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.„
“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.”
Alesha Dixon 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.”
Duran Duran, 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.
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