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September 2009

Snoop Dogg Changes Album Name, Out In December

Snoop Dogg
According To Examiner.com, Snoop Dogg changed his album title from ‚Malice In Wonderland’ to ‚Malice ‘N Wonderland’ which also been pushed back again to December. The Dream, Dr. Dre, and The Neptunes are on the production roster.

*examiner.com

Snoop Dogg – Malice ‘N Wonderland (2009) (December)
– Untitled

Crookers – No Security feat. Kelis (Radio Rip)

Crookers
Kelis
Italian DJ production duo Bot & Phra also known as ‘Crookers’ have worked with Kelis for their new album on a track called ‘No Security’. UK Electro Garage Dupstep collaboration, just one word, Dopeness, check out this Radio Rip

*ultimatekelis.com

Crookers – No Security feat. Kelis (Radio Rip) (09′)

‘Til The Casket Drops’ Promo Poster

Could this be the “Til The Casket Drops” Cover or just a  Promo Poster? Well it looks pretty dope, let’s hope it is. here is a old HQ version thanks to Uvizzle.
Til The Casket Drops Promo
Clipse – Til The Casket Drops (2009) (October 20th)
Producers & Guests: The Runners, Swizz Beatz, Sean C & LV, Justice League, Dame Grease, The Neptunes, Danjahands, DJ Khalil, Reefa, Boi 1-Da, Keri Hilson, Kenna, Cam’Ron, Timbaland, Scott Storch, Freeway, Nottz…
Confirmed Tracks:
– Speaker Freedom (Intro) (Sean C & LV)
– Kinda Like A Big Deal feat. Kanye West (DJ Khalil)
– Popular Demand feat. Pharrell & Cam’Ron (The Neptunes)
– Wretched Pitiful Poor Blind & Naked feat. Pharrell & Kenna (The Neptunes)
– I’m Good feat. Pharrell (The Neptunes)
– All Eyes On Me feat. Pharrell & Keri Hilson (The Neptunes)
– Life Change (The Neptunes)
– Champion (The Neptunes)
– Never Will It Stop feat. Ab Liva (Sean C & LV)
– Showin’ Out feat. Drake (The Neptunes)
– There Was A Murder (DJ Khalil) (Added New)
– Follow In My Footsteps (DJ Khalil) (Added New)

NERD At Governor’s Island In New York

 


Governors Island was crawling with people Wednesday evening, as Asher Roth and NERD performed at the Water Taxi Beach on the city’s former military post. “We’re on an island, so there’s no rules,” Roth shouted to the crowd at the start of the show. He opened his set with a performance of his album’s first track, “Lark on My Go-Kart,” and his stage presence seemed improved from past shows. The “College”-loving rapper has matured to a more traditional hip-hop performer. Whereas before he rode out in a go-kart and was surrounded onstage by props and friends dressed as joints, this set featured just him, his DJ (Wreckineyez), his hype man and drummer. While the show did boast a few goofy moments — all four paused for a poorly rehearsed dance routine to “Candy Rain” by Soul for Real — Asher’s genuine talent as an MC was on display.

The crowd was largely there for headliners NERD, but Roth, a VMA Best New Artist and Best Hip-Hop Video nominee, was able to win over a few fans. Before he left, he had plenty of hands raised in the air … in a “Star Trek” Vulcan salute. Even more in the audience saluted and screamed as the intro from “Time For Some Action” began, and Pharrell’s voice reached them. The crowd erupted once NERD finally appeared. Pharrell and Shay tag-teamed as frontmen, while Chad played keyboard just behind them at the center of the stage. The group fed off the audience’s energy as they blitzed through “Kill Joy” and “Backseat Love.” Pharrell paused to ask the crowd to stop taking pictures and to enjoy themselves instead. Even photographers in the press pit paused, unsure if he was addressing them as well. The audience seemed willing to put down their cameras and cell phones, enjoying the rest of the group’s set as Pharrell thrashed about the stage.

