The second Neptunes Track of The Cool Kids debut ‘When Fish Ride Bicycles’ ‘Get Right’ just leaked online on GreenLabelSound’s Facebook where you can stream the whole album entirety there. The Cool Kids debut album, “When Fish Ride Bicycles,” has been in the works for the past three years. Countless delays and label troubles have forced the duo, consisting of Chuck Inglish and Mikey Rocks, to continually postpone the record, leaving in their wake an EP, “The Bakesale” (2008) and two mixtapes,”Gone Fishing” (2009) and “Tacklebox” (2010). All worth of potential, but discarded, album cuts. But on July 12, “When Fish Ride Bicycles,” will finally see the light of day, released exclusively to iTunes by Mountain Dew’s imprint, Green Label Sound.
The Cool Kids recruited notable names for “When Fish Ride Bicycles.” The Chi-Town natives’ debut album features guest spots from Ghostface Killah to Blink-182 drummer, Travis Barker. Chuck said he was really excited about “Gas Station,” which features Bun B; and raved about working with The Neptunes, who produced two album cuts. “When I walked in there,” Chuck said about collaborating with The Neptunes, “the first thing I said was, ‘Yo, I want [Clipse's] “Doorman” and I want the beat from “Grindin’” together as a baby. And [Pharrell] was like, “That’s what you do, dog. I’m trying to do something else.” And I’m telling you, I didn’t want to hear that; but now when you listen to the record with those two songs the shit is like balanced.”
Even though “When Fish Ride Bicycles” is finally seeing its release, The Cool Kids have no plans to slow down. Chuck hopes the follow-up album, “Shark Week,” will be out by Christmas time, and perhaps even drop a third record next summer. An ambitious undertaking, but perhaps it’s the group’s way of making up for lost time. “I’m not really gonna stop. We’ve got so much stuff to do, so many songs we talked about, so many things to record,” Chuck said. “I want to be a band that people haven’t seen. I don’t want to be the next shit. Everybody wants to be like, ‘Oh it’s the next big thing.’ Fuck them. I don’t want to be them. I want to be us. And I don’t think what we’ve done has been done yet.”
The Cool Kids – Get Right (11′)
The Cool Kids – Summer Jam feat. Maxine Ashley (11′)
Pharrell has inspired a new generation of young rappers including Diggy Simmons. When Rap-Up caught up with him on set of his video for “Copy, Paste,” the 16-year-old rising star shared just how much of an influence Skateboard P has had on him.
“I started looking up to Pharrell before I really started getting serious with my music, just like on a fashion level,” said Rev Run’s son, while hinting of a collaboration on his debut album. “He’s just been really supportive and now we’re at the album, so you’ll see if he contributed.”
Diggy, who’s currently on the “Closer To My Dreams” tour, cited Lupe Fiasco, Jay-Z, Wu-Tang Clan, and Kanye West among his favorite MCs right now. While he’s yet to meet ‘Ye, Jay-Z had some encouraging words to say when they crossed paths. “Jay watched me perform and he said he liked my stage show, so I was like, ‘Wow.’ That was a big co-sign to me. It felt good that he liked it.”
Noreaga breaks ‘em off with a little preview of the Remix and speaks on future plans for the original. N.O.R.E.’s “Finito,” featuring Pharrell Williams and Lil’ Wayne, has grown its own legs since it leaked to the web. But in the wake of its release, Noreaga explains that he’s pleased with the response and plans on dropping a music video in the next few weeks. “’Finito’ is out there doing very, very good. I’m overwhelmed with the love, so instead of me sitting around and celebrating, I’m just staying in the studio because ‘Finito‘ wasn’t ready.
When you heard that version of ‘Finito,’ it was rough, it wasn’t ready. It was leaked. Hacker motherfuckers.” The latest addition to Busta Rhymes‘ Conglomerate family previews the Remix in a new video clip, and explains that the original is about to pick up even more steam. “The record is doing phenomenal. It’s actually getting spins in places I never thought of, and it’s doing things on its own,” he continued. “Hopefully, a video will come in three weeks, we’ll go for adds as well.”
Noreaga – Finito feat. Pharrell & Lil’ Wayne (11′)
Pharrell Williams & Barney Waters
Pharrell Williams is exploring Japan - as the star of Palladium’s Fall/Winter 2011 campaign! The 38-year-old musician and producer is teaming up with the boots brand to “venture into the subterranean tunnels deep below” Tokyo, while also uncovering the city’s vibrant subcultures. “As a brand that explores urban environments, Tokyo has always been on our list” explained Barney Waters, Palladium’s VP of Marketing. “We’re excited to partner with Pharrell as he is the logical choice to lead this Exploration. He is connected to Japanese culture and will bring a credible perspective to what’s going on there.” Pharrell’s trek to Tokyo will be captured in a short film along with a gallery of images shot by photographer Peter Sutherland.
