We’ve heard G.O.O.D. Music camp members Consequence, Kid Cudi and Big Sean talk about their family’s grand scheme of making September 14 “G.O.O.D. Music Day.” Kanye West and his three signees are all supposed to drop albums that day. But will there be another name added to the fold? The Clipse’s Pusha T. is putting out his first solo mixtape, The Fear Of God, that day as well, raising speculation that he’s doing it as part of the Louis Vuitton Don’s roster. “That’s just a good day,” Pusha told MTV News on Wednesday night in New York at an EA Sports event to promote the game “Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit.” “A great day for music, but it’s a ‘good’ day,” he said, slyly repeating the word. “I mean, you know. I been to Hawaii.
Hawaii is a nice place. Good music is made down there, ya know. So, yeah, I was there. I can’t say too much about that. I think everybody’s gonna be in for a big surprise. A very big surprise.” Hawaii, of course, has been the primary location where Kanye has been making albums for the past several months with his roster of artists. When Pusha was asked straight up if he is signing with West, he answered with a grin, “Who’s to say, man? But the Pusha T. solo album is definitely coming out.” His LP won’t be out until February at the earliest. Right now, the focus is on The Fear Of God. The VA native is recording both projects simultaneously however. “I just feel like, you know, everybody’s waiting on it,” Pusha said about going solo. “I think it’s time to expand the Re-Up Gang brand.
Here is a picture of Hype Williams’ ‘Rock Star (Poser)’ Version from 2002.
Here is The Neptunes produced CDS from 1994 by Blackstreet including some of Teddy Riley remixes.
Blackstreet – Tonight’s The Night (CDS) (1994)
01 – Tonight’s The Night feat. SWV & Tammy Lucas (Album Mix)
02 – Tonight’s The Night feat. SWV & Craig Mack (Rain Remix Radio Edit)
03 – Tonight’s The Night feat. SWV, Craig Mack & Screwface (Brand New Remix B2)
04 – Tonight’s The Night feat. SWV, Craig Mack & Screwface (Brand New Remix B2) (Extended Mix)
05 – Tonight’s The Night feat. SWV & Craig Mack (Brand New Remix B3)
06 – Tonight’s The Night feat. SWV (Brand New Remix B3) (No Rap)
Total Size: 43,05MB
Swedish House Mafia’s One, which features a vocal contribution from Pharrell Williams, is shaping up to be one of the biggest dance anthems of the summer, and our sister magazine Future Music recently got an exclusive insight into the production of the track. Discussing Pharrell’s vocal, Mafia man Steve Angello says: “We had a Pharrell acappella that me and Seb [Ingrosso, fellow SHM member] had recorded in Australia for another track that we wanted to do over a year ago. We took that and tried it on One and it worked. Well, it worked after Axwell [third Mafia man] Melodyne’d the crap out of it!”
“We had one phrase that we had from Pharrell and we made it into a whole song,” explains Axwell, with Angello adding that “it’s kind of old skool, chopping up one vocal and turning it into a whole dance track.” The video for One, which you can watch above, is noteworthy for its prominent use of Teenage Engineering’s forthcoming OP-1, which should raise the profile of this synth/sampler/controller – not to mention the anticipation level ahead of its release – considerably.
The Neptunes didn’t make the final cut on Paul Wall’s 5th studio album, Heart Of A Champion, thanks to Borsboom for the CD Booklet.
Paul Wall – Heart Of A Champion (2010)
01 – Take Notes (Travis Barker)
02 – Showin’ Skillz feat. Lil’ Keke (Travis Barker)
03 – I’m On Patron (Beanz N’ Kornbread)
04 – Round Here feat. Chamillionaire (Beanz N’ Kornbread)
05 – Im’ma Get It feat. Bun B. & Kid Sister (Travis Barker)
06 – Stay Iced Up feat. C. Stone & Johnny Dang (Da Shit Factory At The Hogg Pen)
07 – Pocket Fulla Presidents feat. Andre Nickatina & Mitchy Slick (Beanz N’ Kornbread)
08 – Ain’t A Thang feat. Jim Jones (Travis Barker)
09 – My City feat. Dallas Blocker & Yo Gotti (Beanz N’ Kornbread)
10 – Smoke Everyday feat. Devin The Dude & Z-RO (Beanz N’ Kornbread)
11 – Live It feat. Raekwon, Yelawolf & Jay Electronica (Travis Barker)
12 – Not My Friend feat. Expensive Taste & Slim Thug (Travis Barker)
13 – Still On (Yung Chill)
14 – Heart Of A Hustler feat. Expensive Taste (Travis Barker)
15 – Keep On Pushin’ feat. Unique (Beanz N’ Kornbread)
16 – Posted Up feat. Tum Tum & Big Tuck (Beanz N’ Kornbread)
This is what I call rare, here is the Use Your Heart (CDS) of Sisters With Voices from 1996 including some remixes with Rome, Grampa & Boneyman and one of the first Neptunes Instrumentals ever (Actually it’s the third) with the Acapella ! Enjoy Neptunes Mofos!
