Jordan Sargent

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  • SZA kendrick lamar teen spirit julia TDE top dawg

    SZA Drops Woozy 'Teen Spirit' and 'Julia,' Inks Deal With Kendrick Lamar

    Kendrick Lamar's Top Dawg Entertainment now has its first R&B signee — and its first female member. She is 23 years old, goes by SZA — government name: Solana Rowe — and hails from St. Louis, though she also spent time growing up in Maplewood, New Jersey. Her buzz comes from two EPs released in the last year — See.SZA.Run from this past December and S from April — and new material is expected soon. The video above is her short introduction as the newest member of the TDE family, but she's also put two new tracks no Soundcloud, which you can stream below.The first is "Teen Spirit," which was produced by WondaGurl, the 16-year-old producer who famously landed a beat on Jay Z's Magna Carta... Holy Grail.

  • Blood Orange (and purple and red)

    Blood Orange's Dev Hynes Funks Up Drake's 'Hold On, We're Going Home'

    One immediate Twitter reaction to Drake's recent '80s pop-nodding single "Hold On, We're Going Home" was that it sounded as if it was produced by Dev Hynes, who recently mined synth-pop and funk as producer and co-writer of Solange's gauzy True EP. Hynes either felt his ears tingling or recognized a kindred spirit in Drizzy's newest track, because last night he uploaded a cover of "Hold On, We're Going Home" to his Soundcloud under the title "BLOOD ORANGE HAVIN' A LAFF WHILE SAMANTHA IS ASLEEP ON A WEDNESDAY NIGHT." The rendition finds Hynes thrusting the tune from synth-pop into funk under a heavy mist of reverb, complete with incredibly on-the-nose Prince cadences. Hynes's new album as Blood Orange, Cupid Deluxe, will be released sometime in 2013. If he's to be believed, some lucky fans already got to hear his new album — in his car.

  • Gucci Mane Chief Keef Darker video

    Watch Gucci Mane and Chief Keef Prove Their Stuff Is 'Darker' Than Yours

    Gucci Mane and Chief Keef have become intertwined in 2013, with Keef mimicking Gucci's classic tracks both explicitly and implicitly and Gucci taking Keef under his wing as his Brick Squad empire continues to splinter. But their partnership was cemented with the collaboration "Darker," which dropped as a one-off in May and now has a rather standard video featuring ATVs and scantily clad women. The video is part of a big week for Gucci, who just released three new mixtapes via iTunes: Molly, Gas, and Lean, with all three coming under the tag World War 3 — a fitting title consdering Gucci made the Twitter declaration that Young Jeezy, T.I. and Yo Gotti are his "Top 3 Pussy ass rappers."Gucci and Keef also team up on "So Much Money" from the Molly edition of the tapes, which also feature appearances from Migos, who we profiled in July. What a summer for Atlanta rap.

  •  Volcano Choir Justin Vernon Comrade video repave

    Volcano Choir Frolic Through Snowy Woods in 'Comrade' Video

    Justin Vernon's fascination with distorting his vocals kicked off famously on the Bon Iver EP track "Woods" but has defined this method as a part of Volcano Choir, as well as his role as Kanye West's non-Kim muse. On "Comrade," the second single off of Volcano Choir's upcoming sophomore album Repave, the band once again presses Vernon's vocals into processed bursts and moans, after lead single "Byegone" took a more straight-ahead approach to rustically anthemic indie rock. The result is a resounding success, pushing what could pass for a Bon Iver track into territory that resembles early Band of Horses.

  • Baauer, Just Blaze, Higher Video, Nabil, India

    Baauer and Just Blaze Bring 'Higher' to India in Martial Arts Mini-Movie

    Baauer's "Higher" collaboration with New York production legend Just Blaze probably won't even scrape the heights hit by "Harlem Shake," but it has a much better video. The six-minute clip directed by famed visual artist Nabil (who once shot Frank Ocean for SPIN) is being tagged as a mini-movie, and rightfully so: it's a coming-of-the-age story that follows a group of children who learn to become fighters in India.Here's Nabil explaining the concept in an interview with FADER: "I decided to shoot in Kerala, India because that’s where some of the oldest forms of martial arts came from ... We had great luck with an amazing crew and group of warriors to work with. None were actors but they had such great personalities that it felt like the acting exuded naturally." Speaking of nature, they shot the thing during monsoon season, so batten those hatches.

