Update: January16th (2010)
Pac Div previewed 1 of 4 Neptunes tracks Live From The Lions Den West Coast Hip Hop Supafest, Pure II from their debut album Grown Kid Syndrome (2010) (Due (Summer) called ‘Broccoli‘ They sampled their own track from “Mayor” from the second verse. Check it out, its pretty dope. Thanks to Flipbundlez.
Pac Div – Broccoli feat. Pharrell (Live)
Pac Div – The Mayor
Pac Div – Grown Kid Syndrome (2010) (Summer)
- Broccoli feat. Pharrell (+ 3 Tracks)
Alyssa is covering Train’s ‘Hey Sol Sister’.
Updated: January 15th
Here’s the video off Clipse‘s Playboy Mansion appearance.
Updated: January 7th
Clipse have spent New Years Eve at the Playboy Mansion while they’re planning to shot a video for “Freedom” this week and next week they’re shooting “Champion” with Allen Iverson and Michael Vick and apparently there’s also a “Showing Out” (Remix) with a special guest, probably the Drake version from the original version.
Here’s finally another Alyssa Bernal cover, this time around she covers ‘Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance, check it out.
I guess this has been shot when Pharrell met Kaws back in 2009 September 20th when Pharrell arranged an Art Show for Kaws, pretty interesting interviews right there. Thanks to Leo and major props to Ana for the Youtube links.
Talk@Playground With Pharrell Williams & KAWS 1
Talk@Playground With Pharrell Williams & KAWS 2
Talk@Playground With Pharrell Williams & KAWS 3
Talk@Playground With Pharrell Williams & KAWS 4
Talk@Playground With Pharrell Williams & KAWS 5
Talk@Playground With Pharrell Williams & KAWS 6
Talk@Playground With KAWS
Here is another tune from the Rebirth Session that has been recorded back in June 2009 which just leaked with Tags on it. I managed to make the tune longer and to remove the tags, check it out.
Lil’ Wayne – Rebirth (Studio Session) (2009)
- Ay Man feat. Pharrell
- Smackdown feat. Pharrell
- Troublemaker feat. Pharrell, Jae Millz & Gutta Gutta
- Yes feat. Pharrell
Here is an old school video by Aubrey Graham before he was Drake where he says that Pharrell is one of his Idols around the 2 minute mark. Thanks to BucketOfNachos.
American Idol announced that season 9 of American Idol is Simon Cowell’s last. The outspoken, quiet but crude judge will be replaced in the 2011 season of American Idol, though the replacement judge has yet to be chosen. American Idol has, however, released a few options for Idol fans to banter over. They are listed below, along with a brief description:
Linda Perry: The megaproducer (and former 4 Non Blondes frontwoman) is reportedly a perfectionist in the studio and has helped powerhouse vocalists like Pink, Christina Aguilera, and Adam Lambert reach impressive artistic heights. Knowledge of what it takes to make a hit record combined with live performance experience could make her an interesting, offbeat choice. And wouldn’t it be refreshing to see a woman in the role of judges’ panel tough-guy?
Pharrell Williams: Like Perry, Williams (as one half of the Neptunes) has written and produced an impressive collection of chart-toppers (for Beyonce, Gwen Stefani, Jay-Z, and Justin Timberlake), and he, too, has plenty of on-stage experience thanks to his stint in N*E*R*D. So in other words, he’s more current than Randy, hipper than Simon, and less infuriating than that table-banging monster. Talk about a win-win-win!
Quentin Tarantino: He was pretty terrific guest-judging “Movie Soundtrack Night” during season 3, and if Seacrest can do a morning radio show, E! News, red-carpet coverage, and produce that stank Kardashian show while hosting Idol, surely Tarantino can juggle a little movie directing with his new critiquing duties, no?
Ben Folds: My colleague Ken Tucker already made the Folds-as-Idol-panelist case after his gig on NBC’s The Sing-Off (while PopWatch tastemaker Wendy Mitchell wanted to give the guy his own show!). Plus, several of you gave Folds a shout-out in the comments section of my “Idol will be okay!” blog item yesterday. But as someone who was out of the country for much of the show’s run, I have to ask: Is Folds acerbic enough to do the job properly?
Madonna: Okay, so she has a sort-of British accent, but let’s not DQ her from the gig just yet. Think about it: Her Madgesty is cantankerous and outspoken, completely comfortable with a massive audience, and as the former head of Maverick Records, has a good idea of what it takes to launch a major-label artist (like Alanis Morissette, for example). Plus, you just know she’d kill for a venue to keep her pop-cultural relevancy well into her 60s. I’m kind of loving this prospect, and if it happens, I’d like to be rewarded with a five-figure salary and a producer credit from Simon Fuller.
