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January 2009

N¤E¤R¤D Pull Off Auckland Performance


Due to Recording Commitments’, N¤E¤R¤D are unable to perform at Auckland’s Vector Arena on February 26. Hip-Hop act N¤E¤R¤D, comprising of rappers Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Shay Haley, will not head up to Auckland for a live concert because they have canceled the planned show. The group were supposed to perform at Auckland’s Vector Arena on February 26 as part of an Australian Tour. Without further explanation, promoters Future Entertainment claim the cancellation happens “due to recording commitments.” There hasn’t been any statement from N¤E¤R¤D’s management team regarding the pulling-off though. Full ticket refunds for the New Zealand show are available at the point of purchase. “Smells Like A Big Usher Project If U Asking Me…”

*aceshowbiz.com

Clipse First Single “‘Kinda Like A Big Deal” Due February 1st, Featuring Kanye West ?


The Clipse came back with a lyrical snow flurry recently on the mixtape Play Cloths Presents: Road To Till The Casket Drops. The brothers actually killed two birds with one stone, promoting their new clothing line (the Obama inauguration tees are dope) as well as pumping out energy in anticipation of their third LP, Till The Casket Drops. “We’re all consumed with the album,” Pusha T. told us via cell from Canada late last week. “It’s very close to being done. We’re just trying to piece these little pieces together. It’s the last 20 percent. I’m loving it. I’m feeling this is the make-or-break album for the Clipse. This is the album that’s gonna define us as far as showing we can stretch in both worlds as far as the underground and as far as the mainstream.” Two Sony Music executives who were instrumental in bringing the duo’s Re-Up Gang imprint over to the record company — Al Branch and Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua — were recently let go. Pusha said the label’s reshuffling shouldn’t hurt their project.

“It’s not gonna affect us. We’re too far done with the album,” Push explained. “The thing about us, it was never lack of music. Our problems have been an executing and marketing issue. I think we got a pretty good stronghold on it. I heard about the Hip Hop and Al Branch situation. I’m sure all of that is going to work itself out in our favor.” The remaining production on Till The Casket Drops is being kept under wraps, but the bulk of the album is pretty evenly distributed thus far. “I got a few from the Neptunes. I think the Neptunes have maybe four, three, somewhere in there. I got a few from [DJ] Khalil,” Push revealed. “Got a couple from Sean C. & LV. One from Swizz Beatz. Nottz! I got one from Nottz. The next few I don’t really wanna say, but I got a few more people committed to lacing this tail end of it.” We’ll hear the first single around February 1. “We have the record. It’s getting mixed,” Pusha said. “It’s already ready. That cake is baked. It’s called ‘Kinda Like a Big Deal.’ It’s about being kinda like a big deal. The collabo on there, the record in general, it’s kinda like a big deal.” When asked if the collaboration in question is with Kanye West, Pusha got tight-lipped: “Hey, man, it’s just one of them joints.”

*mtv.com

Teriyaki Boyz On The Cover Off Teriyaki Paper


             

Chester French “Dance” Not On “Love The Future”

According to Chester French, their tune Dance won’t be on “Love The Future, here is what they said on their Myspace site. “So some of you guys might’ve seen that a song of ours called ‘Dance’ started hitting the blogs and all else a week or so ago. We’re glad you guys are loving the song. But we have to clear this up… It’s not a leaked track from ‘Love The Future’ (our debut LP,coming out this year). It’s actually one of the cuts off of our independently released EPChester French’s First Love”, which we recorded and released FIVE years ago! Back when we were a five piece, not a duo. So it’s crazy/awesome/funny/wild that it’s making the rounds right now. And one of our absolute favorite radio stations, Milwaukee’s 88nine, is featuring the track on their website’s reoccuring segment, ‘Are You Feeling This”. Go & Vote For Chester Now!

