Posted in Interviews, Politics, Sound Session on November 2nd, 2008 by Hyphen


Over the weekend, I got the chance to talk with Steve McKeever, the founder of Hidden Beach Recordings, for the latest edition of Sound Session.  You’re probably familiar with the label through their releases from some of the dopest soul & jazz artists (Jill Scott, Kindred, Bebe Winans, Mike Phillips, Tony Rich, Lina, etc.), but they also recently teamed up with the Barack Obama campaign to release Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement.  The compilation features great songs from artists like Kanye West, John Legend, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Ozomatli, and more, and all the money goes directly to the Obama campaign.

With November 4th only 2 days away, I talked with Steve about how this project came about, what issues are most important to him this election, what words of wisdom he wanted to impart to the youth, and more.  You can check out the entire interview below:

Steve McKeever on Sound Session
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After you check out the interview, head on over to to cop the album and donate to the campaign.  Every little bit helps as we push through the finish line.  After the 4th, the album will be available in normal retail locations.  In any case, GET OUT AND VOTE!

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