Sound Session #572 (10/16/16)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on October 17th, 2016 by Hyphen


After a few weeks here in Australia, I’ve decided Sydney is pretty much Vancouver meets San Diego.  As you’d expect when you combine two of the best cities in North America, that results in a pretty awesome place.  Along with its natural Australian sensibilities, it’s got a great mix of US, UK, and Asian influences, and from the downtown core to beach after beach of insanely beautiful coastline (peep the gram), it’s really got everything you might need.  I feel like I’m betraying my new friends here by spreading the word, but the secret is going to get out at some point.  Plus, if the unthinkable happens, I know you guys are going to be assessing your options come November 5th.  Thankfully, that looks less and less likely by the day…get out and vote!  I already sent in my ballot from 8 thousand miles away, so you really don’t have any excuses to let your voice be heard.

On this week’s episode of SNSS, we ran new records from Dave (dope 18 year old rapper from South London), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Zeds Dead & Pusha T & Rivers Cuomo, GTA, SiR, Like & Kali Uchis (Like’s album is exceptional, make sure you peep it), IshDARR, Duckwrth, Reva DeVito, Chance The Rapper, Kaytranada, TYuS, Bryson Tiller, Solange & Joe Budden, Aaron Abernathy & Phonte & Black Milk, and more.  Black On Both Sides celebrated its 17th birthday last week, so I picked a throwback off that fitting for my travels…


Show #572 (10/16/16)

1. Dave East – “Keisha”
2. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Ariana DeBoo – “Drug Dealer” (Local Music)
3. Dave – “Wanna Know”
4. Zeds Dead ft. Pusha T & Rivers Cuomo – “Too Young”
5. Divine Council ft. Andre 3000 – “DECEMBA (Remix)”
6. DAEtrius – “ShowOut”
7. GTA ft. Jarina De Marco – “True Romance”
8. SiR – “Queen”
9. Like ft. Kali Uchis – “Blah Loops”
10. Mos Def – “Habitat” (Throwback of the Week)
11. Aaron Abernathy ft. Phonte & Black Milk – “Bachelorette”
12. Francis and the Lights – “Can’t Stay Party”
13. Reva DeVito – “The Move” (Local Music)
14. Kid Cudi – “Surfin’”
15. Chance The Rapper ft. Knox Fortune – “All Night (Kaytranada Extended Joint)”
16. IshDARR – “Sugar”
17. Duckwrth ft. Sabrina Claudio – “I’m Dead”
18. BANKS – “Judas”
19. Mura Masa ft. ASAP Rocky – “Love$ick”
20. Pusha T ft. Desiigner & Ty Dolla Sign – “Circles”
21. TYuS – “Slow Jam” (Local Music)
22. Bryson Tiller – “Let Me Explain”
23. Solange ft. Joe Budden – “Don’t You Wait (Remix)”
24. John Legend – “Love Me Now”

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Sound Session #538 (10/18/15)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on October 29th, 2015 by Hyphen


Catching up on SNSS episodes today, so here’s #538 from 2 weeks back.  New music from Big Grams, Raury, Yonas Michael, Kirk Knight, Zee Will, Mura Masa, SiR, GoldLink, Kelela, Add-2, Disclosure, Casey Veggies, Logic, and more.  Next episode coming soon as well, enjoy!

Show #538 (10-18-15)

1.    Big Grams (Big Boi & Phantogram) – “Put It On Her”
2.    Deacon The Villain ft. Natti – “Ghosts Don’t Lie”
3.    Raury ft. Big K.R.I.T. – “Forbidden Knowledge”
4.    Drake – “30 For 30 Freestyle”
5.    Yonas Michael – “South Pacific”
6.    Brothers From Another ft. Mackenzie Thoms – “Good Company” (Local Music)
7.    Logic – “Like Woah”
8.    Cool Nutz ft. E-40, Mistah F.A.B., Glasses Malone, & Drae Steves – “Bass Beatin’” (Local Music)
9.    The Game – “Documentary 2”
10.    Mac Miller ft. Little Dragon – “The Festival”
11.    Casey Veggies – “A Little Time”
12.    Kirk Knight ft. Joey Badass, Flatbush Zombies, & Dizzy Wright – “Good Knight”
13.    Mos Def – “Mathematics” (Throwback of the Week)
14.    Zee Will ft. Fashawn & Nae Alma – “Price Of Change”
15.    Add-2 – “Brb”
16.    Collie Buddz – “Pressure”
17.    Bryson Tiller – “Exchange”
18.    Raylene – “For You” (Local Music)
19.    BOYSLASHFRIEND – “Not Me Not How”
20.    Kelela – “Gomenasai”
21.    Mura Masa ft. Shura – “Love For That”
22.    BOYSLASHFRIEND ft. Jade – “Low Carb”
23.    Rudimental ft. Lianne La Havas – “Breathe”
24.    GoldLink – “Spectrum”
25.    SiR ft. Anderson Paak – “Liberation”
26.    Leon Bridges ft. Slim Thug – “Brown Skin Girl (Hasan Insane Remix)”
27.    Disclosure ft. Jordan Rakei – “Masterpiece”
28.    Dave B – “Do That” (Local Music)

