By Craig Sjodin. R&B crooner Robin Thicke says he can sing anything. Anything. “Nothing is outside of my comfort zone,” he says, putting on an exaggerated air of pomposity. “For me, any song is just how you feel it, and if you can feel a lyric, then you can perform it well.” That abundance of confidence is sure to come in handy when Thicke, 35, makes his television debut Thursday on ABC’s Duets (8 p.m. ET/PT), a reality singing competition that pairs superstar wannabes with celeb mentors/singing partners Thicke, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Jennifer Nettles. “On every episode, we sing together. Nobody sings alone,” explains Thicke, who has collaborated with hip-hop stars such as Jay-Z, Lil’ Wayne and Nicki Minaj.
“What’s fun is that we get to sing on each episode and perform, so I think it makes it a different kind of format.” He deigns to call Duets reality TV and says that despite growing up in a Hollywood family — his parents are Growing Pains’ Alan Thicke and actress/singer Gloria Loring— his life with actress wife Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol) and son Julian, 2, is off-limits. “I see (Duets) as performance TV, because they don’t follow me home after I have a glass of Scotch. Now, that’s reality,” he says jovially. “Nobody’s going to come into my house with a camera, that’s for sure. For this, because it’s performance-based, I still get to get into character and walk out there and try to make something special for people on the stage. It’s not a reality thing. It’s the dream, it’s the fantasy part. I’d call it fantasy TV.” Part of that fantasy already has been fulfilled for Thicke, who is particularly enamored of the monikers ABC has bestowed on its cadre of powerhouse vocalists.
“They’re calling us ‘superstars.’ They’re like, ‘The superstars will do this’ and ‘The superstars will do that’ on all the e-mails I’m getting. I’m like, ‘I like the way you guys talk! Talk dirty to me.’ “ After his breakthrough 2006 single, Lost Without U, Thicke developed a wider fan base, but he’s well aware that he’s not quite a household name. “For me, it’s all about the music and all about the art, because that’s what lasts forever, so I just try to put everything I’ve got into the music,” he says of his Duets role. “I want to use these opportunities to help inform more people about my music, because there will be a lot of people seeing this who’ve never heard of me before. “ And don’t expect any Simon Cowell-esque contestant-bashing on Duets— at least not from Thicke. “I’m way too kind. I will be honest, but I want to be inspiring. Because really, it’s not about what you’re not, it’s about what you can be. “
Check out this video from last year’s MSSL CMMND party at Coachella where Chad & Daniel partnered up with AllSaints and Kings of Leon for the KOL official afterparty at the Jackelope Ranch. Guests included Shaun White, The Black Keys, Interpol, and many more.
New Venture Will Include New & Existing Music, Film, Television, Apparel, Tech and Multimedia. New York, NY (May 21st, 2012): Grammy Award winning music icon Pharrell Williams has officially announced the launch of his creative venture, i am OTHER. Williams describes the new endeavor as “a cultural movement dedicated to Thinkers, Innovators and Outcasts.” i am OTHER will include his longtime projects such as music production, record label and apparel lines Billionaire Boys Club and ICECREAM. The newest addition is i am OTHER’s YouTube Channel, which is part of Google’s initiative to create premium channels with original programming. Its line-up includes the critically acclaimed web series Awkward Black Girl, exclusive interviews from eccentric music journalist Nardwuar and exclusive videos from Williams about everything from music to food. CHeck out for more information about the whole i am Other Team below.
The channel will also feature significant viewer participation. Creative minds will have the opportunity to interact with Williams within a community of self-defined OTHERS. “The idea for i am OTHER really came from the fans. They often say I inspired them to think outside the box and I wanted to establish a creative collective which represents that same philosophy,” says Williams. “I believe individuality is the new wealth and I am dedicated to creating and supporting projects that encourage originality.” His manifesto about the OTHERS, people who defy expectations and stereotypes, can be found at iamOTHER.com.
