The rap world may be filled with clones retracing each other’s steps. But with the release of their third album, “Seeing Sounds”, Shay, Chad and Pharrell want to show the world how boundaries can be your worst enemy. Hip Hops full of followers. From one song to the next, labels and artists have made money, hos and clothes as synonymous with the culture as the microphone itself. Maybe that’s why N¤E¤R¤D and their unique mashup of genres, fashion and swagger confuses the masses so much. Since their debut. 02’s “In Search Of…” the combination of production heavyweights The Neptunes with their childhood friend Shay Haley have been shining examples of Hip-Hop’s relentless creativity.
In fact, the producers of the crew made their names ring throughout popular culture by crafting the electro-infused soundscapes for Hip-Hoppers like Jay-Z, Nelly and Snoop Dogg abd pop acts like Gwen Stefani and Justin Timberlake. Exhibiting a frealessness rarely shown in the industry, the collective remains unafraid to make music that some heads wouldn’t classify as Hip-Hop. In doing this N¤E¤R¤D has found themselves quickly becoming the face of a new culture – one that is devoid of traditional barriers and rules.
In a landscape that is currently seeing themass merging of genres with bands like “Gym Class Heroes” and “Linkin Park”, along with the emergence of skater culture and 80’s fashion, the N¤E¤R¤D blueprint that was once considered weird, now seems groundbreaking. As they gear up for the Kanye West headlined “Glow In The Dark Tour” and again call upon their cult fan base with their new single “Everyone Nose”, the brothers of N¤E¤R¤D breaking down how they do their thing in hopes that you will find the strength to do yours.
Finally, my favourite, N¤E¤R¤D took the stage with a live band, two sets of drums, Chad Hugo on the keyboard, and Shay and Pharrell Williams doing vocals. This is it, this is what I was waiting for, and it was exactly what I expected. There was so much energy, dancing, yelling, screaming, and everything that Pharrell did, the crowd did. At one point, he asked all the people in the lawn section to jump with their umbrellas, and they all did. Amazed at the Canadian love for the group, they were asked to do it again so they could get in tape. Now that’s love!
While performing the song “Spaz”, there was a “surprise guest” Chris Brown, which to me was not much of surprise being that he is dating “good friends” with R&B singer Rihanna who also was on the show. During the song “Everyone Nose“, Pharrell brought a fan from the audience on stage. Man, how jealous was I! Later, to witness even more girl fans were being brought on stage during the song “She Wants To Move”, and Pharrell asking the girls to show how Canadian girls really get down. At the end of their set, Pharrell stuck around and shook hands with fans that were within reach of the stage, he is truly a great performer and seems to be very humble.
Meet N¤E¤R¤D Sunday June 1, 2008 at 2:00pm at Special Sauce in New York. Pre-order Seeing Sounds on CD or LP at the Looney Tunes Table at Special Sauce on Sunday June 1st beginning at 11:00am. The band will be meeting fans who pre-order the CD after their performance.
Special Sauce Skate Shop
37 E. Main Street
Bay Shore, NY 11706
Phil Collins says he was “flattered” when he heard that US rapper Akon and producer Pharrell Williams wanted to work with him. The former Genesis drummer said he would consider doing something with the pair, despite admitting that he was surprised they are fans. “I’m flattered that they’ve expressed the interest publicly, risking their careers in doing so,” Collins told Rolling Stone. “Anything is possible and I certainly would investigate doing that if I did think about doing something.” Last month, Collins said he had not plans to record another solo album in a bizarre interview with The Times newspaper.
Veteran rocker Phil Collins is surprised to be planning a future collaboration with hip-hop star Pharrell Williams because he thinks of himself as “tremendously unfashionable”. The Genesis star, who features in the latest Grand Theft Auto game, refuses to do anything he doesn’t feel comfortable with. He says, “I generally do things that are tremendously unfashionable. (But) if you start worrying about that you do things that aren’t really true to you. “Music critics tend to put people in boxes, but if you actually talk to the people involved, there’s a much more open field. “For example, Pharrell Williams and I are desperate to work together. I’m always surprised when young black kids come up to me and say, ‘Yeah man, I love (your 1989 album) but seriously.’”
Billboard Nagazine (May 17th). Robin Thicke’s soulful evolution continues on his highly anticipated third solo album, “Something Else,” as he takes a more uptempo stance. Thicke returns with a tighter (11 tracks) set that cohesively frames his potent mix of contemporary and classic R&B. Lead single “Magic” percolates with ’70s funk. On other tracks, the singer/musician shifts from Jimi Hendrix-spiked soul to Marvin Gaye mellow. He wrote and produced the entire album, forgoing cameos. That’s a departure from his 2006 platinum breakthrough, “The Evolution Of Robin Thicke,” which he co-wrote and co-produced with The Neptunes and sported guest turns from Lil’ Wayne and Pharrell.
Robin Thicke – Something Else (2008) (Due September)
– Magic (First Single)
– Sidestep (Second Single)
– Dream World
– Sweetest Love
– Mr. Loverman
From Their Blog: Our friends from Gakcity.com interviewed us before our Cutting Room show and put up the interview (with some footage from the show, including Pharrell’s infamous intro). Check it out, ladies. Bee Tee Dub, folks, Max really does begin each day with an eightball and a blow job. Don’t tell his mom, please. Seriously, guys. Don’t.
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