Finnaly the whole song leaked, a pure banger from 2007 off Missy’s new album, due next year.
Missy Elliott – Put It On You feat. Pharrell & Teyana Taylor
Singer Robin Thicke talks about his new album, ‘Sex Therapy,’ at Macy’s in Dadeland Mall. Robin Thicke hasn’t followed in his famous parents’ televised footsteps. Dad is Growing Pains star Alan Thicke; mom is Days of our Lives actress Gloria Loring. The ex-couple divorced when Robin was 7, but passed on some great musical genes — Alan Thicke is also a songwriter; Loring a singer. The R&B heartthrob’s career has really taken off — at 32, he’s already won three Grammys. Just don’t ask him to take off his sunglasses. Thicke stopped by Macy’s Dadeland Wednesday night to promote his new album, Sex Therapy (out Dec. 8), and help launch Hugo Boss’ new men’s fragrance, Element.
Those baby blues were covered up for a reason — exhaustion. ‘’I’m doing eight cities in eight days, they’re not coming off,” spies heard Thicke say under his breath. The same spies also heard his driver took him to the wrong Macy’s — downtown. Eek. No problem. The married father-to-be — wife Paula Patton, his high school sweetheart, recently announced the pregnancy — is a pro and put on a great show for fans. Thicke is particularly proud of his latest romance-inducing album, which boasts a slew of cool collaborators including Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Kid Cudi, Estelle and Jazmine Sullivan. “It’s in the tradition of Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing,” Thicke said.
“No matter where you’re at — whether you’re just starting a relationship or if you’ve been in a relationship a long time, a little sex therapy is a good thing.” Thicke, who taught himself to play piano around age 12, finds inspiration from the musicians he grew up listening to on the radio. “One of the first songs I learned was [Richard Marx’s Right Here Waiting],” he says, breaking into song. “Wherever you go, whatever you do . . . because it was one note. Then I starting finding the chords.” After the appearance, Thicke had big plans — to sleep. “I can never stay in Miami more than 48 hours,” he said. “I’ll get into too much trouble.” Teddy Riley Produced the Snoop Dogg Collabo.
Robin Thicke – Sex Therapy (2009) (December 8th)
Producers & Guests: Jeffrey Bahsker, The Surf Club, The Neptunes, Swizz Beatz, Danjahandz, Ms. Lago, Polow Da Don, Jay-Z, Teddy Riley…
– Sex Therapy (Polow Da Don)
– Untitled feat. Snoop Dogg (Teddy Riley)
The brothers Thornton were in Harlem at Vault playing their album for the small group of fans that attended. So after all the Champion tune is the same as Birdmans version that we heard a while back. Pusha played 5 tracks of the album for the group which were ‘Door Man feat. Pharrell (The Neptunes)‘ (Which is the next single after Popeye’s), ‘Never Will It Stop feat. Ab Liva (Sean C & LV)’, Footsteps (DJ Khalil) and ‘Life Change feat. Pharrell & Kenna on the chorus (The Neptunes). After hearing this session, I barely can’t wait anymore for this album to drop.
