N¤E¤R¤D are set to release a feature film about their journey from the recording studio to live performances. The film, scheduled for a December 2008 release, has been directed by none other than famed Hip Hop video connoisseur Hype Williams. Pharrell revealed all on whilst being interviewed by Angie Martinez on New York radio station Hot 97 “The movie is going to be like The Beatles’ Hard Day’s Night… It’s a full length film. It’s for our fans.” Hype, aka Harold, has worked with almost everybody in hip-hop; from the Notorious B.I.G. to Kanye West, Jay-Z to LL Cool J and is also responsible for N¤E¤R¤D’s Rock Star video.
Check out this interview by Common where he is talking about his upcoming album “Invincible Summer” and his first single produced by The Neptunes “Universal Mind Control (U.M.C.)” (Due End Of May).
P: You’re shooting to release Invincible Summer in July, right? What have you been listening to as inspiration during this recording process?
C: Yeah, mid-July, but I’m striving for June. If I tried to talk about hip-hop, I’d be making up some names. I don’t know what’s happening in rap. But I have been listening to Radiohead’s Kid A, Voodoo by D’Angelo, I still listen to that album a lot. I’ve been listening to my music of course, and N¤E¤R¤D
P: I see you’ve only worked with Outkast producer Mr. DJ and The Neptunes on this LP, no Kanye?
C: Kanye was focusing on his “Glow In The Dark” show, so he wasn’t able to get into the studio. But Invincible worked out well, organically. Mr. DJ and The Neptunes gave me a fresh sound. Whatever producer I work with I’ll say “hey, I want to go there” and sometimes they’ll go left, sometimes they’ll go right and sometimes it’s some shit I never expected. With Pharrell and Chad, The Neptunes, they’ve been able to stretch out with me, like “Universal Mind Control (U.M.C.)” doesn’t sound like a Neptunes’ track.
“Universal Mind Control (U.M.C.)”
“choptstick drums, fast rhymes, “this is that new shit…some pop some lock, chics hypnotic…dance to melodic technotronic beats…take off they clothes to”…”you know you like it, its calling your name.” Layered, flute, rising electro keys. ehn.
“What A World” feat. Chester French
“stabbing drums, ting tings w/ can, fuzzy “EH!!!” Cheers-what a world repeated 2x on chorus, he’s rapping like Whodini ala “freaks come out at night”, bouncy guitar, electronic keys, futuristic “ehown-sounding” key on the off beat, “you ain’t make no hit song he tells himself you gotta do what you do.” Make the song stop please. Common tells us this song is “about my evolution but I wanted to do it in an uplifting way. I usually be able to break down the lyrics but this time, just “booties pop it, coochies drop it.” he laughs, we do too, but only out of politeness.
Common – Invincible Summer (June 24)
- Universal Mind Control (U.M.C.) (Neptunes)
– Make My Day feat. Cee-Lo
– Punch Love
– What A World feat. Chester French
– Party Shit
– Runaway feat. Santogold
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the iconic shoe brand, Converse has brought together Pharrell, Julian Casablancas, Santogold and N¤E¤R¤D to create an original full length track. The song will be made available to the world as a free online download. The collaboration came together when Pharrell and Julian sat down to discuss ideas in New York. After Julian was on board, Pharrell saw Santogold at SXSW for the first time and thought she would be a perfect fit. Santi recorded with Pharrell in Miami. Julian recorded with Pharrell in Miami after Santogold & then again in L.A.
“Everybody on it does their own separate thing and we didn’t do it together so it ends up being just this weird long song with sort of everybody with lots of their own personalities separate.”Pitchfork heard the track today, and we have to say that her description is quite spot-on. Over a bouncy rhythm indebted to old school soul, the three take turns singing verses that seem to have little to do with one another, and absolutely nothing to do with Converse or shoes in general. It sounds like a less shiny, more downtown version of the Timbaland/Justin Timberlake/Nelly Furtado Jam “Give It to Me”, complete with silly disses of unidentified targets (“I find your approach so adolescent / I may look young, but your game is pre-pubescent,” Santogold sings.)
Pharrell makes the unfortunate decision to try to sing (that has never worked out well in the past), crooning come-ons like “now thank you for coming to my drive-thru.” As usual, Julian sounds like he just woke up, making the line “if you wanna be like us you better work every night” kind of comical. There’s also a part near the end where everybody sings about how they “just wanna dance.” All in all, it should sound just fine in a TV Commercial.
Shoutout to mnkey & wmorefresher.com. Verbal and Wise talk about the birth of the Teriyaki Boyz and how their name was chosen with DJ Semtex. They also discuss working with Pharrell & Kanye, The Zock On! Track being made with buckets, meeting Nigo and basicly a bunch of stuff you probly haven’t really heard from them before, since they do limited interviews.
