N*E*R*D was never meant to make or break Pharrell Williams. Sure, two of the band’s first two albums have sold gold, 2002’s “In Search Of…” and 2004’s “Fly Or Die,” but that pales in comparison to the multiplatinum success The Neptunes have reached by producing for stars like Jay-Z, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. Meanwhile, N*E*R*D’s last two LPs, “Seeing Sounds” and “Nothing,” haven’t come close to reaching gold, but the group now arguably reaches a wider audience than it did in its early years. So how exactly does N*E*R*D measure success these days?
“I would say for me, we did ‘The Tonight Show With Jay Leno’ [a while] ago—everybody in the audience, they seemed like they were engaged, but it was one person in the middle of the audience who was going the f**k off,” Shae told BET.com. “I was just like ‘wow.’ I don’t know if she knew about N*E*R*D prior to our performance, but whatever it is, she’s feeling it and that‘s what keeps it going.” While The Neptunes have taken part in their share of formulaic hits over the years, N*E*R*D prides itself on pushing the envelope. Pharrell is thankful that being safer with The Neptunes has earned him the freedom to be edgier with N*E*R*D.
“At this point N*E*R*D has just become this giant traveling art show,” Pharrell told BET.com. “We have just been, you know, making what it is that we wanted to make, and we had a label that would support it, but there’s not a lot of people that have that freedom. I mean, definitely now it’s time to go pay the bills—gotta put out some hip-hop, but there’s not a lot of understanding chairmans out there that wanna support the art form. “
Here is the first tune of Kenna’s Land 2 Air Chronicles instalment titled ‘Chains’ produced and featuring Shimmy Hoffa (aka Chad Hugo). ‘Chains’ is part of Kenna’s new 3 EP 3 song series, Land 2 Air Chronicles (L2A). The series will precede his upcoming 10 song LP, Songs For Flight. “Based on Emerson’s ‘Self-Reliance’ essay, the Land 2 Air series is a check into reality and a decision to not have your aspiration be held back by anyone or anything. L2A I : Chaos And The Darkness is the first chapter in the series and depicts the struggle to break free of the ‘Chains’ that keep us from our vision coming to life or taking flight.”
Make sure to check out Kenna’s new Gear with Land 2 Air Chronicles : Chaos and the Darkness EP, Official Kenna “Nothing is Greater or Less Than Us” Logo Tee, Official Kenna “Nothing is Greater or Less Than Us” Logo Flexfit Hat, Official Flight Crew Coach Jacket and Nothing is Greater or Less Than Us” Clear Vinyl Sticker on his site.
Composer, lead singer, and multi-instrumentalist Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump will release his first debut studio EP titled ‘Truant Wave’ as a digital download on iTunes. This is his first release as a solo artist, although the album features guest artists. The EP is an advance of the release of Stump’s full length album, Soul Punk. Here is a preview of one of the tracks titled ‘Big Hype’ featuring D.A Wallach & Driis. Max did the string arrangement on this, as well.
Patrick Stump – Truant Wave (EP) (2011)
01 – Porcelain feat. Alph-A-Bit
02 – Spotlight (Oh Nostalgia)
03 – Cute Girls feat. Om’mas Keith
04 – Love, Selfish Love
05 – As Long As I Know I’m Getting Paid
06 – Big Hype feat. D.A. Wallach & Driis
The full tune just dropped off Travis Barker’s newest mixtape ‘Let The Drummer Get Wicked’, I’ve managed to remove the bloody DJ, his album Give The Drummer Some (2011) is due March 15, download the mixtape below.
Travis Barker – Come N’ Get It feat. Clipse (11′)
DJ Whoo Kid recently did an Interview with Travis Barker where he talked about his collabo, “If You Want,” that he did with Lupe & The Neptunes for his upcoming album “Give The Drummer Some” and how it happened at 06:20.
Travis Barker – Let The Drummer Get Wicked (2011)
01 – Can A Drummer Get Some feat. Swizz Beatz, Game, Lil’ Wayne & Rick Ross
02 – Come N’ Get It feat. Clipse (The Neptunes)
03 – Never Holdin’ Me Back feat. J. Cole
04 – Detroit feat. Royce Da 5′ 9” (Havoc)
05 – Joaquin Phoenix feat. Lupe Fiasco
06 – Perfect Match feat. Lloyd Banks & Fabolous
07 – Old Dirty Bastard Skit
08 – Nymphomaniac feat. Wyclef & Jim Jones (The Haitian Super Heroes)
09 – Champagne feat. Wiz Khalifa
10 – Kanye West & Jay-Z – H.A.M. (Hail All Masons)
11 – Me Against The World feat. Tony Yayo (Cookin Soul)
12 – Something feat. Big K.R.I.T.
13 – My Homeboyz feat. Wacka Flocka
14 – Hard Liquor feat. Tech N9ne (Dr. Dre)
15 – Drum Roll Please feat. Killa Kyleon
16 – Snap feat. Too $hort
17 – Big Nut Bust feat. Big Sean
18 – Hard Shit feat. Three 6 Mafia
19 – Napalm feat. Xzibit
Total Size: 68,91MB
Here is finally the full version of ‘Black Cloud’ which apparently is a leftover now off Keri Hilson’ second studio album No Boys Allowed (2010), thanks to Neptunian. This is actually a demo recorded for Alesha Dixon, Ex-member of UK Garage girl group Mis-Teeq produced by Chad Hugo, for her 2nd Studio album The Alesha Show which came out in 2008. It was also supposed to be a single.
The Sun actually wrote about Alesha being in studio with Chad Hugo three years ago but afterwards the article got deleted or has been untraceable at that time, so I thought that’s just another spoof of The Sun but I was wrong. “Alesha has also recorded a new single, Black Cloud, due out in October (2008). The song was written by Chad Hugo who also produced the track as half of The Neptunes.”
Keri Hilson – Black Cloud (08′)
Keri Hilson – Black Cloud (Alternate Version) (08′)
Jennifer Lopez’s seventh studio album ‘Love?’ just leaked and surprise surprise, The Neptunes track that wasn’t supposed to be on her album will be on it, I guess that was her only single that really charted. ‘Fresh Out The Oven feat. Pharrell & Pitbull (#1 US Dance) (Single) (October 7, 2009)’
Jennifer Lopez – Fresh Out The Oven feat. Pitbull
Jennifer Lopez – Love? (2011) (March 29)
01 – Good Hit
02 – Hooked On You
03 – On The Floor (The Lambada Song) feat. Pitbull
04 – Villian
05 – Story Of My Life
06 – Louboutins
07 – Everybody’s Girl
08 – Starting Over
09 – One Love
10 – Fresh Out The Oven feat. Pitbull (The Neptunes)
11 – Greatest Part Of Me
12 – Run The World feat. The-Dream & Rick Ross
13 What Is Love
14 – Until It Beats No More
Natasha is singin her song Dysfunctional in the car, pretty good, thanks to goobersnatch.
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