Sound Session #586 (2/12/17) + Month Break

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on February 15th, 2017 by Hyphen

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On this week’s episode of Sound Session, DJ Nphared and I ran through new joints from artists like CyHi The Prynce, Smoke DZA, Nick Grant, Vince Staples, Locksmith, SiR + Anderson .Paak + King Mez, Dave B, Big Sean & Jeremih, Smino, King Reign (RIP), Loyle Carner, Porter Ray, Rex Orange County, Matt Martians, Syd, NAO, Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Sonder, and more.  Unfortunately, the recording equipment glitched out down the stretch (lost a 3-1 lead) and we missed out on the last 35 minutes of the show.  Highly recommend tracking down those records when you have time though.  All heatrocks.

I assume you’ve already heard the last record from the show though, our throwback to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Erykah Badu’s classic debut album.  “Next Lifetime” felt fitting since a) it’s dope as hell, and b) we’re going on a brief 4 week hiatus and will see you again in mid-March.  I’m headed down to Brazil for my ESPN day job and while we were able to broadcast from Australia when I was out there recently, the structure isn’t in place to keep that going for this trip.

Never fear though, as long as the world is still around in a month, we’ll be back.  Feel free to stay in touch on my socials in the interim: Twitter / Facebook / Instagram.  See you soon!

Show #586 (2/12/17)

1. CyHi The Prynce – “Legend”
2. Smoke DZA – “Untitled”
3. Nick Grant – “Luxury Vintage Rap”
4. Vince Staples – “BagBak”
5. Locksmith – “Agenda”
6. SiR ft. Anderson .Paak & King Mez – “New LA”
7. Dave B – “Kandi” (Local Music)
8. Big Sean ft. Jeremih – “Light”
9. Smino – “Anita”
10. King Reign – “Santa Romeo”
11. Dawson ft. Benny – “Float”
12. Loyle Carner – “Mean It In The Morning”
13. Porter Ray ft. Infinite & Stas THEE Boss (of THEESatisfaction) – “Arithmetic” (Local Music)
14. Sylvan LaCue ft. Saba – “Best Me (Remix)”
15. Rex Orange County – “UNO”
16. Matt Martians (of The Internet) – “Spend The Night / If You Were My GF”
17. Syd (of The Internet) – “Know”
18. NAO – “Get To Know Ya (Kaytranada Flip)”
19. Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One) ft. Snoop Dogg – “F*x With The Tux” (Local Music)
20. Wyclef Jean – “Ne Me Quitte Pas”
21. Gabriel Garzon-Montano – “Sour Mango”
22. Sampha – “Timmy’s Prayer”
23. Sonder (Brent Faiyaz, Atu, & Dpat) – “Feel”
24. Erykah Badu – “Next Lifetime” (Throwback of the Week)

Download – https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B72U-rgJjvmWWXN5T0FVdmw3R0k

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Sound Session #585 (2/5/17)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on February 6th, 2017 by Hyphen

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Right back at you with another update (if you missed show #584, click here), here’s last night’s episode of Sound Session for your streaming/downloading pleasure.  New tracks from artists like Big Sean, Vince Staples, Sylvan LaCue + Saba, Faith & Biggie, Dawson, Loyle Carner + Tom Misch, Tuxedo, Alex Wiley, Swet Shop Boys, Sampha, Syd, Kehlani, SiR, Sonder, and more.  Throwback in honor of the legendary David Axelrod and co-hosted by Nphared.

Of course we had to chat about all the craziness in the Super Bowl, and even more so, in America as a whole.  If the country’s still here next week, we will be too.  See you then!

Show #585 (2/5/17)

1. Big Sean – “Moves”
2. Vince Staples – “BagBak”
3. Cool Nutz ft. Mitchy Slick, Maniac Lok, & Aaron O’Bryan – “No Laces” (Local Music)
4. Tope ft. Erikka J & Farnell Newton – “Thank You” (Local Music)
5. GoldLink ft. April George – “Rough Soul”
6. Sylvan LaCue ft. Saba – “Best Me (Remix)”
7. Joey Bada$$ – “Land Of The Free”
8. Faith Evans & The Notorious B.I.G. ft. Jadakiss – “NYC”
9. Oddisee – “Like Really”
10. Dawson ft. Benny – “Float”
11. Loyle Carner ft. Tom Misch – “Damselfly”
12. WOLFE de MCHLS ft. Big K.R.I.T. – “Sunset Park”
13. InI ft. Pete Rock – “Think Twice” (Throwback of the Week)
14. Alex Wiley – “iNEEDTHAT (Mike Gao Remix)”
15. KXNG Crooked – “Alternative Facts”
16. Swet Shop Boys – “Shoes Off”
17. Stormzy – “Big For Your Boots”
18. Sampha – “Under”
19. Syd – “Know”
20. Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One) ft. Snoop Dogg – “F*x With The Tux” (Local Music)
21. Kehlani – “Keep On”
22. The-Dream – “Ferris Wheel”
23. SiR – “W$ Boi”
24. Sonder (Brent Faiyaz, Atu, & Dpat) – “Too Fast”

