For all you traditional-rap fans, a Weezy hip-hop record titled “Troublemaker” leaked online Wednesday. Although the production credit has yet to be confirmed, the beat sounds like something out of the Neptunes’ kitchen, and the looped vocal of a man saying the word “Troublemaker” is a dead ringer for Pharrell Williams.
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For someone who touts Google so much, you’d figure Teyana Taylor would be hip enough to know that footage of her dancing in a leotard was bound to make it onto the Internet. Think again. The burgeoning artist recently mimicked Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” dance routine, and the video popped up all over the blogosphere. “Oh my God, everybody has seen that!” Taylor told MTV News. “I didn’t know it was gonna be like that. Everybody’s been like, ‘I seen you in the leotard.’ It’s crazy, because I just learned it that morning, ’cause it was just for fun. It was at the National Black Theater on 125th [Street in Harlem, New York]. My homegirl had a fashion show, and I hosted it for her. I told her I would do it for fun. Being that I was the host, I feel like I had to go all the way.”Taylor fashioned her hosting duties after former BET Awards host Mo’Nique. The plus-size comedienne entered the 2007 show with a full throng of dancers performing Beyoncé’s “Déjà Vu.” In 2004, Mo playfully mimicked the singer’s “Crazy In Love” routine. It’s a good thing Taylor’s been working on her moves. The Pharrell protégé is set to release her newest single, “I Feel Alive.”
The track will be the second selection from her forthcoming debut, From A Planet Called Harlem. Taylor said the uptempo track will “definitely show off more of my dancing qualities.” The album is tentatively due in late April on Star Trak/ Interscope Records. For From A Planet Called Harlem, Taylor has worked with Pharrell (“Kisser“) and Eve on a track called “Young Girl.” Another collaborator she’s working with is Lil’ Wayne. Despite all of Wayne’s bravado, Taylor said she’s not wary of working with him. In fact, she said her friendship with the Cash Money lyricist makes it easy, while it was Eve’s contribution that made her nervous. “That’s my boy,” she said of Wayne. “I’m cool with everybody I work with. I’m a social butterfly. I make friends with everybody. So nothing really intimidates me. But when you’re cool with someone, it’s more like, ‘Oh, that’s my boy.’ If I didn’t know him, yeah, I’d be [intimidated]. “When Eve got on my ‘Young Girl’ song, I didn’t know her,” Taylor continued. “And when I heard it, I was smiling mad hard. I couldn’t stop smiling. Just, oh my God, I can’t believe I got her on my song.”
Teyana Taylor – From A Planet Called Harlem (2009) (April)
Producers & Guests: Hit Boy, The Neptunes, Jazze Pha, Bangladesh, Mad Scientist, Kelis, Frost, Shondre, Six Sense…
– Color Me Pink
– Young Girl feat. Eve
– Traffic Stop
– Google Me (Jazze Pha)
– Switch It Up (Neptunes)
– Good Enough
– Naah Mean
– Rock Star (Jazze Pha)
– I Feel Alive (Spinnin’) feat. Pharrell (Neptunes)
– Kisser (Neptunes)
When we caught up with him among the inaugural hoopla, Usher made us a promise: new music very soon. Maybe the record could be a Pharrell Williams/ Neptunes production, because a photo of Usher, Skateboard P and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine collaborating in the studio recently hit the Net. “It’s a little bit of everything,” Usher said of what they’ve been working on. “Pharrell has his Web site where he lets you come inside his world and lets you know what’s happening. A few pictures did leak online, just to let you know what he’s been working on. There’s some synergy between all of us and the record we’re working on is gonna be an incredible record. I’m a fan. Adam is incredible — far beyond what I even fathomed.
