Sound Session #464 (5-4-14)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on May 5th, 2014 by Hyphen


Headed to LA in a few hours so I wanted to get this week’s episode of SNSS up for y’all right away.  Check it out to hear new records from Girl Talk & Freeway, Troy Ave, Skyzoo & Torae, Mya, Slum Village, Raleigh Ritchie, All About She, Basement Jaxx, the king himself, Michael Jackson, and more.  Plus, we were joined in studio by our good friend Sonny Bonoho and an up and coming R&B/Pop singer from the town, Heather Gin.

Enjoy and LA homies, holler at me this week!

Show #464 (5-4-14)

  1. Girl Talk & Freeway ft. Jadakiss – “I Can Hear Sweat”
  2. DJ Khaled ft. Meek Mill, Rick Ross, Jay-Z, & French Montana – “They Don’t Love You No More”
  4. A$AP Mob ft. A$AP Twelvyy – “Xscape”
  5. 50 Cent – “Hustler”
  6. Troy Ave – “Me and You”
  7. Skyzoo & Torae – “Blue Yankee Fitted”
  9. Sonny Bonoho – “Elvis” (Local Music)
  10. Asher Roth ft. Curren$y – “Dude”
  12. Michael Jackson – “Love Never Felt So Good”
  13. Pharrell ft. Justin Timberlake – “Brand New”
  14. Mya – “Cherry Lips”
  16. Heather Gin ft. SPAC3MAN – “Do It Right (Remix)” (Local Music)
  17. Drake – “Days In The East”
  19. Slum Village ft. Black Milk & Frank Nitt – “We On The Go”
  20. Junia-T – “Too Smoove”
  21. Showbiz & A.G. ft. Diamond D & Lord Finesse – “Diggin’ In The Crates (DJ Premier Remix)”
  22. Big L – “MVP” (Throwback of the Week)
  23. Damon Albarn – “Lonely Press Play”
  24. Raleigh Ritchie – “Stay Inside (The Internet Remix)”
  25. Hightek Lowlives ft. A.B. – “Just For The Night” (Local Music)
  26. All About She ft. Jacob Banks – “I Can’t Wait”
  27. Basement Jaxx – “Unicorn”

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Sound Session #375 (8-19-12)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on August 20th, 2012 by Hyphen

New music on this week’s SNSS from artists like Slaughterhouse, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Frank Ocean, Nas, Hit-Boy, Joey Badass, Rick Ross, Wale, Drake, Kev Brown, Talib Kweli, Lupe Fiasco, and more.  Star studded.  Special shout to Sonny Bonoho, Royce The Choice, and John Crown for coming through the studio to talk about their respective projects and also to Thurz for allowing us to world premiere his new record with BJ The Chicago Kid.  Dopeness.


Show #375 (8-19-12)

  1. Slaughterhouse ft. Swizz Beatz – “Throw It Away”
  2. Kendrick Lamar ft. Young Jeezy – “Westside, Right On Time”
  3. DJ Khaled ft. J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T., & Kendrick Lamar – “They Ready”
  5. Sonny Bonoho – “The Vag” (Local Music)
  6. Frank Ocean – “Lost”
  8. Nas – “Bye Baby”
  9. Hit-Boy – “Brake Lights”
  10. Joey Badass – “Waves”
  12. Royce The Choice ft. Choklate – “Make It” (Local Music)
  14. Rick Ross ft. Wale & Drake – “Diced Pineapples”
  15. Gensu Dean ft. Olivier Daysoul – “Wantchu”
  16. Hi-Tek ft. Common & Vinia Mojica – “The Sun God” (Throwback of the Week)
  17. Kev Brown – “Makeba”
  19. John Crown ft. The Good Sin, Luck-One, & Mario Sweet – “Singin’ and Rappin’” (Local Music)
  20. **Thurz ft. BJ The Chicago Kid – “Another Number** (WORLD PREMIERE)
  22. Talib Kweli ft. Maino – “To The Music”
  23. Lupe Fiasco – “Lamborghini Angels”
  24. Charlie Red – “Radiant Child”

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Sound Session #332 (10-16-11)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on October 18th, 2011 by Hyphen

I’ve been having so many negative experiences this past week dealing with artists, labels, and promoters, I can’t even begin to express my frustrations with this industry.  Rather than treat everyone like Silky Johnson — “I hope all the bad things in life happen to you and nobody else but you” — I’d like to stay positive and instead recognize all the dedicated SNSS listeners who sent their support and appreciation for what we do.  You guys are awesome and we do this for y’all.  And them, even if they don’t know it.

