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August 2011

Pusha Talks Personal Style, Fashion In Hip Hop & Music

Pusha T. takes some time while on the Heineken Red Star Access G.O.O.D. Music 9-city Tour to speak to Upscalehype. Touching on a bunch of fashion subjects, Pusha gives good insight to hip-hop and fashion going hand in hand. Check it out.

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N*E*R*D – Live At The Rock Hall & Fillmore, San Francisco (2002)

Those were the days…*Trucker Hats* N*E*R*D performing “Rock Star (Poser)“, “Run To The Sun” and “Stay Together” with SpyMob at the Rock Hall in Cleveland, Ohio and Fillmore, San Francisco in Summer 2002. I remember this having it on VHS, I couldn’t find it anymore, thanks to Davy, dg1907, Gaugzilla & polloconarroz for the find!

N*E*R*D – Truth Or Dare feat. Kelis & Bobby James (Live At The Rock Hall)

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Lloyd Banks – Trouble On My Mind (Freestyle)


Lloyd Banks jumps on Pusha T.’s latest single Trouble On My Mind.

Lloyd Banks – Trouble On My Mind (Freestyle) (11′)

*xclusiveszone.net

Complex’s ’25 Best Pharrell Hooks’


Complex made a list compelled of the 25 Best Pharrell Hooks where they also revealed some interpolations and samples of some songs that made the list such as on ‘P. Diddy’sD.I.D.D.Y.’ from 2001, “P reworks Boogie Down Productions1988 classic “Jimmy” and simply spells out Puff’s new name rhythmically. Voila, hit song.” and sampling Luther Vandross’Take You Out” (and borrowing some of its lyrics) on Jay-Z – Excuse Me Miss feat. PharrellHov and P set out to make a record considerably smoother than some of their previous efforts. Pharrell crooned in a high falsetto while Jigga dropped ad-libs about Scooby Doos (those were X-pills shoes, by the way). The record became a Top 10 hit as Jay and that boy Pharrell continued to make beautiful music.”

Pharrell has been one of popular music’s premier producers for the past decade, and he’s still absolutely relevant. In the past month alone, he’s made headlines for starting the boutique label I Am Other, launching Qream Liqueur, joining Twitter, and raking in $10 million last year. Still, we haven’t forgotten what he does best: music. More specifically, choruses. Hooks. The catchy part of the song that everyone loves. We combed through P’s catalog and pitted his greatest ones against each other.” Check out all 25 Best Pharrell Hooks on Complex.

Boogie Down Productions – Jimmy (1988) (Interpolation)

P. Diddy – D.I.D.D.Y. feat. Pharrell (2001)

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Luther Vandross – Take You Out (2001) (Sample)

Jay-Z – Excuse Me Miss feat. Pharrell (2002)

*complex.com

Beyonce – We Gon’ Take It To The Moon (The Neptunes)


How many of y’all listen to ‘Lift Off‘ waiting only for the beatswitch, well.. I couldn’t resist but to make an own track off Jigga’s & ‘Ye’s ‘Lift Off’ beatswitch right at the end of the tune while adding some of Pharrell’s oldschool Adlibs on it. It’s pretty amazin’, check it out. “We Gon’ Take It To The MooooooooooOOOoOOOOOon… Take It To The StaaaaaaRRRsssss”

Beyoncé – We Gon’ Take It To The Moon (The Neptunes) (11′)

Pharrell In The Studio With Maxine Ashley (Day 2)

Here is a new picture of Pharrell & Maxine Ashley in the studio.