“[The studio session] was a loose thing,” Ush added. “[Adam] came in, picked up a guitar and went to work.” Usher and Pharrell obviously have a rich history of working together. “U Don’t Have To Call” was a blockbuster, but the Atlanta crooner says he isn’t looking to “yesterday” for inspiration — his sights are on right now. “We want to create music like you never heard before,” Usher explained. “Once we create something in the studio that everybody is crazy about, then we try to beat that. Once we create another one, we try to beat that. It’s like we’re challenging ourselves in the moment, as opposed to chasing what’s in the past. Although ‘U Don’t Have To Call’ is always a great reason for us to come back again — it was more or less a celebration.”
Previous Usher Neptunes’ Work
– I Don’t Know feat. P. Diddy
– You Don’t Have To Call
8701 (Australian Import)/U Don’t Have To Call (VLS) (2001)
– You Don’t Have To Call feat. Ludacris (Remix)
Wifey (VLS) (2004)
– Wifey feat. Pharrell
YEAH! (CDS) (Import) (2004)
– Sweet Lies feat. Vanessa Marquez
I Heard A Rumour (VLS) (2005)
– I Heard A Rumour
Don’t Take It Personal (VLS) (2006)
– Don’t Take It Personal
Only One (VLS) (2007)
– Only One feat. Pharrell
Flash (CDS) (2008)
Tough times call for tough measures, according to N¤E¤R¤D. Pharrell Williams and company recently premiered their next video, the somber “Sooner Or Later,” from 2008’s Seeing Sounds, and the trio said the daily headlines inspired visuals for the track. “We were talking about how the stock market crashed and how the world economy is so terrible, so the [directors] came up with this concept right around this same time,” Williams explained of the clip. “Next thing you know, we’re here [on set].” The Malloys are the directors behind N¤E¤R¤D’s “Sooner Or Later” clip. The brothers, Emmett and Brendan, have helmed videos for the White Stripes (“Icky Thump“) and the Black Eyed Peas (“Don’t Phunk With My Heart“).
For “Sooner Or Later,” the pair put a broom in the hands of Pharrell; the image is decidedly working-class and quite a departure for the flashy Billionaire Boys Club enthusiast. Meanwhile, bandmates Chad Hugo and Shay Haley got placed on mopping and janitorial duties, respectively. “Sooner Or Later, it all comes crashing down,” Williams sings on the song’s chorus. “Crashing down, when everyone’s around/ I bet you would’ve paid up or you’ll cash down.” “Rob & Big” star Rob Dyrdek makes a cameo in the clip. Williams produced the official anthem of Dyrdek’s skating crew, “Hoppin’ Over Fences.” The MTV star is optimistic the video will help ease the concerns of fans that are being hit hard by the slumping economy. “Hopefully, we’re letting everybody know it’ll be OK,” Dyrdek said.
Check out the brand new Chester French Blog on www.chesterfrench.com and don’t forget to check out their Biography cuz there are some infos you didn’t know about them.
Originally, we played shows around campus with three of our friends, Justin, Fuj, and Damien. After doing this for a little over a year, we both became involved with an on-campus recording studio called QSS. We learned how to engineer and, eventually, produce. Since it was now just the two of us and we couldn’t really play shows that way, we focused our efforts on writing and recording what we hoped would be an undeniably classic album. That task consumed the remainder of our college years and, just as we were about to graduate in 2007, some demos we had sent out caught the attention of Kanye West’s manager, Don C. Don gave our demo to Kanye , who flew us out to L.A. and offered us the opportunity of a lifetime: a chance to continue Chester French full-time after graduation. That same week, some of our other favorite artists heard the demo, including Pharrell, Ryan Leslie, Pete Wentz, and Jermaine Dupri.
Each of them seconded Kanye’s enthusiasm for the project, but after meeting with Jimmy Iovine we ultimately decided to partner with Pharrell’s label, Star Trak, and Interscope Records to release the album. We graduated from college on June 1, 2007, and after doing some more work on our album in Boston and Milwaukee (where Max and D.A. are from, respectively) we moved out to L.A. with our college buddy/super producer MG aka MGenius aka Mathias Gordon. We met lots of great people in L.A. like Scott Vener, Talib Kweli, Travis Barker, Clinton Sparks, and Asher Roth. But we also spent a lot of the time away from home, touring with Pharrell’s band, N¤E¤R¤D and Common , among others. After a year of fun in the sun, we were tired of paying rent while always being on tour and so moved back to our homes in Milwaukee and Boston (though Max moonlights in New York City). Now we’re preparing to finally release the album that we’ve been working on this whole time, Love The Future!
