After listening to the Preview to The Cool Kids’ debut ‘When Fish Ride Bicycles’ on iTunes (Due July 12) its safe to say that there is another Neptunes track on the album called Get Right confirmed by their official site with the tracklist. It’s good to see that they got back to the old school Neptunes synths and with Cool Kids’ amiable, good-natured and laid-back mellow flow it sounds like it’s a leftover from a N*E*R*D session. The second Neptunes Track ‘Summer Jam’ that features the new Star Trak Signee Maxine Ashley sounds very promising. The guys have always looked up to Pharrell and say that it was a dream come true to be able to work with him. I can’t wait to hear Maxine sing on her own Neptunes Track in the future.
The Cool Kids ended up knocking out a hot future summer anthem, ‘Summer Jam’ could easily be their next single. “The definitive summer anthem in an album full of tracks made for the current season. Pharrell Williams takes over production duties here, which is appropriate given how clear an influence The Neptunes’ production style has had on The Cool Kids. When Skateboard P drops everything but the vocal samples and percussion, the whole thing pops. An effective album closer” says Complex. Preorder the album now on iTunes.
The Cool Kids – Get Right (Snippet) (11′)
The Cool Kids – Summer Jam feat. Maxine Ashley (Snippet) (11′)
The trio of Pacific Division decided to give up some welcome details in this clip concerning their major debut Grown Kid Syndrome, including some tracks fans may have heard snippets of before. The three new west cohorts go on to talk about their tour with N*E*R*D and the experience of working with super producers, The Neptunes. If all goes as planned we’ll be contracting Grown Kid Syndrom this August.
Pusha T. , Cyhi Da Prince, Kanye West and Big Sean at the Santos Party House, thanks to flipbundlez.
“This is off K-Def’s American Gangster remix project that was put out (unofficially) in 2008. The dope thing about this is how he flipped the sample (a well known Johnny “Guitar” Watson) joint which was played in reverse. Another small taste of how talented K-Def is. He’s a legend in his own right and more heads should take notice, damn near 20 years in the game! While on the subject of the great Hov, make sure to head over to Al Lindstrom and check out the homie Chris Moss’ excellent write up on Reasonable Doubt, celebrating 15 years!”
Jay-Z – Blue Magic (K-Def Remix) (11′)
Austin Brown has been in the studio with Pharrell lately to work on his debut album titled (‘85) which will be due this Fall. “Working with another one of my idols today Skateboard P.“ Austin Brown (25) is an American singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, dancer and record producer and is the third child of Rebbie Jackson (the sister of Michael Jackson and the eldest daughter of the Jackson Family of musicians). He has previously has worked with a number of leading artists and producers, including Rodney Jerkins and Walter Afanasieff.
Austin Brown – 85 (2011)
Here is the rare N*E*R*D – In Search Of… Sample CD mixed by DJ Homicide released back in March 2001 when the album was still digital, thanks to FlowHightide & HISE for the find!
N*E*R*D – In Search Of… Sample CD (DJ Homicide) (2001)
Entertainment Weekly can exclusively reveal details about Katy Perry’s upcoming EP “California Dreams” which is set to drop later this fall. Perry has been back in the studio with regular collaborator Dr. Luke and has also has been laying down some tracks with Max Martin, Timbaland, Pharrell and Bangladesh. The music is in the same vain as the Teenage Dream album however has a more “future-esque electro bubble rock” sound to it as Katy describes it. Trust Perry to invent her own genre of music!
Zimbio.com also have exclusive details on the collaboration that there has been whispers about for months. She is set to collaborate with Rihanna on the club banger “Let Loose“. The verses of the track give way to a thumping chorus that can only remind us of a 2011 version of Hollaback Girl. Its definitely worth the wait for fans of both parties and is a sure fire number 1. The EP will be released individually or as part of a repackaged Teenage Dream which will include the E.P. plus the original album with remixes of E.T. with Kanye West and a forthcoming remix of Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F) with youtube sensation Rebecca Black who features in the new video for Last Friday Night, thanks to matty.
We all heard the No Planes In Space “Chains” and “Potholes D Createur Uniden” demo’s from the Foolsgold Mixtape and wondered is this group for real? Is it just a side project?
Well as part of theneptunes.org interview with Missile Command (Coming Soon!!), Hiphop Dan confirmed that the album is definitely happening.
“We have many, many things in the pipeline as far as that is concerned, there’s [Chad’s project with Paul Banks from Interpol called] ‘No Planes In Space‘ as well as work for Kenna, and a whole slew of other artists, although I’m not sure who I can mention at this time. Some of these things are solely Chad projects I am chiming in on, others I am taking a more involved role in.”
Earlier on in the interview he also hinted that Missile Command could soon become next years buzz worthy artists. “Eventually it [Missile Command] will be a full-fledged production/remix/performance entity which we are working on right now”
Chad Hugo also revealed that Missile Command are in the studio with Kevin Rudolph in NY all weekend “Studio time with kevin rudolph and @hiphopdan”
We’re working with Dan & Chad to bring you the full interview very soon! Stay tuned !!
According to suntimes.com, they say that Chad Hugo was also involved in the production of Beyonce’s ‘I Care’ and not just on the writing credits. “On the sad but superb “I Care,” The Neptunes’ Chad Hugo offers palpitating beats and lone synth note underneath, and Empire of the Sun’s Luke Steele co-produces the heavy drums and definite Earth, Wind & Fire influence of “Rather Die Young.” “Party” is a breezy get-together, accented with scooping, gliding multitracked harmonies that almost make moot the idea of a Destiny’s reunion.” thanks to ruthless for the find !
