Here is the anticipated collaboration between Thundercat and Pharrell titled ‘The Turn Down‘ produced by Thundercat from his fourth studio album ‘Drunk’, make sure to cop the album now on iTunes and check out the tune below.
Thundercat – The Turn Down feat. Pharrell (17′)
The annual Roots Picnic turns 10 this spring, and organizers are bringing Pharrell, Solange, and Lil’ Wayne to Festival Pier on June 3 to celebrate. Tickets went on sale at noon Monday at rootspicnic.com. For a decade, the annual picnic has driven local and national crowds to Philly to hear the best and brightest, old- and new-school hip-hop artists, some of whom (Snoop Dogg, Public Enemy, Usher in the past) get the rare opportunity to team with one of America’s finest, most dynamic live bands: The Roots.
“This definitely speaks to the staying power of The Roots and the uniqueness of the picnic as a good festival,” says Roots cofounder Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter. “Not many music festivals last, have a 10-year run, or hold such validity and stay consistently good and getting better.” Pharrell Williams (Hidden Figures) will join The Roots, along with additional headliners such as nu-soul songstress Solange (Beyoncé’s sister), producer/bassist Thundercat, old-school rap legend Pete Rock, and British acid jazz DJ Gilles Petersen.
Two of the Roots Picnic events involve Black Thought alone. First, there is his annual, morning-of-the-concert Black Thought/Roots Rock 5K charity run for his GrassROOTS Community Foundation. Then there is the Black Thought & J Period Live Mixtape showcase – an improvisational DJ/MC set developed in 2016 during The Roots’ first New York City picnic. “It was a big hit in New York,” says Trotter, “and now every time we do a picnic, just like my 5K, this live mixtape will be part of the proceedings.”
Pharrell Williams makes his first appearance at BET’s American Black Film Festival Honors since wife Helen Lasichanh welcomed triplets. He welcomed his second, third and fourth child with wife Helen Lasichanh in January. And Pharrell Williams looked in good spirits as he spoke at the Presents the American Black Film Festival Honors in Beverly Hills on Saturday. The Happy star, 43, showed off his quirky style in a brightly striped jumper with ripped jeans.
Posing alongside Friday actress Nia Long, he added a bright green cap and blue anorak, putting on a colourful display. The festival celebrated some of Hollywood’s most iconic artists, with Maxwell and Dionne Farris performing to a star-studded audience including Viola Davis, Lee Daniels, Common, Morris Chestnut and Omari Hardwick.
The event honoured actor and director Denzel Washington with the ‘Hollywood Legacy Award’, Queen Latifah with the Entertainment Icon Award, Issa Rae with the ‘Rising Star Award,’ film director F. Gary Gray with the ‘Excellence In The Arts Award’ and Empire actor and singer, Terrence Howard with the ‘Excellence In The Arts Award.’
Little Big Town went into the studio to record their seventh country album The Breaker with newfound freedom thanks to a 2016 collaboration with Pharrell Williams and Justin Timberlake on a unique project titled Wanderlust. The eight-track release showed a sultry new side to the country quartet with beat-driven tracks and striking vocals. It was during this new adventure that Little Big Town ran into Timberlake, and the band recently told Taste of Country that the chance meeting wasn’t planned.
“We were in the studio working with Pharrell in Los Angeles,” Phillip Sweet recalls of their Timberlake studio encounter. “We went through the little kitchen and there sits Justin having his coffee.” While Little Big Town had previously met Timberlake, Karen Fairchild jokes that they reintroduced themselves as Chris Stapleton’s friends. The band and Timberlake began talking about their project and invited him to listen to the new music.
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