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.
$171.55 to $256.55
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.
Just for the record, Theneptunes.org DID NOT leak Lupe Fiasco’s ‘I’m Beaming’, it has been leaked by YourAudioFix.com but I ain’t sayin I wasn’t about to do a topic off ‘I’m Beaming’, ofcourse I was about to till I saw that Lupe got all angry about the leak which wasn’t supposed to leak right now, cuz his album is due early 2010, anyways just making sure y’all should know that cuz some blogs are sayin we leaked it. HELLS NARGH we haven’t, we haven’t even had a topic about it. By the way Lupe, that tune is fucking Flawless.
Here is the original article when YourAudioFix.com leaked it, y’all wonder why do I still have the article copy pasted? Well like I said before, I planned to do a topic about the tune and I was about to use YourAudioFix.com as the source & preview for the tune. Anyways here is it. “Lupe Fiasco’s mixtape which was scheduled to release on Christmas was pushed back but you already know Santa Kenny had to hold you guys down with a YourAudioFix.com world premiere! Here is a exclusive from Lupe Fiasco titled “I’m Beaming“. This joint is from Lupe’s new album We Are Lasers coming soon.”.
Lupe Fiasco – I’m Beaming
Sitting with Pharrell Williams in a recording studio on Biscayne Boulevard proved to be a wonderfully unexpected ride. Instead of playing his latest beats, he was eager to talk art. After all, it is art that brought him to Miami during Art Basel Miami 2009. Inspired by military tanks, Williams created an impressive collection of chairs for Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, which invited the 35-year-old polyhyphenate to bring his ideas to life. Williams has also created Artst Guild and Gallery, a Web platform that democratizes art and invites young minds to create, upload and share work.
Simply put, it’s a place for creative individuals to gather online with no agenda other than meeting. For our “Something Big Something Small” video series, Williams exposed something dear (and small) to him: his SpongeBob SquarePants socks. Few know that he’s been wearing them for two years and has ordered over four dozen pairs by now. “I just like being a kid,” he said with a grin. “I enjoy it, I don’t want to grow up.” Click Here to check the Interview.
This is actually a Snoop Dogg tune featuring Pharrell, Charlie Wilson & Nelly from 2008’s Ego Trippin’ which didn’t make the final cut. I managed to remove the DJ off the tune, but since we don’t hear Snoop Dogg on the DJ Version which just leaked, I decided not to tag Snoop Dogg on it.
If you had to choose one Neptunes song, what would you choose?
JoJo x Rap-Up TV 1
Where has R&B singer JoJo been? Rap-Up TV sat down with the “Leave (Get Out)” hitmaker in Los Angeles for an exclusive interview. JoJo, who just turned 19 this weekend, updated us on her whereabouts, parting ways with her former label, her back-up plan, and current musical inspirations. The singer, who most recently collaborated with Timbaland on Shock Value II, moves past the label drama and looks toward the future. Now signed to Blackground/Interscope Records, the 19-year-old Bostonian is gearing up for the release of her third album in 2010 and already has Timbaland and Pharrell in her corner. Plus, she clues us in on the project’s direction, her plans for the leaked records, and her mixtape with Clinton Sparks and Chester French. “I wanted to do something that people would be like, ‘Wow, this girl has come a long way and she’s really taking the reins,’” she tells Rap-Up TV of her new music. “I wanted people to get a sense of who I am.”
JoJo x Rap-Up TV 2
Here’s a preview of one of their Neptunes collabo performed at their X-Mas party. Thanks to nerd0016.
Update: December 22nd
Here’s a nice article about The Neptunes being Producers Of Decate. Billboard, the holy grail of increasingly unwieldy music rankings and charts, recently unveiled its list of the top producers of the decade. Unsurprisingly, the top spot went to The Neptunes. The duo, featuring tinny-piped crooner Pharrell Williams and partner Chad Hugo, were seemingly ever-present throughout the 2000s. The Neptunes came at a crucial time in the development of hip-hop. Sampling had been mostly played out and many people were ready for a more original, electro-based sound.
The group’s unique mixture of chunky, almost jazz-like keyboard chords, flat stuttering drums and funk rhythms reminiscent of legends like Prince quickly came to dominate the charts. Starting out in the late 90s with Noreaga, the duo rose to prominence producing blockbuster hits for Jay-Z (‘Give it to Me’), Ol Dirty Bastard (‘Got Your Money’) and Nelly (‘Hot In Herre’). This expanded into even poppier work with stars such as Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears. The group made some suave innovations in Top 40 pop themes while retaining a signature and infectious sound throughout the decade. By the mid-aughts rumors swirled that the group was charging upwards of $2 million for a beat.
While debunked by other producers, it just goes to show how huge The Neptunes became. Ultimately, the group’s more innovative and experimental work came on its own records as N.E.R.D. and through its storied relationship with the Clipse. The Neptunes produced the entirety of the first two Clipse records, logging an impressively big single with ‘Grindin‘ in 2002. Many of the ideas in these experiments would be translated into huge hits with more famous artists such as Snoop Dogg.
Update: December 17th
The Neptunes land the Hot 100 Producers Of Decate honour and Pharrell Williams as Hot 100 Songwriters on #2 while Timbaland lands on top of Hot 100 Songwriters thanks to the 63 chart hits he wrote or co-wrote and #2 on Hot 100 Producers Of Decate. Congrats to The Theneptunes \\//.
Kenna talks about what inspired him to start learning & talking about the global clean water crisis. Find out how you can join the team & get involved at summitonthesummit.com.
Apparently Rick Ross has been in the studio recording to a Chad Hugo beat, according to DJ Sam Sneak who was in the studio with him. ‘I’m in the Studio right & Ross Is Recording to a beat that Chad from The Neptunes made & is gonna be played when ross walks Pac Man out! Wow’. Thanks to DrAmAtIc aka Alvaro.
“I Invented Sex” singer Trey Songz is prepping for a return to the studio just months after releasing his Grammy-nominated effort “Ready“. Looking forward to time with award-winning producers Bryan Michael Cox and Timbaland, Trey Songz also has his eye on working with The Neptunes’ Pharrell Williams. “I’m trying to make sure I have an album out ASAP,” Songz told MTV recently. “I wanna use the same recipe I’ve been using. If anybody is added, it’ll be for real purpose. I spoke to Pharrell. I told him I’m getting in, Timbaland as well — both huge Virginian-grown producers. I definitely would love to work with them. But Troy Taylor I’ve been working with since the beginning of my career. Plus Bryan-Michael Cox I’ve had a couple hits with. I definitely wanna make sure we use the same chemistry.”
To celebrate the release of Til’ The Casket Drops, the Clipse teamed up with VA/DC boutique, Commonwealth, to release two collabo t-shirts. One featuring a coonerific “Popular Demand” shirt that features the design of the “Popeyes” logo. And the funeral flower, Clipse shield logo “Til’ The Casket Drops” shirt.
Y’all gotta check this out, it’s hilarious.
Kelis performs ‘Rolling Through The Hood’ & ‘Milkshake’ at Morehouse College. Thanks to Oasis.
Theneptunes.org wishes Alyssa all the best for her 20th Birthday, here’s in the meanwhile a new Cover of Alyssa covering Hillsong United’s tune from 2007 ‘Hosanna‘.
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