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.”
  10. **INTERVIEW WITH BROTHERS FROM ANOTHER, PT. 1**
  11. Brothers From Another – “Mr. Dynamite” (Local Music)
  12. Choklate – “Christmas Time Again” (Local Music)
  13. **INTERVIEW WITH BROTHERS FROM ANOTHER, PT. 2**
  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”

Link to download the mp3 of the show – http://www.mediafire.com/?290862il6npn6jl
(back up / streaming link – http://hulkshare.com/rv7qwvn7sivf)
(2nd back up – http://www.zshare.net/audio/9760744397cf08b6/)

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 #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”
  11. **INTERVIEW WITH DANNY!**
  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 – http://www.mediafire.com/?bqx37huz6ohe3hm
(back up / streaming link – http://hulkshare.com/rczkxy3sjaeg)
(2nd back up – http://www.zshare.net/audio/97030939ed4db722/)

Link to download just interview with Danny! – http://www.mediafire.com/?ta88y3lzw9cyzs3
(back up / streaming link – http://hulkshare.com/w0ntuwthr2og)

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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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:

#ColeWorld.

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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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Kanye West – Monster Ft. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Bon Iver & Nicki Minaj

Posted in Artists, Joints on August 27th, 2010 by MitchNW

If you’re part of the Twitter world, then you’ve probably heard the news that Kanye West has recently joined the community.  Lately he’s been dropping hints of a collaborative five-track EP between him and Jay-Z that should be dropping sometime soon. I don’t know what’s more surprising:  the thought of a Hov and ‘Ye EP or the fact that I’m kind of feeling a verse from Nicki Minaj. Kind of.

Kanye West – Monster Ft. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Bon Iver & Nicki Minaj

Via: 2DopeBoyz

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Lyricism and Capitalism

Posted in Videos on March 7th, 2010 by Hyphen

Preeeeeeeeeach.  I hate rappers.

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J. Cole on Sound Session

Posted in Artists, Interviews, Sound Session on November 15th, 2009 by Hyphen

A few weeks back on Sound Session, we had the pleasure of chopping it up with one of hip-hop’s rising stars, J. Cole, during his first trip to Seattle.  I’ll admit that I wasn’t up on J back when The Come Up dropped, but a few homies recommended it shortly after the release, and I once I checked it out, I was hooked.  Now that The Warm Up has solidified his “got next” status and he’s on tour with Jay-Z, it’s only a matter of time before he becomes a household name.

Peep our 3 part interview with Cole to hear him discuss all sorts of topics:

Part 1:

(watch on HyphenTV)

  • His background and influences
  • How he found his own voice on the mic
  • His first rap names
  • The tenacity in his delivery
  • How graduating college helped him as an artist and person
  • His experiences hustling beats as a producer

Part 2:

(watch on HyphenTV)

  • His audition with Jay-Z and when he got signed to Roc Nation
  • The Come Up vs. The Warm Up
  • The state of his basketball game these days
  • The Blueprint 3 tour and Jay’s cosign
  • The status of his debut album
  • His production influences

Part 3:

(watch on HyphenTV)

  • Where he sees himself in 5 years
  • What he would change about the music industry
  • His 5 favorite foods
  • The decline of MySpace

You can also download the entire interview, including some topics that weren’t included in the video segments, right here:

J. Cole on Sound Sessionhttp://www.mediafire.com/?amymlnnjndy
(back up / streaming link – http://www.zshare.net/audio/6849461769676d85/)

“Everyday a star is born…”

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Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on October 30th, 2009 by Hyphen

I have mixed feelings about this song and video.  First off, since switching to a job where I see hundreds of music videos a week, I’m afraid Hype’s clips just don’t do much for me these days.  Perhaps he was at his pinnacle when I was younger and I was easily impressed by the old super glossy, big budget videos he shot, but I haven’t seen anything from him lately that’s absolutely wowed me.  This one is cool visually, but nothing too special and I see more innovative clips every day at the office.

Secondly, you will never, ever…[old school Jay] eva eva eva eva [/old Hov]…look cool/hard playing the piano in a video.  So while Alicia is quite possibly the hottest girl out there right now, I still think the piano shots look hilarious.  I don’t care if you’re a guy or a girl, you just can’t try to look cool in a video while playing the piano.  Sorry, just how it is.

Lastly, this song is overrated to me.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s still good, but it seems like everyone is trying to make it some epic, classic record.  Sorry again, it’s not.  The beat is cool, but not great, and there’s a horrible glitching sound in the loop from where they cut off the tambourine that comes around every time and annoys the hell out of me.  Jay’s lyrics are dope, but that sing-song flow gets old real quick and makes for boring repeated listens too.  Being one of the best songs on Blueprint 3 doesn’t mean it’s an incredible record.  It just means it’s not “Forever Young.”

I think this is a classic case of the music industry being a bit too NYC-centric.  With a lot of the labels, magazines, websites, and TV stations centered out there, they automatically assume what’s big in NY should be big all over the country (and the world).  NYC isn’t the center of the hip-hop universe anymore and just because this record is a great anthem for them, doesn’t mean it’s going to resonate with everyone else throughout the country.  Or if it does, not nearly to the extent they think.

It’s kinda like when XXL pressed up this cover:

There’s no way in hell…in 2009…that cover ever should have been made for a national publication.  None of those artists are remotely hot or popular outside of the Northeast.  I’d say 90% of people who listen to hip-hop on the west coast don’t even know who Freekey Zekey is, let alone like him.  Anyway, I get a similar feeling when I hear all these magazines, TV hosts, and label dudes tell me how classic “Empire State Of Mind” is.

If you’re from NY?  Sure.  Bang it.

If you’re not from NYC?  It’s cool, but it’s not a classic hip-hop record and nowhere near one of Jay’s best.

And this video isn’t either.

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