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October 2008

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Common’s Album Pushed Back Again, December 9th

Common usually doesn’t have to do much to catch anyone’s attention. Whether it’s appearing in videos, starring in feature films, popping up in a rare episode of NBC’s, “Scrubs” or collaborating with well renowned producers, Common could sneeze and garner the attention of many. However, with his new body of work, Universal Mind Control, predominately produced by The Neptunes, a couple of eyebrows quickly shot up; some were even considerably concerned with the move. But if you let Common tell it, approval is the last things he’s in search for this time around. “The new sound for Universal Mind Control was inspired by me just wanting to create some music that was fun and people could enjoy,” Common explained to BET.com. Though Common’s last Lp, Finding Forever, was mainly produced by Kanye West, collaborative efforts from Mr. Love Lockdown himself, are obsolete from UMC.

No, the two aren’t beefing, but with Kanye tweaking his latest offering, 808’s & Heartbreak, finding time to hit the studio with ‘Ye was a bit difficult. No worries, Pharrell and The Neptunes had no problem stepping in for Mr. West. Common said of linking with Pharrell and his team, “We’ve always talked about doing music and I would run into him occasionally, but there was a particular situation when I ran into him and I said, ‘Man brother let’s do some stuff’ and from then we started working.” And once both parties got started, nothing could derail their course of action, “It became such a natural creative process that we felt we needed to keep on with the work. Energy is energy, so this had that natural flow to it.” And since Common’s vocals touched a good number of records this past year, one should assume returned favors would be shooting in left and right, right?

“On this project, I really don’t have a lot of features to be honest,” Common disclosed. However, he did manage to reveal some information about two individuals on Universal Mind Control outside him, The Neptunes and Mr. DJ, “I do have Cee-Lo from Goodie Mobb and Gnarls Barkley featured on a cut called, “Make My Day”, which was produced by Mr. DJ. It’s also an artist from the UK that I have on the album named Martina Topleeburg, who’s really dope! I really took the album somewhere else more than anything.” Surprisingly, Common did in fact reach out to one specific songstress for a guest appearance, but oddly enough, didn’t receive a call back, “I did make a call out to Sade, but she didn’t call me back, though. It’s all good,” Common said with a chuckle. Universal Mind Control hits stores December 9 via G.O.O.D. Music/Geffen Records.
*bet.com

Common Zune Interview

Common – Universal Mind Control (2008) (December 9th)
Producers & Guests: Cee-Lo, The Neptunes, Mr. DJ, Chester French, Santogold, Martina Topleeburg, Kanye West…
Confirmed Tracklist:
- Universal Mind Control feat. Pharrell (Neptunes)
- Make My Day feat. Cee-Lo
- Punch Drunk Love feat. Kanye West (Neptunes)
- What A World feat. Chester French (Neptunes)
- Changes
- Party Shit
- Dreaming
- Gladiator feat. Pharrell (Neptunes)
- Runaway feat. Santogold
- Sex For Sugar (Neptunes)
- Announcement feat. Pharrell (Neptunes)
- The Eye feat. Pharrell (Neptunes)

Lindsay Lohan – Spirit In The Dark (Cover) (2008)


This Is Apparently The Official Cover Of Lindsay’s New Album
Spirit In The Dark.

Lindsay Lohan – Spirit In The Dark (2008) (November 4th)
Producers & Guests
: The Neptunes, Timbaland, Ne-Yo, JR Rotem, Stargate, Akon Bloodshy, Avant…
- Playground feat. Pharrell

Lil’ Wayne To Work With The Neptunes

Lil’ Wayne, Robin Thicke & Pharrell

It’s not quite time for Tha Carter IV yet, but Lil’ Wayne is ready to release new music. Weezy told MTV News at the BET Hip-Hop Awards that he’s putting out Tha Carter III again, but it won’t be the traditional revamp album with just one or two new songs. Wayne is going all out, making the project an entirely different LP. Right before his chat with MTV News, Wayne had Pharrell Williams on the bus discussing future work. Skateboard P said their talk was “very interesting.” Meanwhile, Wayne said he’s been locked in with some up-and-coming producers, as well as an acclaimed production duo from Miami. “Shout to Pharrell,” *mtv.com

