Chamillionaire freestyled of Lupe’s I’m Beaming from Chamillionaire’s newest mixtape ‘Major Pain’, check it out.
Bapesta1, our forum member recently bought the new kicks of GAP from The Harajyuku GAP Store in Japan, a collaboration between N.E.R.D. x GAP x Bionic Yarn for $30.00, check out the pics.
Queen Latifah, Pharrell and Diddy spearheaded BET’s “SOS Save Ourselves: Help For Haiti” telethon Friday night (February 5) at Miami’s American Airlines Arena, encouraging viewers to donate to the quake-ravaged island. From the onset, the mood was upbeat, thanks to Wyclef Jean’s opening performance of “Hold On” with Mavado. ‘Clef — who told the audience he wanted to teach them “Creole 101? — also brought out Haitian MCs to rap along. Later, he celebrated his homeland’s culture in an energetic mini-set that started off with him and Akon performing “Sweetest Girl.” ‘Clef then said since he was in Miami, he wanted to do a remix. Haitian singer Black Dada came out and started singing the hook to his single “I’mma Zoe.” Then, Wyclef’s artist Haitian Fresh came out. The performance ended with everyone waving Haitian flags.
The tone of the night’s performances ranged from inspirational, with powerhouse vocalists Mary J. Blige and Jazmine Sullivan singing “We Gonna Make It,” to fun, with Justin Bieber and Ludacris uniting for “Baby” (the Biebs gave a gracious salute to Haiti by singing parts of “One Less Lonely Girl” in French). Robin Thicke did a pitch-perfect rendition of Marvin Gaye’s “Mercy Mercy Me,” and Keri Hilson performed her Billboard smash “Knock You Down.” Hilson delivered a message to the crowd after her song: “No one is paid to be here. We’re all here from the bottoms of our hearts. We’re all brothers and sisters in Christ. No one is exempt. We can all do something.”
Busta Rhymes brought a brand-new, Haiti-themed song to the telethon. Although the rap vet did not announce the title, he rapped with clarity and conviction. “While my heart is racing and I address the topic,” Rhymes rapped. “What’s the reason they facing something so catastrophic/ While I search for answers and balance my thoughts equal/ All I can come up with is God is testing the people/ It’s so incredible to witness the strength of the righteous/ And the clearest example of how we come together in crisis.” Another powerful lyricist, Nas, also took to the stage. He performed “The Strong Will Continue” with Damian Marley, from their upcoming Distant Relatives LP. “This is for the strong,” Nas yelled. “This is for Haiti!”
Although a serious cause brought celebrities from all entertainment fields together to remake ‘We Are The World‘, it didn’t mean they didn’t have a good time in the studio. And the source of much of that good time was Vince Vaughn, who kept the participants in stitches during the session. “Vince Vaughn is the coolest dude. He is hilarious,” Robin Thicke told MTV News. “He’s probably the smartest person in the whole room — even though he seems like a funny guy, he is brilliant. Me and Kid Cudi and Trey Songz and Tyrese, we were all cracking up with Vince Vaughn having a great time.”
Thicke enjoyed laughing with Vaughn without the pressure of having to worry about singing solo. “No, I didn’t have a solo part,” he explained. “I showed up as part of a chorus. It’s hard to take Barbra [Streisand's] parts from her.” However, Thicke emphasized that the recording session was not just about hanging out and mingling, but about helping those in need. “It was just amazing, because as artists we’re always so selfish about videos and our tours and making money off it,” he said. “[The recording session] was a really unselfish endeavor …
and to see Snoop Dogg and Lil Wayne and Jeff Bridges and Celine Dion and Barbra Streisand all in the same 10 feet and all of singing ‘We Are The World‘. “And the great thing was for artists like myself and Kanye and Jamie Foxx, we all grew up watching ‘We Are The World‘ when we were kids and idolizing Michael and Prince and Springsteen, so for us to be the new ‘We Are The World‘, I think we were all kind of relishing it. We were all like kids in there and to be able to something good with our talents was for the right reasons.”