Enjoy and be sure to peep my favorite song out right now:

Show #332 (10-16-11)

  1. Jay-Z & Kanye West – “Illest Motherf*cker Alive”
  2. Common – “Blue Sky”
  3. Murs – “316 Ways”
  4. Nas ft. Rick Ross – “It’s A Tower Heist”
  5. Rick Ross – “I Love My B*tches”
  6. Mac Miller – “Blue Slide Park”
  7. Drake ft. Nicki Minaj – “Make Me Proud”
  8. J. Cole – “Sideline Story”
  10. Sonny Bonoho – “Coogars” (Local Music)
  11. Sol – “Albert Einstein” (Local Music)
  13. Rapper Big Pooh ft. Choklate – “They Say”
  14. Donny Goines ft. Bun B, XV, & Pill – “Champion’s Anthem”
  15. Maffew Ragazino ft. Rocki Evans & The Mad Stuntman – “City of God”
  16. Rocki Evans – “Funeral Song”
  17. Yuna – “Come As You Are”
  18. Chip Tha Ripper – “Realer”
  19. Mobb Deep – “Quiet Storm” (Throwback of the Week)
  20. Sir Michael Rocks – “Brite”
  21. Steven A. Clark – “Angel Of Death”
  22. Allen Stone – “Unaware” (Local Music)
  23. Ro Blvd ft. Thurz – “Great Going Good”

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Sound Session #321 (7-24-11)

Posted in Artists, Episodes, Random Ish, Sound Session on July 26th, 2011 by Hyphen

In a nutshell, the last few days provided yet another reminder of the frustratingly consistent duality of life.  You know, Ying Yang…wait, Yin vs. Yang.  Or as The Dude so eloquently put it, “strikes and gutters.”  If you prefer the more timely, yet equally brevity conscious, hip-hop version, Big K.R.I.T. calls it “Highs & Lows.”

On on hand, we had a beautiful, music filled weekend here in Seattle and on Sound Session.  We kicked off things with the Capitol Hill Block Party, where I DJ’d for the homey Shad on Friday night, sharing the stage with good friends Sol, Brothers From Another, and Thee Satisfaction, three of the most talented acts in Seattle.  Thee Sat took the occasion to officially announce their signing to the legendary Sub Pop label, putting a stamp on another historic moment in Seattle’s music scene.

Speaking of Sub Pop, J. Moore carried the festivities down to Dallas, Texas on Saturday, where he accompanied Shabazz Palaces for their performance at the Gorilla vs. Bear Festival.  We closed the weekend off by inviting The Physics and Sonny Bonoho to our studio to debut new music from their forthcoming projects, and we even world premiered a record from Thurzday (formerly of U-N-I) and his LA Riot album.

All in all, a fine weekend celebrated in 80 degree, flawless weather, where our only concern should have been SPF levels.



On Saturday, music lovers everywhere reeled from the news we all feared would come someday, and deep down, we knew it would be sooner rather than later: Amy Winehouse passed away in her London apartment from an apparent overdose.

Since we’ve been on the air for the last six years, we’ve lost a lot of folks and I never know quite how to summarize these feelings and thoughts in text.  However, that’s what great writers do and to that end, there have already been a few well constructed pieces on Amy’s passing (I particularly recommend Russell Brand’s heartfelt, poignant entry).  Ultimately, when an artist passes, I (selfishly) always focus on what his/her work meant to me and how it affected my life. If I had a chance to meet or work with the person, that always adds an extra element as well.

