By Danielle Harling, Justin Bieber says he only raps for fun, plans on working with Drake, Pharrell Williams, and 40. With news of pop star Justin Bieber tapping into his inner rapper for his next single “Girlfriend” on top of the singer freestyling on various radio shows there’s been lots of talk about Bieber as a rapper. But in a feature in Complex Magazine the singer cleared up the rap rumors explaining that he does it merely “for fun.” “I just rap for fun. It’s nothing to take seriously,” Bieber explained to Complex. “On my new album, I’m going to do a little bit of rapping.” While Bieber may only rap for fun he still has plans on working with several Hip Hop artists in the studio including producer Pharrell Williams and rapper Drake.
“We’re talking to Benny Blanco, Bei Maejor, Mike Posner. We’re going to work with Pharrell…and Bruno Mars. He’s going in with Drake and 40 next week,” said Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun. Braun also explained that Bieber pits himself against the late singer Michael Jackson when it comes to setting the bar. “He’s competitive with Michael Jackson. When he looks at who he should chase and who’s setting the bar, we only talk about Michael Jackson. We talk about Michael probably every other day,” Braun revealed. The interview with Bieber will be featured in the April/May 2012 issue of Complex.
Terius Nash tells FUSE the album is not complete because he wants to leave the possibility open for a new single, working with Pusha T. on ten records (part 1:40 on the video), his video for “ROC” and his Kill The Lights tour, which he says a video is coming next week.
Apparatjik has released a new track featuring Pharrell under the moniker ‘Auto Goon’ produced by Apparatjik titled ‘Time Police’ that will be available on their new album ‘Square Peg In A Round Hole’, plus they also released the album version of Do It Myself featuring ‘Auto Goon’ too, you can check all tunes below, thanks to DarkMatter.
Apparatjik – Time Police feat. Auto Goon (12′)
Apparatjik – Time Police feat. Auto Goon (Alternate Version) (12′)
Apparatjik – Do It Myself feat. Auto Goon (Album Version) (12′)
Apparatjik – Do It Myself feat. Pharrell
Alyssa Bernal tweeted this morning that she will be releasing a music video for the tune ‘Stay’ from her debut album Love Hangover (2011), a pretty good tune right there.
Alyssa Bernal – Stay (11’)
A. Bernal, M.Terefe, A. Olsson
Alyssa Bernal (iloveyoubut/ASCAP), Martin Terefe (Sony ATV/BMI), Andreas Olsson (BMG/BMI). Produced by Martin Terefe and Andreas Olsson. Recorded by Dyre Gormsen at Kensaltown Recording Studios, London UK. Assisted by Iain Hill. Bass, keyboards, backing vocals and guitars by Martin Terefe. Programming and keyboards by Andreas Olsson. Piano by Nikolaj Torp. Mixed by: Tony Maserati for Two Chord Music, Inc. Assistant Engineer: Mach Burnhart. Mixed at: Canaan Road Studios, NY. Mastered by: Brian Gardner. Mastered at: Bernie Grundman Mastering
Florida, Tyler Medeiros & Pharrell
We posted this week a picture of Florida, Tyler Medeiros & Pharrell in the studio together but it was unclear if they have collaborated together, but Flo Rida confirmed this morning via his twitter that they indeed worked on a tune that will be on his Fourth studio album titled ‘Only One Rida (Part 2)’ which is sceduled for a July release. ”PHARRELL WILLIAMS AND @official_flo JUST DONE A BANGER IN THE STUDIO!! COMING SOON!! ((STRONGARM)) ANOTHER SMASH!!!!!!!!! #img”. Thanks to BlueSky2308.
Check out this Inspirational Video by LifeinBmajor based on Pharrell’s ‘You Can Do it Too’ (The Yessirs Version), its pretty dope!
Updated: March 14th
Conor Maynard headed to America last weekend to spend a week recording with Neptunes producer Pharrell Williams. In a message on Twitter, Conor said he had been preparing for recording by going shopping – but he also managed to slot in time for exercise as well. “Shopping in Miami WHILST working out at the same time. That’s how I roll,” Conor wrote, before posting a picture of himself lifting a dumbbell in a clothes shop. In a later tweet, Conor wrote: “In the studio with @Pharrell… listening to beats… #crazy.”
Updated: March 12th
The ‘Can’t Say No‘ star has jetted to Miami to work with The Neptunes producer. The Conor Maynard has said he can’t wait to begin working with Pharrell Williams. The rising ‘Can’t Say No‘ star, who found fame on YouTube and has been compared to Justin Bieber, flew out to Miami at the weekend to hook up with The Neptunes producer. Speaking before his departure, Conor said he was excited about the collaboration after Pharrell approached his record label, EMI. “Before last year I had never been abroad. I didn’t go abroad when I was younger – my family had caravan holidays,” he told Metro.
