Here is Gwen Stefani’s Neptunes Track that didn’t make the final cut on “The Sweet Escape” of “The L.A.M.B. DVD (2006)” and some related tracks.
-> Gwen Stefani – Candyland feat. Pharrell (06′)
N¤3¤R¤D Due April !
N¤E¤R¤D, the band form of production duo The Neptunes, will potentially be releasing their third album titled “N*3*R*D” next year due April. Having received critical acclaim for both of their prior releases, 2001’s ‘In Search Of’ (which won the esteemed US Shortlist Music Prize) and 2003’s ‘Fly Or Die’. Neptunes & N¤E¤R¤D front man Pharrell Williams indicates that this album could be the one that features the experimental sound that has turned The Neptunes from talented hip hop producers to genre bending artists.
Williams described the album as “a Red Bull with growth hormones in it,” and went on to say, “Fly Or Die” was too consistent…That’s true. I’m known for being all over the place. This new album took a few years to make in terms of collecting the right records for it. Creating music at the keyboards is like going fishing. You fish for it every day. And you either get it or you don’t get it…sometimes I have to wait. We’re almost done with the album, we’re like one song away & we plan to release it next March or April. This Is what we do… It also has a lot to do with pretty girls.
The Bapy Brand !
Nigo has launched a brand specialy made for girls. The name is BAPY. The collection is very girlish as you probably guessed and a bit more classy than the BAPE series. Check It Out !
Pharrell Misses Out On Sean Kingston !
Like it or loathe it, Beautiful Girls has to be the catchiest tune of 2007, and has been a hit the world over. The song’s heavy rotation makes it seem like Sean Kingston has been around for ages. But there was a time when the teenager was struggling to get his music heard.
“I was basically just a young kid going to high school, trying to get my music out there and I felt like sending in demos wasn’t the best way to do it. I was on MySpace networking, trying to get my music out there. I was hitting up anybody who was anybody like Timbaland, Swizz Beats, Pharrell, all these big producers, just hitting them up like yo listen to my music, just give me a chance! The super-producers didn’t even reply to his messages. Those guys never replied, but then I ran across J.R’s Rotem page who I’m now signed to and who produced my album.
According to rollingstone.com, a Kanye West/Madonna collaboration may appear on the Material Madonna’s next album. While Madge & Pharrell Williams were putting finishing touches to her album at Record Plant in Los Angeles, West was next door working on the new Michael Jackson album. Pharrell introduced Madonna to Kanye, Kanye to Madonna, and the rest may be music history.
Kelis Dumped From Jive !
After releasing just one album on Jive Records in 2006, R&B songstress Kelis has reportedly been dropped from the label. Over the course of her career Kelis has been bounced around on Pharrell Williams’ Star Trak imprint, from the label’s switch from Virgin to Arista, ending up on Jive through a Sony/BMG merger. According to Entertainment Weekly, the eclectic artist has been ousted from the label.
“It was a case of being in the ever-shrinking world of the record industry and finding herself on a label she wasn’t signed to and without a champion,” Kelis’ manager, Jeff Rabhan told EW. “She’s a different kind of artist – very image and style-driven. It’s either something you get or you don’t.”
The R&B singer’s 2003 album, Tasty, was certified gold, largely due to the hit “Milkshake.” But her latest effort, Kelis Was Here, didn’t go over so well in the U.S., even with big guest spots including her respected emcee husband, Nas. Though the disc debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard Charts, it barely sold 150,000 copies according to SoundScan. Kelis isn’t letting rejection from Jive slow her down. She’s in talks to host a “Project Runway“- like show on VH1, while also auditioning for various TV and film roles. As for the music, Kelis has been busy working on an indie dance record with Cee-Lo, a pop disc with Guy Chambers and she may be shopping for a new label home soon.
Philly’s Most Wanted !
There’s A Big Interview with Philly’s Most Wanted on hiphopdx.com, where they’re talking about working with The Neptunes & their Solo Projects.Let’s go back to 2001 when everyone was just finding out who the group Philly’s Most Wanted was. The group that included a baby-faced rapper named Boo-Bonic along with fellow rhyme slinger and childhood friend Mr. Man. With backing from Pharrell & singer Kelis singing the memorable hook on the lead single “Please Don’t Mind” the group could go nowhere but up. But as quickly as the public seen them come even quicker did they leave us. Two singles done and over “Please Don’t Mind” and “Cross the Border” and two albums released alongside a rocky label change Philly’s Most Wanted were no longer to be found. So what are they doing now?
Talking About How They Hook Up With Pharrell !
“…When we got signed to Atlantic there was the A&R his name was Rich. There was also this guy named Ashton Chambers who runs Ice Cream now, so he used to work for Nike so he had a connect with the Nike stuff so he gave it to Pharrell. I guess Pharrell was trying to sell beats to people at Atlantic at the time. So he was going over there meeting with Ashton to, so we kind of met “Pharrell” at the place, and Rich was with us, and Rich already knew him, and he was like, “I want you to work with my guys,” and he heard us spit and we spit acapella for like 45 minutes over and over. And after that it was a wrap…”
Talking About Why “Cross The Border” The Video Get Banned !
“…In the video “Cross The Border,” we run across the border, and we had a meeting with BET and they was just like, “We’re not supporting that video. Because it is a blatant drug smuggling video and song.” And he told us that way before the first single got hot. So like everybody, people in the street our fans like, “Oh, I can’t wait for y’all, y’all gonna do this, y’all gonna do that.” We already knew we wouldn’t gonna be able to do nothing because we didn’t have the video support from the studios…”
Talking About Their Comeback !
“…What I’m doin’ now is “Young, Rich & Famous” my Solo Project. M.J. got a single with Swizz Beatz and I got a single with Pharrell. We both got all kinds of records with everybody out there, such as Cool & Dre. Pharrell gave me three new beats for my solo project. Basically, we goin’ come sideways at ’em like that and wildstyle ’em…”