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December 2009

Kelis – Rolling Through The Hood/Milkshake (Live At Morehouse College) (2007)

Kelis performs ‘Rolling Through The Hood’ & ‘Milkshake’ at Morehouse College. Thanks to Oasis.

Happy Birthday Alyssa!, Hosanna (Hillsong United Cover)

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‘.

New Kenna Site Launched

New Kenna Site
The new Kenna site has finally launched.
www.okkenna.com

Sex Therapy At #4 On The Charts, Game Talks Robin Thicke Collabo

Game, Ludacris & Robin Thicke
Game
made a lot of noise with his upcoming collaboration with Justin Timberlake, but he’s also been in the studio with another blue-eyed soul man. Robin Thicke and the Compton rapper collaborated on “Diamonds,” a dedication to the women in their lives on Thicke’s new album Sex Therapy. Rap-Up TV spoke to Game about how the collabo came to be and how his mother will react once she hears it. “If you can get my mom to cry, man, that’s the shit,” he said. Despite their tumultuous relationship, Game’s mom listens to all his records. “She might think that I might diss her one day, so she be locked in waiting for the beef,” he explained. “Me and my moms, we had beef for a long time. She’s one of my worst enemies.” Thicke just released a remix with Ludacris off his first single ‘Sex Therapy’ in the meanwhile, Sex Therapy was at #4 on the charts straight out the box.

*rap-up.com

Robin Thicke – Diamonds feat. Game
Robin Thicke – Sex Therapy feat. Ludacris (Remix)

Robin Thicke Celebrates Album Release

Nicki Minaj, Leighton Meester join Thicke onstage for Sex Therapy release party. Robin Thicke arrived at his album release party at Manhattan nightspot Butter on Monday night in a high-priced tuxedo with mischievous smile as he celebrated the release of his fourth album, Sex Therapy. “It’s funny, I got this tuxedo for Puffy’s 40th birthday and I didn’t even get to hang out,” Thicke told MTV News on the red carpet. “I was working all night and then I was exhausted. So I went to the party for literally 15 minutes. So I promised the people from Burberry that I would wear this velvet tuxedo one more time.”

The dapper crooner was plenty busy on this night as well — he performed at the Nokia Theater earlier in the evening. Jay-Z and Beyoncé, Island Def Jam exec L.A. Reid, John Legend, music impresario Andre Harrell and actor Michael K. Williams, were among the many in attendance to watch Thicke perform. The Los Angeles native was also joined on stage by Lil’ Wayne protege Nicki Minaj and actress Leighton Meester. “The Yankees won the championship this year — come on New York!” Thicke yelled to the crown as the strings to “Magic” rippled through the speakers. “I can make the pain disappear and I can erase the past,” he sang. “I can make the future shine so bright and I can make right now alright.”

The celebration was a reunion of sorts for Thicke. Nine years ago, when he was just an upstart protégé of Harrell’s with long, scraggly hair, the singer held an event at Butter to introduce himself to the music industry. At the time, he went only by his last name Thicke and was fighting to get out from the shadow of his famous father, actor Alan Thicke. Now, he’s a Grammy Award-winning songwriter with a thriving solo career. Thicke was frisky and flirty on stage with “Gossip Girl” actress Meester. The two duet on “Somebody To Love” from her forthcoming solo project. “He’s amazing. I love him,” Meester told MTV News recently about working with Thicke.

“I’m such a huge fan of his, and I’ve only been able to tell him today how much I love him.” The compliments were flowing as fast at the champagne was poured. Thicke gushed over Nicki Minaj. The singer called for the raptress to join him for their collaboration “Shakin’ It For Daddy.” “We gotta make room for Nicki Minaj!” Thicke said as the Young Money lyricist arrived. “How beautiful.” The two closed things out with the sexy Polow Da Don-produced banger. “Go Robin! Go Robin!” Minaj crowed as Thicke spun around and danced during her rap. “Give it up for the funkiest white boy in America!”

*mtv.com

Usher – I Love You 2 (Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine)

Usher, Levine, Pharrell
A new Usher tune just hit the net called ‘I Love You 2‘ which is rumoured to be produced by Adam Levine and this tune is prolly from The Neptunes Session that we posted back in January, so this tune could be written by Pharrell since it doesn’t really sounds like a Neptunes production.

Usher – I Love You 2 (Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine)

Previously
-> usher-in-the-studio-with-the-neptunes

Clipse Sold 31,000 Units First Week

According to Billboard.com Clipse Sold 31,000 Units in the first week.

*billboard.com

Don’t Forget To Cop This Two Album Right Here Today!

