Sound Session #554 (5/29/16)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on May 30th, 2016 by Hyphen


Well, well, well.  Last we talked, the Warriors were facing elimination and the Zombie Sonics were on the verge of making the NBA Finals, a prospect nobody in Seattle is particularly comfortable with.  As I write this, I suppose all that still holds, as we’re on the verge of Game 7 and it’s win or go home time for both teams.  Suddenly however, the Warriors’ chances look substantially better, thanks to Klay and Steph (and timely defensive plays from Iggy) carrying them to a remarkable Game 6 road win.  Tip off is 3 hours away and I thoroughly expect this to be a classic game.  Hopefully we get to witness greatness…

On this week’s SNSS, we welcomed our first guests in the new KUBE 104.9 FM studios: our longtime homies Tasman Holloway and Vanni Meursing.  Along with some good chat and new records from them, we also ran tracks from Belly, Kehlani, Joey Purp, Chance The Rapper, The Roots, BADBADNOTGOOD, Masta Ace, Miles Davis & Robert Glasper, Phonte, Nao, Gifted Gab, and of course the “All The Way Up” remix, featuring the first ‘official’ Jay-Z verse of damn near 2 years.  Two throwbacks too, to celebrate release anniversaries of two albums from 1999 and 2000.


Show #554 (5/29/16)

1. T.I. ft. Marsha Ambrosius – “Dope”
2. Belly ft. Kehlani – “You”
3. Skepta ft. D Double E & ASAP Nast – “Ladies Hit Squad”
4. Fat Joe & Remy Ma ft. Jay-Z, French Montana, & Infared – “All The Way Up (Remix)”
6. Tasman Holloway ft. Tory Lanez – “On The Way” (Local Music)
7. Joey Purp ft. Chance The Rapper – “Girls @”
8. Gifted Gab ft. Vitamin D – “Lit” (Local Music)
10. Vanni Meursing – “On Me” (Local Music)
11. Schoolboy Q ft. Kanye West – “That Part”
13. Problem ft. BJ The Chicago Kid – “I Love You”
14. The Roots – “Champion”
15. BADBADNOTGOOD ft. Samuel T. Herring (of Future Islands) – “Time Moves Slowly”
16. Miles Davis & Robert Glasper ft. Phonte – “Violets”
17. ScienZe – “Pancakes & Slacks”
18. Masta Ace ft. Your Old Droog – “3000 Avenue X”
19. Chance The Rapper ft. Jamila Woods – “Blessings”
20. OnCue – “Boy On The Come Up”
21. Slick Rick ft. Big Boi – “Street Talkin’” (Throwback of the Week)
22. Eminem – “I’m Back” (Throwback of the Week)
23. Kanye West ft. The Weeknd – “FML”
24. Sampha – “Timmy’s Prayer”
25. Nao – “Girlfriend”
26. River Tiber ft. Daniel Caesar – “West”
27. Drake ft. Majid Al Maskati (of Majid Jordan) – “Summers Over (Interlude)”
28. Drake – “Feel No Ways”

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Sound Session #454 (2-23-14)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on March 6th, 2014 by Hyphen


Running a little behind on getting the episodes of SNSS online, but better late than never!  Here’s episode #454, where we were joined in studio by Leezy Soprano and Gizzle McFly, both dope local artists with new releases to discuss.  Additionally, we ran new records from artists like Rick Ross, June, Le$, Vince Staples, Schoolboy Q, Ju Ju, Onyx, Mar, Phantogram, PARTYNEXTDOOR, and more.  Lastly, we featured 2 throwbacks from classic albums that turned 15 years old.

Enjoy the show!

Show #454 (2-23-14)

  1. Rick Ross ft. French Montana – “Nobody”
  2. June ft. Big K.R.I.T. – “Big Pimpin’”
  3. Le$ – “Forever”
  5. Mac Miller – “Diablo”
  6. Vince Staples ft. James Fauntleroy – “Nate”
  8. Leezy Soprano – “For The Heads” (Local Music)
  9. Isaiah Rashad ft. SZA – “West Savannah”
  10. Schoolboy Q ft. Raekwon – “Blind Threats”
  12. Common ft. Ab-Soul – “Made In Black America”
  13. Onyx ft. ASAP Ferg & Sean Price – “We Don’t F*ckin’ Care”
  14. Ju Ju (of the Beatnuts) ft. Tragedy Khadafi – “Thriller”
  15. The Roots ft. ELO – “Dynamite!” (Throwback of the Week)
  16. Bop Alloy (Substantial & Marcus D) ft. Steph, The Sapphic Songstress – “Count On Us” (Local Music)
  17. Bishop Nehru – “You Stressin’”
  19. Fashawn – “Ladies”
  20. Miguel – “Simplethings”
  21. Joey Bada$$ – “Pantie Raid, Pt. 2”
  23. Gizzle McFly ft. JusMoni – “Hella Bomb (Higher)” (Local Music)
  24. Fabolous ft. Jeremih – “Thim Slick”
  26. PARTYNEXTDOOR – “Persian Rugs”
  27. Mar – “A Simple Go”
  28. Eminem – “If I Had” (Throwback of the Week)
  29. Phantogram – “Fall In Love”

