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June 2008

Pharrell Papermag Interview

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There is no stylist waiting in the penthouse of The Raleigh Hotel in Miami. There is no rack of designer clothes, no table piled with jewels. Every article of clothing and glittering accessory for this shoot arrives with N¤E¤R¤D frontman, super-producer, style arbiter and newly-minted jewelry designer, Pharrell Williams.

He strolls in just before noon wearing a black T-shirt and red baseball hat from his own line, Billionaire Boys Club, a pair of high-tops that are by A Bathing Ape, and a diamond-encrusted Jacob & Co.-designed keychain that’s hooked on the belt loop of the dark, slim-cut Levi’s he picked up in Tokyo last week and from which the key to his Ferrari Enzo dangles. It’s a look of studied nonchalance that Kanye West might spend an hour calculating, but when Williams says it’s just something he threw together, somehow I believe him. And that’s the beauty of being Pharrell Williams. Since everything he owns is already imbued with his own stylistic stamp, he can roll out of bed, throw on a pair of jeans, a T-shirt and his most comfortable kicks and, like that, he’s ready for his close-up.
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N¤E¤R¤D, Santogold & J. Casablancas (Converse Anniversary)

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To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the iconic shoe brand, Converse has brought together N¤E¤R¤D, Julian Casablancas and Santogold 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 and then again in L.A.
N¤E¤R¤D – My Drive Thru feat. Santogold & Julian Casablancas (Converse Anniversary)

www.nerdseeingsounds.com

Check out this new N¤E¤R¤D UK site
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N¤E¤R¤D X Special Sauce

N¤E¤R¤D X Special Sauce

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Chester French Live At Viper Room

She Loves Everybody
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Robot Rock (Daft Punk Cover)
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The Jimmy Choo’s
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Chester French Unplugged At Underground

Not Over You
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Beneath The Veil
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People
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Interview With Max
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Interview with D. A.
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Teyana Tayor Delayed

c38a4112-7fb0-49c0-8c6f-2b6ffbd29bf3.jpgDue to a weak response to the first single and iffy reviews of the pre-release, From A Planet Called Harlem (which “was supposed to” come out later this month) has been delayed indefinitely, now looking likely for a 2009 release. Almost all of the tracks that were recorded for the album (which was in fact finished some time ago) are being scrapped and they’re going back in to redo the album.

The good news is that one of the main issues for people who heard the current version of the album was a lack of involvement from The Neptunes, which likely means that she’ll end up working more with Pharrell than was originally planned. I don’t know what that’ll materialize into, of course, but there’s certainly a desire on everyone’s part to get much more Neptunes on the new version. Either way, don’t expect to hear the album for awhile. I’d bet that the old version will end up getting leaked out in the next few weeks though. Thanks To 30th Century Man

Chester French – Bebe Buell (Live At Metromix Party)

Chester French – Bebe Buell (Live At Metromix Party)
Thanks To Neptuner
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Tasha – So Sexy

Check out Tasha’s new track “So Sexy” on her myspace site.

Pharrell – How We Did It

Pharrell – How We Did It
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Lupe And Pharrell Interview

Lupe And Pharrell Interview



Madonna – Give It 2 Me (Video)

It was filmed in early April 2008, and was directed by fashion photographer Tom Munro.

Madonna – Give It 2 Me feat. Pharrell
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Lindsay Lohan’s Album Info

lindsay-lohan.jpgApparently Lindsay Lohan’s new album called Midnight Show (Due October 14/Motown Records) has 4 Neptunes tracks on it according to www.atrl.net Thanks To AirEasy

Lindsay Lohan – Midnight Show (Due October 14th)
- Promises In The Dark
– Wrapped Around Your Finger
– Midnight Show
– Put The Blame On Me

The Neptunes Pwned Jurassic 5

jurassic-5.jpgWell, Jurassic 5 has officially fucked off. Beware, the following explanatory post on the band’s Myspace: I would like to thank all those who left comments much respect especially to the one who left the comment on what happened to the group, well here you go. We met with Jimmy Iovine played him what we did got a few nods on certain songs one in particular “Work It Out” which he really liked he said and I quote ”I Really Like This Song But I Don’t See It As A First Single” which opened the door for us to work with some producers that he thought could give us that first single in which we interjected that we would like to work with Kanye West, Just Blaze, Pharrell and Scott Storch.

