Chris Brown – Fine China (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on April 7th, 2013 by Hyphen

Never thought you’d see a Chris Breezy video on TAOD, huh?  Well, think of this like a Michael Jackson song and video, since they clearly are “inspired” by the King, but I’m not mad one bit.  From the song, to the dancing, to the car, to the lighting…everything about this is fresh.  Now if only he could be a normal human being in real life, perhaps I could tolerate him…

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Kardinal Offishall & Nottz ft. Shi Wisdom – Mr. Parker (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on July 28th, 2012 by Hyphen

The infectious “Mr. Parker” from Kardi & Nottz’ collaborative album, Allow Me To Reintroduce Myself, gets visuals as well, calling back to your high school days.  Very dope to see Kardi link up with Shi Wisdom, who’s one of the dopest up and coming singers around.  If you haven’t downloaded the project yet, grab it here!

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Aloe Blacc – Billie Jean (video)

Posted in Artists, Live Performances, Videos on June 25th, 2010 by Hyphen

(word to Darius Lovehall)

I’m always amazed when I see/hear how dope Aloe is singing, because I used to bump his older stuff when he was really just killing it on the MC tip.  What an incredible artist…and speaking of which, RIP to the King.

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Gordon Gartrell Radio – Episode 14 (MJ Tribute)

Posted in Artists, Radio on July 6th, 2009 by Hyphen

GGR is back after a long hiatus, but it’s with a heavy heart as Phonte and Brainchild dedicate this edition to the King of Pop.  Rest in peace Mike…

The Long Live The Kaing Edition

Michael Jackson
August 1958 – June 2009

Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” (DJ Brainchild’s Power Trio Mix)
The Jackson 5 “Can’t Get Ready For Losing You”
The Jackson 5 “It’s Great To Be Here”
The Jackson 5 “Lookin’ Through The Windows”
The Jackson 5 “I’ll Bet You”
The Jacksons “Give It Up”
The Jacksons “That’s What You Get For Being Polite”
Michael Jackson “Pretty Young Thing” (demo)
Michael Jackson “Someone Put Your Hand Out”
Michael Jackson “Good Thing Goin’ (DJ Bobo James Remix)”
Q-Tip “Move”
De La Soul “Breakadawn”
Kanye West “Good Life”
Jay-Z “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)
Michael Jackson “Stranger In Moscow”
Michael Jackson “Whatever Happens”
Michael Jackson “In The Closet”
Michael Jackson “Scream”
The Jackson 5 “Superstition”
Michael Jackson “Call On Me”
Michael Jackson “Got To Be There”

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Sound Session #213 (6-28-09)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on June 29th, 2009 by Hyphen

It’s strange how doing a weekly radio show means that whenever a major event happens, your thoughts are automatically documented.  I’m sure nobody else does, but I’ve gone back and listened to some old shows after historic moments and it’s kind of cool/strange to have these moments frozen in time.  This episode of SNSS is no different, since I’ll always remember it as the show after we lost literally the most popular person on the planet, Michael Jackson.

By now, there’s really nothing left to be said about the situation, but obviously Mike will be remembered for his incredible highs as well as disturbing lows.  As I mentioned in my initial blog post, regardless of all the trouble he had in his life, his music was exceptional and will live forever.  As we do for all talented musicians that were part of this hip-hop culture, we’ll continue to play songs on our show that carry on Mike’s musical legacy the best we can.  RIP to the King…

Peep this week’s show to hear new cuts from folks like B.o.B, Mayer Hawthorne, Ayah, Chali 2Na, The Kid Daytona, Mos Def, and more, plus an excellent local lineup featuring M64, Mycle Wastman, and The Physics.

Also, be sure to check out the full interview with K’Naan.  We talked all about the uprising in Iran, the pirates in his home country of Somalia, the gifts and curses that come with being a cultural ambassador, the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and…oh yeah…his music.  It was a good one.  Shout to Enrique, Jesse, and Simi from IGA/Octone for bringing K’Naan through the station.

Show #213 (6-28-09)

  1. Mos Def ft. Talib Kweli – “History”
  2. B.o.B – “Do You Have The Stamina”
  3. De La Soul – “Big Mouf”
  4. Mayer Hawthorne – “When I Said Goodbye”
  5. Ayah – “Fallen”
  6. Wu-Tang Clan ft. Ghostface Killah & Tre Williams – “I Wish You Were Here”
  7. The Physics – “Callin’” (Local Music)
  8. Chali 2Na ft. Damian Marley & Stephen Marley – “Guns Up”
  9. Slaughterhouse ft. M.O.P. – “Woodstock (Hood Hop)”
  10. J. Cole – “Grown Simba”
  11. DJ JS-1 ft. CL Smooth, Brother Ali, & Sadat X – “Nuthin’”
  12. Drake ft. Phonte & Elzhi – “Think Good Thoughts”
  14. K’Naan – “Fire In Freetown”
  15. M64 (Ragen Fykes & Ohmega Watts) – “Rhythm Of The Drum” (Local Music)
  16. Big Pooh ft. Darien Brockington – “Move”
  17. Outasight – “Brand New Day”
  18. Lupe Fiasco ft. Matthew Santos – “Shining Down”
  19. The Kid Daytona ft. Bun B – “Air Born”
  20. Mycle Wastman – “As Long As I’m With You” (Local Music)

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R.I.P. Michael Jackson

Posted in Artists, Movies, Music Videos on June 25th, 2009 by Hyphen

I was following along on Twitter as the news broke this afternoon, and I’ve had a lot of thoughts the rest of the day about Mike’s passing.  Ultimately, it’s a sad, sad story, but I hope people will remember him by separating the music from the person.  It’s clear that MJ was severely troubled and was probably mentally ill his entire life.  Even with all the craziness, he managed to release timeless music that will always evoke special feelings for all of us.

For this post, I decide to toss up the short film, Captain Eo, that Mike did for Disneyland in 1986.  I remember going to see it with my dad and between the movie, the music, and the 3-D glasses, there was nothing cooler at the time.  I rocked that Eo shirt for so long hahaha.  If you’ve never seen it, there’s no way it will mean as much to you now, but if you do remember seeing it in your youth, you know.

R.I.P. to the most famous person in the entire world.  It’s not often that you say that.  His music will live forever.

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