Clipse Cover
Clipse – Til The Casket Drops (2009) (December 8th)

01 – 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 & Graph Nobel (The Neptunes)
12 – Footsteps feat. Kobe (DJ Khalil)
13 – Life Change feat. Pharrell & Kenna (The Neptunes)
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Snoop Dogg – Malice N’ Wonderland (2009) (December 8th)
01 – Intro
02 – I Wanna Rock (Scoop DeVille)
03 – 2 Minute Warning feat. Raekwon & Bun B. (Terrace Martin)
04 – 1800 feat. (Lil’ Jon)
05 – Different Languages feat. Jazmine Sullivan (Teddy Riley)
06 – Gangsta Luv feat. The-Dream (Tricky Stewart)
07 – Pronto feat. Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em (B-Don)
08 – That’s Tha Homie feat. Timbaland (Timbaland & Danja)
09 – Upside Down feat. Problem & Nipsey Hussle (Terrace Martin)
10 – Secrets feat. Kokane (Battlecat)
11 – Pimpin Ain’t EZ feat. R. Kelly (Nottz)
12 – Luv Drunk feat. The-Dream (Tricky Stewart)
13 – Special feat. Pharrell & Brandy (The Neptunes)
14 – Outro
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Chester French In VOGUE January Issue

Chester French In VOGUE January IssueChester French In VOGUE January Issue 2
Chester French
are featured in the In VOGUE January Issue.

*chesterfrench.com/blog

Robin Thicke & Paula Patton Are Expecting A Boy

Robin Thicke & Paula PattonSinger Robin Thicke sure isn’t shy about his bedroom habits with wife Paula Patton. In fact, the singer credits her as the inspiration behind his fourth album, Sex Therapy. “She’s my sex therapist!” Thicke, 32, told Usmagazine.com Monday at his Svedka-sponsored New York City record Release Party at Butter nightclub. Thicke, who wed his high school sweetheart, 33, in 2005, says the couple put his song lyrics into practice. “We had a little bit too much sex therapy this summer,” he jokes to Us, as the “excited” pair plans for the arrival of their first child next spring and according to reports from people.com, it’s a boy.

32-year old Thicke said that he is already thinking of the life lessons he will teach his son. And teaching him how to respect a woman was one of the lessons he has in mind, along with teaching him music and being able to play him Biggie Smalls at some stage. “That’s the beauty of having a child,” Thicke said. Of course, the two are having the first-time parent jitters as well. When speaking about becoming a parent, Thicke said that he is afraid of not being patient enough. He then went on to say that his biggest fear, is being able to be there. The singer says he welcomes his dad-to-be duties. “We’re preparing the baby room, painting rooms and picking colors,” Thicke says. “Paula’s kind of got the baby taste in the family. I’m just going to sing to it and cuddle with it and teach it how to play basketball and talk to girls.”

*usmagazine.com
*inentertainment.co.uk

Clipse Break Down Neptunes Beat Selection Process

The Clipse are known for their extensive catalogue with The Neptunes. Til The Casket Drops—the Virginia duo’s latest album—arguably contains some of their best work with the production team to date. XXLMag.com recently caught up with Malice and Pusha T. to speak on their beat selection process. As far as Pusha is concerned, collaborating with Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams can be a long, difficult undertaking. “There’s nothing that’s gonna come from them [The Neptunes} that’s gonna be wack,” he told XXL. “But we just make the criteria and standards so much harder. A lot of times it’s a real, real tug-of-war.”

In fact, as the younger Thornton brother describes it, both teams thrive off of each other’s creative input. “[Pharrell will] love something and I’ll be like, ‘Yo, who is that moving,’ and it’ll be good, but…like, ‘That ain’t disrupting radio,’” Pusha explained. “And then we’ll get into, ‘Yo, it ain’t this record’ or ‘It ain’t that record.’ Then an argument ensues and he’ll tell everybody to get out the studio…and he’ll come back 40 minutes later with something, like ‘If you don’t take this I’m calling Hov, right now, I’ma call him. And he gonna take this, it’s gonna be the biggest record ever…

I’m calling Puff.’ He’ll name any name that he just knows will get under my skin when I hear that they got something good that we should have.” While Pharrell might threaten to send out tracks to his long list of clientele, Clipse also get to reap the benefits of said relationships. “There was a few files that we go through,” Pusha said of raiding The Neptunes’ material set aside for other acts. “Every time we get together, he might play some stuff and if it’s not sitting well or whatever we’ll be like, ‘Go to the Jay-Z file. Go to Ludacris’ file. Go to Busta file’ and I always go,

‘Did you make something for Foxy?’ And we go to those files and we might rip from there, because something about those people and him is good too.” Despite the superproducers celebrated accomplishments with other acts, Pusha belives the Clipse’s bond with The Neptunes is one of a kind. “I don’t think they’ll ever be a dynamic by any other artist like with Pharrell and Chad that there’s gonna be with us,” he stated. “People will get mesmerized with them. [But] we can’t do that. We started like that.”

