Sol – 2020 (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on January 7th, 2012 by Hyphen

Sol is back with a video and track off his upcoming album, Yours Truly, set to drop on January 20th.  On the same date, Sol will be performing at his release party at Neumos, alongside Shad.  Don’t miss it!

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Sound Session #316 (6-19-11)

Posted in Episodes, Interviews, Sound Session on June 20th, 2011 by Hyphen

The 316th episode of SNSS marked the return of the Mayor, J. Moore, from hip-hop’s injured list.  We also welcomed longtime homies Grieves and Budo to the studio to discuss their new project, Together/Apart, dropping on Rhymesayers today.  Go cop that!

Other artists featured on this week’s SNSS include Nas, Royce Da 5’9″, Casual, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, J. Cole, Wale, Rapsody, Tonedeff, and more.  Enjoy!

Show #316 (6-19-11)

  1. Nas – “Nasty”
  2. Royce Da 5’9” – “Second Place”
  3. Random Axe – “Monster Babies”
  4. MED – “Superman”
  5. Casual – “Mic Memorial”
  6. Helluvastate – “Fresha Adventure” (Local Music)
  8. Kendrick Lamar – “Ronald Reagan Era (His Evils)”
  9. CyHi Da Prynce ft. Big Sean – “Woopty Doo”
  10. Curren$y – “She Don’t Want A Man”
  11. Grieves – “Light Speed” (Local Music)
  13. Grieves – “On The Rocks” (Local Music)
  14. Blue Scholars ft. Macklemore – “Tommy Chong” (Local Music)
  15. Charlie Smarts – “Torture”
  17. Drake – “Dreams Money Can Buy”
  18. Bentley – “Venice Beaches”
  19. Kanye West – “The New Workout Plan” (Throwback of the Week)
  20. J. Cole – “Work Out”
  21. Wale – “Lacefrontin’”
  22. Rapsody ft. Raekwon – “Black Diamonds”
  23. Skyzoo – “Rap Like Me”
  24. Emilio Rojas ft. Rittz, Laws, Laura Reed, & Voodoo – “Champion (Remix)”
  25. DJ JS-1 ft. Tonedeff – “Last To Know”

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Lace Cadence – Launchpad (mixtape)

Posted in Artists, Mixtapes on August 18th, 2010 by Hyphen

It’s been a long time coming, but the homey Lace Cadence of Clockwork has officially released his first solo project, coming in the form of the Launchpad mixtape.  If you’re familiar with Clockwork, then you know a bit of what to expect, but this builds off the group’s sound and takes it to a new place altogether.  I had a nice discussion with Lace about where he’s at musically these days and I couldn’t be prouder of dude.  In essence, he’s a grown ass man and he’s going to make the music he wants to make, without compromise.  He’s shown elements of this style throughout his career, but he really owned it on these records.  As an artist, that’s where you want to be.

I’m also happy to add that J. Moore and I hosted the tape, while DJ B-Mello mixed the project from front to back (sound familiar?).  It was a great process all around, so big shouts to Lace, Frank, Blastoff Productions, Producer L, and everyone involved with Launchpad.  Hope y’all enjoy the tape as much as we enjoyed putting it together.

Download here.

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Sound Session #238 (12-20-09)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on December 21st, 2009 by Hyphen

For better or worse, this week’s SNSS archive is coming to you live from my “vacation,” down in sunny San Diego.  In reality, I don’t think anyone in the music industry, or even anyone under about 40, takes a traditional vacation anymore, but at least I get to avoid the office for a week.  Plus, the winter weather in SoCal is a bit nicer than the old Pacific NW.  The hammock and the hot tub don’t hurt either…

On this week’s show, check out new music from artists like Strong Arm Steady, Outasight, Slum Village, Jay Electronica, Miike Snow, Robin Thicke, Shaun Boothe, Maxwell, Lupe Fiasco, and more.  Plus, we were joined in studio by the homies Grieves and Budo, who debuted a brand new song for us and hinted at a big announcement they’ll be revealing soon.  Again, more big things happening for talented cats from Seattle, you gotta love it.

Tune in next week for our Best of 2009 show…scientifically engineered to blow every other year end wrap up out the water, believe that.

