DJ Jazzy Jeff on Sound Session

Posted in Interviews, Sound Session on March 19th, 2013 by Hyphen

J. Moore and I recently had the honor of sitting down with the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff while he was in town to judge the Red Bull Thre3style Regional Finals.  His album with The Fresh Prince, He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper, was literally the first album I owned and to say I was a die-hard JJ+FP fan growing up would be an understatement.  From the albums to The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air, I consumed everything those guys released together from the late 80’s to the mid 90’s and when they moved on to their solo work, things didn’t really skip a beat.  Will’s gone on to be the biggest movie star in the world and Jeff has released some classic records, plus become one of the most sought after DJ’s around.

J. and I often casually debate who’s the “greatest” in a particular field and whenever we discuss DJ’s, Jeff is at the top of our list.  He can simply do everything a DJ can possibly do, but better than pretty much anyone else.  Rocking a party?  Check.  Producing classic music?  Check.  Cutting up records with battle DJ skills?  Check.  Hell, the man invented a type of scratch.

Jeff’s the best DJ ever in my book and amazingly, he’s even a better person than DJ.  We’ve interviewed him a few times on the phone but this was the first time we got him on Sound Session in person and he didn’t disappoint.  We discussed all things related to DJ’ing, from his background to his current success, including his philosophy on a DJ’s responsibility, the rise of the DJ in popular music (while it seems to wither in hip-hop), and whether or not “real DJ’s” should take requests.  He also told stories about the early days of his work with Will, transitioning from rocking parties in Philly with the Fresh Prince to selling millions of albums and touring worldwide.

We could have talked for hours, so I can’t wait until we get him back on the show.  Thanks to Red Bull, the Cashmere Agency, and Detooz Films for making it happen and ultimate respect to the Magnificent himself!

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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 –
(back up / streaming link –
(2nd back up – Hyphen and J. Moore – Sunday Night Sound Session, Show 303, 3-20-11.mp3)

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