Sound Session #567 (9/4/16)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on September 5th, 2016 by Hyphen


If we had a holiday every Monday, it’d be a lot easier to send out these SNSS archives right away each week hahah.  Hope you’re all enjoying Labor Day Weekend and if you’re a football fan, I already know you are.  College football came back in a big way (wow @ that Texas/Notre Dame game) and now the NFL regular season kicks off in just a few days.  Can’t beat it.

Here in Seattle, we always celebrate Labor Day Weekend with our massive music & arts festival, Bumbershoot.  Pretty good line up this year: Bryson Tiller, Tyler The Creator, Logic, YG, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Anderson .Paak, Flatbush Zombies, Run The Jewels, ZHU, Tame Impala, Ryan Caraveo, Flavr Blue, Shaprece, and more.  Special shouts to the homies Tunji and DJ Trackstar too.

We sprinkled a few Bumbershoot artists into the playlist on this week’s SNSS and you know we had to get something from the new Isaiah Rashad and Travis Scott albums on the show too (Zay’s project is especially craaaazy).  We also ran new tracks from James Blake & Vince Staples, Frank Ocean, Sampha, Rapper Big Pooh, De La Soul, Amine, Swet Shop Boys (yes, that’s Nas from The Night Of on the mic), and even a Waka Flocka appearance.  Didn’t see that coming, did ya?  That Big Gigantic album has some cuts though.  Our throwback celebrates a wildly underrated album, group, and lead MC, celebrating the 25th anniversary of their self-titled release.


Show #567 (9/4/16)

1. Ryan Caraveo – “Feels Like Magic” (Local Music)
2. Mick Jenkins – “Spread Love”
3. Mac Miller ft. CeeLo Green – “We”
4. James Blake ft. Vince Staples – “Timeless (Remix)”
5. Frank Ocean – “Nikes”
6. Sampha – “Blood On Me”
7. T.I. – “Warzone”
8. DJ Khaled ft. Nas – “Nas Album Done”
9. King Leez & Guce ft. Kokane – “Just That Type” (Local Music)
10. Amine – “Caroline” (Local Music)
11. GoldLink ft. Ciscero – “Fall In Love”
12. Swet Shop Boys – “T5”
13. De La Soul ft. 2 Chainz – “Whoodeeni”
14. Big Gigantic ft. Waka Flocka Flame – “Highly Possible”
15. Rapper Big Pooh ft. Moses – “Relax Yaself”
16. Naughty By Nature – “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright (Ghetto Bastard)” (Throwback of the Week)
17. Isaiah Rashad ft. Kendrick Lamar & Zacari – “Wat’s Wrong”
18. Travis Scott ft. Kid Cudi & Swizz Beatz – “Way Back”
19. Cashmere Cat ft. The Weeknd & Francis and the Lights – “Wild Love”
20. Brent Faiyaz – “Invite Me (Sonder Remix)”
21. CVIRO & GXNXVS – “Sober”
22. Tory Lanez – “Cold Hard Love”
23. Schoolboy Q ft. Candice Pillay – “Whateva U Want”
24. ZHU – “One Minute To Midnight”

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CunninLynguists ft. Tunji – South California (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on April 5th, 2014 by Hyphen

Deacon, Natti, and Kno are back with their first music video in years to support their new project, Strange Journey, Vol. 3.  Shout to the homey Tunji!

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Nieve ft. Tunji – California (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on January 6th, 2013 by Hyphen

Almost exactly a year after we played this record on SNSS, Nieve and the homey Tunji have released visuals for “California,” a straightforward ode to their state.  Better late than never!  Also, congrats to Tunj on his recent engagement.  Dopeness.

You can grab Nieve’s full project, Playback, right here.

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TiRon & Ayomari ft. Yummy Bingham – All My Love (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on December 21st, 2011 by Hyphen

The Cafeteria Line drops a fresh video for one of my favorite songs of the year, TiRon & Ayomari’s “All My Love.” Yummy Bingham though. That girl at the end though!