*mtv.com

Pharrell To Collaborate With Moncler

Moncler
Now that Moncler’s creative ties with major designers are going strong, word has it the outerwear specialist is exploring new ground. According to sources, Moncler has teamed up with Pharrell Williams to work on a special project. A company spokesman declined to comment.

*wwd.com

Robin Thicke & Pro J In The Studio

Sundance channel joins award-winning singer/songwriter Robin Thicke and his producer Pro J in the studio.

It’s All In The Music

Steering The Groove

A Perfect Marriage

Shakira’s Second Single Is ‘Why Wait’, Not ‘Did It Again’

Shakira - She Wolf (2009)

Update: September 11th
According to Colombiareports.com Shakira’s second single is ‚Why Wait’ and not ‚Did It Again’. Along with this week’s unveiling of her new album’s cover art, Shakira’s representatives confirmed that the second single from the album She Wolf will be the song Why Wait. The song (Spanish title: Años Luz) was produced by Pharrell Williams and mixes his usual catchy pop aesthetic with an irresistible combination of Middle Eastern sounds, perhaps in tribute to Shakira’s part-Lebanese heritage. Casting for the video clip is currently underway and shooting will begin in a few weeks. Whether Shakira will continue to cause controversy with this clip and her exploration of sensuality as seen in the video for She Wolf remains to be seen, says music website Ritmos Latinos.

Update: September 8th
According to Pop Justice, Shakira second single will be “Did It Again” and the follow-up to “She Wolf“, which continues to climb the Billboard charts where it currently sits at a new peak at #12. The song was co-written & co-produced by Shakira herself and Pharrell Williams, who also features on the track and has been responsible for the majority of the production on the new album. Also they confirmed the green cover is the official album cover for her new album She Wolf which will be released on October 5th. Thanks To Borsboom.

*colombiareports.com
*musicistheheartofoursoul.com

Shakira – She Wolf (2009) (October 5th)
Confirmed Tracklist:
– Did It Again feat. Pharrell (The Neptunes)
– Good Stuff (The Neptunes)
– Why Wait For Later (The Neptunes)
– Long Time
– She Wolf
– Spy (Wyclef Jean)
– Men In This Town
– Gypsy
– Send Me An Angel
– Loba (She Wolf) (Spanish)
– Devoción feat. Gustavo Cerati) (Spanish)
– Años Luz (Spanish)
– Lo Hecho Está Hecho (Did It Again) (Spanish Version) (The Neptunes)

Britney Spears To Release ‚The Singles Collection’ With 2 Neptunes Tracks

Pharrell BritneyAn alleged first single from Britney Spears upcoming album “The Singles Collection” has been leaked online. The three minute clip title “Bad Girl” features a breathy Spears and R&B star Lil Wayne.The first single from the upcoming greatest hits album has been confirmed to hit airwaves September 21st with the album set to arrive in stores October 27th. The compilation will include several new songs including 2 old Neptunes tracks ‘I’mA Slave 4 U & Boys (Co-Ed Remix). Other possible contributors include Russ Castella and Fernando Garibay. The rumored album cover of “The Singles Collection” has also been leaked. I guess we will have to wait and see what is fact and what is fiction.

Britney Spears - The Singles Collection (2009)
Britney Spears – The Singles Collection (2009) (October 27th)

01 – Baby One More Time
02 – Oops! … I Did It Again
03 – Toxic
04 – I’m A Slave 4 U
05 – Everytime
06 – (You Drive Me) Crazy (The Stop Remix)
07 – Stronger
08 – Boys feat. Pharrell (The Co-Ed Remix)
09 – Outrageous
10 – Me Against The Music feat. Madonna
11 – Gimme More
12 – Piece Of Me
13 – Womanizer
14 – Circus
15 – Radar
16 – If You Seek Amy
17 – I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman
18 – Born To Make You Happy
19 – Bad Girl feat. Lil’ Wayne

*teamworld.it
*examiner.com

Chester French – She Loves Everybody feat. Biz Mighty & Travis McCoy (Stress Remix)