*bbcicecream.com

Updated: August 11th

“@4real4rell In the stu with @MaxineAshley , Roarrrrrrrrr!!!!! ….that’s what it sounds like…”

*twitter.com/4real4rell

Updated: August 10th

“@4real4rell Going back in with @MaxineAshley tomorrow..the songs are so sick!! Ughhhhhh!!!”
“MaxineAshley @4real4rell We got the speakers bleeding mad #Swaggafidejuicyjuice Can’t wait to the the Others know!! #IamOther”

*twitter.com/4real4rell
*twitter.com/maxineashley

Game – Mama Knows feat. Nelly Furtado (The Neptunes)


While we’re all waiting for the new Nelly Furtado album, we can finally hear how Nelly sounds on a Neptunes beat (right.. she’s been featured on Hot-N-Fun, but doesn’t really count as a Neptunes beat), Game’s R.E.D. album just leaked on the net with The Neptunes produced track ‘Mama Knows’ featuring ‘Nelly Furtado’ that’s been recored 3 years ago while making ‘Nothing’ and that right there is pretty dope, check it out.

Game – Mama Knows feat. Nelly Furtado (The Neptunes) (11′)

Sk8board P Having Some Fun In Miami

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Pharrell To Perform At Club Nikki, Tropicana Las Vegas On August 27

Club Nikki at the all-new Tropicana Las Vegas hotel and casino welcomes a special performance by hip hop star, N*E*R*D front man and fashion designer Pharrell on Saturday, August 27, 2011.

“Attracting the best musical acts and performers is a key component of the unparalleled Club Nikki entertainment experience. In terms of live performances, it is difficult to match Pharrell,” said Tom Recine, Vice President Food and Beverage of Tropicana Las Vegas.

A key component of the Club Nikki brand is music and entertainment ranging from internationally-renowned DJs to top name musical acts. Energy dancers, musicians and performers complete an interactive entertainment experience that is unrivaled. Club Nikki is open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays beginning at 10:30 p.m. For table reservations and more information on upcoming events, call 702-739-2648 or visit nikkibeachlasvegas.com. All guests must be 21 years of age or older.

*prnewswire.com

Pusha T. – Amen feat. Kanye West & Young Jeezy (Shawty Redd)


Here is another leak of Pusha’s Fear Of God 2 titled Amen featuring Kanye West & Young Jeezy produced by Shawty Redd, Fear Of God 2 is due August 23rd.

Pusha T. – Amen feat. Kanye West & Young Jeezy (Shawty Redd) (11′)

*officialdjgreen.com
*xclusiveszone.net

Game – Martians VS. Goblins feat. Tyler, The Creator & Lil’ Wayne (Preview)

Check out this preview of Game’s Martians VS. Goblins featuring our forum member Tyler, The Creator and Lil’ Wayne produced by No I.D. from The R.E.D. Album due August 23rd.

*2dopeboyz.com

The Soledad O’Brien & Brad Raymond Foundation In New Orleans


Soledad O’Brien looked stunning in pink as she hosted her own charity event yesterday in the Hamptons. Pharrell, Star Jones and of course, Russell Simmons, all flocked to Bridgehampton to show their support in honor of The Soledad O’Brien and Brad Raymond Foundation’s ‘New Orleans In The Hamptons‘ charity function. Soledad and her husband Brad have dedicated their foundation to the advancement of education for young women. More specifically, the foundation is designed to empower young women and provide promising individuals with a bridge between obstacles and opportunities.


Soledad wore a one-shoulder bright pink gown, cinched at the waist, showing off her petite figure. Pharrell looked chic as usual in fitted jeans, a pink button-up and a navy blazer. The inaugural event began with a cocktail hour at 6PM, followed by a live jazz concert and main event that took place at 7PM. We love when celebs get together to celebrate a good cause! “What is so funny, my favorite thing about Pharrell is his producing. I said to him, you know what, what’s scary is that my daughter who was 10 and is now 20 are repeating some of the lyrics that you have. But I think he does really well, because he has this tremendous value for education for young people.

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Pharrell Williams At G-Shock Party In New York City


Pharrell Williams attended the blow-out G-Shock x Nigel Sylvester timepiece launch last night, at the Hotel on Rivington Penthouse in New York City. Sylvester, a BMX icon and one of the most dominant athletes in the sport, has continued to captivate audiences with his impressive array of tricks and innovative street riding. He is one of the most visible links between the action sports world and the mainstream consumer market, as well as one of action sports most positive role models. G-Shock is proud to release Nigel Sylvester’s Signature timepiece, the GD100NS-7. The stark white band and contrasting black face features the BMX pro’s signature emblazoned in red. Keeping true to Nigel’s need for a tough and durable watch that can also be worn as a fashion accessory, the GD100NS-7 is Shock Resistant and 200M Water Resistant.

