Sound Session #492 (11-16-14)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on November 18th, 2014 by Hyphen


Aw snap, archiving this week’s SNSS episode only a day after we aired it?  Feels like the good old days…

Enjoy this week’s show featuring new music from Rozay x Hov x Timbo, Lupe Fiasco, Ty Dolla Sign, Big K.R.I.T., Kev Brown, Elzhi, Anderson Paak (super slept on album, peep that!), Ghostface Killah, Junia-T, Raleigh Ritchie, Stromae, Pusha T, Kyle, and more.  We also ran two throwbacks to celebrate some classic albums turning 15 and 20 years old over the weekend and even world premiered a brand new track from our buddies Shad & DJ T.Lo.  As I mentioned on air, I cosign literally 100% of Shad’s bars/content…which doesn’t even seem possible, but it is.  I guess we just look at the world in a very similar way and as a result, the music resonates deeply with me.  Plus, at the end of the day, it’s just dope as hell.  If you missed our recent interview with him, click here.

Do any of y’all have an artist that always says stuff you agree with and you’d feel comfortable sharing the music with anyone in your life, from kids to adults?  I mean, besides 2 Chainz.

Anyway, last note: I was cleaning up the archives and found our Big Sean “Studio 93” interview from last year that we never posted up.  If you want to watch/listen, it’s still a great convo with one of the coolest/nicest dudes in the biz, who also happens to be one of the biggest rappers around now.  Sean provided some really good insight into his creative process, his life outside of music, his goals, and more.  You can check that out right here.


Show #492 (11-16-14)

1.    Rick Ross ft. Jay-Z – “Movin Bass”
2.    Lupe Fiasco – “Deliver”
3.    Ty Dolla Sign – “Stand For”
4.    Big K.R.I.T. – “Third Eye”
5.    Kev Brown & Hassaan Mackey ft. Asheru & Grap Luva – “What You Got”
6.    Signif ft. Elzhi – “Play 2 Win”
7.    JayKin – “E.T.S. (Take Your Time)” (Local Music)
8.    Anderson Paak – “Venice”
9.    Esta ft. SPZRKT – “Can’t Wait”
10.    Ghostface Killah ft. Kandace Springs – “Love Don’t Live Here No More”
11.    Method Man ft. Blue Raspberry – “Release Yo’ Delf” (Throwback of the Week)
12.    YUKMOB – “No Half Steppin’” (Local Music)
13.    Slaughterhouse – “Y’all Ready Know”
14.    Junia-T – “Wasting Time”
15.    **Shad & DJ T.Lo – “Hang On” (WORLD PREMIERE)**
16.    Shelton Harris & Tyler Dopps ft. Sam Lachow – “If I Fall” (Local Music)
17.    We Are Shining ft. Andrea Balency – “Breaks”
18.    Willow – “Flowers”
19.    Raleigh Ritchie ft. Little Simz – “Cuckoo”
20.    Choosey – “Fly Me To The Moon”
21.    Stromae ft. Pusha T, Lorde, Q-Tip, & HAIM – “Meltdown”
22.    Kyle – “Don’t Wanna Fall In Love”
23.    Dr. Dre ft. Xzibit & Eminem – “What’s The Difference” (Throwback of the Week)

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Shad on Sound Session (2014) (video)

Posted in Artists, Interviews, Sound Session on October 4th, 2014 by Hyphen

One of the best writers in hip-hop, one of our favorite artists, and one of our best friends, the incomparable Shad, visited Sound Session to speak with J. Moore and I recently. We discussed a variety of topics, exploring what it’s like coming up in Canada making his style of music, winning the Rap Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) over his countryman Drake, and how he chooses to promote himself in the US market. He also spoke about his last album, Flying Colours, and his plans to take the follow up project in a new direction, before running through a lightning round of questions covering 90’s sit-coms, left handed basketball players, his favorite sneakers, and more.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Shad represents everything I love about hip-hop and I cosign literally every song/message he’s put out into the world.  Very talented, very humble, and very intelligent, I wish more artists would follow in his footsteps.

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Shad – Progress (Part 1: American Pie, Part 2: The Future is Here) (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on September 20th, 2014 by Hyphen

These are the kinds of songs that simply put Shad on a level that few other artists can touch.  Truly next level in his message and his delivery.  Wow.

Words from the director, Justin Broadbent:

“The death of music is similar to the death of visual art. The online, numb, browsing experience has (naturally) started to effect the current state of art. We’ve become a Tumblr’d culture, over Googled, educated and bored in 4 seconds or shorter.

“I made a non-music video for Shad’s “Progress”. It’s a website. It’s a comment on the state of art and also maybe the only video that could attach to such an intensely accurate and poignant song for our generation. It is like the movie credits to now. Tumblr on.”

