Murs – Me and This Jawn (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on March 27th, 2009 by Hyphen

This dropped while everyone was down at SXSW, but it’s fresh enough to make sure to post up.  “Me and This Jawn” is probably my favorite track off Murs For President, in part due to the crazy flip of the Isley Brothers on the beat.  Dope video too.

If you missed Murs on SNSS last year, catch up.

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Murs live at Amoeba Music

Posted in Artists, Live Performances on December 19th, 2008 by Hyphen

I think I remember seeing this footage go around the blogs back at the end of September, but I never posted it up for some reason.  As I mentioned in the post on his Sound Session appearance, Murs is one of the hardest working artists out there.  He consistently puts his all into his live performances, and that’s on display here in the footage from Amoeba’s Hollywood store.  Peep the video and watch him run through tracks like “Better Than The Best,” “H-U-S-T-L-E,” “Bad Man,” “Can It Be,” “Silly Girl,” “Lookin’ Fly,” and more.

Thanks to Paul for sending this through.

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Murs on Sound Session

Posted in Artists, Interviews, Sound Session on December 17th, 2008 by Hyphen

(watch part one in HD on HyphenTV)

J. Moore and I recently got the chance to have one of our favorite artists in the game, the one and only Murs, come through Sound Session and kick it with us.  Back when I used to do college radio down in Los Angeles (KSPC what up!), I used to joke about how many people would call in to request Living Legends music.  Seriously, I’d get one every 15 minutes…it was crazy.  They have such an ill following in Cali (and worldwide), and it’s been great to watch Murs build upon that to take his career and brand to a new level.

When we sat down with him, we talked all about his new Murs For President album, why he decided to sign to a major label, his love for No Limit & Cash Money records from the late 90’s, life on the road, politics, and much more.  Be sure to watch both parts of the interview to see why he’s the most authentic rapper you’ll ever find.

(watch part two in HD on HyphenTV)

If you need the audio for your mp3 player, here you go:

Murs on Sound Session
(back up / streaming link – )

If there are any problems with the links or videos, just let me know.  Enjoy!

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Sound Session #184 (12-7-08)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on December 9th, 2008 by Hyphen


Yes y’all, another dope edition of Sunday Night Sound Session for you to enjoy if you weren’t able to catch it live.  Or if you did, and you just want to relive the glorious night, you’re in luck.  Ok ok, perhaps it wasn’t a life changing event, but you know we had to hold you down as always with the best new music of the week.  We played great songs from artists like Black Milk, Evidence, Common, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and more, plus debuted new tracks from Nipsey Hussle, Blaq Poet, and the longtime homies, U-N-I.  Thurz & Y-O were even in town yesterday for a concert, so while they had to rock the stage while SNSS was on air, we did get a chance to record a nice interview that I’ll post up ASAP.

In the meantime, peep this episode for all that music, including a snippet of an interview we did a while back with West Coast legend Murs.  Again, I’ll post the entire interview (and video) soon.  We were also joined in studio by the local group Clockwork and some of Portland’s finest, Braille, Othello, and Ohmega Watts, collectively known as Lightheaded.  Braille even stuck around and dropped a dope (legit) freestyle off the dome to help us close the show.  You can watch it below.  Enjoy!

Show #184 (12-7-08)

  1. Black Milk – “Try”
  2. Evidence – “The Cold Weather”
  3. Keelay & Zaire ft. Blu, Fortilive, & Nino Moschella – “The Times”
  5. Braille – “Fill It In”
  6. Common ft. Cee-Lo – “Make My Day”
  7. Nipsey Hussle – “Hussle In The House”
  8. Jay-Z ft. Santogold – “Brooklyn (We Go Hard)”
  9. Grynch ft. Tunji (of Inverse) – “All Right” (Local Artist)
  11. Murs – “Can It Be”
  12. 1982 (Statik Selektah & Termanology) ft. Lil’ Fame (of M.O.P.) – “Thugathon”
  13. Blaq Poet – “Ain’t Nuttin’ Changed”
  14. The Knux – “Hush”
  15. U-N-I – “Hollywood Hiatus”
  16. Convinced – “Miss Memory”
  18. Clockwork – “Hold On” (Local Artist)
  19. Fresh Espresso (Rik Rude & P-Smoov) – “Elegant” (Local Artist)
  20. Don Cerino ft. Royce The 5’9” – “Missing Element” (WORLD PREMIERE)
  21. Kid Cudi – “Dat New New”
  23. Kanye West – “Street Lights”

Link to download the mp3 of the show –
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Link to download just the parts with Braille –
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Braille’s freestyle:

If there are any problems with the links or 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,

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Kidz In The Hall tour diary

Posted in Artists, Comedy, Videos on October 21st, 2008 by Hyphen

The homies Naledge & Double O have been out on the road with Murs recently and it looks like they’ve begun to upload some stuff to their Kyte Channel.  Tour life definitely isn’t for me, but if I had to embark on one, I think those 3 dudes would be hilarious to kick it with.  We had some great conversations when they came through Seattle — i.e., Murs is super psyched for High School Musical 3 and prefers old No Limit to vintage Blackstar…wtf — and I’ll be posting up the interviews soon.

