Just over two months removed from “Nothing,” hits and rarities from Pharrell and company’s first three albums will release in January. Earlier this month, Hip Hop/Rock band N*E*R*D released their fourth album Nothing. Piggybacking that release, the trio will release a Best of N*E*R*D compilation that celebrates their nine years of releasing music on January 11, 2011. The Virgin/EMI Records collection will include some hits from their first three albums, as well as rarities and B-sides, Thanks to Damani85.
N*E*R*D – The Best Of… (2011) (January 11th)
01 – Rock Star (Poser)
02 – Lapdance
03 – She Wants To Move
04 – Provider
05 – Maybe
06 – Fly or Die
07 – Brain
08 – Thrasher
09 – Run To The Sun
10 – Baby Doll
11 – What’s Wrong With Me
12 – Lil’ Suzy feat. Kelis
13 – Things Are Getting Better
14 – Truth Or Dare feat. Kelis & Pusha T.
15 – Maybe (Sander Kleinenberg Remix)
16 – She Wants To Move (Justice Remix)
The longtime girlfriend of murdered NFL star Sean Taylor got married this weekend to N*E*R*D member Shay Haley, TMZ has confirmed. Three years after the tragedy, Jackie Garcia – Andy Garcia’s niece — married Shay in a private ceremony in Miami on Saturday night. Shay’s bandmate Pharrell Williams was on hand for the event — and even had a dance with the blushing bride. It’s been a long road for Jackie – who was with Taylor on the night home invaders shot the former Washington Redskins player in their Florida mansion while their 18-month-old daughter was in the room. TMZ has learned Pharrell wasn’t just an ordinary guest … he was the best man. Also, Chris Brown performed during the reception.
Here is a making of the “Good Life” tune Co-Produced by Pharrell.
When you pop in Kanye West’s new album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy on November 22, one of the first voices you’ll hear before ’Ye is Teyana Taylor. The singer-actress is still in disbelief after finding out that she is featured on one of the most anticipated albums of the year. The 19-year-old, who stars in the Tyler Perry film Madea’s Big Happy Family next year, can be heard singing on the album’s opening track “Dark Fantasy,” which includes an intro from Nicki Minaj. Teyana stopped by the studio to visit her “big bro” in Los Angeles last month before the premiere of Runaway, but had no idea she would end up on the album. “[Kanye] was like, ‘Yo, T. I’m at the studio, come over and vibe out.’ We were sitting there listening to the music, he was showing me different pieces for the tour, and he was wanting me to do some vocals,” she tells Rap-Up.com.
“First I was just doing different backgrounds and then he was like, ‘I feel like it needs something else. I’m gonna put you in a room with an engineer with the song and just do what you do.’ And he put me in another room and I just went crazy. When he heard it, he kept playing it and playing it and everyone was giving me high fives.” Teyana was grateful for the opportunity, but even more surprised by Yeezy’s reaction. “It was a big opportunity for me. I emailed him the day after and thanked him. He was like, ‘Thank you. The pipes you put on that is crazy.’ I was like, ‘Wow, this is really big coming from ’Ye,’ but he’s super humble.”
While in the studio, Kanye also had Teyana add her vocals to other tracks. “I also sing along with him on the chorus for the album version of ‘Runaway.’ He just wanted extra female vocals. I did some backgrounds on some other songs.” The former star of MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16” hopes the placement will silence the critics who question why she’s famous. “I’m still in awe. I kept pinching myself to make sure it wasn’t a dream,” she says. “A lot of people are always asking, ‘What does she do?’ and for my first feature to be on a Kanye album is big for me. It shows that at the end of the day, it don’t matter what haters are talking about. When people like Kanye stand behind you and believe in you, it don’t get no better than that.” Thanks to TLA.
Kanye West – Dark Fantasy
Pharrell Williams insists his rock outfit, N*E*R*D still isn’t concerned with achieving blockbuster commercial success. As one-half of production duo The Neptunes, his outer-space aesthetics and genre-fusing beats have helped yield plenty of hits (and a few Grammys) for practically every bold-face name in today’s pop landscape.
But as frontman of the rap-rock leaning N*E*R*D, he and the band have remained a commercial underdog, despite being led by one of the biggest hit-makers in music. The trio -– comprised of Williams, fellow Neptunes member Chad Hugo and Shay Haley –- are back with their fourth album, “Nothing,” after adding — and dropping — a new member. Late last year, the group announced it was were recording a new disc, originally titled “Instant Gratification,” the follow-up to 2008’s “Seeing Sounds,” with female singer Rhea.