Chester French

Chester French – She Loves Everybody feat. Biz Mighty & Travis McCoy (Stress Remix)

Pusha T. ~ Seattletimes.com Interview, New Till The Cascet Titles ‘Never Will It Stop’, ‘Showin’ Out’

Clipse In Studio 3
OK, this gotta bet he best interview this year out. You gotta read this. An amazingly long (and insightful!) interview with Clipse member Pusha-T, the rapper known to his family (and probably no one else) as Terrence Thornton. After the jump, the Virginian gets into what it’s like to have Kanye West as one of your biggest fans, the frustrations of disappointing people by not rapping about crack and being an angry gangster all the time, why regionalism in American hiphop excites him so much, and, fascinatingly, the songwriting philosophies of close colleagues The Neptunes.
Clipse In Studio 4

Seattletimes: Alright, we’re recording.
Pusha T. Alright.

S: So what was it like working with Rick Rubin?
P: He appeared to be everything I thought he was. Very insightful, very much so a hiphop purist. And very no-frills. That guy is very simple. Simple and bare-bones, especially about the music. We didn’t produce anything with him. We met him in Malibu and hopped in his Range Rover, and he put his driver out the car, and just played the whole album. And just sat there and totally talked to us, said, “Make sure everything you do on this album, you love.” He was like, “I don’t want to talk about sales or any of that.”

S: So what kind of relationship did you have with him during the creation of “Till The Casket Drops”?
P: Not much at all. As we heard it, he just listened as a fan: “Oh, man. This is hot, this is crazy…. I love what I’m hearing, and whatever else you do, make sure you love it.” And that’s it.

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Chad Hugo x Commonwealth x Oakley Frogskin Sunglasses

Chad Hugo
Chad Hugo
looking like a beer guzzling, bmx riding, chain smoking rockstar. Commonwealth introduces an exemplary approach to their version of the Oakley Frogskin. The Commonwealth rendition features an original “Cmonflauge” pattern inspired by the look of traditional tortoise shell. Using Oakley’s High Definition Optics, the sunglasses are equipped with a choice of Gold or Fire Iridium lenses. Only 150 pairs were produced with availability exclusively through the Commonwealth flagship stores (VA and DC Saturday, September 5th) and online at Cmonwealth.com (September 7th.). Thanks to TheSillyKidzz.

*hypebeast.com

Kid Cudi To Work With The Neptunes, Kenna, Robin Thicke

Kid Cudi
The Hip Hop Chronicle UK
did a Interview with the G.O.O.D. Music Artist Kid Cudi where he talks about his new album “The Man On The Moon: End Of The Day” and reveals that he wants to release a “Compilation Album” named „Cudder“ after the album release where he is planning to work with the likes of Kenna, Green Day, The Neptunes, Robin Thicke and many others. Virgina rap duo The Clipse will be appearing on Kid Cudi’s forthcoming debut album „The Man On The Moon: The End Of Day“ which is sceduled for a September 15th release. Pusha T. of The Clipse recently revealed to Rap-Up.com that he has recorded a song for Cudi’s album called “Angels & Demons” which will also feature his brother Malice. Thanks To BucketOfNachos.

Kid Cudi – The Man On The Moon: End Of The Day (2009) (September 15th)
– Angels & Demons feat. Clipse

Kid Cudi – Cudder (2010)
Producers & Guests
: Robin Thicke, Kenna, The Neptunes, Green Day…

Kid Cudi & The Hip Hop Chronicle UK (Check Out Part 8:20)

