SOTS Climbers met with Rep. Earl Blumenauer on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. on March 9th to discuss Summit On The Summit and the Global Clean Water Crisis. Justin Timberlake was there when his pal Kenna decided to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. In fact, he encouraged him to do it, and is “bummed” that his schedule didn’t allow him to join his friend on the trek. “Kenna and I, every winter, we find a place to go snowboarding, and we were up on a mountain somewhere, snowboarding,” Timberlake told MTV News. “We got onto the lift, and Kenna was talking about how, before, he had tried to climb Kilimanjaro.”And there, the idea for “Summit On The Summit” was hatched. Unfortunately, due to work conflicts — the trek up Africa’s highest peak was rescheduled several times and ultimately collided with Timberlake’s filming for “The Social Network”
Justin didn’t actually get to make the climb with Kenna. Instead, the likes of Lupe Fiasco and Santigold and actors Jessica Biel, Emile Hirsch and Isabel Lucas made the climb up Kilimanjaro, but Timberlake remained close to the action, getting daily updates on the trek.“I was getting sort of a texting diary from day to day,” Timberlake recalled. “And the one thing I heard was … the hardest part was the last day, obviously, because not only were they climbing from 16,000 to 19,000 feet, but that extra 3,000 was really brutal, because of the altitude. And on top of that, I think they woke up at 2:30 in the morning and had to climb the last 3,000 feet. I heard from all of them that the last 3,000 feet, every breath counted.
Hip-hop producers come and go, but only a handful of them stick around past their buzz to craft actual careers. Only the likes of Timbaland, Kanye West and the like have managed to transcend their initial craft and become multi-talented superstars, mostly by indulging in projects way outside the realm of commercial hip-hop. Such is the case with Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, known professionally as The Neptunes. At the beginning of the millennium, they were an unstoppable force on the radio, crafting funky, Prince-inspired, chart-crushing beats for the likes of Jay-Z (“I Just Wanna Luv U (Give It 2 Me)”), Nelly (“Hot in Herre”), Britney Spears (“I’m a Slave 4 U”) and Mystikal (“Shake Ya Ass”).
Flush with cash and looking to expand their horizons, Williams and Hugo formed N.E.R.D., a sort of funky alt-rock band who dropped their first album In Search Of… on this day in 2002. The album, full of hardcore twitches and stoned ballads, was originally released in 2001 with mostly electronic instrumentation, but the group decided to with a more “live” sound and re-recorded the entire thing. When it finally did hit stores, it got rave reviews and established Williams and Hugo as multi-talented musicians eager to stretch out. In Search Of… gave rise to some big hits for the group (including “Rock Star” and “Provider“) and subsequent N.E.R.D. albums have veered even deeper into prog rock and strange experiments. Still, the group will forever have a place with the immortals because of “Lapdance,” the raunchy, political, swaggerific first single.
N.E.R.D. – Lapdance (Live At Rotterdam Club Watt)
Tiara Wiles 24, Pittsburgh R&B Singer loves Pharrell. In fact she loves him so much she decided to show her love by taking some of her favourite Pharrell songs apart and rebuilding them as her own and she’s done a pretty good job at it too! Tiara’s ‘Phinding Pharrell’ project is an EP featuring 4 original tracks all inspired by Skateboard P.
In more ways than one. Using instrumentals from Pharrell’s 2006 solo album In My Mind as backing tracks the tunes are not only great songs but truly showcase Tiara’s vocal skills and gifted lyrical aptitude. I’ve heard the Ice Cream Version and I gotta say It’s Awesome, so I decided to experiment a bit on the tune by adding Mustage P. on it(05 – So Cold (Ice Cream) feat. Pharrell), btw that coulda go easily as a Neptunes Fake Tune back in 2006, you just have to rename the tune to Tasha with a title like “Tasha – So Cold feat. Pharrell (aka Best Friend) (06′) and you got a fake neptunes demo : D”
Her music is recognizable, yet completely new. It connects funk, neo-soul, R&B, and just about everything else in ways that have never been heard. Its familiarity connects musically, yet it fails every attempt to be pigeon-holed as just one genre—it’s a fusion of several genres which artfully shows her quirky music tastes, which takes inspiration from the music from back in the day. “I get a lot of inspiration from artists from the ‘80’s like, Prince, Morris Day, Vanity 6, and Anita Baker. I know Anita Baker is random to throw in there with the others, but that’s what I am. Random” said Wiles.