Chrisette Michele Payne (27) known professionally as Chrisette Michele, is an American R&B and soul singer–songwriter on the Island Def Jam Music Group. Michele was born in Central Islip, New York, and grew up in Patchogue to parents who worked as deacons to their church. This connection inspired her to reflect on childhood memories in her own debut album. She sings in a jazz style reminiscent of singers such as Esther Phillips, Sarah Vaughn, Jill Scott, Macy Gray, Erykah Badu, and Ella Fitzgerald. Chrisette already released 2 studio albums. She’s been recently in Miami with The Neptunes to work on her 3rd Studio Album (Untitled). According to Jerry “Mr. Live-N-Direct” Bagley‘s Blog, who was in the studio while Pharrell & Chrisette Michele have been working, the track they did is called ‘Dancing Shoes’ and Jerry “Mr. Live-N-Direct” Bagley also revealed how they came up with the tune and inspired them for the record. Here is what Jerry “Mr. Live-N-Direct” Bagley wrote on his blog from the Pharrell &
Chrisette Michele’s Session.
“My schedule for my first full day in Miami was to go into the studio with legendary, multi-platinum and super-producer from The Neptunes, Pharrell. I was doing a behind the scenes look at how Pharrell actually nurtures artists and gives them guidance and direction when he’s actually sitting down and constructing a beat for them. Putting together a track and producing the record is more than just tapping drum pads and playing piano riffs for an artist when you’re describing Pharrell. Pharrell actually becomes one with the music. He can esthetically see the music in full color as it’s being created. It’s like the music has a life of it’s own. Watching him work was like watching poetry in motion. A master at work. It was inspiring.”
“And I was blessed with the opportunity to be in this particular recording session with Pharrell and one of the hottest up and coming R&B Divas and superstars in the making, Chrisette Michele. Seeing the two musicians bounce ideas off each other creatively was magical. It was like watching one of those old karate flicks where you had the teacher and his student trading ancient Chinese proverbs. But Pharrell wasn’t a teacher in a negative or condescending way, but more of a teacher in regards to creating a path to show Chrisette, I’ve been there and done that. Take this risk with me. Let’s test the boundaries of the creative process and take it somewhere we haven’t gone before. Chrisette became this living, breathing canvas open to the art of music and all of it’s wonderful colors. And the masterpiece that was created musically was “Dancing Shoes“.”
“One of the most poignant and memorable moments for me in the studio with Pharrell is when he went “digging” in the crates and pulled out a classic Minnie Ripperton record called “Reasons” and played it in the studio. The reason he played it was to show you how a singer could take life’s hardships and put it into their music by singing about it, but at the same time being inspired and able to overcome those adversities through the words that they actually sing. It was a powerful moment. And just to show you the range that Pharrell has, he played two totally different songs he produced recently. One for a major superstar male R&B singer that was lush with R&B vocals and instrumentation, while the second was for a super-huge female pop superstar (who I can’t say who) that was totally left field on some Lady Gaga shit with that Neptunes feel to it. Way out the box.” Can’t wait to hear this collabo right here and check out Minnie Riperton’ Reasons from 1974what a great tune from her R.I.P., thanks to Fantastical.
Chrisette Michele – 3rd Studio Album (2010)
- Dancing Shoes
Minnie Riperton – Reasons (1974)
This is the tune that inspired Pharrell while working on ‘Dancing Shoes‘ for Chrisette Michele.
The hip-hop heavyweights urged Swizzy to check out the French electronic duo, whom he sampled for Jay-Z’s On To The Next One.’ Even before Jay-Z’s Blueprint 3 dropped, fans had already gravitated to the Swizz Beatz-produced “On To The Next One.” The popular three-second sample loop on the hook leant itself to a head-nodding and sound-system-bumping experience. And ever since the video kicked off the new decade, the song’s hook has been on repeat on radio. But the funny thing is, the sample doesn’t say “on to the next one.” It’s actually looping the words “under the spotlight.” The song samples Justice’s 2007 hit “D.A.N.C.E.,” and Swizz said he never would have created Jay’s club banger without the urging of Pharrell Williams and Q-Tip.
