Nardwuar vs. Kendrick Lamar

Posted in Artists, Other Peoples' Interviews, Videos on March 24th, 2012 by Hyphen

Nardwuar hit a home run with all his hip-hop interviews at SXSW last year and this year was no different.  Dude was everywhere.  Here’s his clip with Kendrick Lamar, where K. Dot gives you a little insight into his history.  Love the story about his dad driving him and his mom home from the hospital for the first time and blasting Big Daddy Kane because “he has to hear this.”  Awesome.

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Sound Session #353 (3-18-12)

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

We’re back from SXSW and as usual, a good time was had by all.  It would be impossible to list out everyone we ran into, but big shout to all the artists, managers, promoters, record labels, corporate sponsors, etc. that we hung out with.  It’s always fun to catch up and trade stories from the past year, even if the event as a whole certainly jumped the shark this time with all the major artists and companies getting involved.

Special shouts to Hardknock TV and The Smoking Section for organizing the 2nd Annual HoopxHang 3 on 3 basketball tournament.  Just like last year, they invited a bunch of industry cats to play some ball and this time around, I ran with Team Hardknock.  My teammates, Carl Chery from XXL and Nick Huff from Hardknock TV, and I pulled off some March Madness of our own and won the championship…plus bragging rights for the next year.  Good times and a great event overall.

Here’s this week’s SNSS, featuring music from some of the artists we saw at SXSW, including The Kid Daytona, Boldy James, Wiz Khalifa, Schoolboy Q, ASAP Rocky, Jhene Aiko, Miguel, Big K.R.I.T., BJ The Chicago Kid, Polyester, Dee-1, 50 Cent, Nas, and Raekwon.  Enjoy!

Show #353 (3-18-12)

  1. The Kid Daytona ft. Jadakiss – “Low (Remix)”
  2. Boldy James – “Jimbo”
  3. Wiz Khalifa ft. Juicy J – “My Favorite Song”
  4. Schoolboy Q ft. ASAP Rocky – “Hands On The Wheel”
  5. DJ Phinisey ft. John Crown – “Attention!” (Local Music)
  6. Jhene Aiko – “Higher”
  7. Miguel – “Adorn”
  8. Big K.R.I.T. – “Insomnia”
  9. BJ The Chicago Kid – “Aiight”
  10. Polyester – “Show Me”
  11. Dee-1 – “The Garden Of Eden”
  12. SOTA – “Unfazed” (Local Music)
  13. Roc Marciano – “Poltergeist”
  14. 50 Cent ft. The Madd Rapper – “How To Rob” (Throwback of the Week)
  15. Nas – “The Don”
  16. Quakers ft. Jonwayne – “Smoke”
  17. Planet Asia ft. Raekwon – “No Apologies”
  18. Co$$ – “Love Is”
  19. Rittz ft. Yelawolf – “Sleep At Night”
  20. Dave B ft. Royce The Choice & Yola – “She’s Al’right” (Local Music)
  21. Frank Ocean – “Whip Appeal”
  22. Azealia Banks ft. Lazy Jay – “212”

Link to download the mp3 of the show – http://www.mediafire.com/?4qcg6kbm5z17mg0
(back up / streaming link – http://www.sharebeast.com/35x5hgouqbe6)
(2nd back up – http://linkmixes.com/jvap46ux5cq8)

If there are any problems with the links or if you’d like to be added to our weekly email list to receive the playlist and download links after every show, just shoot me an email, DJHyphen@gmail.com.

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Jhene Aiko – 3:16am (video preview)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on March 18th, 2012 by Hyphen

SXSW had a lot of highlights, but seeing Jhene perform in person was definitely one of them. She sounded great too, which is pretty hard to do at a festival where horrible acoustics and inept soundboard operators are the norm. Impressive.

Here’s a quick preview of her lead single, “3:16am,” off her upcoming Def Jam debut. Fisticuffs on the beat.