Kanye had a deal with Sony and couldn’t do it. We reached out to the rest, but they were busy. Scott Storch answered the call being he already had a production deal with Jimmy as well as he was a fan of the group and wanted to work. We did 4 songs, only kept one and that still wasn’t the first single (what the fuck) the first single turned out to be “Work It Out” the song Jimmy said ”He Don’t See It As A First Single
*synthesis.net

Conversations With N¤E¤R¤D

5007220.jpgThe creation of N¤E¤R¤D’s latest album has been a long and meticulous process. Unlike with their first two albums, In Search Of… and Fly Or Die , Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Shae Haley studied everything from the demands of the market to the technical intricacies of the music, calculating every aspect to a scientific degree. The result is Seeing Sounds, a neon-coloured firebomb, radiating energy and pulsating with power. On June 10, it will be released not only at a time when the trio feel it has no competition, but in the midst of likely the biggest hip-hop tour of the year, the Glow In The Dark Tour, which they are on with Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco and Rihanna.
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Res- You Know What (N¤E¤R¤D Demo)

res1.jpgThis is actually a demo of the *You Know What* song by N¤E¤R¤D off their new album *Seeing Sounds* performed by Shareese Renèe Ballard also known as Res, produced by The Neptunes. theneptunes.org spoke with exclusively Res about the collaboration between her and The Neptunes.

Here’s what she told us about “You Know What”…

Res: Me and Pharrell worked together and “You Know What” was one of the songs he wrote during the session. Jimmy Iovine didn’t think it was a good Res song, he thought it was a N¤E¤R¤D joint so i guess Pharrell thought that too and put it on his album. It’s all good. It sounds great and he was so fun to work with!

Res – You Know What (N¤E¤R¤D Demo)
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Rick Ross – Get Down

rick-ross.jpgHe just released his second studio album Trilla in March, but Rick Ross is already busy working on his third album called “Deeper Than Rap”, scheduled for release later this year. His new single is called “Get Down” and was produced by The Neptunes and features Pharrell.

Rick Ross – Get Down feat. Pharrell
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Pharrell – Get Down (La La La)
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Common – Universal Mind Control

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The first leak off Invincible Summer, “Universal Mind Control”, the first thing the listener recognizes as the song “Universal Mind Control” begins is that Common is obviously embracing the electro hip hop house sound that has been pervasive for about a year and a half now. But, when he starts rhyming the reminder that electro hip hop is nothing new comes swiftly as Common uses a familiar staccato rhyme pattern utilized in the early days of hip hop. Pharrell eventually chimes in on the chorus with a very Afrika Bambata-ish echo effect galvanizing B-boys to the dance floor. The computer funk sound gives the song a refreshing vintage yet current feel. The track sounds like it’s sampled from Afrika Bambaataa’s “Looking For The Perfect Beat”.

Common – Universal Mind Control feat. Pharrell
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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 (Neptunes)
– Changes
– Party Shit
– Dreaming
– Runaway feat. Santogold

Afrika Bambaataa – Looking For the Perfect Beat
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Ashanti – The Declaration (2008)

ashanti.jpgAshanti said during her June 2 appearance on 106 & Park that she recorded 52 tracks for the album, of which only 13 were used but none of the The Neptunes tracks made the final cut on Ashanti’s fourth album “The Declaration” released on June 3, 2008. MTV.com apparently said that the Thicke collabo is produced by The Neptunes which is obviously a mistake (it’s produced by Channel 7).