In this case, I never met or spoke with Amy.  My only story about her is a loose connection that’s happened to us a few times as we’ve watched superstars develop.  We were early supporters of her Back To Black records in the NW region (essentially the equivalent of seeing LeBron as a high school senior and telling your friends he was pretty good…we didn’t exactly go out on a limb) and the label told me she was thankful for our airplay.  I distinctly remember waiting in our studio one Friday afternoon, late in the summer of 2006, for the interview they scheduled with her, only to get a cancellation call from her management instead.  They explained that they were sorry, but MTV and the New York Times decided at the last minute to do pieces on her first performance in NYC and they had to bump us to accommodate the larger outlets.  I knew then that our underground hip-hop/alternative R&B show in Seattle likely wouldn’t have the chance to interview her again and sure enough, by the end of the year, she was one of the biggest musicians in the world.

Granted, it’s not as interesting a tale as the time Guru threatened to leap over the table and punch me, but at least it’s a more positive way to remember one of our musical heroes.  I digress.

Amy’s voice, songwriting, and the resulting music she blessed us with was amazing.  Throughout her rise to stardom, we continued to play it on the air, but even more on our own time.  Back To Black provided the soundtrack for some of my favorite memories and any time I hear something like “Just Friends,” I’m instantly back in THAT moment.  You know the feeling.

Both Back To Black and Frank are certified 5-mic classic albums to me (yes, I’m using the Source rating system…Amy was more hip-hop than a lot of these cats) and there are countless awe inspiring live/acoustic/demo versions for her songs.  When I asked followers on Twitter for a few suggestions on what to select for our Throwback of the Week, I was flooded by replies and almost every song of hers was mentioned.  In the end, I picked two of my personal favorites, but I had about a hundred alternate options ready to go.

While it’s devastating to finally accept that she won’t be adding to this catalog, it’s comforting to know that like all great artists, her work will live on forever.  As much as I look forward to pulling out her records years from now and reminiscing about her talent, what I’m really excited about is for the next generation to randomly discover her through their own exploration.  The same way I stumbled upon an artist like Shuggie Otis or Gil Scott-Heron (RIP), some 10 year old without a clue who Amy Winehouse is right now will hear the demo for “What It Is” and fall in love with music all over again.

That’s the power of art and why losing a great artist always presents such a conflicting dichotomy.  We mourn the loss of a creative spark, but we also celebrate the contributions that were made.

As I write this, Amy has 4 of the Top 10 albums on iTunes (even her b-side collections are charting) and I know some of those purchases are from kids wondering what all the hype is about.  They’ll soon find out and for those that truly love music…those that zone out and let these sounds impact their moods and ideas and redefine how they see the world and interact with others…her voice will hit them like few others have.

RIP Amy.

And for anyone out there struggling with addiction, she left you this message.  There’s someone out there who cares.  Take action and get help.

Show #321 (7-24-11)

  1. Pac Div – “Saved”
  2. Crooked I – “Mr. Porter Meets Mr. Pigface”
  3. Jay Rock ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Hood Gone Love It”
  4. Kardinal Offishall – “Ol’ Time Killin’, Pt. 2 (Anywhere)”
  5. Mark Ronson ft. Amy Winehouse – “Valerie” (Throwback of the Week)
  6. Jay-Z & Kanye West – “Otis”
  7. Big K.R.I.T. – “Highs & Lows”
  8. Kendrick Lamar ft. Ashtro Bot – “Keisha’s Song (Her Pain)”
  9. Wu-Tang Clan ft. Ghostface Killah, Sean Price, & Trife – “Laced Cheeba”
  10. Pusha T ft. Tyler, The Creator – “Trouble On My Mind”
  12. The Physics – “Seward Park” (Local Music)
  13. Dom Kennedy ft. Polyester – “Mr. Champagne”
  15. Sol – “WTF” (Local Music)
  16. Rapsody ft. Tab One, Charlie Smarts, & Phonte – “One Time”
  17. Thad Reid – “Unholy War”
  19. Sonny Bonoho – “We’ll Be Stronger” (Local Music)
  20. The Black Opera – “Timeline”
  22. CyHi The Prynce – “Take You Back”
  23. Wordsmith – “Rhymesayer Revival”
  24. **Thurz – “Dope”** (WORLD PREMIERE)
  25. Shad – “Call Waiting”
  26. Purple HeArts – “ReMinder Smiles”
  27. Amy Winehouse – “Stronger Than Me” (Throwback of the Week)

