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September 2009

Star Trak’s Newest Signee ‘Alyssa Bernal’

Pharrell & Alyssa Bernal
Her name is Alyssa Brianne Bernal, 19 years old Mexican-American/Hispanic native was born and raised at San Antonio, Texas on December 22, 1989. Three years ago she put herself on YouTube and ever since then she’ve got loads of continuous support and love which brought the attention of Pharrell & American Music Group. Known as hchsknights08 on Youtube, Alyssa has become a famous teen female singer with over 180,000 subscribers on Youtube. She chose hchsknights08 as her screen name because, hchsknights is the name of her cheerleading team and she said, “If I only knew that this will be big then I should’ve chose Alyssa Bernal or something.”

Alyssa Bernal 2
She attracts every person who visits her channel everyday. Teens like her admires her so much because, she has a talent to share and a really kind heart. On October 2008, after making videos that catapulted her to a much-deserved fame, American Music Group gave her a deal. She began recording her first single, “Never Woulda,” with Martin Terefe early January 2009 for her as yet untitled debut album for a 2009 release on American Music Group, the lead single Never Woulda is now available on iTunes. Check out some of the videos which gave her the Fame she deserves from Youtube.
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Alyssa Bernal – Hey Love (Original)

Alyssa Bernal – Poker Face (Lady Gaga Cover)

Alyssa Bernal – My All (Mariah Carey Cover)

Alyssa Bernal – Save Me From Myself (Christina Aguilera Cover)

Alyssa Bernal – Killing Me Softly (Roberta Flack Cover)

www.myspace.com/alyssabernalmusic
www.youtube.com/hchsknights08
www.blogtv.com/people/alyssabernal
www.twitter.com/alyssabernal
www.alyssabernal.tumblr.com
www.alyssabernalmusic.com
www.tokbox.com/alyssabernal

Alyssa Bernal – First Studio Album (2009)
Producers & Guests: Martin Terefe
Confirmed Tracks:
- Hey Love
- Never Woulda
- Just In Time
- I Found You

Chase & Status: We’re Going To Collaborate With Pharrell

Chase & Status
Saul Milton, one half of London drum & bass production pairing Chase & Status, is flagging. “We’ve just had an all-nighter,” he says groggily, explaining the absence of band mate Will Kennard. “Social life has taken a battering, I need to see my girlfriend and my family more. It’s just non-stop.” Meanwhile, Pharrell Williams demanded a studio summit with the duo after seeing them at a UK festival this summer. “He came and he watched our set and he came over afterwards and said ‘Hey love what you guys are doing, I really want to get in the studio with you’. “We actually met up in the studio a week later, only for a couple of hours for a chit chat. “We’re going to collaborate with him in a future and that’s real exciting because he’s one of our heroes, one of our idols, someone we’ve looked up to for forever. It’s mind blowing basically to get accolades from people you’ve respected for so long.”

*bbc.co.uk
*theneptunes.org/pharrell-goes-drum-and-bass

Nigo Working On Compilation Album, More News

Nigo
Nigo
is working on a Compilation album called „Tokio Suite Selected By Nigo“ which is due November 25th. The Park Hyatt Tokyo is the lucky recipient of a collaboration with Nigo. To celebrate their 15th anniversary, the Park Hyatt asked Nigo—who has spent time in the 50th floor’s Tokyo Suite—to compile music tracks for a special edition CD that evokes Tokyo’s mixed cultures. Nigo is fusing underground beats and the hotel’s modern luxury vibe through music. The aptly named ‘Tokyo Suite Selected By Nigo’ contains not only hip-hop, but house and lounge beats from the late 80s and early 90s by Japanese artists.

And just as with anything that Nigo releases, the November 25 debut and sales of the CD will be extremely limited, appearing only in Bape flagships, at the Park Hyatt Tokyo’s gift shop, and at Bape’s US online store. There once was a time when we would make sure to collect whatever CD the hotel were staying at was pimping, but now that hardly anyone buys actual discs anymore we’ve overcome this urge. This being so limited edition however causes our desire to own hotel CDs to re-flare. Anybody heading to Tokyo this winter?

