Check out this clip by Eve performing The Neptunes track “All Night Long” at the MTV Video Music Awards off her 4th Studio Album “Here I Am”. According to HipHopDx.com, “Here I Am” is tentatively scheduled to be released in the United States on January 29th, 2009. Click on the Title Name of the song to download the snippet ripped off Youtube. Thanks To Ruthless For The Find.
Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have set Preston Whitmore to write and direct “Zoom,” a music-themed film that teams “8 Mile” producer Brian Grazer with musician and music producer Pharrell Williams. Grazer and Williams will produce. Williams will compose the score and soundtrack. “Zoom” is the story of a troubled West Virginia youth who attends a music academy and finds his voice and a place in the world. Whitmore most recently wrote, directed and produced “This Christmas.” Imagine just released the Ron Howard-directed “Frost/Nixon.”
This tune Is Just Awesome. Thanks To Modi.
Chester French – Love The Future (2009) (February)
- The Jimmy Choo’s
- Beneath The Veil
- Pleasure Squad
- Not Over You
- She Loves Everybody
- The Sister Song
- C’ Mon (On My Own)
- Fall Back feat. Idle Warship
- My Party
- Out At The Compound
- Over The Moon
- Bebe Buel
Common – Universal Mind Control (2008)
01 – Intro feat. Joëlle Ndiaye
02 – Universal Mind Control feat. Pharrell (Neptunes)
03 – Punch Drunk Love feat. Pharrell & Kanye West (Neptunes)
04 – Make My Day feat. Cee-Lo (Mr. DJ)
05 – Sex 4 Suga (Neptunes)
06 – Announcement feat. Pharrell (Neptunes)
07 – Gladiator feat. Pharrell (Neptunes)
08 – Changes feat. Muhsinah & Omoye Assata Lynn (Mr. DJ)
09 – Inhale (Neptunes)
10 – What A World feat. Chester French (Neptunes)
11 – Everywhere feat. Martina Topley-Bird (Mr. DJ)
12 – Punch Drunk Love feat. Pharrell (Remix) (UK Bonus)
The eighth Common album was originally titled “Invincible Summer,” but delays slid its release back to December. Though Mortal Winter might’ve been more apt, Universal Mind Control does correctly point toward a lighter, less cerebral set relative to the MC’s discography from The Resurrection onward. The glinting “Change” is a track filled with hope and optimism about younger generations and the rise of Obama, and “Inhale,” another standout, carries a surplus of uplift and urgency. Otherwise, Common’s here to have a good time, no strings attached, with uneven results. Occasionally adopting a casual old-school flow, best heard on the neo-Bambaataa electro throwback title track, he spends most of his time boasting about his prowess, whether he’s referring to being on the mike or in the bedroom. At the album’s lowest, he sounds uncomfortably out of character, as on “Announcement“; its stern beat, one of the seven provided by The Neptunes, resembles a Clipse cast-off, pushing Common into ill-suited thuggishness. The sluggish, mindless “Punch Drunk Love” (“My ungh is in your body/My ungh is in your mind”) and “Sex 4 Suga” (“Girl, ooh, you look ungh”) are nearly as dire, likewise sacrificing cleverness for bluntness. The album’s last two tracks, production-wise, depart from hip-hop and will hopefully send some listeners back to the flawed greatness of Electric Circus. “What A World” features some of Common’s most enjoyable, if simplistic, old-school rhymes, but the song is impaired by its dance-rock/Rapture-knockoff backdrop; and even with some of Common’s most energized lines appearing as late as midway through the much more effective “Everywhere,” the Dungeon Family’s Mr. DJ (who produced two other tracks) drops some low-slung sci-fi synth-funk for Martina Topley-Bird’s spaced vocal feature.
The Grammy-winning musician has entered into a partnership with Bionic Yarn, a two-year-old textile firm based in New York dedicated to developing environmentally sustainable fabrics. In this new role, Williams is both an owner and investor in the company, as well as an ambassador and spokesman for the brand. Williams has been on an acquisition spree lately: last week, he was at Art Basel Miami, where he snapped up a work by Takashi Murakami. Bionic Yarn engineers, markets and manufactures premium yarns and fabrics using fibers comprised of recycled plastic bottles.
“when you use samples, I guess, I’m luckier. I guess if I was using the same keyboard all the time, I would be struggling to find new sounds and stuff. But I guess by using samples and chopping the sounds, it’s like every record was recorded at a different studio at a different time, and things were micced up and mixed and mastered different. They all have they’re unique sound, especially when they hit that vinyl. It’s hard to describe that difference, but there’s a texture to samples that’s hard to recreate. It’s like sometimes you chop a sample, it’s like one little bam and in that little bam, there are about fifteen instruments. It just caught the record at that one point and it’s hard to recreate that. I guess by using sample,s sometimes I get away with it.”
“Anytime I would hear Neptunes and a Pharrell beat, I would always understand them. I don’t know any other way to describe it, but I would always get it. Whenever I would hear his keyboard beats, I would be like “Ah I get that program, I get why he put the keys like that.” And I never understood why and I spoke to his manager a long time ago and he was like “When we first started managing Pharrell, all his beats sounded like yours.” He had the samples they were looped up and we kind of had to lean on him and convince him that he could create that kind of stuff without the sample, but he always thinks from the standpoint of samples. It’s real simple and sample style, I don’t now how to explain it. To be able to speak to his manager, it made me feel good, like it made me feel confident to make a beat like that. Like I could step to the keyboard, I just close my eyes and let my hands go. I don’t know how to play, but I let them do what they’re gonna do and then I just sit back and listen to it, like I’m listening to a soundtrack or a record. I kind of just keep my mindset on samples and keep it raw and simple.”