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Sound Session #286 (11-21-10)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on November 22nd, 2010 by Hyphen

As I write this, it’s 25 degrees and snowing in Seattle, and as anyone who has been to the 206 knows, our city pretty much shuts down when these conditions set in.  We’re not necessarily overwhelmed by copious amounts of snow, but instead, the slightest dusting always turns our hills into deathtraps.  Additionally, Seattle drivers are notoriously poor (present company excluded, of course), so with the temperatures staying in the 20’s for the next few days, it doesn’t look like I’ll be venturing out of the crib for a bit.  As long as this clears up by the time I have to move to my new home, it works for me.

Meanwhile, SNSS is back to keep you warm for the Thanksgiving holiday and as we say each year, we’re thankful for [Hov] you, the listener [/Jay-Z].  Hope you get to share the holiday with your family, friends, and all the pumpkin pie you can eat.

Show #286 (11-21-10)

  1. Freeway ft. Peedi Crakk – “Snappa Pow”
  2. Ghostface Killah – “Together Baby”
  3. Bobby Creekwater ft. Big K.R.I.T. & Mike Bigga – “Airborne”
  4. Curren$y – “Airborne Aquarium”
  5. Kid Cudi – “Mojo So Dope”
  6. Droop-E ft. E-40 – “I’m Loaded”
  7. The Kid Daytona ft. Freddie Gibbs & Alex (of the Kickdrums) – “Take Aim…Bang!”
  9. Sonny Bonoho – “Touch You” (Local Music)
  10. J. Cole – “See World”
  11. The Left – “Desperation”
  13. Kanye West ft. John Legend & Chris Rock – “Blame Game”
  14. Yelawolf – “Love Is Not Enough”
  15. Cee Lo Green – “No One’s Gonna Love You”
  16. Parker – “Sky Music” (Local Music)
  17. Jay Electronica ft. Jay-Z – “Shiny Suit Theory”
  18. Jay-Z – “Can I Live” (Throwback of the Week)
  19. Thurzday (of U-N-I) – “Los Angeles”
  20. Sol – “Feed My Ego” (Local Music)
  21. Soul Khan ft. Sene – “Shot Glass Magnified”
  22. Bilal – “Think It Over (Exile Remix)”

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Playboy Tre – I Don’t Care (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on October 30th, 2010 by Hyphen

The homeboy Jon Jon is currently down in Los Angeles learning all sorts of incredible film-making techniques to take his productions to the next level, so I think he’s falling back from music videos for a little while.  That said, he’s got a few more in the stash, starting with the debut video for B.o.B’s right hand man, and all around funny guy/dope MC/crazy hook writer, Playboy Tre.  What up fellas?!

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Sound Session #253 (4-4-10)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on April 5th, 2010 by Hyphen

No long-winded description this week, just shouts to the folks who joined us on the 253rd edition of SNSS:

  • J. Pinder – be sure to check out the listening party for his Code Red EP on Friday from 7-10pm @ Goods and download the tape then too
  • Sonny Bonoho & JFK – peep their show this Saturday @ Nectar for the release of Sonny’s Phonephreak album
  • Ashleigh, Sarah, and Dylan from Ballard High School – SNSS luh da kids and these seniors at BHS came through to film us for a documentary they’re putting together on Northwest hip-hop.  Gotta love it when the next generation is already seeking and creating alternative media!
  • Devin The Dude – who was in town for a show, heard us play his new single, and called in on the hotline to say what up.  Easily one of the coolest dudes in the industry.