Pharrell & D. A. On CNN News


Janelle Monae
, D.A. from Chester French, Common and Pharrell Williams all talked with the news anchor in a CNN segment about the importance for young people to vote in the upcoming U.S. presidential elections. “I just encourage people to vote,” Pharrell says. “No matter what will happen you can’t be mad with the outcome. You can tell yourself ‘hey, at least I put my energy into it and there wasn’t much more I could do.” D.A. from Chester French calls it a “pivotal” election and says it is “inspiring” that so many young people are reengaging in the political process. The news piece should be up on CNN.com soon.
*arjanwrites.com

Chester French Fall Tour Diary Episode 8: Las Vegas

When we last left you, we were on our way to Vegas. Well, we make it with little trouble, but once we show up, we realize the stage at the House of Blues in the Mandalay Bay is effin’ small. So, on the fly, we have to ditch our drum set and bass rig and share with the dudes from N¤E¤R¤D. So we sound-check and chill out a bit at the casino. Our keyboard player, Tyler, is a high stakes roulette player, so he heads off to the tables while the rest of us get food. After about twenty minutes, Tyler comes back shirtless. We don’t ask any questions, but everyone knows what went down. Then it’s show time. After the show, we split up. Peaches and Max went back to the hotel, Manny and Omar went looking for some fun, DA and Lukas went to a club and Tyler… well, he had to go buy a new shirt. Until next time…
-DA & Max

Chester French Fall Tour Diary Episode 8: Las Vegas


Fall ’08 Tour Diary, Episode 8: Vegas from Chester French on Vimeo.

*myspace.com/chesterfrench

Apl De Aps In The Studio With Chad Hugo

Here is an old article from a blog that says that Chad worked with Apl De Aps back in 2007, check it out. “Yo I’m not going to front, I was real excited to meet Chad. He’s a real down to earth dude. Very talented. Yo so Rae and I got to got to LA and hit the Record Plant. We were there with Apl De Aps (Black Eyed Peas, Jeepney) and got to see these two talented dudes work together. Man let me tell you, it was an experience. I got some good stories from this trip. On the drive to LA Rae knocks out another hit called “Casting Call” produced by M-Dubb. As soon as we get to LA we hit Apl’s Studio and record the track. We left the studio at 5am after I mixed the track. Then the next morning we go to the Record Plant to work on Chad and Apl’s session. First we get there and we are setting up and getting the vibe going, and this girl walks in and starts talking to Chad and Apl like she knows them. They were try be as polite as possible but no one recognized her.

She had huge sunglasses on and her hat real low. She was talking to them and they were like who is this? Then Chad asks her “where do we know you from?” She like “it’s me”, takes off her glasses and hat and says “Nicole” Me and Rae almost fell out our seats. It was Nicole from the Pussycat Dolls. You should of seen the smile on our faces. LOL. She even waved bye to us. Yeah we were a little starstruck. It’s Nicole Foe! Don’t front. If you were there you would’ve been too. Second story, Chad played us some stuff he was working on and damn, he did a track for Alicia Keys and the track was so off the hook. When you hear that track when it comes out, remember that I told you about it and then you will know what I mean. Don’t believe me, ask Rae or DJ Replay, or better yet call Chad yourself here’s his number 1-800-neptunes. Call him. He’s waiting for your call right now.
*17hertz.blogspot.com

2008 BET Hip-Hop Awards


The 2008 BET Hip-Hop Awards were taped on Saturday at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta, GA. T.I., 50 Cent, Ciara, Pharrell, Big Boi, Salt-N-Pepa, T-Pain, Keri Hilson, Monica, Ice Cube, Yung Joc, Soulja Boy, Flo Rida, Russell Simmons, and MC Lyte were among those spotted on the red carpet.



*rap-up.com

Pharrell Willams To Become A Dad?