Download – https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B72U-rgJjvmWbmx0WU1jTlBhclE

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Sound Session #584 (1/29/17)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on February 5th, 2017 by Hyphen

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Happy Super Bowl Sunday from the best city in America!  Today, we are all Atlanta Falcons.

Apologies for the delay on last week’s SNSS, but we got you.  New music from KXNG Crooked (fka Crooked I), Joey Bada$$, Mazzi & S.O.U.L. Purpose, Oddisee, 070, Sampha, Khalid, Eric Biddines, Chris McClenney, Kehlani, Gallant, SiR & Masego, Syd, Tom Tripp, and more.  Throwback to celebrate the 20th anniversary of an increasingly underrated classic album too. Co-hosted by DJ Nphared.

See you on the air at 10pm Pacific for this week’s episode as well!

Show #584 (1/29/17)

1. KXNG Crooked – “Alternative Facts”
2. Joey Bada$$ – “Land Of The Free”
3. Mazzi & S.O.U.L. Purpose ft. Abnormal – “Sacrifice”
4. Oddisee – “Like Really”
5. J. Cole – “High For Hours”
6. 070 ft. Shake, Ralphy River, Hack, & Phi – “Staying Alive”
7. Tall Black Guy ft. Ozay Moore – “Things Deeper Than My Skin”
8. Sampha – “Kora Sings”
9. Marian Hill – “Down”
10. Khalid ft. Little Simz – “Location (Remix)”
11. Sol ft. J’Von, Travis Thompson, & Koga Shabazz – “Stage Dive (Remix)” (Local Music)
12. Eric Biddines – “Whole Trunk”
13. Justin Hartinger ft. Romaro Franceswa – “Terra Cotta” (Local Music)
14. Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One) – “Special” (Local Music)
15. Chris McClenney – “Glide”
16. Kehlani – “Keep On”
17. Camp Lo – “Coolie High” (Throwback of the Week)
18. SiR ft. Masego – “Ooh Nah Nah”
19. Gallant x Tablo x Eric Nam – “Cave Me In”
20. Syd (of The Internet) – “Body”
21. Tom Tripp – “Aurelia”

Download – https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B72U-rgJjvmWa2RCbjNGbzN6bVE

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Sound Session #583 (1/22/17)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on January 24th, 2017 by Hyphen

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Well, that escalated quickly.

We’re less than a week into this new Trump-led America and executive orders attacking many things that the hip-hop & younger communities value are flying fast and free.  Making it harder for first time home owners to pay their mortgage?  Check.  Reducing health care support in developing nations?  Check.  Violating agreements with indigenous Americans to pursue an environmentally damaging oil pipeline?  Check.  Yahtzee.  Triple word score.

All this and the invention of “alternative facts,” or as they’re traditionally known, “lies,” within just a few days.

Tough times ahead.  Be sure to love each other and speak out for what you believe in.  Remember: we are the majority, by far.  Focus on the things that matter and set your sights on the 2018 midterms.  Like K Dot said, “we gon’ be alright.”

Here’s this week’s episode of Sound Session to provide you some musical relief from the madness.  New tracks from artists like Oddisee, Lupe Fiasco, Sol, J. Cole, Tall Black Guy + Ozay Moore (fka Othello), Little Simz + SiR, 070, WOLFE de MCHLS + Big K.R.I.T., Alina Baraz + Khalid, GoldLink, Buddy, Tuxedo, and more.  Throwback dedicated to what it feels like right now.  Overall, lots of good music, which I expect to be even more of a staple over the next 4 years.  We’ll be providing that each week, until Trump bans good taste.

Enjoy!