Who do you think will replace Simon Cowell?
Update: January 14th
Kid Cudi recently announced that he will be renaming his upcoming sophomore release. The Ohio native, whose hit ‘Day ‘N’ Night‘ launched him into the limelight in 2007, previously stated that his new album would be entitled ‘Cudder,’ a play on his name, but has now modified it to ‘Cudder & The Revolution Of Evolution.’ Cudi, who is nominated for three Grammy awards this year, has already recorded songs with Snoop Dogg, Travis Barker and Pharrell for his second effort. The rapper will also appear in the upcoming HBO series ‘How to Make it in America‘ — a New York City version of executive producer Mark Wahlberg’s popular show, ‘Entourage.’
Update: January 9th
Kid Cudi talks around 1:14 about a “Monstrous Club Joint” he just finished with Pharrell. Thanks to pappoo.
After blowing up his home scene in 2008 with Mo’ Profit, Mo’ Progress, Milwaukee MC and Umbrella Music Group label owner Prophetic spent 2009 getting himself discovered beyond city limits, most visibly with Pharrell, who recently pledged his endorsement on YouTube. Prophetic’s combination of conscious-style lyricism and club appeal has made him perhaps the only act that can stand on both sides (north and east) of Milwaukee hip-hop. His ability to cross over to the business side of the rap game is what makes him Milwaukee’s best bet for a national breakout at the dawn of 2010. The A.V. Club caught up with Prophetic before his January 15 show at BBC to talk about what’s next.
The A.V. Club: That YouTube video with Pharrell got the scene buzzing. What’s your relationship like with him?
Prophetic: We’re really just two artists that have become fans of each other. Basically, he came across my music and liked it. It’s a nice relationship. He’s introduced me to a couple people, a couple places, a couple magazines—basically showing me different avenues I can go though in order to gain better exposure. It’s basically just like I have a friend in a nice place.
Pharrell shows his support for Prophetic backstage at the Blueprint 3 Tour, Champaign, IL.
Here is another Sierra Swan tune produced by Chad Hugo called ‘Demise Of Love‘ off Sierra Swan’s second album Queen Of The Valley from 2008.
Sierra Swan – Demise Of Love (Chad Hugo)
Updated: January 12th
Rhea confirmed today via twitter that she is still with Star Trak, but with N.E.R.D.? We’ll see.
“It’s all good in my world for those who asked…still on Trak lessons learned, music is still my passion, life goes on…no regrets.”
Updated: January 7th
Hi My fellow Neptunians and welcome to 2010, I would first like to apologize for the lack of updates these days, I have been busy a bit with all the holidays etc, anyways it’s 2010 and we’re lookin forward for some new (old) Neptunes Projects this year such as the new Kenna Album (Songs For Flight Due August), Christina Aguilera, Bran’ Nu (Brandy’s Hip Hop Project), Cassie’s ‘Hide’, Incubus & Good Charlotte (the rockside of The Neptunes), the Despicable Me Project, Game’s R.E.D. album and the new N.E.R.D. album ofcourse Instant Gratification, just to mention a few. To get the full Upcoming Projects List
click Here! As many of y’all noticed already, The Neptunes Production List is gone, yeh I accidently deleted the whole list, but I managed to get the whole list back and it will be re-posted soon, thanks to the guys on the forum.
As y’all already heard, Pharrell Williams has reportedly decided to drop Rhea, the female singer, from his rap slash rock group N.E.R.D., according to multiple reports. Although there hasn’t been an official statement released, the website Bossip is reporting that Rhea was kicked out of the group “because they didn’t think her sound matched with N.E.R.D.’s style, which I don’t understand, because she never really did. Her sleeping around was also a problem.” The source for Bossip confirmed that although Rhea claims to be in her twenties, she is actually thirty-two.
Last October Pharrell confirmed that Rhea was added to N.E.R.D. “Musically, we’re just somewhere else [with her],” Pharrell said in an interview. “The music is now very 3-D. It’s something you have to hear. But you’ll see. We’re definitely somewhere else. I want to leave that impact moment for when you purchase your download and you purchase your CD. The music is very three-dimensional. We’re just really excited. We feel like N.E.R.D. has always been the punks of hip-hop and the outcasts of alternative music — just a little different. But this time, we’re taking no prisoners…Now you have this little Tinkerbell that’s just stepped in and has been amazing…It’s made it a fun process. We can go in so many more directions, because we have the vocal support.”
