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February 2009

The Neptunes – Zoom (Nike Commercial)

Here is a new Nike Commercial track produced by The Neptunes for Kobe Bryants new Shoe Line called „Zoom“.

Clipse’s „Kinda Like A Big Deal“ Review, Neptunes On Half Of The Album

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For fans of the Clipse, the Virginia rap duo’s upcoming third album, Till The Casket Drops, is a big deal, indeed. So it was with great pleasure that I ventured out tonight to hear the album’s first teaser single, the appropriately titled “Kinda Like A Big Deal,” which features a guest spot from Kanye West and should be released for public consumption on March 9. Super-instant react: It’s dope. The song finds the Thornton brothers in a far more upbeat mood than 2006′s supremely bitter Hell Hath No Fury — it just might be their first bona fide party track in years. That vibe starts with the beat, a burner courtesy of DJ Khalil that opens with a blazing electric guitar lick before falling into a wicked sampled organ, guitar, and drum groove. Pusha T. leads off with some vintage braggadocio: “The third time’s the charm/After two classics, another stripe upon my arm.” Pusha also finds time to crow about “how it feel to blow a hundred thou in a recession/With no second-guessing.” Recession rap this ain’t. Next up is Kanye, who delivers a swaggering verse that will remind listeners of how great he is when he actually raps. If Kanye’s lyrics comparing himself to “the black Marshall, mixed with Jay” are any hint, maybe he’s planning to get back to rapping full-time soon, lord willing.

(Trivia note: I’m pretty sure I recognized a couple of Kanye’s punchlines, like the one mentioning “alligator souffle,” from a verse Yeezy spit on an early version of T.I.’sOn Top of the World” that I heard last year.) Pusha’s brother Malice follows with a sick verse of his own. Clever lyrics (of course), a tight beat, and a Kanye cameo: All in all, this single should make for a strong reintroduction for the Clipse. “Kinda Like A Big Deal” is one of a handful of DJ Khalil-produced tracks that are being considered for Till The Casket Drops, which is tentatively expected to see a late-summer release. I also got an early listen to a few works in progress that might make it on to the album, including several sparkling beats that emerged from recent studio sessions in Miami with the Clipse’s longtime collaborator Pharrell Williams of The Neptunes. (Nothing is for certain yet, but the Clipse’s camp says Neptunes productions will likely account for about half of the final album when all’s said and done.) Pending further information, this is looking like it could end up being 2009′s rap album to beat. Anyone else looking forward to hearing the final product?

*popwatch.ew.com

The “Australian”- Pharrell Williams Article

02IT’S become a cliche to bemoan the decline of hip-hop. The protest subculture of its 1970s pioneers has degenerated, traditionalists argue, into an antiseptic mainstream phenomenon. Rapper and producer Pharrell Williams epitomises this commercial turn.As 50 per cent of The Neptunes production team — a partnership with his high-school homeboy, Filipino-American Chad Hugo — he’s perhaps the music industry’s most in-demand hit maker. Yet he also embodies the genre’s outsider ethos: the possibility of socially marginalised kids rising to the top. He spent the first seven years of life in the housing projects of Virginia Beach. Now, platinum-plated artists such as Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Jay-Z, Nelly, Usher and Kanye West line up for the production duo’s golden touch. At one point, Neptunes productions accounted for 43 per cent of tracks aired on American radio. Their handiwork fuses rap with rock, folk and rhythm and blues, creating eclectic sounds that Williams, 35, is at a loss to describe. “Um, I don’t know, it’s just music,” he says. “I’m not sure if we have a title for it.” To author Neil Strauss, writing in Esquire magazine, The Neptunes’ output is “not the messy kitchen sink of postmodernism but the sparkling, clean chrome kitchen of hip-hop futurism”. The team has softened rappers such as Snoop Dogg with Beautiful and Mystikal with Shake Ya Ass, roughened up Madonna with last year’s Hard Candy album, and gave Britney Spears a sharp-edged makeover with her 2001 hit I’m a Slave 4 U.
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Help Name Chester French Mixtape, Love The Future Due April 21st


Help Chester French and DJ Clinton Sparks come up with a title for Chester French new mixtape project! Clinton Sparks is at it again but this time with one of the hottest new pop bands, Chester French aka D.A & Max! Clinton has been taking the mixtape game to another level with his latest projects from Fall Out Boy and most recently Strong Arm Steady and Tyga. Chester French teamed up with Clinton Sparks to create an audio movie with a score of all original music written, produced and performed by Chester French. Clinton Sparks and Chester French have been in the studio nonstop for a week putting this masterpiece together, and for those of you who are not yet familiar with Chester French, after this project you will become a fan of their unique, creative sound and understand why Kanye West, Jermaine Dupri and Pharrell Williams all wanted to give them a record deal!

