Charlize Theron, Cameron Diaz, Jared Leto and Terry Richardson gathered for dinner inside Chateau Marmont’s iconic Bungalow one in Los Angeles on February 21st to help Target and host Bevy Smith honor Pharrell Williams. The retail giant put the intimate ‘do together to celebrate Williams‘ many accomplishments, especially scoring this year’s Oscar music alongside composer Hans Zimmer. Toasts were given by Usher, Target’s Greg Cunningham and Smith. Also at the dinner: Chelsea Handler and on-again boyfriend Andre Balaz (who owns Chateau), Ellen Pompeo, MOCA director Jeffery Deitch, Lupe Fiasco, Jesse Williams, Johnny Knoxville, and stylist Mariel Haenn.
Danny! – Speed feat. Pharrell (Snippet) (12′)
The Neptunes Working With Danny!
Australian artist Craig Redman has produced work for an array of brands including Apple, MTV, Converse and The New York Times. Redman has featured in some solo exhibitions showcasing his work but he is most well known for his one eyed character Darcel that acts as an art & fashion critic on Redman’s blog. Redman has now joined Parisian boutique colette, in their 15th anniversary by creating 150 illustrations for the shop décor. The illustrations take on the look of the entertainers and fashion personalities Pharrell Williams, Alber Elbaz, Tom Ford, Yves Saint Laurent, Miuccia Prada, and Karl Lagerfeld all with Darcel stylings.
Marigosa, Nick|Dork and me have decided to make a new Forum, so that you guys have a place to discuss the newest neptunes stuff until we’ve got a better one. Tell me what you think of the new solution. The new Forum is called Grindin.org so make sure to visit and bookmark it right now!
Updated: January 23rd
Whats up my felow Neptunes Fans, last week we’ve had some problems with the Forum because it was on a free hosting server and the database has been spamed so they had to close the Forum for a while, but this was not the first time they’ve closed the forum cause of the spamming, actually it’s the second time so they told us that they will close the Forum if thats gonna happen again and eventually that is what happened, the Forum is back but the sad news is that they deleted the whole database with all posts and accounts from the Forum. The good news is that we have to start from scratch and we have to create a new and better Forum, in the meanwhile until we’ll get a new Forum, you’ll be able to share and discuss the latest about The Neptunes on the Internet Relay Chat (mIRC) like in the old days where we only discussed and shared files on there with over 80 people daily.
Most of y’all know about The Neptunes Channel on IRC but i’m pretty sure there are some fellas that never heard of it, so i’ll try explain to you what IRC actually is. Like i said before, mIRC is an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) client for Microsoft Windows created in 1995 and it is a fully functional chat utility. mIRC has a number of distinguishing features, such as the file sharing abilities, via the DCC protocol, also featuring a built in File Server. Direct Client-to-Client (DCC) is an IRC-related sub-protocol enabling peers to interconnect using an IRC server for handshaking in order to exchange files or perform non-relayed chats.
Download mIRC With Invision Here, Install It, then just Add your Nick example (Chad), The Network (Rizon) & Channel (#theneptunes), then simply Connect, for further informations ask in the channel or here.
If you weren’t in Las Vegas this past week for Karmaloop’s Vegas Vaunt, we’ve got you covered with exclusive coverage of the madness. Karmaloop took over the entire Cosmopolitan for 2 days of intense partying, with appearances from The Bad Rabbits, Freeway, Pharrell Williams, Mano, Terry Kennedy, and much more. Tune into this dope recap and be sure to stay up on KarmaloopTV.com for more! Thanks to k0tik.
To coincide with their newly released Lightyears EP, executive produced by Pharrell Williams, Mansions On The Moon will be hitting the road this Spring for their 16-stop Lightyears Tour including a stop at this year’s SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. A complete list of their upcoming tour dates after the jump.
The Lightyears Tour
9th – Los Angeles, CA — The Mint
13—17th – Austin, TX — SXSW
21st – Lawrence, KS — The Granada
22nd – Omaha, NE — The Waiting Room
23rd – Ames, IA — M-Shop
24th – Iowa City, IA — The Mill
25th – Minneapolis, MN — 7th Street Entry
27th – Milwaukee, WI — Shank Hall
29th – DeKalb, IL — The House Cafe
30th – Pontiac, MI — iLounge
31st – Chicago, IL — Bottom Lounge
1st – St. Louis, MO — The Gramophone
3rd – Memphis, TN — Hi Tone
5th – Birmingham, AL — Bottletree
6th – Athens, GA — New Earth Music Hall
7th – Atlanta, GA — Terminal West @ King Plow
If an explosion could be condensed into human form and taught to rap, that rapper would be Mystikal. The New Orleanian rap legend’s manic, scatter-shot flow took him from local hero to the de facto general of the No Limit Soldiers at the height of their success and propelled him towards genuine pop star status by the turn of the century. In 2004, his career was abruptly derailed by a six-year prison stay stemming from extortion and sexual assault charges, but he returned to the world and the rap game last year.
