Sound Session #534 (9/13/15)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on September 21st, 2015 by Hyphen


Back once again with another episode of SNSS for you.  Here’s show #534, featuring a plethora of cuts, ranging from the first effort off the collaborative EP between Big Boi and Phantogram (aka Big Grams…I see what you did there guys), to some unsigned hypeness from a very fresh Colorado/LA singer named CRL CRRLL (shout to the homey Low Key).  In between, we ran cuts from the good Doctor, Magnif (produced by Dilla), Rick Ross, Blu, Dave B, Mick Jenkins, Rocky Rivera, Leon Bridges, Prince, Rationale, Abhi//Dijon, SG Lewis, Azekel, 8 Ball, Scotty ATL, Big K.R.I.T., and a really dope record from up and coming Texas group, BROCKHAMPTON.  Yes, all caps, so you know it’s that serious.

We also celebrated 3 special throwbacks: the 10 year anniversary of Little Brother’s borderline classic (combo of the music and what it meant for an underground group trying to break through on a major at the time), The Minstrel Show, plus the 19th anniversary of 2Pac’s passing and the 21st anniversary of Biggie’s classic debut.  Is it just me or is it completely insane that Pac died the same day of the year Ready To Die came out?  “It’s bigger than hip-hop…”

Enjoy the show and RIP to those two absolute legends.

Show #534 (9-13-15)

1.    Big Grams (Big Boi & Phantogram) – “Fell In The Sun”
2.    Dr. Dre – “Talking To My Diary”
3.    Magnif – “The Last”
4.    Rick Ross – “Geechi Liberace”
5.    Maino ft. Chinx – “PNP”
6.    Blu – “Illest In Charge (Def Dee Remix)” (Local Music)
7.    Bryson Tiller – “Sorry Not Sorry”
8.    GoldLink ft. Louie Lastic – “Movin’ On”
9.    Dave B – “On” (Local Music)
10.    2Pac ft. George Clinton – “Can’t C Me” (Throwback of the Week)
11.    Notorious B.I.G. – “Ready To Die” (Throwback of the Week)
12.    Little Brother ft. Elzhi – “Hiding Place” (Throwback of the Week)
13.    Mick Jenkins – “Your Love”
14.    Rocky Rivera – “Brown Babies (DJ Nphared Remix)” (Local Music)
15.    Mac Miller – “Clubhouse”
16.    Leon Bridges ft. Bun B – “Better Man (Chi Duly Remix)”
17.    Prince – “This Could B Us”
18.    Erick Sermon ft. Method Man & Redman – “Clutch”
19.    Rationale – “Fast Lane”
20.    midnight – “Overflow”
21.    Travis Scott ft. Kacy Hill – “90210”
22.    Abhi//Dijon – “Werk”
23.    SG Lewis – “Warm”
24.    Azekel – “Mad About The Boy”
25.    BROCKHAMPTON – “Dirt”
26.    DJ Scream ft. 8 Ball, Scotty ATL, and Big K.R.I.T. – “Grippin’ Grain”
27.    CRL CRRLL – “Swim Wave”

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Sound Session #502 (1/25/15)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on February 1st, 2015 by Hyphen


It’s the morning of Super Bowl XLIX and I can feel the energy in Seattle all the way here in London.  When the Hawks won last year, the feeling in the city was incredible and this year seems even bigger because the hype has now drawn in folks that aren’t even football fans.  It’s great to see everyone in the city come together, further illustrating the power of sports.  The only other time I can remember everyone being collectively so excited about something was when Obama won that first election.  We’ll see if the Hawks can pull it out against a tough Patriots team, but either way, they are massively appreciated.

On episode #502 of SNSS, J. Moore welcomed a few local artists to the studio so peep the show to hear updates from Dave B, Tre Ross, and Key Nyata, alongside new records from Lupe, Joey Badass, Freddie Gibbs, Hanni El Khatib, Warm Brew, Frank Ocean, Sam Sparro, Jean Deaux, The Weeknd, Snakehips, Jay Prince, and our homey Tunji!  We also gave SNSS debuts to two promising artists, Geovarn and Brent Faiyez.  Get familiar and enjoy the music!

Oh…and GO HAWKS!

