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April 2008

N¤E¤R¤D Bringing The Beats

shae.jpg“It was time for us to get back in the studio and create,” said Shay Haley, “We were all doing our homework before creating this album, just collecting dope records from the past, expanding and thinking up innovative, creative ideas to approach the industry.” The live translation of the new songs was a main consideration in making the record. “The actual inspiration for this album was what we wanted it to be like onstage,” said Pharrell Williams, the producer-turned-singer and group status symbol.

“We wanted there to be a lot of energy, because our following is pretty cool: It’s like this underground, niche, cult kind of … open-minded, super-intelligent, seeking-energy individuals that are happy to be who they are, don’t care about what the next person is doing – universalist type of people.”N¤E¤R¤D draws listeners from across the musical genre spectrum. “It’s people of all walks of life, and what they all share in common is that they want to jump around and they want to get lost for an hour,” Williams said.

pharrell1.jpg“When they leave, it’s like the show was too short. It would feel too short because they’d had so much fun.” The group’s excitement toward the new album comes hot through the telephone. “I mean, come on,” Williams said. “If something as far-fetched as seeing the concept of synesthesia … getting to express that and be dead serious about it and have people listen to us. That’s such a gift in itself, you know? So, when you hear us sound the way we do, man, it’s because we love it, we love it.”

Williams described synesthesia as “an experience that almost everybody has when they’re in the shower, when the water blocks out everything and your mind is free to wander.” The feeling extended into an album concept that pairs live kinetics with vision-inducing effects. Tonight, thousands of students will see the results of this experiment as N¤E¤R¤D plays songs both new and old, back-to-back with performances by Rihanna, Lupe Fiasco and Kanye West at the Frank Erwin Center. The hugely popular “Glow In The Dark Tour” just rounded the two-week mark after many months of planning.

kanye.jpgKanye and I talked about it like a year ago, about going on tour together,” Williams said. “We’re so excited just to perform for our fans and become re-acclimated with everybody. We even did a pre-promo tour before this one just so that we could be back with the people who made us.” Williams emphasized the importance of connecting with the fans in small cities usually neglected by big tours. “Those are the kids that really, really care, and those are the kids that really work hard for everything they have, and so they therefore appreciate everything that they have, including experiences,” he said. “For us, that is the very DNA of N¤E¤R¤D, so for us this is so important – to go there first,” The band will also spend quality time together on the road, a rarity in their typically hectic schedules.

chad.jpg“We are on this tour, traveling in one spaceship on eight wheels,” said Chad Hugo, the reserved man behind the keys and synth, turning mock-serious to playful. “It’s gonna be delightful!” Recent side projects of the producers Williams and Hugo include work with Common, Madonna, Solange and Busta Rhymes, to name a few. “Yeah, you know we get super crazy,” Williams said, laughing. “There’s a lot of nice things coming out, and they all sound very different.” Freshness is essential for innovators like N¤E¤R¤D “Musically, for sure, you never want to repeat yourself,” Williams said. “We wouldn’t be caught dead in the same place, no way.” And as for the next evolution, Williams declined to comment, saying “that remains to be seen – we can’t let it all out.”

nerd.jpgBefore parting, superstar Williams offered one last token of experience to college students everywhere. “I just hope and pray that you’ve signed up for something that you love to do versus something that’s going to make you rich, because you can have a billion dollars and die and have a miserable life,” he said. “And you can be a poor person and do what you love to do everyday and die, and you’ll be the happiest person in the world.” Williams stopped and sighed, momentarily overwhelmed by fame and fortune.  “A good life is accounted for in a measure of happiness. It’s not how much money you have,” he said. “So when you’re fortunate to make good money by doing what it is that you love to do. That’s a great life.”
*dailytexanonline.com

Chester French Gives Props Again

chester-french.jpgOhh Chester Chester, we would like to thank again Chester French for giving us a shout-out on their Myspace Site (Blog). We really appreciate the Love you guys giving us. Thanks and we hope to continue to hear more great music in the future.

From Their Blog
Hello everyone;

This post is long overdue. A bunch of people have been saying really nice things about us and we thought we’d give them (and their blogs) a shout. So here goes… First and foremost we’ve got to thank the people at theneptunes.org. They never, ever case to show the love and update their readers on C French news. Make sure to check out the site ASAP.
*myspace.com/chesterfrenchblog
*myspace.com/chesterfrench

Re-Up Gang – The Saga Continues

re-up-gang-the-saga-continues.jpgThe Re-Up Gang released a “Best Of We Got It 4 Cheap” Mixtape through Suave House Records with some interesting tracks on it such as some Non-DJ tracks from We Got It 4 Cheap Vol. 1 and a Proper version of the Clipse Neptunes track “Stuntin’ Y’all” which only released on WGI4C Vol. 1 and on a VLS in 2005. There is a (Studio Version) of WGI4C Vol. 2 but not of WGI4C Vol. 1, so the Proper means it’s (Non-DJ) cuz the tracks haven’t been available without the DJ til now.