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In 1947 the legendary Pampa boot was born, and the functionality, comfort and durability were so outstanding that the French Foreign Legion adopted it for their use. The Foreign Legion put the boot to the test in the harsh desert conditions of North Africa, and throughout the rugged terrain of the Atlas Mountains. Today, the original design, classic lines and time tested utility are as relevant as they have ever been. Combining over 60 years of authenticity with modern manufacturing, premium materials and cutting edge styling, Palladium boots are ready to help you explore your street, your city, or the world.
It sure takes lots of musical guts to take on one of the most loved and influential rock songs of the last twenty years. But that doesn’t deter Yuna from covering one of those classics she loves and make it her own. Check out her beautiful, heartfelt and accomplished acoustic cover of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are”.
The Malaysian singer has been performing the song during her live shows and encouraged by positive feedback from fans she decided to record it. Watch the video after the break that includes a quick cameo by Pharrell Williams in a quiet, working moment. Yuna and Pharrell have been spending time together in a Miami studio so we can only guess what that will lead to at this point.
Yuna may be new to most of us, but the singer is already a household name in her home country of Malaysia. In 2008, Yuna released her self-titled EP in Malaysia and the single “Deeper Conversation” became a massive success and went on to win the title of Best English Song at the 2009 AIM Awards, Malaysia‘s national music awards. Yuna swept the ceremony, also garnering Best Pop Song and Song of the Year for her Malay song, “Dan Severnarya“. Yuna released her debut EP, titled “Decorate,” in the States last March, which I highly recommend. It is a warming collection of beautifully-performed acoustic tunes that will leave you breathless. Download Yuna “Decorate” on iTunes.
Yuna – Come As You Are (Nirvana Cover) (Official Video) (03:25 ->)
Pharrell & Yuna In Miami
Kenna, set to release his new EP “Land 2 Air Chronicles 1: Chaos & The Darkness,” is strategically syncing up the record’s sure-to-be publicized release with his clean water passion project, Summit On The Summit. In the video above, the musician says that he isn’t driven by fame and fortune–or, more accurately, his aspirations for fame and fortune aren’t terminal. Instead, he wants to use those benefits to help leverage philanthropic ventures, and, thank goodness, put his money where his mouth is.
Summit On The Summit started out as an adventure trek a few years ago, when Kenna and a handful of friends tried to reach the peak of Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro. It has since become a highly publicized event with big names in entertainment using the climb to raise awareness for clean water initiatives around the world. As you’ve read on Act, the global water crisis is in dire need of attention and action. There are a staggering one billion people in developing countries who have no access to drinkable, sanitary water. As founder, Kenna served as a trip leader at last year’s trek, successfully helping Jessica Biel and Lupe Fiasco (among others) reach the peak. If the video below is any indication, this year promises bigger plans and a few surprises.
This isn’t the first time Kenna has been recognized for his social cause efforts. A sampling: He earned an honorary mtvU degree last year for being a socially engaged, positive role model in the entertainment world; he contributed songs to the Download to Download: Haiti and Music For Relief benefit albums; and he took a UNHCR trip to Ethiopia, where he was born, to understand firsthand the effects of the global water crisis. “All of you who show me love and my music too… I love and respect you. Music soon. Land 2 Air II in production now. >I|I<” – Kenna
While Game’s ‘The R.E.D. Album’ was being considered a major thing itself, the attachment of Dr. Dre’s name to it, develops the potential of it turning into a headlining event. As if it wasn’t enough, the rapper out of Compton added Pharrell Williams to the production lineup and that explains why he is so excited in the buildup to his fourth studio album’s August 23 release.
In a quick word with MTV News on the shoot of his ‘Pot Of Gold’, Game said, “This album is the most incredible album of my career. First, I’m back with Dr. Dre, which is a bonus and dope for me. Second, executive-produced by Pharrell, co-executive-produced by myself and Mars.”
The rest of the production team is quite impressive as well, with names such as Hit-Boy, Lex Luger, Cool & Dre and Maestro. And to change the flavor a bit, Game also invited artists like pop singer Nelly Furtado, rap ace Lil’ Wayne and veteran Busta Rhymes for features on R.E.D. Game’s first album ‘The Documentary’ was powered by Dre, but after his public feud with Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment-signee 50 Cent, the legendary beatsmith and Game went their separate ways and no further musical collaborations took place between the two parties until now.
However, in 2009, pictures of Game, Dre and Snoop Dogg working in the studios surfaced on the internet, leading to speculation that the two parties may have reconciled their differences, which later turned out to be true. Dre on The R.E.D. Album looks like a sure thing, but there are still question marks on the Detox-star’s level of involvement. Will he be doing full verses or just the hook? All will be answered on August 23, when the new disc hit the stores.
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