Sound Session #380 (9-23-12)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on September 26th, 2012 by Hyphen

Sorry for the delay on this week’s SNSS archive, but as always, better late than never!  New music from folks like Murs, Fashawn, Exile, Kilo Kish, Moka Only, Brother Ali, Frank Ocean, Miguel, Talib Kweli, Lupe Fiasco, Big Sean, Ghostface Killah, and more.  Enjoy…

Show #380 (9-23-12)

  1. Kanye West ft. Pusha T & Ghostface Killah – “New God Flow (Remix)”
  2. Scoe ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Thank You”
  3. Murs & Fashawn ft. Adrian – “This Generation”
  4. Action Bronson – “It’s Me”
  5. Fabolous – “So NY”
  6. ILLFIGHTYOU – “92” (Local Music)
  7. Lupe Fiasco – “Form Follows Function”
  8. Big Sean ft. J. Cole – “24K Of Gold”
  9. Kilo Kish – “Navy”
  10. Miguel – “Do You…”
  11. Frank Ocean – “Monks”
  12. Talib Kweli ft. Black Thought & Ab-Soul – “Congregation”
  13. Brother Ali – “All You Need”
  14. Rookie Snow ft. Nipsey Hussle & Emoe – “Successful” (Local Music)
  15. Jay-Z – “Takeover” (Throwback of the Week)
  16. PackFM – “Crazy”
  17. Leezy Soprano – “Greater Love” (Local Music)
  18. Dag Savage (Johaz & Exile) ft. Fashawn & Co$$ – “Cali Dreamin’”
  19. Steven A. Clark – “Seashore”
  20. Junia-T ft. Slakah The Beatchild – “You & I”
  21. Moka Only ft. Plug 2 (of De La Soul) – “Mr. Megahustle” (Local Music)
  22. Mansions On The Moon – “Radio”

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Jay-Z & Kanye West ft. Frank Ocean & The-Dream – No Church In The Wild (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on May 31st, 2012 by Hyphen

Jay and Yeezy are so big, they can’t even get booked for their own music videos these days.  At least the fantastic director, Romain Gavras, took a break from making incredible visuals to wack M.I.A. songs to do a clip for a great record.  Dopeness.

That said, his best video is still Justice’s “Stress.”  Insane:

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Jay-Z & Kanye West – N****s In Paris (video)

Posted in Artists, Live Performances, Music Videos on February 9th, 2012 by Hyphen

I was pretty apprehensive when I heard this was a “live” video, but I actually like what they’ve done here. Mixing in live footage with what appears to be staged model shots (or I suppose that really could be the LA crowd…they’re winning with the females down there) and alternating between live and studio audio was a nice touch. Plus, as long as you aren’t prone to epileptic seizures (no, seriously…heed the warning at the beginning), the effects are great. Kanye even gets directorial credit on this one. Yeezy taught you.

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2-Cent Ent – 2¢XM∆$ Odd Christmas 2011 (spoof video)

Posted in Artists, Comedy, Music Videos on December 24th, 2011 by Hyphen

I didn’t think I’d like this, but they won me over with a few of the lines (“I’m Wale’s secret Santa” and Drake’s intonation on “liiiIIIIIIFE!”) and a few impressions in particular (Big Sean, Beyonce, J. Cole, Kreayshawn, Birdman, Drake, and Wyclef). J. Cole receiving a basketball as a gift was golden too. Pretty good stuff overall.

Order of appearances: Nicki Minaj, Big Sean, Plies, Rick Ross, Beyonce, J. Cole, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Tyler The Creator, Kreayshawn, Lil B, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Birdman, Drake, Wyclef Jean, Rihanna, and LMFAO.

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Sound Session #341 (12-18-11)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on December 20th, 2011 by Hyphen

Another insanely hectic week in the books, but Sound Session is back like we never left…cause we haven’t.  Episode #341 marks our final show of 2011 since next Sunday is Christmas (oh yeah…I should probably get on that whole “shopping” thing…), so after this, we’ll see y’all in 2012 with our best of ’11 wrap up edition.  Don’t miss it!

I tossed a few videos from Jay-Z & Kanye’s Watch The Throne tour up on Twitter for those unlucky folks who haven’t seen it live (you’re slippin’), so you can peep them right here.  After that, enjoy SNSS #341 with new music from Snoop & Wiz (produced by Jake One), Lupe Fiasco, Tunji, Murs, Asher Roth, Action Bronson, Brothers From Another, Summer Leather Vest, John West, The Kid Daytona, Drizzy, Black Star, and more.  See y’all next year…it’s a new day.

Show #341 (12-18-11)

  1. Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa – “Let’s Go Study”
  2. Freddie Gibbs ft. Dom Kennedy & Polyester – “Menace II Society”
  3. Lupe Fiasco – “Double Burger With Cheese”
  4. The Sleepwalkers ft. Tunji, Murs, & Noah King – “One”
  5. Asher Roth ft. Action Bronson – “Choices”
  6. City Hall – “Out For A Rep” (Local Music)
  7. 50 Cent – “Wait Until Tonight”
  8. John West ft. Pusha T – “Lovely”
  9. Childish Gambino – “L.E.S.”
  11. Brothers From Another – “Mr. Dynamite” (Local Music)
  12. Choklate – “Christmas Time Again” (Local Music)
  14. Jay-Z & Kanye West – “New Day”
  15. Common – “Lovin’ I Lost”
  16. Drake – “Hate Sleeping Alone”
  17. Lauryn Hill – “Ex-Factor” (Throwback of the Week)
  18. Amy Winehouse – “Best Friends, Right?”
  19. Summer Leather Vest – “Unison”
  20. Black Star – “You Already Knew”
  21. The Kid Daytona ft. Melanie Fiona – “Love Is Love”
  22. DTMD ft. Oddisee – “Untitled”

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Sound Session #339 (12-4-11)

Posted in Episodes, Interviews, Sound Session on December 6th, 2011 by Hyphen

As I mentioned last week, Wale came through SNSS for a quick chat about his Ambition album, his fans, sports, and more.  Be sure to check out the video of our interview right here.