Jay-Z’s been busy lately, recording verses for DJ Khaled, the “Notorious” soundtrack and Young Jeezy’s “My President” remix. But that doesn’t mean the Brooklyn wordsmith is ready to release The Blueprint 3 just yet. Typically, when Jay has a project in the works, it only takes him a few weeks to wrap it up. This time, though, there’s been no rush. “For me, the process of making an album is difficult with so many things going on,” Jay told MTV News backstage at his “Eve of Change” show. “And me, I wanna make it beyond and above. I’m gonna take my time with it. I don’t have any quotas, and that’s a good thing. It may be too freeing. It’s a good thing and a bad thing. You know, I think I need some restrictions. ‘Cause if I had restrictions, I would have done it in three weeks. I would have made what I believe to be a great piece of art.” According to Kanye West, the album’s rumored sole producer, the music recorded so far for BP3 is “phenomenal.” West spoke with MTV Base in November and reiterated Jay’s claim that the album could have been released.
But after the positive feedback for “Jockin’ Jay-Z” and T.I.’s “Swagger Like Us,” Hov decided to keep cooking up tracks. “We went in, and we [did] the whole album,” West explained. “He wanted to do a few more joints, so he kinda pushed it back. Now we’re gonna go in and just work on some more records. So I got some more stuff to kill it with! I think [Jay pushed the album back because] ‘Swagger’ just did so incredible. We wanted to go up [and make sure] everything was on that level.” In addition to “Jockin’ Jay-Z” and “Swagger Like Us,” the Jigga Man said his “Notorious” track, “Brooklyn Go Hard,” is also slated for the album. “I actually recorded a lot of records already,” Jay said. “You know, all those records that leaked [online] were on The Blueprint 3.” The Blueprint 3 is believed to be Jay-Z’s last contractual album due to Def Jam, his current recording home. The rapper, who served a three-year term as the label’s president, signed a new $150 million contract with Live Nation over 10 years. It remains unclear, though, which company will distribute albums for Jay-Z under the Live Nation deal.
Lil’ Wayne announced the official release date and title of his next album: Rebirth is due April 7 — and his publicist has confirmed to MTV News that it will be a rock album. Of course, Wayne has been rocking with a guitar for some time now. The first single is called “Prom Queen” and will debut on the Internet right after a live stream of his concert in San Diego on January 27. The show will be available for stream on MySpace.com. Wayne — who will perform at the Grammy Awards on February 8 — hinted at a change in direction for his next LP in October during the BET Hip-Hop Awards. “I don’t know if we’re gonna release Tha Carter IV now,” he told MTV News on his tour bus. “I think we’re gonna release Tha Carter III — a new Carter III with none of the same songs, though.
None of them. Not one! We don’t wanna call the [next album] we got coming out Tha Carter IV. That was the dilemma we were in. We want Carter IV to be what everybody wants it to be. “This is something brand new, so we don’t want it to be some experimental thing, ’cause some people are not gonna like this. I don’t want them to not like Tha Carter IV. But I do have an album coming soon, very soon, and it’s gonna be called … Tha Carter III: The Rebirth. The birth of a new beginning.” Those plans have been changed a bit. Wayne’s rep told MTV News that the April 7 release has absolutely nothing to do with Tha Carter III or any of his previous hip-hop efforts.
Our Good Friend and a big Chester French Fan Tylr from the forum got the chance to Interview Chester French last week, instead of to study for his math final. This is a interview, nothing special. No inside scoops or anything, just some Questions Tylr wanted to ask Chester French… Here is the interview.
Do you know what CF stands for?