Indie/Electro producers duo Ben & Ted were in the studio together with Shae and Chad for a Studio Session, probably for N.E.R.D.’s new album “Instant Gratification” How often do you see Shae chillin in the studio with different producers besides with Chad & Pharrell.
Here is another Short Movie by Malice called “Wake Up Call” directed by Shomi who also directed Clipse’s Doorman video and according to the 5 AM Message Video, Clipse have shot already the video for “Freedom”, Malice also revealed that he’s almost done with his new new blog and his anticipated Book ‘Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind & Naked’ is coming soon.
Malice’s 5 AM Message
TMT: What kind of music do you put on first thing in the morning?
N: Robin Thicke has a new album out, and I really like listening to that one these days. Pretty much anything with a little bit of tempo. When I get up, I shake the kinks out of last night and get moving.
TMT: What are your top five favorite love songs?
N: Not including my music . . . “Lost Without You” by Robin Thicke. Classic, classic, classic. It’s simple to the point. “Lady of My Life” by Michael Jackson. “Suddenly” by Billy Ocean. “Joy and Repetition” by Prince. And “I Will Always Love You,” Whitney Houston’s version.
This is a tune that has been made at the Justified Studio Session in 2002 but never been finished, although ABC did a documentary about Justin in 2002 where he’s been asked to play a song of Justified on the piano, he chose instead to play a song that nobody has ever heard before which is ‘Horrible Woman’, then there is footage of The Neptunes and Justin in the studio working on that tune from the Justified Studio Session DVD’s. Here is the tune which i’ve edited Years ago for my Justified Studio Session Project that I’ve been workin on.
Justin Timberlake Playing Horrible Woman On ABC
Justin Timberlake Working On Horrible Woman
Robin Thicke was born to be an entertainer. Both of his parents were actors and Thicke got to see first hand what the entertainment world was all about. The 32-year-old R&B singer has finally broken through and begun to establish himself as a bona fide head liner. The Warfield Theater in San Francisco was packed to the rafters in spite of hefty ticket prices and bad weather. The night was started off by a DJ, a mediocre DJ at that. Almost 45 minutes was passed as club mixes of old Michael Jackson songs blasted through the speakers. This is the wrong way to pump up a crowd that was most certainly more sophisticated than the average concert goers. The attire of the night was nearly formal as many thirty something’s on dates flooded the general admission floor and awkwardly watched the DJ.
The lack of a support act came as a surprise as the rest of the set was polished and professional. Thicke emerged on stage decked out in a black button up and a sport coat. The lady killer Thicke knows how to work a crowd. But when he first emerged on stage the first thought is: here comes another Justin Timberlake wanna-be. That idea was quickly shot down as Thicke showed he’s got some serious chops. Careening through his songbook at breakneck speed for the first thirty minutes Thicke finally slowed down and addressed the raucous behavior of the females pressed up against the stage. As a fight ensued for real estate directly beneath Thicke’s mic stand, the crooner showed he can not only sing and act but be a peacekeeper as well.
Getting down on his knees he talked the ladies out of throwing haymakers at one another and the show resumed. The highlight of the night came mid set. Thicke gave a great performance of his mega hit “Shooter,” which was featured on Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter II.” Although Thicke hasn’t yet received all the credit he’s deserved, having spent much of his career behind the scenes serving as writer and producer to some of the biggest names in the business, its now his time to shine. Some may still poke fun at the R&B singer but when he sat behind a piano and the horn section and back up singers left the stage, Thicke showed he has the ability to command the acclaim he deserves. The set was done too quickly and although there were some low points, the memorable high points most definitely outweighed them.
If you’re shivering wherever you are, just be glad you’re not doing it while trekking up the highest mountain in Africa. After the first day of hiking on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania as part of the Summit On The Summit project to raise awareness about clean water, singer Kenna called MTV News from his satellite phone on Thursday (January 7). He says conditions at base camp are already more challenging than he ever imagined. “Everything’s great,” said Kenna, who attempted and failed to make it to the 19,340-foot summit of “Kili” five years ago this week. “It was a bit harder than I expected. ... The route we took was more difficult, with more rocks. We had to cross a river a few times, and there were more ups and downs than the first time I did it.”
Questlove tweeted this video, live from 30 Rock studios, of The Clipse rehearsing their song “Grindin’” with The Roots.