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Sound Session #352 (3-11-12)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on March 13th, 2012 by Hyphen

Can’t talk…scrambling to get ready for SXSW.  We’ll be in Austin from Wednesday until Sunday (then promptly back to the 206 for next week’s SNSS).  Hit me up if you’ll be there so we can link up!  Email, text, cell, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram…find me.

Show #352 (3-11-12)

  1. Kardinal Offishall – “1st 48”
  2. Schoolboy Q ft. ASAP Rocky – “Hands On The Wheel”
  3. The Kid Daytona ft. Jadakiss – “Low (Remix)”
  4. Nitty Scott, MC ft. Action Bronson & The Kid Daytona – “Auntie Maria’s Crib (The Neapolitan Remix)”
  5. Roc Marciano – “Poltergeist”
  6. Saigon – “Say Yes, Pt. 2”
  7. Fresh Espresso – “Hush” (Local Music)
  8. Brother Ali – “Electric Energy”
  9. Miguel – “Gravity”
  10. Obie Trice ft. Drey Skonie – “Spend The Day”
  11. **INTERVIEW WITH DAVE B, PT. 1**
  12. Dave B ft. Royce The Choice & Yola – “She’s Al’right” (Local Music)
  13. Big K.R.I.T. – “4EvaNaDay (Theme)”
  14. **INTERVIEW WITH DAVE B, PT. 2**
  15. Mac Miller ft. Posdnuos & Raekwon – “Of The Soul (Remix)”
  16. J. Cole – “Grew Up Fast”
  17. Dee-1 – “The Garden of Eden”
  18. P.R. ft. Substantial & Funky DL – “Sunchild”
  19. Prometheus Brown & Bambu (The Bar) – “Lookin’ Up” (Local Music)
  20. Notorious B.I.G. – “Gimme The Loot” (Throwback of the Week)
  21. Cormega ft. Action Bronson, Roc Marciano, & Saigon – “M.A.R.S.”
  22. Rittz – “Injury”
  23. BJ The Chicago Kid – “Aiight”

Link to download the mp3 of the show – http://www.mediafire.com/?9vr7uqbov2r8r8g
(back up / streaming link – http://www.sharebeast.com/3ssl962ychuu)
(2nd back up – http://linkmixes.com/b8r1vlp03lbz)

If there are any problems with the links or if you’d like to be added to our weekly email list to receive the playlist and download links after every show, just shoot me an email, DJHyphen@gmail.com.

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Curren$y & Nardwuar are BFF’s

Posted in Comedy, Other Peoples' Interviews, Videos on May 27th, 2011 by Hyphen

First came the above interview at SXSW and with Curren$y recently completing his Pacific Northwest trip, Nardwuar posted the follow up:

Nardwuar is obviously legendary, but for his bits to work, he needs the interviewee to play along. There have been plenty of good examples, but the interaction between these two is on another level. Plus, Curren$y’s personality is high comedy, no pun.

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Pac Div – Fallin’ (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on May 24th, 2011 by Hyphen

During one of the 329821329834230 times I saw the Pac Div homies rock live at SXSW, I remember tweeting that they make the exact kind of hip-hop I like the most. “Fallin’” off their Mania release is just such a record.  While I may take excursions into other sub-genres, it’s essentially the same experience I have while consuming other forms of media: fantasy land is fun to visit, but I live in the real world and relate to that real music.  Exhibit A above.

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HoopxHang at SXSW

Posted in Artists, Sound Session, Sports on March 24th, 2011 by Hyphen

(hint: floating left is when I like to pull the most)

As I’ve mentioned on the blog and Twitter, I traveled down to Austin last week for SXSW.  In addition to all the incredible shows I saw and artists I chopped it up with, I had the privilege to play in the first annual HoopxHang 3 on 3 tournament.  John Gotty of the Smoking Section (my personal favorite blog because of the care they put in their write ups and their excellent musical taste), Nick Huff of Hard Knock TV, and Nike Basketball organized the event and invited about 50 artists, DJ’s, managers, bloggers, record label reps, and other industry folks to take their talents to Doris Miller Auditorium.