Pharrell Williams might be trying to hide his girlfriend’s identity, but the gender of their child is no more a mystery, according to reports. The star couple is reportedly expecting a baby boy.

The gender of the child came to be known when the singer was overheard bragging at Pharrell. West Lounge on West 22nd Street that he’ll soon be the proud papa of a little boy, reports The New York Post. It has been alleged that he is dating a Miami-dwelling Latina named Helen. Williams’ rep chose not to comment.
*newstrackindia.com

Beyoncé’s Rumored Tracklist

Beyoncé Knowles reportedly has plans to release two albums and is promoting the projects on websites called Sasha Fierce (www.whoissashafierce.com and www.myspace.com/sashafierce ). Beyoncé’s Disc 1 is apparently called “I Am Beyoncé”, and Disc 2 is titled “I Am Sasha”. According to the same reports “I Am Beyoncé” will contain ballads and a pop oriented sound. “I Am Sasha” is set to be a more urban and high tempo CD. Thanks To LeonM.

Beyoncé – I Am (2008)

Disc 1: “I Am Beyoncé”
01 – If I Were A Boy (Toby Gad)
02 – Halo (Ryan Tedder)
03 – Disappear (Amanda Ghost, Dave McCracken, Ian Dench)
04 – Broken-Hearted Girl (Stargate)
05 – Avé Maria (Stargate)
06 – Smash Into You (C. “Tricky” Stewart,The-Dream)
07 – Satellites (Amanda Ghost, Dave McCracken, Ian Dench)
08 – That’s Why You’re Beautiful (Andrew Hey)

Disc 2: “I Am Sasha”
01 – Single Ladies (C. “Tricky” Stewart, The-Dream)
02 – Radio (Jim Jonsin, D-Town, Rico Love)
03 – Diva (Mr. Bangladesh, Sean Garrett)
04 – Sweet Dreams (Jim Jonsin, Wayne Wilkins, Rico Love)
05 – Video Phone (Mr. Bangladesh, Sean Garrett)
06 – Hello (REO)
07 – Ego (Elvis “BlacElvis” Williams, Harold Lilly)
08 – Scared Of Lonely (Darkchild)
09 – Why Don’t You Love Me (Solange Knowles, Bama Boyz)

*rnbmusicblog.com

Lindsay Lohan’s “Playground” On October 25


Music Trauma Magazine
reported Thursday October 16th that KIIS FM will air Lindsay Lohan’s ‘Playground’ single on October 25, 2008, followed by a release on iTunes on Tuesday, October 28, followed by the album, ‘Spirit In The Dark’ hitting shelves the following Tuesday. Thanks To Bass.

VH1 The Fabulous Life feat. Pharrell


Make sure you catch the new episode of The Fabulous Life featuring Pharrell on VH1.  It aired last night but will be back on Monday October 20th at 3AM and 5PM EST.
*bbcicecream.com

N¤E¤R¤D Share The Bill At Hard Rock

N¤E¤R¤D concert did little to disappoint the audience who came to see the double-bill at Hard Rock live. Armed with a live band that included not one, but two drummers playing simultaneously, N¤E¤R¤D members Pharrell and Shae launched into the roaring “Anti-Matter“; the first notes of the song’s guitar riff the only announcement of the band’s arrival on stage. The response was immediate: Several fans greeted the group’s Prince-meets-License To Ill-era Beastie Boys-meets-foam party at a sci-fi convention sound with hands giving the sign for “live long and prosper.” The sonic jihad continued followed by the twin assault of “Brain” and “Killjoy,” off N¤E¤R¤D’s premier album In Search Of… and newest venture Seeing Sounds , respectively. Pharrell, dressed in a T-shirt, jeans and a backward baseball cap, initially had trouble hearing him throughout the first few songs, signaling to have his mic turned up.

