Sound Session #413 (5-12-13)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on May 20th, 2013 by Hyphen


Apologies for probably the longest delay we’ve ever had in archiving an episode of SNSS, but I was a bit busy last week on my first ever trip to New York City.  Yes, that’s right, first ever.  You’d think I would have stumbled my way to NYC just by happenstance at some point over the years, but this was it.  My day job kept me super busy and then any time leftover was consumed by catching up with some of my east coast label homies (UMG & WMG, what up!), plus I was just generally overwhelmed by the Big Apple.

I stayed around Times Square, which was equal parts fun and completely absurd, but it came in handy on Friday night when Kanye decided to unveil his “New Slaves” video a few blocks from my hotel on 5th Ave.  I literally ran over to the Prada store at 2am and caught the last live showing of the video in NYC, plus had a surprise pseudo-encounter with Kanye himself.  The full story and video can be viewed right here.  Pretty crazy, but apparently that’s the kind of thing that just happens in NYC.  I shall return.

Anyway, here’s our show from 5/12/13, which officially marked our 8 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF SNSS (our first show was 5/8/05)!  You may recall we celebrated our 400th show not too long ago, but I can’t decide which milestone more impressive: shows vs. years.  400 is a big number and pretty impressive when you think about it, but for me, I think 8 years resonates louder.  That’s longer than middle and high school.  That’s college and (at least some) grad school.  That stretches back to before the world really knew about Barack Obama.  So much has happened over the last 8 years it’s crazy when you sit down and think about it.  And one constant has been that J. Moore and I have been on the air every Sunday night, bringing you SNSS without fail.

Every time we reach one of these milestones, it’s fun for us to reflect, but I just have one overriding feeling: thank YOU for rocking with us.  Thanks to our coworkers at KUBE, our label friends, managers, DJ’s, bloggers, artists, journalists, booking agents, promoters, etc….you guys helped us all immensely.  And most important, thanks to every listener.  Whether you’ve been riding since day one or just found out about the show lately, you’re the reason we’re here.

Here’s to 8 more years!

Show #413 (5-12-13)

  1. Common ft. Kanye West & John Mayer – “Go” (Throwback of the Week)
  2. Big K.R.I.T. ft. Ashthon Jones – “Good 2getha”
  3. Drop City Yacht Club ft. THURZ – “Pipeline”
  4. Slaine ft. Kali & REKS – “The F*ckery Hotel”
  5. Tyler, The Creator ft. Erykah Badu & Coco Owino – “Treehome95”
  6. sayknowledge ft. Cashius Green – “Art Goons”
  7. Dariu$ – “Daydreemin’” (Local Music)
  8. Substantial ft. Jsoul – “BBQ (Family Reunion Remix)”
  9. 8thW1 – “Happy (Dirty Art Club Remix)”
  10. Talib Kweli ft. Rubix & Bajah – “High Life”
  11. K-Def ft. Blu & Quartermaine – “Fundamentals”
  12. Nate Tha Great ft. Fego – “Them Days”
  13. GrandeMarshall – “Gotmef*ckedup”
  14. Porter Ray – “5 Mics” (Local Music)
  15. Bryant Dope ft. ANTHM – “NNY”
  16. Shad – “Peace”
  17. Logic ft. Jhene Aiko – “Break It Down”
  18. Denzil Porter – “Bishop”
  19. Marco Polo ft. Lil Fame – “Fame For President”
  20. Trek Life ft. Hardwerk & Bishop Lamont – “Rap Time”
  21. Mike Champoux ft. Grynch – “The Rain” (Local Music)
  22. The Micranots – “Mother’s Day” (Throwback of the Week)
  23. J. Cole – “3 Wishes”
  24. Kelis – “Jerk Ribs”
  25. Major Lazer ft. Amber Coffman (of Dirty Projectors) – “Get Free”

Link to download/stream the mp3 of the show –
(back up –
(2nd back up –

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Sound Session #400 (2-10-13)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on February 14th, 2013 by Hyphen


400.  Wow.

I envisioned a long write up for this week’s SNSS to mark our 400th show and the accompanying milestone, but after we discussed many of the topics I was going to touch on (how we started the show, what our goals are, how hip-hop has evolved — or not — both locally and nationally while we’ve been on the air, our favorite moments, etc.) on the show itself, it seems a bit unnecessary.  Download/stream the audio below if you’re interested in our reflections on the past 8 years, or if you just want another dose of the week’s best records.

We’d like to thank everyone who has been a part of the show, directly or indirectly, from day one.  This includes our KUBE 93 family, our actual families, our friends, and all the artists, labels, managers, DJ’s, bloggers, promoters, etc. that have contributed to the show and made it all possible.  Above all, thank you to everyone who has ever listened to SNSS.  We do it for people like you.  The people who live and breathe music and feel it in their soul.  We hope you’ve enjoyed listening as much as we’ve enjoyed bringing this all to you.

Let’s keep it going, aight?