Tunes That Have Been Played At The Session
– Door Man feat. Pharrell (The Neptunes) 01:00
– Never Will It Stop feat. Ab Liva (Sean C & LV) 01:50
– Champion feat. Pharrell (The Neptunes) 02:52
– Footsteps (DJ Khalil) 03:49
– Life Change feat. Pharrell & Kenna (The Neptunes) 04:35
Clipse – Til The Casket Drops (2009) (December 8th)
01 – Speak Of Freedom (Sean C & LV)
02 – Popular Demand (Popeyes) feat. Pharrell & Cam’Ron (The Neptunes)
03 – Kinda Like A Big Deal feat. Kanye West (DJ Khalil)
04 – Showin’ Out feat. Pharrell & Yo Gotti (The Neptunes)
05 – I’m Good feat. Pharrell (The Neptunes)
06 – There Was A Murder (DJ Khalil)
07 – Door Man feat. Pharrell (The Neptunes)
08 – Never Will It Stop feat. Ab Liva (Sean C & LV)
09 – All Eyes On Me feat. Pharrell & Keri Hilson (The Neptunes)
10 – Counseling feat. Pharrell & Nicole Hurst (The Neptunes)
11 – Champion feat. Pharrell (The Neptunes)
12 – Footsteps (DJ Khalil)
13 – Life Change feat. Pharrell & Kenna (The Neptunes)
14 – I’m Good feat. Pharrell & Rick Ross (Remix) (Bonus)
Popular rap music has, for too long, been mired in a place where vulgarity is accompanied by a challenge to guzzle liquor by the caseload. But a new day has dawned; a move toward refinement, polish and gentility as expressed by artists including Jay-Z and Common offers the promise of a new era. Enter Champain Era, a Virginia Beach-bred rapper emerging as a model for hip-hop stars in the Obama age. Champain Era is careful to not curse in his music. You won’t hear that racial slur that some black youth have claimed is a term of endearment. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Morehouse College in Atlanta, joining graduates such as Spike Lee and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Until this spring, Champain worked in the marketing department at Bank of America under his given name of Alan McLeod. By summer, he had chucked corporate life to pursue the creative life he’d watched from the sidelines for so long.
“I met (producer) Pharrell (Williams) when I was about 13 through my cousin,” says the 28-year-old, whose family runs the McLeod Masonry construction business. “I was always at the studio, hearing him play records.” In between meetings and shows this summer, Champain Era was laying bricks. He grew up in a pretty normal, two-parent home, where the sounds of Earth, Wind & Fire and Anita Baker kept the only child entertained when he would sit in his room and draw. He was a standout running back and defensive back for Green Run High School, going All-Beach in 1997 and earning a football scholarship to Morehouse.
By around 1999, Williams and his partner, Chad Hugo, aka The Neptunes, had begun making music for some of hip-hop’s biggest names.Over time, young Alan watched from the sidelines as they worked on the debut albums from indie R&B ingenue Kelis; Clipse, now big rap stars; and even the groundbreaking album from NERD., the group consisting of Williams, Hugo and their friend Shay Haley. “The more I sat in on sessions,” he says, “I was finding myself and my art.” Sitting in as The Neptunes created LL Cool J’s song “Love You Better,” he muscled up the nerve to spit out a few bars. “LL was like, ‘Wow, you got a flow!’,” he says. He gained confidence as an artist. When he’d come home between breaks from school, where he set up a small enterprise throwing parties and developing an affinity for the bubbly, he’d watch more sessions and develop his craft. Now, we’re soon to see the fruits of his long labor. Check out his Hoola Hoop tune featuring Scoopy on his myspace page, it’s pretty nice.
Check out these new stills of Leighton Meester in her new music video for her single ‘Somebody To Love’. The vid was shot in New York City and will feature Grammy Award singer Robin Thicke. This was the same video that Leighton sported some fierce eyebrows for a couple weeks ago. The video was directed by Zoe Cassavetes and also features Laker Girl Vanessa Curry and one of Leighton’s producers, Shahine Ezell.
It’s a cool evening in downtown Norfolk, Virginia, and the Clipse have just arrived at MacArthur Center Mall. After a long day filled with photo shoots and driving around town, the sibling duo of Malice and Pusha T cuts into Kincaid’s Fish, Chop & Steakhouse for a few drinks—none of the alcoholic variety. Malice, who’s nursing a migraine, orders a cup of Earl Grey tea with honey and lemon, while younger brother Pusha opts for his favorite Kincaid’s beverage, strawberry lemonade. Their divergent drink selections are representative of the group’s career. Hot and cold. Bittersweet. Over the course of the past 11 years, the Clipse have had the distinct displeasure of calling several labels home. They were originally signed to Elektra Records, in 1998, but got dropped after their debut single, “The Funeral,” failed to catch on commercially.
