Art imitated life recently as recording artist and producer Pharrell Williams has just partnered with NASA. No, he’s not zooming to the moon — yet. That’s in 2013 on Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic space travel enterprise. Pharrell’s partnership with NASA has the Star Trak CEO hosting an education event on Saturday, April 23, that is poised to encourage students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies and careers. The STEM event will take place at the Williams Farms Park in Virginia Beach, VA. The event is free and open to the public.
NASA’s Summer of Innovation is a key part of President Obama’s Educate to Innovate campaign, which was launched to help keep middle school students engaged during school breaks. Pharrell, a native of Hampton Roads, Va., will also deliver an address about his nonprofit, From One Hand to Another, and the new Pharrell Williams Resource Center. The resource center probably will open while Pharrell is in outer space on the Virgin Galactic. Pharrell bought his six-figure ticket to outer space back in 2008. In case you’re itching to go and have a few extra bucks lying around, this is a fine time to show you your spacecraft.
The North Star, according to the brochure, has “a number of design features which we believed in their own right could make the vehicles many thousands of times safer than any manned space craft of the past.” One prerequisite to taking the trip is training. You must be trained. NASA just doesn’t let anybody with a few extra bucks go into outer space. Also, you must undergo a few health screenings that are said to be “simple and unrestrictive.” The cost of one ticket is about $200,000, and a deposit is required.
Virginia super producer Pharrell Williams will be the feature guest at this year’s ASCAP ‘I Create Music’ Expo, taking place at the end of the month. The fifth annual ‘I Create Music’ Expo will feature panels, performances and technology demonstrations dedicated to songwriting and composing. The Neptunes front man will MC the Expo Master Session, which will also feature a panel with In Living Colour drummer Will Calhoun and Parliament Funkadelic founding member Bernie Worrell. Last year’s event featured panels and performances from soul great Bill Withers, music legend Quincy Jones, Justin Timberlake and pop producer Dr. Luke.
Other panelist scheduled to attend this year’s event include guitarist Trevor Rabin, YouTube sensation Tay Zonday and rock singer Jonatha Brooke. The event takes place at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, April 28-30. ASCAP or American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers is a non-profit organization that protects the rights and monetary interests of its members, which includes thousands of popular singers and songwriters.
In a partnership with G.O.O.D. Music and Decon, Pusha T. will bring ‘Fear Of God’ to stores June 21, and he promises some surprise guests. He made the announcement via his Twitter feed, and the news coincided with the release of Fear Of God’s second video, “My God.” After checking out his labelmate Kanye West put on an epic performance at Coachella, Pusha T. dropped the video at noon Monday. Fear Of God is scheduled to be released on June 21. “Fear of God EP coming out June 21st!! GOOD MUSIC! #LetUsPray”
PopDash: We heard you worked with Mark Ronson recently…
Yeah, I went into the studio with him and Professor Green to work on a remix for his album. It was us and Pharrell.
PopDash: Pharrell Williams? Wow. How was that for you?
It was cool. I try not to get too phased by meeting people and I just about managed it with him!
Mark Ronson – Record Collection feat. Pharrell, Wiley, Wretch 32, Professor Green & MNDR (Remix) (11′)
The N*E*R*D rapper has teamed up with natural skin care line Kiehl’s to create a bag made using Bionic Yarn technology, which means it’s made from recycling plastic bottles. In this case, nine plastic bottles were used for every eco-tote. Customers who recycled their used Kiehl’s bottles and jars through the store’s Recycle and Be Rewarded program will receive this bag for free! No worries if you haven’t been stashing your bottles, you can also purchase any eco-friendly 500ml or 1L product to get your hands on this one-of-a-kind bag.
Pharrell Teams Up With Kiehl’s
Here are 2 more colors of the leather bike made in collaboration with Domeau & Pérès using a Gangsta Brooklyn Machine Works frame & parts. This follows our earlier release at the Gagosian store in NYC.