There is no doubt to the talents of Pharrell as a producer and unknown rappers have been rhyming over great instrumentals including his for decades to gain notoriety and boost up their own lame lyrics. In Phinding Pharrell however Tiara Wiles has a strong enough talent of her own to shine through the production. Her voice is unusual and interesting without being too quirky or unconventional. This great voice coupled with song writing talent and originality means she has all the tools at her disposal to make it big. Tiara may not actually find Pharrell but anyone listening to this set of tracks will be more than happy they found her.
“Yessir and yes ma’am its me again, your girl Tiara Wiles and I’m here to bring you lovers my newest project Phinding Pharrell. Phinding Pharrell is a series of four songs I made to show my appreciation for the music and sounds of Mr. Pharrell Williams. If you didn’t already know, I digs me some Skateboard P. His style of music is so unique and versatile yet consistent in that he’s been making hits for years! So I took four of my favorite Pharrell songs, took apart his machines and built new ones but kept some of the old parts. And oh yea, and if you happen to see Pharrell tell him I’ve been trying to phind him (cue laugh track) : )” – Tiara Wiles
Tiara Wiles – Phinding Pharrell (2009)
01 – Ice Cream
02 – Here We Go
03 – Jesus Swag
04 – Take It Off
05 – So Cold (Ice Cream) feat. Pharrell (My Edit)
Whats Happening y’all, theres a new fakeass Pharrell Twitter around (again) on twitter.com/ImPharrell, so do not believe the hype people thats not really Pharrell’s twitter. I would care less if i didn’t see Alyssa Bernal thinkin thats Pharrell’s twitter. I gotta quote Kerry by saying ‘How sad have you got to be to pretend to be somebody else on twitter’
Alyssa sweetie ,don’t believe the Hype, It’s not Pharrell!
Queen Latifah is on the prowl for baby-blue party decorations. She’s hosting the upcoming baby shower for Precious star Paula Patton, who is pregnant with her and hubby Robin Thicke’s first child, a boy. So what does Latifah have planned? “It’s going to be pretty intimate,” Latifah tells me. “Not too crazy. Just close family and friends.” Patton is reportedly due in May. “She’s my buddy,” said Latifah, who costars with Patton and Common in Just Wright, an upcoming romantic comedy set in the world of basketball. “I love her. I’ve been watching her baby grow from the beginning.”
Look for some musical gifts to be on the baby registry. Are they expecting the little guy to be musical? “He will be,” Thicke assured me.“He will sing,” Patton said, adding with a laugh, “Look, no pressure!” Latifah has her gift picked out. “I have some work to do, but I’m not getting her clothes,” she said. “I have a special gift that I’m excited about.” And no, she won’t be called Aunt Queen or Aunt Latifah. She’ll be using her real name instead. Latifah smiled: “I’m Auntie Dana.”
Just Wright (Trailer)
Kenna, Vashtie, Lupe Fiasco, Emile Hirsch & Co. have been in New York at the Goldbar and afterwards on the Larry King Live Show to raise awarness for the Global Clean Water Crisis.
Kenna & Lupe Rockin’
Left To Right: Alex Mundt, Emile Hirsch, Lupe Fiasco, Santigold, Wold Zemedkun, Elizabeth Gore, Dr. Greg Allgood, Rep. Earl Blumenauer and Kenna pose on the Washington, Capitol Steps.
Kenna, Jessica Biel & Emile Hirsch On Larry King Live
Directed By Illusivemedia.
Here is the Proper Version of ‘I Apologize’ by the UK Girlgroup ‘Hope’, produced by The Neptunes from the Studio Session back in 2008 for their debut album leaked by Raquelle Gracie on her Twitterpage. Raquelle Gracie was one fifth of British girl group Hope. They reached the semi-finals and came 5th in the competition. Following this endeavor, the girls went on tour with the X-Factor, playing huge venues and performing in front of sold out crowds often numbering in the tens of thousands of people.
After securing management, the girls then toured with Westlife, Boyzone and Shayne Ward. “Recording with Pharrell was the most surreal and invaluable experience. He is a musical genius and I learnt so much from him. His professionalism and his method of working was inspirational.” Raquelle is now establishing her solo career, not only as a recording artist, but also as a writer and producer. “Its absolutely amazing what you can do from your bedroom with a keyboard, laptop and logic pro!”