1. A hip pair of a harvard graduates who making bumping tracks.
2. A chillin’ sculptor who made the Lincoln Memorial.
Chester French is like Vampire Weekends party animal cousin. Crushing empty beer cans on their heads and hitting the gym is what they do when they’re not with your mom. Wouldn’t you agree?
DA: We definitely like pumping iron.
Max: We’re more like Vampire Weekend’s pederast uncle.
What phrase would describe this album best?
DA: Best album of 2009 – most creative debut in years.
Max: Touch my tooter. Smoocher.
Best gig ever so far.
DA: Detroit Michigan on the Common tour was awesome.
Max: I took my shirt off at an LA show. It was liberating.
Why don’t you guys do a tour of Canada?
DA: We’ll be coming through Canada on several dates of the Lady Gaga
tour this March-April.
Max: Xenophobia has prevented us from going to this point. Or
patriotism. You pick.
Have you got any of those crazy fans yet?
DA: We have a few.
Max: They’re nice people.
Any of them profess their intentions to have you’re babies?
DA: As of yet, no.
Dance’ is a sick song. How did you go about making it?
DA: We made that song our freshman year when we were a full five-piece
band. Max and I wrote the basic song in his dorm. I remember singing
the chorus melody in his huge wheelchair-equipped shower for about 30
minutes till we had the right one. It’s not going to be on our album.
Do you’re parents enjoy your music as much as mine? You’re music is almost universal.
DA: Our parents claim to enjoy our music but secretly hate us for
wasting the very expensive degrees that they financed.
Last question, favourite youtuber.
DA: Chester French, obviously. R. Kelly too.
Max: Lasse Gjertsen.
DA: Finally. Jeez.
Max: Eye miss u.
The Last Kiss will be the debut for his deal with Roc-A-Fella and his third full length effort. The album will mark his first full LP since 2004 and is highly anticipated with his hit single “By My Side.” The Last Kiss will hit stores on March 10th. “Jadakiss made sure that his new songs like “Pain & Torture” hit hard with a strong bass as he declared himself “the author of slick talk.” “Something Else” featuring label mate Young Jeezy is a mass of tickled keys, horns and 808’s, while “Two-Step” featuring Pharrell Williams is clearly the female-aimed radio record. With breezy violins and The Neptunes’ signature thick electronic bass, Jadakiss leisurely rhymes that he’s “two-stepping with his gangster self.” Lil’ Wayne appears for “Death Wish” which, as one would expect, is filled with lyrics about how adversaries can ask for their own grisly end.”
Surely making it one of the standout hip hop gigs of 2009, it has been announced that certified old-school legend Grandmaster Flash will join Pharrell Williams and his N¤E¤R¤D crew at their Sydney and Melbourne arena shows this March. Playing the east coast gigs in addition to headlining the national Future Music Festival tour, N¤E¤R¤D and Grandmaster Flash will also have local rapper Phrase on board for their satellite shows, so it’ll no doubt be a big night for all concerned.
DJ Samantha Ronson sees red when girlfriend Lindsay Lohan is around Pharrell, according to reports. While Ronson generally doesn’t get jealous of guys, but apparently she was quite unimpressed by lover Lindsay’s reaction to meeting Williams. According to reports, the ‘Mean Girls’ star told a magazine how the singer/super-producer would love to make a great record with her. However, Williams’ desire to take Lohan “out of all the elements,” is what created a problem for Samantha. “Sam is not usually jealous of guys but from the way Linds acts around Pharrell, it seems she thinks he could be competition, The Mirror quoted a source as saying.
Robin Thicke has picked “Dreamworld” as a follow up to his last single “The Sweetest Love“. “Dreamworld,” a cut where Thicke, who released the album “Something Else” in 2008, sings “I would be you, you would be me, we would be one, we would be just fine” was released Monday as an ode to hope and love. Robin Thicke’s “Something Else” debuted at no. 3 on the Billboard 200 selling 136, 944 copies.
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