John Legend & The Roots ft. Melanie Fiona & Common – Wake Up Everybody (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on August 21st, 2010 by Hyphen

New visuals by Gil Green for the lead single from John Legend and the Roots’ collaborative project covering classic soul records.  The old school shots in this one look great…as does Melanie Fiona, but you already knew that.

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John Legend & The Roots ft. Melanie Fiona & Common – Wake Up Everybody

Posted in Artists, Joints on July 18th, 2010 by Hyphen

I don’t post up too many single joints these days, but when a collaboration like John Legend and the Roots comes along, it’s cause for a celebration.  Plus the homies at Columbia specifically asked and I’m hoping for some inter-office label drama between the old “internet is dead” Prince style execs and the ones that actually understand the new model.  Be on the lookout for a possible appearance from JL & ?uest on SNSS soon!

John Legend & The Roots ft. Melanie Fiona & Common – “Wake Up Everybody”

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Melanie Fiona on Sound Session

Posted in Artists, Interviews, Sound Session on July 7th, 2009 by Hyphen

As much as I like interviewing my favorite MC’s (most of which are dudes), it’s always a much appreciated change of pace when we bring a talented female into the Sound Session studio.  A while back, the lovely Melanie Fiona came through to chop it up with us and play some records from her upcoming album, The Bridge.

While the album’s release has been delayed until August here in the States, peep the interview to hear her discuss the motivation behind the music, why it’s universal to everyone, and how she’s hoping it helps kill off ringtone singles.  She also talked about her Canadian/West Indian background, the process of crossing over to America’s music industry by signing with Steve Rifkind’s SRC label, touring with Kanye West, and more.

You can watch the interview above or download the audio below.

Melanie Fiona on Sound Session
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Be on the lookout for The Bridge dropping soon…y’all haven’t heard anything yet, trust me.

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Sound Session #214 (7-5-09)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on July 6th, 2009 by Hyphen

Super busy tonight, but y’all know the drill…be sure to peep the full interview with Melanie Fiona!

Show #214 (7-5-09)

  1. Bishop Lamont ft. Xzibit – “Hallelujah”
  2. The Kid Daytona ft. Bun B – “Air Born”
  3. Royce The 5’9” – “Gun Harmonizing”
  4. Slaughterhouse – “The One”
  5. J. Cole – “Grown Simba”
  6. Fashawn – “Life As A Shorty”
  8. Grynch ft. One Be Lo – “Chemistry” (Local Music)
  9. Wu-Tang Clan ft. Ghostface Killah & Tre Williams – “I Wish You Were Here”
  10. B.o.B – “Do You Have The Stamina”
  11. The Physics – “I Just Wanna Beat” (Local Music)
  13. Major Lazer ft. Mr. Vegas & Jovi Rockwell – “Can’t Stop Now”
  14. Mayer Hawthorne – “When I Said Goodbye”
  16. Melanie Fiona – “You Stop My Heart”
  18. Mycle Wastman – “As Long As I’m With You” (Local Music)
  19. Consequence ft. Kanye West & John Legend – “Whatever U Want”
  20. Alchemist ft. Eminem – “Chemical Warfare”
  21. Chali 2Na ft. Elzhi – “When Will I See You Again”
  22. The Freshmen ft. Nio Tha Gift – “Hello There”
  23. K’Naan – “Wavin’ Flag”

Link to download the mp3 of the show –
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Link to download the full interview with Melanie Fiona –
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Melanie Fiona – Give It To Me Right (video)

Posted in Artists, Drops, Music Videos on May 9th, 2009 by Hyphen

Melanie is gonna be a star.  The album cuts I heard are even better than the single and she’s real cool people too.  Be on the lookout for her on Sound Session real soon.  Need proof?

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