Kenna, Lupe and Crew started their climb to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro today. We will get you updated daily whats going on at the Kili. Wish them luck!!, in the meanwhile MTV is going to new heights for the documentary ” Summit On The Summit.” They will capture the quest of a handful of actors and activists to scale Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa. The 90-minute doc will air March 14 at 9 p.m. The seven-day event is meant to raise awareness of the global clean water crisis, among other social causes. Participants include Jessica Biel, Lupe Fiasco, Santigold, Emile Hirsch and Grammy-nominated musician Kenna, who organized the climb. Radical Media, Procter & Gamble and Fury League will produce the docu for MTV. -via Variety
The SOTS Climbers talk about their training regimen.
It looks like Apl De Ap is finally releasing his long awaited solo album which was planned to release back in 2007. Philippines-born Apl De Ap is collaborating with fellow Filipino-American producer Chad Hugo from The Neptunes. He recently disclosed in an interview that he would be collaborating with fellow Filipino-American Chad Hugo of The Neptunes and Illmind from G-Unit to incorporate traditional Filipino instruments into his songs. On January 3, 2009, he debuted the first single, You Can Dream featuring Billy Crawford, from his upcoming album on the internationally broadcast Philippine variety/game show Wowowee.
In August, he released a music video for his second single named Mama Filipina. Apl has brought his Filipino culture into his collaboration with the Black Eyed Peas. He explains his life story in a song called “The Apl Song” on the Peas’ 2003 album Elephunk, which includes a full chorus in Tagalog sampled from the Asin song “Balita.” The accompanying video, which includes cameos by fellow Filipino-Americans Dante Basco and Chad Hugo, is also a tribute to the Filipinos who fought for the U.S. in World War II; the song reached number one in the Philippines.
Members of PKE pose with Chad Hugo
Recorded with members of Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble for Apl.de.Ap of the Black Eyed Peas, March 2007. Second session for Apl. with Chad Hugo at the Record Plant in Hollywood, June 2007.
Apl De Ap – The Apl Song (Behind The Scenes)
Usher’s anticipated album “Raymond VS. Raymond,” the album the singer spent months in Las Vegas recording, has leaked. Featuring collaborations with both T.I. and Pharrell, in addition to the currently in rotation single ‘Daddy’s Home‘ with Plies, sources say “Raymond VS. Raymond” appeared online. Usher is not the first artist to suffer a major leak this month, he follows Grammy Award-winner Lil’ Wayne, whose album “Rebirth” made its way to fans over a month prior to its release.
“Raymond VS. Raymond” is however, a significant leak considering the fact that it was due to be released in either February or March with just a few songs spotted online like the Nicki Minaj featured “Little Freak“. “Raymond VS. Raymond” was originally due for release fall 2009 but was later pushed back. Issuing a statement in November 2009, Usher’s management told Reuters “This is a solid album that we believe in. We want to give it a proper launch.” And it seems like The Neptunes got 1 track on the album, which is ‘Certified feat. Pharrell’.
Usher – Raymond VS. Raymond (2009) (February 1st)
01 – Papers
02 – Cruisin’
03 – Secret Garden
04 – Radar
05 – At The Time
06 – Certified feat. Pharrell
07 – Cutter Off
08 – Echo
09 – One Hand
10 – Rock Band
11 – There Goes My Baby
12 – Traffic
13 – What They Gon Say
14 – Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home)
15 – In My Bag feat. T. I.
16 – More
17 – Blockin’
18 – The Realest One
19 – She’ Got It
20 – She Don’t Know
Usher – Certified feat. Pharrell
While ‘Malice‘ is some of the most ear-catchy Snoop Dogg in years, sporting collaborations with Lil John, The Dream and R. Kelly, the album debuted at a disappointing No.23 on the Billboard 200, Snoop’s lowest debut ever. It, however, remains in the Top Ten on Billboard’s Hip-Hop & R&B Albums Chart, and sits at No. 3 right behind Jay-Z’s ‘Blueprint 3′ on the Rap Album Chart. “I was like, dayum, I got to write another song about you. You on my mind on this album,” Snoop says of the second Shante-dedication, ‘Special.’ While not his first collaboration with Pharrell and “Skateboard P“s production team The Neptunes, ‘Special‘ marks his first collaboration with first cousin and R&B talent Brandy.
“To me, Pharrell‘s best gangsta record that he made for me was ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot,’ Snoop says, “I don’t miss when me and him make R&B records together. From ‘That Girl‘ to ‘Beautiful‘ to ‘Perfect,’ everything we do on the R&B tip sounds beautiful. I was like, ‘I want an R&B song because I need to maximize. I don’t need no hard song, I need something that feels good that people can play and hear over and over again.’ And that what that record is — it’s like a wedding song.”
Snoop Dogg – Special feat. Pharrell & Brandy
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