SWV – Use Your Heart (CDS) (1996)
01 – Use Your Heart (LP Version)
02 – Use Your Heart (Edit)
03 – Use Your Heart feat. Rome
04 – Use Your Heart feat. Grampa & Boneyman (Rappers Delight Remix)
05 – Use Your Heart (Acapella)
06 – Use Your Heart (Instrumental)
Total Size: 36,25MB
Check out this hilarious video filmed by Chad Hugo joking around with Shae’s latest signee The Mansions On The Moon, thanks to Kwelionis.
He’s created hit songs for himself, others, and his band. He’s also collaborated with a diverse mix of talent from Jay-Z to Gwen Stefani, and has his own clothing lines Ice Cream and Billionaire Boys Club. Talk to Pharrell Williams for five minutes, and you’ll instantly understand his need to work with others, push himself and expand his repertoire. It all comes down to his perception of “the American Dream,” and how he chooses to lives it. “When you read about it in the press, it’s the house with the picket fence, the wife, the 2 ½ kids, two cars, and the pursuit of that but it’s flawed,” The Neptunes producer and frontman of N*E*R*D explained. “It’s based on having something, not chasing something. Most successful people will tell you it’s not what’s in the bank, it’s the journey making it.”
That sort of explains Williams‘ journey. Doesn’t it? The singer, producer, fashion designer, and Huffington Post fan (he notes his “Kidult.com” site aspires to follow the HP model: “tell it like it is.”), has owned the world of pop and hip hop since joining forces with Chad Hugo in the late 1990s to form one-half of The Neptunes. Never satisfied with the status quo, he spent the 2000s establishing himself as a solo artist and drummer/singer for hip-rock group N*E*R*D He’s chosen to dive right into this decade. Williams penned and produced four tracks for the Despicable Me soundtrack (“Minions Mambo” is a personal favorite, as is a track with Robin Thicke), and this September, he and N*E*R*D will release their fourth studio album ironically titled Nothing.
Huffington Post: What was it about Despicable Me that made you want to create original tunes for its soundtrack?
Pharrell: I’m a huge fan of animation. I’ve always loved cartoons and I never let it go even when it was not in vogue to talk about cartoons. I’ve always loved the way I feel when I watch them, so you can only imagine what a dream come true this film at the forefront of 3D technology was for me. When given the opportunity, I jumped on it. I love collaborations, and I love to be the smallest guy in the room. Working with Universal and Illumination Entertaiment, [composer] Hans Zimmer, I was literally the peon in the room. I prefer it that way. I want to learn, and if you want to learn you surround yourself with people who know what to do so you can absorb everything.
How could we miss this. The Neptunes did a remake to ‘Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend’ performed by Beyoncé for Emporio Armani Diamonds fragrance commercial back in 2007. The Video Commercial is directed by Jake Nava. This perfume was created by Thierry Wasser of Firmenich and the fragrance is classified as gourmand-floral. The Emporio Armani PR team says: ‘ We’re using the rose but in a very gourmand way, like a flower that can be eaten’. The perfume is available in 30ml, 50ml and 100ml bottles. The face and voice of the perfume is singer and actress Beyoncé Knowles, to which this is not the first appearance in ads.
The video and ad are in black and white and Beyoncé, together with the bend, sings (and dances,) the famous Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend, which before her sang Marilyn Monroe from the original Broadway production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in 1949, introduced by Carol Channing written by Jule Styne based on a novel by Anita Loos to a 1953 film adaptation of the stage musical starring Marilyn Monroe. Diamonds Fragrance is available online at giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com, thanks to Borsboom.
Beyoncé – Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend (07′)
Beyoncé – Making Of ‘Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend’
Marilyn Monroe – Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend (1953)
‘Despicable Me‘ wasn’t such a bad guy after all, it seems, opening at the top of the box office with an estimated $60.1 million. The first 3-D animated movie from Universal Pictures stars Steve Carell as the voice of Gru, a bumbling villain with plans to steal the moon — until three adorable orphan girls enter his life. Jason Segel, Russell Brand and Julie Andrews are among the star-studded voice cast. Nikki Rocco, head of distribution for Universal, said Sunday that “Despicable Me” far exceeded the studio’s expectations for opening weekend. “Thirty (million) would have been a win for the studio — because it’s a new creative idea, we really didn’t know what we had, so we backed in saying $30 (million),” said Rocco. “I would never have said $50 million-plus.” Rocco believes a number of factors worked in the movie’s favor, including jokes for the kids and more grown-up humor and a warmhearted story for adults. But the tiny, yellow Minions — quirky, pill-shaped creatures who spout gibberish and help Gru carry out his dastardly plans — were appealing to both, and were a huge part of the film’s marketing campaign.