But these mishaps did little to ebb the energy of the evening. Pharrell seemed amped up almost to the point of aggression, introducing the Seeing Sounds ballad “Sooner Or Later,” (“…sooner or later / it all falls down…”) with a speech about the current state of the stock market. Later, Pharrell hand-picked male members of the audience to come onstage and dance with the band during the raucous “Lapdance,” which compares politicians to strippers, but not before a rallying cry to vote for Barack Obama in the upcoming election. After the song finished and the audience members went backstage, Pharrell called out one lucky fan named David who the band had met with at their hotel before the concert, and thanked him personally for being “a real N¤E¤R¤D fan.” Pharrell would bring more audience members on stage to dance with – this time all females – for “Everyone Nose (All The Girls Standing In The Line For The Bathroom)” and “She Wants To Move,” the sole representative number from N¤E¤R¤D’s second album, Fly Or Die.
*www.centralfloridafuture.com

Pharrell & Common To Perform At 2008 BET Hip-Hop Awards


The two will perform a track off Common’s new album Universal Mind Control.
*rap-up.com

Robin Thicke Astound Stereo Tracks


AstoundStereo™
is the next dimension in the evolution of audio. Sounds appear to emanate from all around the listener. It elevates and widens the stereo image for a truly immersive and new listening experience.

Everybody will enjoy AstoundStereo™, as it only requires 2 speakers or headphones, and it also integrates seamlessly with all Surround Sound delivery formats. It requires no special hardware or decoding devices, making it compatible with any and all audio playback devices.

Robin Thicke – Sidestep (Astound Stereo)

Robin Thicke – Cry No More (Astound Stereo)

Robin Thicke – Shadow Of Doubt (Astound Stereo)

Robin Thicke – Dreamworld (Astound Stereo)

Robin Thicke – Magic (Astound Stereo)

Chester French Fall Tour Diary – Episode 7: Peaches Interviews Max About Candy


Fall ’08 Tour Diary: Episode 7 from Chester French on Vimeo.

Real Hip Hop Music From The Soul, Y’all

“Give me some of your tots!” Superstar producer/rapper/singer Pharrell Williams is one half of The Neptunes, best friends for life with Kanye, Snoop and JT, and a big part of why music today sounds the way it does. But that can’t stop his show from having technical difficulties that keep him offstage. So obviously, Pharrell entertains an audience waiting for him in the dark by quoting Napoleon Dynamite. Technical issues finally sorted out, the N¤E¤R¤D front man, with Chad Hugo, a live band and two full drum sets, set loose the full funkiness of his lithe, awkward frame and released alternately silky, spastic and stoned vocals. The set started with the fuzz-and-shout-mantra thrasher “Anti-Matter” off of N¤E¤R¤D’s latest album, Seeing Sounds. The band was, by turns, tight and loose in all the right places, and the mixed bag of hipsters and Real Hip-Hoppers took to it warmly. But Pharrell, a sort of lizard-prince/cheerleader, demanded the crowd get crazier.

While Williams and Hugo may have full faith in their hip-hop/funk/metal fusion, the folks there to see the Backpack friendly Common seemed a little unsure about Pharrell, with his over-sized glasses and American Apparel clad acolytes. It’s hard to say whether the band helped or hurt their cause by taking about three minutes out of the show to hand pick ladies from the crowd to join them on stage. Happily, all disparate feelings about N¤E¤R¤D disappeared when the audience felt the bouncing bass and insistent horns of their hit “Everybody Nose.” Audience members throwing Star Trak symbols in the air to honest-to-goodness body movers like “Spaz“, “You Know What” and “She Wants To Move“. By the end of their action packed, crowd-surfing, sweaty set even the stodgiest back-packer must have been convinced. Common, perhaps influenced by Kanye West’s scripted Glow In The Dark Tour, flecked his set with dialogue roughly revolving around him trying to pick up ladies at a bar. This was not particularly credible, nor particularly welcome from a man whose current revered status comes from his earnestness, insight and romanticism.