Nigo - Tokio Suite
Nigo – Tokio Suite Selected By Nigo (2009) (November 25th)
01 – Tinnie Punx Seiko Ito & Tinnie Punx – Bronx Tokyo
02 – World Piece / Haruo Konda – O-Zone / Gymnopedie No.1
03 – TPO – Hiroshi’s Dub (Savanna Mix)
04 – Natural Calamity – When You Gonna Wake Me Up
05 – OOIOO – On Mani
06 – Subliminal Calm – Faint Signs – Piano
07 – Cornelius – Star Fruits Surf Rider
08 – Plastics – Peace
09 – Luv Master X – Sentimental Dub
10 – Nigo – Freediving feat. Ben Lee (Stereo MC’s Remix)
11 – Mute Beat – After The Rain
12 – Yen Town Band – Sunday Park
13 – Rip Slyme – Time To Go

*hotelchatter.com
*parkhyatttokyo.com
*honeyee.com/nigo

Shakira’s ‘She Wolf’ Amazon Album Preview, Long Time (Snippet)

ShakiraLatrelle
Another Neptunes track off Shakira’s new album just leaked (a snippet) on the Amazon site called ‘Long Time’. After listening to the snippet, you immediately realize that you have heard this tune before, it pretty much is the same tune of Latrelle from her debut album “Dirty Girl, Wrong Girl, Bad Girl” back in 2001. The tune is not completely the same as Latrelle’s ‘Long Night’ though I gotta say it does sound pretty good. The funny thing about Latrelle is she also has a recycled beat of Clipse from their unreleased album ‘Exclusive Audio Footage’ from 1999 called ‘You Don’t Even Know featuring Pharrell & Kelis’. By the age of 19, Latrelle had recorded Dirty Girl, Wrong Girl, Bad Girl, her first album. Latrelle’s first single House Party was produced by The Neptunes who produced 6 songs on her Arista album. Latrelle has had an ongoing relationship with them ever since. Pharrell calls her his little sister. In spring of 2001, Latrelle finished her long awaited debut album “Dirty Girl, Wrong Girl, Bad Girl“, the project was scheduled to be released months later in October, the first single “Dirty Girl” was released along with a remix with then label mate T. I. . While the single had little impact on radio, it received heavy airplay in clubs and appeared on several mixtapes, the album was later pushed back to April 2002.

In fall of 2001, many songs from the album still unmastered began circulating on the internet including the planned second single “House Party” (later renamed “House Call). By the end of the year the majority of the album had been leaked. with many songs produced by The Neptunes, the album was praised heavily giving Latrelle an online fanbase. In December 2001, House Party was released as a follow-up single to “Dirty Girl” and became a minor hit on the Hip-Hop/R&B Charts. Jointly signed to Babyface’s NuAmerica Entertainmet label and Arista, there were several setbacks due to contract agreements which put the album’s release in jeopardy, along with disputes regarding rather the album had “Hit Potential“. Later, Edmonds decided to move his label to Interscope Records, this move conflicted with the release of both Latrelle and then label mate Robin Thicke’s debut projects along with Edmond’s 8th studio album and all were eventually cancelled, Thicke followed Edmonds to Interscope and Latrelle stayed with Arista, the video for “House Party” was released the week of the album’s scheduled release date. with no further release date set for the project, Latrelle parted ways with the label in early.

Check out Shakira’s Long Time Version on Amazon.com and here the original version from 2001 Latrelle – Long Night (01′).

Shakira’s Sigue A La Luna Commercial

Check out this lovely Shakira commercial of Siguel A La Luna. Thanks to SLRS.

NERD Joins Jay-Z Tour

NERD
Jay-Z
Bust open the kegs. Jay-Z is bringing his tour to college campuses and he’s brought along a few friends. Rap-rock outfit NERD, D.C. rapper Wale, and Roc Nation newcomer J. Cole have been announced as supporting acts on Jay-Z’s North American tour. Wale broke the news to Rap-Up TV at the VMAs earlier this month. The Live Nation production will make 24 stops at a mix of college campus arenas and traditional venues starting at Penn State University on October 9. Jay-Z is about to be all over the map. The music impresario will hit the road this fall for a tour in support of The Blueprint 3. Catch him performing past and present hits during the outing, which kicks off October 9 in Pennsylvania. Tickets have already gone on sale for select cities. Thanks To Brain.