“To be honest, Q-Tip and Pharrell put me onto Justice,” Swizz told MTV News. “We had a long conversation on the phone, and they were like, ‘Yo, you need to get onto this Justice joint.’ I knew the sound, but I didn’t know the name of the sound that I was liking. They were calling me back, like, ‘Yo, did you get the Justice stuff yet?’ Nah, nah, I’m on it. I was on vacation or something, and they called me again, and they were like, ‘Yo, did you get the Justice joint? We’re going to stay on top of you!’ “ Swizz said he was vaguely familiar with the song, but he wasn’t aware of the French electronic duo, made up of Gaspard Augé and Xavier De Rosnay.
Pharrell and Q-Tip felt Swizz was the only person who could flip Justice’s song for a beat. Once he finally heard the track, he called Pharrell in excitement. ” ‘Yo, I got it! I got the joint! I already hear 10 things I could do with it,’ “ Swizzy recalled saying. “I did 10 of them, literally, but then ‘On To The Next One’ was the least complicated one that I did. It was something that would easily fit into the system but still got the bounce, and it still gives Jay space to do his thing, even with the sample behind him through the whole song. It gave me a chance to be able to rock the chorus. It was a perfect fit.”
Jay-Z – On To The Next One (Swizz Beatz)
Justice – D.A.N.C.E. (Jay-Z’s ‘On To The Next One Sample)
The new Star Trak Site is finally up with some nice features and a brand new forum, don’t forget to sign up for it because you might get the chance to talk with Star Trak Artists & Co. such as Clipse, Alyssa Bernal, Chester French, Fam-Lay, Kenna, Robin Thicke & Teyana Taylor to mention a few, and not too long ago D.A. from Chester French logged in on the forum and told us that Chester French are about to start recording their sophomore album and they’re thinking about doing a Chester French & Clinton Sparks – Jacques Jams, Vol. 2 !! I can barely wait for the mixtape, Volume 1 was The Mixtape Of 2010!
“…where we’re about to start recording our sophomore album. Now that I have a password and username I’ll try to stop by these boards now and then and see what’s in the ether. Hopefully we’ll have Chester French & Clinton Sparks – Jacques Jams, Vol. 2 in the next 6 months. You never know though. These things can take time!…”
The Youth View Awards will take place Saturday, February 6th, at The National Indoor Sports Center in Kingston. The YVAs are a people’s choice awards that offers a creative vehicle for Jamaican teens and young adults’ voices to be heard. The categories included favorite celebrity in entertainment, fashion, sports, and the coveted award of celebrity role model of the year.
Teyana Taylor – His Eye On The Sparrow (Cover)
Unfortunately, Common and Mos Def didn’t win Best Rap Album of 2010, instead Eminem’s ‘Relapse’ won, a good album, and check out former Star Trak Artist Slim Thug at the Grammy’s on the red carpet with a fresh new nerdy look lmao.
Best Rap Album
Common – Universal Mind Control
Eminem – Relapse (Winner)
Flo Rida – R.O.O.T.S.
Mos Def – The Ecstatic
Q-Tip – The Renaissance
Update: December 4th, 2009
Common’s ‘Universal Mind Control’ gets a Grammy nomination for the ‘Best Rap Album’ as well as Mos Def’s ‘The Ecstatic’ which represents Chad Hugo’s massive ‘Twilite Speedball’.
Best Rap Album
Common – Universal Mind Control
Eminem – Relapse
Flo Rida – R.O.O.T.S.
Mos Def – The Ecstatic
Q-Tip – The Renaissance
Common – Universal Mind Control (2008)
01 – Intro feat. Joëlle Ndiaye
02 – Universal Mind Control feat. Pharrell (The Neptunes)
03 – Punch Drunk Love feat. Pharrell & Kanye West (The Neptunes)
04 – Make My Day feat. Cee-Lo (Mr. DJ)
05 – Sex 4 Suga (Neptunes)
06 – Announcement feat. Pharrell (The Neptunes)
07 – Gladiator feat. Pharrell (The Neptunes)
08 – Changes feat. Muhsinah & Omoye Assata Lynn (Mr. DJ)
09 – Inhale (The Neptunes)
10 – What A World feat. Chester French (The Neptunes)
11 – Everywhere feat. Martina Topley-Bird (Mr. DJ)
12 – Punch Drunk Love feat. Pharrell (Remix) (The Neptunes)
Mos Def – The Ecstatic (2009)
- Twilite Speedball (Chad Hugo)
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