Jordan Sargent

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  • Dyme-a-Duzin in his video for

    Brooklyn MC Dyme-a-Duzin Wines and Dines in Sly 'Body on Me' Video

    Dyme-a-Duzin has been signed to Warner Bros. since 2011, which gives you an idea of the 20-year-old Brooklyn rapper's perceived commercial potential. With his new single "Body on Me" he may be close to fulfilling that promise — the song is slick and radio-ready, with Dyme singing a catchy little chorus. Despite the MC's affiliation with Joey Bada$$'s throwback-or-die Pro Era crew, "Body on Me" splits the difference between baby-faced R&B (like Mindless Behavior) and post-Drake Auto-Tune crooning (like Kirko Bangz's "Drank in My Cup"). There's also something a bit sly about the concept: The track's title moves you to have a preconception of violence, only to be about PG-13 sex. The video is similarly...

  • Mister Cee in 2006

    Mister Cee, Veteran Hot 97 DJ, Resigns Amid Latest Transgender Prostitution Scandal

    Hip-hop legend Mister Cee — who DJed for Big Daddy Kane and helped discover Notorious B.I.G. — resigned from New York City's Hot 97 Wednesday (September 11) after more than 20 years at the station. His departure followed the discovery of a video that purports to show him soliciting sex from a New York City prostitute — at least the third time that Mister Cee has been connected to prostitution, and the second time this year. In May, Mister Cee went on Hot 97's morning show to discuss a recent arrest for soliciting a prostitute. In June 2011 he was sentenced to three months of counseling after pleading guilty to the same offense.But that only tells part of the story.

  • Syd of The Internet performing

    The Internet Groove to Smooth Pharrell Beats in 'Dont'cha' Video

    Odd Future have gone from Neptunes fanboys (and fangirls) to Neptunes collaborators, with Pharrell landing beats on the most recent albums by Tyler, the Creator ("IFHY") and Earl Sweatshirt ("Burgundy"). The lastest cross-pollination between the two crews comes from the Internet's "Dont'cha," which features contributions from Chad Hugo. The newest single from the duo's forthcoming album Feel Good rides the insistent thump of a fat bass line, which holds together Syd Tha Kyd's airy falsetto and itchy guitar licks. The groove reminds of Justin Timberlake's "Rock Your Body," a song that was of course produced by the Neptunes. Feel Good is out September 24, and SPIN premiered its lead single "Partners in Crime Part Two" last week. Along with Hugo, the record sports production work from Thundercat and playing by Mike Einziger of Incubus, who worked on "Dont'cha" as well.

  • Future in his new video for

    Future Lords Over a Grand Piano in Ornate 'Honest' Video

    Future's "Honest" is one of the Atlanta sing-rapper's most mournful tracks. Even its triumphant moments — "I got a gang of bad bitches with me, too / And we ain't going back to what we used to do" — are coated with lament. The video, cinematically shot by Colin Tilley, places Future in a palatial mansion with a gleaming pool, towering Grecian architecture, and a group of women roaming aimlessly. But that's all: There are no parties, almost no friends or moments of interaction. Tilley and Future emphasize the emptiness of the situation, showing the flip-side of Tilley's video for DJ Khaled's (well, Drake's) "No New Friends," a song that celebrates closing yourself off from the world.Honest is scheduled to drop on November 26. Will it happen? Consult our 2013 Fourth-Quarter Rap Album Probability Index.

  • Real Estate previews their upcoming third album

    Real Estate Sounds Like Real Estate in New Album Teaser Video

    Real Estate are "getting closer and closer to finishing work on [their] third album," they announced this afternoon in a short blog post. That bit of good news was accompanied by the short teaser trailer you see above, which shows the band fiddling around in a studio, plus about eight seconds of new music.

  • The cover art for the Dismemberment Plan's

    Hear Dismemberment Plan's Ode to Parental Sacrifice 'Daddy Was a Real Good Dancer'

    Of all the songs on the Dismemberment Plan's upcoming album Uncanney Valley, "Daddy Was a Real Good Dancer" is the smoothest ride. The D.C. luminaries are known for their squiggly keyboard squirts, fidgety guitar chords, and yelping vocals, but their newest single rolls along on a steady midtempo. It is, however, an openly unsettling song, as the first few lines spell out: "Growing up I never knew why / Daddy was so depressed / He always paid his interest but / He never got out of debt." Travis Morrison's vocals are strong and bright, and the track's lilting instrumentation, squeaky guitars and all, borders on peppy alt-country.Uncanney Valley — the band's first album since 2001 — is out on October 15. They've released two other singles so far: "Waiting" and "Invisible."

  • Chaz Bundick of Toro y Moi

    Listen to Toro y Moi Go Laurel Canyon on Rumbling 'Campo'

    The tag "chillwave" implied a certain disposability: trendy music with a silly name that we'd all forget about soon enough. The music of Toro y Moi has already proven to outlive the designation, at least in part because Chaz Bundick's songs have mutated into forms that bend different ways depending on who is looking at them. Maybe you see Caribou or Miguel, maybe you see J Dilla or maybe you seen a different matrix of influences entirely. His latest song "Campo" — the A-side of a 7-inch to be sold on his upcoming North American tour — likely falls into the latter category: It has the tempo and snappingly crisp production of a Fleetwood Mac album, but you could hear, say, Stevie Wonder in there if you wanted to.

  • The trailer for Tyler, the Creator's film debut WOLF

    Watch Tyler, the Creator Get Beat Up in Movie Debut Trailer

    Tyler, the Creator has long put film (and fashion) on at least equal footing with the rapping that made him famous. "IM TELLING YOU WHEN IM 30 IM ONLY GONNA BE DOING FILM AND SCORING STUFF," he tweeted in March, and the Odd Future member now may be starting to make good on that threat. Above is the trailer for his new film WOLF, which shares a title with his album released in April. In the 56-second clip, a cigarette-smoking Tyler directs two boys to beat up another, who turns out also to be Tyler. Other details of the film are still unclear, except that it features "violence, grisly images, language, some nudity, and sexuality." None of that comes to a surprise to anyone — except maybe Mountain Dew. The trailer says the movie is slated to be released in "201_," so let's check back in about six years.

  • Miley Cyrus and Mike Will Made It in the

    Miley Cyrus Raps Explicitly About Drugs on Mike Will Made It's Middling '23'

    Before Miley Cyrus' R&B turn on the instantly infamous "We Can't Stop," there was a snippet of "23" — a Mike Will Made It-produced track featuring bonafide rappers Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J. Powered by a pinging beat that is far from Mike Will's best work, the full song is an ode to Jordans — the basketball player's iconic shoe line more commonly referred to as J's — and though it isn't particularly great there are a few things to note:For one, the chorus features Cyrus' first direct drug reference. "We Can't Stop" slyly referenced MDMA and coke — the first by blending "Miley" and "molly," the second with "trying to get a line in the bathroom" — but Miley's "23" chorus is much more blatant: "I'm in the club high off purp, with some shades on." Not scandalous or surprising by any means, but the success of "We Can't Stop" means the track's tip-toe coyness can be left behind.

  • Banks

    Hear BANKS' Swooping Aaliyah Homage 'This Is What It Feels Like'

    BANKS is a singer from Los Angeles, but her approach to music — fusing the tempo and rumble of the U.K. bass scene to the ethereal accents of R&B — codes strictly as London. That is at least partly because she's collaborated heavily with artists from Britain, including Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Lil Silva. Her latest single "This Is What It Feels Like" is produced by Silva and features vocals from Brit singer Jamie Woon, but cops heavily (so much new bedroom R&B does) from Timbaland and Aaliyah's template.

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