Along with the Kyte video, you can follow along with the fellas over at Naledge’s blog on Ruby Hornet.  Peep entry #15 for his recap of kicking it with your boy Hyph:

We went on DJ Hyphen’s show on KUBE.  We always go to Hyphen.  Hyphen was the first person to play a KITH record on Clear Channel, so we always remember that.  He was our first interview on a Clear Channel station.  We’ve always maintained a relationship.  We never even sent him the record, he pulled it off of iTunes and just rocked it that way.  That’s amazing to us.  He’s always rocked with us, so anytime we’re in Seattle we always hang with him.  We got a lot of love in Seattle, it’s one of our better markets and it’s always a great time when we go out here.  We know the lay of the land.  We went out there with Blue Scholars and did three shows in a row at the Showbox that were sold out, then we went back out there with Redman, and we went back there on our own and did a show.  We’ve been to Seattle enough times now that we kind of know the lay of the land out there.  But Hyphen is really good peoples.  He mentioned the website and the blog and he said he reads the blog and all of that stuff.  We had a nice long discussion.  He’s a music person too.  He really keeps up with what’s going on.  He knew about RubyHornet and Fakeshore.  He actually mentioned it during the interview.  He’s a big supporter.  He plays pretty much anything we do.  We send him a new record, he’s always playing it.  It could be a freestyle. That’s one thing about his show and the way he does things.  He plays what he wants, and just so happens to be a supporter of ours and has always been there as an outlet for us to get our music heard.  He’s always reached out to us, and we always do an interview when we’re in town.  We’ve done call-ins, about four interviews.  It’s almost like checking in, he’s a homie so we always get down with him.

Word up, Naledge is that dude.  It’s so dope to watch great artists and awesome people achieve success doing what they love.  The Kidz are only beginning…shout to the whole fam, Naledge, O, Matty, and DSolo…what up!

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Murs – Can It Be (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on October 9th, 2008 by Hyphen

Dope new video for the lead single from Murs‘ latest album, Murs For President, which is in stores now.  I hate when I get chased by acrobatic parkour experts wearing gimp masks too.  But on the serious tip:

“I coulda done a Nas and screamed “hip-hop is dead”/
I got up off my ass and I did something instead/
Signed with the devil, brought the scene up a level/
Killed the beast from within, I’m a born again rebel”

That sums up Sound Session perfectly.  I’ve always said that we’re like Neo operating within the Matrix.

Anyway, Murs will be here in Seattle on Saturday for a show with Kidz In The Hall at Nectar.  Before that, I’ll be linking up with him…any questions y’all want me to ask?

Video courtesy of OnSmash.

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Murs – Lookin’ Fly (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos, Samples on October 7th, 2008 by Hyphen

Well, this is embarrassing.  Not the video itself, and certainly not Murs’ song, but you see all that footage inside the metal barriers from what appears to be the desert?  Yeah, that would be the Washington stop of the Rock The Bells tour down at the Gorge.  I think the only positive aspect of seeing all my fellow NW’ers look like idiots wild out in front of the camera is that my dudes got their “Wake Up and Smell The Hip-Hop” shirt in a Murs video.  That’s whassup.  Actually, this reminds me…I have random RTB footage to edit…I should probably get on that.

Seattle people:  be sure to catch Murs and Kidz In The Hall at Nectar on Saturday.  It’s gonna be a great show and it’s a weekend so you have no excuses.  I’ll leave you with a little treat courtesy of Kevin Nottingham‘s excellent blog:

Al Hirt – “The Green Hornet Theme (Flight of the Bumble Bee)”

Video swiped from OnSmash.

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Murs – Choose or Lose MTV Promos

Posted in Artists, Politics, Videos on September 25th, 2008 by Hyphen

These promos are running 1,100 times through October 4th on MTV.  That’s a great look for Murs and his upcoming album, Murs For President.  Plus, they’re funny and on point.

Not Voting Sucks

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Murs speaks the truth

Posted in Artists, Politics, Videos on September 25th, 2008 by Hyphen

Any questions?  Register here ASAP.

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Murs’ press conference > RNC

Posted in Artists, Videos on September 3rd, 2008 by Hyphen

Murs’ press conference for Murs For President is about 9870983120322x better than this crap the Republicans are trying to push on us through their convention speeches. I just heard McCain was a war hero…did y’all know that? Why do they keep these things so underwraps?

They’re breaking world records for jingoism in Bolt/Phelps-esque fashion. This is why the world hates us.

Swiped from DopeBoyz.

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