Jordan Sargent



  • Ty Dolla $ign at SOB's, New York City, January 2014

    Ty Dolla $ign's Permanent Vacation

    When a man — a particularly insecure one, perhaps — imagines his girlfriend going off on Spring Break with her friends, his darkest fear is that she'll meet someone like Los Angeles singer Ty Dolla $ign: charming, but possessed of enough swagger to be a bit of an asshole anyway, with plenty of drugs and alcohol at the ready. Over the course of three mixtapes and his new major-label Beach House EP — the third entry in an ongoing series about his possibly-not-fictional seaside party palace — the 28-year-old's slippery and narcotic beats, numbed vocals, and stories of twisted flirtation have established a mid-point between the hazy hedonism of the Weeknd and the pop-driven classicism of The-Dream. Trey Songz is probably too nice to actually be, as he claims, "Mr.

  • A Complete Guide to Understanding the 44 Names in Beyonce's 'Beyonce' Credits

    A Complete Guide to Understanding the 44 Names in Beyonce's 'Beyonce' Credits

    Though Ms. Knowles' tour de force Beyoncé is clearly a solo statement of purpose, the H-Town-born dynamo also benefitted from the assistance of a multi-talented creative circle – as Kanye West did with Yeezus – that included producers, directors, singers, rappers, songwriters, photographers, visual artists, and novelists. Meet the names who helped Bey perform surgery on our souls.

  • Future

    Just Being #Honest: Future Talks Going Pop With His Miley Cyrus Team-Up 'Real and True'

    2013 has been a busy year for Future, the Atlanta rapper and singer. (Or is it the other way around?) He started the year by netting the biggest smash of his career via the Lil Wayne/Drake collaboration “Love Me,” and went on to pen several other hits (“Bugatti” for Ace Hood, “U.O.E.N.O.” for Rocko) that have dominated rap/R&B radio and social media alike. He also started dating Ciara, who is now his fiancée, and who herself enjoyed a career resurgence this year with “Body Party,” a single that was, naturally, co-written by Future and his frequent producer/collaborator, Mike Will Made It.As we slide into 2014, he isn’t slowing down. These days the man otherwise known as Nayvadius Cash is gearing up for the first-quarter release of his sophomore album, Honest, led by the instant-hashtag title track, the street single “Sh!t,” and now “Real and True,” a ballad featuring Mr.

  • 2 Chainz 'Based on a T.R.U. Story

    DONDA: Kanye West Goes G.O.O.D. Trill Hunting with His Minimalist Design Company

    In a series of tweets in January 2012, Kanye West announced the formation of DONDA, a design company named after his late mother. "I want to put creatives in a room together with like minds that are all waaaay doper than me," he said on Twitter. "We want to help simplify and aesthetically improve everything we see hear, touch, taste and feel."Over the course of the last two years, the group has tackled film, magazine covers and stage design, but their most visible work has been album art, primarily for releases on West's G.O.O.D. Music label.

  • Sky Ferreira Revels in Her Own Chaos and Exhaustion on Debut Album 'Night Time, My Time'

    Sky Ferreira Revels in Her Own Chaos and Exhaustion on Debut Album 'Night Time, My Time'

    Debut pop albums are rarely as self-reflexive as Night Time, My Time, the first full-length from 21-year-old singer/model Sky Ferreira. But rarely has the gestation of a debut pop album necessitated such reflection. The Los Angeles native first signed a recording contract at age 15 and has, by her estimation, recorded 400 songs since then, with only about 25 getting an official release, including the 12 here.That Ferreira was sucked into the music industry as a teenager and has only just emerged from the lurch isn't exactly notable; nor is her sound's trajectory from Robyn-style European dance pop to the noisy but dreamy rock (with help from co-writers Ariel Reichstad and Justin Raisen) that forms Night Time's foundation.

  • Ryan Hemsworth at 88 Palace, Manhattan, October 2013

    Ryan Hemsworth: Born on the Internet

    By the time Ryan Hemsworth, tall and strikingly handsome, walks onstage at Manhattan's 88 Palace on a Saturday night in October, it's 3:15 a.m., and the crowd has thinned noticeably despite the arrival of the night's headliner.

  • Azealia Banks in the video for

    Azealia Banks Lives Luxurious Hippie Fantasy in 'ATM Jam' Video

    If there's one thing we can rely on Azealia Banks for, it's consistently left-field visuals. Oh, and beef. We will always get beef. But her videos — from the Illuminati-baiting, dystopian "Yung Rapunxel" to the seapunky "Atlantis" to the runway-chic "Luxury" — consistently offer something to chew on beyond the question of whether or not she's sabotaging her career. The Rony Alwin-directed clip for her Pharrell-assisted "ATM Jam" doesn't live up to those standards. It's repetitive and tossed-together, unfortunately mirroring the much-hyped collaboration that has failed stoke buzz for Banks' forthcoming debut album Broke With Expensive Taste.The video takes on a flower-child theme, with background dancers sporting long, flowing hair and teashade glasses, while blues, purples, and reds radiate across the screen.

  • Kelela performing her song

    See Kelela Perform Broiling Dancefloor Banger 'Cut 4 Me' Live

    Maryland-born, L.A.-based singer Kelela more or less came out of nowhere with her thundering yet seductive bass&b mixtape Cut 4 Me, a debut full-length that SPIN's Phillip Sherburne called "stunning." But as the hype boils over, Kelela will become less and less anonymous, the first step of which arguably just happened in New York City, where the vocalist performed her first high-profile set for the Fader Fort audience during the CMJ Music Marathon.Video has emerged of Kelela performing title track "Cut 4 Me." Like most of the album — produced by bass music heavyweights such as Bok Bok and Kingdom from the labels Fade to Mind and Night Slugs — the song features hammering percussion but also vast open space that pushes her soulful vocals to the forefront.

  • The cover of TRPL BLK's new album 'Big Dick Niggas Eat Pussy Too'

    Danny Brown, TRPL BLK Channel NYC Underground Legend on 'Max B'

    Harlem rapper Max B never quite bubbled up into the mainstream, unless you count co-writing Jim Jones' "We Fly High." But the man born Charles Wingate's prolific mixtape output made waves in New York City — French Montana, for instance, was Max's protégé — and on the Internet, which spent years mocking up T-shirts and hilarious photoshops in honor of the rapper, currently imprisoned on charges including murder, armed robbery, and kidnapping.The latest tribute comes from Danny Brown and Bruiser Brigade confidante TRPL BLK, whose "Max B" spins a sex jam out of Wingate's penchant for crooning: "She make me sing like Max B / Whooaaah, ohhhh." The song gets predictably more hilarious and lewd from there — "I'd act like Pac, If I was Biggie's size," Brown raps, and he's not talking about his waist — but the key is the track's flip of the rap and R&B trope that compares a woman's orgasm to

  • A$AP Rocky at Made in America 2013

    A$AP Rocky Dodges Charges for Allegedly Slapping Fan

    If A$AP Rocky is going to be tried for allegedly slapping a female fan during his performance at Made in America in September, the victim is going to have to find him first. That is according to TMZ, which reports today that the case against the Harlem MC is at a standstill due to legal procedure. Because police didn't witness the incident and because Rocky was only charged with misdemeanor simple assault, the alleged victim Lisa Wade was forced to file a private complaint with the Philadelphia district attorney's office.In order for Rocky to be served with the complaint, Wade must provide the district attorney with an address with which to contact Rocky. Wade reportedly ordered the paperwork be sent to the offices of Rocky's record label RCA, but because he wasn't there to sign for them they were returned to sender.

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