Four years later, the duo inked a deal with Arista Records, which then got absorbed by Jive Records in 2004. After an extended and public battle with whom Pusha T describes as “them crackas” that weren’t playing fair at Jive, the brothers were finally released to join the Columbia Records roster in 2007. By the time all the label logistics were settled and they had found a new home, the Clipse had released only two official albums. Talent certainly wasn’t the issue. In addition to being praised by hip-hop purists and critics alike for their crisp lyricism, undiluted crack rap and classic mixtapes, Malice and Pusha earned a platinum plaque for their 2002 debut, Lord Willin’, and a classic, XXL rating from this magazine for their 2006 opus, Hell Hath No Fury. Despite the critically acclaimed LPs, the Clipse always seem to find themselves in the midst of label drama, but somehow they’ve managed to keep a positive outlook.
“Anybody else that went through the red tape that we went through, they would of fell out to the wayside,” says Malice, 36. “I say this because I see it and believe it. It’s about having the product. You can’t always control what happens within the label, but if you—and this should serve as a lesson to anybody that does this—if you keep your craft right and do what it is that you’re supposed to do, fans will keep you around. It don’t matter what’s going on. We was gone for four years, and fans was still asking about us, and it’s because we have that integrity with our music every time.” Finally aligned with a label that they can see eye to eye with, the Clipse have spent the past two years crafting their latest offering, Til The Casket Drops.
Set for release this November via their Columbia-distributed Re-Up Gang Records, the album is a potent mix of raw street records (“Kinda Like A Big Deal,” featuring Kanye West), cocksure cuts (“Back by Popular Demand,” featuring Cam’ron), inspirational darts (“Champion”), radio-ready singles (“I’m Good,” featuring Pharrell Williams) and 100 percent reality raps (“Doorman”). “The energy around this album feels more like Lord Willin’ than Hell Hath No Fury,” explains Pusha, 31. “Hell Hath No Fury was a real dark, linear album. [It was] awesome, amazing, classic, but, at the same time, it was really angry… It was just handcuffs on that Hell Hath No Fury album. Lyrically, I think it was a beast. Beats, we feel it was a beast. But it was like it honed into a certain individual. We went directly for the purists’ neck with that album, and we got that, period. But Til The Casket Drops let us expand creatively.” For more of the Me ‘N’ My article, make sure to pick up XXL’s November issue on newsstands now.
‘A lot of people are telling me it’s the best album yet, so I’m really excited,’ he says of December 8 release. Alan Thicke beamed into living rooms week after week in the ’80s as therapist Jason Seaver, the patriarch of the sitcom “Growing Pains.” Two decades later, his son Robin is taking up the family business with the release of his latest album, Sex Therapy. “What is the inspiration for Sex Therapy?” Robin asked MTV News on the Los Angeles set of the music video for the album’s single of the same name. “Well, are you stressed out? Overworked? Wound up? Uptight? Sex Therapy is what you need. It’s coming soon — December 8 — courtesy of yours truly, Robin Thicke.”
In addition to curing all those emotional ailments, he promises the album will boast a slew of cool collaborators, including Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Kid Cudi, Estelle and Jazmine Sullivan. (While Thicke collaborated with Leighton Meester on her single “Somebody to Love,” the “Gossip Girl” star didn’t take part in Sex Therapy.) Thicke has already been getting rave reviews for the album — he’s just hoping no one is lying to him. “The album, as a whole, is actually the first time I didn’t write and produce everything myself,” he revealed. “I tried to create a new sound that I had never had before. A lot of people are telling me it’s the best album yet, so I’m really excited. I hope that they’re right!”