01 – Intro (Marcus Aurelius)
02 – The Way That I Love You (LT. Hutton, A. Douglass)
03 – You’re Gonna Miss (LT. Hutton, A. Douglass)
04 – So Over You (Darkchild)
05 – Struggle (LT. Hutton)
06 – Girlfriend (LT. Hutton)
07 – Things You Make Me Do feat. Robin Thicke (Channel 7)
08 – In These Streets (Ron Neff-U Feemster)
09 – Good Good (JD)
10 – Body On Me feat. Nelly & (Akon)
11 – Mother (Babyface)
12 – Shine (Peter Stengaard)
13 – The Declaration/Outro (Channel 7)

Leftovers
– Go Deeper feat. Robin Thicke (Neptunes)
– Untitled (Neptunes)

Solange – I Decided (Video)

solange.jpgThe video for “I Decided,” directed by Melina, is offering the viewer a glimpse of who Solange, the visionary, really is: It is the ultimate pop art piece. Its psychedelic, it’s adventurous, it’s colourful and not so colorful, it’s intelligent, and it’s the inner makings of Solange. “I love pop art; in fact I am a painter myself and have several pieces under my belt that I haven’t put on display but soon plan to.”
solange-i-decided-cds-2008.jpgThe “I Decided” video deals with pop culture from the 60s to the future. It displays Sol-Angel in settings from American Bandstand, to the Civil Rights Movement, to New Wave, and finally a “Cosmic Journey” future

Solange – I Decided (Video)
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Check out this CDM out listed with a Remix featuring Pharrell and a Timbaland Remix. It definitely looks interesting.

Solange – I Decided (CDM)
01 – I Decided (Main)
02 – I Decided (Radio)
03 – I Decided feat. Pharrell (Remix)
04 – I Decided feat. Timbaland (Timbaland Remix)
05 – I Decided (Freemasons Remix)
06 – I Decided (Mr. Mig Remix)
07 – I Decided (Azza Remix)
08 – I Decided (Instrumental)
09 – I Decided (Acapella)

N¤E¤R¤D – Everyone Nose (Live On Jimmy Kimmel)

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Reeeeeewind

366567.jpgJust found this article that talks about The Neptunes working on Commons last album Be… and also mentions a Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Girl (Neptunes Remix).

“…The out of this world duo of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, also knows as The Neptunes, were in both studio A and B working on various projects producing Common’s upcoming album “BE” with Drew Coleman engineering, as well as Robin Thicke’s upcoming album “Evolution Of Robin Thicke” with mixer Rich Travali adding his special touch to the project. They also scheduled a Remix for Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl” music video…”

*studioexpresso.com

N¤E¤R¤D – Seeing Sounds (2008)

What’s Up peeps, first of all sorry for the lack of updates these days, im tryna finish GTA4 til june 12th. Five more days and we get the new METAL GEAR SOLID 4 !!! …ah right and of course the new N¤E¤R¤D album :), anyways Make sure to cop 28 copies of the album and the 3 Bonus Tracks on iTunes. Here are the credits and scans of the album. Major Props to tha_G

The Scans
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Japan Release (June 10th)
UK Release (June 9th)
Germany Release (Already Available)
USA Release (June 10th)

Due on shelves June 9 in the UK and June 10 in the US, the record will be followed by a single on July 7 ‘Everyone Nose’.

The Credits

Intro (P.Williams)
Waterz of Nazareth Publishing/EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI)
Produced By The Neptunes
Recorded by Andrew Coleman at South Beach Studios, Miami and The Hit Factory/Criteria, Miami, FL.
Assisted by Hart Gunther and Mike Larson
Mixed by Neal H. Pogue at The Mix Room, Burbank, CA.
Assisted by Mikey Canzonetta