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    Kendrick Lamar Sets Rap World Ablaze on Big Sean's 'Control (HOF)'

    Almost half of Twitter's trending topics ("Drake," "#Control," "Kendrick," "King of NY,") this morning come from one single source: Kendrick Lamar's insane, instant-classic verse on Big Sean's "Control (HOF)." But first, the backstory: because Sean was unable to clear the track, which also features Jay Electronica, to appear on his upcoming album Hall of Fame, he leaked it to New York radio personality Funkmaster Flex, who debuted it on Monday night on Hot 97.

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    Danny Brown Teams Up With Chief Keef Pal SD on Savage 'New World Order' Remix

    New material from Danny Brown has trickled out slowly this year, from solo tracks like "Kush Coma," "#ExpressYourself," and "Dope Song" to scattered features like Tree's "No Faces," E-40's "All My Niggas," and a remix of Charli XCX's "What I Like." You can now throw the "New World Order" remix, which you can stream via The FADER, by longtime Chief Keef confidant SD on that latter pile. As he has professed in a number of tweets, Brown has long been a fan of Keef and his crew, so it's no surprise to see him aligning with SD. The younger rapper, who is less polished and charismatic than Keef, nonetheless can spout out street bangers that approximate the electricity of Keef's less heady tracks.

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    Frank Ocean and Tyler, the Creator Headlining Second Odd Future Carnival

    Late Night With Jimmy Fallon has helped bring Odd Future into American homes. Tyler, the Creator and Hodgie Beats made their television debut on the show in February of 2011 and the former returned this past February to play two songs from his newest album, Wolf. So it made perfect sense that Earl Sweatshirt — whose debut album Doris is out August 20 — made his network television debut at 30 Rock on Friday, August 9, performing the recently leaked "Burgundy" along with the Roots. Keeping with the introverted, downcast themes of the track — along with previously released songs like "Hive" and "Chum" — Earl enters the stage with the performance already in progress and proceeds to rap cloaked in a black hoodie.

  • Nas

    Good Guy Nas Raises $40,000 for Homeless D.C. Family

    Washington D.C. resident Stanley Young and his seven children have been living in a hotel for the past two weeks after a fire forced them out of their apartment. Young is an unemployed construction worker who is also a single parent (his wife died nearly a year ago), and he has so far been unable to find a place that fits his sizable family. Enter Nas, who, after hearing of the family's plight, has started a fundraising page on the site Crowdtilt in order to help the Youngs find a permanent residence. Nas has currently raised nearly $40,000, with nine days left to reach an ultimate goal of $50,000. (Like Kickstarter, the Youngs only receive the funds if a set goal is matched.

  • Earl Sweatshirt and Pharrell

    On 'Burgundy,' Earl Sweatshirt Raps Over a Dense, Clanging Pharrell Beat

    Earl Sweatshirt has let himself be berated and mocked on wax before, and on the newly leaked, Pharrell-produced "Burgundy" fellow L.A. MC Vince Staples essentially tells him to shut up and rap: "Why you so depressed and sad all the time like a little bitch? / What's the problem, man? Niggas want to hear you rap / Don't nobody care how you feel." Maybe Staples is playing the role of strangers nudging Earl to go back to his "EARL" days or maybe he's playing the devil on Earl's shoulder, but either way he's there to throw that idea right back in our face. He kicks off his first verse with, "My grandma's passing / But I'm too busy trying to get fucking album cracking to see her."Pharrell filters his sound through Odd Future's own jarring approximation of his old beats, throwing popcorn drums from all angles while keyboards squeegee way deep in the muck.

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