Sound Session #566 (8/28/16)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on September 2nd, 2016 by Hyphen


What up everyone, hope you’re all well!  It feels like it’s been a hell of a week with all the Colin Kaepernick nonsense (no, not his very sensible, very American, very peaceful protest of police brutality and systematic oppression…I mean the reaction from many fans and way too many folks in sports media) and Trump’s latest efforts to singlehandedly destroy America (advantage Pena Nietoand me), so hopefully a little music can take your mind off it.  I did have to weigh in on Kap, but if you follow me on social media, you knew that was coming.

New music on this week’s SNSS from Anderson .Paak, T.I., Vince Staples, Ryan Caraveo, Big Gigantic & Pell, Leikeli47, Loyle Carner, Mac Miller & CeeLo, Mick Jenkins, Cashmere Cat & The Weeknd & Francis and the Lights, and more.  Two throwbacks to celebrate one of the greatest rap albums of all time.

Also be sure to check out my appearance on The Biggest podcast with the homies Miguel Rockwell and HawkinsBird.  We basically just nerded out and touched on all sorts of topics, so if you’ve ever wanted to know a bunch of random Hyphen related trivia, now’s your chance.  You can stream/download their podcast on all apps (iTunes, Stitcher, etc.) and right here online.


Show #566 (8/28/16)

1. Torae ft. Freeway & Styles P – “Get Down (Remix)”
2. Anderson .Paak ft. T.I. – “Come Down (Remix)”
3. T.I. – “We Will Not”
4. Vince Staples – “War Ready”
5. Outkast – “ATLiens” (Throwback of the Week)
6. Frank Ocean ft. Andre 3000 – “Solo (Reprise)”
7. La – “So What” (Local Music)
8. Ryan Caraveo – “Feels Like Magic” (Local Music)
9. King Leez & Guce ft. Kokane – “Just That Type” (Local Music)
10. Big Gigantic ft. Pell – “Miss Primetime”
11. Raury & Jaden Smith – “Losing Your Mind”
12. GoldLink ft. Ciscero – “Fall In Love”
13. ABRA – “Pull Up”
14. Leikeli47 – “Money”
15. Isaiah Rashad – “Free Lunch”
16. Childish Major ft. Isaiah Rashad & SZA – “Happy Birthday”
17. DJ Khaled ft. J. Cole & EarthGang – “Jermaine’s Interlude”
18. Loyle Carner ft. Rebel Kleff – “No CD”
19. Nathan Nzanga – “Truce” (Local Music)
20. Mac Miller ft. CeeLo Green – “We”
21. De La Soul ft. Estelle & Pete Rock – “Memory Of… (US)”
22. Mick Jenkins – “Spread Love”
23. Tory Lanez – “Cold Hard Love”
24. Cashmere Cat ft. The Weeknd & Francis and the Lights – “Wild Love”
25. Outkast ft. Big Rube – “13th Floor / Growing Old” (Throwback of the Week)

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Sound Session #560 (7/17/16)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on July 21st, 2016 by Hyphen


Well, in keeping in line with the horrible events of the past few weeks, the Republican National Convention has just ended with one of the scariest and darkest speeches a major party candidate has ever delivered.  While the tone and fear mongering will be the largest takeaways, don’t forget all the outright lies peppered in throughout.  It’s amazing, and we’ve come close before, but we’re officially here now.  An election where the Republicans are trying to manipulate the narrative to completely ignore actual facts, such problematic little hurdles.

Sorry, I’m not ready to accept this.  Beliefs, preferences, moral leanings, etc. are one thing and whatever way you lean, hey…go for it.  Personally, I’m a fan of hope, diversity, love, and acceptance, but if you’re a fan of hate, division, and exclusion, do you, boo boo.  Make your decisions based on actual facts though, not fear.  Remember, as a very wise individual once said, “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

On a lighter note, treat this week’s SNSS as a respite from the madness.  New tracks from Warm Brew, BANKS, Phonte & Eric Roberson, Michael Christmas, Wiley, Blu & Nottz, Polyester, Joe Budden, Rexx Life Raj, and more.