Anyone who knows me personally knows that as much as I live and breathe music, sports has always been 329318239128x the passion in my life.  I’ll go play any game, anytime, anywhere, so I was just excited to get a little run in during the trip.  Also, every time these rappers come through Sound Session, you should hear them go on and on about their skills on the court.  After all that talk, I finally got to play with a few of the homies!  Topping it all off, Nike came through with free gear from head to toe.  #winning!

Special shout to my two teammates:  Kenny, a friend of The Smoking Section’s John Gotty, and Chris (pictured below) from Hollyweerd.  We didn’t know what squad we would be on before we began, but we meshed pretty nicely.

After winning our first two games (yours truly with the game winners in each…#humblebrag), we were ousted in the semi-finals against the eventual champions…these guys:

That would be Push Montana (who turned into Khalid El-Amin against us), Brock (Diamond Supply), and Dutch (Smokers Club).  They had a solid mix of skill, size, and intensity that proved too much for the competition as they knocked off the Pac Div homies (below) in the Championship.

Despite what had to be a logistical nightmare, the event went off without a hitch and everyone had a great time.  Hats off to everyone who organized and participated and thanks again to Gotty and Nick for the invitation.  Looking forward to it being bigger and better next year…perhaps we could we see a little 5 on 5 action?  We need to get these rappers in shape!

Be sure to check out the official recap with more pictures and stories over at The Smoking Section.

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Wiz Khalifa, Yelawolf, Skylar Grey, & Lil B at the MTVu Woodie Awards

Posted in Interviews, Sound Session on March 23rd, 2011 by Hyphen

If you follow me on Twitter (and if you don’t, you should…#humblebrag), you know that I was down at SXSW last week in lovely Austin, Texas. The first night that I arrived, the staff at MTV hooked up a pass for the MTVu Woodie Awards and I got my first experience on a red carpet. Aside from just enjoying the overall environment, I was able to chop it up with everyone who walked by. I grabbed a couple quick videos for y’all with Wiz, Yelawolf, Skylar Grey, and Lil B. Enjoy.

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Sound Session #303 (3-20-11)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on March 22nd, 2011 by Hyphen

Honestly, I never really know how to wrap up SXSW.  For those of you who went, you already know how ridiculous it is.  For those who haven’t been to one, it’s everything you read about…but louder.

I’ve been to the last three, but I admit that 2010 was a bit of a bust for me.  I over-planned and tried to hit every event I was interested in, plus I met up with a TON of industry folks and had way too many meetings.  It resulted in an exhausting experience (even more than an average SXSW trip) and I wasn’t really looking forward to going back.  With that on my mind, I treated this year more like a vacation and took things 100x slower.  I still met with lots of people and enjoyed countless performances, but without a doubt, the highlight was just hanging out with friends old and new…and enjoying the 80 degree weather.  I’ll post up some footage on the blog soon.

Shout to everyone we ran into and especially all the other Seattle people that made the trek.  Special thanks to John Gotty from The Smoking Section for organizing the incredibly dope “HoopxHang” basketball tournament (your boy Hyph knocked down a few game winners but we were ousted in the semis to the eventual champions) and also my lodging pals, Shad, T-Lo, and G…the coolest homies you could ask for.  Also, thanks to JJ at Foundation, Jessica at Co-Sign, Jasmin at Cashmere, Ter’rece at MTV, and everyone at Decon, all of whom showed extra hospitality to a Hyphey.  Oh…and Zoe Kravitz…for the hug.  Second year in a row son, WHAT!

