Sol – People (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on March 3rd, 2015 by Hyphen

“there’s so much more in this world than just blowin’ up in rap”

Sol’s been one of the standout artists in the Pacific Northwest for years and has steadily built a growing fanbase all over the world, but many have been wondering where he’s been recently.  Well, wait no more.  Zilla is back with a double single release, “People / Pages,” and here are the excellent visuals for the former.  Cop the tracks right here!

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Sound Session #506 (2/22/15)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on February 23rd, 2015 by Hyphen

SNSS

Fresh out the oven, here’s the latest episode of SNSS for y’all.  J. Moore held it down and ran through new tracks from artists like Fashawn + Nas + Aloe Blacc (on one cut! with DJ Khalil on the beat!!!), Your Old Droog, Big Sean, Kanye West, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Dej Loaf, Frank Ocean, Kali Uchis, India Shawn, Henry Wu, Tunji Ige, Asher Roth, our good friend Sol, and more.  Be sure to download Sol’s two new songs off his Soundcloud, right here.  For our throwback, we honored the Good Doctor’s 50th and we ended the night with something new off D’Angelo’s Black Messiah.

Speaking of D’Angelo, I got a chance to see him perform on Friday here in London and it lived up to every hope I had.  Thinking about it, I’m giving him the crown of the best R&B artist of the last 25 years and I might just extend that back to MJ’s glory days.  After Mike’s reign, I don’t see who’s topping him.  Yes, he’s only released 3 albums (4 if you count his excellent live release recorded at another London show), but they’re all classics and aging much better than those of his contemporaries.  He’s heavily influenced by some of the greatest references a singer can have (James Brown and Fela Kuti come to mind), but somehow has always had his own distinct style that’s evolved subtly over the years.  He’s not just an amazing singer, but he’s also a writer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist.  Watching him completely OWN the crowd for 2 hours…with 2 separate encores…was a sight to behold.  He took us through damn near every emotion with his performance and having seen all his noteworthy competition live before, I can safely say, none of them can do what he does.

Anyway, I’m open to the debate (not really).  Who’s the greatest R&B singer of the last 25 years, if not D?

Show #506 (2-22-15)

1.    Fashawn ft. Nas & Aloe Blacc – “Something To Believe In”
2.    DJ Efn ft. Your Old Droog, Royce Da 5’9”, REKS, & O.C. – “Revolutionary Ride Music”
3.    Big Sean ft. Kanye West – “All Your Fault”
4.    Joey Badass ft. BJ The Chicago Kid – “Like Me”
5.    L. Hammond – “Any Hustle” (Local Music)
6.    Sol – “Pages” (Local Music)
7.    Raz Simone – “The Lights” (Local Music)
8.    Kendrick Lamar ft. Assassin – “The Blacker The Berry”
9.    Asher Roth – “Blow YR Head”
10.    Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg – “Still D.R.E.” (Throwback of the Week)
11.    Jay Prince – “Cruisin”
12.    Lupe Fiasco – “Dots & Lines”
13.    Drake – “Legend”
14.    Dej Loaf – “We Be On It”
15.    Frank Ocean – “You Are Luhh”
16.    Sam Sparro – “Rock The Boat”
17.    Kali Uchis – “Lottery”
18.    Zion I ft. Viveca Hawkins – “Lost In Translation”
19.    BJ The Chicago Kid – “Good Luv’n”
20.    Tunji Ige – “For Us”
21.    Henry Wu ft. Simeon Jones – “Just Negotiate”
22.    Jazz Cartier – “Rose Quartz / Like Crazy”
23.    India Shawn ft. James Fauntleroy – “Outer Limits”
24.    D’Angelo & The Vanguard – “Betray My Heart”

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Sound Session #505 (2/15/15)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on February 18th, 2015 by Hyphen

SNSS

What up y’all?  Hope things are all good in your world.  No complaints from my end, as London’s treating your boy pretty well.  Exploring a bit, learning a lot, and experiencing as much as I can.  Life’s crazy…much like the playlist on this week’s SNSS episode!

Peep show #505 for new heat from Jadakiss, Fabolous, Kendrick, Emilio Rojas, Joell Ortiz, Tunji Ige, The Weeknd, Chris Faust, Melat, Johnny Rain, Kali Uchis, Jay Prince, and you know we had to get something in the mix off Drizzy’s surprise mixtape.  That dude.  Sheesh.