Robin Thicke – Sex Therapy (2009) (December 8th)
Producers & Guests: Jeffrey Bahsker, The Surf Club, The Neptunes, Swizz Beatz, Danjahandz, Ms. Lago, Polow Da Don, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Kid Cudi, Estelle, Jazmine Sullivan…
– Sex Therapy (Polow Da Don)
You can now find out who will be attending the climb in January, check their bios, get more background info’s about the climb & the cause and send water to the ones in need by sponsoring a foot of the climb. Later on you’ll be able to follow the climbing team foot by foot, the whole way up…there’s much more to discover on the site so check it out by clicking Here.
Jennifer Lopez is expected to release “Love?” on January 25, 2010. A promotional single called “Fresh Out The Oven” has been unveiled earlier this month. Coming from production hands of The Neptunes, the dance track has Pitbull lending his vocal on the lines. Though confirmed to have been recorded only for fun and will not be included in Jennifer’s new album, “Fresh Out The Oven” has got a music video treatment. During her visit to nightclub LIV over the weekend with Marc Anthony and Kim Kardashian, the video was debuted. Some of the partygoers at the venue have taped and uploaded it on YouTube.
Kanye West, the Grammy-Award-Winning rapper slash producer slash stage take-over(er), recently displayed his loive for the new Clipse slash Cam’Ron slash Pharrell collaboration track “Popular Demand” also known as “Popeyes,” calling it one of his favorites of 2009. Hitting up his blog yesterday, Kanye spoke highly of the new record. “THIS IS MY FAVORITE SH*T!!!,” West wrote. “PUSHA FLOW IS STUUUPID AND THEY GOT CAM ON THIS. CAM IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE.”
Here is another track that will be on her debut album!
Alyssa Bernal – First Studio Album (2009)
Producers & Guests: Martin Terefe
– Hey Love
– Never Woulda
– Just In Time
– I Found You
– All I Need (Added New)
According to ChesterFrench’s Twitter, They’re about to release the ‘Ciroc Star’ Video. Just got 18 bottles of Ciroc delivered to my house..Ciroc Stars Baby!@iamdiddy let’s Rock!! Ciroc star video on the way..
Chester French – Ciroc Star feat. Diddy & Jadakiss
Robin Thicke On The Set Of ‘Sex Therapy’ Video In Los Angeles.
Rumor suggests that The Game has removed word ‘The‘ from his stage name and will release Chris Brown-featuring single next week. A correct reference to Jayceon Terrell Taylor’s stage name is no longer The Game because the rapper has dropped word “The“, so it has been reported by dubcnn.com. No explanation behind the removal is shared by the online publication though. Also, The Game himself hasn’t released a statement concerning that matter. In addition to the rumored change of the stage name, The Game is also said to have pushed back his new album “The R.E.D. Album” from December 1 to December 8.
Two new singles from the upcoming record are expected to be debuted as early as next week. Dubcnn.com notes that one of the singles will be a street single called “Crazy” featuring Gucci Mane and produced by Timbaland. Meanwhile, the other is a mainstream single titled “L.A. Girl” which has Chris Brown‘s vocal on the hook and credits Pharrell Williams as its producer. “The R.E.D. Album” is aimed to follow up The Game’s 2008 studio effort “L.A.X.”.
Game – The R.E.D. Album (2009) (December 8th)
– L.A. Girl feat. Chris Brown
Pramel had the pleasure of meeting Pharrell in Dallas, TX. Back in 2003. Pramel asked us if we could post his meeting with Pharrell on the site and we sure would like to share this with yall. Here is what he has send us.
“Hey Man, I Wanted to say I love the site and all the updates you put. I had the pleasure of meeting Pharrell when he wasn’t as big of an icon to the public. That is one of the best memories I have, as I got to have a conversation with the then army short wearing Pharrell at a mall in Dallas, TX. At that time clones was just about to drop, and he had Fam-Lay rollin around with him. So I go “Pharrell, I thought you were going to be at Irving Mall, I have been circling at that mall for about an hour looking for you, and then I heard you were here so I left that mall”
Pharrell: “Ah, for real man were their a bunch of girls looking for me”
Me: “haha, no man, just some fans”
At that time, P was just looking for some fake gold chains. I don’t really know why – but probably just to mess around with. Love the site man, so wanted to drop a line. I attached a picture of me and P.