They ultimately signed with Star Trak/Interscope and their debut album “Love The Future” is slated to drop April 21st, but in the meantime GET FAMILIAR with this Chester French and Clinton Sparks collaboration, set to drop the top of March. This mixtape is pure entertainment with humorous skits, interludes and a few surprise guest features that will take you on a journey with D.A. & Max from their Harvard days where they formed their band and hooked up with a few “Nerd Girls,” to Hollywood where they were partying and getting kicked out of clubs, got a record deal and subsequently were sucked into the Hollywood life before buckling down and finishing their debut album. Leave your Mixtape Title ideas as comments On Chester French Blog.

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Rick Rubin Joins Clipse In Studio

Legendary producer Rick Rubin has been working on tracks for the Clipse’s long-awaited third album this month, the rap duo’s camp tells EW. Rubin, who signed the Clipse to Columbia Records shortly after taking over as the label’s cochairman in 2007, has completed one tune with them so far in a Malibu studio; they plan to work with him on one to two more in the coming weeks. Though Rubin began his career in the ’80s working with acts like Run-D.M.C., LL Cool J, and the Beastie Boys, he’s more recently focused on producing rock and pop bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers and Weezer — along with occasional high-profile forays into hip-hop like Jay-Z’s99 Problems” in 2003. Needless to say, the thought of the bearded studio wizard crafting tracks for critical darlings the Clipse is enough to make many rap fans salivate. The Clipse is currently aiming for a late-summer release for Til The Casket Drops, which will feature contributions from a wide range of beatsmiths. First single “Kinda Like A Big Deal,” produced by DJ Khalil and featuring Kanye West, is set to drop March 9.

*ew.com

Robin Thicke – Shadow Of Doubt (Live At Jimmy Kimmel)

The Neptunes Worked With Malik Yusef

Chicago rapper and poet Malik Yusef (39) (G.O.O.D. Music) has worked with The Neptunes for his second album „Good Morning & Good Night“ which will be released later this year featuring guest musicians and producers such as Kanye West, Common, Raheem Devaughn, Jes.Tone, Lupe Fiasco, KRS One, Twista, Carl Thomas and soul pianist John Legend. The concept of the reflective Double CD will display Protagonist vs. Antagonist/Lower Self vs. Higher Self, exhibiting the poet’s struggle between his internal dualities. Both discs Good Morning & Good Night will feature 12 tracks apiece, representing an hour of each day. The first single “Magic Man” features Kanye West, Common and John Legend. The Chi-town native has made his career as a “wordsmyth,” reciting verses that chronicle inner city life growing up on the urban streets of the Windy City. His lexicon tells stories that speak to both the intricate depths and heights of ghetto culture, as well as global socio-economic woes.

„Yes. It’s very diverse. I’ve got Pharrell, of course Kanye; I have an array of people, man. It’s going to be 24 tracks, one for every hour of the day. Actually, it has 26 tracks. There’s a hidden track on each CD, so that’s 13 on each disc. You know, 13 is the original number of the woman. This is why it’s a bad-luck number. The levels of thinking, the 12 houses of the zodiac, the 13th is governed by the mother spirit and so on and so forth. When patriarchic society took over, it erased all that and killed the mother. I’m more akin to being a follower of the matriarchy, a follower of the old way. I let them be them; they let me be me. I’m just a little boy that does poetry whose friends got famous, and I like it that way. I like to be found. I don’t want to be overexposed. I love when people discover me and discover my music.„

*motherjones.com

Pharrell On Current TV “One Stop Shop”

Thanks To Shana & Skateboard.

P. Diddy Describes High-Concept New Album “Last Train To Paris” Due September 22nd

“It’s a profound love story, man,” Sean Combs told MTV News Wednesday night via phone from L.A. “It’s about this tumultuous love roller-coaster relationship that occurs. It’s everything from love, pain, sex, God, celebration. It’s a lot of things rolled into one. It’s a conceptual album. “One of the things I wanna give you that’s not out there yet is that it’s not me as a solo artist,” Diddy added. “It’s a group I put together; myself and two girls. Two young ladies, you may know them or you may not. It’s almost like some back-in-the-day Loose Ends-type sh–. We’re going to be telling the story of Last Train To Paris.”

“A movie is going to be shot to it too,” Diddy said. “It’s definitely going to be an album you can seamlessly see. Not after the fact. When you get the album on that day, September 22, you will be able to see the whole album on your computer. I go into production of the movie in May. Pharrell Williams also talked to MTV News about the project on Wednesday. “I thought it was sick,” he said of Diddy’s concept. “I think he’s a super-smart guy who knows where things are going. He told me, ‘Yo, just make me sick beats. I want them to dance; I want them to have a good time.’ … I was like, ‘Wow.’ For me, it was like making music for a movie.”

