Janelle Monae ft. B.o.B & Lupe Fiasco – Tightrope (Remix) (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos, Remixes on July 2nd, 2010 by Hyphen

Not only did Ms. Monae hook up a dope remix to her “Tightrope” record, but she also got the crew together for a quick video.  Just for the record, has anyone seen her guitar player, Kellindo, and Andre3000 in the same room at the same time?

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Posted in Artists, Live Performances, News on September 4th, 2009 by Hyphen

(Thurzday, me, & Y-O at last year’s DunkXChange)

Yes y’all, Bumbershoot Festival is finally here and it’s all set up to be a big weekend at the Seattle Center.  Come through the Fisher Green Stage (the big one right in the middle near the fountain) at 5:45pm on Saturday to see U-N-I, featuring yours truly on the 1’s and 2’s, though I’d recommend getting there early at 4pm to see Mayer Hawthorne too.  De La Soul will be on that same stage at 9:30pm as well.

I’ll also be helping introduce the homies the Knux and the Black Eyed Peas on the main stage Monday, but to check out the full line up, click here.

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Janelle Monae – Many Moons (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on September 28th, 2008 by Hyphen

I was going to hold off on posting this video until the full edit hit the net, but since everyone else is putting up this version that cuts off, I figured I might as well.  The ending of this song is insanely dope, so I hope we see a legit version soon.  In the meantime, enjoy the dopeness that is Janelle Monae and if you missed her appearance on Sound Session, peep it here.  It’ll help you understand the story behind these visuals…

Seattle people: remember, Janelle will be here opening for Jamie Lidell at the Showbox (Market) on Oct. 3rd.  You should be there.

Video courtesy of OnSmash.

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Janelle Monae on Sound Session and live on stage

Posted in Artists, Interviews, Live Performances, Sound Session, Videos on September 2nd, 2008 by Hyphen

3RD UPDATE: The interview Vimeo clip appears to be working at the moment. If it stops, please use the YouTube link right underneath the video. The live footage has been removed at the request of the label, sorry.  Holler @ me if there are any problems.

(if you prefer YouTube, watch it here)

Last weekend, the lovely Ms. Janelle Monae came to Seattle and we had the pleasure of sitting down with her for an interview on Sound Session.  If you’ve somehow missed her huge (and well deserved) buzz all over the net, she’s a singer from Kansas City, Kansas, by way of New York and Atlanta, who broke into the industry with Big Boi’s Purple Ribbon label.  After debuting on his Got Purp, Vol. 2 compilation, she linked up with the other half of Outkast, Andre 3000, and appeared on 2 songs from their Idlewild project.  She then released the first part of her Metropolis mega-series, The Chase Suite, only to re-release the Special Edition after impressing Diddy at a live performance enough that he immediately signed a partnership with her.

Janelle sat down with us to talk all about her background and inspirations growing up, how she connected with Big Boi and Diddy, the intricate storyline behind Metropolis, and much more.  You can either watch the interview above, or, as I would recommend, download the broadcast quality audio feed below (complete with one of the songs off Metropolis).

Janelle Monae on Sound Sessionhttp://www.mediafire.com/?glvcjjxcbt5
(back up / streaming link – http://www.zshare.net/audio/18029402495320a0/ )

Even at such an early stage of her career, Janelle’s live show is legendary so I shot some footage from her concert at the Nectar Lounge later that night.  Watch the clip below to see her run through songs like “Violet Stars Happy Hunting,” “Many Moons,” “Smile, “Sincerely, Jane,” and “Lettin’ Go.”

EDIT:  Video has been removed at the request of the label, sorry.

Go see this woman when she comes to your town, she’s incredible.  Seattle people: Janelle will be back on October 3rd at the Showbox opening for Jamie Lidell.  Be there.

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Sound Session #170 (8-31-08)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on September 2nd, 2008 by Hyphen


What a weekend.  Between the extra day off because of the holiday, the start of college football (and the continuation of futbol abroad), the end of the Democratic National Convention, McCain’s awful vice president pick (and the ensuing scandals), and Seattle’s annual Bumbershoot Festival, I was ridiculously busy.  Here’s this week’s Sound Session though, better late than never!

We played some of the illest joints out right now from artists like 88 Keys, Jazmine Sullivan, Murs, DJ Babu, Wale, and Royce The 5’9″ and debuted the crazy lead single from our homey, Seattle’s own, Jake One.  We also world premiered a new song from Fashawn featuring Thurzday of U-N-I (what up Thurz & Y-O!) and gave out a ton of tickets for our last Rock The Bells giveaway.  Last but not least, we had an interview with the lovely Janelle Monae.  I managed to grab some footage from her concert here in Seattle last week, so be sure to check that out along with the full interview.

Show #170 (8-31-08)

  1. Fonzworth Bentley ft. Andre 3000, Kanye West, & Sa-Ra – “Everybody (Don’t Stop)
  2. 88 Keys ft. Kanye West – “Stay Up (Viagra)”
  3. Parker Brothaz ft. Big Pooh (of Little Brother), Talib Kweli, & Naledge (of Kidz In The Hall) – “Text Me (Tha Bizness All-Star Remix)” (Local Artist)
  4. Jazmine Sullivan ft. CL Smooth – “Need U Bad (Remix)”
  5. Murs – “Me and This Jawn”
  6. DJ Babu ft. Evidence – “For Whatever It’s Worth”
  7. Johnson&Jonson (Blu & Mainframe) – “MamaAlwaysToldMe”
  8. Fashawn ft. Thurzday (of U-N-I) – “Relax”
  9. Game ft. Common – “Angel”
  11. Janelle Monae – “Mr. President”
  13. Butta Verses ft. Lucian – “If I Die”
  14. Shad – “The Old Prince Still Lives At Home
  15. Now On ft. Buff1 – “The A”
  16. The Let Go – “Sun Don’t Shine” (Local Artist)
  17. Neema ft. Grynch, D. Black, & Adrian Sims – “Coffee Shop” (Local Artist)
  18. Jake One ft. Freeway & Brother Ali – “The Truth” (Local Artist)
  19. Wale ft. Young Chris, Freeway, & Beanie Sigel – “Cyphr”
  20. Royce The 5’9″ ft. Kid Vishis – “Kill ‘Em”

Link to download the mp3 of the show – http://www.mediafire.com/?lbzmnhjagwo
(back up / streaming link – http://www.zshare.net/audio/1800200236d1b0f8/ )

Link to download the full interview with Janelle Monae – http://www.mediafire.com/?glvcjjxcbt5
(back up / streaming link – http://www.zshare.net/audio/18029402495320a0/ )

Link to watch the interview with Janelle – http://www.vimeo.com/1647729
Link to watch Janelle’s live performance in Seattle – Video has been removed at the request of the label, sorry.

If you’d like to be added to our weekly email list to receive the playlist and download links after every show, just shoot me an email, DJHyphen@gmail.com.

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Ms. Monae says hi.

Posted in Artists, Drops on August 29th, 2008 by Hyphen

More with Janelle coming at the end of the weekend.  Stay tuned…

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