Dee-1’s SXSW Recap (video)

Posted in Artists, Live Performances, Other Peoples' Interviews, Sports on March 24th, 2012 by Hyphen

I was already planning on posting this video of Dee-1’s SXSW adventures and then I saw footage of myself guarding him in the HoopxHang Tournament hahaha.  Let the records show that Team Hardknock dispatched Team Nola in that first round game, but on the real, chopping it up with one of my favorite new MC’s was a blast.  Much respect to Dee for his music and movement.  You’re gonna hear a lot from this dude in the near future…

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Sound Session #353 (3-18-12)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on March 20th, 2012 by Hyphen

We’re back from SXSW and as usual, a good time was had by all.  It would be impossible to list out everyone we ran into, but big shout to all the artists, managers, promoters, record labels, corporate sponsors, etc. that we hung out with.  It’s always fun to catch up and trade stories from the past year, even if the event as a whole certainly jumped the shark this time with all the major artists and companies getting involved.

Special shouts to Hardknock TV and The Smoking Section for organizing the 2nd Annual HoopxHang 3 on 3 basketball tournament.  Just like last year, they invited a bunch of industry cats to play some ball and this time around, I ran with Team Hardknock.  My teammates, Carl Chery from XXL and Nick Huff from Hardknock TV, and I pulled off some March Madness of our own and won the championship…plus bragging rights for the next year.  Good times and a great event overall.

Here’s this week’s SNSS, featuring music from some of the artists we saw at SXSW, including The Kid Daytona, Boldy James, Wiz Khalifa, Schoolboy Q, ASAP Rocky, Jhene Aiko, Miguel, Big K.R.I.T., BJ The Chicago Kid, Polyester, Dee-1, 50 Cent, Nas, and Raekwon.  Enjoy!

Show #353 (3-18-12)

  1. The Kid Daytona ft. Jadakiss – “Low (Remix)”
  2. Boldy James – “Jimbo”
  3. Wiz Khalifa ft. Juicy J – “My Favorite Song”
  4. Schoolboy Q ft. ASAP Rocky – “Hands On The Wheel”
  5. DJ Phinisey ft. John Crown – “Attention!” (Local Music)
  6. Jhene Aiko – “Higher”
  7. Miguel – “Adorn”
  8. Big K.R.I.T. – “Insomnia”
  9. BJ The Chicago Kid – “Aiight”
  10. Polyester – “Show Me”
  11. Dee-1 – “The Garden Of Eden”
  12. SOTA – “Unfazed” (Local Music)
  13. Roc Marciano – “Poltergeist”
  14. 50 Cent ft. The Madd Rapper – “How To Rob” (Throwback of the Week)
  15. Nas – “The Don”
  16. Quakers ft. Jonwayne – “Smoke”
  17. Planet Asia ft. Raekwon – “No Apologies”
  18. Co$$ – “Love Is”
  19. Rittz ft. Yelawolf – “Sleep At Night”
  20. Dave B ft. Royce The Choice & Yola – “She’s Al’right” (Local Music)
  21. Frank Ocean – “Whip Appeal”
  22. Azealia Banks ft. Lazy Jay – “212”

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HoopxHang at SXSW

Posted in Artists, Sound Session, Sports on March 24th, 2011 by Hyphen

(hint: floating left is when I like to pull the most)

As I’ve mentioned on the blog and Twitter, I traveled down to Austin last week for SXSW.  In addition to all the incredible shows I saw and artists I chopped it up with, I had the privilege to play in the first annual HoopxHang 3 on 3 tournament.  John Gotty of the Smoking Section (my personal favorite blog because of the care they put in their write ups and their excellent musical taste), Nick Huff of Hard Knock TV, and Nike Basketball organized the event and invited about 50 artists, DJ’s, managers, bloggers, record label reps, and other industry folks to take their talents to Doris Miller Auditorium.

Anyone who knows me personally knows that as much as I live and breathe music, sports has always been 329318239128x the passion in my life.  I’ll go play any game, anytime, anywhere, so I was just excited to get a little run in during the trip.  Also, every time these rappers come through Sound Session, you should hear them go on and on about their skills on the court.  After all that talk, I finally got to play with a few of the homies!  Topping it all off, Nike came through with free gear from head to toe.  #winning!

Special shout to my two teammates:  Kenny, a friend of The Smoking Section’s John Gotty, and Chris (pictured below) from Hollyweerd.  We didn’t know what squad we would be on before we began, but we meshed pretty nicely.

After winning our first two games (yours truly with the game winners in each…#humblebrag), we were ousted in the semi-finals against the eventual champions…these guys:

That would be Push Montana (who turned into Khalid El-Amin against us), Brock (Diamond Supply), and Dutch (Smokers Club).  They had a solid mix of skill, size, and intensity that proved too much for the competition as they knocked off the Pac Div homies (below) in the Championship.

Despite what had to be a logistical nightmare, the event went off without a hitch and everyone had a great time.  Hats off to everyone who organized and participated and thanks again to Gotty and Nick for the invitation.  Looking forward to it being bigger and better next year…perhaps we could we see a little 5 on 5 action?  We need to get these rappers in shape!

Be sure to check out the official recap with more pictures and stories over at The Smoking Section.

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Sound Session #302 (3-13-11)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on March 15th, 2011 by Hyphen

Short on time this week as I’m frantically trying to wrap up any loose ends before making the annual trek down to SXSW in Texas.  If you’re going to be down in Austin, hit me with an email, text, call, comment, tweet, etc. so we can link up!

There are a million great events but be sure to come through the 1st annual Hoop & Hang basketball tournament on Saturday from 12pm – 4pm.  I’ll be out there breaking your favorite rapper’s ankles and dropping a few from Jimmer range.  More details will be revealed this week on The Smoking Section, who are hosting the event along with Hard Knock TV.  Should be a fun time…

Show #302 (3-13-11)

  1. Killer Mike ft. Big Boi & T.I. – “Ready, Set, Go (Remix)”
  2. Big K.R.I.T. – “Dreamin’”
  3. Rittz ft. 8Ball – “Pie”
  4. Frank Ocean – “Novacane”
  5. The Physics – “Fix You” (Local Music)
  6. Travis Barker ft. Lupe Fiasco & Pharrell – “If You Want To”
  7. Shad – “The One In Front Of The Garage”
  8. Dom Kennedy – “Goodbye”
  9. Pusha T – “Cook It Down”
  10. Pharoahe Monch ft. Styles P & Phonte – “Black Hand Side”
  11. Raekwon ft. Nas – “Rich and Black”
  12. Notorious B.I.G. ft. Method Man – “The What” (Throwback of the Week)
  13. Grynch ft. Jon Hope & Language Arts – “Timeless” (Local Music)
  14. Bambu – “Something”
  15. J*Davey – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
  17. Mickey Factz – “Paradise”
  18. Thurzday – “Rodney King”
  19. Sweatshop Union ft. D-Sisive – “Bring Back The Music” (Local Music)
  20. Recess ft. Blu – “How Do You Sleep?”
  21. The Weeknd – “Wicked Games”

Link to download the mp3 of the show –
(back up / streaming link –
(2nd back up – Hyphen and J. Moore – Sunday Night Sound Session, Show 302, 3-13-11.mp3)

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