Show #583 (1/22/17)

1. Oddisee – “Things”
2. Lupe Fiasco ft. Gizzle – “Jump”
3. Sol ft. J’Von, Travis Thompson, & Koga Shabazz – “Stage Dive (Remix)” (Local Music)
4. A Tribe Called Quest ft. Consequence – “Black Spasmodic”
5. J. Cole – “High For Hours”
6. Mobb Deep – “Hell On Earth (Front Lines)” (Throwback of the Week)
7. Nick Grant ft. BJ The Chicago Kid – “Gotta Be More”
8. Tall Black Guy ft. Ozay Moore – “Things Deeper Than My Skin”
9. Little Simz ft. SiR – “One In Rotation + Wide Awake”
10. Termanology ft. Bun B, Bodega Bamz, & Masspike Miles – “Where’s The Love”
11. 070 ft. Shake, Ralphy River, Hack, & Phi – “Staying Alive”
12. Syd (of The Internet) – “All About Me”
13. Kingdom ft. Syd (of The Internet) – “Nothin”
14. WOLFE de MCHLS ft. Big K.R.I.T. – “Sunset Park”
15. Khalid – “Saved”
16. Alina Baraz ft. Khalid – “Electric”
17. Justin Hartinger ft. Romaro Franceswa – “Terra Cotta” (Local Music)
18. GoldLink ft. April George – “Rough Soul”
19. Buddy – “Shine”
20. Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One) – “July” (Local Music)
21. Bruno Mars – “Calling All My Lovelies”

Download – https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B72U-rgJjvmWcmpuVjRoa2tJa2c

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Sound Session #582 (1/15/17)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on January 16th, 2017 by Hyphen

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Hard to believe, but it’s true: this is the last episode of Sound Session during Barack Obama’s presidency.  We started the show in May of 2005, so we’ve been on air to witness most of his meteoric rise and discussed it quite a bit over the last decade.  The Obama era certainly helped shape the sound of the show, as his influence permeated every facet of our society and impacted the hip-hop world perhaps more than any other part of pop culture.  We’ve never had a more hip-hop friendly president…nor one with better musical taste.  We’re sad to see him go, for too many reasons to list.

Here’s our latest playlist, featuring new music from artists like Tribe, Common, Run The Jewels, AJ Tracey, Wiley, The Lox, Oddisee, The-Dream, Syd, Marian Hill, Nick Grant, J. Cole, Khalid, Sinead Harnett, Chris McClenney, Kid Cudi, Sampha, Raleigh Ritchie, and more.  Classic 90’s R&B throwback goes out to my guy Barack.

Enjoy!

Show #582 (1/15/17)

1. A Tribe Called Quest ft. Busta Rhymes – “The Donald”
2. Common ft. Gucci Mane, Pusha T, & BJ The Chicago Kid – “Black America Again (Remix)”
3. Run The Jewels ft. Joi – “Down”
4. MJ Cole & AJ Tracey – “Rumble”
5. Wiley – “Can’t Go Wrong”
6. The Lox – “Move Forward”
7. Tope ft. Erikka J & Farnell Newton – “Thank You” (Local Music)
8. Amine – “Baba” (Local Music)
9. Oddisee – “Things”
10. Tom Misch – “Watch Me Dance (Crackazat Remix)”
11. The Weeknd – “Rockin’”
12. The-Dream – “Ferris Wheel”
13. Ryan Caraveo – “Ten Times” (Local Music)
14. Smino – “blkswn”
15. Syd (of The Internet) – “All About Me”
16. Azad – “Sweet”
17. Marian Hill – “Down”
18. J. Cole – “Ville Mentality”
19. Nick Grant ft. BJ The Chicago Kid – “Gotta Be More”
20. Khalid – “Saved”
21. Sinead Harnett – “Rather Be With You”
22. Raleigh Ritchie – “Unicron Loev”
23. Kid Cudi – “Mature Nature”
24. Chris McClenney – “What You Mean To Me”
25. Sampha – “(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano”
26. Blackstreet – “Don’t Leave Me” (Throwback of the Week)

Link to download – https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B72U-rgJjvmWcEp0aUFoeG40X28

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Sound Session #581 (1/8/17) – Best of 2016

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on January 10th, 2017 by Hyphen

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It’s been a few weeks since our last episode, and a few months since we’ve broadcast from the friendly confines of the KUBE studio, but we are back in full effect!  My ESPN assignment in Australia has ended and Sound Session is home again in Seattle.  Good news is that it’s still 30 degrees outside for me.  Bad news is that last week, it was Celsius and now it’s Fahrenheit.