Now that that bit of shameless self-promotion is out the way, on to the 2nd bit of shameless self-promotion!  On this week’s episode, peep some new music from artists like M.O.P., Childish Gambino, Drake, OnCue, The Roots, Amy Winehouse, Murs, Rittz, The Kid Daytona, and more.  Danny! also called in to talk about his upcoming project on Interscope and the inspiration behind one of my favorite records out right now, “I Don’t Wanna Hear That Sh*t.”  Be on the lookout for Payback early next year!

Show #339 (12-4-11)

  1. J. Cole – “God’s Gift”
  2. Jay-Z & Kanye West ft. Frank Ocean & The-Dream – “No Church In The Wild”
  3. M.O.P. – “Blasphemy (Blast 4 Me)”
  4. Black Milk & Danny Brown – “Black & Brown”
  5. Bruce Leroy – “The Truth” (Local Music)
  6. Rapsody ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Rock The Bells”
  7. The Roots ft. Dice Raw – “Lighthouse”
  8. The Kid Daytona ft. Action Bronson – “Ivory Coast Crime Scene”
  9. M.anifest – “Okay”
  10. Lupe Fiasco – “Life, Death & Love From San Francisco”
  12. Danny! – “I Don’t Wanna Hear That Sh*t”
  13. Childish Gambino – “Heartbeat”
  14. Drake – “Shot For Me”
  15. Amy Winehouse – “Best Friends, Right?”
  16. Antbeezy – “Dreams To Make It” (Local Music)
  17. Rittz – “Wishin’”
  18. OnCue – “Feel Tall”
  19. Wizdom ft. Sol, Luck-One, & Grynch – “That’s Nice” (Local Music)
  20. Black Star – “Fix Up”
  21. Murs ft. Ab-Soul & O.C. – “Life and Time”
  22. Jay-Z – “December 4th” (Throwback of the Week)

Link to download the mp3 of the show –
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Jay-Z & Kanye West – Otis (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on August 13th, 2011 by Hyphen

I’m sure most of you have seen the “Otis” video by now, but I’m guessing there are a few folks like myself that spend the work week focused on the day job and getting to that Watch The Throne level.  I’ve seen the song and video analyzed ad nauseum, but I did enjoy Toure’s breakdown of the swag off between Hov & Yeezy.  Check it out here.

And while I’m a huge Jermaine fan, this is hilarious:


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Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch The Throne (mini documentary)

Posted in Artists, Other Peoples' Interviews, Videos on July 23rd, 2011 by Hyphen

When “Otis” dropped this past week, I couldn’t help but chuckle at all the praise filled tweets and blogs, as if the track’s quality somehow caught folks off guard. It’s Hov and Yeezy! What do you expect?

This mini documentary really just teases us with what it might be like to live the uber-baller, can’t tell me nothin’ kind of life that Jay and Kanye exist in.  When you live in this plane, whatever you want to do, you just will it and it’s done. Want to record a masterpiece with your friends in Hawaii? No problem, MBDTF is your result.  Want to switch locales to Australia, rent castles, hang out with Russell Crowe, and immortalize him in music history?  You got it.

Despite a few folks trying to get their attention, there isn’t any competition in hip-hop for these two.  They live on the throne, we watch it.

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Pusha T – Can I Live (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on April 29th, 2011 by Hyphen


I could pretty much listen to anyone rhyme over this beat, but Pusha obviously does it justice. And with all his recent moves, he’s certainly living. I see you Terrance.

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Jay-Z and Cornel West at the New York Public Library

Posted in Art, Artists, Other Peoples' Interviews, Videos on November 20th, 2010 by Hyphen

I’ve been watching Hov make the rounds to damn near every media outlet in NYC over the past week, but I wasn’t really sold that I wanted to check out Decoded until this interview at the New York Public Library.  It’s almost 2 hours, so it’s certainly long, but if you can watch it, I highly recommend it.  There’s really good, insightful commentary from Jay, Cornel West, and Paul Holdengraber throughout.

Shout to Shad’s manager, G, who sent it over and summed it up nicely:

There is a video link below.  It’s not short.  But it’s great.

It reminded me about how important the work that we do is.  We are quite literally changing the future.

For the remaining history of this world, people who love really good food, will undoubtedly stumble upon the creative output of our friends.  I think that’s f*cking incredible, and I often forget…to remember it.

It was great to revisit Jay-Z as an artist…and it was great to see Cornel West attempt to evoke just a bit more enlightenment in a person who he clearly has a ton of respect for already.

This video also made me realize how important it is to have a Cornel West Uncle at the dinner table.

Anyways, here she is.  Dig in someday.

Now…who’s gonna cop Decoded for me for Christmas?

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