A seemingly changed man, but no less of a ferocious rapper, he’s since inked a deal with hometown hit makers (and his one time rivals) Cash Money. With today being Fat Tuesday aka Mardi Gras, we got Mystikal to tell the stories behind some of his biggest hits, telling tales of how he opened for Run DMC, beefed with an entire rap sub-genre, and almost slept through No Limit’s most memorable posse cut. Written by Andrew Nosnitsky. Thanks to menamearenick
Mystikal: “Life-changing—another reinvention. I guess I reinvented myself about 18 times throughout my career. At that time I was transitioning from the O-Dog braids to the braids to the back. And with me I mean to the backbecause them bitches was behind my ears. That’s why I always rock a doo-rag, ya heard me? “In fact, after I was really rich I took that bitch off because I didn’t give a fuck. I ain’t hiding this bitch no more. So at that time I was just reinventing again. Fashion was turning the curb, Fubu and all that shit was popping off. That was a golden era. “[Working with The Neptunes] was like being around fucking mad scientists. Too creative. [Pharrell] is one of the most creative brothers I’ve ever stood around. That shit was dope—it fit. That [sings] ‘Attention all you players and pimps…’ that was all his handiwork. He wrote that hook, bridge. I would’ve never came up with nothing like that. I would’ve just been hollering shit.
“It was really fun putting that bitch together. That was one of the first beats he played for me. After I heard that I don’t remember anything else that he played. I was just waiting for him to go through whatever he wanted to play and say, ‘Please go back to that other one, please brother.’ “I was well pleased with how it came out, but I didn’t think it would properly represent what I was like. It’s a hit-or-miss game. If it would’ve been up to me, I wouldn’t have released it as a single, thinking about my fans, and it would’ve been looked at as a sell-out. ‘Aww he went and crossed over, he all about the money now, he don’t give a fuck about the fans.’ “I didn’t feel like that was the kind of artist I was. I felt like I was more hardcore. I didn’t want to be a shake-ya-booty kind of rapper. They’d be like, Aw you just trying to be like Juvenile with ‘Back That Ass Up.’ I wanted to stay in my own lane but that’s how that bitch came out though, from that beat. And it almost was me paying homage to Bounce again, too. That ‘Show me what you working with’ is Bounce language.
Here is the official video for “Rihanna’s Gun” feat. Mavado. The song is produced by Wyclef & Sedeck Jean and is featured on Cris’ new mixtape, Echo Boom, presented by Billionaire Boys Club and available now. The video pulls from studio sessions as well as Cris’ live performances around the country. Directed by Taylor Cut Film, thanks k0tik.
“We speak to the legendary BAPE designer about his new brand and premiere exclusive images from the S/S12 collection by David Hellqvist. Having Revolutionised streetwear in the Late 90s and Made p its Centre point through the Birth of A Bathing Ape . ®, Nigo is Now two Seasons INTO a new, very Personal Project Human Made is less about logos, attitude, and Loud Colours – it’s a . sartotrial deep dive into the wonderful world of vintage Continuing his own obsession, and just about every Japanese teenagers it seems, with vintage American workwear, Human Made looks closer at the craftsmanship – and the intricate detailing that ensues-of a bygone era.
The result is clothes, as Nigo Says, That he wants to Wear Himself Up … a more grown version of BAPE Human Designed for Mainstream Is not Made succes -. At least not in a BAPE ® kinda way – but just That Makes the project more heartfelt. Here we exclusively premiere images from Human Made’s S/S12 lookbook and talk to Nigo about his plans for the brand …”
Dazed Digital: How and when did Human Made start?
Nigo: It started in the second half of 2010 How I just wanted to make some things I couldn’t make at A Bathing Ape ® Selfishly, it’s all things I wanted to wear myself!
DD: What’s the main differences between Human Made and A Bathing Ape ®?
Nigo: It’s different stages in an evolution – from Ape to Human.
Forum member EclecticE has been following Tyler’s twitter where ofwgkta front man tweeted about the old Team Ice Cream Vol.1 DVD from 2006. I never really checked out the 70 minutes long DVD (Watch It Here) but thanks to EclecticE, we now know that there is an Alternate Version of Fam-Lay’s Skrunt Owt. Check out the part at 02:33 and you can hear a little different version of Skrunt Owt with some new keys on it, its pretty dope, check it out below, thanks to EclecticE & Tyler, The Creator.
Fam-Lay – Skrung Owt (06′)
Fam-Lay – Skrung Owt (Alternate Version) (06′)
As you’ve already noticed on the Miss Info post, there are a few snippets of a new Pharrell beat in the background of that Interview, which can be previewed at the Launch Party In St.Louis Video, above, check it out.
