HRDCVR (Elliott Wilson & Danyel Smith) on Sound Session

Posted in Interviews, Sound Session on June 18th, 2014 by Hyphen

Two of the preeminent hip-hop journalists of our time, Elliott Wilson and Danyel Smith, also happen to be married and one of the more interesting power couples in the industry.  They’re both hugely successful on their own (currently, Elliott runs Rap Radar and Danyel runs The Smithian, while doubling as a journalism fellow at Stanford) and now they’re finally collaborating on a project together.  Sound Session listeners may remember the episode Elliott co-hosted with us not too long ago.

We talked to the duo on SNSS all about HRDCVR, which they describe as “a book-shaped magazine by and for the new everyone.”  It’s an interesting and important project for anyone interested in hip-hop, pop culture, social media, and/or journalism in 2014, so I highly suggest reading up on it via their Kickstarter and listening to our interview above.

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Sound Session #426 (8-11-13)

Posted in Episodes, Interviews, Sound Session on August 15th, 2013 by Hyphen


This past Sunday marked the unofficial 40th birthday of hip-hop, dating back to when DJ Kool Herc held his first house/block party at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in The Bronx.  In that spirit, we wanted to do something a little different with this week’s SNSS and it just so happened that one of hip-hop’s greatest journalists, Elliott Wilson, was in town to celebrate with us.  Elliott co-hosted this entire episode and gave great insight about hip-hop over the years, as only someone whose been working in this crazy industry since 1992 can.

In addition to new records from artists like Shad, Drake (can we just hurry up and make this a #1 chart topping hit?  What a SMASH.), Ellie Goulding, denitia and sene, Nickelus F, Sound Fx, David Dallas, and more, we also played 4 throwbacks, each one representative of a decade in rap history.  On top of all that, one of the dopest up and coming singers around, Arima Ederra, called in and allowed us to world premiere her new track, “New Old School Love.”

This was one of my favorite SNSS episodes in a long time.  Hope y’all enjoy!

Show #426 (8-11-13)
**Co-Hosted by Elliott Wilson**

  1. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five – “The Message” (Throwback of the Week)
  2. Shad ft. Saukrates – “Stylin’”
  3. Schoolboy Q ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Collard Greens”
  4. Kanye West – “Blood On The Leaves”
  5. Jay-Z ft. Travis Scott – “Crown”
  6. Lorde ft. Gilbere Forte – “Royals (RAAK Remix)”
  7. David Dallas ft. Freddie Gibbs – “My Mentality”
  8. Eric B. & Rakim – “Microphone Fiend” (Throwback of the Week)
  9. J. Pinder – “Loaded Gun” (Local Music)
  10. Sound Fx – “Apathy”
  11. Drake ft. Majid Jordan – “Hold On, We’re Going Home”
  12. Nickelus F – “Watermelon and Chicken”
  13. Outkast – “Ain’t No Thang” (Throwback of the Week)
  14. denitia and sene – “it’s your fault”
  16. **Arima Ederra – “New Old School Love” (WORLD PREMIERE)**
  17. Ellie Goulding & BURNS – “Midas Touch”
  18. Malice & Mario Sweet ft. Raz Simone – “Goodwill” (Local Music)
  19. Grynch & Budo – “Treadin’” (Local Music)
  20. Jay-Z – “What More Can I Say” (Throwback of the Week)

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