N.E.R.D. will join headliner Drake, along with K-OS, and Francis and the Lights on April 30. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday for students only, online at suathletics.com. The students-only buying period ends at 4:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets will be in three sections: reserved seating for front stage and second level, and general admission for the rest. They are $15 for students. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 16, priced at $25.
Although the other artists’ appearances were announced two weeks ago, legality requirements and paperwork delayed the announcement of N.E.R.D. “I think this is a show that people have been waiting for,” said Kevin Manley, co-director of concerts for UU. “They’re incredibly well-respected, people know their music and people love Pharrell. We wanted to make sure we didn’t have too many rappers with DJs,” said Deniece Holley, fellow co-director of concerts for UU. “Even if you don’t like Drake, that doesn’t mean you won’t like N.E.R.D. I like Pharrell. He’s pretty popular,” Dumas said. “I think (N.E.R.D) will do more than enough to keep people’s attention until Drake comes on.”
Because Syracuse University was one of only three schools allowed to book another large group alongside Drake, UU said it was anxious to add N.E.R.D. to the Block Party lineup. “We were surprised at how successful the Girl Talk show was and decided to do something that echoed the same dance party atmosphere,” Manley said. “That considered, it was a no-brainer to bring N.E.R.D. to campus. People are still talking about that show, even though no current undergrad was here for it,” Manley said. “We’re going to have Drake and Pharrell on the same stage. It’s awesome. It’s going to set that standard for people five years from now to talk about.”
Paula Patton is positively glowing as she walks the red carpet at the 2010 Oscars held at the Kodak Theatre on Sunday (March 7) in Hollywood. The Precious actress, who’s expecting a child later this year, was accompanied by her husband, singer Robin Thicke.
He stood by his wife’s side as she went to cheer on Precious. In the meantime, Melanie Fiona’s over six week run on the R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart has officially come to an end thanks to smooth crooner, Robin Thicke. Late last week Thicke’s single “Sex Therapy,” from the album of the same name, rocketed to the top of the chart.
A follow up to hits including “Magic” and “Can You Believe,” “Sex Therapy” is Thicke’s second single to top the chart. It follows the 2007 breakthrough single “Lost Without You“. Thicke’s success wraps up what ended up being a several week strong hold for Grammy nominee Melanie Fiona.
Pharrell vistited Jared Evan (22) this week in the studio to check out some of his new stuff. “Very dope to have Skateboard P interrupt the @JaredEvan session to say he has been hearing so much hot shit he had to introduce himself, Record Plant is popping tonight, we got Skateboard P, Game and Ester Dean in the building”. Jared Evan is an American musician from Nassau County, New York. He is currently signed to Zone 4 under Interscope Records.
Jared Evan Working On Album
Jared Evan Plays Timbaland His Frozen Video
A new documentary film will be released that highlights the legacy, influence, and artistic path created by the legendary 90’s Hip Hop group A Tribe Called Quest. Created by notable actor and avid fan of ATCQ, Michael Rapaport, Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest follows the groups lineage through Hip Hop. Rapaport and his team of film producers have documented over 200 hours of footage, including interviews with Mos Def, Pete Rock, Common, Pharrell Williams and many others. The film is currently in its editing stage, with no current release date set.
Here are The Neptunes March Releases, (sorry i forgot to post the January & February releases though).
Ludacris – Battle Of The Sexes (2010) (March 9th)
Game – R.E.D. (RE-Dedication) (2010) (March 23rd)
– L.A. Girl feat. Chris Brown + 8 Tracks
Memphis Bleek – The Process (2010) (March 23rd)
– Untitled feat. Pharrell
In the intensive care unit at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, 11-year-old Barbara Valencia is watching television from a hospital bed when Liset Alea, a musician from Miami, walks in and asks if she wants to hear a song. Barbara nods but keeps her eyes trained ahead. Alea strums her guitar and sings Perfidia, an old Latin love song, softly in Spanish. Barbara sneaks a glance over. Alea switches to an up-tempo beat, wanting to end on a happy note. ”Everything is going to be all right,” she sings. Barbara shoots her a little smile. After Alea leaves, Barbara dabs at tears in her eyes. ”That was really good,” said Barbara, who is recuperating from a repair to an artery. ”It made me feel happy.”