Oh, and peep a great discussion between J. Moore and one of Seattle’s rising stars, Raz Simone.  RIP BIG L too!

Show #505 (2-15-15)

1.    Chinx ft. Jadakiss – “Dope House”
2.    Joey Badass – “Hazeus View”
3.    Fabolous – “Cinnamon Apple”
4.    Kendrick Lamar ft. Assassin – “The Blacker The Berry”
5.    Blakk Soul ft. The Good Sin – “Breathe” (Local Music)
6.    **INTERVIEW WITH RAZ SIMONE, PT. 1**
7.    Raz Simone – “My People” (Local Music)
8.    **INTERVIEW WITH RAZ SIMONE, PT. 2**
9.    Emilio Rojas ft. Joell Ortiz – “Nada”
10.    Drake – “Energy”
11.    Yonas Michael – “Blessed”
12.    L. Hammond – “Any Hustle” (Local Music)
13.    Russ – “Hoe Love”
14.    Tunji Ige – “Pocketed Lighter”
15.    The Weeknd – “Where You Belong”
16.    Chris Faust ft. Cocoa Sarai – “All Day, All Day”
17.    Zion I ft. 1-O.A.K. – “Last Nite”
18.    Melat – “Rockabye”
19.    Johnny Rain – “Harveston Lake”
20.    Geovarn – “Start Me Up”
21.    Kali Uchis – “Rush”
22.    Jay Prince – “4U / Lately”
23.    Big L – “Street Struck” (Throwback of the Week)

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Sound Session #503 (2/1/15)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on February 7th, 2015 by Hyphen

SNSS

I haven’t had time to archive the latest SNSS until now, so I’ve had a few days to recover and decompress from the Super Bowl.  Hmm, where to begin?  I could write a book on it, but let’s just summarize it from a perspective I think most Seahawks fans will agree with: it was a great game with a few chances for both teams to really seize control (that 3rd down play to Kearse will never be forgotten), but it was always going to be difficult with our lack of dynamic WR’s and an increasingly hobbled secondary.  That said, magic happened and there we were, just 1 yard away from back to back Super Bowl victories, a feat almost unthinkable with free agency and the parity fostered by the league.

2nd down, 50 seconds, 1 time out…and the Seahawks OC, Darrell Bevell, makes the worst (on field) decision in American sports history.  I’ve heard folks complain about this “exaggeration,” but umm…name one that’s worse?  Webber’s timeout gets mentioned, but that’s a mental error, not a premeditated decision.  There’s nothing that eclipses this in terms of stature, scale, importance, opportunity, etc..  Hindsight is 20/20 but as soon as they walked to the line with an empty backfield, every Seahawks fan sick of Bevell’s misuse of Marshawn inside the red zone felt it coming.  Run. The. Ball.

There’s been a lot of talk trying to defend the call (and Bill Belichick’s clock errors too) this week, but I’m not having it.  You run the ball with #BeastMode on 2nd down and still have every option you want on 3rd and 4th if he doesn’t get in.  There’s even a decent chance the Patriots let him score there to ensure Brady has a little bit of time left.  And say for some ridiculous reason you decide to pass…you do not run THAT call with THAT personnel and in THAT situation.

Malcolm Butler made an incredible play, possibly the greatest in NFL history, but it never should have happened.  Patriots fans will say Kearse’s catch never should have happened too, and they’re probably right.  Sports just happen like that sometimes, which, cruelly enough, is why we watch.  You never know what’s going to happen, unless you’re a Hawks fan and you see Marshawn spread out wide at the goal line.

ANYWAY, back to the music.  J. Moore continued to hold it down in the studio while your boy is across the pond on that international steez (“hardly home but always reppin”).  Peep #503 for new tracks from Fabolous, Lupe, Joey Badass, Raz Simone, J. Cole, Elzhi, OverDoz., OnCue, Meek Mill, Vic Mensa, Sampha, Kali Uchis, Warm Brew, Alina Baraz, Wale, and my theme song of the moment (despite the game), Big Sean’s “Blessings.”  Sometimes I’ll be walking through these London streets and randomly belt out, “waaaaaaaaaay up, I feel blessed!”