*bloginity.com

Robin Thicke At The Richmond Jazz Festival

Chermine Green snapped her fingers and shimmied to the sounds of the jazz group Down to the Bone on the grounds of Maymont yesterday as the Richmond Jazz Festival got off to a rainy, cloudy start. “The artists brought me back,” said Green, who attended the festival last year and purchased a two-day pass for this year’s event.

The sprinkling of rain that threatened on and off wasn’t a deterrent to sticking it out, she said. “It’s just laid-back and relaxing. Something for the grown and sexy,” said Green, who lives in Chesterfield County.

The festival, in its second year, features music on two stages on the sprawling grounds of Maymont, a 100-acre estate bequeathed to the city of Richmond. Saturday’s performers included Spyro Gyra, Christian McBride, Maysa, The Rippingtons, Earl Klugh, Chrisette Michele and Aaron Neville. The festival, a mix of jazz, rhythm and blues and pop artists, continues today, with the gates opening at 11 a.m. The lineup includes Los Lobos, Robin Thicke, Fourplay, Brian Culbertson, Pieces Of A Dream and more. Ron Robinson of Midlothian and about a dozen friends enjoyed the music, food and beverages from under a tent near the Verizon stage.

They were all former employees of DuPont, he said, and chipped in to buy a tent package. “This is putting Richmond on the map,” said Robinson. “It’s almost like I’ve died and gone to jazz heaven. I like jazz in general … I am anxious to see Simone because I was a fan of her mother.” Simone, daughter of jazz legend Nina Simone, took the stage at about 4:35. A big screen near the stage broadcast her image, making it unnecessary to be near the stage to see the show. She did a big-band tribute to her mother and then delighted the crowd with a bluesy song.

“I love the blues,” she screamed before launching into song. Angela Flagg, spokesman for Johnson Inc., which organized the festival, said it was too early to count heads. “We are thrilled with the thousands of jazz fans who came out to support the festival for a second year. This is becoming a Richmond tradition that everyone will look forward to next summer.” The shows continue today, rain or shine. Lawn chairs and coolers are allowed, but no pets, outside alcoholic beverages or glass bottles.

*timesdispatch.com

Maxine Ashley Reveals Album Status


“@MaxineAshley Maxine Ashley
Btw guys the reason why this album is taking some time is because i write them.”

*twitter.com/maxineashley

Missile Command Presents… Home Base

*hiphopdan.com

Pharrell Williams x Nymag.com Interview

Name: Pharrell Williams
Age: 38
Neighborhood: Soho
Occupation: Musician; Tonight he’s co-chairing “New Orleans in the Hamptons,” the fundraising launch of the Soledad O’Brien and Brad Raymond Foundation, which helps young women fund their education. They have been mentoring and helping young women who need resources to go to school for years by themselves, and now they are reaching out to their friends for help.

Who’s your favorite New Yorker — living or dead, real or fictional?
John Lennon.

What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in New York?
Cafe Habana in Soho.

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?
I imagine it and put it down.

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Pharrell Williams x Adweek.com Interview


What’s the first information you consume in the morning?
I check through my mobile devices and respond to emails and text messages. I browse websites like The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, The Economist, Miami Herald, and music and fashion trades.

What do you read or watch or listen to at the breakfast table?
Definitely CNN, American Morning. I also watch Anderson Cooper and Wolf Blitzer later in the day.

What occupies your mind in the car, on the subway, train, or bus?
New ideas or thinking about the projects and music that I’m currently working on. And I listen to the radio—a lot of the classic stations, like Majic 102.7 [in Miami].

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Gloria Estefan’s Wepasode #1


Enjoy a behind the scenes look at the making of Gloria Estefan’s upcoming ‘Wepa‘ Remix featuring Pitbull.