DJ Enuff & The Neptunes Star Trak Mixtape Vol. 1 (2002)
01 – Kast One – Intro
02 – N*E*R*D – Rock Star (Poser) (UK Version)
03 – Clipse – I’m Not You feat. Jadakiss & Rosco P. Coldchain
04 – Nelly – Hot In Herre feat. Dani Stevenson
05 – Britney Spears – Boys feat. Pharrell (Co-Ed Remix)
06 – Fam-Lay – Bang Bang (aka Freestyle) feat. Pharrell
07 – Ms. Jade – The Come Up feat. Pharrell
08 – Kelis – Daddy feat. Pharrell & Malice
09 – LL Cool J – Luv U Better feat. Pharrell & Marc Dorsey
10 – Clipse – When The Last Time feat. Pharrell & Kelis
11 – Noreaga – Full Mode feat. Pharrell & Capone
12 – Clipse – Grindin’ feat. Pharrell, Birdman, Lil’ Wayne & Noreaga (Remix)
13 – N*E*R*D – Truth Or Dare feat. Kelis & Pusha T.
14 – Kelis – Popular Thug feat. Pusha T.
15 – Rosco P. Coldchain – Mask N’ Glove Style feat. Pharrell
16 – Clipse – Hear Me Out
17 – Jadakiss – Knock Yourself Out feat. Pharrell
18 – Jermaine Dupri – Let’s Talk About It feat. Pharrell, Clipse & R.O.C.
19 – Noreaga – Grimey feat. Pharrell
20 – Noreaga – Nothin’ feat. Pharrell
21 – N*E*R*D – Stay Together (UK Version)
22 – Faith Evans – Burnin’ Up feat. Missy Elliott & P. Diddy (Remix)
23 – Beyoncé – Work It Out
Thanks to BGPrep.
Odd Future shared the stage with Pharrell during their debut appearance at Coachella. Skateboard P came out to perform ‘Inside Of Clouds’ with the group’s leader Tyler, The Creator, who grew up idolizing him. “That Was Fu**ing Fu**ing Great! Fu**ing P! I’ve Waited For That Moment For 9 Years. Still Can’t Believe It,” wrote Tyler. “When He Started Screaming Out WolfGang I Fu**ing Lost It. I Still Can’t Believe That Shit Actually Happened.” OFWGKTA’s sole female member Syd was seen shedding a tear after the big moment. The Cali crew didn’t allow photographers or livestreaming during their set, so you’ll have to make do with the fan-captured footage.
Tyler, The Creator Performs ‘Yonkers’, ‘Inside Of Clouds’ At Coachella 2011
Tyler, The Creator – Inside Of Clouds (Freestyle)
Don’t ask me where this is coming from but this right here is legit! Finally a real Instrumental version of Madonna’s ‘Candy Shop’ produced by The Neptunes but in a low version, well better than nothing, a huge thanks goes to forum member BGPrep.
Madonna – Candy Shop (Instrumental) (08′)
D.A. Wallach posted early this morning that he has been in the studio with Cassie and The Stereotypes for a studio session. “Just wrote something I love w Cassie and The Stereotypes”. Can’t wait to hear what they did together.
Alyssa Bernal’s Huge Fanbase have decided to make a Signatures Sign Petition to Interscope Records in order to release Alyssa Bernal’s highly anticipated and now a year old delayed debut album ‘In Love Again For The First Time’. Make sure to make a Signature for Alyssa Here!
Dear Star Trak Ent./Interscope Records,
The fans have been below have been waiting for the release for Alyssa Bernal’s album “In Love Again For The First Time” for over a good year now. Since when it was originally announced finished early November 2009 on a YouTube video by Pharrell Williams, Alyssa Bernal, and Martin Terefe, there has still yet to be a release date announced. It has even been stated by Alyssa Bernal the artist herself, that the album is in fact completed. Enough is enough, we demand that you stop playing around and give us the album that we have been highly anticipating.
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
– Let Me Know
Here is the official video to Rick Ross’ newest video Play Your Part featuring D.A. Wallach, Wale & Meek Mill.
Rye Rye has kept fans waiting on her debut Go! Pop! Bang! since 2009, but it’s for the right reasons. M.I.A.’s protégée recently headed back into the studio with a gang of big-shot producers to record new material for her spring release. “Now it’s just basically me deciding to go in and record new stuff to swap in and out of the album, just to refresh it,” the Baltimore MC told Rap-Up.com. “Just getting to that comfortable place and deciding what songs I want to use and just going in and recording to see what I can get out of it. I might actually record songs that I like better or want to put on the album or take off. Basically, getting into my comfort zone.”