Previewing a few tracks off his forthcoming album, Common tried to showcase a younger, more vibrant sound, with sing-along friendly choruses and shiny neon beats. Common’s slowish, deliberate flow has a majesty that fits his usual introspection but can make a come-on sound awkward. Unlike Pharrell, Common can’t ask how many girls in the audience like giving brain. Instead, talking to the actors portraying the bar on stage, he dropped bon mots like “I’ll have the sangria. The ladies can have whatever they like.” Oh Common, you sangria drinking fool; don’t you see you’re too sensitive to be slick? Performing a full five tracks off his seminal Be, Common absolutely dazzled. His re-vamped version of “Testify” was a massive, nuclear force that had the assembled bros jumping and raising their hands to the sky. Common poured old favourites like “The Light” over a devoted and adoring crowd and by the time he was done had taken off his cumbersome leather hipster jacket revealing a simple t-shirt, drenched with sweat. And that’s how the crowd liked him best.
*thestrand.ca

Big Sean Is Working With The Neptunes


Latest G.O.O.D. Music signee Sean Anderson aka Big Sean, 20 is working on his debut album “Finally Famous“. The album features Hip Hop stars such as Kanye West, The Neptunes, The Dream and many more. Sean gained a strong relationship with 102.7 FM, a local radio station in Detroit where he displayed his rhyming skills weekly. There, he met Kanye West after a radio Interview in 2005 and got a chance to display his talent by freestyling for Mr. West, giving him a copy of his music and sending numerous tracks for him attitique. After months of submitting songs and numerous meetings, Sean finally got the call from Kanye West himself saying that he wanted to sign him to his label. Big Sean signed to G.O.O.D. Music in 2007 and then signed to Island Def Jam in 2008 and is scheduled to release his debut album entitled “Finally Famous” in Spring 2009.
*myspace.com/unknownbigsean

Here is A Snippet I Edited Off Youtube.

Big Sean – Confused feat. Pharrell

Pharrell In The Studio With Big Sean

Nigo On A Brief History Of Gorilla Warfare

The Japanese fashion titan and ‘hood favorite on exclusivity, hip hop, and New York hot spots. What’s with making the clothing so exclusive? Why do can so few people afford your clothes or get to the stores in time to buy a limited edition item? I don’t like to sell too much. Turnover is not the purpose of my company. However, I would like it if everyone is able to get what they want, and I think that if people have access to one of my stores they should be able to get what they are looking for. Unfortunately I am not able to build stores in as many places as I would like.

Which artists do you think looks the best in your clothing? Why?
I can’t think of anyone who I thought looked bad. I have to mention Pharrell Williams, although he looks good in all kinds of clothes. I really liked the cover shoot of Lil’ Wayne for VIBE. We also did a shoot with him the same day, so I remember it well. It was a really strong look and I have been a fan of Wayne’s since the start of his career.

You’ve helped birth new brands like Pharrell Williams’ BBC/Ice Cream. How have you helped Pharrell find his place in fashion? And are you looking forward to Kanye West’s Pastelle line?
Pharrell doesn’t need my help to know what he wants to do, but I have done this before so I am able to give him the benefit of that experience. I think it has been a great partnership for us both. Of course I am excited to see what Kanye does. He has shown me a few things. He is not the kind of person to settle for something that is just okay, so I am really interested to see it.

If someone visits Japan, what are 5 places one should visit for fashion
reasons? What are 5 places you go to for fashion in New York?
Apart from my own store, it is tough for me to know as far as Japan is concerned. I am not really inspired by much over here. Increasingly there are more and more imported brands with stores too. You may as well see them in New York or Milan. New York is much easier. I mainly think of fashion in terms of stores, since that is how I started out. My favorite five stores:

Marc Jacobs
Brooks Brothers
Paragon Sports
Thom Browne
Jacob The Jeweler

*vibe.com

Lindsay Lohan To Collaborate With Madonna On New Album ?


