Yesterday, we photographed Pharrell Williams and the guys from N.E.R.D for our September issue. Working with Pharrell is never disappointing. He brings so much energy and passion to everything he is involved in—on set, he kept everyone entertained and engaged with his humor and dynamic sense of style. N.E.R.D.’s on a psychedelic trip for their new album and their style has gone a bit tribal. So we thought, what better than to look to Mongolian tribesman and Native American witch doctors for inspiration?
I was feeling inspired by these Mondino portraits… Needless to say, we pulled tons of fur pieces, which made for lots of fun in the fashion closet while we were prepping the shoot the night before. Obviously, Pharrell’s look wasn’t quite so heavy. And all the guys added their own eclectic sense of style to the shots, which allowed us to capture something really unique. I can’t wait to share them with you in September.
Pharrell Williams knows just about everyone. He knows MIA, obviously, but he also happens to know Lynn Hirschberg. We had the chance to break the news to him about the pretty entertaining spat that’s brewing between the New York Times writer and her latest subject over this article, and his reaction is also pretty entertaining. Before we even explained the details of Maya’s Twitter antics to him, Pharrell exclaimed, “She’s an OG!” at the very mention of Hirschberg’s name.
After hearing the story, Williams, who was delightfully shocked, said bluntly. “She fucked with the wrong person.” We agreed, but then wondered if he meant Lynn Hirschberg, or MIA. “MIA, man! Do you have any idea how much weight Lynn pulls!?” We’re pretty sure he was making a joke, but if anyone would know that, it’d probably be Pharrell.
Here is Alyssa Bernal’s latest Youtube video performing the ‘Here You Are‘ tune from her upcoming album with her new band!
N*E*R*D has been on the Morning After Show With Angela Yee where Pharrell confirmed that he’s working on Rhea’s band’s album called “Jealous LoveR” and that Shae has signed Mansions On The Moon & Christian Rich, check out the Radio Rip, thanks to SLRS.
N*E*R*D On Morning After Show With Angela Yee (10′)
Angela Yee & Rhea
Mansions On The Moon
The vagabond known as Kanye West finally reappeared in the United States this past weekend in Soho with Virgil Abloh and Don C. Later that night Kanye, Kid Cudi, and Plain Pat all hit up the CV Lounge and previewed four new tracks from West’s upcoming album. Now from what I hear from my sources, everyone at the listening session was sworn to secrecy, but this is what we do know. Rumor has it that the name Good Ass Job, may not even be the name of the album. There is a title of the album floating around which has been sworn to secrecy by Ye’s inner circle, but Good Ass Job, which West said would follow Graduation in previous albums and live shows, might not be the name of the album after all. Another tidbit which was heard about Kanye’s album is that one of the tracks that was premiered at the CV Lounge this weekend was a joint called “That’s My Bitch,” we can only assume that song is an ode to Ye’s muse, Amber Rose.
DJ Premier, DJ Semtex, and Pharrell are all also some of the people who can testify to the new direction of Mr. West’s music and all have had the same sentiments about Ye coming back to “shock” people. Pharrell is quoted with saying: “I had the chance to listen to the new Kanye West album. I think that people are going to be shocked. His precedent was crazy, this new one goes even farther.” DJ Semtex agrees with Pharrell sentiments stating, “All I can say is it is banging. If that’s a taste of what’s coming on the album, he has smacked it. Lyrically….he is saying things like, ‘Wow, he said that?’ It is going to shock everybody, the first record.” Also there are rumors circulating that Kanye will perform his new single at his June 8th fundraiser in Chicago, which also happens to be his birthday. The plot thickens…
Updated: May 18th
Pharrell dressed down in denim shorts and a BBC jacket at the glitzy Vanity Fair and Gucci party honoring director Martin Scorsese during the 63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cannes, France, on Saturday (May 15). Skateboard P mingled with the rich and famous, including Naomi Campbell, her billionaire boyfriend Vladimir Doronin, and director Oliver Stone
N*E*R*D In Cannes
Since releasing his mixtape earlier this year, the first release since his debut album, Asher Roth hopes to follow in the footsteps of his producer Pharrell. “When you go and work with people, you never know if you’re going to have good chemistry, but Pharrell is a very smart person and very versatile,” he said. “He was just fun to be around and I’m all about working in a fun environment.”
Very funny interview right here.
This is another Neptunes track from her debut album Show & Prove (2008) called ‘Till The Morning‘, but the tune was given to Mary J. Blige for her ‘Growing Pains’ (2007) album and is slightly different then the Mary J. Blige version, thanks to goobersnattch.
Natasha Ramos – Til The Morning
Mary J. Blige – Til The Morning
Earlier this year, Sean was named one of XXL’s Freshmen 10, and MTV News caught up with the Detroit rapper on the set of the cover shoot for the magazine’s buzzed-about issue. Sean opened up about his upcoming project (still without a release date), saying it represented more to him than just getting on. “I’m calling it Finally Famous because, basically, that’s how I live,” Sean explained. “I feel like when you’re famous for something, you’re being recognized for it. I threw that ‘finally’ in front of it just to symbolize and point out the struggle that I always had to go through.””Man, it’s unreal. I used to tell people that I used to ride to high school listening to Kanye,” Sean recalled.
“Listening to people like Pharrell, and looking up to people like L.A. Reid, so getting a chance to know them now, to work with them, to do business, that’s unbelievable. It’s like super dream come true.” The “Supa Dupa” MC’s debut will feature collaborations with most of his G.O.O.D. family, as well as Drake and The-Dream, but he was excited about a track he recorded with Pharrell called “Donald Trump.” “ ‘Donald Trump‘ is more inspirational. It’s just about, like, reaching a certain point of success. Like Pharrell is singing on the hook, ‘I’m trying to stuff it till I can’t get no more/ I’m talking Donald Trump level.’ He’s not even necessarily talking money — he’s talking knowledge and power and all of that.”
Big Sean – Donald Trump feat. Pharrell (Snippet) (08′)
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