The i am OTHER Team
Awkward Black Girl
The programs on i am OTHER’s YouTube Channel explore the pursuit of individuality, the defiance of expectations, and the arrival of a new class of visionaries. By celebrating creative pursuits of all kinds, the channel will showcase the architects of global culture, music, fashion, and the arts. Shows already lined up for the channel include the cult sensation Awkward Black Girl from filmmaker Issa Rae. The Stanford graduate created the scripted comedy to test her theory that “we’re all awkward.” “We are so thrilled and excited to be a part of the i am OTHER family! I initially created this series because I didn’t feel represented on “mainstream” TV. We decided it was best to keep Awkward Black Girl on the web for a second season because we wanted executives and fans to understand that you can be “Awkward” and “OTHER” without having to compromise,” says Issa Rae, creator and star of Awkward Black Girl. “Joining the i am OTHER family is truly a perfect match because from day one they GOT IT.”
Other YouTube shows include: OTHER x Hypebeast blends the OTHER philosophy with the global media platform Hypebeast.com and its contributions to today’s lifestyle and fashion landscape. The show features a range of tastemakers and influencers in various fields including fashion, film, and technology.
Nardwuar Vancouver-based Nardwuar, one of the most fascinating and well- respected voices in media today, will bring his unique style of music journalism to the channel with exclusive interviews.
Voice Of Art
Voice of Art follows artists as they execute their own brand of activism by shining a light on their chosen social issue. Through carefully crafted events (concert, exhibition, or demonstration), these artists execute awareness campaigns to engage viewers in a global dialogue.
Boy Genius Report
Boy Genius Report is a weekly conversation hosted by tech guru Jonathan Geller, respected for his acclaimed website, bgr.com. Geller will highlight new and noteworthy developments in technology from an insider’s perspective.
Stereotypes tests assumptions about musical tastes based on physical appearance. With man on the street interviews in NYC, the show hits various neighborhoods to discover how bias plays into preconceived notions of fellow New Yorkers.
State Of The Union
State Of The Union is an intimate weekly report from the desk of i am OTHER President Pharrell Williams. These short clips share what’s on his mind—everything from his favorite snacks to fashion must-haves.
i am OTHER Music Artists
On the music front, already signed to the new i am OTHER imprint are: Leah LaBelle, a pop vocalist on LA Reid’s Epic Records (in association with i am OTHER/So So Def), who counts both Williams and Jermaine Dupri as Executive Producers on her forthcoming album due later this year.
Maxine Ashley, a singer and songwriter whose song “Cookieman” was produced by Williams and is the soundtrack for Lanvin’s Spring/Summer 2012 advertising campaign. Her debut album is also due later this year.
Buddy, a rapper from Compton, California, has already recorded collaborations with Kendrick Lamar (“Staircases”) and Snoop Dogg and is completing his debut mixtape, Idle Time.
In addition to the YouTube channel and music artists, the following initiatives are also part of i am OTHER’s creative collective:
Billionaire Boys Club & ICECREAM
The celebrated fashion apparel embraces the spirit of originality. The clothing is available at the flagship boutique in New York City and in a variety of upscale retail locations around the world. Designs include T-shirts, hoodies, denim, outerwear, hats, sneakers, and accessories.
Everyone needs a little Magic, Luck, and FriendshipTM in their lives. FriendsWithYou, a creative resource center, incorporates their distinct artistic style into a wide range of applications: fine art, large-scale installations, branding, licensing, animation and multimedia projects.
Bionic Yarn is a textile firm dedicated to developing high-performance premium yarns and fabrics made from recycled plastic bottles. They have partnered with various companies including Cole Haan, Kiehl’s, Moncler, GAP and Timberland to develop eco-friendly products. Stronger Thread, Greater GoodTM.
There’s nothing ordinary about this ultra-premium cream liqueur. Pharrell Williams, in partnership with Diageo, developed the beverage—from bottle design to culinary recipe. Qream’s ethos encourages women to “live deliciously.”
Artst Guild & Gallery
The online community where artists meet, share, and collaborate. Members upload and showcase all disciplines of art: music, paintings, architecture, and design. More than just a gallery, it’s a social network for Creatives.