The NERD ~ Jay-Z Tour Dates

October
09th – Bryce Jordan Center – University Park, PA
10th – Bank Of Kentucky Center – Highland Heights, KY
13th – Rexall Place – Edmonton, AB
14th – Pengrowth Saddledome – Calgary, AB
15th – Prospera Place – Kelowna, B.C.
16th – General Motors Place – Vancouver, B.C.
17th – Key Arena – Seattle, WA
21st – Eastern Michigan U/Convocation Center – Ypsilanti, MI
23rd – Wachovia Center (Powerhouse) – Philadelphia, PA
24th – Dunkin’ Donuts Center – Providence, R.I.
25th – Mullins Center – Amherst, MA
27th – 1st Mariner Arena – Baltimore, MD
28th – Value City Arena – Columbus, OH
29th – John Labatt Centre – London, ON
30th – Bell Centre – Montreal, QC
31st – Air Canada Centre – Toronto, ON

November
1st – Scotiabank Place – Ottawa, ON
7th – Fresno State/Save Mart Center – Fresno, CA
12th – University Of Illinois – Assembly Hall – Champaign, IL
19th – Tingley Coliseum – Albuquerque, N.M.
20th – Don Haskins Center – El Paso, TX
21st – United Spirit Arena – Lubbock, TX
22nd – Frank Erwin Center Arena – Austin, TX

*rap-up.com

Clipse ~ Prefixmag.com Interview, Til The Casket Drops Pushed Back ‘November 10th’

Malice
Surprise surprise, “Til The Casket Drops” has been pushed back again… The album is scheduled now for a November 10th release according to Prefixmag.com. The Clipse are caught in a position that is enviable and impossible all at once. Releasing Hell Hath No Fury was enough of a victory after the years it spent languishing in record-company limbo; that it delivered on the its considerable hype was just icing on the cake. The problem facing Malice and Pusha T is how to follow up an album championed by everybody from Christgau to XXLHell Hath No Fury is one of only six albums to achieve that magazine’s highest rating. The answer seems to be to call in a veritable Super Friends team of producers and give Cam’Ron a ring. We’ll know if it worked come Nov. 10, when Sony is scheduled to release ‘Til The Casket Drops.

Prefixmag: How do you follow up something like Hell Hath No Fury?
Clipse: It’s never any pressure to for us, because we didn’t set our sights on trying to outdo the last album. Our music is based on who we are at that time in our lives, and that’s why the energy in Hell Hath No Fury came from a hard place. We had to deal with all the political garbage that was happening and couldn’t concentrate on the more creative side of the music. It was all raw edges. This time around, we were in a much better place. Our fans will notice that this album is much more in the mindset of Lord Willin’.

P: How much of a vindication was it when the album finally came out?
C: I wasn’t worried about it coming out. I was more concerned that the people who supported us through our four-year sabbatical would get to hear the album. The fans were the ones who kept our name out there. There was a lot of stuff coming out, but we always had people backing us up, saying that our stuff would kill if it was out. We owed them big for that, so I’m glad for them that Hell Hath No Fury was finally released.
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Summit On The Summit

Kenna
Kenna
joined by a group of global influences, will climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness of the clean water crisis talk about the issue, share solutions and save lives. More than one billion people worldwide do not have access to clean, safe drinking water. The reality is, every 15 seconds a child dies from a waterborne disease. All of this preventable. When you donate, you support our efforts by sending water.
Kilimanjaro

Send Water!

*summitonthesummit.com

Rihanna’s New Album Set for November 23rd

RihannaThough no working title has been confirmed for the album, it is said that the set will be released on November 23rd. Details are still sketchy regarding Rihanna’s new album, but a new confirmation has just been brought forth by Play.com that the set is slated to be made available in stores on November 23rd later this year. Notwithstanding the release date, working title for the record remains in question. Rihanna, who has had a rough year after she was assaulted by ex-boyfriend Chris Brown during an argument in February, has been working on her new studio album for quite sometime. She keeps things related to the record under tight wraps, but it is widely believed that she has enlisted the help from some top notch musicians for the set.

The All-American Rejects’ vocalist Tyson Ritter, record producers Stargate, James Fauntleroy, Christopher “Tricky” Stewart, The-Dream, Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, Kanye West, OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, Soulja Boy, Shontelle and Pharrell Williams are all rumored to make contribution to the album. Most recently, Ne-Yo shared with E! News during 2009 MTV Video Music Awards on September 13th that he and Rihanna had been in a songwriting session. “Expect an edgier, almost angrier Rihanna on this one. Rihanna says some things on this album that you’ve never heard her say before,” he revealed. Fellow music star Akon also uttered some words about Rihanna’s upcoming album, saying “I’m going to lighten her up. I don’t want an angry Rihanna.”

