Shwayze at the Rock the House 2009 Party

Is the next rung one higher or lower?

Aaron "Shwayze" Smith and Cisco Adler began climbing the ladder of success several rungs higher than most new artists thanks to MTV. Buzzin', a limited-run series on the network, brought the chilled-out hip-hop duo straight into the living rooms of their prime demographic, and their laid-back demeanor turned out to be likable and at least moderately entertaining. But while they earned decent airplay and OK sales for their self-titled album, the pair's music doesn't make much of an impression outside the context of the show. Worse, Smith has recently been quoted expressing doubts that a season two of Buzzin' will happen — meaning he and Adler won't be able to use MTV as a megaphone anymore. Taking that next step up the ladder just got a lot harder.

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