*xxlmag.com

Clipse To Do A Video Of ‘Champion’

Clipse - Champion

Rhea & The Neptunes In The Studio Working

Tha Dogg Pound – Cheat feat. Pharrell (Daz Dillinger)

Tha Dogg Pound - That Was Then, This Is Now (2009)
Tha Dogg Pound finally released their 7th studio album That Was Then, This Is Now’ with the ‘Cheat’ tune which leaked 2 years ago. Contains a Pharrell sample of Snoop Dogg’s Drop It Like It’s Hot, Produced By Daz Dillinger.
Click Here To Download.

Clipse Play Word Association With Combat Jack

Alyssa Bernal Is Working On Album Names

Alyssa Bernal
Alyssa Bernal
Is Working On Album Names
‘Album names. Gahh’

*twitter.com/alyssabernal

Alyssa Bernal1st Studio Album (2010)
Producers & Guests: Martin Terefe
Confirmed Tracks:
– Hey Love
– Never Woulda
– Just In Time
– I Found You
– All I Need

Kenna Brings The Darkness For ‘Bargain Spins’

Kenna - New Sacred Cow (2003)
Kyle Anderson
from MTV Newsroom says Kenna’s New sacred Cow
brings the darkness for ‘Bargain Spins‘ We may be in a recession, but even when the economy is in the toilet, you still need to have great music. That’s why we invented “Bargain Spins,” a new feature that focuses on overlooked albums that also happen to be available in every used or bargain bin in every record store in the country (and if you don’t have a record store in your town anymore, you can still find them discounted in most every digital music store or on sites like Half.com). So enjoy some great records you might have missed.

Kyle’s Pick: Kenna, New Sacred Cow (2003): I tend to get obsessed with albums that never come out. I followed the drama surrounding Guns N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy, got obsessed with Zack De La Rocha‘s still-unreleased solo album and am still waiting for Detox. Kenna fell into that category at the beginning of the decade. Here was a guy who had a supremely weird video that was nevertheless in heavy rotation on MTV (“Hell Bent“) and had professional relationships with both Fred Durst and Pharrell Williams. But that was in 2001, and no amount of Malcolm Gladwell essays could erase that fact that the shine had worn off by the time New Sacred Cow ended up on stores in the summer of 2003.

That’s a crime, because despite the delays, it sounded like it was from the future (and still sounds like that today). Songs like “Freetime,” “Redman” and “Vexed & Glorious” combine funk, R&B, rock, techno and all manner of electronic microgenres in between. (It’s no wonder Kenna toured with Dave Gahan when this record came out.) Produced by Chad Hugo during the peak of The Neptunes‘ power, it’s got a jittery base, plenty of savagery and melody to spare. Kenna’s on the comeback now (he put out Make Sure They See My Face in 2007, will grab some headlines for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in January and plans to put out a new record in 2010), which means that now is a great time to score yourself a copy of New Sacred Cow for some neck-snapping, socially-conscious badassery.

*mtv.com

NERD Interview In Miami

Chester French Shoting Video For ‘Ciroc Star’ Soon

Chester French & Clinton Sparks
According to Clinton Sparks & Chester French’s Twitter, they’re about to shot the video for their Mixtape tune ‘Ciroc Star’ featuring Diddy & Jadakiss very soon. ‘Diddy, Chester French, Jadakiss & Clinton Sparks are finally shooting the video for “Ciroc Star” this Tues in NY’ ‘Good news & Bad news: Ciroc Star video shoot is postponed..good news: I don’t have 2 fly 2 NY & back 2 LA just to then fly 2 France in 1 day’

*twitter.com/clintonsparks
*twitter.com/dachesterfrench

Chester French – Ciroc Star feat. Diddy & Jadakiss

Robin Thicke – Sex Therapy (2009), Perfomances On 106 & Park

Robin Thicke - Sex Therapy (2009)
Robin Thicke – Sex Therapy (2009)
The Session
01 – 911 (Intro)
02 – Mrs. Sexy
03 – Sex Therapy
04 – Meiplé feat. Jay-Z
05 – Make U Love Me
06 – It’s In The Mornin’ feat. Snoop Dogg
07 – Shakin’ It 4 Daddy feat. Nicki Minaj
08 – Elevatas feat. Kid Cudi
09 – Start With A Kiss (Interlude)
10 – Rollacoasta feat. Estelle
11 – Million Dolla Baby feat. Jazmine Sullivan
12 – 2 Luv Birds
The Experience
13 – I Got U
14 – Jus Right
15 – Mona Lisa
16 – Brand New Luv
17 – Diamonds feat. Game
Make Sure To Cop Sex Therapy Today!
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Robin Thicke stops by BET 106 & Park and performed his hit single “Sex Therapy” and “Shakin It 4 Daddy” live. His new album in stores tomorrow. Check out his performance with Nicki Minaj after the jump.