*aceshowbiz.com

Clipse ~ Complex Interview, KAWS To Design Album Art

Clipse Complex
Pusha and Malice live in a world of their own devising. You’re welcome to visit, but don’t try to tell them they’re imagining things. Hip-hop may be an ever-changing beast, but one thing is constant: The Clipse’s sense of self. They might not be shouting it from the rooftops, but they clearly think they’re the best in the game—which is a little surprising, given their track record. After receiving a platinum plaque for their eerie and exceptionally witty debut, Lord Willin’, they fell into label purgatory. Four years and two mixtapes later, the even darker Hell Hath No Fury had critics and fans fawning, but still bricked like a Kwame Brown jumper. Despite the difficulties, Pusha T. and Malice still believe in the Clipse. And somehow, their bravado is understandable; it’s what’s gotten them here, after all.

When the Internet became saturated with no-name MCs and endless mixtapes, they concluded that fans value quality over quantity. When the economy cratered, they figured their fashion taste could sustain a clothing brand. And when they signed their Re-Up Gang label deal with Sony, they felt strong enough to branch out from under the Neptunes’ wings and recruit outside production for their third album, Til The Casket Drops. In fact, that unshakable certainty is probably why our boy KAWS jumped at the chance to design their album art (and this story). The whole thing may sound more crazy than confident, sure—but the best usually are.

Complex: It seems like Till The Casket Drops is very disconnected from the industry as a whole. Like, “Fuck that, this is what we’re on.”
Malice: This album is like redemption for me. We’ve been through so much with the label, with so much in our lives. Around Hell Hath No Fury, it was just rough times. You could probably hear it in the music. We had a lot of dead weight around us that got cleared out. This time around, everything is freer; we’re in a happier place. You can really hear the change in the music. Listen to “I’m Good.” You can feel it that we’re better. Definitely. Hell Hath No Fury is about when it was more raw. This album is more along the lines of Lord Willin’. And you know Hell Hath No Fury is my favorite album.

C: Why is it your favorite album?
Pusha: It’s everything I want to hear in rap. My taste isn’t the most commercial of tastes. When I put on an album, I find those records I like. If I’m listening to Ross, I’m listening to “Mafia Music.” If I’m listening to Jeezy, I’m listening to track 17. That’s what I want to hear.

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Shakira’s ‘She Wolf’ Review, Pushed Back Again ‘November 17th’

ShakiraFans apparently have to wait longer to get a hold of Shakira’sShe Wolf“. The third English studio album, which was set to be released in U.S. stores on October 13, reportedly will not arrive until more than a month later. In the store section of record label Epic Records’ site, the singer’s latest effort is listed to be released on November 17. Last Friday two of your trusty DS reporters attended a listening session for the new Shakira album – a-whooo! – and here’s what we made of it. Like Shakira herself, the album is short but bursting with ideas. To be precise, it features nine new English songs followed by Spanish versions of three of those songs (‘Why Wait’, ‘Did It Again’ and ‘She Wolf’). Nothing else on it sounds like ‘She Wolf’ the song, but if you like ‘She Wolf’ the song, you’ll almost certainly find something to like on She Wolf the album. You know what we’re trying to say, right? The album’s second track, ‘Did It Again’, is also its second single.

It’s a midtempo Neptunes production with an “eh-eh-eh-eh” hook, marching band percussion and lyrics about that guy you keep going back to though you know you really shouldn’t.There are three further Neptunes productions on She Wolf. ‘Long Time’ is a sparse, carnivaly party tune; ‘Why Wait’ is the sort of thing you can imagine Shakira belly-dancing to; and ‘Good Stuff’ is a midtempo track with a Middle Eastern feel and a chorus that’s a bit ’80s radio. That last one, apparently, is Shakira’s favourite on the album. A mooted third single is ‘Gypsy’, an Amanda Ghost co-write that’s probably the most subdued moment here. It’s got a countryish feel to it, complete with mandolin and strings, but the beats are as contemporary as Cheryl Cole’s dress sense. Most likely to split opinion? ‘Men In This Town’. It’s an ’80s-style electro stomper, a bit reminiscent of No Doubt perhaps, with loads and loads of hooks that keep leaping up out of nowhere.

The lyrics are all about the lack of blokes in LA and it ends with Shakira singing “It’s a suicide waiting”. Ominous.The album’s nutjob moment comes on ‘Mon Amour’, a noisy hunk of stadium rock on which Shakira wishes her ex and his new girlfriend a terrible vacation in Paris. “Hope the French fleas eat you both alive,” she sings, “And your room smells, and the toilet doesn’t flush, and the locals treat you mean, and the service takes too long…” The only track we haven’t mentioned so far is ‘Spy’, which is a bit naughty because it’s one of the best on the album. It sounds like the sort of thing Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones might have come up with if they’d been asked to produce a song for a film noir soundtrack: disco strings, a ‘Billie Jean’-style bassline and trumpets that suggest something sexy’s about to go down.