Teriyaki Boyz – Work That (CDM) (2009)


Teriyaki Boyz – Work That (CDM) (2009)

01 – Work That feat. Pharrell & Chris Brown (Main)
02 – Work That (Instrumental)
03 – Zock On! feat. Pharrell, Busta Rhymes & Lisa ( DJ Deckstream Remix)
04 – Serious Japanese (DJ Kaori Inmix)

You Can Download The Instrumental Here & Make Sure To Cop That Shyt.
CD Japan Detail View

Clipse’s Straight.com Article


It’s probably wrong to call a million-selling duo a cult act, but in its uncompromising grimness and intricate wordplay, Virginia’s Clipse is the sort of group that elicits hard-core devotion, or none at all. Since emerging to a national rap audience with 2002’s Lord Willin’, brothers Malice and Pusha T.—known to their mom as Gene and Terrence Thornton—have established the gold standard in coke-rap, portraying the drug pusher’s lifestyle in remarkably vivid detail, their careful, even tones suggesting a sad resignation at the sorry state of inner-city life. On record, the Thorntons refuse to play the flashy kingpins. Their stories are too rich in detail, too steeped in the practicalities of the drug trade and its consequences, to be considered mere acts of glorification. Even at their most triumphant, there’s a nagging sense of self-reproach at play in the siblings’ voices, a paradox that gives their songs an insistent, addictive humanity.

No matter how vivid the lyrics, Clipse has yet to develop the kind of signature personality trait that’s required of rappers who want to be pop stars. Of the few MCs who can match the brothers’ inventive wordplay, their closest rival might be Lil’ Wayne, who borrowed Clipse’s knotted poetic sensibility and pushed it to an absurdist extreme. The similarities in their lyrical styles—and in their fashion sense—gave rise to a short-lived feud between the artists, one that Malice insists was never as big a deal as it may have appeared on the Internet. “It’s unfortunate that we entangled the way we did,” says the rapper, reached at his home in Chesapeake, Virginia. “Before he started talking about us, we never spoke out against him. I’m not in this game to have a problem with anybody. If anybody has anything to say about the Clipse, then of course I’m going to respond. But no one is going to fool me into thinking I have a problem with Lil’ Wayne.”
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New “Child Rebel Soldiers” News

As we all know Pharrell never really wanted to talk about the CRS Project, well he did now at the official launch of Billionaire Boys Club/Ice Cream In The Netherlands. Shoutout To Lupend Blog!

Child Rebel Soldiers – The God Unwilling (2009)

The “Sweetest Love” Bouquet

There’s nothing sweeter to give your Valentine than our stunning rose bouquet, inspired by Robin Thicke’sThe Sweetest Love” from his album Something Else. It’s just the gift for new beginnings, someone you’re thinking about, or the one who adds fire to your life–your sweetest love! Inspired by Robin Thicke’s hit single “The Sweetest Love“, this unique arrangement of one dozen fresh red roses is a perfect gift for the one who fills your heart with sweet love! One dozen red roses, presented in the hand-tied European tradition and accented with hypericum, plumosa and salal.

*1800flowers.com

Slim Thug’s “Boss Of All Bosses” Has 2 Neptunes Tracks, Due March 24th 2009


The Boss of All Bosses is Back! Houston juggernaut Slim Thug returns with his first official new studio album in over three years. His official KOCH Records/Boss Hogg debut “Boss Of All Bosses” will see its long-awaited release on Tuesday, March 24th, 2009. Slim Thug made his official major label debut on the Neptunes’ Star Trak via Geffen with the 2005 release of “Already Platinum” (considered by many to be one of the best Rap albums of 2005). The album went Gold and sold over 150,000 copies its first week. Spawning the hits “I Ain’t Heard Of That” and “Like A Boss,” Slim Thug also kept his feet firmly entrenched in the ‘hood by releasing a series of incendiary mix tapes on his own. Slim Thug began his official relationship with KOCH Records with the release of the 2 underground Boss Hogg Outlawz projects (“Serve & Collect” and “Back By Blockular Demand (Serve & Collect 2)” released in 2007 and 2008 respectively).