Soul star Robin Thicke is set to become a dad. His actress wife Paula Patton is pregnant with the couple’s first child. Publicists have confirmed the happy news just weeks after Patton told Giant magazine she had “stopped taking birth control” in an effort to get pregnant. The actress told the publication she had been mistaken as Thicke’s pregnant wife in 2008 when she showed up to the opening of Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club in Las Vegas, wearing an ill-fitting dress that gave her what appeared to be a baby bump. She was horrified when red carpet photos led to industry speculation. Patton says, “We went to Bora Bora for a vacation, and Robin got a text from (director) Hype Williams, and it said, ‘Congratulations…’ He said, ‘People kinda think you’re pregnant.’ “It was heartbreaking because, after everything – all the work I’d done – that was all people knew me for.” Patton admits she wasn’t ready to become a mum a year ago, but that all changed a few months ago: “I’ve stopped taking birth control. I’ve been on it since Robin and I started dating. “I’m really not a planning person, but I do know I want to be a parent.”
Paula Patton missed out on prom night because boyfriend was White. Actress Paula Patton refused to attend her high school prom with the man who was to become her husband – because he was white. The Deja Vu star has been dating soul singer Robin Thicke since they were both teenagers and she has only recently told him why they missed out on prom night. She explains, “I didn’t want people to know (we were dating). I didn’t want people to call me a sellout or an Oreo, because I’d gotten that my whole life and it wasn’t the truth. “I actually just admitted this to Robin not too long ago.” But Thicke tells Giant magazine he was far from surprised: “She had actually told a couple of people I was black. “Then prom night comes, we’d been together a year and a half, and she just lies and says she didn’t want to go instead of saying she didn’t want to take me.” Patton finally gave up her fears about what friends would think about her interracial romance and went public with her boyfriend, who became her husband in 2005. The couple is now expecting its first child.
Malice and Pusha T finally linked up with Killa Cam. The Clipse and Cam’ron are set to shoot the video for their collaboration “Back by Popular Demand (Popeye’s)” on Wednesday (October 21). Pusha says the video will be real “guerilla and renegade” and not shot in New York (though we suspect otherwise). “The whole idea for the whole record came about because at the time the Clipse were real heavy on the blogs,” Push explained, sitting next to his big bro in the New York showroom of their clothing line, Play Cloths, on Tuesday.
“Cam’s comeback was real heavy. We were both about to drop albums. We’re like, ‘Yo, we need to make one of them New York records — real lyrical, like, a fan record.’ We both have two really strong cult followings. From that conversation, Pharrell went into the studio and start playing with the drums and [came up with ‘Popular Demand.’ Once the title came up, it was over. Pharrell got in full Cam mode.” Skateboard P does a mean Killa mimic on the hook. “We’d been fans of Cam for a minute,” Push added. “Actually, we wanted him to get on the ‘Grindin’ remix. And he didn’t do that.” “He dissed us,” Malice inserted with a laugh. “Yeah, he dissed us on that one,” Pusha went on, grinning.
“He was like, ‘Nah.’ ” But the brothers were determined to get a Killa verse for this new record, the next single from the Clipse’s December 8 release, Till The Casket Drops. “We started reaching out to Duke [DaGod, Cam’s A&R], just making sure it happened,” Pusha recalled. “He came through and he did it. I think everybody is gonna take to this record. Everybody!” “[Cam] definitely makes sure you pay him first before he makes a move,” Malice said. “Straight up. Handle that business first. Straight up!” The Clipse recently shot the video for their “I’m Good” remix in Miami with Rick Ross. After “Back by Popular Demand,” their next video will be for a track called “Doorman.”
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