‘She Wolf’ Due October 5th, Album Preview

Shakira
After giving some smashing hits on the Billboard, Shakira, the Latin diva is back. And this time it’s a new avatar ‘She Wolf‘ would be released in October 2009. So hold your breath as Shakira will sizzle with some jaw dropping moves. After giving some smashing hits like Whenever Wherever, Underneath, La Tortura, Beautiful Liar, Hips Don’t Lie with Wyclef Jean and many more on the billboard, Shakira is back with a massive package of some hit tracks and jaw dropping torques vertebrae moves. As the curtains lifted from Shakira’s disguise for her new album She Wolf, the singer’s 10 second teaser, went on to become a massive hit. The video unveils Shakira’s unusual imagination, when she composed the song. The tantalising music captivates the viewer’s attention; while Shakira’s saucy hip movements can’t obviously be ignored. Shakira is coming up with her new song ‘She Wolf‘ from her third English studio album She Wolf. Presenting a tight bond between art and artist. Featuring the metamorphosis of a woman told through her unique dance techniques. Folding herself in half, torques vertebrae, lifts legs over her head, pops her shoulders in and out of their sockets, hangs upside down, nearly topples over leaving everyone sweating. Thanks To Eclectic_E.

*merinews.com

Shakira – She Wolf (2009) (October 5th)
Confirmed Tracklist:
– Did It Again feat. Pharrell (The Neptunes)
– Good Stuff (The Neptunes)
– Why Wait For Later (The Neptunes)
– Long Time
– She Wolf
– Spy (Wyclef Jean)
– Men In This Town
– Gypsy
– Send Me An Angel
– Loba (She Wolf) (Spanish)
– Devoción feat. Gustavo Cerati) (Spanish)
– Años Luz (Spanish)
– Lo Hecho Está Hecho (Did It Again) (Spanish Version)

Good Stuff (The Neptunes) (Preview)

Did It Again (The Neptunes) (Preview)

Why Wait (The Neptunes) (Preview)

Usher’s ‘Monster’ Coming In December

UsherMidway through writing this post on Usher’s alleged next album Monster and it’s supposed release date of Dec. 8, the Rap-Up item announcing its street date (as well as a roster of collaborators that included Ne-Yo and Adam Levine) vanished. I might take that as a sign that, no, the record isn’t coming out then, but perhaps his people are actually trying to go for the scary element of surprise here, so as to make the creature alluded to by its title even more menacing? Or maybe they’re just holding off announcing the release date until they ensure that nothing as lousy as Here I Stand’sMoving Mountains” makes its way to Monster’s final product, because, man, that song was terrible. The first single from the album is expected to impact American radio in late September or early October. The album is due December 8th.

Usher – Monster (2009) (December 8th)
– Certified feat. Pharrell

*idolator.com
*rap-up.com

Jay-Z – So Ambitious feat. Pharrell, Additional Credits

Blueprint3
Credits
For those who have an intravenous Internet hookup, Jay-Z’s long-delayed, much-anticipated “Blueprint 3” leaked sometime in the wee hours of yesterday morning and debuts today on Rhapsody’s and MTV’s websites. Let’s just hope „ Brooklyn Girl“ will leak too. Thanks to SLRS for the Scan.

Jay-Z – Blueprint 3 (2009) (September 11th)
01 – What We Talkin’ About feat. Luke Steele (Kanye West, No I.D.)
02 – Thank You (Kanye West, No I.D.)
03 – D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune) (No I.D.)
04 – Run This Town feat. Rihanna & Kanye West (Kanye West, No I.D.)
05 – Empire State Of Mind feat. Alicia Keys (Al Shux)
06 – Real As It Gets feat. Young Jeezy (The Incredibles)
07 – On To The Next One feat. (Swizz Beatz)
08 – Off That feat. Drake (Timbaland)
09 – A Star Is Born feat. J. Cole (Kanye West, No I.D.)
10 – Venus VS. Mars (Timbaland)
11 – Already Home feat. Kid Cudi (Kanye West)
12 – Hate feat. Kanye West (Kanye West)
13 – Reminder (Timbaland)
14 – So Ambitious feat. Pharrell (The Neptunes)
15 – Young Forever feat. Mr. Hudson (Kanye West)

Leftovers
- Brooklyn Girl feat. Pharrell (The Neptunes)

Make Sure To Cop That Shyt!