Show #502 (1-25-15)

1.    Lupe Fiasco – “Mural”
2.    Fat Joe ft. Troy Ave – “How U Luv Dat”
3.    ASAP Rocky – “Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2”
4.    Freddie Gibbs & Hanni El Khatib – “Satin Black”
6.    Tre Ross – “Deep Lake” (Local Music)
8.    Warm Brew ft. Tunji – “We Can Do It”
9.    Joey Badass ft. BJ The Chicago Kid – “Like Me”
11.    Dave B – “Leaves” (Local Music)
13.    J. Cole – “No Role Modelz”
14.    Wale ft. Chance The Rapper – “Friendship Heights”
15.    Little Brother – “Speed” (Throwback of the Week)
16.    Action Bronson – “Actin Crazy”
17.    Frank Ocean – “You Are Luhh”
18.    Sam Sparro – “Rock The Boat”
19.    Jean Deaux – “Who Am I”
20.    Brent Faiyez – “Allure”
21.    The Weeknd – “Earned It”
22.    Geovarn – “4am”
23.    Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One) – “Number One” (Local Music)
24.    Snakehips ft. Syd (of The Internet) – “Gone”
25.    Diamond District – “It Ain’t Over (Black Milk Remix)”
26.    Jay Prince ft. Raheaven – “Polaroids”

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Phonte ft. Median – Eternally (video)

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

I’ve always been a big fan of when two dope MC’s can share a verse and trade lines back and forth, and that’s exactly what you get with “Eternally” off Phonte’s Charity Starts At Home.  Since it starts there, Tay and Median go door to door bringing that good music to the fine folks of North Carolina, complete with their bicycle helmets.  Hey, safety first!

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Phonte ft. Evidence and Big K.R.I.T. – The Life Of Kings (video)

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

Evidence couldn’t make the video shoot, but no matter…MomTigallo held it down like a star. Another win for Tay and the FE Music homies.

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Phonte – The Good Fight (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on February 11th, 2012 by Hyphen

The newest visuals from Tay’s Charity Starts At Home album are for “The Good Fight,” a track that should resonate with many around the country right now.  On a personal level, it’s been interesting getting my career going the past few years while most of the US struggle with the recession and the aftermath of Bush’s disastrous reign.  Every time I watch the news (well, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report), it’s jarring to see and hear about all the problems facing our society and economy.

Meanwhile, I’ve managed to come up a bit, bought a condo, and have a job that I enjoy working for the best possible company I could imagine.  I’m not sure I could be any more blessed and I’m thankful that the issues Tay discusses on this record haven’t quite affected me like most folks.  Hopefully I can stay lucky and anyone reading this post can do the same.  Keep working hard and stay positive!  Good things happen to good people.

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The Foreign Exchange – The Last Fall (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on May 5th, 2011 by Hyphen

Maaaaaaan, I knew that dude looked like he belonged on an episode of Law & Order.  You don’t quite expect a video from Phonte and Nicolay to come in the form of visuals that could have doubled for “Kim,” but Matt Koza and Bruce Pinchbeck did an excellent job with this one.

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Foreign Exchange – Maybe She’ll Dream Of Me (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on November 20th, 2010 by Hyphen

On that Inception type steez.  #authenticity.

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The ’94 Reggae Move

Posted in Artists, Comedy, Live Performances, Videos on July 7th, 2010 by Hyphen

I’ve been meeting cats in the industry for a decade now and I don’t think there’s anyone funnier than the homey Phonte.  His 90’s reggae impression is on poooooooint.

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Zo! ft. Eric Roberson, Darien Brockington, & Big Pooh – This Could Be The Night (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on July 7th, 2010 by Hyphen

Strictly for the grown and sexy…

I still love that Zo! officially spells his name with an exclamation point at the end.  The Audacity! of dope.

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Little Brother – Curtain Call (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on April 23rd, 2010 by Hyphen

Damn, watching this clip was like watching the last episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 🙁

But in all seriousness, Little Brother’s music as a group meant so much to me and played such an important role in my life from 2001 to now, it’s definitely sad that they’re ending the group (…at least for now).  Of course, on a positive note, Phonte, Pooh, and 9th will be making lots of great music in the years to come and judging by other group breakups and rapper retirements, I don’t know if I’ll give up all hope just yet…

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