01 – Time For Some Action (P.Williams)
Waterz of Nazareth Publishing/EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI
Produced by The Neptunes
Recorded by Andrew Coleman at South Beach Studios, Miami and The Hit Factory/Criteria, Miami, FL.
Assisted by Hart Gunther, Mike Larson and Javier Valverde.
Vocals by Pelle Almqvist
Guitar by Niklas Almqvist and Mikael Karlsson Äström
Bass Guitar by Mattias Bernvall
Drums & Percussion by Christian Grahn
Mixed by Neal H. Pogue at The Mix Room, Burbank, CA. Assisted by Mikey Canzonetta

02 – Everyone Nose (All The Girls Standing In The Line For The Bathroom) (P.Williams, C.Hugo)
Waterz of Nazareth Publishing/EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI) , Raynchaser Publishing/BMG Music, Inc.
Produced by The Neptunes
Recorded by Andrew Coleman at South Beach Studios, Miami and The Hit Factory/Criteria, Miami, FL.
Assisted by Hart Gunther and Mike Larson
Mixed by Neal H. Pogue at The Hit Factory/Criteria, Miami,FL.
Assisted by Javier Valverde.

03 – Windows (P.Williams)
Waterz of Nazareth Publishing/EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI)
Produced By The Neptunes
Recorded by Andrew Coleman at South Beach Studios, Miami and The Hit Factory/Criteria, Miami, FL.
Assisted by Hart Gunther, Mike Larson and Javier Valverde.
Guitar by Niklas Almqvist and Mikael Karlsson Äström
Bass Guitar by Mattias Bernvall
Drums & Percussion by Christian Grahn
Mixed by Neal H. Pogue at The Hit Factory/Criteria, Miami,FL.
Assisted by Javier Valverde.

04 – Anti Matter (P.Williams, C.Hugo)
Waterz of Nazareth Publishing/EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI)
Produced By The Neptunes
Recorded by Andrew Coleman at South Beach Studios, Miami and The Hit Factory/Criteria, Miami, FL.
Assisted by Hart Gunther, Mike Larson and Rick Bryant.
Additional Recording by Neal H. Pogue
Additional Vocals by Danielle Patterson
Guitar by Brent Paschke
Drums by Eric Fawcett
Mixed by Neal H. Pogue at The Mix Room, Burbank, CA. Assisted by Shaun Evans

05 – Spaz (P.Williams)
Waterz of Nazareth Publishing/EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI)
Produced by The Neptunes
Recorded by Andrew Coleman at South Beach Studios, Miami and The Hit Factory/Criteria, Miami, FL.
Assisted by Hart Gunther, Mike Larson and Rick Bryant.
Guitar by Brent Paschke
Drums by Eric Fawcett
Mixed by Neal H. Pogue at Soth Beach Studios, Miami,FL.
Assisted by Femio Hernandez

06 – Yeah You (P.Williams)
Waterz of Nazareth Publishing/EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI)
Produced by The Neptunes
Recorded by Andrew Coleman at South Beach Studios, Miami and The Hit Factory/Criteria, Miami, FL and The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA.
Assisted by Hart Gunther, Mike Larson, Rick Bryant, Mike Hogue and Ryan Kennedy.
Horns by Chad Hugo
Guitar by Brent Paschke
Drums by Eric Fawcett
Mixed by Neal H. Pogue at Soth Beach Studios, Miami,FL.
Assisted by Femio Hernandez

07 – Sooner or Later (P.Williams)
Waterz of Nazareth Publishing/EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI)
Produced by The Neptunes
Recorded by Andrew Coleman at South Beach Studios, Miami and The Hit Factory/Criteria, Miami, FL.
Assisted by Hart Gunther, Mike Larson and Rick Bryant.
Additional Recording by Neal H. Pogue
Guitar by Brent Paschke
Drums by Eric Fawcett
Additional Background Vocals by Andrew Coleman, Eric Fawcett and Mike Larson
Mixed by Neal H. Pogue at Electric Lady Studios, New York,NY.
Assisted by Paul Suarez.