1. “Despicable Me,” $60.1 million.
2. “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” $33.35 million.
3. “Predators,” $25.3 million.
4. “Toy Story 3,” $22 million.
5. “The Last Airbender,” $17.15 million.
6. “Grown Ups,” $16.4 million.
7. “Knight and Day,” $7.85 million.
8. “The Karate Kid,” $5.7 million.
9. “The A-Team,” $1.8 million.
10. “Cyrus,” $1.4 million.
According to some Forum Members (JesseZav, mrmoon3456, Tit4Tat) who had the opportunity to see the movie already (I’ve gotta wait til September) there are more Neptunes productions for the movie including live orchestra versions of the OST Versions and during the end credits, there were songs listed that said produced by Pharrell that are not on the official OST. Here is a list of tunes that won’t be on the original OST including another Neptunes Track performed by D.A. from Chester French. called The Way It Is (Vector’s Theme). That explains the pictures we’ve seen 6 months ago of D.A. being in Hanz Zimmer’s studio. Please note that songs listed here (and in the movie credits) cannot always be found on CD soundtracks. Please check CD track details for confirmation.
D.A. Wallach – The Way It Is (Vector’s Theme)
Written by Pharrell Williams and D.A. Wallach
Produced by Pharrell Williams of The Neptunes
Courtesy of Star Trak Entertainment/Interscope Records
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
Written by Edward King, Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Tom Jobim – Garota De Ipanema
Written by Antonio Carlos Jobim (as Antonio Jobim), Vinicius de Moraes (as Vinicius De Moraes)
Barry Manilow – Copacabana
Written by Barry Manilow, Jack Feldman, Bruce Sussman
Performed by Various Studio Musicians
Courtesy of Stingray Music
The UK super producers, whose real names are Will Kennard and Saul Milton, have worked with a host of music A-listers, including the Umbrella star, and admit they often have to pinch themselves. “It was surreal at one point when we were in the studio in London with Rihanna and Drake turns up and Jay-Z’s there and Pharrell swans in to play her some beats,” said Will. “The studio’s full. They’re all dancing around the middle of the room to these new beats and me and Saul are just playing it real cool and I can’t even look at him in the face, because I know if I do, we’ll just crack.” The duo were behind several tracks on Rihanna’s record, Rated R. They are currently working on their second studio album which is expected to be released in November.
At a Santa Monica recording studio, the closely coiffed, multi Grammy Award-winner, who also helms a clothing line (Billionaire Boys Club Apparel Collection and Ice Cream), cuts a fine, fashionable figure in dark black glasses, a white T-shirt, blue bandana around his neck, blinding diamond studs in both ears and heavily tattooed arms.
The L.A. Watts Times caught up with the affable, 30-something musician with boyish good looks to discuss the process of writing original music for Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s film and how much he enjoyed being “Despicable.”
L.A. Watts Times: How did you become involved in this project?
Pharrell: The music director at the time was Kathy Nelson at Universal Studios. She and I had done “Tokyo Drift” and two “Fast and Furious” projects. She had a project called “Curious George.” She worked with Jack Johnson, and he was able to not only score, but do original songs for the film. And, I was so envious. I was like, ‘Look, you know, I gotta be honest with you.’ Jealous is the word I used, but honestly it was envious. I am such a kid. I eat breakfast cereal at two in the morning when I don’t have much to do the next day. I’m up late at night eating cereal and watching Boomerang cartoons. Boomerang played all of the cartoons I was raised on. You know, Looney Tunes, Bugs Bunny, Daffy and the gang. Also, the Smurfs, which was around ’82 when I was a kid. … That’s a big part of my personality. So, in explaining my affinity for animation and how it would be completely a dream come true to be a part of it, she said, ‘OK, fine, I understand.” Cause she could see in my eyes that I was hurt. Like, ‘Why wouldn’t you ask me?’ You ask me for like hip-hop records. I was saying, ‘Man, don’t you know enough about me. We’re friends. I’m a big, huge kid. I’m the first person you should ask.’ She said, ‘The next thing that comes on my desk, you’re going to be the first person I call.’ And, so, she did, and it was “Despicable Me.”
