Jordan Ryan Pedersen
When people ask Jordan Pedersen what got him into hip-hop, he gives the most boring answer: he wrote a paper on rap for a sociology of race and ethnicity class back in college. That's true, but it's also less embarrassing than that he started on the non-union Florida equivalent of rap - Limp Bizkit - and progressed through a high school career marked by spiky hair, AFI arm bands, and rotations in the pit at the Warped Tour. But the lock-in, as they call it in screenwriting, for Jordan's journey into rap, when he started having more opinions than anyone cared to hear on the genre, was when he started reading a site called Passion of the Weiss in late 2009. One night after badgering him on Twitter for the umpteenth time, Jordan received a DM from Jeff asking if he wanted to write for the site. He's been a member of the team ever since. When he's not listening to rap, he's bumping some combination of southern soul, black metal, honky-tonk country, and whatever electronic music Sach tells him to listen to. His work has appeared in Complex Magazine, MTV Hive, Hypervocal, and the Good Men Project.

Currently Listening:

The Quintet - Jazz at Massey Hall

Freddie Hubbard - Breaking Point

Charles Mingus - Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus

Marvin Gaye - let's Get It On

Chris Bell - I Am The Cosmos

Andrew WK - I Get Wet

The Byrds - The Notorious Byrd Brothers

Randy Newman - Good Old Boys

OBN IIIs - Live in San Francisco

Warm Soda - Young Reckless Hearts


Currently Watching:

The Good Wife (S6)

Cheers (S1)

@midnight (S2)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (S2)

MasterChef Junior (S2)

SNL (S40)


A Most Violent Year


All Is Lost

Picnic at Hanging Rock

The Innocents


Taxi Driver

Too Many Cooks


Currently Reading:

Robert Caro - The Path to Power (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Book 1)

Jordan Ryan Pedersen explores the new live box set from the jazz legend.
Jordan Pedersen writes his impressions (pun intended) on the Coltrane album, released fifty-five years after its recording.
We send off Percy Sledge with 20 southern-soul tearjerkers
A wise man from Pawnee once said "I still think awards are stupid, but they'd be less stupid if they went to the right people."
Jordan Pedersen UGHHHHHHHHHHH Seriously. SERIOUSLY??? Big Sean. BIG SEAN. THE RAP GAME FORREST GUMP. IS MAKING. REALLY GOOD RAP MUSIC. Okay, yes “IDFWU” was great. Call it a fluke. An outlier. Two standard deviations away from the mean. The exception that proves the rule. But “Blessings,” man. “Blessings.” This shit is just *good* full-stop: Big […]
Jordan Pedersen remembers everything about his fazthaaa. More boogie to make an ass out of yourself to on the dance floor. There’s probably a few butt puns in there but I’ll leave it to you to fill in the holes. Favorite Recordings put out an excellent collection of Brazilian disco boogie from 1978-1982 this past December, and now Cultures of […]
Smoking blunts to the face would not make Jordan Pedersen motivated. My favorite instrumentals tend to be the most anxious ones. Clams Casino does bombast exquisitely on “Motivation,” but it’s not Michael Bay, slow-motion bank robbery music. It’s the minute before in the bathroom, with the thief pulling off his balaclava to vomit in the […]
Jordan Pedersen thanks Black Orpheus for introducing bossa nova to America, but thinks it’s a garbage movie. The folks behind Brazilian Disco Boogie Sounds, the new compilation from Favorite Recordings, must have been unbearably bored growing up. “Can’t you fogies speed it up?” they must’ve thought as bossa nova rose to prominence in the 60s and […]
Jordan Pedersen is workinonit I don’t envy the instrumentalist. Us writers get all these words to establish a setting, tell a story. But he without words has to tell a story through sound and mood alone. It’s gotta be hard. That’s probably why most producers stick with the same milieu: Blaxploitation, dusty grooves, teased afros […]