Show #503 (2-1-15)

1.    Big Sean ft. Drake & Kanye West – “Blessings”
2.    Fabolous – “Rap & Sex”
3.    Lupe Fiasco – “Dots & Lines”
4.    Joey Badass ft. Raury – “Escape 120”
5.    Raz Simone – “Why Aren’t You Mine” (Local Music)
6.    J. Cole – “Role Modelz”
7.    Flip ft. Phat Kat & Elzhi – “Without Warning”
8.    Dave B – “Leaves” (Local Music)
9.    OverDoz. ft. Hit-Boy – “Rich White Friends”
10.    BJ The Chicago Kid ft. Schoolboy Q – “It’s True”
11.    OnCue – “No Way”
12.    Tre Ross – “Deep Lake” (Local Music)
13.    Meek Mill – “Monster”
14.    Snakehips ft. Syd (of The Internet) – “Gone”
15.    Vic Mensa – “Down On My Luck”
16.    Scarface ft. 2Pac & Johnny P – “Smile” (Throwback of the Week)
17.    Jay Prince ft. Fabienne – “The Trip”
18.    Emile Haynie ft. Sampha, Charlotte Gainsbourg, & Devonte Hynes – “A Kiss Goodbye (Reprise)”
19.    Kali Uchis – “All Or Nothing”
20.    Geovarn – “4am”
21.    Alina Baraz & Galimatias – “Fantasy”
22.    Warm Brew ft. Dom Kennedy – “Hold On To Her”
23.    Wale ft. Chance The Rapper – “Friendship Heights”
24.    Jean Deaux – “Who Am I”
25.    Young Jeezy ft. Kanye West – “Put On” (Throwback of the Week)

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Sound Session #502 (1/25/15)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on February 1st, 2015 by Hyphen

SNSS

It’s the morning of Super Bowl XLIX and I can feel the energy in Seattle all the way here in London.  When the Hawks won last year, the feeling in the city was incredible and this year seems even bigger because the hype has now drawn in folks that aren’t even football fans.  It’s great to see everyone in the city come together, further illustrating the power of sports.  The only other time I can remember everyone being collectively so excited about something was when Obama won that first election.  We’ll see if the Hawks can pull it out against a tough Patriots team, but either way, they are massively appreciated.

On episode #502 of SNSS, J. Moore welcomed a few local artists to the studio so peep the show to hear updates from Dave B, Tre Ross, and Key Nyata, alongside new records from Lupe, Joey Badass, Freddie Gibbs, Hanni El Khatib, Warm Brew, Frank Ocean, Sam Sparro, Jean Deaux, The Weeknd, Snakehips, Jay Prince, and our homey Tunji!  We also gave SNSS debuts to two promising artists, Geovarn and Brent Faiyez.  Get familiar and enjoy the music!

Oh…and GO HAWKS!

Show #502 (1-25-15)

1.    Lupe Fiasco – “Mural”
2.    Fat Joe ft. Troy Ave – “How U Luv Dat”
3.    ASAP Rocky – “Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2”
4.    Freddie Gibbs & Hanni El Khatib – “Satin Black”
5.    **INTERVIEW WITH TRE ROSS, PT. 1**
6.    Tre Ross – “Deep Lake” (Local Music)
7.    **INTERVIEW WITH TRE ROSS, PT. 2**
8.    Warm Brew ft. Tunji – “We Can Do It”
9.    Joey Badass ft. BJ The Chicago Kid – “Like Me”
10.    **INTERVIEW WITH DAVE B, PT. 1**
11.    Dave B – “Leaves” (Local Music)
12.    **INTERVIEW WITH DAVE B, PT. 2**
13.    J. Cole – “No Role Modelz”
14.    Wale ft. Chance The Rapper – “Friendship Heights”
15.    Little Brother – “Speed” (Throwback of the Week)
16.    Action Bronson – “Actin Crazy”
17.    Frank Ocean – “You Are Luhh”
18.    Sam Sparro – “Rock The Boat”
19.    Jean Deaux – “Who Am I”
20.    Brent Faiyez – “Allure”
21.    The Weeknd – “Earned It”
22.    Geovarn – “4am”
23.    Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One) – “Number One” (Local Music)
24.    Snakehips ft. Syd (of The Internet) – “Gone”
25.    Diamond District – “It Ain’t Over (Black Milk Remix)”
26.    Jay Prince ft. Raheaven – “Polaroids”

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Sound Session #501 (1/18/15)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on January 25th, 2015 by Hyphen