Jay-Z Rhapsody Commercial

Snoop Dogg’s ‘Malice In Wonderland’ Pushed Back Till November

Snoop
Rapper Snoop Dogg who was announced to be releasing his upcoming album ‘Malice In Wonderland’ in conjunction with MTV in a global deal, as reported on HipHopRX.com, gave a preview of his upcoming album “Malice In Wonderland.” In an interview, Snoop Dogg thanked all the new rappers for inspiring him and bringing him back. “All these young n-ggas in the game, you know, they doing their thang. They inspiring me right now. I’m not a hater. I love it when they go hard…. They brought me back,” stated Snoop Dogg. Snoop Doog goes on to reveal that he worked with Soulja Boy, Jazmine Sullivan, R. Kelly, Dogg Pound, Dr. Dre, Danjahandz, Pharrell Williams and Lalo Shifrin amongst others on the album and it’s scheduled to be released in November and currently hasn’t decided what the first single to be released will be, but instead will let everyone decide for themselves.

*hiphoprx.com

Snoop Dogg – Malice In Wonderland (2009) (November)
– Untitled

Snoop Dogg – That’s Da Homie (Danjahandz)

New Neptunes Releases ‘September’

Jay-Z - Blueprint 3 (2009)
Jay-Z – Blueprint 3 (2009) (September 11th)
- So Ambitious feat. Pharrell

Leftovers
- Brooklyn Girl feat. Pharrell

Sean Kingston - Tomorrow (2009)
Sean Kingston – Tomorrow (2009) (September 22nd)

- Untitled

“According to the wikipedia’s tracklist, The Neptunes didn’t make the final cut, but we’ll see when the album leaks”

NERD Concert Welcomes Students, Contributes to Make-A-Wish Foundation

IU Auditorium 4
NERD
emcee Pharrell performs for a large crowd Saturday evening at the IU Auditorium. The performance by NERD was in conjunction with Welcome Week 2009 events, co-sponsored by the Residence Halls Association and the Union Board. NERD funky beats not only served as entertainment for IU students Saturday night, but as a way to benefit children in need. All proceeds from the Welcome Week performance at the IU Auditorium were donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Caitlyn Kuhs, Union Board Concerts Director, said. The performance was sponsored by the Union Board and the Residence Halls Association. Before the event, senior DeAnthony Scott said he was not only excited to see the group perform, but to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. “It’s for a good cause,” Scott said. “I expect the concert to be a very hype atmosphere, and everybody will have a good time.”

RHA’S Vice President for Programming Katie Lambert added that the proceeds will help 10 children in the Bloomington area. Before the groups’s performance, DJ 33 1/3 from Chicago opened for NERD and used a projector to mix videos and sound. “We like to get everybody pumped up for the year and excited to be reunited with each other,”  Kuhs said. Freshman Anna Koker came with friends and did not skip a beat while dancing during DJ 33 1/3. “I’m not going to have a voice tomorrow,” she said, and added that she liked the way the DJ blended both old and new music. When NERD’s band finally came on the stage, the crowd erupted into chants of NERD. The group began with the song “Time For Some Action” from the “Seeing Sounds” album, released in June 2008, and proceeded to play other songs from their newest album, including “Kill Joy.” Williams made it clear to the crowd he enjoyed people knowing the band’s music by heart.

“So many of you guys know all of the words to our records,” Williams said. “You don’t know how much that means to us.” He then invited three students on stage. Each had different reactions, including swooning, dancing or singing. During the performance of the band’s first single from the “Seeing Sounds” album called “Everyone Nose (All The Girls Standing In The Line For The Bathroom),” about 30 girls went on stage to dance. For some students, this was an experience never to be replicated. Freshman Sarah Trubshaw had the chance to go on stage with NERD and said it was unreal. “It is amazing how wonderful the musicians are and how good the crowd interaction was,” Trubshaw said. “I sang with Pharrell.”

*idsnews.com
*bbcicecream.com

Chester French’s „She Wolf“ Cover

Chester French
Chester French
tabulated last week what song they should cover and the fans voted for Shakira’s “She Wolf”, so here it is.

Chester French – She Wolf (Cover)

You can pick now NEXT WEEK’s cover!