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Sound Session #475 (7-20-14)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on July 25th, 2014 by Hyphen


Super busy at the day job, so I’ll keep this brief.  New music on this week’s SNSS from our local friends, Mary Lambert, Sam Lachow, Gifted Gab, Mario Sweet, Theoretics, and Moe Betta, plus cuts from around the world from the likes of Dilated Peoples, Your Old Droog, Majid Jordan, Kiesza, Psymun, Sango & Waldo, Nikki Jean, John Legend, Gorgon City, and more.  We also ran a snippet of our interview with one of our favorite cats in the game, Shad.

A lot of folks still haven’t heard of Shad, but I really recommend you get hip if you’re sleeping.  Recently, I was trying to think if there are any artists that I can cosign literally EVERYTHING they’ve ever put in their music and I think Shad is the only one that fits.  On top of that, he’s an incredibly intelligent and humorous writer with an ill delivery/flow plus better wordplay than pretty much everyone out there.  This old clip sums it up…witty, funny, knowledgeable, the right messages, etc…it has everything…and it’s from six years ago.  Good grief.  Be on the lookout for the full video interview soon!

Enjoy the show in the meantime!

Show #475 (7-20-14)

  1. Mary Lambert – “Secrets” (Local Music)
  2. Sam Lachow ft. Gifted Gab & Mario Sweet – “Action Figures” (Local Music)
  3. Lupe Fiasco ft. Ty Dolla Sign – “Next To It”
  4. Dilated Peoples ft. Aloe Blacc – “Show Me The Way”
  5. Your Old Droog – “Gunsmoke Cologne”
  6. Termanology & Shortfyuz ft. REKS – “The Mecca”
  7. Theoretics ft. Moe Betta – “Funk Break” (Local Music)
  8. Common ft. Vince Staples – “Out On Bond”
  9. Mac Miller ft. Vince Staples – “Rain”
  10. Tayyib Ali – “Do It (High School Dropout)”
  11. Joell Ortiz ft. B.o.B – “Music Saved My Life”
  12. Travis Scott ft. Big Sean & The 1975 – “Don’t Play”
  13. Mike Will Made It ft. Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, & Future – “Buy The World”
  15. Shad & DJ T.LO – “Always Winnin”
  16. Majid Jordan – “Forever”
  17. Gorgon City ft. Yasmin – “Real”
  18. Kiesza – “So Deep”
  19. Psymun ft. Spooky Black & Bobby Raps – “Blind”
  20. Sango & Waldo ft. SPZRKT – “Crossroads”
  21. The Roots – “Silent Treatment” (Throwback of the Week)
  22. Jhene Aiko – “The Pressure”
  23. Nikki Jean – “Summertime Girl”
  24. John Legend – “You & I (Nobody In The World)”

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Shad ft. Lights – Remember 2 Remember (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on December 15th, 2013 by Hyphen

The latest visual from Shad’s excellent Flying Colours album, one of the best projects of the year.  Stop sleeping and COP IT!

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Shad ft. Saukrates – Stylin’ (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on August 4th, 2013 by Hyphen

Shad’s lead single from his upcoming Flying Colours album.  I mean…I don’t even have to say anything at this point.  Dope beat from Skratch Bastid, smooth hook from Sox, and Shad does what Shad does.  That second verse though.  Damn.


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Shad – Flying Colours (preview)

Posted in Artists, Live Performances, Music Videos, Videos on July 4th, 2013 by Hyphen

Similar to my favorite “freestyle” video of all time, Shad went in on the “Grammy Family” beat for about 7 minutes and absolutely murdered it.  So many bars, so much knowledge.  Best writer in the game, imo.  Peep the lyrics here.

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Shad & Skratch Bastid – The Spring Up

Posted in Artists, Mixtapes on June 15th, 2013 by Hyphen

The Spring Up

The homey, and still my vote for the best writer in the game, Shad, just dropped a new EP with Skratch Bastid (one of the dopest DJ’s in the world, if you’re sleeping).  Download the quickstrike right here:

The Spring Up is the result of fortunate timing, grapefruit Perrier, a shared high school obsession with Outkast’s Aquemeni, and a couple of sessions at Skratch Bastid’s Toronto studio this April. The 5 track collection marks a moment in time for the pair; embodying the spirit of Spring and also serving as a sort of prelude to Shad’s upcoming full-length, to which Skratch Bastid also contributes. The collection features a production assist from DJ Jazzy Jeff, and a turn on the mic from compatriot Cadence Weapon.

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Shad – It Ain’t Over (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on November 1st, 2012 by Hyphen

Slow day here at the office for my day job, so I figured I’d catch up on some Hyphen emails and then BOOM. I see the new video from my homey SK in the inbox!  Another great one off his old school inspired EP, Melancholy and the Infinite Shadness, which you can download here.

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Shad – Melancholy and the Infinite Shadness

Posted in Artists, Mixtapes on July 22nd, 2012 by Hyphen


Quick strike EP from the homey Shad as he celebrates his birthday.  5 tracks, all sampling classic songs from his childhood.  Along with Lupe, SK is my favorite writer in the game.  Shout to my guys G and T-Lo as well.  Download this immediately!

Alternate download here.

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