Alea was there as a volunteer with the new local chapter of Musicians On Call, a New York-based nonprofit that has offered nearly 180,000 patients, family members and healthcare workers the gift of a song since it was formed 10 years ago. Musicians go room-to-room, knocking on doors and asking the patient if he or she wants to hear a song. A quick bedside serenade later, the entertainer is off to spread a three-minute dose of joy to the next patient. ”Our mission is to deliver the healing power of music right to the bedsides of patients,” says Michelle Klinger, program director for the South Florida chapter of Musicians On Call, which was formed in September. Since then the chapter has recruited 20 volunteer musicians and singers to visit patients at two hospitals, Joe DiMaggio and South Miami Hospital. Klinger said she plans to add more venues as her volunteer base increases.
Among the artists who have visited local patients are Latin Grammy winner Jorge Villamizar and hip-hop artist and producer Pharrell Williams, Klinger says. The musicians who take on the gig say it is satisfying for the soul. Last year, Alea performed as a backup singer for Colombian rocker Juanes in her native Cuba, in front of more than a million fans. But there is something so intimate about singing to someone who can benefit so much from a tune, she said. ”It’s the most immediate connection I’ve seen with music and people,” Alea said. ”I strongly believe in music as therapy.” At Joe DiMaggio during Alea’s recent visit, 15-year-old Stephanie Perez lay in a darkened room, crying from the pain of a debilitating headache. After receiving permission to enter, Alea began to gently play chords on the guitar, softly weaving in a few lines from Sway, a 1950s mambo song. Nurse Sherrie Rivera stroked Stephanie’s hand, murmuring softly as the teen quieted.
”She was in so much pain, but I think it did calm her down,” Rivera said later. ”Her heart rate went down,” Katelynn Maltby a patient advocate at Joe DiMaggio, said she also has seen positive results in patients. ”You can see their spirits lift and their eyes get wide. It makes them feel special, like somebody came here just for them and to play just for them,” she said. ”Their smiles are just from ear to ear.” Songs are carefully selected for bedside performances, Klinger says, with special attention given to the lyrics. ”We have to make sure the lyrics are appropriate for the patient, and that there is nothing about death or dying or anything depressing,” she says. ”Our songs have to be uplifting.”
Here are some new pictures of Pharrell and his Tank Chair from hypebeast.com. Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin presents Pharrell Williams’ latest design creation, The Tank Chair, at colette from March 22nd to the 28th and then at the gallery from March 30th to April 24th, by appointment. After making the “Perspective” chair in 2008, designed as a reflection on love, and the work “The Simple Things” in 2009, the fruit of a collaboration with Takashi Murakami, Pharrell Williams tackles the theme of war. Made of Plexiglas and foal or calf, the four models of The Tank Chair are released in a limited edition of eight pieces in each style.
According to hiphopdx.com, Antonio McLendon was almost a Star Trak Artist back in 2008. With a growing fan base behind him and his music, Connecticut R&B singer/song-writer Antonio McLendon has officially released the single “Rather Just Leave (acapella)” through TVA America, LLC. McLendon had gained a buzz a few years back as a former artist on Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Records, even being at the center of a bidding war between Dre and producer/rapper Pharrell Williams of The Neptunes. However, a stint in prison put a hold on his emerging career under Dre’s record label.
Before being incarcerated, Antonio McLendon had collaborated with the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Game, and Smoke of Field Mob. Along with his new single, McLendon can be heard on the hook for Stat Quo’s “Ghetto U.S.A.,” the latest single off his debut album Statlanta. Similar to McLendon, Stat Quo had once been on Aftermath Records before leaving for business reasons.
Antonio Mclendon – I’d Rather Just Leave (Madir Wear)
Check out this very nice article about Alyssa Bernal from Zmarter.com. It seems that discovering new talent using technology and the internet is the coolest trend since celebrities and their accessorized babies. You never know who, out of the thousands and thousands of videos you watch, will be the next to pop up on your television or the radio. I had a similar experience with this new artist back in early 2009, when I was browsing YouTube looking for something new, something fresh. As I’m sure many were with artists like Esmee Denters and Justin Bieber, I was with Alyssa Bernal: thoroughly impressed.
So, least to say it was a wee bit of a surprise when I came back six months later to her YouTube page to see that she was discovered by Pharrell Williams, signed to Star Trak Records, and recording her debut in London. Wait, what!? Having raked in over 7 million channel views on YouTube with 253, 978 subscribers (well, while I write this), it’s clear that Alyssa’s got what it takes to make it big: a warm personality, a gorgeous voice, a love for life and an uncanny appearance to a celebrity*cough think of a name that rhymes with Manessa Dudgens (see Katy Perry & Zoey Deschanel for success story example).