Kelis – Get Along With You (Proper Instrumental) (2000)


Kelis’ third and final single off 1999’s ‘Kaleidoscope‘ with the proper Instrumental, eargasm right there. A big thanks to our forum member MarsGuo.

Kelis – Get Along With You (Instrumental) (00′)

Kelis – Get Along With You (99′)

The Official Noreaga ‘Finito’ Version


Here is the official Verzion including the Instrumental to Noreaga’s Finito single with the remix outro from the CDS that we heard weeks ago which will be out soon on iTunes.

Noreaga – Finito feat. Pharrell & Lil’ Wayne (11′)

Noreaga – Finito (Instrumental) (11′)

Game – The R.E.D. Album (Official Credits & Tracklist), 2 Neptunes Tracks


Here it is, the official tracklist and production credits to Game’s long delayed fourth studio album The R.E.D. Album after two years executive produced by Pharrell. There has been completely 11 Neptunes tracks thats been confirmed that The Neptunes and Game worked on for The R.E.D. Album but if you ‘ve been looking forward to see at least 5 Neptunes tracks on the album, you’ll be disappointed, because there will only be 2 on the album which is ‘Mama Knows’ featuring Nelly Furtado (Check out the snippet below) and ‘It Must Be Tough’ featuring Pharrell which looks like a re-done version of ‘It Must Be Me’, nonetheless, better 2 than nothing, check out the tracklist below including the production credits.

Game – The R.E.D. Album (2011) (August 23rd)
01 – Dr. Dre Intro
02 – The City feat. Kendrick Lamar (Cool & Dre)
03 – Basic Bitch (Dirkpate)
04 – Drug Test feat. Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg & Sly (DJ Khalil)
05 – Dead People (Dr. Dre)
06 – Martians VS. Goblins feat. Tyler, The Creator & Lil’ Wayne (1500)
07 – Dr. Dre Interlude/Skit
08 – Good Girl, Bad Girl feat. Drake (Cool & Dre)
09 – Ricky (DJ Khalil)
10 – Good, Bad & The Ugly (Hit Boy)
11 – Heavy Artillery feat. Rick Ross & Beanie Segal (The Street Runner)
12 – Paramedics feat. Young Jeezy (Maestro)
13 – Speakers On Blast feat. Big Boi & E-40 (1500)
14 – Pot Of Gold feat. Chris Brown (The Futuristics)
15 – Dr. Dre Interlude/Skit
16 – All The Way Gone feat. Mario & Wale (1500)
17 – All I Know feat. Luu Breeze (Boi-1da)
18 – Born In The Trap (DJ Premier)
19 – Dr. Dre Interlude/Skit
20 – Momma Knows feat. Dr. Dre & Nelly Furtado (The Neptunes) (Snippet)
21 – California Dream (1500)
22 – Dr. Dre Outro
23 – We Are Dreaming (Deluxe Edition)
24 – Skate On feat. Lupe Fiasco (Infamous) (Deluxe Edition)
25 – L.O.V.E (Timbaland & Wizz Dumb) (Deluxe Edition)
26 – It Must Be Tough feat. Pharrell (The Neptunes) (Deluxe Edition)

Game – The R.E.D. Album (Leftovers)
* Aint No Doubt About It feat. Pharrell & Justin Timberlake (The Neptunes)
* Bounce feat. Pharrell & Shyne (The Neptunes)
* It Must Be Me feat. Pharrell (The Neptunes)
* Dedicated feat. Pharrell (The Neptunes)
* In My ’64 feat. Pharrell & Snoop Dogg (The Neptunes)
* She’ll Look Good To Me (The Neptunes)
* When My Nigga Come Home feat. Snoop Dogg (The Neptunes)
* Roll My Shit feat. Snoop Dogg (The Neptunes)
* L.A. Girl feat. Pharrell & Chris Brown (The Neptunes)

*nahright.com
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Pharrell At #13 On Forbes 2011 Hip-Hop Cash Kings


The Forbes Hip-Hop Cash Kings charts pretax earnings for all living artists whose work is primarily classified as hip-hop or rap. The 2011 edition, for the period from May 2010 to May 2011 has been released, timed perfectly with the launch of Watch The Throne: Jay-Z is hip-hop’s top earner with $37 million in the past 12 months, while Kanye West ranked third and Pharrell continues to earn industry-leading production fees even while touring and releasing albums with N*E*R*D. Not included in this year’s tally proceeds from the recent licensing deal struck between his Billionaire Boys Club clothing line and Jay-Z’s Rocawear he earns the #13 place with $10 million.