SNSS

Apologies for the delay in this week’s SNSS archive but hey, that’s what happens when you’ve traveled half way around the world.  So far, life in London is not too dissimilar to life at home, thanks mostly to the amazing technology we have at our fingertips.  Being able to log on to social media to see what everyone back home is talking about and to interact with them is the best cure for any homesickness, and honestly, most of the interaction I have with folks back home was digital to begin with.  As long as my pixels can still talk to your pixels, that’s 2015 and I’m good…though it wouldn’t hurt to be back in the 6 for all this Seahawks madness…

That said, I’ve spent the last week adapting to the time schedule (the absolute worst for a west coast sports fan) and working, so I’m about to head out and explore this city a bit today.  Before then, enjoy this week’s SNSS featuring new tracks from artists like Action Bronson, Fabolous, Wale, OnCue, Black Moon, Diamond District, Fice, Von Pea, Lupe Fiasco, Joey Badass, Jean Deaux, Thelonius Martin, Theophilus London, Little Simz, one of my favorite UK discoveries, Jay Prince, and more.  And don’t forget to peep our 500th show from the week prior if you want to celebrate almost 10 years of the program!

Show #501 (1-18-15)

1.    ASAP Rocky – “Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2”
2.    Action Bronson – “Actin Crazy”
3.    Fabolous – “All Good”
4.    Wale – “Chess”
5.    OnCue – “Don’t Forget Your Coat”
6.    Black Moon – “Go To War”
7.    Nipsey Hussle ft. Buddy – “Status Symbol”
8.    Diamond District – “It Ain’t Over (Black Milk Remix)”
9.    Fice – “Coastal” (Local Music)
10.    Lupe Fiasco ft. Crystal Torres – “Adoration Of The Magi”
11.    Von Pea & The Other Guys ft. Kooley High – “Might As Well”
12.    Ghostface Killah ft. AZ & Rell – “Here I Go Again”
13.    Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One) – “Number One” (Local Music)
14.    Azealia Banks – “Desperado”
15.    Bryn King – “Graduation” (Local Music)
16.    J. Cole – “St. Tropez”
17.    Jay Prince ft. Raheaven – “Polaroids”
18.    Jean Deaux – “Birthday Suit, Pt. 2”
19.    Thelonius Martin ft. Mac Miller – “Malcolm Interlude”
20.    D’Angelo – “Back To The Future (Part I)”
21.    Theophilus London ft. Devonte Hynes & The Force MD’s – “Figure It Out”
22.    Royce Da 5’9” – “Boom” (Throwback of the Week)
23.    Big K.R.I.T. ft. Devin The Dude, Big Sant, & Bun B – “Mo Better Cool”
24.    Little Simz – “Frozen”
25.    Joey Badass ft. Dyemond Lewis & Maverick Sabre – “On & On”
26.    Kanye West ft. Paul McCartney – “Only One”

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Sound Session #499 (1-4-15)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on January 5th, 2015 by Hyphen

SNSS

As is tradition with the first Sound Session of the year, we started this episode looking back on 2014 (shout to Skillz for rekindling his rap up series) before turning our focus to the days ahead.  J and I both feel like there’s lots of good energy around right now, so we’re excited to see what 2015 brings, personally, professionally, cultural, etc..  Hopefully you guys are equally excited for the new year, but as we mentioned on the show, we’re not really a fan of resolutions.  Continued evolution through love and learning and new experiences should be the goal, and that should happen daily, not just at the top of the year.  Make it happen…

On this week’s show, we ran new music from ASAP Rocky, J. Cole, Mark Ronson, Mystikal, Funkghost, CRL CRRLL, Lion Babe, Little Simz, Tope, Kenn Starr, Joey Badass, Drake, D’Angelo, and more.  Lots of good music out there right now, hope you enjoy!

And before I go, a quick word on one of my favorite media figures, and a coworker at ESPN, Stuart Scott.  If you grew up in the 90’s and liked sports & music, Stu defined the intersection of the two.  In that regard, he was similarly as impactful as folks like Allen Iverson, the Fab 5, or Shaq.  He literally changed the media landscape by himself and by being himself.  He never compromisedHe was 100% genuine and the man you saw on TV was the same man in real life.

Growing up, I spent countless hours watching him cover sports and those were really formative years for me.  While everyone I watched on ESPN helped forge my desire to join the company later in life, he was probably the on-air personality I connected with the most.  He was like a good friend you saw all the time.  He was one of the homies.  That was our guy.  Today, he’s still reflected in the way all of us 80’s babies bring hip-hop into the workplace.