Show #303 (3-20-11)

  1. Eminem ft. Slaughterhouse & Yelawolf – “2.0 Boys”
  2. Thurzday – “Rodney King”
  3. Fashawn ft. J. Cole – “Nothin’ For The Radio”
  4. Pusha T ft. 50 Cent & Pharrell – “Raid”
  5. XV ft. Pusha T – “Awesome (Remix)”
  6. Grynch – “So Long” (Local Music)
  7. Jean Grae – “You Don’t Like It (So What)”
  8. Travis Barker ft. Lupe Fiasco & Pharrell – “If You Want To”
  9. Nate Dogg ft. Warren G – “Nobody Does It Better” (Throwback of the Week)
  10. Dom Kennedy – “Can’t Let Go”
  11. The Weeknd – “What You Need”
  12. Frank Ocean – “Novacane”
  13. Childish Gambino – “Be Alone”
  14. State Of The Artist – “I Think I Love You” (Local Music)
  15. The Physics – “Fix You” (Local Music)
  16. Big K.R.I.T. – “American Rapstar”
  17. 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s (Camp Lo & Pete Rock) – “Mic Check”
  18. Add-2 – “Chicago Blues”
  19. Nitty Scott, MC – “Work (Grustlin’) (J. Period Remix)”
  20. David Dallas – “Big Time”
  21. Shad – “Rock 2.0 It”
  22. CunninLynguists ft. Freddie Gibbs – “Hard As They Come (Act I)”

Link to download the mp3 of the show – http://www.mediafire.com/?kod4ow0z9zp0d0w
(back up / streaming link – http://www.zshare.net/audio/88099630dd4b8e93/)
(2nd back up – http://www.usershare.net/58x63g316frr/DJ Hyphen and J. Moore – Sunday Night Sound Session, Show 303, 3-20-11.mp3)

If there are any problems with the links or if you’d like to be added to our weekly email list to receive the playlist and download links after every show, just shoot me an email, DJHyphen@gmail.com.

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Sound Session #302 (3-13-11)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on March 15th, 2011 by Hyphen

Short on time this week as I’m frantically trying to wrap up any loose ends before making the annual trek down to SXSW in Texas.  If you’re going to be down in Austin, hit me with an email, text, call, comment, tweet, etc. so we can link up!

There are a million great events but be sure to come through the 1st annual Hoop & Hang basketball tournament on Saturday from 12pm – 4pm.  I’ll be out there breaking your favorite rapper’s ankles and dropping a few from Jimmer range.  More details will be revealed this week on The Smoking Section, who are hosting the event along with Hard Knock TV.  Should be a fun time…

Show #302 (3-13-11)

  1. Killer Mike ft. Big Boi & T.I. – “Ready, Set, Go (Remix)”
  2. Big K.R.I.T. – “Dreamin’”
  3. Rittz ft. 8Ball – “Pie”
  4. Frank Ocean – “Novacane”
  5. The Physics – “Fix You” (Local Music)
  6. Travis Barker ft. Lupe Fiasco & Pharrell – “If You Want To”
  7. Shad – “The One In Front Of The Garage”
  8. Dom Kennedy – “Goodbye”
  9. Pusha T – “Cook It Down”
  10. Pharoahe Monch ft. Styles P & Phonte – “Black Hand Side”
  11. Raekwon ft. Nas – “Rich and Black”
  12. Notorious B.I.G. ft. Method Man – “The What” (Throwback of the Week)
  13. Grynch ft. Jon Hope & Language Arts – “Timeless” (Local Music)
  14. Bambu – “Something”
  15. J*Davey – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
  16. **INTERVIEW WITH PRECIZE**
  17. Mickey Factz – “Paradise”
  18. Thurzday – “Rodney King”
  19. Sweatshop Union ft. D-Sisive – “Bring Back The Music” (Local Music)
  20. Recess ft. Blu – “How Do You Sleep?”
  21. The Weeknd – “Wicked Games”

Link to download the mp3 of the show – http://www.mediafire.com/?yqciwhqyfjm02f6
(back up / streaming link – http://www.zshare.net/audio/8780237842a73436/)
(2nd back up – http://www.usershare.net/7jb9t3ptu6lr/DJ Hyphen and J. Moore – Sunday Night Sound Session, Show 302, 3-13-11.mp3)

If there are any problems with the links or if you’d like to be added to our weekly email list to receive the playlist and download links after every show, just shoot me an email, DJHyphen@gmail.com.

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