Slim’s long-awaited sophomore solo album “Boss of All Bosses” is his first proper solo album since his departure from Star Trak. The new album contains that same Texas fire that fans have come to expect from Slim. His smash-in-the-making first single, “I Run,” is already making in-roads at radio were it impacted this week as one of the most added records at Urban and Rhythmic radio. “I Run” is already one of the most played songs in Texas. “I Run” was produced by Jim Jonsin who recently Lil’ Wayne’sLollipop” and T.I.’sWhatever You Like,” among others. A video for “I Run” was recently completed and was just added to BET. The video was directed by Mr. Boomtown (Bun B, Scarface).

Slim Thug – Boss Of All Bosses (2009) (March 24th)
Confirmed Tracks
– Boss Playa’s feat. Nelly
– Show Me The Money (Jazze Pha)
- The Boss (Neptunes)
– Real Talk (Cool & Dre)
– Gettin’ Paid (Dre & Vidal)
– I Made It feat. Bun B. (Cool & Dre)
– Damn feat. Fat Pat
– Wheels Keep Spinning feat. The Game (Scott Storch)
– All Toghether (Hood Anthem) (Dre & Vidal)
- Houston (Neptunes)
– I Run (Jim Jonsin)

*au.sys-con.com

Robin Is On The “Change Is Now (Renewing America’s Promise)” Compilation


Stevie Wonder, Will.I.Am, Melissa Etheridge, Jennifer Hudson, Death Cab For Cutie and Usher are among the artists featured on “Change Is Now (Renewing America’s Promise)” the commemorative CD/DVD set being released by Hidden Beach Recordings in association with the Presidential Inaugural Committee. Several of the songs on the 18-track CD also feature excerpts from President-elect Barack Obama’s speeches. The accompanying DVD includes eight of Obama’s campaign speeches, starting with his announcement to run delivered Feb. 10, 2007 in  Springfield, Illinois and ending with his election night victory speech in Chicago on Nov. 4, 2008. Thanks To Molly For The Thicke Pic.

*billboard.com


Change Is Now (Renewing America’s Promise) (2009)

01 – Will.I.Am – It’s A New Day
02 – The Tony Rich Project – The Dream Is Real
03 – Stevie Wonder – All About The Love Again
04 – Ozomatli – Can’t Stop
05 – Sheryl Crow – Peace Be Upon Us
06 – India.Arie – There’s Hope
07 – Melissa Etheridge – God Is In The People
08 – Lenny Kravitz – Change
09 – Robin Thicke – Dreamworld
10 – Maroon 5 – Pure Imagination 2009
11 – Hush
12 – BeBe Winans – Born For This
13 – Wilco – What Light
14 – James Taylor – Shed A Little Light
15 – Jennifer Hudson – The Star Spangled Banner
16 – Lionel Richie – Eternity (David Foster Live Strings Mix) (Bonus)
17 – Death Cab For Cutie – Grapevine Fires (Bonus)
18 – Common – Changes (Bonus)

Rhythm Lab Radio Interview With Chester French

Rhythm Lab Radio Interview With Chester French. Thanks To Neptuner.

Chad Playing Jigga’s Roc Boyz On “Aaron: Some Middle Eastern” Flute


Yi Zhou’s 35mm Film Featuring Charlotte Gainsbourg & Chester French

Remember when we posted the Chester French album info about having the French artists Yi Zhou & Singer Charlotte Gainsbourg on their album ‘Love The Future’ well they ain’t really featured on CF album but Chester French did music for Yi Zhou’s 35mm film featuring Charlotte Gaibourg. Props To Tylr.