XXL’s Top 10 Producers, #5 The Neptunes

Neptunes Present.. Clones 3
5. The Neptunes

Circa early millennium, the jingling of a Neptunes beat was virtually inescapable. While the Virginia duo (Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo) flooded hip-hop with singles like Noreaga’s “Superthug,” Jay-Z’s “I Just Wanna Love You,” Mystikal’s “Danger” and Snoop Dogg’s “Beautiful,” an impeccable résumé earned them three Grammys, overflowing clientele and crossover appeal (Britney Spears, ‘N Sync). Moonlighting as artists, the pair sold respectably as two-thirds of NERD. Waning dominance aside— and a poor Pharrell solo effort— The Neptunes remain active, recently producing for Common’s Universal Mind Control, Mos Def’s Ecstatic and Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3. Sky’s no limit.

*xxlmag.com

XXL’s Top 10 Producers
10 – Scott Storch
09 – Wyclef Jean
08 – The RZA
07 – Swizz Beatz
06 – Jermaine Dupri
05 – The Neptunes
04 – Timbaland
03 – Kanye West
02 – Sean ”Puffy” Combs
01 – Dr. Dre

Clipse ~ Hiphopdx.com Interview, “Two More Videos Sometime This Month, Pusha T. & Malice To Work On Solo Album”

Clipse
Nobody knows the peaks and valleys of a Rap career better than The Clipse. Their stripped down 2002 singleGrindin” became a dope dealer anthem and pushed their debut Lord Willin’ to platinum status in the tail end of an era when rappers not named Carter could still sell a million records. That album laid out the Virginia siblings’ simple enough but so effective blueprint: cocaine raps through a lyricist’s lense, set to The Neptunes’ most adventurous beats. But it would be a while before the rap world heard it again. The follow up, Hell Hath No Fury was tied up in label politics for two years only to be met with both critical adoration (XXL gave it an XXL, GQ called it, uh, “the gangsta Yankee Hotel Foxtrot”) and a resounding soundscan thud upon its eventual release.

In between two mixtapes happened that were inexplicably gobbled up obsessively by the type of people who actually know what a Yankee Hotel Foxtrot  is. Since then they’ve left the wasn’t-playing-fair crackers at Jive for greener pastures at Columbia where they are preparing their third proper LP, Till The Casket Drops. And there they have at least one cracker in their corner. Hip hop’s greatest cracker, in fact: Rick Rubin . Younger brother Pusha T recently hit up HipHopDX to talk about that new deal, the value of writing and their unlikely new fan base.

HipHopDX: What’s the situation like over at Columbia/Sony right now?
Pusha T: I think Sony is definitely in tune, in touch and ready to fuck with The Clipse. We got out the “Kinda Like A Big Deal” record and video, we got out the “I’m Good” record and video. We’re on promo right now, street teams are in place. We just going at it. We shooting two more videos sometime this month.

DX: It seems like the singles are in a lighter tone than Hell Hath No Fury, is that the direction with the new album?
Pusha T: Hmmm… no. I would say that these singles are just what they are – singles. The tone of the album is still that shit. That energy and that aggression. I think singles are what they’re made for. I personally can say that because I know what it’s like to put out a 100% street record and work it for nine months and watch it turn into the biggest record of the year with “Grindin'” and I know what it is to put out a record like “Mr. Me Too” and not get any radio spins at all and get all the critical acclaim ever and not sell any units.