*mtv.com

Alesha Dixon Wants A Pharrell Collabo


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has revealed that she would love to team up with Pharrell Williams. The ‘Breathe Slow’ singer said that she would jump at the opportunity to collaborate with him if her record company would agree to the fee. “That would be really, really, cool, as long as he doesn’t charge too much money because he a quite expensive person to work with,” she told Key 103. “I definitely think the thought is there and I am sure when it comes to making the second record we will definitely think about it, because obviously we didn’t have any colabs on this album.” The star also claimed to be embarrassed after it emerged that she recently got a flight from Cannes with Coldplay singer Chris Martin on his private jet. “Oh I feel so tacky saying this, but yes he did. Oh god, he’s a really lovely guy and he did, myself and my manager, give us a lift back,” she said. “And I was really annoyed actually that it came out in the press, because for me personally it’s just not my style.”

*digitalspy.co.uk

NERD To Headline U.K’s Lovebox Weekender Festival This Summer


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, N.E.R.D and Groove Armada have been confirmed to play at the Lovebox Weekender Festival, set to take place at Victoria Park in London on July 18 and 19. Friendly Fires, Florence And The Machine, Simian Mobile Disco and Ladyhawke have also been confirmed to play at the bash, with more acts set to be announced soon. The festival will mark Duran Duran’s only festival appearance of 2009, organisers have said, with the band set to play a headline slot on the Saturday Night (July 18) after N.E.R.D. Groove Armada will headline the Sunday (July 19). To check the availability of Lovebox Weekender Tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/GIGS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

*nme.com

Busta’s Album Pushed Back Again To March 23rd


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will release his eighth studio album, ‘Back On My B S’, on March 23. The rapper will release a single from the album, ‘Hustler’s Anthem’ (featuring T. Pain), on the same day. Rhymes previously told MTV News that as well as T Pain, those who have contributed to the album include Pharrell Williams, producer Focus and Dr. Dre. He has also said that Mary J. Blige, Common, Lil’ Wayne and Linkin Park may feature. Three singles have already been released from the album – ‘Arab Money’,’Don’t Touch Me (Throw Da Water On ‘Em)’ and ‘We Made It’.

*nme.com

Busta Rhymes – Back On My B. S. (2009) (March 23rd)
- G-Stro feat. Pharrell
- Kill Dem feat. Tosh
- Back On My B. S.

P. Diddy Announced Album Title „Last Train To Paris“ Due September


P. Diddy’s new major studio album will be called “Last Train To Paris“. Confirming the news was the rapper himself during the airing of MTV’s “Making The Band 4″ season three part 2 on February 12. Aimed to follow up Diddy’s 2006 studio album “Press Play“, the new record will have contributions from T-Pain and Danity Kane’s former member Dawn Richard. It will also contain electro hip-hop songs, which feature the heavy use of Auto-Tune. Noting that he eyes to drop the effort in September, Diddy reveals to have worked with T-Pain using tricks which nobody knows except themselves. “T-Pain gave me permission to use the vocoder, the Auto-Tune, and he showed me various tricks that nobody knows but him and myself,” so Diddy claimed. Elsewhere, P. Diddy is rumored to work with British singer Alexandra Burke. Along with Timbaland, he is said to help the winner of 2008 “The X-Factor” crafting new songs for her debut studio effort. P. Diddy has been working with Dawn Richard & The Neptunes aswell.

*aceshowbiz.comAdeed New To The Upcoming Projects
P. Diddy – Last Train To Paris (2009)
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Robin Thicke & Jennifer Hudson Tour Dates

April

April 2nd – Newark, New Jersey – NJ Performing Arts Center
April 3rd – Upper Darby, Pennyslvania – Tower Theatre
April 4th – B-More, Maryland – Lyric Theatre
April 5th – Washington, D. C. – Constiution Hall
April 9th – Manshantucket, CT – MGM Grand At Foxwoods
April 10th – New York, NY – Wamu Theatre At MSG
April 12th – Norkfolk, VA – Chrysler Hall
April 16th – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
April 17th – Charlotte, NC – Ovens Auditorium
April 18th – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Special Events Center
April 19th – Richmond, VA – Lanmark Theatre
April 23rd – St. Louis, MO – FOX Theatre
April 24th – Detroit, MI – Detroit Opera House
April 25th – Chicago, IL – Air Crown Theatre