Lohan dropped in for a screening of Madonna’s directorial debut, Filth And Wisdom, where OK! Magazine is reporting that Lohan wants Madonna to sing on her upcoming album, Spirit In The Dark. She was quoted as saying, “That would be incredible…That would be beyond.” When reporters passed the news along to Madonna, she replied, “Yeah, sure. Why not?” Nothing like an enthusiastic seal of approval from one of your heroes!  If Madonna does stop by the studio to make some vocal magic, she will be just one of many big names recruited to contribute to Spirit along with Timbaland, Ne-Yo & The Neptunes.
*afterellen.com

Thicke’s “Something Else” Sinks From #3 To #12


Once given the title “Jay-Z of the South,” T.I. continues to remain a top contender as Paper Trail shows no intention of moving from the top spot on this week’s charts. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Tip moved an easy 176,700 units from store shelves this week and 746,100 copies overall.

Remaining in the charts this week is soft voiced Robin Thicke as Something Else slips out of Top 10 and lands at No. 12 this week selling 38,300 albums. Following-up his platinum selling The Evolution of Robin Thicke, Thicke’s latest continues its slow pace with 175,600 copies sold.

The Mid-West struggles to remain in the Top 50 as Nelly’s Brass Knuckles sinks to No. 45 selling 11,900 copies this week. The St. Lunatics leader who was known for his multi-platinum album sales as well as his Mid-Western drawl, has pushed just 139,000 records of his latest effort after a month in stores.
*sohh.com

Chester French Fall ’08 Tour Diary Episode 6: Jazz Brunch

From Chesters Myspace:

Hey dudes;

We pulled off to the side of the road while driving to Vegas to give you a little video update. Watch for a guest starring appearance from Max’s wife, Peaches. Check it out:

http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=125498803&blogID=441225260

Jon B. Disses Robin Thicke

Next week, AllHipHop’s Alternatives section is going to perpetuate a White on White crime! (If you have Black on Black crime, why not?) Anyway, Jon B. is livid, as a pioneers White singer in a Black music genre. Well, here is a smidgent of what he said. AllHipHop.com: Well I do see some similarities in both of your careers. You worked with Tupac and he’s worked with Lil’ Wayne. Jon B.: Yeah and he’s worked with 50 Cent too. He did a video with 50 Cent. To me it was redundant for him to say, I just don’t want somebody to jump on my album at the last minute and look good next to me singing. That’s so corny to me, bro. That’s not the right. He couldn’t have meant that. That’s like the stardom talking. Honestly, what the hell? Thanks To Cynic

50 Cent – Follow My Lead feat. Robin Thicke

Kenna – Posers & Thieves

Latest episode of KK TV, with an interesting instrumental produced by Chad ?. Here is a Edit I did of the tune.

Kenna – Posers & Thieves (Snippet)

Ladies and Gentlemen,
I need to adress someything that I see happening way too often to be ignored and is killing musical inspiration. As you know, I am clear about my influences. I am happy to explain that I have been led to my sound by way of a million different sonics. I am thankful that sometimes my creations are considered original, but I know that I have gleaned them from many others, but there are people outhere so called artists. People who believe that they created things in a vacuum, convince the world that they have and never give credit where credit is due.There are artists out there who rock what has already been rocked as if they thought of it. There are artists out there that bang beats that have already been banged. There are artists out there who sing passionately about nonsensical subjects as if they have always sung. Steal looks those artists are called Posers & Thieves. Can you pick out the Posers & Thieves? No offence. I’m not patting myself on the back. I’m saying give credit where credit is due. The beatles cited The Beach Boys pet sounds as their influences for Sgt. Pepper. The Beatles had Class. Respect your peers. Allow for growth around you, even better, lift someone else up and help them achieve without selfinterrest. Ypu’relooking for inspiration? You can’t find it on the planet… It might be because you use it up andnever replenish it. It is a natural resource and they are killing it,those Posers & Thieves.
-Kenna
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myspace.com/kenna

Kenna Tv Episode 3

Common – Universal Mind Control (Cover) (2008)


Common – Universal Mind Control (2008) (November 11th)

Producers & Guests: Cee-Lo, The Neptunes, Mr. DJ, Chester French & Kanye West.
Confirmed Tracklist:
- Universal Mind Control feat. Pharrell (Neptunes)
- Make My Day feat. Cee-Lo (Neptunes)
- Punch Drunk Love feat. Kanye West
- What A World feat. Chester French (Neptunes)
- Changes
- Party Shit
- Dreaming
- Gladiator feat. Pharrell (Neptunes)
- Runaway feat. Santogold
- Sex For Sugar (Neptunes)
- Announcement feat. Pharrell (Neptunes)
- The Eye feat. Pharrell (Neptunes)