Other that the cold and the whole “is he going to kill us all” cloud hanging in the air, it’s great to be back home.  Shout to everyone I met in Australia, which low key might be the best place on earth.  There are literally 3 things wrong with that country: it’s really far away, the wifi isn’t great, and they won’t let you hold a koala without “proper accreditation.”  I will definitely be back, as soon as I figure out what paperwork is needed…

We kicked off 2017 by looking back and broadcasting our Best of 2016 picks.  DJ Nphared sat in on co-hosting duties and we ran through all sorts of crazy records, running out of time far before we ran out of heatrocks.  The world may end in 2017, but at least we’ll have one hell of a soundtrack.  Music is in a great place.

Enjoy!

Show #581 (1/8/17)
**Best of 2016 (co-hosted by DJ Nphared)**

1. Kanye West ft. Kendrick Lamar – “No More Parties In LA”
2. DJ Khaled ft. Nas – “Nas Album Done”
3. Schoolboy Q ft. Sam Dew – “John Muir”
4. Pusha T ft. Jay-Z – “Drug Dealers Anonymous”
5. A Tribe Called Quest – “We The People”
6. Amine – “Caroline” (Local Music)
7. GoldLink ft. Ciscero – “Fall In Love”
8. Jay IDK – “Somebody”
9. 808INK – “Suede Jaw”
10. Bruno Mars – “Chunky”
11. NAO – “Happy”
12. Chance The Rapper ft. Ty Dolla Sign, BJ The Chicago Kid, Anderson .Paak, Raury, Nico Segal, & Lolah Brown – “Blessings (Reprise)”
13. NxWorries (Anderson .Paak & Knxwledge) – “Lyk Dis”
14. Like – “Lamped”
15. Lion Babe – “Rain Drums”
16. Raveena – “Johnny It’s The Last Time”
17. Raleigh Ritchie ft. Stormzy – “Keep It Simple”
18. Drake – “Feel No Ways”
19. Ryan Caraveo – “Like We Own This Place” (Local Music)
20. Sol ft. Dave B – “Don’t Even Party” (Local Music)
21. Khalid – “Location”
22. Childish Gambino – “Redbone”
23. dvsn – “Do It Well”
24. Rihanna – “Sex With Me”

Link to download – https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B72U-rgJjvmWTXprTzBzd25oZHM

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Sound Session #580 (12/11/16) + Holiday Break

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on December 18th, 2016 by Hyphen

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As would only be fitting with a year like 2016 (gotta be one of the worst for the world in recent memory), we’ve had a string of difficulties broadcasting the show down the stretch.  Even with all the tech advances at our fingertips, doing Sound Session from the road for the last few months has been tricky, so apologies for the hiccups.  This episode is the last one of the year, as we’ll be taking the holiday season off and relaunching in 2017 with our Best of 2016 wrap up show.

In the meantime, here’s episode #580 featuring new music from artists like Common, The Roots, J. Cole, Smino, Rapsody + Raphael Saadiq, Azad, The Weeknd, Run The Jewels, Raleigh Ritchie, BJ The Chicago Kid, Tom Bailey, R.LUM.R, John Legend + Miguel, and more.  We even ran a little UK block with Wiley, AJ Tracey + MJ Cole, and Donae’O + Jme + Dizzee Rascal, then dipped back 20 years for a classic Redman throwback.

Enjoy the music and the holiday season with you and yours.  See you again in the new year!

Show #580 (12/11/16)

1. Common ft. Gucci Mane, Pusha T, & BJ The Chicago Kid – “Black America Again (Remix)”
2. The Roots ft. Common & Ingrid Michaelson – “Who Tells Your Story”
3. J. Cole – “False Prophets”
4. J. Cole – “Déjà Vu”
5. Ryan Caraveo – “Ten Times” (Local Music)
6. Smino – “blkswn”
7. Framework – “It’z Nuthin’” (Local Music)
8. Rapsody ft. Raphael Saadiq – “Gonna Miss You”
9. Run The Jewels – “Talk To Me”
10. Wiley – “Can’t Go Wrong”
11. MJ Cole & AJ Tracey – “The Rumble”
12. Donae’O ft. Jme & Dizzee Rascal – “Black”
13. Like – “Leanin’”
14. Redman – “Pick It Up” (Throwback of the Week)
15. Kung Foo Grip x SCLY – “Locked” (Local Music)
16. Azad – “Sweet”
17. The Weeknd – “Rockin’”
18. Bruno Mars – “Chunky”
19. Topaz Jones – “Howlin’ To The Moon”
20. Childish Gambino ft. JD McCrary – “Terrified”
21. Raleigh Ritchie – “Unicron Loev”
22. Jorja Smith – “Imperfect Circle”
23. Khalid – “Reasons”
24. John Legend ft. Miguel – “Overload”
25. BJ The Chicago Kid – “Uncle Marvin”
26. Tom Bailey – “Light vs. Darkness”
27. R.LUM.R – “Frustrated”