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Sound Session #500 (1/11/15)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on January 12th, 2015 by Hyphen


This was a Sound Session to remember.  In 2015, the show will achieve two significant milestones and this week marked the first of those: our 500th show.  We started SNSS in May of 2005, not knowing how long we’d do it, what it would become, or the impact we would have on the Seattle hip-hop scene (and perhaps the national scene, here and there).  Turns out, J. Moore and I put on a pretty decent radio show that music heads generally enjoy…and 500 Sundays later, here we are, on the verge of our 2nd milestone: the 10 year SNSS anniversary in May.

For episode #500, we thought we’d take a trip down memory lane and play a variety of songs from artists we championed heavily on the show.  Some were already well established (Hov, Dilla, Common, Kanye), but the majority were artists that we were able to support early on in their careers.  As a result, we’ve been honored to be the place where lots of our listeners were exposed to developing artists that later grew into some of the best in the game (if I had a nickel for every, “maaaan, the first time I heard ____ was on SNSS!”…).  Lots of artists got their first ever radio spins or interviews with our show and it’s truly a pleasure to help give these cats the shine they deserve.  So enjoy this blast from the past, with classics from the aforementioned heavyweights, plus good friends of the show J. Cole, Black Milk, Royce Da 5’9″, Jake One, Shad, U-N-I, The Physics, Little Brother, Macklemore, Kendrick Lamar, Mayer Hawthorne, Little Dragon, and more.  These were all important records/artists during the last 500 shows and we enjoyed spinning some of their best material all night.

For the last track, we went back…way back…back into time…and pulled out a classic DJ Honda/Mos Def track that I’m sure you all know.  This was the last record I played on my college radio show (KSPC what up!  Kev Sakoda what up!!!) when I graduated (Pomona-Pitzer what up!!!) and it has special significance to me.  As mentioned on the show and hinted about previously on my socials, I’ve decided to pursue a work opportunity at my day job, ESPN, which will require me to take an extended business trip to our London office for about a year.  When a company like ESPN says they want to fly you to London to get international and managerial experience, it’s pretty much a no brainer…

That said, I’m really sad that I won’t be joining J on air during my time abroad.  However, much like the rest of the iceberg you don’t see under the water (SNSS as glacial metaphor: +2 points), there’s a lot of back end work that we put in every week for the show and I’ll still be involved with all of that.  So don’t worry, it’s still SNSS all day, but you’ll just have to do without hearing my silly voice and even sillier jokes on air (connect with me on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram if you need those).  I’ll continue to check in with y’all via these archives and like Mos said, “gotta lotta things I got to do // but God willing, I’m comin’ back to you…”

500 shows down, here’s to 500 more!

Show #500 (1-11-15)
**500th Show Celebration**

1.    Jay-Z – “Roc Boys (And The Winner Is)”
2.    J. Cole – “Lights Please”
3.    Black Milk ft. Royce Da 5’9” – “Losing Out”
4.    Jake One ft. Vitamin D, C Note, Maine, & Ish (of Shabazz Palaces) – “Home” (Local Music)
5.    Blu & Exile – “Dancing In The Rain”
6.    Shad – “I Don’t Like To”
7.    U-N-I – “Beautiful Day”
8.    Dom Kennedy – “1997”
9.    The Physics – “I Just Wanna Beat” (Local Music)
10.    Little Brother ft. Dion – “Step It Up”
11.    Jay Electronica – “Exhibit C”
12.    Kanye West ft. Dwele – “Flashing Lights”
13.    Drake – “Say What’s Real”
14.    Kid Cudi – “Day N Nite”
15.    Theophilus London – “Flying Overseas”
16.    Macklemore – “White Privilege” (Local Music)
17.    Kendrick Lamar – “The Heart, Pt. 1”
18.    Common ft. Kanye West & John Legend – “They Say”
19.    J Dilla – “Won’t Do”
20.    Amy Winehouse ft. Ghostface Killah – “You Know I’m No Good”
21.    Mayer Hawthorne – “Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out”
22.    Little Dragon – “Constant Surprises”
23.    Frank Ocean – “Novacane”
24.    BJ The Chicago Kid – “Good Luv’n”
25.    The Weeknd – “What You Need”
26.    DJ Honda ft. Mos Def – “Travellin’ Man” (Throwback of the Week)