Show #560 (7/17/16)

1. Kanye West ft. Rihanna & Swizz Beatz – “Famous”
2. Asher Roth ft. Michael Christmas & Larry June – “Laundry”
3. KnowMads – “Smoker’s Corner” (Local Music)
4. Logic – “44 Bars”
5. Rexx Life Raj – “Young Wardell”
6. Gensu Dean & Denmark Vessey ft. 7evenThirty & Iman Omari – “Black Love”
7. Polyester The Saint ft. Moni Mendoza & Marc Merlot – “How Far (Interlude)”
8. Snoop Dogg – “Two Or More”
9. Joe Budden – “Freedom Freestyle”
10. LaRue ft. Silas Blak – “Nat Turner” (Local Music)
11. Dee-1 – “We Are The Undefeated”
12. Blu & Nottz ft. Bishop Lamont, Torae, Skyzoo, & DJ Revolution – “Giant Steps”
13. A-F-R-O & Marco Polo ft. Pharoahe Monch – “Swarm”
14. Apathy – “Attention Deficit Disorder”
15. The Avalanches ft. Camp Lo – “Because I’m Me”
16. Schoolboy Q ft. Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, & Ab-Soul – “That Part (Black Hippy Remix)”
17. Lil’ Kim ft. The Notorious B.I.G. – “Drugs” (Throwback of the Week)
18. Warm Brew ft. Hugh Augustine & SiR – “No Time”
19. antbzy ft. Ariana DeBoo – “Since I Been Away” (Local Music)
20. Fudge (Michael Christmas & Prefuse 73) ft. Alex Mali – “In My Shoes”
21. Dusky ft. Wiley – “Sort It Out Sharon”
22. 808INK – “Suede Jaw”
23. Loyle Carner – “Tierney Terrace”
24. Khalid – “Let’s Go”
25. Phonte & Eric Roberson – “It’s So Easy”
26. Yuna – “Time”
27. BANKS – “F*ck With Myself”
28. Maggie Rogers – “Alaska”
29. Damaged Goods ft. Jesse Boykins III – “Where Do You Go”

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Kanye West – “New Slaves” (video premiere on 5th Ave Prada store, NYC)

Posted in Art, Artists, Live Performances, Music Videos on May 18th, 2013 by Hyphen

I’ve been in New York this week for some ESPN day job stuff and didn’t really get a chance to do anything music related, as I’ve been so busy working and hanging with some great co-workers.  That changed on Friday when I took the day off to explore the city a bit and visited my people at UMG and WMG.  After a long day, I headed back to my hotel and noticed Twitter was a buzz with Kanye’s amazing rollout of his “New Slaves” video projected on to 66 walls across the world, including one in Brooklyn.  At first, I thought it was the only NYC showing, but after checking their schedule, I noticed the last showing of the night was a few blocks from my hotel but was supposed to start 5 minutes ago.

Having worked in the industry for 13 years, I’m fully aware of hip-hop time, so 5 minutes ago really meant it was going to start in about 15.  Tossed on some clothes and jogged down to the 5th Ave Prada store (right across from Trump Tower) and sure enough, there was a crowd of about 50-75 people waiting for the showing.  Within minutes, a large black truck pulled up and crew dressed all in black hustled to pull off the tarp covering the cargo bay and unveiled the projector and speakers (seriously looked like something a Batman villain would do in Gotham City).  After a quick set up, they showed the piece, which is, of course, just as dope in its style and content as it is in its guerrilla marketing rollout.  Yeezy is back and spitting that real.

After playing it, the crew said they would run it back in about 15 minutes. They left and came back like clockwork, but after setting it up, waited a good 10 minutes before showing it a 2nd time.

Turns out, Kanye himself was on the way to watch this showing as he is in NYC for Saturday Night Live later tonight. He stood behind us with a phone up, as if he was filming like everyone else. Right after it ended, he hopped in his Maybach and drove off. And then he made us pancakes (…Chappelle Show reference).

Shout to everyone in the crowd that night. Real cool atmosphere as all us Yeezy fans were excited to see his new work and be a part of the rollout. Shout to Global Grind and XXL for picking up my video and tweets, and any other sites that have posted it.

And shout to Kanye for the realness. #YeezySeason

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Seth Meyers at the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner (video)

Posted in Comedy, News, Videos on May 1st, 2011 by Hyphen

Following up on Obama’s jokes at the Correspondents’ Dinner, Seth Meyers took the podium and doled out ether left and right.

“Rick Sanchez, you are gone…and forgotten.”

Of course, the highlight is seeing Donald Trump and Bill O’Reilly sulk in their seats, completely unable to take any sort of self deprecating humor whatsoever. Just laugh, idiots. God forbid you show one sliver of a likeable human characteristic.

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