Robin Thicke – Sex Therapy (Live On 106 & Park)

Robin Thicke – Shakin’ It 4 Daddy feat. Nicki Minaj (Live On 106 & Park)

Allmusic.com Sex Therapy Review

Sex Therapy is an evasive maneuver to prevent Robin Thicke from being pigeonholed as a “grown folks” R&B singer. It’s evident that hits — more specifically, appealing to younger listeners — is the goal. While Thicke’s previous album, Something Else, did well on the album charts, it maintained a classicist sound throughout, produced only one major single, and featured only one appearance from a guest MC. Sex Therapy, however, enlists Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, the Game, Kid Cudi, and Nicki “Stick shift the ding-a-ling” Minaj – not to mention Estelle and Jazmine Sullivan, both of whom contribute excellent background vocals on their respective appearances. Thicke heightens the brashness downplayed on Something Else, best applied on the title track, where the cunning contrast between his masculine certitude and feather-light falsetto is in full effect.

That he does it while lifting the melody from “It’s My Party” — as a near-replication of the pulse from the Art of Noise’s “Moments In Love” drifts in the background — makes it all the more daring and remarkable. Sometimes the results are either dopey (if lighthearted), as on “Meiplé,” or humorously awkward, as on “Shakin’ It 4 Daddy,” where the oft-repeated hook “She shakin’ it for daddy, she shakin’ it for me” must make some listeners think of Thicke and his father instead of just Thicke. The album does not represent a total abandonment of the qualities that have connected with the singer’s adult fans. “Mrs. Sexy,” based on Eric B. & Rakim’s Al Green-sampling “Mahogany” (to the point where he does not bother to change a line that references his skin tone), is as buttery and elegant as anything he has recorded. On “Million Dolla Baby,” he takes his Marvin Gaye fixation another step forward, using “Trouble Man” as its backbone; even if it strikes you as corny, you have to admit that it is pretty slick. Above all, he continues to put one of the best voices in R&B to good use.

*allmusic.com

Kelis Talking About Star Trak & Co. (Dec. 16th)

Kelis
Kelis was Talking About Star Trak & Co in her newest interview on idolator.com. So how did you come to sign with Will.I.Am Music Group and Interscope, then?
It’s been a long time since I’ve been a part of a musical family. When I started off with Star Trak with the Neptunes over 10 years ago, after leaving them I didn’t think I would find that again. Working with [Free School's] Jean Baptiste, we made perfect sense together musically. He got where I was trying to go. We definitely balanced each other out. With him, he brought in Replay and just kind of this whole crew. And Will, who I love, started to hear the stuff and it made sense. Will just got it. Without even thinking about it, I met with [Interscope chief] Jimmy Iovine and Jimmy got it right away. It just kind of all fell into place and here we are.

Is there a part of you that was leery to sign with a major label again, after your experience with LaFace and Jive?
Oh, leery is not even the word! [Laughs] Leery does not even begin to express. I was dead set, like, I put my foot down—I am not signing to a major label again! It took me four years to get off my old label. I fought and fought. I spent so much time and energy getting off the label and getting out of my contract that when I finally did get out, I had not made any provisions or had any thoughts about what I was going to do next. So I took some time off. I really just shut down, even to the point where I was like, I don’t want to sing anymore. I went to culinary school and just regrouped and got my heart back for it. I started recording and dibbling and dabbling here and there. Honestly, the record just came together, and it felt so good that I didn’t want it to get swept under the rug with a smaller label.

*idolator.com
*ultimatekelis.com

Clipse On Good Morning America

Kenna & Friends Talk About Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Pharrell’s Modern Painters Cover

Modern Painters Cover
Pharrell is on the cover of the newest Modern Painters Dec/Jan Issue.

Pharrell Williams & Celebrity Interdisciplinarity
“I wanted to work with someone who could teach me something. I’m not interested in coming into any world, even outside of art, and it being about me. I’m interested in a learning process. I’m happy with always being the fortunate apprentice — not quite yet a novice, but for sure an apprentice.” When I talked to him in September, Pharrell Williams, one half of the Grammy Award-winning production duo The Neptunes and cofounder of the rock band NERD, seemed anxious to present himself as the humble student. Yet Williams’s first artwork, a sculpture produced in collaboration with Takashi Murakami and launched at Art Basel in June, is hardly low-key.