Brooklyn Machine Works
Brooklyn Machine Works are the iconic bike builders from Brooklyn. They are responsible for some of the world’s most coveted bikes, which are handmade to order for a range of discerning riders.
UJAM is a unique cloud-based music creation platform that aims to change the way tunes are crafted and experienced. By supplying technology that makes creating music easy and free, it also provides a rich social experience to help budding musicians get noticed.
From One Hand To Another
From One Hand To Another is a not for profit foundation established by Pharrell Williams. FOHTA’s mission is to change the world one kid at a time by giving them the tools and resources to meet their unique potential. The organization implements programs for underserved youth in at risk communities.
For more information about i am OTHER, please check out:
Great News right there. By Allen Starbury. Incarcerated Philly rapper Rosco P. Coldchain, known as a former member of The Neptunes Star Trak label, will finally release a full-length project following two shelved albums and a handful of botched record deals. In mid-June, the rapper will release Almost Famous, comprised of songs recorded over the last decade with producer Fatin “10” Horton, of 9th Wonder’s Soul Council collective. According to HipHopDX, 10 worked extensively with Rosco … and this nine-track collection are the result.
“After being one of the most anticipated artists of the mid 2000s, Rosco [P. Coldchain] seemingly vanished into thin air. Because of that, there was so much music that the world missed out on and ran the risk of never getting a chance to hear,” says Fatin. “I was privileged enough to record about 15 songs with ‘Sco between 2003 and 2007. One day, I was listening to the songs on my laptop and still marveled at his brilliance, almost nine years after our initial recordings. The music that Rosco made and his lyrical content is better than almost all of the music being released by this next generation of emcees, and he hasn’t recorded since 2008. That proves that he was, at least, three years ahead of his time.
“The songs that we’re releasing are out of a vault of lost music; the Pro Tools sessions for these records don’t even exist anymore, hence the raw (and in some cases, non-existent) mix. Even still, the dopeness of ‘Sco is undeniable. His witty, vivid, animated, and honest delivery are any producer’s dream to have access to. Here’s hoping you enjoy witnessing some of the magic we were able to create.” This project may be the last songs you’ll hear from Rosco as well. He’s currently behind bars, after being arrested in connection with a double-murder in 2008.
The status of his case is unknown as of press time. Rosco P. Coldchain spent the mid-2000s signed to Star Trak Records, but never released an album. The one-time Clipse protege was under both the Arista Records wing and later Interscope as Star Trak and The Clipse transitioned. Despite production by The Neptunes, DJ Premier and others, his Hazardous Life album remained shelved. Almost Famous is slated to drop June 12, digitally through Soulspazm Records. It features guest spots from Jean Grae and MeLa Machinko.
Check out Chester French performing “Interesting Times” Live on The Sunday Nite Stu, with Hosts Stu Stone & CableGuyJeff. They revealed also their album title for the new album called ‘Music 4 Tngrs’ that will feature Pharrell, Pusha T., and others, so make sure to get the tunes on iTunes now below, thanks to CMP.
Chester French – Interesting Times (12′)
Chester French – Interesting Times (Live On The Sunday Nite Stu)
Chester French – Black Girls (Live On The Sunday Nite Stu)
Meet Nardwuar, The Human Serviette, one of the most fascinating and well-respected voices in music. Nardwuar is acclaimed for his extensive research and his interview questions always take celebrities by surprise. Stay tuned for weekly interviews by Nardwuar on the i am OTHER Channel. And check out below the epic Narduwar x N*E*R*D Interview from 2009 in Vancouver, BC , Canada.
Nardwuar x N*E*R*D Interview (2009)
MSSL CMMND’s Chad Hugo helps you kick off your Memorial Day weekend off proper in Virginia Beach on Friday, May 25th at Mansion, along with perennial all-stars Fam-Lay and Kid Icarus. Brought to you by Karma Loop TV and Z104. Missile Command will also be on Thursday in Beverly Hills, L.A. on May 24th. And make sure to bookmark the new Missile Command Blog at msslcmmnd.com which was previously Daniel Biltmore’s blog.
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