Sound Session #257 (5-2-10)

Posted in Episodes, Interviews, Sound Session on May 4th, 2010 by Hyphen

This week’s SNSS was one of my favorites in quite some time.  We were joined in studio by Grynch, DJ Nphared, and Marcus D, plus we had Substantial and Oddisee call in from the East Coast.  All are dope musicians and good people, so it’s always a pleasure to chop it up with them.  Additionally, we played a ton of great music (well, what’s new) from some of our favorite artists.  Here’s my quick 2 cents on a few of the records:

  • B.o.B & Lupe – can’t wait to see these guys at the Showbox Sodo on Friday
  • N.E.R.D. – I still insist there is no better job in music than being Pharrell
  • M.I.A. – I can’t hear this record without breaking something.  Uber hard.
  • Shad – there’s nobody in the game that makes me rewind for lyrics more than Shad K.  TSOL drops May 25th!
  • Kendrick Lamar – the definition of “spazzing” on a beat
  • Tunji – reminds me of “Paris, Tokyo” in a way…
  • J. Cole – I really wish they woulda left the b-word in the chorus for the radio edit. You can say that these days!
  • Donnis – This record is a sleeping giant. Isn’t Donnis working with Atlantic now? Why aren’t they pushing this? Smash hook.
  • Eminem – Lyrics/flow are insane, as usual, but shoulda got Drake for that chorus. Don’t laugh, it’s true.
  • Public Enemy – Arizona took another L this week, so we thought we’d remind them
  • Nas & Damian Marley – this might be the best album of the year when it’s all said and done
  • Drake – I love this record…and my Jansport still fits!  Imagine that.


Show #257 (5-2-10)

  1. B.o.B – “Fame”
  2. Lupe Fiasco ft. Alicia Keys – “Love Letter To The Beat”
  3. N.E.R.D. ft. Nelly Furtado – “Hot-N-Fun”
  4. M.I.A. – “Born Free”
  5. Free Sol ft. Outasight, Kyle Lucas, & 8Ball – “Before You Slip”
  6. Shad – “Yaa I Get It”
  7. J. Pinder – “Three Words” (Local Music)
  9. Kendrick Lamar – “The Heart, Pt. 1”
  10. Cook ft. Tunji – “Underneath The Stars”
  11. Theophilus London ft. Jesse Boykins III – “Life Of A Lover”
  12. Jay Electronica ft. Diddy – “Ghost Of Christopher Wallace”
  13. J. Cole – “Who Dat”
  14. Donnis – “Gone”
  15. Eminem – “Not Afraid”
  17. Bop Alloy (Substantial & Marcus D) – “Save The Day” (Local Music)
  19. Public Enemy – “By The Time I Get To Arizona” (Throwback of the Week)
  20. Braille – “Up” (Local Music)
  21. Nas & Damian Marley – “Friends”
  23. Drake – “Find Your Love”

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

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,

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Substantial ft. Steph – My Favorite Things (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on March 10th, 2009 by Hyphen

Still sick, so the commentary is at a minimum, but I had to post up the new video from the homey Stan before I crash.  To be honest, I’ve never been a huge fan of this hook, but the verses are so on point and the beat is ill.  These new visuals from Matt Hobbs (same dude who helped with the CunninLynguists’ “Never Come Down” clip) add a fresh touch too.

Tags: , , , , ,

Inverse – So True EP

Posted in Artists, Mixtapes on January 7th, 2009 by Hyphen


Chyea.  The long awaited follow up to Inverse‘s first project, So Far, is finally here with the So True EP.  Featuring dope production from Kno (of the CunninLynguists), Cook Classics, Adam Berg, and Decap, alongside Tunji and Toby’s excellent rhymes, this is a must have.  Best release of ’09!


  1. Rise and Shine [produced by Cook Classics]
  2. So True feat. Deacon (of CunninLynguists) [produced by Decapbeats]
  3. SunnyCalifornia Part 2 [produced by Adam Berg & Cook Classics]
  4. Spark My Soul feat. Substantial [produced by Kno]
  5. Beautiful City [produced by Cook Classics]
  6. Goodnight Goodnight [produced by Kno]

Download here.

Seattle People: come see Inverse on January 17th at Chop Suey.  It’ll be a great night, trust me.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Vote for Substantial @ the Freshman (MTVu)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on July 10th, 2008 by Hyphen


The homey Substantial has been making crazy moves lately with his single, “It’s You (I Think),” off his Sacrifice album, and now he needs your help to keep the momentum going.  The video is one of five finalists in a MTVu contest, where the winner goes into regular rotation on the station.  It’s real easy to vote, and Stan deserves your support so get to it and vote as many times as you’d like!


2) Click VOTE next to Substantial’s “It’s You” video
4) Repeat steps 2-3 all as many times as you’d like!
5) Done

It’s just that simple folks.  If you don’t remember it from all the spins on Sound Session, listen to the song again and watch the video:

(these are all real stories in the verses btw)

Shout to QN5.

Tags: , , , , ,