T. I.’s label just leaked apparently his newest single Get Back Up featuring Chris Brown of his seventh studio album King Uncaged which is tagged as produced by The Neptunes and bad news out of Atlanta today, T. I. has been sentenced to 11 months in jail for being caught with drugs in his Mercedes Maybach recently in Los Angeles right after his Session With The Neptunes. The rapper had been released from federal custody in March after serving a one year sentence in prison and a halfway house.
You could call Pharrell Williams a mogul. As one half of Grammy-winning production duo The Neptunes, he certainly oversees an empire: When not cutting tracks with superstars like Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Snoop Dogg, he’s collaborating on clothing line Billionaire Boys Club, designing tank chairs and scoring Despicable Me. He can also be found rocking out with his band N*E*R*D, currently promoting a new album, Nothing.
Chicago Timeout: You’re opening for Gorillaz on Saturday, followed by a show with Deadmau5 next weekend. That’s a diverse pair of bookings.
Pharrell Williams: N*E*R*D has always been alternative. We never tour with just rock acts or just hip-hop acts. We keep it fresh and keep people on their toes.
CT: You guys enlisted Daft Punk to produce “Hypnotize U.” As prolific producers in your own right, it must’ve been interesting to let someone else do the job.
PW: It was just a spur-of-the-moment thing. I was just like, man, we gotta put this on. That song is kind of like the future. The album serves as a kind of timeless thing, and that’s something that lives in the future.
“You don’t know America?” Pharrell Williams asks, puzzled. The hip-hop superproducer and N*E*R*D frontman is singing the folk rock group America’s “A Horse With No Name” backstage at the Fox Theatre, following his band’s opening performance for Gorillaz on Wednesday, and he’s shocked at this reporter’s lack of knowledge about the band.
“When you go home, look up America, ‘A Horse With No Name.’ You will be” — he’s now clapping along with each word for emphasis — ” So. Happy.” It turns out that along with churning out some of the biggest pop and hip-hop hits of the last 10 years, including smashes by Jay-Z, Gwen Stefani, Britney Spears and too many others to count, Williams is also a big fan of America. In fact, it’s one of the groups that inspired N*E*R*D’s fourth album, “Nothing,” due out Nov. 2.
“We like making music that we feel like is missing, and right now I would do anything for a new America record, or Crosby, Stills & Nash, or The Doors, or The Moody Blues,” says Williams, 37. “We try to make records like (those artists), but with 808s under them.” N*E*R*D’s opening set for Gorillaz leaned heavily on the group’s new material, and marked a step back from the manic live shows for which the band has come to be known. “We’re known for intense, high energy shows, but this album feels great, so it’s a must we perform it,” says N*E*R*D member Shay, who’s perched on a counter and snacking from a canister of Planters mixed nuts. “It’s meant to be where you can sit down and listen. The music doesn’t command you to get up and jump around.
MC says that if fans want an album from supergroup featuring Kanye West and Pharrell, ‘then we’ll do it.’ The hip-hop supergroup Child Rebel Soldier — a collaborative effort between Kanye West, Pharrell and Lupe Fiasco — has scored buzz with sporadic releases over the past few years. Although they recently dropped “Don’t Stop” as part of Yeezy’s G.O.O.D. Friday series, Lupe maintains the future of the project is at the mercy of fans. When MTV News caught up with the Chicago lyricist in New York last weekend, he said the trio is gauging the feedback to their music and will then decide whether to forge ahead with new tracks.
“We’ll see what the reaction is to [‘Don’t Stop’]. Every time we put out a record, whether it be … that or [N*E*R*D’s] ‘Everybody Nose’ Remix or the original record … ‘Us Placers,’ it always gets a crazy reaction,” Lupe said. “So we just seeing if it’s there, seeing if the demand is there, if people really want it.” However, Lupe also said that the demands of each MC’s individual career may impinge upon the trio’s ability to carve out quality CRS time. “It’s going to take a lot of time to come off our schedules,” the “Superstar” MC explained. “Everybody got albums coming out: N*E*R*D, Kanye’s next album, my album drops in March.”
On the set of her new music video for “Cali, Cali, Cali,” Alyssa Bernal tells Access how Pharell Williams discovered her on YouTube. Also, what’s her connection with teen phenom and fellow former YouTube sensation Justin Bieber and here are the new tunes from Alyssa’s new EP which is available now on iTunes.
