Vimby x UpOnThingz – The New Classics (mixtape)

Posted in Artists, Mixtapes on February 26th, 2009 by Hyphen

The Vimby x UpOnThingz mixtape, The New Classics, dropped last week as a streamable project on iMeem, but it’s 2009…and that just doesn’t quite cut it these days. Here’s the full project for download, featuring incredible production from the homey Cook Classics and appearances by some of the best rising talent in the game: Shawn Jackson, Outasight, Avriel Epps, Emilio Rojas, Buff1, TiRon, Inverse, Pacific Division, 6th Sense, U-N-I, Convinced, Fashawn, and many, many more. If you need more of a reason to cop immediately, did you forget Tunji’s freestyle?

Download here.

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Cook Classics on Hip-Hop Official

Posted in Artists, Other Peoples' Interviews, Videos on February 25th, 2009 by Hyphen

Chyea, go ‘head Cook.  If you aren’t familiar with the homey Will, you need to get familiar.  He’s insanely talented and as he mentioned, he’s producing full ideas and making soundscapes that go above and beyond merely “making beats.”  [Mos] Get his rookie card now, while the price is cheap [/Def].

Shout to Greg, Tunj, and the whole 5-C’s.

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Tunji – New Classics freestyle

Posted in Artists, Live Performances, Videos on February 5th, 2009 by Hyphen

GregTheDude gave me a sneak peak of this last night…pause…but now it’s officially ready for the world to see.  Greg + Tunji + Cook = Claremont Colleges talent at its finest, but y’all don’t know about that.

What you do know, however, is that it’s becoming quite evident that Tunj is a beast.  Here he runs down the artists appearing on the upcoming VIMBY mixtape in freestyle form.  If you’re up on your 5-C’s trivia, this will remind you of his classic Pomona-Pitzer bball intro.  Ah, the good ol’ days.

If you want to see more of Tunji freestyling, check his appearance on Sound Session a few weeks back.  Plus, there may be some more studio footage coming from Greg in a bit…

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Inverse on Sound Session

Posted in Artists, Interviews, Live Performances, Sound Session on February 1st, 2009 by Hyphen

(watch in HD on HyphenTV here)

A few weeks ago, I posted up the video of Tunji (of Inverse) freestyling – and killing it – on Sound Session, but now I’ve got a longer clip of the interview for y’all.  Peep the video above (or in HD on the HyphenTV Vimeo page) to hear Tunji and Toby break down their backgrounds, their So Far and So True projects, how the internet and blog explosion has affected their careers as independent artists, and more.  You can also see some footage of their performance at Chop Suey from the night before.

Since there was one break that we didn’t include in the video, I’ve got the audio of the full interview here for all y’all Inverse fanatics:

Inverse on SNSShttp://www.mediafire.com/?mmmzy1oy5kd
(back up / streaming link – http://www.zshare.net/audio/549871929f867551/)

Be sure to hit up the homies on their MySpace and blog, and download their 2 free projects ASAP if you haven’t already.

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U-N-I x Mick Boogie – Before There Was Love (mixtape)

Posted in Artists, Mixtapes on January 28th, 2009 by Hyphen

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Awww yeah, it’s finally here.  With A Love Supreme dropping soon(er than you think), Thurzday and Y-O linked up with Mick Boogie, IllRoots, and 2DopeBoyz to whet your appetite with this insta-classic mixtape.  Beats from Dibia$e, Ro Blvd, 6th Sense, Jaguar Skills, Cook Classics, and more, plus guest spots by Shawn Jackson, Evidence, Big Pooh, Tunji, Black Milk, Fashawn, Buff1, and more?

Wow.

Download this immediately and look out for U-N-I’s latest Sound Session interview to be posted soon…

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Download here.

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What you know bout that Gregory Isaacs?

Posted in Artists, Videos on January 20th, 2009 by Hyphen

Y-O, Thurz, and Cook Classics appear to be cooking up a little something sampling one of the greatest songs of all time, Gregory Isaacs’ “Night Nurse,” for the upcoming VIMBY mixtape.  I remember Thurz singing this randomly last time U-N-I was up here and I commented on how much I love that track.  I had no idea they were working on a remake of sorts.  I can’t wait to hear the final version.

And in case you’re sleeping, vibe out to the original.  Flawless…

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Inverse – So True EP

Posted in Artists, Mixtapes on January 7th, 2009 by Hyphen

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Chyea.  The long awaited follow up to Inverse‘s first project, So Far, is finally here with the So True EP.  Featuring dope production from Kno (of the CunninLynguists), Cook Classics, Adam Berg, and Decap, alongside Tunji and Toby’s excellent rhymes, this is a must have.  Best release of ’09!

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  1. Rise and Shine [produced by Cook Classics]
  2. So True feat. Deacon (of CunninLynguists) [produced by Decapbeats]
  3. SunnyCalifornia Part 2 [produced by Adam Berg & Cook Classics]
  4. Spark My Soul feat. Substantial [produced by Kno]
  5. Beautiful City [produced by Cook Classics]
  6. Goodnight Goodnight [produced by Kno]

Download here.

Seattle People: come see Inverse on January 17th at Chop Suey.  It’ll be a great night, trust me.

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If this doesn’t get you excited for the Inverse EP

Posted in Artists, Live Performances on January 7th, 2009 by Hyphen

Then you’re lame.  Freshness from Tunji, Toby, Cook Classics, and Paul Dateh on the violin.  Inverse’s upcoming So True EP drops any moment now…get ready.

Seattle People: Remember, you can catch Inverse making their first appearance in the 206 on January 17th at Chop Suey.  Yes, that Chop Suey.  Don’t worry, there won’t be any of that idiocy going down that Saturday…just good times and great music.  Be there.

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Inverse ft. Deacon The Villain – So True

Posted in Artists, Joints on December 22nd, 2008 by Hyphen

Inverse + Deacon

New dopeness from the homies Tunji and Toby, produced by Decap and featuring the most underrated hook singer in the game, Deacon The Villain from the CunninLynguists.  Actually, seeing as how this song (or at least the demo) was my ringtone about 2 years ago, it’s really that new…but it should be new to y’all and it’s dope as hell, so grab it ASAP:

Inverse ft. Deacon the Villain – “So True”

This will be featured on Inverse‘s upcoming EP, dropping online New Year’s Day with production from Kno (of the CunninLynguists), Decap, M-Phazes, and Cook Classics.  No better way to kick off ’09.

Seattle People: You better come check out Inverse when they make their debut in the 206 at Chop Suey on January 17th.  Be there.

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John Legend ft. Andre 3000 – Green Light (Cook Classics Remix) (video)

Posted in Artists, Joints, Music Videos on November 11th, 2008 by Hyphen

If you missed this great remix from Cook Classics when I first posted it up, you’re getting a chance to atone for your mistake.  Thanks to GregTheDude, we now have some dope visuals to go with the mix so peep ’em and grab the mp3 right here:

John Legend ft. Andre 3000 – “Green Light (Cook Classics Remix)”

Remember the name Cook Classics.  For real.

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