Chester French Fall Tour Diary Episode 5

When we last left off, we were in San Diego, having just finished playing a raucous set at Street Scene. When our set’s done, we check out a few of the bands playing on the stage after us (MGMT, the New Pornographers etc.) but we can’t stay for long. We have to drive the entire length of California in a matter of hours because we’ve got a set at San Francisco’s Treasure Island Music Festival. So we load into the van and drive up. After spending the night near Bakersfield, we make it to San Francisco at around 2 PM, which gives us two and a half hours to chill out before our 4:30 PM set. Max and the rest of the band retire to the Chester French dressing room (which is right next to CF fave TV On The Radio’s room) while DA and Lukas check out the view.

Treasure Island is apparently a fake island built in the Bay that served as the home of some sort of World’s Expo type event called the Golden Gate International Exposition (back in the golden 1930s). That’s cool and all, but what’s really phenomenal is that you can see Alcatraz from where we’re standing. Check this out: For those few of you who don’t know, Alcatraz (aka The Rock aka Dwayne Johnson) was the infamous federal prison that housed Al Capone and the famous “Birdman of Alcatraz” (who is, coincidentally, DA’s grandfather*). During its time of operation, only one prisoner escaped. You might be thinking, “Well, good… prisoners aren’t supposed to escape.” Well, stop being so mean to Alcatraz… you hard ass.After checking out the sights of the festival (which includes a ferris wheel), we play a sweet set, cop some free food (courtesy of this bald chef guy–seriously, if we remembered his name, we’d totally recommend him to you) and then got the heck out of dodge. We had high hopes to hang out in the Bay for an evening, but our schedule says we’re due back in LA (and then on to Vegas). Until next time.
*myspace.com/chesterfrench

Chester French Fall Tour Diary Episode 5

Noreaga – Watch Me Now feat. Pharrell (CDQ)


Back in 2006, there was this mixtape called “Touch The Sky” by Clinton Sparks hosted by Kanye West and there was this one tune called Noreaga – Watch Me Now feat. Pharrell produced By Clinton Sparks where Clinton sampled Pharrells adlibs off  Jay-Z’s Excuse Me Miss Again Off “Bad Boys 2 OST”. Here is the No Dj version thanks to Uvizzle.

Noreaga – Watch Me Now feat. Pharrell (Clinton Sparks)

Chester French Shooting First Single In LA

According to Nikki Jean, Chester French will be shooting there first video for “She Loves Everybody” in L.A. this week. Thanks To Neptuner

Pharrell Williams #23 On UK Cosmopolitan’s Sexy Poll

An online poll for the British version of Cosmopolitan magazine found 45-year-old father-of-two Johnny Depp to be the sexiest man alive, one of four post-40 blokes in the top five. Twentysomethings fared disastrously, with only Brokeback Mountain star Jake Gyllenhaal (3) and singer Justin Timberlake (7), both 27, and 29-year-old British actor James McAvoy (6) on the list of the 25 sexiest men. Gyllenhaal was the only guy under 40 in the poll’s top five, with Depp heading George Clooney (2), Brad Pitt (5) and Daniel Craig (4). There were five other fortysomething men in the top 25: Will Smith, 40 (8), Patrick Dempsey, 42 (17), Clive Owen, 44 (18), Gordon Ramsay, 41 (21) and Olivier Martinez, 42 (25). The oldest man is Pierce Brosnan, 55, in 19th. Eleven thirtysomethings made it into the top 25, including Prison Break star Wentworth Miller, 36 (10), The Dark Knight’s Christian Bale, 34 (11), Jonathan Rhys Meyers, 31 (12), Ashton Kutcher, 30 (14), British TV presenter Dermot O’Leary, 35 (15), Doctor Who star David Tennant, 37 (16), Mark Ronson, 33 (20), comedian Russell Brand, 33 (22), N¤E¤R¤D star Pharrell Williams, 35 (23), and Scarlett Johannson’s new husband, Ryan #$%^@ Reynolds, 31 (24).