Before we wrap up, we should make clear that this album isn’t nearly as bitty and disparate as we’ve made it sound – Shakira may shimmy from genre to genre here, but She Wolf still sounds like a cohesive record as opposed to a grab-bag of tracks. It’s also very, very good – a comfortable on first listen – and we’re really looking forward to hearing it again. It looks like ‘Did It Again’ In Spanish will be different besides it will be in Spanish because Stephen Marcussen is credited on it and the Miami Symphonic Strings Quartet has credits on The Neptunes produced tune ‘Why Wait’. Check out the Official Amazon Tracklist below.

*digitalspy.co.uk
*aceshowbiz.com

Shakira - She Wolf (2009)
Shakira – She Wolf (2009) (November 17th)

Producers & Guests: Wyclef Jean, The Neptunes, Kid Cudi, Amanda Ghost, John Hill, Miami Symphonic Strings, Lukas Burton, Future Cut, Jerry Duplessis, Stephen Marcussen…
Amazon Tracklist:
01 – She Wolf (John Hill)
02 – Did It Again (The Neptunes)
03 – Long Time (The Neptunes)
04 – Why Wait For Later (The Neptunes, Miami Symphonic Strings)
05 – Good Stuff (The Neptunes)
06 – Men In This Town (John Hill)
07 – Gypsy (Amanda Ghost, Lukas Burton, Future Cut)
08 – Spy feat. (Wyclef Jean, Jerry Duplessis)
09 – Mon Amour (John Hill)
10 – Lo Hecho Está Hecho (Did It Again) (Spanish Version) (The Neptunes, Stephen Marcussen)
11 – Años Luz (Why Wait) (Spanish) (The Neptunes)
12 – Loba (She Wolf) (Spanish) (John Hill)

Leftovers
- Send Me An Angel
- Devoción feat. Gustavo Cerati (Spanish)

Clipse On Complex Cover ‘October/November Issue’

Complex Clipse Cover
If you’ve been keeping up with perennial hip-hop underdogs Clipse, you already know the duo frequently collaborates with art icon KAWS. And with their third studio album ’Til The Casket Drops coming soon, we thought we’d keep the partnership going with our latest collaborative cover. The sick action figure image will be on newsstands everywhere on October 6, but we’re dropping the full feature and behind the scenes video online now to whet your appetite. Oh, and don’t forget, this is Complex cover week—tomorrow we’ve got a second cover collabo between a rapper and artist, and then on Wednesday we’ve got our third cover that shows off the sexy side of Complex. Stay tuned!

*complex.com

Making Of ‘Clipse Complex Cover’

Gillie Da Kid & The Neptunes

Gillie Da KidGillie Da Kid has been interviewed by the XXL Magazine where he has been talking about working with The Neptunes on 3 tracks back in 1998 when he was signed on “Suave House”. One of the tracks he did with The Neptunes is the T. I. tune “I’m Serious” and a unreleased tune featuring Clipse & Ab Liva.

XXL: You have a quick cameo in Clipse’s “Mr. Me Too” video. How did you first meet Pusha and Malice?
Gillie Da Kid: Yeah, shout out to Clipse and Pharrell. When I signed to Suave House back in ’98, me and Pharrell did three records together. One of the records that we did never came out, but it actually ended up being a T.I. record. Remember when T.I. came out with that record with Beanie Man [“I’m Serious”]? That was it. After Suave House lost their distribution, we weren’t doing nothing with it, so he must have sold it to T.I. I still got the actual record that I did with that beat. So I also did a record with Clipse back then and Ab-Liva was with me. Liva hooked up with Re-Up and he been cool with them ever since. Liva still always with the Figgas, but we get down with them. There was an opportunity for Liva to eat over there, so it’s all family. Thanks to mrmaestro.

*xxlmag.com

Gillie Da Kid – Studio Session (1998)
- I’m Serious
- Untitled feat. Clipse & Ab Liva
- Untitled

Shakira – Did It Again (Live At Jimmy Kimmel)

Mike D & The Neptunes

2001 interview with Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo of The Neptunes. Mike D of the Beastie Boys is the interviewer. This was taken from defunct Grand Royal website. Thanks to Davy.

Mike D & The Neptunes Part 1

Mike D & The Neptunes Part 2

Mike D & The Neptunes Part 3

Mike D & The Neptunes Part 4

Mike D & The Neptunes Part 5

Mike D & The Neptunes Part 6

Mike D & The Neptunes Part 7

Mike D & The Neptunes Part 8

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