The 20-year-old, who released the M.I.A.-assisted “Sunshine” last year, hit the studio with producers including Bangladesh (who helmed the club banger “Hatter” and street cut “Homeboy”), So Japan, Christian Rich, The Villains, and Pharrell, who added some tribal flair to the upbeat “Shake, Twist, Drop.” “We did a drum beat. To me, it sounds like just a bunch of drums. It’s real dope. It’s an uptempo beat, of course,” she explained. “It sounds like tribal drums, to be exact. M.I.A. said it reminded her of home.” While M.I.A. previously served as executive producer, she’s taking a more backseat approach by approving cuts from afar.
“She started working on her album and touring, so it’s sort of like she was trying to manage both, but I was still going it alone, doing my own thing and recording,” she said of Maya, who appears on four cuts. “But at the end of the day, all of the tracks go to M.I.A. and she says which ones she likes and doesn’t like. She’s major on the album. They go to her for all the decisions and stuff.” In anticipation of the release of Go! Pop! Bang! Rye Rye heated up the Internet with her DJ Sega-hosted mixtape RYEotpowRR. Fans can catch the energetic performer live at this weekend’s Coachella Festival in Indio, Calif. Thanks to bigmac2098.
Rye Rye – Go! Pop! Bang! (2011)
– Shake, Twist, Drop
– Untitled feat. Tyga
Oh Land has been interviewed recently by idolator.com where she revealed one of the tracks that she did with Pharrell for her debut album, unfortunately the tune didn’t make the album. “Oh Land has written two songs with Pharrell, including a track called “Standing On Trains”. “He’s very childlike in his approach as well,” she says of working with the producer/N*E*R*D frontman. “That’s what’s fun for me, to work with people who are fearless.”
Oh Land - Oh Land (Studio Session) (2011)
– Standing On Trains
(+ 1 Tune)
Aspiring MCs can upload their best original track to searchforthecoldest.com by May 1, 2011 to join the online campaign where fans will vote their favorites into a semifinal round. The top winners from four geographic regions (North, South, Midwest and West) will open for N*E*R*D and Pac Div during the Search for the Coldest tour in Atlanta, New York City and Baltimore.
Tickets will not be sold for these events but consumers can win tickets through radio and on-premise promotions. Universal Music Group (UMG), the world’s leading music company, partnered with Coors Light on the Search for the Coldest program to provide this opportunity with artists N*E*R*D and Pac Div. UMG is also providing the winner with $10,000 of studio time to record a new track. “We decided to be a part of Search for the Coldest because it provides a fresh and new way to connect with our fans and it’s a smart and innovative contest,” said Pharrell Williams of N*E*R*D.
Coors Light has launched a national competition for the Coldest MC in America. Search for the Coldest gives the next generation of MCs a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase their skills online, in the studio, and before large crowds. “Coors Light, has long-been a leading innovator in the American beer category and we are once again offering something new and fresh to consumers with our Search for the Coldest program,” said Sheldon Boyea, brand manager, African American Marketing for MillerCoors. “Hip Hop has also fueled innovation in music across the globe and we’re excited to work with Universal Music Group to help find the next, Coldest MC.”
Coors Light fans who aren’t MCs can also take part in Search for the Coldest through a fan appreciation sweepstakes. Music lovers who vote for their favorite performers online at www.searchforthecoldest.com may enter to win more than $50,000 in prizes. Daily prize giveaways include Universal Music Group music downloads for exclusive tracks, T-shirts, MP3 players, headphones. Five lucky voters will receive airfare and hotel accommodations for two to the 2011 ESSENCE® Music Festival, July 1-3, in New Orleans.
Young Money’s Tyga just released his newest mixtape with DJ ill Will & DJ Rockstar for the 2nd installment of his “Black Thoughts” Mixtape series. This project includes all original records, features from the likes of Gudda Gudda, Game, Mario, Lloyd, production from Lex Luger, Jess Jackson as well as a new version of Tyga’s ‘First Time’ featuring Pharrell produced by The Neptunes. It’s slightly different than the version that leaked last year, thanks to Borsboom.
Tyga – Black Thoughts 2 (2011)
– First Time feat. Pharrell (Mixtape Version)
Tyga – Careless World (Studio Session) (2010)
– First Time feat Pharrell
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