Shad assisting the Vancouver Sun Kids Fund (video)

Posted in Artists, Live Performances, Other Peoples' Interviews, Videos on December 10th, 2011 by Hyphen

This clip of Shad talking to kids at a middle school in Surrey, BC exemplifies why he’s one of my favorite MC’s.  It’s one thing to be an incredibly talented rapper and musician, but when combined with intelligence and the realization that you have an obligation to help make the world a better place, it takes it to the next level.  I wish more MC’s were as forward thinking and intelligent as Shad, so they could speak to our youth as well.  As it stands now, there are probably less than 20 MC’s around that I’d encourage they go speak to kids.  And that’s horrifying.

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Sound Session #307 (4-17-11)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on April 19th, 2011 by Hyphen

Generally speaking, we prefer to keep Sound Session focused upon what we’re here for: the music.  However, J. Moore and I have considerable interests in the non-hip-hop aspects of our community and we enjoy shining light on certain issues from time to time, particularly when we have the opportunity to bring in an expert in that field.  Along with all the great music on this week’s episode, we had the opportunity to chop it up with one such person, Nick Cain from a Seattle non-profit company called Vittana.

Without embarking on a long rant and getting too philosophical, I feel the two biggest issues negatively affecting the world are overpopulation and lack of education.  When you swim upstream from most other problems, they all seem to lead back to those two.

Seattle’s Vittana organization is a non-profit company that helps students around the world receive higher education for the first time, directly attacking the education issue and helping break the cycle.  For a more detailed explanation, please see their website here, but in short, the system depends on loans (not donations) from folks like you and me that go towards funding scholarships.  For a fraction of the cost of a college education in America, Vittana can help students attend school, graduate, secure a job, repay the loan, and begin providing a better future for themselves, their family, their country, and the world as a whole.

For more information, check out our interview with Nick Cain on this week’s show.  I’d also recommend you to look at their site for more information and even if their cause isn’t one that you choose to support, hopefully you remember the moral obligation you have to make the world a better place.  Give your time/attention/money to some sort of cause and you’ll be more fulfilled.

On a less serious note, we also welcomed the legendary Raphael Saadiq to Sound Session this past week.  We played a short snippet of our interview on the show, but you can download the entire discussion (or watch the video) through the links below and in this blog post.  Saadiq talked about everything from his new Stone Rollin’ album…to his days with Tony! Toni! Toné! and Lucy Pearl…to playing basketball with Prince.  Enjoy the interview and the show!

Show #307 (4-17-11)

  1. Childish Gambino – “Freaks and Geeks”
  2. Dom Kennedy – “Playa’s Punch”
  3. Dyme Def – “Bring It In” (Local Music)
  4. Kendrick Lamar – “Hiii Power”
  5. Big K.R.I.T. – “King’s Blues”
  6. Curren$y ft. Freddie Gibbs – “Scottie Pippen”
  7. Sean Price ft. Mayhem Lauren & Roc Marciano – “How The Gods Chill (Remix)”
  9. Dice – “Things I Couldn’t Say” (Local Music)
  10. Atmosphere – “Your Name Here”
  11. MED ft. Blu – “This Is Your Life”
  12. Soul Khan – “Soul Like Khan”
  13. Busta Rhymes – “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See” (Throwback of the Week)
  14. Luck-One – “Listening To The Rain” (Local Music)
  15. Apollo Brown ft. Oddisee – “The Times”
  17. Sade ft. Jay-Z – “The Moon & The Sky (Remix)”
  18. Frank Ocean – “Lovecrimes”
  19. Little Dragon – “NightLight”
  21. Raphael Saadiq ft. Little Dragon – “Just Don’t”
  22. King – “Hey”
  23. Wiz Khalifa ft. Curren$y – “Rooftops”
  24. The Weeknd – “The Party & The After Party”

Link to download the mp3 of the show –
(back up / streaming link –
(2nd back up – Hyphen and J. Moore – Sunday Night Sound Session, Show 307, 4-17-11.mp3)

Link to download the full interview with Raphael Saadiq –
(back up / streaming link –
(2nd back up – Hyphen and J. Moore – Interview With Raphael Saadiq, 4-13-11.mp3)

Link to watch the full interview with Raphael Saadiq –

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