LAWT: You’ve never written anything depressing, sad or mean. How did you get in a despicable state of mind?
P: When you look at Gru, he’s a guy that has issues. Now that I’m the age, I am I know why personalities are the way they are. They are weathered entities. We’re all just walking molds. You can see what we’ve been through. Gru was much like that. He was so mean, but had a lot of fun. I thought he had a Grinch type of feel. But, you begin to realize the Grinch did it to be dastardly; Gru did it because he thought that was the way, because that’s the way he was treated as a child. He learned to have more enjoyment in being mean to people because he thought that was the only way. It was me, Chris Meledandri (producer), Kathy Nelson and my manager. We were all sitting around in the control room on the couches and I was like, “I’m having a bad, bad day. It’s about time that I get my way.” And, I just thought about it from the perspective of someone sitting in traffic. That’s where Gru’s theme comes from.
LAWT: What is your creative process for this film, versus working with an artist?
P: When I’m producing for an artist, usually I look at them. I usually do deductions. I look at them and deduce what is missing. With this, it is not looking at a personality and choosing out of four or five templates for how a song goes. You gotta figure out a way that when they go down, you feel it.
Doug E. Fresh has been exciting the crowds since he had a curly flattop and a Bally’s jacket — the man just doesn’t age. Not only does he remain a relevant performer 30 years later by touring around the globe all year ’round, but his younger peers are keeping his name on the radio by putting his moniker in their songs. “I’m coming up with new music, I’m in the best shape of my life, I’m real sharp, my energy is strong. I look at it as: I’m just following the energy. That’s how I sum that up.” Fresh is working on a slew of projects to keep up his momentum. “I’m looking forward to doing things with different artists. Me and Pharrell are doings some things. Teddy Riley, Timbaland, probably me and Will.I.Am. It’s gonna be nice, man. It’s a blessing. I’m going to bring in different people who can enhance the energy I’m coming with. I don’t wanna bring in people for name recognition. I wanna get them because the energy lines up. There will probably be some new artists on the project”
Great news right here, Mystikal is back home in Louisiana and the energetic MC says he’s more excited than ever. “Finally. Six years, that ain’t no walk in the park,” Mystikal told MTV over the weekend. “I had a lot of time to do a lot of growing, reflecting and thinking and stuff like that,” he said, talking about the six-year sentence he served on a sexual battery and extortion charge. But since his release from prison at the top of the year, Mystikal has wasted no time getting his career back on track. He added to his busy schedule over the Fourth of July weekend with a performance at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. “To participate in an event like this is awesome,” he said. Mystikal also recently jumped on Lloyd’s “Set Me Free,” performed for his hometown at the Zulu Ball and in front of millions at the “VH1 Hip-Hop Honors,” dedicated this year to the Dirty South.
And he says he’s recorded an album’s worth of material. “Everything is lined up for me, it’s amazing. I didn’t throw pity parties for myself [while in prison]. I knew I was too blessed to be stressed and I knew I was gonna get through it. I’m still on Jive. I still have an obligation to fulfill with them guys,” he said of his record label. “We gonna do it in a major way.” One of the collaborators on Mystikal’s upcoming LP is Pharrell Williams, who with partner Chad Hugo scored the Cajun veteran’s hit “Shake Ya Ass” a decade ago — in the process elevating the Virginia duo’s career to legendary heights. “I just talked to him the other day,” Mystikal said of Pharrell. “He says he got an armored-tank beat for me. I can’t wait to hear what that sounds like.” Lil’ Wayne and Busta Rhymes have already recorded features and the Nola MC is also going to get in the lab with Mannie Fresh.
Mys says once he fully launches his comeback, “a lot of rappers are gonna have to go back to the drawing board.” “It wasn’t no big writing sanctuary, but I was able to put some stuff together,” he said about his time away. “I feel like I’m doing more writing now than I did there. Y’all about to be real proud.” As for his versatile flow, Mystikal insisted he didn’t have to worry about finding it again. “I ain’t never lose it,” he smiled. “I was rapping in that place. I was doing benefit concerts for American Cancer Society and MDA [Muscular Dystrophy Association].” Once released, the Southern MC behind hits such as “Danger” and “The Man Right Chea” said he was humbled. “I kissed the floor and hugged the mic and held it so gently to me,” he recalled of getting in the studio for the first time in more than half a decade. “That was with KLC from Beats by the Pound who was on No Limit with me. He was the guy I learned how to record demos with way back when I was just starting in this game. It was a wonderful feeling.”