From Chesters Blog: The song we did with Talib Kweli and Res, “Fall Back,” has been getting play EVERYWHERE! First we were all over the hip hop blogosphere (with notable links on Nah Right, Hip Hop DX, XXL and On Smash) and then we hit the political blogs (with the crowning achievement: a link on the Daily Kos). Then D. A. got a call Sunday afternoon that the video was actually featured on CNN! What the… That’s tremendous. If you haven’t seen the video yet, check it out:
“Those are common comparisons because there aren’t a lot of white dudes in this lane. I love Robin Thicke and Justin, they are amazing artists. These records are my perspectives on relationships and I think my style of singing is different. It’s easy to make those comparisons because sonically they sound similar, but what we share is a passion and love for this style of music.”
Once again, the MTV News Hip-Hop Brain Trust members are picking, sorting and battling over their choices for the Top 10 Hottest MCs In The Game. They are considering everyone who has been active from the time of the highly controversial first “Hottest MCs In The Game” — which published in July of last year — up until now. The artists are being judged on lyrics, flow, swagger and overall impact. Here is the list. Clipse didn’t make it to the Top 10.
9. Andre 3000
8. Young Jeezy
7. Lupe Fiasco
6. 50 Cent
5. Snoop Dogg
4. Rick Ross.
3. Lil’ Wayne
1. Kanye West
N¤E¤R¤D – Seeing Sounds (2008) (June 9th) (UK)
01 – Intro / Time For Some Action
02 – Everyone Nose
03 – Windows
04 – Anti Matter
05 – Spaz
06 – Yeah You
07 – Sooner or Later
08 – Happy
09 – Kill Joy
10 – Love Bomb
11 – You Know What
12 – Laugh About It
13 – Lazer Gun
– I Can’t Get It Out My Head
– Gimme A Break feat. Linkin Park
– Untitled feat. The Hives
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Robin Thicke is feeling the “Magic” on his new single due May 20th, the first cut from his third studio album due this summer. The R&B singer introduced his soulful sound to the world on the platinum certified album “The Evolution Of Robin Thicke” in 2006. Since then the artist who earned praise for his soulful and classic sound on records like “Can U Believe” and “Wanna Love U Girl” has been working on the follow up album tentatively titled “Something Else,” which the singer reportedly wrote and produced from start to finish.
On “Magic,” the uptempo first single from “Something Else,” (due July 1st) Thicke expands on his sultry, classic R&B sound reminiscent of a “feel good” Marvin Gaye or Isaac Hayes record where Thicke explains “sometimes you feel no hope, I’ve been there across that lonely road.” Celebrating with horns, horns and more horns he croons about that perfect relationship on “Magic” saying – “I can make it alright, I can wake up in paradise. We got that magic girl.” Thicke’s “Magic” is slated for release on May 20th, (Check Out The Single at robin-thicke.net) with “Something Else” due July 1st via StarTrak/Interscope.
Robin Thicke – Something Else (2008) (July 1st)
– Magic (First Single)
– Sidestep (Second Single)
– Dream World
– Sweetest Love
– Mr. Loverman
The girls are working with Timbaland, Ne-Yo, Pharrell, Snoop Dogg, Rodney Jerkins, and Sean Garrett this time around for their sophomore (Untitled Yet) album due this September. Their first single “When I Grow Up” is due May 20th produced by Darkchild. You can check their first single here.
Santogold, the refreshing new artist who sounds like Gwen Stefani reacting to M.I.A., has joined Strokes leader Julian Casablancas and renaissance man Pharrell Williams to record a new song/video/ Converse ad campaign. Santogold says the final product is “such a Pharrell track,” which either means that it’s the R&B smash of the summer or an embarrassing trainwreck with noxious jazz keyboards.
I would think the presence of Mr. Casablancas would edge things towards the latter possibility, but maybe I just don’t have enough faith in Converse.”Julian and I, I mean everybody on it does there own separate thing and we didn’t do it together so it ends up being just this weird long song with sort of everybody with lots of their own personalities separate,” White explained. The singer, who has also shot a video for the song, said she felt that “everybody really represented themselves well on it.”
With it’s American debut April 29, “Hard Candy” sold 100,000 copies on it’s first day of release in the U.S. alone, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Madonna’s new single, “Give It 2 Me,” will be released in July, along with its music video which will feature Pharrell Williams. Pharrell hearing his excitement about going toe-to-toe on Madonna’s latest album, “Hard Candy,” with his old bandmate and fellow Virginian super-producer Timbaland, his intensity becomes crystal clear.
“I thought I worked hard before, and I did work hard. But I know how to work hard now,” Williams says with a chuckle. “I mean, after I heard Tim’s tracks, I realized a damn-near 50-year-old woman was gonna have the hottest album in the game. It’s insane.”