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Sound Session #487 (10-12-14)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on October 18th, 2014 by Hyphen


New music on this week’s SNSS from Rapsody, BJ The Chicago Kid, Raury, Dej Loaf, Diamond District, Vince Staples, Pharoahe Monch, Diamond D, O.C., SBTRKT, Elijah Blake, Dom Kennedy, and more.  Plus, our throwback honored one of the greatest albums of all time turning 15 years old.  Good show, hope y’all dig it!

Show #487 (10-12-14)

1.    Kendrick Lamar – “i”
2.    Rapsody – “The World”
3.    Joey Bada$$ – “Christ Conscious”
4.    ASAP Rocky ft. Juicy J – “Multiply”
5.    Sam Lachow ft. Watsky & Ariana DeBoo – “After Dark” (Local Music)
6.    BJ The Chicago Kid – “Soul Of A Woman”
7.    Raury – “Armor”
8.    BANKS – “F*ck Em Only We Know”
9.    ODESZA ft. Zyra – “It’s Only” (Local Music)
10.    Childish Gambino – “Retro (Rough)”
11.    Cozz ft. J. Cole – “Knock The Hustle (Remix)”
12.    Fearce Vill ft. Romaro Franceswa & S.E.V. – “P.O.M.P.” (Local Music)
13.    Dej Loaf – “Try Me”
14.    Vince Staples – “Screen Door”
15.    Diamond District – “Lost Cause”
16.    Diamond D ft. Pharoahe Monch – “Rap Life”
17.    DJ JS-1 ft. O.C. – “Turn The Tables”
18.    Mos Def – “Brooklyn” (Throwback of the Week)
19.    Homeboy Sandman – “Refugee”
20.    THURZ – “Right Now”
21.    Fashawn ft. Dom Kennedy – “Golden State Of Mind”
22.    SBTRKT ft. Boogie – “Spaced Out”
23.    Elijah Blake – “Come Away”

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Wack Lyric of the Day, 6-20-11

Posted in Wack Lyric of the Day on June 20th, 2011 by Hyphen

Obviously one of my all time favorite artists and good friend of SNSS, but I heard this not so classic opening bar to a classic record (and album) in the gym earlier today:

“We in the house like Japanese in Japan or Koreans in Korea”
— Talib Kweli, “K.O.S.”

Still a great track though. “The funky singing by Miss Vinia Mojica”:

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Mos Def – Supermagic (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on December 13th, 2009 by Hyphen


Ahem, excuse me.  Nabil is a beast.

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Blackstar at the House of Blues

Posted in Artists, Live Performances, Videos on February 10th, 2009 by Hyphen

Tunji just shot over this footage of Talib joining Mos for a little impromptu Blackstar performance at the House of Blues from last night down in Los Angeles.  Is it strange that hearing “Respiration” drop still gives me goosebumps a decade after it first came out?

Peep more over at the Year of the Blacksmith.

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Talib Kweli on Sound Session (Appearance #4)

Posted in Artists, Interviews, Sound Session on November 20th, 2008 by Hyphen

(watch it in HD on HyphenTV right here)

A few weeks ago, the big homies Talib Kweli and Corey Smyth stopped by KUBE to make their 4th appearance on Sound Session.  It’s always great to meet and interview people for the first time, but it’s even better once you get to know them and your ‘interviews’ just turn in to catching up with old friends.  It probably could have been under better circumstances though, cause right before we got up, this happened.  It shows you how cool Talib is that despite just finding out about the theft, he still took time for us before trying to find the laptop.  Booooooooo @ that “fan” who took Kwa’s MacBook.  Shame on you.

Anyway, if you missed any of the previous discussions, you can check ’em out on our podcast page right here.

This time around, we talked all about his current projects, including updates on the next Reflection Eternal album with Hi-Tek, his Idle Warship group with Res & Graph Nobel, and all things Blacksmith. We also discussed what it’s like to operate his own label, how new media has affected his career, a little politics, and more.  Be sure to watch it in high-def on the HyphenTV Vimeo page, or if you only want the audio, grab it below:

Talib Kweli on Sound Session
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Blacksmith is the movement.

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