*theneptunes.org/new chester french album info 13th nov

Yi Zhou’s 35mm Film Featuring Charlotte Gaibourg & Chester French

Chester French MTV Article, Sneak Peak Of “She Loves Everybody” Video


Who
: Two Ivy League-educated smart-asses with a penchant for spacey, horned-up electro pop, Maxwell Drummey and D.A. Wallach met at Harvard University, named their band after a sculptor and caught the ear of Kanye West, who offered the duo a deal. They passed on that offer in favor of an even more lucrative deal from The Neptunes’ Star Trak Entertainment. Judging from their debut EP, She Loves Everybody, their full-length, Love The Future (due later this year), is sure to burst with swanky hooks and smarmy jokes. Oh, and Drummey is rather inexplicably married to British socialite Peaches Geldof.

The Secret Source of 50 Cent’s Abs?: Though they’ve already drawn comparisons to another head-in-the-clouds electro duo — MGMTChester French fail to see any similarities. For one, they’re way more into fighting … and physiques. “We’re a band that really encourages consensual violence — never against women — but we like representing for a whole bunch of people,” Wallach said. “We’ve all been abused by a woman in one way or another, but we come in and we take it, because we’re these strong, assertive men who care about our physiques. This music stuff is really a side project for us. It’s a way to earn money so that we can keep our gym memberships going. … We’re trainers too. We trained 50. Everyone knows that.”

A Big, Messy Year Indeed: When they spurned Kanye for a deal with Pharrell Williams and Star Trak, CF garnered plenty of “who the f— are these dudes?!?” headlines. Looking to silence the critics, they’ve been holed up in the studio, hard at work on their full-length debut. And with an album on the horizon, what else are the dynamic duo looking forward to in ’09? “2009 is going to see the birth of my second child, which I’m really excited for,” Drummey joked. “We’re going to put an album out too.”

*mtv.com

Chester French “Fame Ball” Spring Tour Dates


Chester French
To Headline Spring Tour Dates “The Fame Ball” With Lady Gaga & White Tie Affair. Props To Big Mac.

March

March 12 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
March 13 – Los Angeles, CA – Avalon
March 14 – San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine
March 16 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox / The Market
March 17 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
March 18 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore Ballroom
March 21 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
March 23 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Café
March 24 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
March 25 – Pontiac, MI – Crofoot Ballroom
March 26 – Toronto, ON – Elements
March 27 – Ottawa, ON – Bronson Center
March 28 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
March 30 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
March 31 – New York, NY – Webster Hall

April

April 1 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of the Living Arts
April 2 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
April 3 – Richmond, VA – Toad’s Place
April 6 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues
April 7 – Tampa, FL – The Ritz
April 8 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
April 9 – Atlanta, GA – Centerstage

Robin Thicke Teams Up With Musicane To Launch Robin Thicke TV

Grammy Award winner Robin Thicke, one of the hottest performers and songwriters on the scene today, has teamed up with Musicane, the young innovative digital company to launch Robin Thicke TV. The first webisode, “The Making Of Something Else – Magic,” airs January 12 through the Musicane widget at Robin Thicke | Official Site, as well as his other social network websites (MySpace, Facebook etc). New episodes will debut weekly. The webisode is actual footage shot during the making of the smash Top 5 Billboard album Something Else, and gives fans a unique perspective into Robin in the midst of his creative process.

Robin Thicke TV Episode 1

Visit us at musicane.com | Visit Robin Thicke on Musicane

*hangout.altsounds.com

LeToya Luckett Is Working With The Neptunes


Despite rumor claiming that LeToya Luckett’s new LP “Lady Love” will arrive in the U.S. market on March 24, new report says that LeToya Luckett is going to release her second studio album on April 7. Prior to the album’s arrival, she will drop first single “Not Anymore“, which is said to be penned by Ne-Yo, on January 15. In finishing the album, LeToya reportedly works with powerhouse producers, including Pharrell Williams, The-Dream and Christopher “Tricky” Stewart. In addition to Ne-Yo, there hasn’t any word on who else will be writing new songs for the upcoming album. A new song from LeToya Luckett called “Somebody Else”, which is rumored to be listed in the LP, has hit the web back in September 2008. In the ballad song, she teamed up with multi-platinum R&B singer Avant.