Pharrell teamed up with Sound Check to discuss his ‘Despicable Me’ scoring where he revealed that by working on the new N*E*R*D album ‘Nothing’ he’s been influenced of scoring Despicable Me and he also revealed that they still work on ‘Nothing‘, that could be the reason why the album has been delayed so often, check out the Interview.
Pharrell x Sound Check Interview
Super-producer and N*E*R*D mainman Pharrell Williams stepped way outside of the box for his Despicable Me soundtrack, and the results are nothing short of spectacular. Pharrell mixes a sunny bounce with his otherworldly sonic sensibility for a collection of tunes that’s funky, fiery and just plain old fun. It was a dream of Pharrell’s to work on such a project, and he couldn’t be more stoked about it. He’s worked with everyone from Justin Timberlake to Gwen Stefani, but no one was quite like the Despicable Me’s animated mainman, Gru (voiced by Steve Carell). Pharrell created quite the score for the whacky adventure that Gru embarks upon too.
In the exclusive video feature below, Pharrell discusses working on the soundtrack, the incredible experience of composing in Hans Zimmer’s compound and so much more. At one point, he announces, “I am the luckiest guy in my profession,” and the video illuminates just how cool Pharrell’s own journey was. If you ever wanted to see how The Neptunes and N*E*R*D genius works this is the perfect video for you! It’s like a tour of Pharrell’s musical mind within the context of Despicable Me. Check out the video below and don’t miss Despicable Me when it hits theaters on July 9th, 2010.
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Here is the Spanish Version of Robin Thicke’s ‘My Life’ produced by The Neptunes an iTunes Bonus Track from the Despicable Me OST performed by David Bisbal (31) a Latin Grammy-winning Spanish pop singer who gained his initial fame as a runner up on the interactive reality television show Operación Triunfo where he was accepted and was one of the 16 finalists. The grand prize was the chance of representing Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 (ESC) competition. He came second in the final losing to Rosa López. He has since released four studio albums, all of which topped the Spanish Albums Chart, in addition to recording a number of live albums. He’s toured throughout Europe and Latin America and is now considered to be a crossover international artist, thanks to Borsboom.
One half of production team The Neptunes, Pharrell Williams partnered with streetwear brand A Bathing Ape / BAPE’s Nigo back in 2005 to launch two lines of luxury clothing, Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream. After working with the likes of Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Gwen Stefani, and Snoop Dogg, Williams went on to develop a jewellery collaboration with Louis Vuitton, further establishing his reputation for working in fashion. Dazed speak to Pharrell Williams about his new line…
Dazed Digital: What do you as a music producer bring to the fashion industry?
Pharrell Williams: If anything, I try to add some of my colours.
DD: What inspired your newest collection?
PW: It’s more simple and catered to everyday culture.
DD: Who do you feel you are trying to appeal to with your label/brand?
PW: Well, I feel like you wear clothes as apart of a movement, individualism, as a mode of expression.
DD: You’ve worked with so many people already, any dream collaborators left?
PW: Alber Elbaz, creative director and designer for Lanvin.
DD: You’ve done the clothes, the music – what can we expect next from you?
PW: Something fun.
Something tells us Pharrell Williams will be a popular visitor on future episodes of ‘Chelsea Lately‘ (weeknights, 11PM ET on E!). He was very complimentary of host Chelsea Handler, and things got a little naughty — to her pleasant surprise. “My stylist, she’s lesbian, and she was asking me if I would ask you if you would be her sperm donor,” said Handler. Pharrell responded, “You don’t want it? … Your eyes, my face — it could be interesting.” She laughed at the suggestion, saying, “I’m not trying to have a baby, OK?” But she did let him cop a feel. Pharrell’s friend had told him that Handler “got a nice butt.” Naturally, he took the opportunity to confirm the rumor.
Pharrell talks about his latest venture, branching into cinema by scoring the soundtrack of Despicable Me, a 3-D animated adventure revolving around a diabolical villain determined to steal the moon.
Blackstarnews.com: Let me start off with a question from FSU grad Laz Lyles who would like to know what it was like creating the score for this animated feature?
Pharrell: I can’t remember the last time that I was doing something creatively that I hadn’t mastered yet, in the sense of familiarity. Mastering, meaning understanding the concept of how it worked. This was something that was brand new, that I’d never done before. This was so new to me, it was like “Whoa!” It was like the next level.
BSN: Laz wants to know what’s been the most unusual sonic inspiration or everyday sound that you’ve incorporated into your music?
P: That’s the thing, I like to use a lot of everyday sounds in my music.
BSN: Nick Antoine asks, what struggles have you had to deal with in your career?
P: I don’t know that there were any struggles. I’m too thankful for the opportunities I’ve had to complain about anything.
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