They toured with the spunky vocalist, her presence adding a strong, sexy girl-power edge to balance Williams’ trademark raspy falsetto. It was assumed she’d do for the band what Fergie did for the Black Eyed Peas: shift its cult following to pop gold. But the idea didn’t last too long. “We were taking a chance on having a girl as like a fourth member for a second. It was fun. We did a really great album. But it was good and for us good isn’t good enough,” Williams, 37, says in his usual cool demeanor. “So we stopped, took a break and started over.” The scrapped project led to the creation of “Nothing,” released last week and debuted at No. 20 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, after logging first-week sales of 20,000 copies.
Alyssa Bernal was just your everyday, ordinary teenager until Pharrell Williams came across the singer/songwriter’s YouTube videos. Since then Alyssa’s been sharing her talent with everyone, but still had time to chat with Kidzworld.
KW: When you first started posting videos of yourself on YouTube, what was it like having complete strangers admire your music?
Alyssa: It was really neat! It was cool to think people thought I should sing for a living. It definitely brought my level of confidence up, too.
KW: Did you always know that you wanted to be a musician?
Alyssa: Well I always dreamt of doing it for a living but I never thought I actually had a shot! My goals were often just having the courage to sing and play in front of a crowd.
Malice – Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind and Naked Freestyle (10′)
Now that Miami-based artist duo FriendsWithYou has teamed up with Pharrell, the sky’s the limit. Literally. For the partners, working closely with Miamian Pharrell Williams — the protean being who dominates every aspect of pop life here — has helped their already chipper mood. Both in their 30s and Miami homeboys, they’ve been on a roll lately. The benediction of Pharrell has, of course, changed the course of FWY. “He has helped us so much with merchandising, our artwork, the films and branding we want to do,” says Borkson. “His dreams are so big, and he under- stands how we want to put our dreams into play.”
Pharrell has been a long-time fan of their work — he first met them in 2007–though their collaboration began fairly recently when Pharrell needed an over-the-top car for a music video. Borkson and Sandoval created a groovy-woovy effect on a 1960 Rolls-Royce, wrap- ping the car in their trademark psychedelic colors–sort of middle- period Peter Max meets the American spawn of Takashi Murakami. The way tricked-out car, christened “Magical Explosions,” appeared in the video for “Hot-N-Fun” that was shot in the California desert. FWY went on to do other imagery for N*E*R*D, from tour videos to art for the official website: on the site, a somber three-eyed face in black suddenly erupts in a barrage of post-Kenny Scharf iconography, the face pulsating like a nuclear reactor in meltdown mode.
“I don’t want to be super-Lupe-Fiasco-lyrical and n***** don’t know what the fuck I’m talking about” — Soulja Boy in XXL Interview. In response to SoulJa Boy‘s recent comments, Lupe Fiasco delivers some good ol’ fashioned super lyrical music for the folks (like myself) who don’t need a dance to go with their hip hop. “So don’t be scared to take the Super Lu route, Top 5 Alive and I’ve only got two out. School you on your history, I’ll tell you what you bout, fight for all the right things and let the Huey New out. Pharrell, what these n***** talkin’ bout? Two man Big Pun, a one man Slaughterhouse, a two album Jay-Z, a one n**** Wu-Tang, a younger hungry Mos Def, a conscious rappin’ Lil Wayne”
Step into the recording studio with up-and-coming singer-songwriter Alyssa Bernal and Lifehouse’s Jason Wade, as they discuss how their duet Hold Me Tight came to life. “I just loved her voice,” says band frontman Jason. “We sang both of the choruses out there together in the same mic-room, kind of an old-school way of recording.”
Alyssa Bernal & Jason Wade – Hold Me Tight (Behind The Scenes)
Neither Shepard Fairey nor Pharrell Williams seems to be afraid of a hyphen. The artist-designer-branding wizard and producer-musician-designer-entrepreneur-style icon, respectively, are two of the most influential genre-hopping creative forces making their marks on pop culture right now. The two initially teamed up in 2000 when Fairey designed rap-rock outfit N*E*R*D’s now iconic brain logo. On the eve of the drop of their funky futuristic fourth album, Nothing, Williams and Fairey got together for a tête-à-tête.
Shepard Fairey: It’s great to see everything you’re doing now. You’re kicking ass. So I know you skated a lot when you were younger. That was a big thing for me, too; it was what opened my eyes to creative cultures. You grew up in Virginia Beach, which was a big skate town. Do you think it was skateboarding that initially got you into what you are into musically and artistically?
Pharrell Williams: Yeah, because at the end of the day it attracted so many people of different cultures that you were bound to learn something from each other because you all have something cool in common, and that unified us as kids. And I thought it was amazing as a child that all my friends were so different, listening to all different kinds of music.
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