Link to download – https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B72U-rgJjvmWREI0b2ZPbjdsam8

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Sound Session #579 (12/4/16)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on December 6th, 2016 by Hyphen

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New music on this week’s Sound Session from the likes of REKS, Run The Jewels, Earl St. Clair, John Legend + Chance The Rapper, Tom Bailey, The Weeknd + Kendrick Lamar, Jorja Smith, starRo + Jesse Boykins III, Childish Gambino, Ryan Caraveo, Smoke DZA + Pete Rock + Big K.R.I.T. + Dom Kennedy, and more.  Can’t go wrong with that classic throwback either.  Back in Sydney, Australia for a few more weeks and then we’ll be broadcasting from Seattle again at the start of the new year…

Enjoy!

Show #579 (12/4/16)

1. REKS – “Jump Shots”
2. Juelz Santana – “Up In The Studio Gettin Blown (Freestyle)”
3. Smoke DZA & Pete Rock ft. Big K.R.I.T., Dom Kennedy, & theMIND – “Dusk 2 Dusk”
4. Common ft. PJ – “Unfamiliar”
5. A Tribe Called Quest – “We The People…”
6. Run The Jewels ft. BOOTS – “2100”
7. The Cool Kids – “Connect 4”
8. Topaz Jones – “Howlin’ To The Moon”
9. Angel ft. Rich Homie Quan – “Get With You”
10. Bruno Mars – “Chunky”
11. Earl St. Clair – “Good Time”
12. John Legend ft. Chance The Rapper – “Penthouse Floor”
13. Like – “Leanin’”
14. Kung Foo Grip x SCLY – “When I Was Young” (Local Music)
15. Donae’O ft. Jme & Dizzee Rascal – “Black”
16. The Weeknd ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Sidewalks”
17. Ryan Caraveo – “Real Right Now” (Local Music)
18. Tom Bailey – “Light vs. Darkness”
19. Tanya Morgan – “Stoops”
20. Childish Gambino – “Baby Boy”
21. Amine – “Baba” (Local Music)
22. starRo ft. Jesse Boykins III – “My Oh My”
23. Jorja Smith – “Imperfect Circle”
24. Amy Winehouse – “In My Bed” (Throwback of the Week)
25. Daniel Caesar – “Japanese Denim”

Link to download – https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B72U-rgJjvmWNVpIdkZHN3RxN0E

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Sound Session #577 (11/20/16)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on November 22nd, 2016 by Hyphen

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Feels like a whirlwind couple days for me, as we did this week’s Sound Session episode from just off Wall Street in New York City and now I’m writing this from back in Australia, a mere 10k miles apart.  Shout to everyone I saw in NYC and double that for everyone I didn’t get a chance to catch up with.  Time ran out but we’ll get up next time!

In the meantime, enjoy this week’s episode featuring new music from Smoke DZA & Pete Rock, Pearl Gates, Tribe, Like & Kali Uchis, The Weeknd & Daft Punk, Topaz Jones, Jhene Aiko, Daniel Caesar, Yo Trane, Blu & Union Analogtronics, Innanet James, Common, and more.  Some really good records in there, enjoy!

Show #577 (11/20/16)

1. Smoke DZA & Pete Rock ft. Jadakiss, Styles P, & BJ The Chicago Kid – “Milestone”
2. Meek Mill – “Blue Notes”
3. All Star Opera – “Give You This Feeling” (Local Music)
4. Like ft. Kali Uchis – “Blah Loops”
5. Kung Foo Grip x SCLY ft. Jamel Moxey – “This Is Life” (Local Music)
6. Pearl Gates & Syll – “Symphonic”
7. The Game – “Grew Up On Wu-Tang”
8. A Tribe Called Quest – “The Space Program”
9. De La Soul – “Ego Trippin’ (Part Two)” (Throwback of the Week)
10. Mayer Hawthorne – “Time For Love”
11. The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – “I Feel It Coming”
12. Topaz Jones – “Motion Sickness”
13. Jay Prince ft. Jordan Rakei – “Where You Belong”
14. Macklemore – “Wednesday Morning” (Local Music)
15. Ray BLK – “50/50”
16. Childish Gambino – “Redbone”
17. Daniel Caesar ft. Kali Uchis – “Get You”
18. Jhene Aiko – “Maniac”
19. Yo Trane – “Late Night Drive”
20. starRo ft. Masego – “Yams”
21. Blu & Union Analogtronics – “One Two”
22. GTA – “Illuminate”
23. Common ft. PJ – “Unfamiliar”
24. Innanet James – “Black”
25. Alicia Keys – “More Than We Know”