The full Top 20 list follows
#1 – Shawn ‘Jay-Z’ Carter, $37 million
#2 – Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, $35 million
#3 – Kanye West, $16 million
#4 – Dwayne ‘Lil’ Wayne’ Carter, Bryan ‘Birdman’ Williams, $15 million (tie);
#6 – Marshall ‘Eminem’ Mathers, Andre ‘Dr. Dre’ Young, Calvin ‘Snoop Dogg’ Broadus, $14 million (tie)
#9 – Aliuane ‘Akon’ Thiam, $13 million
#10 – Christopher ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, $12 million
#11 – Cameron ‘Wiz Khalifa’ Thomaz, Aubrey ‘Drake’ Graham, $11 million (tie)
#13 – Pharrell Williams, $10 million
#14 – Timothy ‘Timbaland’ Mosley, $7 million
#15 – Kasseem ‘Swizz Beatz’ Dean, Onika ‘Nicki Minaj’ Maraj, $6.5 million (tie)
#17 – William ‘Rick Ross’ Roberts, Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson, Armando ‘Pitbull’ Perez, $6 million (tie)
#20 – Faheem ‘T-Pain’ Najm, Bobby ‘B.o.B’ Simmons, Jr., $5 million (tie)

*highsnobiety.com

Watch The Throne Fans Talk ‘Gotta Have It’


Although Kanye West’s production imprint looms large on the Watch The Throne LP, he isn’t the only big name to grace the production credits. “Gotta Have It” is a track produced by The Neptunes and their signature sound is just the platter Jay and Kanye need for their back and forth verses where the stars talk up their riches with braggadocious flair. The short track is peppered with somber piano stabs and a cleverly placed James Brown sample which lasts throughout, giving the song a full feel even with is brief length. The crisp drums and eerie vocal samples help enhance the Kid Cudi-assisted track.

Yesterday the track began to trend worldwide on Twitter, continuing the current theme of the day on the social networking site. Fans have debated, discussed and flat-out argued the merits of the tracks on Watch The Throne all day long. Odd Future production team and group Jet Age Of Tomorrow tweeted from their @TheSuper3 account, “”gotta have it” is the so great. pharrell killed it..” while user @FlyGuyTray said the song, “might be my fave thus far.”

The track is a surprising favorite amongst Twitter users, considering the pace of the song isn’t notably upbeat. Although the song doesn’t lack energy as a result of its lowered tempo, it definitely stood out amongst fans – especially those familiar with The Neptunes sound. “The Neptunes are my ni**as!!! What they came up wit for “Gotta Have It” on #WTT reminded me why they are still among my favorite producers!” tweeted a hyped @TyDruma. What did you think of “Gotta Have It?” Did The Neptunes do their thing on this one?

*mtv.com

The Throne – Gotta Have It (The Neptunes) (11′)

Mary J. Blige In The Studio With Pharrell (Video)

Jermaine Dupri had the cameras rolling for his vblog “Living The Life” webisode series, in this clip he has Skateboard P, B. Cox and Mary J. Blige in the studio for a session for the ‘My Life II: Journey Continues’ at 6:10.

*ddotomen.com

Fam-Lay – Beach Cruiser (Video)

Produced by The Varcity (EJ, Steve, Chris Hall) and Chad Hugo, directed by Illusive Media, awesome video right there shot in the streets of VA with cameos by Chris Brown on the BMX, Pusha T., Shimmy Hoffa and pretty nice chicks, check it out.

*cheapthrillsva.com

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