“It’s crazy for me going to America. Obviously, Pharrell’s a bit of a dream for someone like me to work with. He saw my videos on YouTube and reached out to my label and said ‘Do you look after this kid, who is he?’ “It was all sorted out through him pushing it. It’s just cool. Saying ‘I worked with Pharrell’ is just insane. He’s an amazing person to have believe in you.” Hailing from Brighton, Conor, 19, has already earned 182,000 Facebook fans, 65,000 Twitter followers and 52 million YouTube views. He made his debut performance in London last month, with fans queuing from 8.30am to watch him. Pre-order his first single ‘Can’t Say No’ on iTunes.
Conor Maynard – Can’t Say No (First Single)
Conor Maynard – Senorita (Justin Timberlake Cover)
Here is a new picture from the studio session, thanks to nerd0016.
Pharrell has been in the studio with the X Factor Contestant Brian Bradley (16) known by his stage name Astro probably working on his debut album, that kid can pretty much rap though, check out the clip below from the X Factor.
Astro – Jump (Kriss Kross Cover)
And here is another version of Trespassing, thanks to nerd0016.
Updated: March 10th
Here is another performance of The Neptunes produced tune Trespassing of Adam Lambert’s upcoming release with the same name ‘Trespassing’ due March 19, thanks to BlueSky2308.
Adam Lambert – Trespassing (March 19) (2012)
Here is the first single by the bulgarian native and Epic Records signee Leah LaBelle called ‘Sexify’ produced by Pharrell from her debut album which will be executive produced by Pharrell and Jermaine Dupri, check the tune out below.
Leah LaBelle – Sexify (12′)
By Alex Hudson. It’s been a few months since Scissor Sisters promised a new album and unveiled a music video, so we were starting to wonder why we hadn’t got some confirmed details about the glam pop crew’s forthcoming full-length. That has now finally changed, since the band have announced that the LP is called Magic Hour. In the UK, the album will be released on May 28 through Polydor, though so far a North American release has yet to be confirmed. In a statement, singer Jake Shears had this to say about Magic Hour: “It’s a sweet joyful mélange of beat-driven future-pop. It style-hops all over the place unabashedly.”
The album will feature collaborations with Diplo, Pharrell Williams and Alexander Ridha (aka Boys Noize). Of course, there’s also a cameo from Azealia Banks, who showed up on the lead single “Shady Love” under the pseudonym Krystal Pepsy. What’s more, Calvin Harris pitched in as co-producer on the single “Only The Horses,” which will arrive ahead of the album on May 20. Shears said, “When we wrote ‘Horses,’ I immediately knew that he’d help knock it out of the park.” Watch the video for “Shady Love” below.
Scissor Sisters & Krystal Pepsy – Shady Love
In a recent interview, Michigan-based singer and producer Mike Posner revealed that he’s been spending his time in the studio with artists such as Justin Bieber, Pharrell Williams, J. Cole, and Big Sean. The ‘Cooler Than Me’ singer says that he helped Beebs workout his upcoming single ‘Boyfriend’ and indicated that the track will have more of a hip hop sound than the Canadian star’s previous work.
According to Mike Posner, Bieber’s fans will get a chance to hear something different when the singer drops his new single as the teen sensation is looking to prove his rapping chops with a few bars of rhymes. “I have Bieber’s new single, I wrote and produced that with him. And wait ’til you hear the beat, you’ll flip. You’ll want to play this song, it’s super hip hop. He raps like a little eight bars, and then starts singing crazy right after it, and it sounds amazing. That was our whole goal was making something that was hater proof,” Posner told Bootleg Kev in an interview on Hot 97.5.
Posner is also gearing up for the release of his sophomore offering ‘Sky High’ which is due to drop soon and revealed that the album could include a number of tracks supported by Pharrell Williams. “The new music is super incredible. Like the people I’ve been playing it for are just like flipping out. Pharrell’s on the album. I did nine joints with Pharrell,” said Posner, thanks to nerd0016.
Jigga’s Engineer Young Guru sat down with Complex to talk about Jay-Z and his habits while working in the studio, One of them is that Jigga needs to “Download” his Rhymes. Young Guru: “Jay writes in his head, so we have times where he goes, ‘I need to download.’ He doesn’t call it that, but that’s what I call it. There’s so much stuff in his head that sometimes he just raps to a hi-hat or to a click or to nothing because he’s writing songs and he needs to remember them so he’ll record them. So it’s like, take that out the brain until I need it again. I can put it back in there when I need to say it.
“After we got home from the Watch The Throne tour, Jay was writing and when the New Year started not only did we knock out the song ‘Glory’ for Blue Ivy Carter, but it’s just like, ‘Okay, download. Just put up any beat or give me a click and let me just say these raps so I can just have them. I need to get them out of my mind because I’ve been holding them for two months.’ He does that a lot. He just started going in and it’s like every other day we’d end up with new records.” He also revealed that Jay-Z is already working on his new album.
Young Guru: “There are maybe four songs so far and most of them are spill over. I don’t wanna say spill-over like they’re throw-aways from Watch The Throne. It’s an incredible beat coming on and Jay being like, ‘No that’s for my album. Hold that one, it’s for me.’ So the ones that were made so far, the beats were made during the Watch The Throne time. “Now we’re adding on to it, but we haven’t gone back in. We had all this touring stuff. It was the end of the year and we were doing shows. Then the baby came. We literally went in to do the song for Blue Ivy and he hasn’t been back since. He’s definitely enjoying daddy mode right now.”