Show #238 (12-20-09)

  1. Laws ft. Jay Rock – “Number One”
  2. Clipse – “Freedom”
  3. Strong Arm Steady ft. Phonte – “Best Of Times”
  4. Outasight – “Downtown In My Mind”
  5. Slum Village – “Da Night”
  7. Grieves & Budo – “Smile For The Blade” (Local Music)
  8. Jay Electronica – “Exhibit C”
  10. Drake ft. Colin Munroe – “Runaway Girl”
  11. Theophilus London – “Humdrum Town”
  12. RJD2 ft. Kenna – “Games You Can Win”
  13. Miike Snow – “Animal (Mark Ronson Remix)”
  14. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Champagne Champagne & Buffalo Madonna – “Kings” (Local Music)
  15. Lupe Fiasco – “The National Anthem”
  16. Robin Thicke ft. Jay-Z – “Meiple”
  17. Shaun Boothe ft. Talib Kweli – “Concepts”
  18. Grynch – “The Right Way” (Local Music)
  19. Esinchill – “Daddy Was A Sailorman”
  20. Sade – “Soldier Of Love”
  21. Maxwell ft. Nas – “Help Somebody (Remix)”

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CunninLynguists – Nothing To Give (live)

Posted in Artists, Live Performances, Videos on October 29th, 2009 by Hyphen

Dope video from CL’s performance at the 2009 QN5 Megashow from NYC a few weeks back.  Deacon, Natti, and Kno performed their entire A Piece of Strange album (which is a certified hip-hop classic) with Club Dub backing them up.

Unfortunately, I don’t believe the band will be joining them on their upcoming tour, but regardless, you won’t want to miss this show when it rolls through your town.

Seattle folks: you can catch CL performing with Looptroop Rockers, the homey Tunji, and some of our hometown heroes, Grieves & Budo, on November 25th at Neumos.  Be there.

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A.R.M ft. Brother Ali – Heaven Only Knows (video)

Posted in Artists, Joints, Music Videos on September 2nd, 2009 by Hyphen

Damn, when we first played this song on Sound Session a while ago, apparently it wasn’t finished.  I had know idea the homies Budo, Krukid, and M.anifest were getting Ali on there too!  This is a big tune…

A.R.M. ft. Brother Ali – “Heaven Only Knows”

Check out their site and stay up to date with one of my favorite up and coming crews out there.

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M.anifest rhymin’ with Peter Parker

Posted in Artists, Joints, Live Performances, Other Peoples' Interviews on January 29th, 2009 by Hyphen

One of the nicest up-and-coming MC’s in the game, M.anifest, dropped by Peter Parker’s show on B96 in Minneapolis to drop a little verse and debut a new track from his upcoming Coming To America EP.  Big shout to both these dudes…M.anifest for making dope tracks (and being in a crew with the homey Budo) and Peter Parker for having a dope show in the vein of what we do here at KUBE with Sound Session.  There aren’t many big stations that have outlets like this in 2009 so I hope y’all are enjoying us while we’re still around!

Peep the joint too:

M.anifest – “Time Is”

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Red Bull Big Tune 2008 – Seattle

Posted in Artists, Live Performances, Videos on October 22nd, 2008 by Hyphen

I’m glad this video is dope, because otherwise I’d almost feel contractually obligated to post it.  Let’s see…

  • It features a ton of my good friends.
  • It bigs up the 206.
  • The Red Bull Big Tune was created by the other half of Sound Session, J. Moore, along with the homies Jake One, Vitamin D, and Marcus.
  • I was in the building.
  • It’s a great event.
  • Budo is hilarious.

I could go on, but the video is pretty self explanatory.  Congrats to Brainstorm and Rising Son for advancing to the finals in NYC.  Let’s hope we get back to back Seattle champions…

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M.anifest – Age of Obama (prod. by Budo)

Posted in Artists, Joints, Politics on October 13th, 2008 by Hyphen


Chyea, those A.R.M. boys are on a roll lately.  If you missed Krukid‘s “Swagger Lockdown” voting PSA, download that and then peep M.anifest‘s “Age of Obama” track:

M.anifest – “Age of Obama”

M.anifest drops some great, timely lyrics about Obama and the change we need in this country over an ill beat from Seattle’s own Budo.  Be on the lookout for an A.R.M. mixtape coming soon!

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Krukid – Swagger Lockdown (A Voting PSA)

Posted in Artists, Joints on October 9th, 2008 by Hyphen


Brand new freestyle joint from 1/3rd of the mighty A.R.M. (what up Budo!  what up M.anifest!), the immensely talented Krukid.  You really need to peep how he rips Kanye’s beats and drops some insightful, educational ish about voting in this year’s election at the same time.  It was already my kind of track, and then Krukid went ahead and blessed The Audacity of Dope with a shout too?  Aw man, it’s a wrap.  Thanks homey!

Krukid – “Swagger Lockdown (A Voting PSA)”

Speaking of voting, an important note to my Seattle people: while our registration by mail deadline has passed, you can still register in person until October 20th if you go down to the King County Elections HQ in Renton.  For more information, take your tardy ass here.

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