According to Kenna’s Twitter, Pharrell called him and told him that he would like to have the new Kenna album due August 2010 and Kenna wants to release New Songs within 10 days if you Donate 2$ on www.summitonthesummit.com.
“Pharrell called me over Christmas and gave me the riot act. He wants a >l|l< album out by August 2010″
“If I gave you a new song within 10 Days for free… would you go to www.summitonthesummit.com and donate $2? i mean… have you even seen the site i created?”
As one-half of super production team The Neptunes and the frontman of the Hip-Rock trio N.E.R.D., Virginia native Pharrell Williams is a man of many talents, and businesses. 2008 was a good year for the Star Trak label owner, who clocked in at #7 on Forbes’ Hip-Hop’s Cash Kings list at $20 million. Although Pharrell walked quietly through 2008 as a solo performer, it was still the year of the N.E.R.D. They dropped Seeing Sounds, alongside a Microsoft Zune commercial featuring the lead single “Spaz,” and toured extensively with Kanye West on the Glow in the Dark tour. On the political side and as official spokesmen for Rock the Vote, the trio became one of a few selected groups to perform at the Democratic National Convention. But Pha-real’s true power is in his ability to consistently widen the scope of Hip-Hop lifestyle, from his street skateboarding squad, the Ice Cream Skate Team, to continued production of his Billionaire Boys clothing and Ice Cream accessories lines with former A Bathing Ape designer Nigo. In 2008, Pharrell linked up again with Louis Vuitton to create the Blason jewelry collection, and his next collaboration is with artist Takashi Murakami for a series featuring precious gems from Jacob & Co. Check out the video on Power 30 (Click On Pharrell).
At number 15, we find Pharrell Williams, a singer, songwriter and producer that is as versatile as he is brimming with talent. “At a certain point in 2003, almost half of the songs (43%) being played on American radio was produced by The Neptunes. Of this, the decade of the super-producer, Pharrell is the one doing it with the most style, musically and sartorially. Kanye is a fashion frenetic, but Pharrell has a sensibility that is all his own – even if we have to overlook the occasional pair of knee-length man boots. And how he finds time to design jewelry and a clothing line with all those hits to make, that’s beyond us,” Interview says of its choice.
Check this out, taken from the In My Mind Studio Session… Lmao.
Thanks to Patrick Pryor.
Pharrell – I Really Like You Girl (Mock Harmonica Style) (06′)
Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys’ Element of Freedom found itself onto the charts landing at No. 2 while Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed a Dream remained atop the charts with 661,200 records. According to Nielsen Soundscan, the singer’s fourth solo project has sold 419,700 records after seven days. R&B singer Robin Thicke’s Sex Therapy also made its way onto the charts this week with a spot at No. 9. With a week under his belt, Paula Patton’s husband’s new album has pushed out 123,200 records to date.
Christopher James Karyotakis, known professionally as Kaz James 27 is an Australian singer and DJ who was raised in Melbourne and is of Italian and Greek origin. James hit paydirt as one half of the Bodyrockers, whose 2005 single The Way You Move was a Top 5 hit in the UK and Australia, and earned a small fortune from use in ads and movies around the world. He’s since juggled DJ work with his solo career. James is knee deep in his second album, a record which he says is “more clubby” than his debut, which he plans to release in March. A hybrid of If They Knew and the new album will be released internationally. One big name confirmed for the record is Chad Hugo, half of production team The Neptunes with Pharrell Williams.
“We were in his studio in Virginia Beach where they did all the Justin Timberlake stuff,” James says. “You go in the studio and you don’t realise how many hit records they made. You just look around and think, `Wow! You made that record . . . and that record’.” James says Hugo is the “musical” side of The Neptunes‘ partnership. “He’s one of the most eccentric producers and musicians I’ve worked with. He really understands pop music. He’s super quick. “He likes being in the background and just making the record, that means a lot to him. He works really, really hard. He’s always in the studio. He’d never really done dance stuff, it was new to him. But he enjoys doing new stuff, so we met in the middle. He had a really open mind. I learnt a lot from him.” James has also worked with David Guetta’s offsider Joachim Garraud on the new album, which he’ll preview at his New Year’s Eve DJ Gig at Sensation. He released his first solo album, If They Knew, in 2008. Kaz James, Sensation, Etihad Stadium, New Year’s Eve.
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In the midst of the “Best of the 2000s” media blitz (*cough* here’s ours! *cough*), Billboard recently announced its “Hot 100 Producers” of the decade. It comes as no surprise to find The Neptunes at the top of the list. Any doubters might wanna peruse the production duo’s Wiki discography—all 50 pages of it. But while Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams have a shitload of monster hits (and an equal shitload of forgettable songs), there are a handful of really dope Neptunes tracks that got lost in the sauce over the last 10 years. So, in honor of their Billboard achievement, we’ve combed The Neptunes’ Aughts output to dig up The 10 Most Slept-On Neptunes Songs of the 2000s. Hey, at least Fam-Lay made one list this decade!
T. I. – What’s Yo Name (2001)
Complex Says: A lot of T.I.’s debut sounds kinda dated compared to his more recent shit, but this overlooked Neptunes song would fit on any of his better albums. Smooth but gangsta.
Krayzie Bone – I Don’t Know What feat. Kelis (2001)
Complex Says: This came out around the time that Chad and P were throwing Kelis on just about every other track they produced. Bone Thug x Neptunes x Kelis doesn’t sound like a winning formula, but this makes it work.
Ray J. – Formal Invite feat. Pharrell (2001)
Complex Says: Back when he was known only as Brandy’s little brother, Ray J had a couple dope songs. “Wait a Minute” featuring Lil’ Kim was the bigger hit, but we always fucked more with “Formal Invite.” One of Pharrell’s first raps on wax, incidentally.
Philly’s Most Wanted – Suckas (For Da Gangsta’s) Part II feat. Pharrell & Beanie Sigel (2001)
Complex Says: Like the Clipse, PMW was a duo that benefited from an album full of Neptunes tracks. Unlike the Clipse, PMW never really caught on. They still had some joints, including this Beanie-assisted banger. Guess who’s that singing the hook?
Foxy Brown – Magnetic feat. Pharrell & Young Gavin (2003)
Complex Says: This was a leak from the aborted Ill Na Na 2: The Fever album and features Fox in rare form over a fast-moving beat that sounds like a relic from the Golden Age. Foxy’s best musical moment of the decade, for sure.
Natasha Ramos – Midnight Hour (2004)
Complex Says: All the Neptunes’ success allowed Skateboard P to get on his Prince shit over the course of the decade, i.e. randomly signing sexy female muses as mouthpieces for his music. This chick definitely can’t sing, but the song is tight. Sounded better in the studio, actually.
Slim Thug – Click Clack feat. Pharrell & Pusha T. (2005)
Complex Says: We could’ve picked any number of songs from Slim Thugga’s first album, but we’re partial to this gangsta shit, especially with Pusha’s inspired cameo.
Fam-Lay – Da Beeper Record feat. Pharrell (2006)
Complex Says: Norfolk’s finest definitely deserved better. This shit right here is crack.
Solange – I Decided (2008)
Complex Says: This was a single (with a video), so it might not be that slept on, but everything Solange does (with the exception of chopping off her hair) is pretty much ignored. So props to her.
Lil’ Wayne – Yes feat. Pharrell (2009)
Complex Says: This is some cool “dub-step meets Bomb Squad” type of shit, and Wayne sounds right at home. (P? Not so much.) These dudes need to get in the studio together more often.
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