Most importantly, he was a dude that just lived life the way it’s meant to be done: to the fullest…being you…full of love and light.  Rest in peace to an icon and an inspiration.  We love you Stu, forever.

See you guys next week for SNSS #500!

Show #499 (1-4-15)

1.    Skillz – “2014”
2.    Bop Alloy (Substantial & Marcus D) – “Resolutions Per Minute” (Local Music)
3.    Joey Bada$$ ft. Dyemond Lewis & Maverick Sabre – “On & On”
4.    OB Obrien ft. Drake & P Reign – “Schemin’ Up”
5.    Nipsey Hussle ft. Buddy – “Status Symbol”
6.    J. Cole – “Fire Squad”
7.    PRhyme (Royce Da 5’9” & DJ Premier) ft. Jay Electronica – “To Me, To You”
8.    ASAP Rocky – “Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2”
9.    Kenn Starr ft. Melanie Rutherford – “The Definition”
10.    Tope ft. Dizz – “Rocky” (Local Music)
11.    Mark Ronson ft. Mystikal – “Feel Right”
12.    Funkghost – “Inside and Out”
13.    Big K.R.I.T. ft. Bun B, Big Sant, & Devin The Dude – “Mo Better Cool”
14.    Kanye West ft. Paul McCartney – “Only One”
15.    D’Angelo & The Vanguard – “Prayer”
16.    CRL CRRLL – “Cheers”
17.    Lion Babe – “Don’t Break My Heart”
18.    Little Simz – “Frozen”
19.    Emay – “Landscaping”
20.    Da Bush Babees ft. Mos Def – “The Love Song” (Throwback of the Week)
21.    Ryan Caraveo – “Paradise”
22.    Rittz ft. B.o.B & Mike Posner – “In My Zone”

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Sound Session #498 (12-28-14) – Best of 2014

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on December 29th, 2014 by Hyphen

SNSS

Christmas has passed, New Year’s Eve is on the horizon, college football bowl games are on TV, and the Seahawks are primed for another run to the Super Bowl, so it can mean only one thing: it’s time for the last Sound Session of the year and with that, our Best of 2014 show!  This is far from a definitive list and represents just a small sliver of all the great music that dropped this year, but we always enjoy this episode because it gives us a chance to kick back, reflect, and vibe out to 2 hours of amazing records.  As always, we’ve included our playlist, some notes on our selections, and a list of some honorable mention records.

If you’re curious, previous “Best Of” episodes are available here: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009.

Thanks for rocking with us in 2014 and we’ll see you next year!  Make it your best one yet.

Show #498 (12-28-14)
**Best of 2014**

1.    Kendrick Lamar – “i”
2.    Isaiah Rashad – “Soliloquy”
3.    Schoolboy Q – “Break The Bank”
4.    Pusha T – “Lunch Money”
5.    Statik Selektah ft. Action Bronson, Royce Da 5’9”, & Black Thought – “The Imperial”
6.    PRhyme (Royce Da 5’9” & DJ Premier) – “U Looz”
7.    Big K.R.I.T. – “My Sub, Pt. 3”
8.    Drake – “0-100 / The Catch Up”
9.    ILoveMakonnen ft. Drake – “Tuesday (Remix)”
10.    Majid Jordan – “A Place Like This”
11.    Big Sean ft. E-40 – “IDFWU”
12.    Vanni Meursing ft. Tasman Holloway – “Town Biz” (Local Music)
13.    Thaddeus David ft. T Spoon & Stewart Villain – “Everything” (Local Music)
14.    Dej Loaf – “Try Me”
15.    Doja Cat – “So High”
16.    Jessie Ware ft. Miguel – “Kind Of…Sometimes…Maybe”
17.    Dave B ft. Sol – “Boathouse” (Local Music)
18.    Fabolous ft. Jeremih – “Thim Slick”
19.    Tom Misch & Carmody – “Atmosphere”
20.    Mar – “Man x Woman”
21.    TOKiMONSTA ft. Anderson Paak – “Realla”
22.    Esta ft. SPZRKT – “Can’t Wait”
23.    Prince – “The Breakdown”
24.    Bas ft. J. Cole – “My N*gga Just Made Bail”
25.    Melat & Jansport J – “Fanclub”
26.    Sinead Harnett – “No Other Way”

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Notes:

1.  Kendrick Lamar – We didn’t get the highly anticipated follow up to GKMC, but we did get the first taste from the next album.  Kendrick’s self-empowerment anthem was much needed in this environment too.
2. Isaiah Rashad – TDE had a monster year and aside from Kendrick, Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock, the future looks especially bright with Isaiah (and SZA). Most talented label in the game?
3. Schoolboy Q – We could have picked “Studio” or “Hell Of A Night” from Q’s album, but we chose this Alchemist produced banger. Congrats to Q on a well deserved Grammy nomination as well!
4. Pusha T – Kanye toying with the “Just To Get A Rep” sample while Pusha flawlessly delivers his standard braggadocio? Yes please.
5. Statik Selektah – Yeah, Action Bronson had a good verse and Royce killed it, but Black Thought BODIED his portion. Verse of the year?
6. PRhyme – Speaking of Royce, his collaborative effort with Premo was unquestionably one of the best projects of the year. Dope beats + dope rhymes. It’s not rocket science.
7. Big K.R.I.T.Cadillactica is my pick for album of the year, but that said, there really isn’t a singular standout track. The whole album is fantastic, but the 3rd part to K.R.I.T.’s bass anthems is perhaps the catchiest. TWO FIFTEENS!
8. Drake – The record so hot that Diddy actually put hands on Drake for “stealing” the beat…let’s just be glad we never heard Puff’s version.
9. ILoveMakonnen – Only Drake and Kanye can hop on random records and turn them in to some of the biggest tracks of the year. Hell, Makonnen even got a deal and a Grammy nomination out of it.
10. Majid Jordan – PARTYNEXTDOOR is the most hyped OVO artist but this duo are the most talented. Their EP laid the groundwork for an official debut that should make a powerful impact in 2015.
11. Big Sean – An instant anthem.
12. Vanni Meursing – Speaking of anthems, this was Seattle’s unofficial soundtrack during the Seahawks’ last Super Bowl run. Slap.
13. Thaddeus David – Thad linked with 2 talented cats from Portland, flipped the classic Dre sample, and made one of the dopest NW records of the year.
14. Dej Loaf – Drake didn’t even need to hop on this record to make it a hit. He just needed to quote it in an Instagram comment and the world took notice to low key the hardest track of the year.
15. Doja Cat – Every time we played this, the phones lit up and anyone with us in the studio had one response: “yo…who is THAT?”
16. Jessie Ware – Jessie’s Tough Love was one of the best (and most slept on) albums of the year and this BenZel produced slow jam was the highlight. Shout to Miguel on the background vocals too.
17. Dave B – The NW is filled with talent but Dave B is the most exciting up and comer in my book. When the next project drops, he’ll be in the national discussion as well.
18. Fabolous – Typically, NYC hypes up their artists far more than they should be and the buzz doesn’t reach outside the NE, and for good reason. Fab is similar in that he gets love in NYC but has been slept on recently outside the region, but he’s been quietly releasing some really dope projects the last few years. This beat + Jeremih’s hook & Fab’s rhymes should have = a hit record.
19. Tom Misch & Carmody – Tom Misch was my favorite discovery in 2014. This 19 year old singer/producer from London released an EP with Carmody in December but somehow, this track wasn’t included. Flames.
20. Mar – My song of the year pick. Just a highly enjoyable record that has everything mashed up in one track. In a year where rap seemed a little stale, alt-R&B/dance music picked up the pieces nicely.
21. TOKiMONSTA – Anderson Paak’s Venice was one of the best albums of the year, but we went with his contribution to TOKiMONSTA’s EP for our selection. For realla.
22. Esta – Not sure the Soulection camp has ever let us down. Vibes upon vibes upon vibes is what they have.
23. Prince – It was a big year for vibey alt-R&B/ambient soul, but the master also blessed us with some new work and reminded us who influenced all these singers, whether they know it or not.
24. Bas – J. Cole & D’Angelo both dropped projects right at the end of the year, which made it tough to include them in our Best Of, but we had to make sure Cole was represented. This verse might have been his most effortless of the whole year.
25. Melat & Jansport J – This beat. That sample. Those vocals. Yes.
26. Sinead Harnett – We went back to the UK for our last track of the night with this super smooth Snakehips produced R&B jam.

