Tunji x Cook Classics x Yoplait

Posted in Artists, Live Performances, Videos on March 13th, 2009 by Hyphen

Hahaha, Tunj is hilarious.  I remember GregTheDude shot me this video along with the earlier clip of Tunj freestyling with Cook about the New Classics mixtape the night he did ’em.  While the first free was dope, I was sad this one didn’t get released too…until now.

If you haven’t downloaded the mixtape, stop sleeping!

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Vimby x UpOnThingz – The New Classics (mixtape)

Posted in Artists, Mixtapes on February 26th, 2009 by Hyphen

The Vimby x UpOnThingz mixtape, The New Classics, dropped last week as a streamable project on iMeem, but it’s 2009…and that just doesn’t quite cut it these days. Here’s the full project for download, featuring incredible production from the homey Cook Classics and appearances by some of the best rising talent in the game: Shawn Jackson, Outasight, Avriel Epps, Emilio Rojas, Buff1, TiRon, Inverse, Pacific Division, 6th Sense, U-N-I, Convinced, Fashawn, and many, many more. If you need more of a reason to cop immediately, did you forget Tunji’s freestyle?

Download here.

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Cook Classics on Hip-Hop Official

Posted in Artists, Other Peoples' Interviews, Videos on February 25th, 2009 by Hyphen

Chyea, go ‘head Cook.  If you aren’t familiar with the homey Will, you need to get familiar.  He’s insanely talented and as he mentioned, he’s producing full ideas and making soundscapes that go above and beyond merely “making beats.”  [Mos] Get his rookie card now, while the price is cheap [/Def].

Shout to Greg, Tunj, and the whole 5-C’s.

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Tunji – New Classics freestyle

Posted in Artists, Live Performances, Videos on February 5th, 2009 by Hyphen

GregTheDude gave me a sneak peak of this last night…pause…but now it’s officially ready for the world to see.  Greg + Tunji + Cook = Claremont Colleges talent at its finest, but y’all don’t know about that.

What you do know, however, is that it’s becoming quite evident that Tunj is a beast.  Here he runs down the artists appearing on the upcoming VIMBY mixtape in freestyle form.  If you’re up on your 5-C’s trivia, this will remind you of his classic Pomona-Pitzer bball intro.  Ah, the good ol’ days.

If you want to see more of Tunji freestyling, check his appearance on Sound Session a few weeks back.  Plus, there may be some more studio footage coming from Greg in a bit…

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What you know bout that Gregory Isaacs?

Posted in Artists, Videos on January 20th, 2009 by Hyphen

Y-O, Thurz, and Cook Classics appear to be cooking up a little something sampling one of the greatest songs of all time, Gregory Isaacs’ “Night Nurse,” for the upcoming VIMBY mixtape.  I remember Thurz singing this randomly last time U-N-I was up here and I commented on how much I love that track.  I had no idea they were working on a remake of sorts.  I can’t wait to hear the final version.

And in case you’re sleeping, vibe out to the original.  Flawless…

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TiRon on VIMBY

Posted in Artists, Other Peoples' Interviews, Videos on August 22nd, 2008 by Hyphen
VIMBY – Tiron

Another one of the talented artists carrying the torch for the new west is L.A.’s TiRon.  You’ve probably heard of him through his collaborations with Pacific Division or Tunji (of Inverse), but if not, time for you to wake up.  This VIMBY clip can serve as a decent introduction, though it’s more comedy than highlighting his music.  To cover that, make sure you download his Handshakes & Pounds mixtape right here.

Shout to Greg The Dude on the production!

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Pacific Division on VIMBY

Posted in Artists, Live Performances, Videos on July 23rd, 2008 by Hyphen
VIMBY – Pac Div at Swing House

Since this was from the same show as Inverse’s VIMBY feature, it’s only right that it should get posted now too.  Like, Mibbs, and BeYoung of Pacific Division give a little interview and perform “F.A.T. Boys ’08” and “Paper.”  Dope ish.

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Inverse on VIMBY

Posted in Artists, Live Performances, Other Peoples' Interviews on July 22nd, 2008 by Hyphen
VIMBY – Inverse

Man, it’s so ill to see the homies Tunji and Toby making moves. Here’s a new video of Inverse‘s VIMBY showcase, where you can see a little interview and live performance. Random tidbit: I DJ’d that 2002 performance at the UC-Irvine Chili Cook-Off hahaha. Those were the days…

If you haven’t downloaded Inverse’s So Far…The Collection project, do it now. It’s one of the best releases of the year and you can grab it here. Also be sure to check their blog, Inverse Hip-Hop.

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Talib Kweli, Buckshot, & Pete Rock in NYC

Posted in Artists, Live Performances, Videos on July 11th, 2008 by Hyphen
VIMBY – One Step Beyond: Talib Kweli

Tunji sent over this dope video of Talib (with Hi-Tek!), Buck, and Pete performing at the American Museum of Natural History a few weeks back.  Pete Rosenberg makes a good point – back in the day, who would have thought you’d see hip-hop take over a place like that?  Very ill.

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Gemstones on VIMBY

Posted in Artists, Other Peoples' Interviews, Videos on June 10th, 2008 by Hyphen


Next up from Chi-town, FNF representative Gemstones, just got a nice little feature on VIMBY. He takes you through Chicago, talking about his style, his inspirations, and his upcoming album, all the while displaying some of his personal growth as an artist. He also got really in depth about his evolution when we had him on Sound Session a few months back. If you missed that interview, you can download it right here ( or through the back up / streaming link available here).

VIMBY – Gemstones

Be on the lookout for Gemstones’ Testimony of Gemstones mixtape dropping very soon…for real this time!

Shout to KayCee for the video

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