The Simple Things (2008-2009) features a six-foot-tall fiberglass, steel, and acrylic head based on Murakami’s Mr. Dob character. In the creature’s mouth are renderings of seven objects — including a cupcake, a Coke can, and a Heinz ketchup bottle — that Williams regards as underappreciated essentials. To underscore his reverence (“Imagine those seven things not being around! Imagine the public outcry if there were no ketchup for a day!”), the 36-year-old Virginian rendered the set in gold and encrusted it with some 26,000 gemstones. The New York Times’s Carol Vogel characterized the resulting piece — surely without fear of contradiction — as “one of the only examples of flash” at this year’s fair. It sold, with help from Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, for a cool $2 million.

Previously, Williams has limited his extramusical creative efforts to design, working with the Japanese producer and designer Nigo to launch the fashion brands Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream Footwear, and with Camille Miceli on the Blason Jewelry collection for Louis Vuitton (which characterizes the line as “a variation on four themes, in which the rhythm and energy of the new continent harmonize with the spirit of historic Europe”).
Pharrell Williams With Perspective Chair
He has also, more unexpectedly, designed furniture, again under the banner of Perrotin. Williams enlisted the services of the French firm Domeau & Pérès to manufacture The Perspective Chair. Boasting two pairs of legs modeled after a man’s and a woman’s, the piece recalls Allen Jones’s notorious forniphiliac collection from 1969, but it combines that anthropomorphic twist with a familiar Eames-style seat.

“I wanted to tap into classic midcentury industrial design,” Williams recalls. “But the project was mainly about making a cradle, something that allows the user to sit in someone else’s position and experience what it’s like to be in love.” It is perhaps unsurprising that this description recalls a certain other American artist’s famously touchy-feely mode of explication. Williams greatly admires Jeff Koons, whose work he collects alongside that of Murakami, Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, and the street artist kaws, a.k.a. Brian Donnelly.

“Those guys just immediately became my favorites,” he says. He is unabashed in his preference for the lighter side of Pop and post-Pop, citing visits to one of his collaborators’ homes as inspirational. “Nigo is a huge collector, and all the stuff he has seems so fun,” Williams enthuses. Pressed on whether all this fluff lacks a critical edge, he dodges the question, retreating into platitudes: “I’ve come to believe that nothing’s impossible, if you can imagine it. . . . There’s nothing new under the sun. When you’re moved, you’re moved, and you should seize the moment to express the feeling.
Modern Painters Cover 2
It’s that moment of expression that I define as art. . . . The experience has been amazing, and my teachers, well, I have no words.” He is similarly reticent about the complexities of moving between art and design: “To have a critical take on that would skew the creativity and add boundaries. . . . I move from a feeling, and when the work’s done, it’s done. Then we can talk over tea and scones about how it should be categorized.” It’s a time-honored stance, but no less unilluminating for all that.

What Williams does reveal is the heft of a well-stocked Rolodex. His career as a producer of hip-hop, pop, and R&B hits has involved him in numerous high-profile collaborations, so his taking a similar approach to art and design endeavors is entirely natural. And his mainstream fame has unquestionably smoothed the road to some creative partnerships that lesser-known figures might never have finagled. Williams has fingers in a few more-altruistic pies, running, for example, a networking site for young emerging talent called artst.com — “spelled without an i, because it’s not about me; it’s about you.” But at this level, it’s all about the Benjamins.

Whether prevailing economic conditions will encourage celebrities to stick to what they do best or barely scrape the surface of PR- and dealer-friendly projects remains unclear. A trailed project for Craig Robins’s Design Miami fair is apparently still hush-hush, Williams demurring, “I can’t get into that.” “Frontin‘” originally appeared in the December 2009 / January 2010 issue of Modern Painters. For a complete list of articles from this issue available on ARTINFO, see Modern Painters’ December 2009 / January 2010 Table of Contents.

*bbcicecream.com/blog
*artinfo.com
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Kenna – That’s G (Lock It Up) (Gatorade Commercial) I & II

Kenna - That's G (Lock It Up) (Gatorade Commercial)
Here
are both versions of Chad Hugo’s & Kenna’s ‘That’s G (Lock It Up) Gatorade Commercial‘, the beat change of Version II is sick. You can get it Here!

Kenna – That’s G (Lock It Up) (Gatorade Commercial) I & II

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