*aceshowbiz.com

Lil’ Wayne To Release A Rock Album


Lil’ Wayne
will release a rock album next- according to a rapper close to him. Drake claims Weezy has been inspired by Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreaks and will record a ‘complete rock album.’ Whilst in the studio Lil’ Wayne himself recently joked: “I ain’t rapping no more… I’m singing … I’m about to get some dance moves. I gonna get Chris Brown to teach me some sh*t.” In typical fashion a few new Weezy tracks have leaked in 2009 including Yes – a bass-driven collaboration with Pharrell. Other songs Red Rum and Up In This Club – which bizarrely sample’s Space’s Female Of The Species- have also hit the internet. All three new tracks feature Dwayne singing as well as rapping which suggest a rock direction.

*mtv.co.uk

Maroon 5, Chad Hugo, Mos Def – Frontin’ (Cover) (2003)

I don’t know about you people but i’ve never seen this performance, i just had the audio rip.

Chester French – Dance


Here is a new Chester French tune called “Dance” from their Upcoming Album “Love The Future” which is due March. Thanks To Tylr.

Click Here To Listen

Lil’ Wayne – Yes feat. Pharrell


Remember the interview that MTV did with Lil’ Wayne where he was talking about putting out Tha Carter 3 again, but making the project an entirely different LP. Wayne had Pharrell on the bus discussing future work back then where Pharrell said their talk was “very interesting.” So this might be a tune off “Tha Carter 3: Rebirth(2009) or just a mixtape tune. I don’t think that The Neptunes produced this just cuz of that “Yes” sample as we all know, The Neptunes don’t sample “me looks at Inhale & Let’s Get Blown“, but I can be wrong. But checking the tune out again, it has a 4 bars intro and that’s a very typical Neptunes thing that they do. Well I’ll say ain’t Neptunes. What do y’all think.

Check Out This 1 Min. Snippet

*theneptunes.org/lil’ wayne to work with the neptunes

Pharrell Doing Music For Dyrdek’s “Street Dreams”


MTV New
had a little interview with skateboarder Rob Dyrdek and he said how Pharrell was a cool guy and that he had done some music for his film Street Dreams and how Pharrell put alot of time into it, so it mite be worth checkin out. “Hoppin’ Over Fences“, is one of the beats Pharrell did” said Drydek. Thanks To Manny.

Michael Rapaport Interviewed Pharrell


The 6th Day actor Michael Rapaport aka White Mike, visited Pharrell in the studio to interview Pharrell about a documentary Michael is doing on “A Tribe Called Quest”.

*bbcicecream.com

Chester French’s Favorite Albums Of 2008


5. The Cool Kids – The Bake Sale
This is basically an album length EP. It’s one of the most stylistically coherent hip-hop records in a while.

4. N¤E¤R¤D – Seeing Sounds
Our bosses’ third album. This record maintains an incredibly high energy level throughout. These songs really translate live, as well.

3. Ratatat – LP3
Apparently, this was their first time using a real studio. It’s got great sounding drums, guitars, and harpsichord.

2. Janelle Monae – Metropolis Suite I Of IV The Chase
Janelle is a friend of ours, and we think one of the best new artists coming up.

1. Portishead – Third
We’ve never really been huge trip-hop fans, and this album definitely isn’t trip-hop. Incredibly creative from start to finish.

*myspace.com/chesterfrench

The Clipse Live At Pepsi Proper Los Angeles

Play Cloths Tour Dates


Toronto – Jan 16th 5 PM, 116 Spadina


Babylon – Jan 17th 5:30 PM, 317 Bank ST.
Vancouver – Jan 21st 5 PM, 239 Abbott

*reupgangrecords.net

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