08 – Happy (P.Williams)
Waterz of Nazareth Publishing/EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI)   
Produced by The Neptunes
Recorded by Andrew Coleman at South Beach Studios, Miami,FL.
Assisted by Hart Gunther.
Keyboards by Chad Hugo
Guitar by Andrew Coleman
Mixed by Neal H. Pogue at The Mix Room, Burbank, CA. Assisted by Mikey Canzonetta

09 – Kill Joy (P.Williams)
Waterz of Nazareth Publishing/EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI)
Produced by The Neptunes
Recorded by Andrew Coleman at South Beach Studios, Miami,FL.
Assisted by Hart Gunther, Mike Larson and Rick Bryant.
Additional Recording by Neal H. Pogue
Keyboards by Chad Hugo
Guitar by Brent Paschke
Drums by Eric Fawcett
Mixed by Neal H. Pogue at The Mix Room, Burbank, CA.
Assisted by Mikey Canzonetta

10 Love Bomb (P.Williams, C.Hugo)
Waterz of Nazareth Publishing/EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI) , Raynchaser Publishing/BMG Music, Inc. (BMI)
Produced by The Neptunes
Recorded by Andrew Coleman at South Beach Studios, Miami,FL.
Assisted by Hart Gunther, Mike Larson and Rick Bryant.
Additional Recording by Neal H. Pogue
Guitar by Brent Paschke
Drums by Eric Fawcett
Strings arranged and conducted by Larry Gold at The Studio, Philadelphia, PA.
Engineer for strings recording by Jeff Ghestek.
Assisted by John Stahl
Violoins by Emma Krumms, Igor Szwec, Olga Konopelsky, Charles Parker, Luigi Mazzochi, Gregory Treperman; 
Viola by Davis Barnett, Peter Nocella;
Cello by Jennie Lorenzo
Mixed by Neal H. Pogue at The Mix Room, Burbank, CA.
Assisted by Shaun Evans

11 – You Know What (P.Williams)
Waterz of Nazareth Publishing/EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI)
Produced by The Neptunes
Recorded by Andrew Coleman at South Beach Studios, Miami and The Hit Factory/Criteria, Miami, FL and The Record Plant, Los Angeles,CA
Assisted by Jacier Valverde and Ryan Kennedy.
Keyboards by Chad Hugo
Guitar by Brent Paschke
Drums by Eric Fawcett
Mixed by Neal H. Pogue at South Beach Studios, Miami and The Hit Factory/Criteria, Miami, FL and The Record Plant, Los Angeles,CA

12 – Laugh About It (P.Williams)
Waterz of Nazareth Publishing/EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI)
Produced by The Neptunes
Recorded by Andrew Coleman at South Beach Studios, Miami and The Record Plant, Los Angeles,CA.
Assisted by Hart Gunther, Mike Larson and Rick Bryant.
Additional Recording by Neal H. Pogue
Guitar by Brent Paschke
Drums by Eric Fawcett
Mixed by Neal H. Pogue at The Hit Factory/Criteria, Miami,FL and The Record Plant, Los Angeles,CA.
Assisted by Javier Valverde and Ryan Kennedy.

Chester French at the Viper Room

Straight from their myspace bulletin

“Hey everyone;

We’re writing to tell you about our much awaited LA debut at the Viper room June 5th.

Do you have your tickets yet? If not, hit up this lank to buy them post haste. Which means ASAP.

Which means NOW!

The Viper Room show is with Kenan Bell, is presented by Girl School and there are a very limited # of tix left, so get on that.

I mean, C’MON!

Okay, so it might be hard to get in on the show… it’s a very limited amount of tickets left. So… we’re pleased to announce (for the first time ever) that we’re doing a meet & greet/ acoustic performance at UNDFTD Silverlake at 7:30 on June 5th as well. All of you guys are invited to check this out (especially if you’re under 21 and don’t have tickets to the Viper Room show) and stick around to meet us and hang out for a bit.”

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