Global Grind met up with Kenna this week to talk about his musical style, ethnicity, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and ofcourse new music in which he revealed the release dates of Land 2 Air Chronicles II and III. “The first one is called, “Land 2 Air Chronicles: Chaos in the Darkness” which comes out April 26, the second one is “Imitation is Suicide” which comes out end of June and third is “Self Reliance” which comes out end of August. “Songs for Flight” is the album that comes out after all that” said Kenna. Check out the whole Inteview below.
Kenna is a Grammy-nominated Ethiopian born singer/songwriter who has a lot to say about music. Initially, his EP was completely erased due to a technical glitch, but Kenna’s back and he released the first in a series of three EPs entitled “Land 2 Air Chronicles” on Tuesday, April 26th. Kenna doesn’t just care about music. He cares about the world, especially his homeland of Africa. Kenna organized his celebrity friends to climb Mount Kilimanjaro on a project called “Summit On The Summit,” where they helped provide fresh water for Africans. He’s worked with Lupe Fiasco, Chad of N*E*R*D, Santigold and Pharrell. He’s also written songs and produced work for pop star Ashlee Simpson and JoJo as well as toured with Nelly Furtado. He’s a super musician whose music is amazing!
A ravishing Rihanna graced the red carpet in a sweeping black gown at the 5th Annual DKMS Gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Thursday (April 28). The red-haired siren was presented with an award in recognition of her commitment to the fight against leukemia. “Anyone can be affected by leukemia,” said RiRi in a statement. “It is the number one disease children in the U.S. die of and we can change that. I encourage people to become bone marrow donors with DKMS. If we have more donors, we can save more lives.”
Some of her superstar peers also pitched in for the good cause. Pharrell emceed the black-tie event, Solange lent her DJ skills, and Mary J. Blige provided the evening’s entertainment. Other guests included Keri Hilson, Eva Mendes, Solange Knowles, Katharina Harf, David Bowie, and wife Iman. All proceeds raised will go directly to registering life-saving bone marrow donors.
Here is the debut Foolcast of Missile Command, a new DJ team comprised of Chad Hugo and Partyrocker Hip Hop Dan. The DJ Set contains the Demo of Kenna’s Chains with Vocals of Paul Banks of Interpol and Chad Hugo with the new group called ‘No Planes In Space’ who also Co/Produced Kenna’s first single ‘Chains’. The DJ Set also includes Lupe Fiasco, N*E*R*D & More. This DJ set has 4 Chad Hugo tracks including the Chains demo, Lupe Fiasco’s What U Want (Chad Hugo Remix), No Planes In Space – Potholes D Createur Uniden (Demo Mix) and Mansions On The Moon – Love Is Going To Destroy Me (Chad Hugo Remix). I’ve managed to cut the DJ set in pieces, for the Ipod, so enjoy!
Missile Command – Foolcast #22 (2011)
01 – Intro
02 – No Planes In Space – Chains (Demo Mix)
03 – Skit
04 – Intel – Pizza Meeeeng!
05 – Mazzy Star – All Your Sisters (Nacey Bootleg)
06 – N¤E¤R¤D – Hypnotize U (Caligula Remix)
07 – Skit 2
08 – Lupe Fiasco – What U Want (Chad Hugo Remix)
09 – Uncle Jesse – Boat Shoes
10 – Dillon Francis & Dave Nada – Brazzers Theme
11 – Skit 3
12 – No Planes In Space – Potholes D Createur Uniden (Demo Mix)
13 – Mansions On The Moon – Love Is Going To Destroy Me (Chad Hugo Remix)
Total Size: 49,73MB
Paul Banks (33) is an English American musician best known as the lead singer, lyricist and guitarist of the band Interpol. He is also a solo artist under the name Julian Plenti. Banks joined Interpol in the Summer of 1997 when he ran into Daniel Kessler, whom he had met on a study abroad program in Paris. When first asked to join Interpol, Banks initially refused, but after listening to the type of music they were writing, Banks joined. He released a solo album under the name Julian Plenti on August 4, 2009 entitled Julian Plenti Is… Skyscraper and claims to have multiple solo projects and monikers in mind, including a purely instrumental project, and that he wishes to release more solo albums in the future.
Here is a very short video with the infamous Old Dirty Bastard talking about working with The Neptunes from Old Dirty’s Free To Be Dirty: Live! DVD from 2004 big props to Simon for the upload !
Dirty On The Neptunes
Oh god, I know, y’all will hate me for this but according to sugarscape.com Rebecca Black, star of the YouTube sensation ‘Friday‘, has been in the studio working on her new album. Well, now we’ve got a clip of her talking about it on the red carpet for the Prom premiere that she attended and it is suggested that she might be working with Pharrell on it. Random! During the interview when asked if she understood Friday’s success she replied, “I really don’t know, it’s a song about Friday, I don’t get why people love it so much or hate it so much but it’s good! Really it’s awesome if they love it and if they hate it I really don’t care!” Then Rebecca went on to talk about her new album.
It’ll all very hush hush but we do know that there are going to be five songs, three up tempo, one medium and one ballad and it is NOT about any days of the week. She said, “It’s a really large variety, we go from having upbeat songs to slow songs but I really can’t say much about it.” The interviewer then threw in the rumour that Pharrell might be working on it, yes that is Pharrell who’s worked with Snoop Dogg and Kanye West!! However, she doesn’t confirm or deny the rumour so we’re not sure whether she was thrown because she was confused who Pharrell even was or because he is involved lol!