Honorable mentions from artists not otherwise represented:

  • 50 Cent ft. Joe – “Big Rich Town”
  • Action Bronson – “Easy Rider”
  • Alchemist ft. Riff Raff & Action Bronson – “Rookies of the Future”
  • All About She ft. Jacob Banks – “I Can’t Wait”
  • Anna Lunoe ft. Jesse Boykins III – “Heartbreak In Motion”
  • Asher Roth – “Tangerine Girl”
  • BANKS – “Drowning”
  • BJ The Chicago Kid – “Soul Of A Woman”
  • Bipolar Sunshine ft. GoldLink – “Future (Part 1)”
  • Boaz – “Like This”
  • Cam’Ron & A-Trak ft. Juelz Santana & Dame Dash – “Dipsh*ts”
  • Childish Gambino – “Retro (Rough)”
  • Choosey – “Fly Me To The Moon”
  • Common ft. Vince Staples – “Kingdom”
  • Cozz – “Dreams”
  • Damon Albarn – “Lonely Press Play”
  • denitia and sene – “divided”
  • Dilated Peoples ft. Aloe Blacc – “Show Me The Way”
  • DTMD (Dunc & Toine Makin’ Dollas) ft. BOOM – “toine&B”
  • Emile Haynie ft. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Devonte Hynes, & Sampha – “A Kiss Goodbye”
  • Fashawn ft. Dom Kennedy – “Golden State Of Mind”
  • FKA twigs – “Two Weeks”
  • Fly Union ft. BJ The Chicago Kid – “Don’t Count Me Out”
  • Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Never Catch Me”
  • Freddie Gibbs & Madlib ft. Scarface – “Broken”
  • George Maple – “Talk Talk”
  • India Shawn ft. James Fauntleroy – “Floating Away”
  • Jade De LaFleur ft. James Fauntleroy – “Freedom”
  • Jesse Boykins III – “Plain”
  • Joey Bada$$ – “Christ Conscious”
  • Logic – “Under Pressure”
  • Lupe Fiasco ft. Ty Dolla Sign – “Next To It”
  • Nao vs. A.K. Paul – “So Good”
  • Nemo Achida ft. BJ The Chicago Kid – “Hands On”
  • Phantogram – “Fall In Love”
  • Pharrell ft. JoJo, Leah LaBelle, & Tori Kelly – “Freq”
  • Rejjie Snow ft. Loyle-Carner – “1992”
  • Run The Jewels (Killer Mike & El-P) – “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry”
  • Sam Lachow ft. Raz Simone & Ariana DeBoo – “Dreams of Gold”
  • Sam Smith – “Lay Me Down”
  • SBTRKT ft. Sampha – “Temporary View”
  • Shad & DJ T.LO – “Always Winnin”
  • SOS – “Secrets”
  • Spooky Black – “Without U”
  • The Roots ft. Patty Crash – “Never”
  • The Weeknd – “Often”
  • THURZ – “Right Now”
  • Tory Lanez – “R.I.D.E.”
  • Travis Scott ft. Big Sean & The 1975 – “Don’t Play”
  • Vince Staples – “Blue Suede”
  • Young & Sick – “Glass”
  • Your Old Droog – “Gunsmoke Cologne”

2015. You ready?

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Sound Session #497 (12-21-14)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on December 28th, 2014 by Hyphen

SNSS

Getting this week’s edition of SNSS posted a few hours before we hop on the air for our Best of 2014 show.  It’s been a crazy blur of a year.  Hopefully SNSS has provided you with a great soundtrack and exposed you to a few new artists you hadn’t heard of before!

On this week’s episode, we ran new music from PRhyme, Your Old Droog, Joey Badass, Rittz, Mike Posner, Azealia Banks, Emay, Chuuwee, Dayne Jordan, OB Obrien, Drake, D’Angelo, and more.  We were also joined in studio by Ryan Caraveo, one of Seattle’s brightest up and coming artists.  Check out his new album, Swings, and be on the lookout for Ryan to make some serious noise in 2015.

Lastly, be sure to peep the video of our recent interview with denitia and sene right here.  Enjoy the show!