Beyoncé – I Care (11′)
Chuck Inglish & Co. sat down with hiphopdx.com to talk abiut their new album and how is it working with The Neptunes & Travis Barker. “Sitting there with Pharrell asking me what I thought, or building a beat and letting me put that shit together. That’s crazy because four or five years ago, I was looking at other people doing that shit going crazy like, “I can’t wait to do some shit like that!” Before I looked up, I was doing it and doing it on my own with people I knew and they knew me! They knew me, too! To them, I was kind of where they were at. That shit’s still bugged out. In my head, I will always be the little kid that I’ve always been.”
Ladies & Gentlemen, thanks to G`and MarsGuo, we finally get to hear the official Instrumental to Noreaga’s single from 1999 titled Oh No featuring Pharrell, don’t thank me guys, thank G` and MarsGuo, they bought it from Ebay!
Noreaga – Oh No (Instrumental) (99′)
Leaning on a sticky table in a hotel room stained the color of urine, director Jason Goldwatch scrolls through photos on his iPhone and smiles as he flips the screen towards us. Odd Future’s Tyler, The Creator, stands against a Skid Row storefront in his standard attire: baseball shirt, cutoff shorts, striped knee socks. He has a double, but not–since he did break his foot at last Saturday night’s House of Blues show–for stunts. Nope, his mirror image is Pusha T. of The Clipse. “No one’s poppin’ more than Pusha, or more than Tyler. It’s pretty fuckin’ rad that these fools got together and brought these two worlds together, so the idea was to bring them into each other’s worlds. So when it’s Pusha’s verse, he’s rapping and Tyler’s dressed like Pusha- gangsta shit.
When it’s Tyler’s verse, Pusha’s dressed like a skater. Pusha was even on crutches. We’re tryin’ to bring the rager out of Pusha, and that gangsta street solid shit out of Tyler,” Goldwatch says. “The best videos to me are when I can tell you the concept in four sentences, and you get it, and now we’re both thinking of shit. I take this shit mad personal,” Goldwatch says. “When I get the song, it’s my life for a couple of days. Get a big sack of weed and turn my phone off, and just listen to the song–or other Clipse. This shit’s art to me.” For the “Trouble on My Mind” video, the art is just as much in the destruction as in the creation. The dingy hotel room set will be demolished by a bunch of Odd Future’s crew, including members Taco and Jasper Dolphin, within a couple of hours.
Will.i.am, Kanye West & Pharrell Williams
That’s my assessment of the battle between the two hip-hop stars/music produces featured on panels during this week’s Cannes Lions Festival. That’s just my perspective, mind you. And it’s not because Will.i.am isn’t really smart, and didn’t say some important things on today’s “creativity” panel moderated by McCann WorldGroup chief Nick Brien and co-hosted with MRM Worldwide. I just think Pharrell Williams did a better job of authentically communicating is views of the role of media, marketing and creativity during the panel he did with Digitas and Vevo earlier in the week. Will.i.am was a bit slicker, and, well, Madison Avenue-like, with packaged buzzwords like “communiting” (communication to and through communities [ie. social media]).
Don’t get me wrong, Will.i.am has a really sophisticated view of the role marketing and media are playing in the creative process and the communities a creator like him are trying to reach and influence. Especially the concept of disintermediation. He didn’t call it that, but that’s what he was talking about when he said that the big change in music technology was the shift from recording/then distributing music to one in which the same platform (the computer and the Internet) used to record the music is also being used to distribute and experience it. In fact, Will.i.am is kind of prescient about the impact of media technology. For example, he said he more or less intuited the emergence of Twitter.
Update: June 2nd
Revlon just released the new Grow Luscious Plumping Mascara Commercial starring Pharrell Williams and Jessica Biel with music by Pharrell himself, sounds pretty much like a leftover from 2006’s In My Mind, pretty dope and the video is awesome too directed by Darren Aronofsky, check it out, btw I made the tune longer for the iPod.
Pharrell – You Got Me (11′)
Updated: June 1st
Jessica Biel and Pharrell Williams star in the 60 second film noir-inspired commercial, which was shot entirely on black and white film. In “Hypnoteyzed,” Biel draws Williams in with her plumped eyelashes and with each bat of her lashes, nearly knocks Williams off his feet. Revlon Grow Luscious Plumping Mascara conditions and plumps eyelashes by 200% with every use. Revlon Grow Luscious Plumping mascara will be available in drugstores and mass retailers nationwide on June 1. The commercial is directed by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan). “Hypnoteyzed” will begin running in US movie theaters on June 13, thanks to wah!
Revlon Grow Luscious Plumping Mascara Commercial (Teaser)
Who would’ve thought that Digitas CEO Laura Lang and produce/musician Pharrell Williams would have so much in common, but as it turns out, they both agree about something important: That the future of music on Madison Avenue is all about connecting consumers to music they are passionate about. “They use our music whenever they want,” Williams noted, about Madison Avenue’s habit of licensing recorded music for background music in commercials. “They pay for it, but they use it.” Williams, who was speaking on a panel at the Cannes Festival Of Media, seemed to be suggesting that it has been a decidedly disconnected process, and that marketers and agencies need to integrate music into brands in a more authentic way.
That’s exactly what Digitas’ Lang thinks too. She says the whole concept of advertising and branding has shifted over the past 10 year, and that “brands need to be built different.” Specifically, she said that brands can’t “talk at people,” but they need to tap into things people are passionate about, particularly music. “I think the future of these partnerships is going to be dependent on connecting to what people are passionate about, and not just putting a piece of music on a 30-second spot,” Lang explained.
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