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Ol’ Dirty Bastard & The Neptunes

Ol' Dirty Bastard
Hollywood may have Austin Powers, but hip-hop had it’s own international man of mystery, his name is Ol’ Dirty Bastard. ODB lived and suffered with the adage that any publicity is good publicity, he was repetitiously contradictory with his neurotic ramblings, who cares? That’s half of his appeal, as there is an irrefutable attraction to ODB’s carefree and inebriated outlook on life. With rhymes frequently so garbled that they are barely decipherable, calling ODB a quintessential lyricist would surely insult the intelligence of any hip-hop purist. Yet the dirt dog is indubitably a distinguished emcee and a uniquely abrasive one at that, as he turns an array of voice cracking and bloodcurdling hooks into grisly masterpieces. Examples include the nonsensical crooning of his Rick James interpolations on “Cold Blooded” from 1999 despite that ODB’s production chores are handled admirably by The Neptunes. ODB rarely stays on beat and there is little, or no structure to his rhyme sequences. Safely nestled away in his own little world, there is no containing ODB’s free-spirited outlook on life. Amidst whirling sirens, Ol’ Dirty Bastard turn „Pop Shit” boasts a comical Looney Tunes-worthy arrangement. It also must be said that no one but Williams could make a chorus like “Pop shit, n*gg*, what’s up? so effective on this 2003 studio session. His is a world that is heavy on shock value, yet undeniably entertaining, R.I.P. Ol’ Dirty Bastard.

Ol’ Dirty Bastard (aka Dirt McGirt)

Nigga Please (1999)
- Cold Blooded
– Got Your Money feat. Kelis
– Recognize feat. Pharrell & Chris Rock

The Neptunes Present… Clones (2003)
– Popshit feat. Pharrell

The Neptunes Present Clones (Studio Session) (2003)
– She’s Cold

Operator (CDS) (2004)
– Operator feat. Pharrell

A Son Unique (2006)
– Operator feat. Pharrell & Clipse (Remix)

Ol’ Dirty Bastard & The Neptunes Recording Pop Shit

Ol’ Dirty Bastard & Pharrell – Street Crack Gz

Clipse ~ Villagevoice.com Interview

Clipse 2
Right around this time three years ago, the Clipse were on the verge of releasing Hell Hath No Fury, their terminally delayed follow-up to 2002’s Lord Willin’. Anger–at their label, Jive, for failing to promote them, and at the game, for having forgotten about them–battled anticipation: HHNF was a classic in the making, and by late August, the Clipse knew it. When the record finally came out, it was critically acclaimed and commercially brutalized. Three years, two mixtapes, a new label later, the brothers Malice and Pusha T are trying their luck again, releasing their third album, Till The Casket Drops, in October. Atlantic label boss Rick Rubin is on board, as are a whole slew of guests (Kanye, Cam’ron, Keri Hilson) and producers (stalwarts the Neptunes, plus Timbaland, Scott Storch, the Hitmen, and more)–all unprecedented developments for a group that until now has pretty much kept things in-house. They’ll bring the three singles released so far off Till The Casket Drops and a murderous back catalogue to tonight’s J&R Music Fest in City Hall Park. Last week, we caught up with the two brothers to talk about the duo’s fraught commercial and artistic past, their various beefs with other rappers and critics, and whether Kanye really did get ‘em on “Kinda Like A Big Deal.”

Villagevoice: I remember the fall of 2006 so vividly, with you guys on your way to releasing Hell Hath No Fury, and all the anticipation in the room when you’d play shows. You released it, it was a great record, but at the same time, a bitter commercial disappointment. Now here we are, three years later, with the wheels in motion again. Does it feel the same? Different?
Malice: It feels good. I think it feels a lot like the first album. It’s not a bunch of drama. It’s not a bunch of politics involved as far as getting in the way of our production and our creativity and moving forward. The chains are off. There’s really no delays. I think the good thing about it is how the label is moving with a sense of urgency, and I think you’ll find that our spirits are in a better place. Especially compared to Hell Hath No Fury.

V: Have you guys been thinking about 2006 much?
Pusha: Nah, that’s basically water under the bridge to us. You know, at the end of the day, Hell Hath No Fury–there were no surprises with that. We knew what was to come, and we were totally happy with the fans and happy with all the critics for all the critical acclaim that we got. The whole touring schedule behind that whole album has been ridiculous. Like, still–the whole overseas run, you know, it was really a time just to link with our base. And I have to say the fans really stood up, and really supported us. Yeah, you don’t hear it on the radio, but it wasn’t like we weren’t in all of your cities, every day.

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