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Slaughterhouse – Hammer Dance (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on April 29th, 2012 by Hyphen

Here’s the video Joe, Royce, Crook, and Joell shot for “Hammer Dance” while down in Austin for SXSW.  The Shady showcase where 50 did all of Get Rich Or Die Trying was probably the best show I caught while down there (shout to K.R.I.T., who killed that one by the way), so I’m happy to see some footage from Slaughter’s performance included here.

We’ll be airing my interview with these fellas on tonight’s Sound Session, tune in!

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Sound Session #357 (4-15-12)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on April 17th, 2012 by Hyphen

New music this week from David Dallas, Kanye, Mac Miller, Sene, Smoke DZA, Pill, REKS, The Stepkids, L.O.W.F.I., and more, plus we were joined in studio by one of the illest battle MC’s of all time, Iron Solomon.  And lest you thought he was only a battle rapper, you need to check out his new project, Monster, where his full talents are on display.  Cop that!

Show #357 (4-15-12)

  1. David Dallas – “Say No More (Forty One Remix)”
  2. Kanye West ft. Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz – “Mercy”
  3. Wiz Khalifa – “The Grinder”
  4. Mac Miller – “Desperado”
  5. Fresh Espresso – “Hush” (Local Music)
  6. Sene ft. Jay Jennings – “Brooklynknight”
  7. Smoke DZA – “Marley’s Garden”
  8. Big K.R.I.T. – “Down and Out”
  9. Pill – “It’s So Hard”
  10. Wordsworth – “Joy & Pain”
  11. Quakers ft. Aloe Blacc – “Sign Language”
  12. REKS ft. Kali, JFK, & Termanology – “Such A Showoff”
  13. Kendrick Lamar ft. Dr. Dre – “The Recipe”
  15. Iron Solomon – “Get On My Level”
  17. Kingdom Crumbs – “For The Birds” (Local Music)
  18. Hi-Life Soundsystem ft. Lurrell Low – “The Town” (Local Music)
  19. The Stepkids ft. Pharoahe Monch & Homeboy Sandman – “Suburban Dream (Union Remix)”
  20. Steven A. Clark ft. J. Nics – “Lonely Roller”
  21. BJ The Chicago Kid – “The Big Payback”
  22. Kanye West ft. DJ Khaled & DJ Pharris – “Way Too Cold (Theraflu)”
  23. Eminem – “Just Don’t Give A F**k” (Throwback of the Week)
  24. L.O.W.F.I. ft. Josiah Woodson – “Sunshine State Of Mind”
  25. Killer Mike ft. Scar – “Untitled”

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Link to download just the interview with Iron Solomon –
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Elzhi – Memory Lane (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on December 26th, 2011 by Hyphen

Elzhi’s manager, Jae Barber, teams up with Gerard Victor to create some nice visuals for El’s remake of Nas’ classic (and my favorite song off Illmatic).  You’ll recognize faces like Eminem, Royce Da 5’9″, J Dilla, Proof, T3, Baatin, and others in the footage of Detroit’s legendary Hip-Hop Shop, famously highlighted in 8 Mile.

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Eminem, Slaughterhouse, & Yelawolf – BET Cypher (video)

Posted in Artists, Live Performances, Videos on October 15th, 2011 by Hyphen

Like any sane individual, I didn’t watch the BET Awards and I knew that anything worth seeing would pop up online later.  Sure enough, the video that had Twitter going crazy and everyone professing their love for Eminem is here in all its explicit glory.

Em’s verse is bananas and it’s funny to hear him rhyme over East Flatbush Project’s “Tried By 12” beat almost 15 years after he was killing the Rap Olympics over similar records, but like any moment that gets SO much hype…I just instinctively have a little bit of a “meh” reaction.  Don’t get me wrong, every rapper here is dope and spits crazy, but there’s just so many bars upon bars upon bars upon bars for me.  I would have spazzed about this in 2000, but now, it’s cool…plus, it’s a great look for lyrics to actually be highlighted on a network like BET.

Well done 2.0 Boys.

