Joey Badass ft. BJ The Chicago Kid – Like Me (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on February 13th, 2015 by Hyphen

It’s early, but I’ll make two statements I’m pretty confident will end up being true: this is one of the best songs of 2015 and Joey’s B4DA$$ is one of the best albums of the year.  J. Cole at the end of 2014 and now Joey, Lupe, Drake, and soon to be Kanye and Kendrick to kick off 2015.  Not too shabby…

btw, Dilla and The Roots on the beat!

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Shi Wisdom ft. KJ – LoveSpeak (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on July 7th, 2011 by Hyphen

Shout to the homey G for always giving me the heads up on good music from his hometown, Toronto.  Why is the T-Dot killing it so much these days?!

Any record using the classic Dilla “Let’s Ride” drums is always going to get my head nodding (shout to my guy Tunji too), and I so desperately need more of this grown, genuine, soulful music in my world.

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Pac Div on Sound Session

Posted in Artists, Interviews, Sound Session on August 30th, 2009 by Hyphen

A little before Pac Div dropped their Church League Champions project, Like, Mibbs, and BeYoung came through the Sound Session studio to chop it up on a variety of topics.  We discussed that mixtape, the digital EP they put on iTunes a while back, and of course their upcoming full length debut, Grown Kid Syndrome.  They also talked about the importance of their live show, how their creative process likens to their game on the court, their favorite underrated West Coast MC’s, the L.A. scene, a possible collaboration with Andre 3000, and much more.

Pac Div on Sound Session
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This was one of the most enjoyable interviews I’ve done, mainly because chilling with Pac Div reminded me of kicking it with my college homies back in SoCal.  These dudes are real hip-hop heads who love Dilla and basketball…pretty much all it takes to be cool in my book.  Plus, we’re both fans of the Arizona Wildcats and even spent time commiserating over that damn 2001 NCAA Championship game.  For the record: I still hate you, Mike Dunleavy.

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Raekwon ft. Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah, and Method Man – House of Flying Daggers (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on August 24th, 2009 by Hyphen

Hmm…I was hoping for a live action clip more reminiscent of the Ghost/Rae ending scenes in the “Triumph” video, but since the track is so hard, this will still do.  There’s just so many ill possibilities for the visuals with a title like “House of Flying Daggers” that I can’t help but be a little disappointed.  Dilla on production in case you’re sleeping too.

Courtesy of OnSmash.

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14KT – Nowalataz

Posted in Artists, Mixtapes on August 19th, 2009 by Hyphen

(Fun fact: I’m eating a Now N Later right now.  That’s right bitches.)

If you aren’t up on 14KT, you’re missing out on one of the illest producers in the game.  He’s been putting it down for years with the Lab Technicians and Athletic Mic League, and recently as part of THE most underrated collective of artists around, A-Side Worldwide (Buff1, Now On, Mayer Hawthorne, etc.).  Thankfully, he’s giving you another chance to get familiar with his new project, Nowalataz.

Coming off the heels of the magnificent The Golden Hour, KT is releasing a Donuts inspired collection of beats as an homage to Dilla (RIP).  Download and bump this immediately.  If the first track doesn’t get you hooked, there’s something wrong with you.

Download here.

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Houseshoes FTW

Posted in Artists, Other Peoples' Interviews, Videos on June 11th, 2009 by Hyphen

Damn…the L’s keep coming for Charles Hamilton.  I like a lot of Charles’ music and he was real cool when we chopped it up in Austin at SXSW, but all these crazy situations are not helping his career.  I hope he can avoid the drama and put out a dope record, cause he’s certainly capable.

But yeah…don’t mess with Houseshoes, Hex, or the D.  For real.

Swiped from the Dopehouse, courtesy of HHO.

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Illa J ft. Debi Nova – Sounds Like Love (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on May 3rd, 2009 by Hyphen

This beat is too smooth.  Vintage Dilla on production and his younger brother linking up with Debi Nova for the vocals.  Off Illa’s Yancey Boys album, which is entirely produced by Dilla if you didn’t know.  Cop that.

Sidenote, I wish they would have got Debi in this video…she’s a dime.

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Dwele – Workin’ On It (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on March 1st, 2009 by Hyphen

I always liked this little interlude that acted as a nice homage to Dilla and Dwele decided to make some quick visuals for it.  “Workin’ On It!”

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DJ Topspin x Waajeed – Platinum Pied Pipers ReMixtape

Posted in Artists, Mixtapes on January 30th, 2009 by Hyphen


My dude Top (aka Blendiana Jones!) just shot this over and it’s fresh as f**k.  For the first half, he took original PPP vocals and mixed them with unreleased beats from Waajeed.  The second part features some ill Dilla remixes.  If you know anything about the Detroit sound and the musical ability of the dudes involved here, you better download this ASAP.


(shout to FWMJ for the artwork)

Download the full tape here.  And here’s a bonus joint with Tiombe Lockhart that he tossed in for y’all as well.

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Elzhi & Black Milk on Sound Session

Posted in Artists, Interviews, Sound Session on December 2nd, 2008 by Hyphen

A few months back, J. Moore and the rest of the Red Bull Big Tune fam brought Elzhi (of Slum Village) and Black Milk to the town for the Seattle edition of the beat battle.  Before tearing it down at Neumo’s that night (I’ll toss some of that footage up if I get time), they came through Sound Session to record an interview with us.  Unfortunately, since we’ve had so many guests coming through lately, it’s taken a minute to get the audio up for y’all.  Better late than never though, especially when you’re dealing with two of the dopest artists in the industry right now.  I don’t think anyone is seeing Elzhi bar for bar, and with the release of Tronic, Black has staked his claim for the top MC/producer out there.  Seriously…do you hear how he’s spittin’ on that album?

Anyway, the interview was recorded in between the releases of Elzhi’s The Preface and Black’s Tronic, so there are a few occasions where it sounds dated.  Even still, I highly recommend checking out the full discussion to hear them break down both projects in detail.  They also talked about their inspirations both past and present, their creative processes, all things Detroit, what changes they hope Barack can bring to the people, their upcoming work, and much more.  Enjoy!

Elzhi & Black Milk on Sound Session
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Do yourself a favor and go cop The Preface and Tronic if you haven’t already.  Your “Best of 2008” list isn’t complete without both of ’em, trust me.

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