This San-Antonio native launched herself on YouTube back in 2006, and has built a portfolio consisting of covers and a few of her own pieces. One cover, and one of her most popular videos, is of idol Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours”, and I believe was the one that Pharrell watched before he went to snatch this girl up. Alyssa’s got a very pure sound, the kind of voice that’ll make you want to take a road trip or bake colourful confectionery goods (well, maybe that’s just me, but cupcakes and pretty voices seem to go together, kinda like peanut butter and Nutella – they just heal you). If you’re into artists like Jason Mraz, Colbie Callait, Sara Bareilles and Corinne Bae Railey, then you’re gonna like this kid. A lot.
Here is finally the Acapella to Madonna’s 2008 single Give It 2 Me produced by The Neptunes from her ‘Best Of Accapellas’ Compilation, I also added my home made Instrumental that i did back in 2008 but I only leaked it on the neptunes channel on IRC, funny thing about the Instrumental is, people from the bbc radio used this instrumental for some of the background music for their Interviews lol, anyways here it is.
When Sara Bareilles finally finished touring behind her major-label debut Little Voice and sat down to start her next album, she was overcome with one dominant emotion: panic. “There’s that cliché phrase, ‘You have your whole lifetime to do your first record and you have to do your second one overnight.’ I was really torn with the writing,” she admits. Her pal Matt Hales from Aqualung gave her some valuable advice — “You can’t polish a turd, you obviously need more time” — so she scrapped the tunes she’d written over the summer and started from scratch. Though she dismisses her first stabs at the new album as simply “shitty,” early songwriting sessions introduced her to an eccentric slate of potential collaborators, including Mr. Slave 4 U, Pharrell: “I drove up in my bird-shat-on, banged-up Honda Accord, and I was like, ‘Is that your Ferrari outside?’ ”
She jammed with The Roots in New York, and teamed with Weezer at a Los Angeles show (”It was rad, I felt like I joined the band for 4.2 seconds”). She also spent time listening to Phoenix and Kings Of Leon, soaking up what she praises as the “bombastic sonic quality” of Only By The Night. But her most fruitful team-up has been with producer Neal Avron (Fall Out Boy, Say Anything), who has helped her shape the new batch of songs into an uptempo, layered album she describes as “revitalizing,” packed with attitude and sonically darker than her previous work. Bareilles reports she’s a little past halfway done recording the still-untitled album, which is due this summer. And while she doesn’t have any special guests on the LP yet, there’s a standing invitation for Bono, Chris Martin or Beyoncé to pop into the studio. “Lady Gaga, Sir Elton John, Paul McCartney while we’re at it — we’ll bring all the Sirs,” she jokes. “Ben Kingsley — he can be on my record, too.”
Sara Bareilles – 3rd Studio Album (2010) (Summer)
Here is another tune of Fam-Lay’s upcoming mixtape ‘Da Coffin’ (2010) called ‘O Let’s Do It’, a Freestyle over a Wacka Flocka tune (don’t ask me what tune it is).
Fam-Lay – Da Coffin’ Mixtape (2010)
– O Let’s Do It (Freestyle)
– Youinstantly (The Neptunes)
Recent chart-buster Robin Thicke occupies a singular space within contemporary R&B. Many artists avoid overtly sexual songs only to be pigeonholed as neo-soul and left to languish. Robin Thicke, meanwhile, is one of the few who have managed to straddle the line, experimenting with a variety of sounds and subjects while maintaining credibility with both sides. His new album, Sex Therapy, debuted at number 9 on the Billboard charts, a success fueled by collabs with rap’s elite (Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Game, Ludacris). Robin caught up with MOG to chat about his upcoming tour alongside Alicia Keys, back Jay-Z in the great “We Are The World” Debate, reveal an upcoming film role alongside Anne Hathaway, and explain what it’s like to have models lick you all over.
MOG: In your new video for “Sex Therapy” you have really hot models licking your face. Did your wife give you a hard time about that?
Robin Thicke: No, never.
MOG: Do you have any thoughts on the new “We Are The World 2010″? I know Jay-Z said he appreciated the thought behind the song, and giving to a good cause, but he thought they should have created a new one because the original was a classic.
Robin Thicke: I don’t know why there would be any problem with what he said. He’s right, and so are the people who did the song. It should have been a new song; you can’t beat the original. There shouldn’t be any conversation about it. He didn’t say anything wrong. He was just claiming the obvious, that the first one was a classic.
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