Show #400 (2-10-13)

  1. Joey Badass ft. Smoke DZA & Big K.R.I.T. – “Underground Airplay”
  2. J Dilla – “Dewitt To It”
  3. Slum Village – “The World Is Yours”
  4. Skyzoo – “Grew Up On Kool-Aid”
  5. Casey Veggies ft. Phil Beaudreau – “Life Changes”
  6. Rockie Fresh ft. Rick Ross & Nipsey Hussle – “Life Long”
  7. Drake – “Started From The Bottom”
  8. John Crown – “Ben Franklin” (Local Music)
  9. AyeLogics ft. Sir Michael Rocks – “Coolin’ With The Coolest” (Local Music)
  10. ASAP Rocky ft. Skrillex & Birdy Nam Nam – “Wild For The Night”
  11. Le$ – “Real N***a Flow”
  12. Nickelus F – “Halfway Dead”
  13. Drop City Yacht Club ft. Jeremih – “Crickets”
  14. Ta-Ku ft. JMSN – “Make It Last”
  15. Sax G ft. Choklate – “Gotta Get Down” (Local Music)
  16. Ryshon Jones ft. Benny Love – “Power of Inspiration”
  17. DJ Nu-Mark ft. TiRon – “Times Is Rough”
  18. REKS ft. Rapper Big Pooh – “I Remember”
  19. Kilo Kish ft. Jesse Boykins III – “Turquoise”
  20. Black Star ft. Common – “Respiration” (Throwback of the Week)

Link to download/stream the mp3 of the show –
(back up link –
(2nd back up –

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Sound Session #300 (2-27-11)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on March 1st, 2011 by Hyphen

Half the time people congratulated us on our 300th episode of SNSS, they couldn’t help but toss in a reference to The 300 and, while trite, I chuckled every time.  What can I say?  I’m a fan of the movie…and the Spartans were my people, kinda (Dorians…read up, #realnamenogimmicks).  Perhaps I’m looking for parallels that don’t really exist, but when I thought about it further, Sound Session’s endurance for 6 years and 300 consecutive weeks does vaguely remind me of the Battle of Thermopylae.  Stick with me here.

Not to go overboard on a soapbox worthy rant, but in a sense, hip-hop and the arts have been under attack for years.  While there’s always been an interesting battle between art and commerce, and hip-hop’s been affected since the suburbs caught on in the late 80’s, many feel that we’re in our final hours.  I’d never go that far, especially with the way Web 2.0 has pumped new life into the culture, but in light of the media consolidation we’ve seen in the past 15 years, outlets for alternative/independent/”genuine” art are positioned with their backs firmly against “the Hot Gates.”  Have I lost you with the analogy yet?

Ok, let’s keep it simple.  Stations similar to KUBE exist in every city, often multiple times over.  Very few have the desire, ability, and guts to allow a show like Sound Session to use their platform, let alone thrive through it.  We are continually thankful for the support from all the departments at KUBE, particularly programming, where our PD and MD always look out for us.  Without their commitment to the art, we aren’t here.  Likewise, without the listeners, our attempts to support new music and groundbreaking artists go unheard.  We’re simply the middle men in the equation, pause, and we work hard to seek out joints every week for y’all.  Seeing as how we haven’t had a relaxing, low key Sunday in 6 years, I hope you enjoy the efforts!

And who are we kidding…even if you didn’t, we’d do it any way.

“We did what we were trained to do, what we were bred to do, what we were born to do!”

Peep the info below to check out the 300th show.  We celebrated the occasion by having our first broadcast in the brand new KUBE building, so you’ll have to bare with us as we get the recording levels straightened out.  Volume inconsistency aside, you can hear great records from artists you may not be familiar with…yet: Frank Ocean, Translee, Charlie Smarts, Ro Blvd, 14KT, Spree Wilson, and more.  Plus, the homey Fashawn joined us live in the studio on his stopover while headed up to Vancouver.  He’ll be back in Seattle on Wednesday night, performing at the Nectar Lounge alongside Evidence and CurT@!n$.  See y’all there…

Show #300 (2-27-11)

  1. Kanye West – “Dark Fantasy”
  2. Frank Ocean – “Novacane”
  3. Translee – “Get Off Me”
  4. Charlie Smarts – “The Skin”
  5. Ro Blvd ft. Micah James & Chasiti – “SPIN”
  6. Havi Blaze – “Don’t Worry” (Local Music)
  7. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – “My Oh My” (Local Music)
  8. Outasight – “It’s Like That”
  9. YC The Cynic ft. Soul Khan, Von Pea, & Sene – “More and More”
  10. Obie Trice – “Making Dough”
  11. Talib Kweli ft. Sean Price – “Palookas”
  12. Kaimbr & Kev Brown ft. The Kid Daytona & Asher Roth – “More Gritz (Gritz Remix)”
  13. Mac Miller – “She Said”
  14. Lupe Fiasco – “All Black Everything”
  15. REKS ft. Styles P – “Why Cry”
  17. Fashawn ft. J. Cole – “Nothin’ For The Radio”
  18. Saigon ft. Devin The Dude – “What Lovers Do”
  20. 14KT ft. Aloe Blacc – “Fourteen”
  21. Malice & Mario Sweet – “DateNite” (Local Music)
  22. Slum Village – “Climax (Girl Sh*t)” (Throwback of the Week)
  24. Spree Wilson ft. Esthero – “Don’t Pass Me By”

Link to download the mp3 of the show –
(back up / streaming link –
(2nd back up – Hyphen and J. Moore – Sunday Night Sound Session, Show 300, 2-27-11.mp3)

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