Show #497 (12-21-14)

1.    PRhyme (Royce Da 5’9” & DJ Premier) ft. Dwele – “You Should Know”
2.    Your Old Droog – “Loosey In The Store With Pennies (Extended)”
3.    Joey Bada$$ – “No. 99”
4.    **INTERVIEW WITH RYAN CARAVEO, PT. 1**
5.    Big K.R.I.T. – “King of the South”
6.    Rittz ft. B.o.B & Mike Posner – “In My Zone”
7.    **INTERVIEW WITH RYAN CARAVEO, PT. 2**
8.    Ryan Caraveo – “GODMODE” (Local Music)
9.    OB Obrien ft. Drake & P Reign – “Schemin’ Up”
10.    **INTERVIEW WITH RYAN CARAVEO, PT. 3**
11.    Tunji Ige ft. Wonda – “Day 2 Day”
12.    Azealia Banks – “Desperado”
13.    Anderson Paak – “Luh You”
14.    Emay – “MAIR”
15.    J. Cole – “Wet Dreamz”
16.    Thaddeus David – “Annex” (Local Music)
17.    JR & PH7 ft. Chuuwee – “Meanwhile Off Mack”
18.    Dayne Jordan – “I Want It All”
19.    Blakk Soul & Rapper Big Pooh – “Jukin’ (Alone)” (Local Music)
20.    Crooklyn Dodgers – “Crooklyn” (Throwback of the Week)
21.    D’Angelo & The Vanguard – “Really Love”

Link to download/stream the mp3 of the show – https://soundcloud.com/djhyphen/dj-hyphen-j-moore-sunday-night-sound-session-show-497-122114
(back up – http://www.solidfiles.com/d/956530bcee/DJ_Hyphen_and_J._Moore_-_Sunday_Night_Sound_Session%2C_Show_497%2C_12-21-14.mp3)

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Sound Session – Show #496 (12-14-14)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on December 17th, 2014 by Hyphen

SNSS

Sunday Night Sound Session has been on air for almost 10 years and we’ve archived every single episode online, but we’ve always looked for a good distribution solution. Soundcloud made some licensing changes lately that allows us to utilize their platform for streaming/downloading full episodes of the show. After doing some testing, I think this should work and help you guys enjoy the show much easier each week. No weird download sites, full functionality with all your devices (the Soundcloud app is a must for mobile/tablet), and one centralized location for our episodes and interviews going forward. Most importantly, it should allow more people to discover all the great music that’s out there right now so we can support these artists and they can continue to create!

On this week’s show, we played new tracks from artists like Joey Badass, Termanology, Michael Christmas, Astro, Tunji Ige, Saigon, J. Cole, Coultrain, Tuxedo, Anthony Hamilton, Your Old Droog, Electric Wire Hustle, Lion Babe, salute, Tink, and the loooooooong awaited return of D’Angelo. Plus, we were joined in studio by Malice & Mario Sweet to debut Malice’s new solo song, “Try You,” produced by Jake One. Great stuff all night…

Enjoy!

Show #496 (12-14-14)

1.    Joey Bada$$ – “No. 99”
2.    Termanology ft. Michael Christmas & Astro – “I’m Good”
3.    PRhyme (Royce Da 5’9” & DJ Premier) ft. Jay Electronica – “To Me, To You”
4.    Big K.R.I.T. ft. Lupe Fiasco – “Lost Generation”
5.    De La Soul ft. Chuck D – “The People”
6.    Saigon – “Let’s Get Smart”
7.    J. Cole – “Apparently”
8.    Common ft. Sadat X – “1-9-9-9” (Throwback of the Week)
9.    **INTERVIEW WITH MALICE & MARIO SWEET, PT. 1**
10.    D’Angelo and the Vanguard – “Sugah Daddy”
11.    Coultrain – “Let’s Pretend It’ll Last”
12.    **INTERVIEW WITH MALICE & MARIO SWEET, PT. 2**
13.    Malice Sweet – “Try You” (Local Music)
14.    Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One) – “Wonderful Christmastime” (Local Music)
15.    **INTERVIEW WITH MALICE & MARIO SWEET, PT. 3**
16.    Anthony Hamilton – “What Do The Lonely Do At Christmas”
17.    Bop Alloy (Substantial & Marcus D) – “Spent” (Local Music)
18.    Your Old Droog – “The ‘70s”
19.    Electric Wire Hustle – “Loveless”
20.    salute ft. Vanessa Elisha – “So Cool”
21.    Lion Babe – “Jungle Lady”
22.    Tink ft. Charlamagne Tha God – “Around The Clock”
23.    Fabolous – “Lituation”
24.    Tunji Ige ft. Wonda – “Day 2 Day”

Link to download/stream the mp3 of the show – https://soundcloud.com/djhyphen/dj-hyphen-j-moore-sunday-night-sound-session-show-496-121414
(back up – http://www.solidfiles.com/d/be3c75a004/DJ_Hyphen_and_J._Moore_-_Sunday_Night_Sound_Session%2C_Show_496%2C_12-14-14.mp3)

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