1. Johnny Depp
2. George Clooney
3. Jake Gyllenhaal
4. Daniel Craig
5. Brad Pitt
6. James McAvoy
7. Justin Timberlake
8. Will Smith
9. David Beckham
10. Wentworth Miller
23. Pharrell Williams

Diesel’s Birthday Party In Brooklyn


Yesterday Diesel hosted a 24 hour party in 18 cities around the globe. The party sparked in Tokyo and blazed like a California brush fire in Beijing, Dubai, Athens, Amsterdam, Milan, Zurich, Munich, Paris, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Oslo, Helsinki, London and Sao Paulo. The grand finale aka the night cap was on Pier 3 in Brooklyn, NY. Dubbed the “Rock and Roll Circus” T.I., Pharrell, M.I.A., Hot Chip and Chaka Khan performed for 5000 ‘friends’ and ‘trendsetters.’ The finale was provided by the heavily pregnant M.I.A. who came out of “retirement” to make a brief appearance which included a duet with N¤E¤R¤D who added their input on ‘Paper Planes’. Pharrell and the boys also found time to squeeze in a few numbers of their own and incite a stage invasion before the party finally came to a close at 2am. Although it had been strongly rumoured all week that he would show.

M.I.A., N¤E¤R¤D & Rye Rye – Paper Planes (Live)

Daliah – Last Night

Here is a new track of Daliah that didn’t make it on her debut album due (2009)

Daliah – Last Night

Madonna Rapes Pharrell On Stage

 
Madonna
was joined onstage by Pharrell Williams in New York (October 11). The N¤E¤R¤D star – who part-produced the star’s current album ‘Hard Candy’ as well as appearing on a number of tracks – made a surprise appearance at Madison Square Garden. He appeared on the stage for ‘Give It 2 Me’, the final song of her current ‘Sticky And Sweet’ live show. Previously, Williams’ parts on the song had been pre-recorded, and he appeared on a video screen.
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Madonna & Pharrell – Give It To Me (Live)

The X To The Vizzy Neptizzy Freestyles

Kansas born XV is currently eclipsed in a Hip Hop version of the great flood.  Sending cyberspace a wash in new material, XV has undertaken a 40 Days/40 Nights project in which he drops a new song every AM and every PM.  Each day XV gives the world new tracks about his love for video games, girls, comics, and how he left earth for the distant Planet Squaria before settling in the Coolniverse. He also freestyled on 2 Beats produced Pharrell & Chad. “Esoteric should be my genre of music, because I don’t expect everybody to get it,” says XV about his highly conceptual music, which tells the story of a young man finding himself through creative expression. “I still don’t feel like I fit in,” he continues,  “because I’m socially outcasted by many of my peers, but I’ve found clarity in who I am.”  That clarity is on display and currently getting thumbs up from artists, writers, and fans alike.  So much so that XV is plotting a nationwide tour, and currently working on the release of a proper LP, The Kid With The Green Backpack.

XV & Harlems Cash – Carmen Sandiego (Freestyle)

XV – In The Meantime (Freestyle)

*http://www.myspace.com/xtothevizzy
*http://thecoolniverse.com/

The Fam-Lay KayCee Interview

KayCee caught up with N¤E¤R¤D on the Seeing The Invinvible Sounds Of Summer Tour in NC, he got the opportunity to sit down and talk to Virginia’s own Fam-Lay, Pharrell’s artist on his Star Trak label. They talked about everything from what it was like touring with Kanye West, his failed situation with Def Jam, and what makes Norfolk, Virginia so unique and Fam-Lay is talking about his new project besides “Dirty Way” “I got a project called SCC coming out called Shark City Clique, me and Pharrell putting it together, something unique so ya’ll stay tuned for it” Thanks To KayCee.

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