Show #253 (4-4-10)

  1. Devin The Dude – “What I Be On”
  2. Danny Brown – “Gametime”
  3. Brother Ali & Fashawn – “Breakin’ Dawn Boys”
  4. Freddie Gibbs – “The Ghetto”
  5. Donnis – “OD”
  6. Little Brother – “Star”
  7. Miguel ft. J. Cole – “All I Want Is You”
  9. Reflection Eternal ft. Estelle – “Midnight Hour”
  10. After The Smoke – “Typical Weekend”
  12. J. Pinder – “Go Far” (Local Music)
  13. Vitamin D – “Twist Til It’s Gone” (Local Music)
  15. Saukrates – “Soarin’ To Heaven, Pt. 2”
  16. Opio – “Aggression”
  17. Roc Marciano – “Raw Deal”
  18. Consequence ft. Common & Talib Kweli – “G.O.O.D. Music”
  19. Outkast – “Babylon” (Throwback of the Week)
  21. Sonny Bonoho – “Dark Everyday” (Local Music)
  22. Erykah Badu – “Turn Me Away (Get Munny)”

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Haiti Benefit at Nectar – Monday, January 18th

Posted in News on January 15th, 2010 by Hyphen

Seattle’s music scene is brimming with creative, hard-working artists who care about helping those in need—and who know how to party. In that tradition, on Monday, January 18, a handful of the city’s favorite DJ’s will descend upon Nectar Lounge’s well-equipped sound system to provide the jams for a benefit party with proceeds going towards relief efforts in Haiti.

The impoverished Caribbean island, shaken to its core by a magnitude 7 earthquake earlier this week, needs every cent it can get to fund the efforts of those already elbows-deep in the challenging tasks of picking through the rubble and rebuilding their nation. Here at home, Nectar and its partners offer you the opportunity to gather in celebration & reflection to contribute what you can financially to the cause. We’ll see you on Monday!

Be there and support a good cause.

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Sound Session #227 (10-4-09)

Posted in Artists, Episodes, Sound Session on October 5th, 2009 by Hyphen

I feel like a broken record these days, but since I’m pressed for time again this week, we’ll keep it simple.  Check out this week’s show for great music from artists like Crown City Rockers, Sean Price, Murs, J. Cole, Skyzoo, Cormega, Rob Murat, De La Soul, Shad, and more.  I think we may have world premiered a new Strong Arm Steady track featuring Talib Kweli too, but I’m not sure.  I haven’t seen it out there for the general public quite yet…

We also aired a snippet of our interview with the Clipse, but you can look for the full version (with video) to be posted soon on TAOD.  Thanks to B. Nolan at Columbia (where they apparently do play fair…+3 points if you get the reference) for setting that up.  Shout to the homey Sonny Bonoho as well for coming through the studio to play a new joint of his featuring Playboy Tre.  Enjoy!

Show #227 (10-4-09)

  1. Consequence ft. Rick Ross – “The More I Get”
  2. Crown City Rockers – “Make It Hotter”
  3. Buckshot & Sean Price – “The Feeling”
  4. Ghostface Killah ft. Fabolous & Shareefa – “Guest House”
  5. BK-One ft. Murs – “Eighteen To Twenty-One”
  6. Strong Arm Steady ft. Talib Kweli – “Okay (Get Started)”
  8. Sonny Bonoho ft. Playboy Tre – “I Know” (Local Music)
  9. Big Boi ft. Too $hort & George Clinton – “For Yo’ Sorrows”
  10. Shafiq Husayn ft. Bilal – “Cheeba (Nottz Remix)”
  11. De La Soul – “La La La”
  12. Shad ft. Jermiside & Destruments – “The Calling”
  13. Skyzoo – “The Opener”
  14. J. Cole – “Lights Please”
  15. Kyle Lucas & Captain Midnite ft. Sol & Grynch – “The New Light” (Local Music)
  17. Clipse ft. Kanye West – “Kinda Like A Big Deal”
  18. Cormega – “Make It Clear”
  19. They Live – “Meth Heads” (Local Music)
  20. Rob Murat ft. Kidz In The Hall – “Dilemma (Remix 1.0)”
  21. Brother Ali – “You Say (Puppy Love)”
  22. Aloe Blacc – “What Was Your Name”
  23. Lee Wilson ft. Mos Def – “Soul Kiss”

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