May

May 2nd – Los Angeles, CA – Nokia Theatre
May 3rd – Oakland, CA – Paramount Theatre Of Arts
May 7th – Grand Prairie, TX – Nokia Theatre At Grand Prairie
May 8th – Houston, TX – Verizon Theatre

Thanks To KBaby82

*iloveallaccess.com

Chester French – She Loves Everybody (Live In Milwaukee)

Snoop Dogg & Pharrell – Drop It Like It’s Hot (Live At The Dogg After Dark Show)

Pharrell’s Playboy Interview


Pharrell—he has a last name, Williams, but needs only to use his first to be recognized around the world—had already produced hit records for Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Kelis, Mystikal and Mase before he really even got started. As one half of The Neptunes, he went on to produce global smashes for Britney, Nelly, Snoop, Jay-Z, Gwen Stefani, Ludacris and Justin Timberlake; crank out a number one album under the moniker N.E.R.D.; and rack up a slew of Grammy nominations and awards. But he’s a man of many hats (as well as almost always appearing in one). In the musical arena, he has applied his touch to rock bands like The Hives and Maroon 5. He has wider interests as well with businesses such as his Billionaire Boys Club line and his Ice Cream fashion brand. And his Rock the Rabbit T-Shirt is badass.

PLAYBOY: You’re a style icon. How would you describe your current look?
PHARRELL: I go through cycles. Sometimes I want to wear things that are very loud. Now that everybody is wearing things that are loud, I kind of want to dress down more. Now it’s low-key but still cut to fit, not necessarily baggy, more form-fitting.

PLAYBOY: What designers are you into?
PHARRELL: Tom Ford is the king right now. Everything from his suits to his glasses. I like his glasses so much I went and put clear lenses in them.

PLAYBOY: What are your must-haves while you’re on the road?
PHARRELL: All my hardware so I can make music on the bus. I’m not a big porn guy, but I’ve been finding myself watching them recently. I’m thinking about collecting 1960s and 1970s porn—the music’s going to be right, all the tits are going to be real and there’s muff.

PLAYBOY: Do you play video games on the bus?
PHARRELL: They dominate the living room of the tour bus—Madden and all that—but I suck at video games.

PLAYBOY: What’s your go-to bedroom music?
PHARRELL: Something orchestral. Naturally you have a tendency to zone out and think—string-heavy music is good for provoking thought. I wouldn’t listen to Prince or a Vanity 6 record while having sex with my girl. I also like the rhythms of sex itself. I should make a beat from sampling sex sounds!
Thanks To Marsguo.

*playboy.com

Justin Timberlake – Let’s Take A Ride (02′) (1st Version)

This is The Very First Version Of “Let’s Take A Ride” (Digital With No Live Drums) Which Was Actually Made For Michael Jackson Produced By The Neptunes.

New Clipse “Till The Casket Drops” Studio Pics” 16th Feb.


*reupgangrecords.net

Chester French Kiss Competition

Chester French wants to see the best photo of you kissing. You can be kissing a friend, a loved one or anything, but you must appear in the picture yourself.

Big Sean & Charles Hamilton In The Studio With Pharrell

Jadakiss – Rockin’ With The Best feat. Pharrell (Preview)

Here Is a Preview Of Jada’s “Rockin’ With The Best featuring Pharrell” Produced By The Neptunes. Thanks To Andrei

Pharrell Designed Artwork For Playboy


Proving Hugh Hefner really is the coolest guy in the galaxy, Playboy have revealed that Pharrell Williams, MGMT, Chromeo and Q-Tip are all contributing to a special edition of the world renowned skin mag which hits newsstands in the USA Today, Friday February 13th. The music stars all appear as part of ‘Rock The Rabbit’, which first popped up in Playboy back in 2007. Since then names like Daft Punk, Iggy Pop, The Flaming Lips, The Killers and Hot Chip have taken part, and this year the honour has been handed to Pharrell – who is about to tour Australia with N*E*R*D for the Future Music FestivalChromeo and Q-Tip – also about to tour with Good Vibrations – and MGMT.

In case you’re wondering… the project doesn’t have anything to do with boobs or booty, it’s about art; each musician contributing their own interpretation of the iconic Playboy logo. “The inspiration for the design came from our love for Playboy and Yew Yorker styled cartoons,” said Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT. “We’re very into cartoons, the rest of our merchandise line is in fact a series of original cartoon characters designed by our friend Dan from our descriptions of the characters.” The logos will be printed on T-Shirts, with the proceeds from sales given to charity. Also invited to take part in 2009 are The Kooks, Motley Crue and Perry Farrell. The issue focuses on music. T-Shirts bearing the artwork are available to buy at Playboystore.com

*inthemix.com.au

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