Link to download – https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B72U-rgJjvmWWGZuazBTMGhuTWM

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Sound Session #576 (11/13/16)

Posted in Episodes, Politics, Sound Session on November 14th, 2016 by Hyphen

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Well, that escalated quickly.

A lot of eloquent words by folks more intelligent than I have been written this week, plus I’m burned out from the emotion of it all and traveling from Australia to New York (24 hours straight on the move is no joke), so I’ll keep it as brief as I can.  There are three points I want to stress to everyone:

  1. Almost 50% of the eligible voting population sat this one out.  Voter suppression occurred both via laws (reducing early voting windows, requiring additional identification, etc.) and by killing all enthusiasm for being a part of the process.  In such a close election (where the Electoral College has failed the will of the people for the second time in my life), every vote is crucial and we simply couldn’t afford so many people to stay at home.  Shameful, in my opinion, especially with local races and propositions on the ballot too.  It’s interesting watching this happen while I’ve been in Australia, where voting is required by law.  Sure, that gets abused too, but it definitely looks like a better system to me.  The Republicans have decided not to update their platform to move with the changing world, so they know their best chance to win is to have as few people vote as possible.  Credit to them, it worked this time around.  It’s on us to ensure more people, from all parties, get out to the 2018 midterms.
  2. Trump won just 25% of the vote.  I would hope that the hardcore racism, sexism, homophobia, and xenophobia he based his campaign on is only embraced by a small percentage of that group, say up to 10%.  Perhaps we’ll never be able to reach those people.  Maybe they’re just stuck in their ways.  But the rest of his voters amazingly decided that all of this nonsense was NOT a deal-breaker, which, at best, tells all the targeted people, “I don’t hate you…but I don’t care about you.”  These are the people we need to have conversations with, to ensure they understand that they have just emboldened and validated this rhetoric by putting him in the White House.  Those values are NOT shared by the vast majority of America and we cannot let a small few hijack the narrative in attempts to normalize this.  Speak up and stay vocal, shouting this down at every turn.
  3. We gon’ be alright (c) Kendrick.  Sound Session has been here during the Bush years, the Obama years, and we’ll be here during the Trump years too.  So will you.  You are valued.  You matter.  You are loved.  Be the change you want to see at the local level and control what you can control.  Progress is not a straight line and we’re going to continue on our path to a more perfect union, one day at a time.

And now, some music for your soul:

Show #576 (11/13/16)

1. ASAP Mob ft. ASAP Nast & Onyx – “Nasty’s World”
2. Common ft. Bilal – “Home”
3. The Game – “Grew Up On Wu-Tang”
4. Like – “Diamond”
5. Mibbs ft. Blu – “Tell Me ‘Bout It”
6. Notorious B.I.G. ft. 112 – “Sky’s The Limit” (Throwback of the Week)
7. Meek Mill – “Blue Notes”
8. Khalid – “Hopeless”
9. Alicia Keys – “More Than We Know”
10. Mickey Factz & Nottz ft. Phonte – “Treat You Right”
11. Jay Prince – “Smile Good”
12. Dame D.O.L.L.A. ft. Lil Wayne – “Loyal To The Soil” (Local Music)
13. TYuS – “Shapes and Sizes” (Local Music)
14. Jalen Santoy – “Foreplay”
15. Big Sean – “No More Interviews”
16. Mayer Hawthorne – “A New Love”
17. JAHKOY – “Don’t Beg”
18. Solange ft. Sampha – “Don’t Touch My Hair”
19. Ray BLK – “5050”
20. All-Star Opera ft. Warm Gun – “Lifeline” (Local Music)
21. starRo ft. Masego – “Yams”
22. Childish Gambino – “Me and Your Mama”
23. Daniel Caesar ft. Kali Uchis – “Get You”
24. Nas – “I Can” (Throwback of the Week)
25. A Tribe Called Quest ft. Andre 3000 – “Kids”

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