It’s rare the world goes more than a few months without hearing a piece of new music involving Pharrell Williams. Wether fronting N*E*R*D, collaborating with chart-topping artists (or producing them), working with The Neptunes or on solo material. Williams is a man constantly in motion. But he’s no glutton for punishment. “Nah. I’m a glutton for making people move,” he laughs. After a busy year that involved releasing N*E*R*D’s fourth album Nothing and Williams scoring the animated movie Despicable Me, he’s in a good place.
“The new stuff has been going well,” Williams says. “We’ve been playing with Gorillaz on the road so it has been fun. They are awesome – there were so many people on stage it was like Parliament psychedelic up there.” Speaking from a Miami studio, Williams reels off an equally jam-pcked calendar for 2011. “I’ve just been all over the place from project to project. Right now I’m working on lil’ Neptunes music,” he says. “And there’s another Despicable Me. We’ve also got some stuff going on with Madonna.”
He drops that last name casually, but won’t divulge further details, Williams says he learns a lot from the plethora of artists he works with. “I learn in every process,” he says. “every session I have I try to take something from and learn different things – how to make great music, how to make that music greater. “Working with Daft Punk – they’ve been our buddies for like 10 years, and watching those guys work is pretty amazing. They make great beats and it was cool to collaborate with them. I love Uffie – she’s got a great energy about her and Nelly is really sweet and super-talented.”
As we already know Despicable Me 2 is already in works Part 1 grossing $56.3 for its opening first weekend, which is massive coming from an up-and-coming animation studio (Illumination, based at Universal) and a completely original film, with no books or previous movies to spring off from Pharrell revealed that he is gonna score again the movie. And while Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud are the film’s directors, it’s probably Illumination head Chris Meladandri who deserves most of the credit, for putting the studio together by recruiting all the good animators he knew, and encouraging original ideas amid the expected adaptations and remakes (those are coming down the line). “And there’s another Despicable Me.” Says Pharrell.
Primarily– and this should come as no surprise– the gears are already in motion for Despicable Me 2, which Meledandri is developing with the film’s writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. They’re also planning two short films featuring The Minions, Gru’s little yellow assistants who were apparently a major part of the film’s appeal to kids. It’s not clear where we might see The Minions next– either before another Illumination film or on the DVD or somewhere else– but you can definitely count on an enhanced role for them in the sequels. Thanks to matty.
With Pusha T. continuing to make a name for himself as one of Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music artists, SOHH recently talked to the Clipse member to see if he feels pressured to bring his “A” game. Confident in his bars, Pusha assured SOHH and fans alike that he is the same artist he was when he first entered the rap scene. “Nah man, I’m Pusha, man,” Pusha told SOHH when asked if he felt pressure to deliver amongst the likes of his G.O.O.D. Music family. “Kid Cudi has his lane, Big Sean has his lane, Kanye’s got his lane, Common has his lane, you know. We’re like multi-faceted diamonds. Everybody is a color. There’s so many colors that comes out of this G.O.O.D. Music diamond and I don’t feel pressure, I just do me. I made Hell Hath No Fury! [laughs] Are people serious? I’ve said the greatest sh*t throughout my career. [laughs] [People remember my Funkmaster Flex] freestyle, that’s just one. I’m gonna do 12 more of them sh*ts.”
Enter for a chance to win a collection of CD’s from N*E*R*D. HipHopDx has teamed up with N*E*R*D to give One (1) Grand Prize winner & Three (3) runner up winners the chance to win N*E*R*D CD’s! Grand Prize Winner Will Win: Copies of The Best Of N*E*R*D, Fly Or Die, and In Search Of. Three Runner Up Winners Will Win: A Copy of The Best Of N*E*R*D. On January 11, Virgin/EMI will release The Best Of N*E*R*D, a new CD and digital collection gathering 16 of the band’s top Virgin singles, album cuts, b-sides and remixes.
The Best Of N*E*R*D includes the hits “She Wants To Move,” “Rockstar,” “Lapdance,” “Run To The Sun,” and “Fly Or Die,” other standouts from their two Virgin albums, plus b-sides “What’s Wrong With Me” and “Lil’ Suzy” featuring Kelis, as well as remixes for “Maybe” (Sander Kleinenberg Remix – Radio Edit) and “She Wants To Move” (Justice Remix).
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