Re-Up Gang – The Saga Continues (2008)

01 – Re-Up (Intro) (WGI4C Vol. 2)
02 – Coast 2 Coast (WGIt4C Vol. 1) (Proper)
03 – Whats Up feat. Pharrell (WGI4C Vol. 2)
04 – Play Ur Part feat. Pharrell (We Got It 4 Cheap Vol. 2)
05 – Ultimate Flow (We Got It 4 Cheap Vol. 2)
06 – Stay From Around Me (WGIt4C Vol. 1) (Proper)
07 – Roll With Da Winners (WGI4C Vol. 2)
08 – Pussy feat. Pharrell (Remix) (Neptunes)
09 – The Sermon (WGIt4C Vol. 1) (Proper)
10 – Stuntin’ Y’all feat. Pharrell (Proper) (Neptunes)
11 – Niggas Know (WGIt4C Vol. 1) (Proper)
12 – Cross The Border (WGIt4C Vol. 1) (Proper)
13 – Re-Up Anthem (We Got It 4 Cheap Vol. 1)

Hard Candy Covers & Credits

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1. Candy Shop
Written by Madonna, Pharrell Williams
Produced by The Neptunes
Co-produced by Madonna

2. 4 Minutes
Written by Madonna, Timbaland, Danja, JT
Produced by Timbaland, Danja, JT

3. Give It 2 Me
Written by Madonna, Pharrell Williams
Produced by The Neptunes
Co-produced by Madonna

4. Heartbeat
Written by Madonna, Pharrell Williams
Produced by The Neptunes
Co-produced by Madonna

5. Miles Away
Written by Madonna, Timbaland, Danja, JT
Produced by Timbaland, Danja, JT
Additional keyboards by Hannon Lane

6. She’s Not Me
Written by Madonna, Pharrell Williams
Produced by The Neptunes
Co-produced by Madonna
Guitar By Wendy Melvoin

7. Incredible
Written by Madonna, Pharrell Williams
Produced by The Neptunes
Co-produced by Madonna

8. Beat Goes On
Written by Madonna, Pharrell Williams, Kanye West
Produced by The Neptunes
Co-produced by Madonna

9. Dance 2Night
Written by Madonna, Hannon Lane, Timbaland, JT
Produced by Timbaland, JT
Co-produced by Hannon Lane
Guitars by Dan Warner, Darrell Pearson
Bass by Darrell Pearson
Keyboards by Hannon Lane

10. Spanish Lesson
Written by Madonna, Pharrell Williams
Produced by The Neptunes
Co-produced by Madonna

11. Devil Wouldn’t Recognize You
Written by Madonna, Timbaland, Danja, JT, J. Henry
Produced by Timbaland, Danja, JT
Keyboards by Danja
Additional keyboards By Hannon Lane

12. Voices
Written by Madonna, Timbaland, Danja, JT, Hannon Lane
Produced by Timbaland, Danja, JT
Co-produced by Hannon Lane
Additional keyboards by Hannon Lane

iTunes Bonus Tracks:

13. Ring My Bell
Written by Madonna, Pharrell Williams
Produced by The Neptunes
Co-produced by Madonna

14. 4 Minutes (Peter Saves New York Mix)
Remix by Peter Rauhofer

15. 4 Minutes (Junkie XL Mix)
Remix by Junkie XL

16. Give It 2 Me (Paul Oakenfold Mix)
Remix by Paul Oakenfold

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Robin Thicke’s Mobile Advert “Magic”

Robin Thicke’s Mobile Advert “Magic”
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*theneptunes.org/robin to release first single magic with samsung electronics

Teyana Tayor At The Nelson ‘N Benny Show

Teyana Tayor At The Nelson ‘N Benny Show
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John Legend Going Mainstream

legend.jpgLegend’s new album is said to be more mainstream and radio friendly than his previous outing, 2006′s “Once Again,” and his 2004 debut, “Get Lifted.” This time around, the Grammy-winner has replaced his usual live instruments with 808 drums and futuristic synthesizers. “The last record was mellower,” says Legend. “The production this time is a little more up-tempo and more pop sounding than the last one.”

Legend is putting the finishing touches on his first single, “Green Light,” featuring Outkast’s Andre 3000, and expects to shoot the video in May. “It’s Over” featuring Kanye West and produced by Pharrell Williams may be the second single but Legend isn’t sure.

John Legend – Untitled (Due September)
Confirmed Tracks
- Green Light feat. Andre 3000
- Satisfaction
- Everybody Knows
- No Other Love
- Cross The Line
- This Time
- Good Morning
- Aim High
- It’s Over feat. Kanye West (Neptunes)
*singersroom.com

Solange – I Decided (Video Shoot)

Solange – I Decided (Video Shoot)
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Tiny Teyana Is Livin’ Large

m_2f483d360b6f596dc3746989171a369f.jpg“When in doubt, wear Jordans,” says 17-year-old Teyana Taylor, pointing down to her tiny feet. Genius out of the mouth of babes. You may not know who she is, but just “Google Me,” the title of her popular Internet single. The good life is coming – Taylor recently moved out of Harlem and into a Trump property in Westchester – but Pharrell Williams’ pretty protégé prides herself on keeping it real. “I wear a lot of Hell’s Belles, Diesel and a lot of Billionaire Boys Club,” says Taylor,. “Jeans, Jordans and a hat. It really don’t matter about the brand as long as they fit cute.”

Taylor is equal parts skater girl and Harlem princess with a twist of tomboy: Taverniti jeans, American Apparel hoodie, Cavalli necklace under a $5 boombox chain from girlprops.com and Jordans (duh). She says her style is influenced by the streets of Harlem. “If someone know they look fly, they’ll catwalk down the street because the street of Harlem is like a runway,” she says. Taylor’s album *nypost.com

Teyana Taylor – From A Planet Called Harlem (2008) (June 17th)
Producers & Guests: Hit Boy, The Neptunes, Jazze Pha, Bangladesh, Mad Scientist, Kelis, Frost, Shondre…
Confirmed Tracks
- Color Me Pink
- Young Girl
- Translation
- Traffic Stop
- Google Me (Jazze Pha)
- Complicated
- Switch It Up (Neptunes)
- Good Enough
- Naah Mean
- Rock Star (Jazze Pha)

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