Jay Smooth – XOXO Festival Presentation (video)

Posted in Live Performances, Other Peoples' Interviews, Videos on October 25th, 2013 by Hyphen

If you aren’t familiar with one of the best cultural critics we have in hip-hop, this gives a good introduction for what Jay Smooth does on and offline. Let this play and learn something. I guarantee you’ll be inclined to check out more of his stuff, and you can do so right here.

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Lupe Fiasco – #1234 (video)

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

Speaking of amazing writers, if it’s not Shad, then Lupe gets my vote for the best writer in the game. So many messages in his bars, it’s almost a must to follow along on RapGenius. Peep this video for visuals set to a few of his songs: “Lamborghini Angels,” “ITAL (Roses),” and “Audubon Ballroom.”

“ITAL (Roses)” is still the one.

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Alpha – Obama ’08 (Do The Knowledge)

Posted in Artists, Joints, Politics on June 20th, 2008 by Hyphen


Wow.  This one is a no-brainer for me.

When I’m out campaigning for Barack, the biggest negative thing anyone mentions to me is that they don’t know much about him.  Sure, I’ve run into a few “he’s a secret muslim!” people…but that’s pretty much codewords for “I’m racist.”  Screw these people.  Besides, isn’t like half the world Muslim?  And why is that a bad thing to begin with?  What an awful state we’re in when you have to defend yourself from an “attack” that isn’t remotely bad at all.  Sigh.

Anyway, let me stop ranting.  For those who aren’t familiar with Obama’s background, you can check out this new joint from Indianapolis’ Alpha and get familiar with the basics of his past.  All the while, Alpha rips it over a dope Willie Hutch sample.  This is my jam right now. Time to spread it around the Obama office here in Seattle…

Alpha – “Obama ’08 (Do The Knowledge)”

Check out Alpha’s MySpace and blog.

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