Kenna has finally released his long anticipated first EP of the Land 2 Air Chronicles installment titled ‘Chaos & The Darkness’ which is out right now on iTunes. Kenna will also donate a $1 for each download to provide clean drinking water, so get that EP right now ! If you’ve heard the tunes, you’ll realise that ‘What U Want’ already leaked but as a Lupe Fiasco tune and unmixed which was probably planned for Lasers. The Kenna version is pretty dope and has pretty much changed a lot. So it’s safe to say that ‘What U Want’ is produced by Chad Hugo & Kenna and written by Lupe Fiasco.
Kenna – Land 2 Air Chronicles I: Chaos & The Darkness (2011)
01 – Chains feat. Shimmy Hoffa
02 – Kharma Is Coming
03 – What U Want
Lupe Fiasco – What U Want feat. Kenna (1st Version)
Their Album Is Due August!
FADER TV Interviewed UK sensation Tinie Tempah where he revealed that he worked with The Neptunes for 2 days in Miami. Tinie Tempah became the best selling British debut act of 2010. Being a vigorous young lad such as Tinie Tempah makes challenges of the sort quite simple. In 2010 he released three hit singles in the UK, the head banger Pass Out, Frisky, and Written In The Stars. Produced by popular Swedish producer Ishi, Written In The Stars has sold over one million in the UK alone since it’s release in Sept 19 2010.
Tinie honestly shares with listeners his future plans, past struggles, and present happiness making for one motivational song. In return for being so honest, the track was able to connect with tons of listerners and is probably the reason it reached #1 on the Billboard charts. In addition, Tempah scored big with both singles Frisky & Pass Out selling upwards of 750,000 copies, thanks to Thelonius 7.
FADER TV x Tinie Tempah Interview
“The obvious, easy answer is, Hey dummy, they never left. Look at their Wiki Production List, 2010 was indisputably a very full year. Pharrell co-produced the Despicable Me score, worked with Chad on a large part of the Game album, made a N*E*R*D record. Still, the question remains, where have they been? A close look at that long list shows they’ve been making beats for big names steadily, only to have those tracks never reach release. The shelving of songs is itself no great harbinger of dead talent, it’s simply the business of cutting fat. But enough glut trimmed and you start to wonder when you’re getting to the meat. The list of potential collaborations that did not make the final cut is disheartening. What went wrong? The answer to that question is possibly watermarked on the songs that did get released—a jumble of okay tracks.
The semi-tepid “Haterade” by Gucci Mane, a forgotten Pusha T. track, a maybe decent collaboration with the kinda forgotten Lil Scrappy. Why, in present day, is a Neptunes/Drake collaboration not just a necessity but an irrefutable jam, a huge hit? Maybe their hearts aren’t in it, maybe the depths of soft synths have been wholly mined. Whatever it is, the last year or two have not been solid ones for the once dominant and ubiquitous duo.
Noreaga released a EP this Sunday titled ‘Nore’aster’ which has a new Neptunes track called ‘Like The Way’ on it. That tune is probably from the Studio session for his upcoming S.U.P.E.R.T.H.U.G. album where they did 6 tracks. I just hope the other tunes will be released on his album, ain’t bad check it out. Click Here to get the whole mixtape.
Noreaga – Like The Way feat. Pharrell (11′)
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100% Unofficial N*E*R*D Replica 2001 trucker hats.
I’ve just got an email from a good friend ‘nick|dork’ who bought the newest The Wire Magazine where they talk about the new artists such as Lil B. and Odd Future and The Wire indirectly mentions The Neptunes.org forum lol, check it out, thanks to nick|dork. Click Here to download the scans.
“Odd Future’s musical influence hasn’t yet spread as far as B’s either – for all their industry lov, they remain a niche interest among their own age group – but the writing is on the wall, or the Tumblr feed, if you will. Consider Hal Williams, who also records as Pyramid Vritra, a 19 year old from Georgia who first encountered Tyler and OF producer Matt Martian a few years ago on a messageboard dedicated the The Neptunes. Odd Future are now both his primary rap influence and his immediate collaborations.”
NASA and producer and recording artist Pharrell Williams hosted an education event, Saturday, at Williams Farms Park in Virginia Beach. The event was designed to encourage students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies and careers. NASA’s Associate Administrator for Education Leland Melvin who is a former astronaut and Williams, a Hampton Roads native, delivered remarks. Williams’ charitable organization, “From One Hand to Another”, is supporting the development of the Pharrell Williams Resource Center, which is scheduled to open in 2013 in the park.
The center will run academic enrichment programs and engage youth in STEM activities. Saturday’s program also featured NASA exhibits and showcased the accomplishments of students from Hampton Roads who participated last year in NASA’s inaugural Summer of Innovation camps. More than 500 students who participated in the camps sponsored by NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton were in attendance.
Directed by Mike Carson & Mike Waxx.
Pharrell may be involved with the textile company Return Textiles — which creates clothes from recycled bottles — but he says his intention isn’t to be eco-friendly. The rapper-producer told The Associated Press on Thursday that he wasn’t eco-conscious growing up and still isn’t. And while the company is an eco-friendly one, Pharrell says its main goal is to make quality products. He says he “hates to put so much emphasis on the recycling part of it.” Pharrell says because the company uses recycled bottles, the sustainability becomes “an added value.” Return Textiles makes its products through use of bionic yarn technology, which is produced by using fibers collected from recycled plastic bottles. Pharrell joined the company in 2008.
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