After announcing his official name change, No Malice return with another hard hitting vlog. This short features rising poet Jasmine Mans. “Boy, I had a dream you left your brother “Wretched, Pitiful, poor, blind and naked” on the belly on a unforgiven road with no change in his front pockets so he can call home and tell his momma that he won’t make it in time for supper.” “My son ain’t that, that Malice of a man”
Maxine Ashley Singing ‘Happy Birthday’ To Alber Elbaz.
PARIS – FashionTV is in the front row for one of the most anticipated shows during Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2012-2013. Designer Alber Elbaz is celebrating his 10th anniversary at Lanvin, completely with a giant layered cake and festive atmosphere. Vogue Japan Editor-At-Large Anna Dello Russo, wearing a veil and gold headpiece, of course, wishes Elbaz a happy 10th birthday and knows it will be a spectacular show. Also in the audience, French actresses Nathalie Baye, Amira Casar, Patricia Kaas, and Zoe Felix.
Also sending their kisses are fashion industry people like Linda Fargo from Bergdorf Goodman and Ken Downing from Neiman Marcus. “Of course he’s crazy talented, but he’s also got so much love inside of him,” adds Fargo of why everyone loves Alber Elbaz. Other big names spotted in the crowd include Jessica Alba, Pharrell Williams, and Dita Von Teese. “It’s one of my most coveted brands that I have,” says Williams. “I’m a big Lanvin shopper. I love the history of it,” adds Dita Von Teese. Appearances: Anna Dello Russo, Nathalie Baye, Zoe Felix, Ken Downing, Linda Fargo, Huo Siyan, Jessica Alba, Nikki Alba, Pharrell Williams, Maxine Ashley, Amira Casar, Patricia Kaas, Dita Von Teese and many more.
Here is Teyana Taylor’s newest mixtape which features Shae Haley’s Christian Rich’s duo production on the tune ‘8th Wonder’ among others such as Wale, Tone P, Jukebox, Charlie Bereal, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Hit Boy, DJ Mustard, King and Travis Porter. Make sure to check it out below.
Teyana Taylor – 8th Wonder (Christian Rich) (12′)
Teyana Taylor – The Misunderstanding Of Teyana Taylor (2012)
01 – Words Of Wisdom By Lauryn Hill
02 – Gatekeeper (Jukebox)
03 – Make Your Move feat. Wale (Tone P)
04 – Valentine (Charlie Bereal)
05 – D.U.I. feat. Fabolous & Jadakiss (Hit Boy)
06 – Bad Boy feat. Honey Cocaine (DJ Mustard)
07 – Lauryn’s Interlude
08 – Come On (Tone P)
09 – Complicated (Hit Boy)
10 – You Know (Hit Boy)
11 – Mystery Lover (King)
12 – Her Room (Marvin’s Room Remix)
13 – Wyclef’s Interlude
14 – Choosin’ feat. Travis Porter (Hit Boy)
15 – 8th Wonder (Christian Rich)
Total Size: 77,29MB
Although Will Smooth has been known to have an outgoing playful aura and an undoubtedly extremely fast growing female fan base due to his Youtube fan base which allowed him to reach a million views, his new Mixtape “Damaged” shows off a different side of him which he also has a collaboration with I Am Other signee Maxine Ashley, who is also a good friend of him, on the tune ‘Hollywood’ produced by All Rounda, check it out above, and make sure to check out Will Smooth’s mixtape below.
Will Smooth – Damaged (2012)
01 – August 28th (Patrick Anthony)
02 – Damaged (Aim Beats)
03 – Snow Globe (Patrick Anthony)
04 – Upside Down Smile (Kris Krozz)
05 – Hollywood feat. Maxine Ashley (All Rounda)
06 – We Made It feat. Airline Jay (Justin Rose)
07 – Ballin’ College Anthem (Justin Rose)
08 – Compliments (Jazze Pha)
09 – Ms Pink Lipstick feat. Lovel James (Aim Beats)
10 – Cooler Than You (Agustin Amigo)
11 – Control Alt Delete You (Majestic Drama)
12 – Hey Baby I Hate You feat. Embezz Pierre (JRRah)
13 – Ouija Board (Aim Beats)
14 – Heart Condom (JRRah)
15 – Hey Baby, I Hate You More feat. Embezz Pierre (Patrick Anthony)
16 – Crazier Than Me feat. Don J. (Kris Krozz)
17 – Ex’ed Out (Dow Brian & Brad Young)
18 – 9AM In Brooklyn
Here is another Stalley x Chad Hugo collaboration which is also his first single to his new mixtape ‘Savage Journey To The American Dream’ (due later this year) on the tune titled ‘Everything New’. Its a straight up a banger that Chad Hugo delivers here and i’m glad that they kept this for the first single, can’t wait to see the visuals to this, check out the tune below (listen to the keys!).
Stalley – Everything New (Chad Hugo) (12′)
Stalley – Mind Made Up (Chad Hugo)
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