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Sound Session #315 (6-12-11)

Posted in Episodes, Interviews, Sound Session on June 13th, 2011 by Hyphen

I initially intended to share some extended thoughts on the NBA season wrapping up last night, but then I went and forgot to eat food today.  Uh, whoops.  So I’ll make this quick cause my kitchen is callin’ me and for the most part, Bill Simmons expertly summed up many of my takeaways on the game, series, and Lebron’s incredible ability to avoid shooting alienate the entire viewing public in this piece.

Anyway, congrats to the Mavs and the big homey, Seattle’s own (and one of my Arizona Wildcats too) Jason Terry!  It was a very entertaining series, but after hockey’s game 7 and the NBA Draft pass, we’ll be down to just baseball and the WNBA for the summer.  Well, baseball, the WNBA, and the Women’s World Cup.  You think I’m joking, but I’m with it.  Word to Abby Wambach.

Musically, another great week, but y’all already know how we do.  Shout to good friend of SNSS, Royce Da 5’9″ for calling in to discuss his new Bad Meets Evil project with Eminem.  In stores today!

Show #315 (6-12-11)

  1. Wale ft. Rick Ross & Jeremih – “That Way”
  2. Gerald Walker – “Shackles”
  3. C-San – “I Want It All”
  4. Charlie Smarts – “Torture”
  5. Curren$y – “She Don’t Want A Man”
  6. Helluvastate – “Saucalino Bossalino” (Local Music)
  7. Pusha T – “Alone In Vegas”
  8. Skyzoo ft. Manhattan – “Until It Goes”
  9. Primeridian – “Drop The Needle”
  10. Bad Meets Evil – “Scary Movies” (Throwback of the Week)
  12. Bad Meets Evil – “Fast Lane”
  13. Random Axe – “Random Call”
  14. Al-One ft. Freeway & DJ Wicked – “Can’t Stop” (Local Music)
  15. Co$$ – “Da Meanest”
  16. Fresh Daily – “DoWhatTheyWon’t”
  17. Bentley – “Venice Beaches”
  18. Eric Roberson ft. Chubb Rock – “Summer Time Anthem (So Hot)”
  19. Blue Scholars – “Marion Sunshine” (Local Music)
  20. Phil Ade ft. GLC & Tracie Josephine – “Cloud 9”
  21. J. Rawls ft. Casual – “Find A New”
  22. The Weeknd – “Rolling Stone”
  23. Drake – “Marvin’s Room”

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Link to download just the interview with Royce Da 5’9″ –
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Royce Da 5’9″ on Sound Session

Posted in Artists, Interviews, Sound Session on November 26th, 2009 by Hyphen

You might recall that Slaughterhouse recently dropped by the Sound Session studio, but soon after, Royce Da 5’9″ returned for another show in Seattle and came through solo.  We covered a ton of topics in the 3 part conversation so I decided to put the full video online for y’all to enjoy.

Shout to Royce, easily one of the most down to earth and talented artists that we’ve had on the show.  When I was a high school kid losing my mind to all his verses in the late 90’s, I never would have thought I’d have the opportunity to kick it with him a few times.  Craziness.  Go cop Street Hop immediately and peep below for the interview.

Part 1:

(watch on HyphenTV)

  • Reception of the Slaughterhouse project
  • Familial relationship of the group
  • Future of Slaughterhouse
  • Earliest memories of Eminem

Part 2:

(watch on HyphenTV)

  • Working with Eminem as part of Bad Meets Evil
  • Learning recording techniques from Em
  • His favorite MC’s
  • Detroit’s knack for producing dope rappers
  • His thoughts on J. Cole

Part 3:

(watch on HyphenTV)

  • The Charles Hamilton/J Dilla fiasco
  • His current relationship with Dr. Dre
  • His new Street Hop album
  • What he has left to prove in the game
  • Future Bar Exam mixtapes

If you would prefer to just listen to the discussion and toss it on your mp3 player, here’s the audio of the full interview:

Royce Da 5’9″ on Sound Session
(back up / streaming link –


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Travis Barker x Forever

Posted in Artists, Remixes, Videos on November 13th, 2009 by Hyphen

This dude is so ill on the drums.  Ridiculous.  Download link courtesy of the Dopehouse.

Drake ft. Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Eminem – “Forever (Travis Barker Remix)”

Oh, and for the record: after further inspection, Lil Wayne remains thoroughly outclassed on this track.

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Drake ft. Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Eminem – Forever (video)

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

Honestly, this video is a little bit of a hot mess.  Hype’s shots just seem so boring these days, the performances aren’t anything special, and the clips from LeBron’s movie just make it all look odd.  Definitely would have been better served to not appear on the soundtrack and perhaps have a little more creativity with the scenes.  With my day job involving music videos, I see 10 cooler clips than this a day…which is pretty sad when you think about all the major players that were involved with this project.

That said:

“she insists she got more class…WE KNOW

is one of the hardest lines of the year.  Drizzy!

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