It has been reported that Britney Spears has called on ex Justin Timberlake to join her on her 2009 ‘Circus’ tour. The singer – who has recently made her comeback – has recieved a mixed reception from fans and the media, and it is said that Spears is relying on others to help make the tour a success. Other acts that have apparently been roped in are Madonna, Elton John and Pharrell Williams.
Off Clinton’s Upcoming Mixtape Produced By Clinton Sparks
Clipse – Still Got It 4 Cheap feat. Pharrell (Clinton Sparks)
“Part of Q-Tip’s inability to get his music out in the last decade stemmed from his individuality as an artist. He’s not only a gifted MC and lyricist, he’s a producer as well. On “The Renaissance,” he crafts indelible musical beds out of a mixture of live instrumentation and deep samples; “ManWomanBoogie,” for example, is built on a snippet culled from a late ’70s album by German art-rockers Can. That adventurousness got him in trouble with record executives looking for quick hits. “They [the record companies] were trying to get me to do the Timbaland thing, the Pharrell thing, the Scott Storch thing a few years ago,” he says. “I obliged them, but ultimately it didn’t work out. So they said, ‘Go ahead with your own thing.’ Sometimes, they don’t know better.” Q-Tip says this with a rueful chuckle. He’s understated about what must’ve been a trying time in his life. But he says that he always took a broader view of his music and his career, and that helped him overcome the whims of the industry.
Here is some exclusive footage by Kenna off ‘Make Sure Thy See My Face’ 2-Disc-Set Bonus DVD. Thanks To Simon.
Baptized In Blacklight
Better Wise Up
Fall Out Boy – Folie À Deux (2008)
01 – Disloyal Order Of Water Buffaloes
02 – I Don’t Care
03 – She’s My Winona
04 – America’s Suitehearts
05 – Headfirst Slide Into Coopestown On A Bad Bet
06 – The (Shipped) Gold Standard
07 – (Coffee’s For Closers)
08 – What A Catch, Donnie feat. Elvis Costello, Brendon Urie, Travis McCoy, Alex DeLeon & William Beckett
09 – 27
10 – Tiffany Blews feat. Lil’ Wayne
11 – W.A.M.S. (Waiter.Actor.Model.Singer) (Neptunes)
12 – 20 Dollar Nose Bleed feat. Brendon Urie
13 – West Coast Smoker feat. Debbie Harry
Fall Out Boy – W.A.M.S. (Waiter.Actor.Model.Singer)
Apparently Chris Brown is featured on the Teriyaki Boyz single “Work That” produced by The Neptunes according to the Single Cover. It was just a matter of time til we would see a Chris Brown Neptunes collabo since Chris Brown was chillin with them in the studios all the time back in march when they were touring together. Can’t wait to hear that single. Thanks To Neosoul.
Chester French’s D.A. Wallach and Maxwell Drummey, who wowed crowds at the South by Southwest festival earlier this year, may have seemed like the odd men out among these hip-hop acts, but the Pharrell-endorsed former Harvard students made the most of their opportunity. “As a new artist, a lot of the time you’re approached to do things with different companies, and we always are much more attracted to any opportunities where you actually can expose your music to people,” said frontman Wallach. The group had the crowd captivated and dancing along. The preppy, curly-haired Wallach bounced across the stage, shaking a tambourine, clapping his hands and serenading young ladies onstage as he thrust his hips. Despite having released just one EP, She Loves Everybody, French showed why they were sought out by — ironically enough — hip-hop producers, including Pharrell and Kanye West. While they eventually chose to sign with Williams’ Star Trak label, they were more concerned at the moment with winning people over. “When you come through to a city, as an opener, you almost feel uncomfortable asking people to shell out 30 bucks to come see you, because we haven’t even put out an album yet,” Wallach said. “Tonight’s a great chance, because people were able to come see us for free.”
Pharrell Williams is certainly a hip-hop outlier – more geek than gangbanger, the dude designs chairs, listens to The Beatles, works with Louis Vuitton, hell his acronymous band name even spells it out. But nothing signifies Skateboard P’s inner geek quite like his penchant for throwing up the N¤E¤R¤D-Tastic Vulcan hand signal. Trekkies vs. Bloods, I wonder who win in a gang war… With this in mind Parisian art collective Atelier WM set a cast of Pharrell’s hand in said Vulcan hand gesture and created a limited run of electric blue candles. An object that references pop culture AND acts as a precaution against blackout? Hell yeah. For those who’ve always wanted a piece of Pharrell the candles are available from December 8th at Colette and BBC/Ice Cream stores.
Pharrell At The Colette Store In Pairs
‘Punch Drunk Love’ featuring West and named after the 2002 Adam Sandler exemplifies his love for film. It not only seeps into his rap-life through titles but in the way he writes rhymes and his ideas for music video treatments. “I think I’m getting more visual with what I’m doing. I was always into stories and I’m able to I think now as a rap artist. I’m able to feel even looser doing what I do because the more you act the more open you become.” He does eventually want the acting to outlive his career as a rapper but in the meantime his two skills will have share equal parts of his life. At his core he will always be a performer most comfortable on stage. “For me that’s the reward. The victory is when you get on-stage and you see people saying your words even if you have to win the crowd over. Seeing people react to music that you make.” Whether it’s in front of thousands of people in a packed stadium or an audience in a dark theater Common wants to touch your mind anyway he can so long as you pay attention.
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