Here are the official credits to Tyga’s ‘Lil’ Homie’ from his debut album ‘Careless World’ which can be purchased now on Itunes, and if anyone wondered who produced the ‘This Is Like‘ tune featuring Robin Thicke, it’s produced by David D.A. Doman. Thanks to Borsboom for the booklet.
Sheila E. has been in the studio with Pharrell probably for her seventh studio album. Sheila Escovedo (55), known by her stage name Sheila E., is an American drummer and ground breaking and influental percussionist. She’s best known for her work with Prince, George Duke and Ringo Starr in the past. I’m Really looking forward to this collaboration because both of them are great drummers and percussionist, remember 2001 when Chad Hugo has been talking about doing a Jazz album but it never got finished, instead some of the tunes from that session has been used and re-used for other artists, I wanna see this Funky/Experimental Big Band/Charanga/Structured Improvisation Jazz collaboration. “In the Lab with Pharrell getting ready 2 throw down” Thanks to nerd0016.
Sheila E. Live On Letterman (2011)
Sheila E. & George Duke – Dukey Stick (1978)
Sheila E. & Prince
Columbia, South Carolina native American rapper and producer Danny!, also known as D. Swain (29), is working on his sixth studio album titled ‘Payback’ with the help of The Neptunes on the album’s track Speed which also features Pharrell on the hook. He will also have Janelle Monáe, Talib Kweli, Swizz Beatz, Tyler, The Creator among others, check out the umpressive tracklist below. Danny! is most notable for his critically acclaimed self-released albums Charm and And I Love H.E.R., the latter named by ABC News as one of the best 50 albums of 2008.
2010’s Where Is Danny?, despite internet leakage that hindered sales, has received universal acclaim for its cartoonish lyrical content and “lo-fi” production; in press coverage prior to its release Spin revealed that the record would be less of a departure from Danny!’s musical direction but more of a return to original form, sounding “as over-the-top as The Slim Shady LP a decade ago”. Danny! is currently signed to Interscope Records after being upstreamed from a six-month-long development deal. Danny Swain’s Track-By-Track rundown of his new album ‘Payback’ has been reviewed by himself and this is what he had to say about The Neptunes collabo on the tune ‘Speed’.
10 – Speed feat. Pharrell
“I pride myself in not videotaping EVERY all-star collaboration or Tweeting (read: spamming) about every single A-list studio session that led to Payback, putting them on blogs and shit. Who gives a fuck? Just make the goddamn music. With Pharrell on the hook, this is the part of the storyline that takes place in the present. Now that I’ve spent Act I doing a lot of reminiscing, Act II is me dealing with the consequences of my actions. I rap the first verse as my sister and the second verse as my mother, who are both trying to get me to “slow down” since my life has been spiraling out of control.
As I’m driving I’m reading these letters from them and reciting them out loud; in the third verse I’m rapping as myself, paranoid as hell and basically wondering aloud how things got out of hand. The metaphor for my life is the car that I’m driving recklessly in the song; the “consequence”, in this case, winds up being me crashing headfirst into another vehicle. The song ends on a somber note with ambulances and all; it really reminds me of “My Problem” from Charm in a sense. I didn’t make this beat, but there’s a remix featuring my homies Speak Easy and Lario Emu Iji that will be featured on the Australian version of the album as a bonus track. I did do that [beat].” Thanks to Rafael & DarkMatter.
Danny! – Payback (2012)
01 – Overture
02 – Silly Me (Myintrotoletuknow)
03 – Little Black Boy feat. Janelle Monáe
04 – Get Up feat. Talib Kweli & Chell
05 – Evil feat. Bruno Mars
06 – Louder feat. Tanya Morgan
07 – Phonte feat. Phonte
08 – Shit Starters feat. Swizz Beatz, Jim Jones, El-P & DJ Kay Slay
09 – Overture Reprise
10 – Speed feat. Pharrell (The Neptunes)
11 – Hey You feat. Tyler, The Creator
12 – Misunderstood feat. Asher Roth & Lil’ B
13 – I Don’t Wanna Hear That Shit
14 – Do It All Over Again feat. E-40
15 – Keep Your Head To The Sky feat. Collette
16 – Far Away feat. John Legend
17 – Payback feat. iLLmont
As we told you guys last year on August that Stalley will be working with Chad Hugo for his Debut album, well he did and the tune is called ‘Mind Make Up‘ produced by Chad Hugo and engineered by DNA which will be on Savage Journey To The American Dream (coming soon). Stalley will unveil the release date when he gets 50,000 followers on twitter, and according to Stalley himself, that beat has been made from scratch while Stalley was freestyling. “This song I’m releasing at 3:30pm is what happens when I freestyle and Chad Hugo Freestyles a beat from scratch all at the same time.” Nice tune right there, check it out below, thanks to Borsboom.
Stalley – Mind Made Up (Chad Hugo) (12′)
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