Jordan Sargent

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  • Kendrick Lamar Aresenio Hall Schoolboy Q m.a.a.d city video

    Kendrick Lamar Thrashes 'Arsenio' After Host Credits Him With Comeback

    You may be a big fan of Kenrdick Lamar. In fact, you may consider yourself the biggest fan of Kanye West's future tourmate. But you'll almost certainly have to compete with Arsenio Hall, who effusively praised Lamar before the Compton rapper performed "m.A.A.d city" on his new late night show Arsenio. The formerly SPIN-featured MC arrived fresh off a sly diss of Meek Mill and a fantastic verse on Pusha T's "Nosetalgia.""Lately, the question I get the most ... is, 'When did I know it was time to come back?'" Hall said. "There are a lot of reasons I came back, but one reason is because I heard a brother from Compton spit," he exclaimed with a lilt as someone in the audience hummed like he was speaking from a pulpit.

  • Pusha T on the cover of

    Pusha T Nods Toward Clipse Days With Kendrick Lamar on Rumbling 'Nosetalgia'

    Pusha T, once rap's most sharp-eyed cocaine dealer, didn't get chubby and move to Miami. Instead, he shed brother Malice and migrated to G.O.O.D. Music, where he's mostly turned his gift for vivid illustration toward the trappings of luxury. But new track "Nosetalgia" is as advertised.Over a simmering beat similar to his own "Numbers on the Boards," Pusha returns to his old Clipse character, spitting meticulous details about cocaine sales: "Gemstar razor and a dinner plate / Arm & Hammer and a mason jar, that's my dinner date / Then crack the window in the kitchen let it ventilate / Cuz I let it sizzle on the stove like a minute steak."Kendrick Lamar follows that verse by yanking the rug out from under the track: He raps as the product of two drug addicted parents who grows up to be a dealer himself.

  • Danny Brown in the trailer for his upcoming album 'Old'

    Danny Brown Goes Boom-Bap on Winking Throwback 'Side A (Old)'

    Danny Brown loves the bait-and-switch. The title of breakthrough album XXX was a reference not to pornography but instead to his age. Fittingly, the title of his new album Old is a reference not to his age but to people who have told him they want the "old Danny Brown back." The Detroit rapper's music long ago mutated from the dusty, sample-based hip-hop of Motor City legend J. Dilla to freaky electro jams more palatable to a younger fanbase, but on "Side A (Old)" — helmed by London producer Paul White, who collaborated with Danny on "Street LIghts" — Brown raps over a pretty straightforward boom-bap beat that also features record scratches and a sample of his own "New Era," a track off his 2010 mixtape The Hybrid.

  • Gunplay in his new video for

    Watch Gunplay Throw Money in Video for Rick Ross-Featuring 'Gallardo'

    Gunplay is an extremely talented lyricist, but he's a true live-wire who makes little concessions toward pop music. Hence, his music comes in fits and starts, with a video like "Bible on the Dash" picking up organic online buzz and a subsequent scattershot mixtape like Acquitted attempting to capitalize on the sudden attention. His newest track is "Gallardo," the latest single from Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group compilation Self Made Vol. 3.The video itself is as pro forma as low-budget rap clips get — a rented Lamborghini here, gratuitous stripper shots there — which unfortunately undersells an absolutely stellar verse from Gunplay. He handily out-rhymes label bawse Ross and guest Yo Gotti, once again proving that some of the best writing in rap can come bundled in the gruffest packages. MMG's Self Made Vol.

  • The cover art for Azealia Banks' new single

    Azealia Banks' Raving 'Count Contessa' Drops Before the Album That Precedes It

    Azealia Banks' career since "212" has been one very long and winding road, so consider this another fine detour: today the Harlem rapper revealed "Count Contessa," the lead single from the forthcoming Fantasea II: The Second Wave, which is Banks' second planned project of 2014. It has a release date of July 11, 2014, which is a bit curious considering her debut album Broke With Expensive Taste — the track list of which was posted by Banks to Instagram last week — is still without a release date of its own. We're unsure whether Fantasea II is a proper packaged album or an internet mixtape, though Banks did use the term "album" in announcing its existence on Twitter recently.

  • Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane

    Gucci Mane Arrested for Gun, Weed Possession in Atlanta

    The saga continues: just days after slowly unravelling on Twitter and nearly getting into a fistfight at Lenox Mall, Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane — real name: Radric Davis — was arrested early Saturday morning for disorderly conduct, carrying a concealed weapon, and possession of marijuana. According to TMZ, the police report states that a friend of Davis' summoned authorities to deal with the rapper's "erratic behavior."Gucci allegedly cursed at and threatened the cops upon their arrival, and after apprehending him they discoverd a small amount of marijuana as well as a handgun. TMZ also reports that he was taken to a hospital, though there's been no update regarding his whereabouts since then.

  • The very pink cover of

    Action Bronson and Riff Raff Fight Beautiful Lou's Haze on 'Long Pinky'

    The 2012 track "Bird on a Wire" was a career-legitimizing team-up for aesthetically similar rappers Action Bronson and Riff Raff. Since then, the two have been close friends — Bronson brought Riff Raff out during Coachella as a mess of Odd Future kids gleefully rapped every word to the side of the stage. But the duo haven't put another song to wax until now: "Long Pinky" (via FADER) is the final track in Adult Swim's 2013 single series. Produced by Beautiful Lou, the song features a blunted beat that playfully paws at your face while Riff and Bronson trade Dr. Seuss raps back and forth.Fans of the pair have one more collaboration to look forward to in 2013: Riff and Bronson appear alongside Mr. MFN eXquire and Nicky Da B on "Rock Steady," a track on Diplo's forthcoming EP Revolution.

  • Diplo's

    Listen to Diplo's Sky-Scraping Call-to-Arms 'Revolution'

    Between Major Lazer rocking major festival stages and trying to set a twerking world record, Diplo has cemented his ubiquity in 2013. But on October 8 he'll release Revolution, the first EP of the year under his own name. The newest single from that six-song set is its title track, which features vocals from Kai and additional prodcution from Imanos and Faustix. Though filtered synths, "Revolution" shoots for soundtrack epicness before chopping away at itself with a Baauer-esque breakdown, and would sound right at home on Rudimental's marriage of stadium EDM and vocal house.Following "Biggie Bounce" and "Crown," "Revolution" is the third of the EP's four tracks to be released. The only song yet to be heard is a collaboration between Action Bronson, Mr. MFN eXquire, and Nicky Da B.Diplo's Revolution EP track list:1. "Biggie Bounce" (feat. Angger Dimas and Travis Porter)2.

  • Mister Cee in 2006

    Embattled DJ Mister Cee Returns to Hot 97 With Hour-Long 'Can I Live' Subtweet

    "Just listen to the words," Mister Cee shouted during the middle of his Hot 97 set (which you can stream at the bottom of this post) this afteroon. "Just listen to the words, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut," he repeated, addressing his listeners. He reiterated throughout the show how blessed he was to be back in the timeslot he never actually deserted. "I'm so happy to say this," he said before reading an advertisement — and never before had anyone been more pleased to talk to you about a local Toyota dealership. But the words he was imploring us to listen to weren't his, of course: They were the words of Nate Dogg and 50 Cent and Janet Jackson and Sly & The Family Stone and Stevie Wonder.

  • Future, contemplating

    Future Drops Out to Cope With Fame in 'Substitute Everything'

    Future has owned rap radio in 2013, is on the hook of Rick Ross' booming new single "No Games," just released a video for the lead single ("Honest") off his own upcoming album, and is still sending loose bangers to DJs for their own compilation mixtapes. "Substitute Everything" is off an upcoming mixtape called Drugs by DJ Esco and DJ X-Rated, and it finds the Atlanta crooner singing about using in order to deal with fame: "Today I took a Xany, I started missing family / I don't see 'em as much, I know they feel abandoned."Featuring major-chord piano accents, "Substitute Everything" suggests Future's upcoming material will focus on how he copes with having become one of the most in-demand artists in rap music.Drugs is available for download now, and it features tracks from mostly unknown rappers (Toon, Johnny Cinco, Losie) along with current — or forthcoming — hits by Jay Z and 2 Chainz.

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