Alyssa Bernal – Easy
Alyssa Bernal – Hold Me Tight
N*E*R*D are always wrestling with conflict, whether it’s between popularity and creativity or about their group’s artistic vision. That’s been true ever since childhood friends Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Shae Haley joined forces nearly a decade ago. In the 90s, Williams and Hugo were The Neptunes, the go-to production duo for futuristic club beats.
When N*E*R*D’s debut, In Search Of…, was initially released, it showcased the electronic sound fans had come to expect. But then the band re-recorded it with live instrumentation and re-released it a year later. Since then, N*E*R*D have existed between the worlds of hip-hop, pop and alt rock. Last fall they opened for Jay-Z in Toronto.
It was an experimental moment for the group: they had just welcomed vocalist Rhea and were touting an unfinished album entitled Instant Gratification. This week, N*E*R*D are back, Rhea is out, and so is the title. “This is the microwave era,” says Williams. “We want things right now, we want it hot, we want it for 10 minutes and then we’re on to the next. We decided to make something more timeless by scrapping that whole album and starting again with nothing.” Hence the new title, Nothing. Due in November 1st on Star Trak, it features the raucous party jams for which N*E*R*D are known, with a retro flavour. In describing its sound, Williams references The Doors, The Moody Blues and Crosby, Stills & Nash and talks of string arrangements, fuzzed-out guitar and buzzing amps. Hypnotize U, a slow jam composed with French house gods Daft Punk, is the lone deviation.
“[The album] sounds very vintage, very thrift store-ish,” says Williams. “On the previous two, we were super-experimental and there was a lot of politics involved,” says Haley. “We tried to do things that were suitable for the majority. This time, we cater to them, but ultimately went with our gut feeling, and it feels good.” The record sleeve features a close-up of Williams wearing a feathered military helmet, a visual metaphor for “the inner conflict on the head of every man,” explains Haley. The duo say the album’s 60s-era overtones are timely. “I mean, aren’t we back there at that time now?” Williams asks. “People want peace but at the same time there’s war.” And sometimes conflict can result in the most carefree,
“OK, so we’re at a photo shoot for Paper Magazine yesterday in NYC and a conversation started about Herschel Walker. Apparently, he wakes up in the morning and does about 1000 sit-ups and 2000 push-ups and only eats 1 meal a day. Shae somehow felt that he could do 1000 push-ups in less than 45 minutes. Pharrell & Phillip were the only 2 who believed he could do it. Considering that he just wore his self out and the fact that we don’t think he can do it 2 of us take the bet. Morale of the story, don’t be greedy, he did the 1500 in 22 minutes! He still owes Pusha & FAM $ for the push-ups.”
The new Alyssa Bernal EP is available now on iTunes. Don’t miss out, grab it today, get it Here.
Alyssa Bernal – In Love Again For The First Time (2011)
Producers & Guests: Martin Terefe, Pharrell, KT Tunstall, Jason Wade…
– Hey Love
– Never Woulda
– Cali, Cali, Cali
– Just In Time
– I Found You
– All I Need
– Here You Are
– Raincloud Gray feat. KT Tunstall
– One Of Us feat. Pharrell
– Hold Me Tight feat. Jason Wade
– The Boy
Grammy Award-winning production whiz kid behind The Neptunes and N*E*R*D, the multitalented Pharrell Williams is the central subject of the latest instalment from Man About Town. The editorial piece provides an in-depth interview with man himself, discussing a broad range of topics. The interview is well researched and many background details are given, ensuring a thorough analysis is given that has not been offered in most of Pharrell’s previous interviews. The piece is complemented by some elegant photos, captured by Alasdair McLellan, with a description of the garments worn below each picture.
Shae Haley talks about their innovative sound and finding time to be a band Very few bands deliver a unique experience with every release. N*E*R*D is one of those few. The genre-bending trio—Chad Hugo, Pharrell Williams and Shae Haley—has been producing an energetic hybrid of hip-hop, alternative rock and funk since 2001. Their albums In Search Of …, Fly or Die and Seeing Sounds have collectively sold more than a million copies and garnered critical acclaim. But for N*E*R*D, sharing their music is just as important as making it. “Next to creating an album, our live performance is what we solely concentrate on,” says Haley, the vocalist.
