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.
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.
Here Is a Preview Of Jada’s “Rockin’ With The Best featuring Pharrell” Produced By The Neptunes. Thanks To Andrei
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 Festival – Chromeo 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
Nas is about to be a dad again. It’s official. The masterful MC told MTV on the red carpet of the Grammy Awards that he and wife Kelis are expecting their first child together. The couple will know the baby’s sex in a matter of days. “Yeah, man, I find out what it’s gonna be next week, so I’m happy,” said the rapper, who has a 15-year-old daughter from a previous relationship. “I got another one coming in ’09, yeah! That’s what’s up!”
MTV and Snoop Dogg announced on Tuesday (February 10) a global deal that will bring the entertainers’ personality to television in a new variety talk show, “Dogg After Dark” — which premieres Tuesday, February 17, at 9 p.m. ET/PT — and music to fans with a new album release and via the video game “Rock Band.” Coming on the heels of the announcement that Snoop is no longer with Geffen/ Interscope, the MC’s deal with MTV will let loose Snoop Dogg’s upcoming album, Malice In Wonderland, (Due September) with global distribution, marketing and promotion. The album’s musical guests include Dr. Dre, Pharrell Williams and Lalo Shifrin, and it’s scheduled to be released later this year.
Robin Thicke – Dreamworld
Directed by Anthony Mandler
Produced by Billy Parks
Co. Produced By Les Enfants Terribles
Dooley’s Week will be combined with the Spring Band Party this year, featuring alternative funk-rock band N¤E¤R¤D and comedian Daniel Tosh. “[The Student Programming Council] decided to incorporate Spring Band Party into Dooley’s Week in order to get a larger band,” SPC President Zach Krame said. The week will take place from Mar. 23 to 27. “We know the students love N¤E¤R¤D, so they were one of our top choices,” Krame said. N¤E¤R¤D, whose members are Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Shay Haley, is a group that cannot be shelved under one genre. Best described as funk-rock, it contains hip-hop, alternative rock and various other musical influences. The group has toured with Kanye West and performed alongside artists such as Rihanna & Lupe Fiasco, who performed at last year’s Spring Band Party.
Unfortunately Madonna & Kenna didn’t get their Grammy’s last night although the “Lil’ Wayne, Allen Toussaint, Robin Thicke & Terence Blanchard, tribute to New Orleans” performance was adequate, tamed and controlled for television, and Thicke was in fine form. But it’s when Toussaint and Blanchard took over that this segment became BIG fun. Props To Bwad Man Rasta Ness`
Star Trak Grammy Nominees 2009
Best Dance Recording
Give It 2 Me
Madonna & The Neptunes, producers; Andrew Coleman & Spike Stent, mixers
Track from: Hard Candy
Best Urban/Alternative Performance
Say Goodbye To Love
Track from: Make Sure They See My Face
Lil’ Wayne, Allen Toussaint, Robin Thicke & Terence Blanchard At The Grammys 09′
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