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Kanye West – Live In Amsterdam (2004)

Posted in Artists, Live Performances, Videos on July 4th, 2010 by Hyphen

Seeing this clip of Kanye and John Legend Stephens performing in Amsterdam around the release of The College Dropout reminds me of my 2nd semester of senior year down in Cali.  The homey Tunji and I had been steadily following ‘Ye’s burgeoning rap career, ever since we heard the first couple of freestyles that he put on the net, and we were lucky enough to see him perform 2 shows in LA around the NBA All-Star Weekend in ’04 (right around my birthday too).  Shout to DJ Off Beat, aka Don C, for hooking it up.  Kanye even filmed the “All Falls Down” video at our local airport in Ontario, CA that week too…if only we had known Stacey Dash was in our neighborhood…

Anyway, I’ll never forget chopping it up with ‘Ye in the back of House Of Blues Anaheim and him being so happy that random dudes like Tunj and I knew all his freestyles.  He was so geeked that he started rhyming new verses a capella to a couple of college kids, just to prove that the best was yet to come.  Hanging out with one of my best friends while Kanye excitedly rapped what would become a verse on “Gold Digger” (“18 YEARS…18 YEARS!”) is one of my favorite music memories ever.

The College Dropout changed my life, real talk.

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Idle Warship – Party Robot (mixtape)

Posted in Artists, Mixtapes on October 30th, 2009 by Edwin

Mixed by Mick Boogie, this project has been one people have been waiting on for a while now. Track listing and download link are below.

Idle Warship – Party Robot (mixtape)

Editor’s note: The Graph Nobel “Fyah” song is so aptly titled… – Hyph

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CunninLynguists – Nothing To Give (live)

Posted in Artists, Live Performances, Videos on October 29th, 2009 by Hyphen

Dope video from CL’s performance at the 2009 QN5 Megashow from NYC a few weeks back.  Deacon, Natti, and Kno performed their entire A Piece of Strange album (which is a certified hip-hop classic) with Club Dub backing them up.

Unfortunately, I don’t believe the band will be joining them on their upcoming tour, but regardless, you won’t want to miss this show when it rolls through your town.

Seattle folks: you can catch CL performing with Looptroop Rockers, the homey Tunji, and some of our hometown heroes, Grieves & Budo, on November 25th at Neumos.  Be there.

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Cook Classics – The Original Recipes

Posted in Artists, Mixtapes on October 29th, 2009 by Hyphen

The homey Cook, or as I know him, Will from Pomona (5-C’s represent, represent), just dropped off this fresh beat tape, mixed by DJ Seano.  Every time I hear Cook’s beats, I’m more and more impressed.  There are so many ill layers to these…it’s just up to the right artists to sprinkle the right spices and make some classic dishes.

This ain’t your mama’s crusty old beat tape! These are The Original Recipes – a collection of Cook Classics beats from the last few years. We managed to plug about 40 beats into a twenty minute set by the incredible DJ Seano. The tape starts with hip hop, but by the end you’ll be dancing like a teeny-bopper to some serious pop and uptempo production. To all the beat-jacking loop builders out there, we kindly introduce the funky chicken and our favorite lazer sounds to make your life just a little more difficult. Remember, this is only a small selection of hundreds of Cook beats, so if you want to work, hit me up! It’s time to cook, biatch!

Download here and holler at Cook on his Twitter.

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Keelay and Cook Classics Jam Session

Posted in Artists, Live Performances, Videos on September 26th, 2009 by Hyphen

Pretty self explanatory…the homies Tunji, Kam Moye, Jern Eye, and Evangillest rocking rhymes over live production from Keelay and Cook.  Shout to GregTheDude on the visuals!

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Inverse – So Far (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on July 1st, 2009 by Hyphen

I look forward to the day when Toby and Tunji are rich and famous so I can brag to people that I used to DJ for ’em when we were in college.  These guys played such an important part in the development of “DJ Hyphen” (yes!  first 3rd person reference on the blog ftw!) that it means a lot to finally see their first music video released to the public.  This is a great day…

Shout to everyone involved in this track (Oren Yorel and Paul Dateh killed it) and video (directed by rising star Donlee Brussel).  Go vote right now to help Inverse win MTVu’s Freshmen video contest this week and get it added to MTV

You can vote as many times as you’d like, so get on your grind people!  Sidenote, Inverse’s excellent So Far (The Collection) project will be re-released through QN5 Music on July 6th…you’ll need to cop that too.

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