“We’re such an eclectic band and our objective [is] to come with loads and loads of energy throughout our live performance. We dedicated a lot of time and energy to our show. That’s like our signature. When you come to a N*E*R*D show, you know you’re going to get an energetic experience.” The band has been busy this past year creating its fourth studio album, Nothing. Tinkering with a number of ideas and collaborations, N*E*R*D has been trying to pioneer an innovative sound. “When you listen to the radio, a lot of the songs sound the same,” Haley says. “We always wanted to be left from center and we’ve always wanted to cut a path and lead a trail for others to follow.
That’s been the goal and we’ve done it effortlessly as it is instinctively in us, but it has always been our mission.” Ultimately, Haley says that they are excited to perform the music they have been working on. “Creating is fun,” Haley says. “But going out and seeing the reaction of your fans or people who never even heard of you and end up admiring you after their first N*E*R*D show is an indescribable feeling.” What is more impressive is how the trio have other side projects, but somehow find the time to come together like Voltron.
Pharrell Williams says N*E*R*D fans can expect “a departure” when the group’s fourth album, “Nothing,” comes out Nov. 2. Though fronted by the playful, club-friendly single “Hot-N-Fun,” featuring Nelly Furtado, Williams – who founded the group with Neptunes production partner Chad Hugo and Shay Haley – says the rest of the album is a bit more serious in tone. “We needed to align ourselves and make ourselves parallel and congruent with what society is feeling,” Williams tells Billboard.com. “There’s a lot going on and a lot of things people don’t necessarily understand. We have a Tea Party. We have conservative Democrats. We have liberals that are like neo-liberals and nothing like you thought they’d be. There’s so many different hybrid sects of people and issues…
“So we thought why not make a timeless album that’s kind of a time capsule, so 10 years from now people look at that album and go, ‘I remember that era. That’s when the ‘Nothing’ album came out.’ I just wanted to make some good music that would affect people in a good way.” Williams says it wasn’t easy. N*E*R*D worked on “a previous body of work which was really good, but it wasn’t timeless to me. I didn’t feel like we were pushing ourselves as much as we could. We needed to perfect the sound, so we kept pushing the date back until it was right.” The result includes “a lot of vintage sounds…The album is very ‘68-’72,’73, America meets Crosby, Stills & Nash meets Moody Blues.
Here is the official Tracklist of N*E*R*D’s fourth studio album Nothing (due Nov. 1st). The tracklist hasn’t much changed besides that T. I. is featured on Party People, that explains the rapping on the Live Version by Pharrell few days ago and Inside Of Clouds is not a hidden track but an Interlude but according to the N*E*R*D’s Boston Listening Party, they’ve played 15 songs from the album so there has to be a hidden track on the album, check out the tracklist below, thanks to Neptunian.
Updated: October 6th
Nothing’s Tracklist Revealed, N*E*R*D – Hypnotize U (CDQ)
As we mentioned before N*E*R*D’s fourth studio album Nothing will be available with the 2CD Deluxe Edition Pack which will include more N*E*R*D tunes like we all hoped for according to the Japanese HMV site which they included a whole tracklist but not sure if this is legit yet and here is N*E*R*D’s second single in CD Quality Hypnotize U produced by Daft Punk off their fourth studio album Nothing due November 1st.
N*E*R*D – Nothing (2010) (November 1st)
01 – Party People feat. T. I.
02 – Hypnotize U (Daft Punk)
03 – Help Me
04 – Victory
05 – Perfect Defect
06 – I’ve Seen The Light/Inside Of Clouds (Interlude)
07 – God Bless Us All
08 – Life As A Fish
09 – Nothing On You
10 – Hot-N-Fun feat. Nelly Furtado
11 – It’s In The Air (Deluxe Edition Bonus)
12 – Sacred Temple (Deluxe Edition Bonus)
13 – I Wanna Jam (Deluxe Edition Bonus)
14 – The Man (Deluxe Edition Bonus)
N*E*R*D – Nothing (Leftovers)
* Make You Feel Good
* You’re So Perfect
* You’re The One
* For Sure
* The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
* Show Me Some Love
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