Check out a preview of Sandman’s Mixtape “Gianormous” at Fader with three Sandman songs.
Sandman – The Gianormous Mixtape (2008)
– I Really Main It
– What You Gonna Do feat. Lil’ Spazz & Housewife
– Footprints In The Sand
– 1-2 1-2 (Ride)
– Back Block Bandits (B.B.B.) feat. Tommy Kaine & Lil’ Spazz
After some musicians such as, Ne-Yo, G-Unit and The Game have their new albums’ release date being pushed back, Nelly is set to join the club. According to new reports, the St. Louis rapper’s upcoming LP “Brass Knuckles” which supposedly set for June 24 release has now been changed to August 19. Rap-Up.com claimed that the decision to push back the new record comes from Nelly’s recording company Universal Records. Unfortunately, there are no more details regarding the reason behind that decision.
Nelly – Brass Knuckles (2008) (August 19th)
- Let It Go feat. Pharrell
“Even the teachers would be dancing like crazy,” Haley said. “We have a serious library of music in our heads,” Hugo said. “We draw on everything from music appreciation that we learned in school, to hip-hop, rock, pop and any other sounds you can imagine.” “Most of the songs out there about being in the club are just boring,” Williams said. “It’s almost like life imitating art. That’s my problem. So many songs are about being in the club that you listen to them and you’re almost desensitized.” “Seeing Sounds” is anything but routine hip-hop fare. Williams says the lyrics “are mostly subconscious things you think about to yourself that not a lot of people write songs about.” Musically, N¤E¤R¤D’s tapped some highly unexpected guests.
“We’re not egotistical, so we always just do what we believe is most suitable for the record,” Haley said. “On this project we felt like involving The Hives would definitely enhance the album, so we went and got up with them. ”Nightclubs are unlikely to put this track or the rest of “Seeing Sounds” in rotation. Which is fine with the N¤E¤R¤D guys. They won’t be on the dance floor anyway. “We have no social life,” Williams said. “Talking and hanging out with people is a rarity for me. I already did all my partying. All that’s left for me to do is be passionate about my music, whether everybody else likes it or not.”
Kanye West’s ego is the stuff of lore. In four years as a solo artist he has thrown tantrums and stormed the stage at award shows; ripped President Bush at a Hurricane Katrina benefit; and most recently chewed out an Entertainment Weekly Reporter on his blog, even telling him to “kill yourself” for giving his Glow In The Dark Tour a B+. His show Sunday at the Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater confirmed what everyone already suspects – he is his own dream date and deity. Fortunately, there were other stars on this show. Singer Rihanna sounded shockingly great as she performed her hits, including “Umbrella,” and rapper Lupe Fiasco opened the show with a solid set of songs including “Superstar.”
But the true star of the bill had to be No One Ever Really Dies, the rock group consisting of Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Shay Haley of Virginia Beach. Maybe it was because they were at home, but even without expensive sets and pyro, N¤E¤R¤D’s performance was lively and inspired.
Of this group, Williams is the obvious star, but he never overshadowed either his group’s music or Hugo and Haley. They came out to an apparently new track from their forthcoming album “Seeing Sounds,” and, through a steady rain, performed a song that might be described as a mixture of gangsta rap and heavy metal. “Are you ADHD?” they screamed during the chorus. The rain stopped. N¤E¤R¤D tore through its oeuvre, doing “Brain,””Lapdance,” and another new thrash-rap song called “Spaz.” Chris Brown, the singer from Tappahannock who is rumored to be dating Rihanna, surprised everyone with an appearance and high energy dance moves.
“I don’t need to say nothing corny,” said Williams, as Haley played the energetic rapper and Hugo played the super-cool, shades- wearing aloof dude behind the keys. “Y’all know where we’re from. You know we’re from here. We eat at 7-Eleven. We know the big booty girls hang out at Military Circle Mall and we know there’s a lot of talent here in the Seven Cities. Thank you for inspiring this song.” The group then played “Rock Star.”N¤E¤R¤D did its new single “Everyone Nose” and Norfolk’s Fam-Lay also stopped by for one tune “Da Beeper Record” there were at least nine performers on stage at times. A gaggle of pretty girls came on stage to dance for “She Wants To Move,” wiggling around Williams. As N¤E¤R¤D finished its set, Williams, who is by now certainly by now aware of his own iconography, posed for the screen, forming his hands into the “two up, two down” gesture symbolizing Virginia & Star Trak \\//.
From Chesters Blog: So here’s something pretty frickin’ awesome that came up. Our friend Arjan from Arjan Writes has nominated us for an MTV Logo NewNowNext Award in the Bring of Fame: Song category. We have some pretty amazing competition (big ups Janelle!) but if enough of you guys vote for us, we can win this thing!
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