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August 2012

Mac Miller & Pharrell Writing Pink Slime’s Last Chapter Together

Miller gave fans another taste of he and Pharrell’s upcoming LP on Tuesday with their newest single, ‘Glow.’ Pharrell and Mac Miller are shaping up to be one heck of a duo. The Pittsburgh spitter took to Twitter early Tuesday morning to drop “Glow,” the new track from he and Pharrell’s Pink Slime EP. Though there is no release date for the project just yet, Mac tells MTV News it’s close to completion. “We have like 10 or 11 records done, but I can’t finish it yet, I can’t say it’s finished,” he told MTV News from his tour bus during a stop in New York on August 2. “Schedules are so crazy.” Mac just came off the road with Wiz Khalifa for their Under The Influence Of Music Tour and plans to pick his Macadelic run back up in the middle of September.

And as a top producer, Pharrell is always busy. Still, in order for the pair to put Pink Slime to bed, Miller would like to log in another studio session or two. “A lot of the records we did are over email and we still talk and I tell him, ‘Look man, whenever I come back there to Miami or you come to L.A., we gotta sit down and finish it and really, really do it,’ “ Mac explained. Miller and Skateboard P gave fans a tease of the upcoming project with its first leak “Onaroll” in June. This morning’s “Glow” serves as the second taste. “You see that glow, that high gloss,” Pharrell raps repeatedly to set things off.

Mac Millions lives up to his new moniker, spitting plenty of big money bars. He even makes reference to Lord Finesse, the 1990s rap producer who is currently suing the Pittsburgh rapper for $10 million for using his beat on a 2010 track. “Asking me about money, wonder what’s my net worth/ People try to come sue me, better call up J.G. Wentworth,” Miller spits, referencing the popular financial firm that specializes in buying structured settlements from folks looking for quick cash.

P and his Neptunes partner Chad Hugo has produced big-time hits for superstar artists like Jay-Z, Usher and Justin Timberlake, but the multiplatinum producer is plenty excited to work with the independent kid from Pittsburgh. “Mac’s a super-creative guy. I’m just being his Steven Spielberg for his vision,” Pharrell told MTV News on the red carpet at the 25th annual ASACP Rhythm and Soul Awards in Los Angeles on June 29. Neither artist has given an exact date for Pink Slime, but it doesn’t seem like fans will have to wait much longer. “The records are crazy,” Mac promised. “But we just gotta sit down and write the last chapter together.”

Mac Miller – Glow feat. Pharrell (12′)

Mac Miller – Onaroll (12’)

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D.A. Wallach Wearing Chester French’s Varsity Jacket

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“Max and I made the jackets to accompany Music 4 TNGRS, our recently released album, and the design is inspired by artist Jonathan Zawada’s beautiful album cover. Our friends at Karmaloop helped us bring this to life, and I really hope you’ll pick up one for yourself. The jacket is suuuuuper soft, made of an almost fleece-like thick cotton, and it is something that I will definitely be wearing during cold evening in L.A.

Not only will the jacket have you looking extra BOSS, but each purchase is a very meaningful vote of support for Chester French, which we’ve always treated like a family. That spirit gave us the confidence to release this record independently with Karmaloop Music, and we have been touched by all of your incredible responses. So…go get the jacket and/or the new album at dawallach.com . We personally review every order that comes in, and look forward to sending out some fly jackets!”

Love,
D.A.

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Artem – Planet Neptunes (2012)

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Here is another mixtape by a young beatmaker that goes by the name Artem from Germany, who made a complete mixtape dedicated to The Neptunes which is titled ‘Planet Neptunes’, here is what he said about the tape. “I hope you guys enjoy the free music that i’m giving away, i really put some time into this project. Some of the instrumentals are already on my YouTube, but it’s still worth to listen to them, because all tracks on the mixtape are mixed/mastered and slightly different to the ones on YouTube. Since it’s my first project i need you guys to support my music. Tweet it to your favourite artists on Twitter, submit the mixtape to your favourite blogs, tell your friends about it, I appreciate everyone who’s supporting.”

Artem – Planet Neptunes (2012)

  1. Welcome To Planet Neptunes
  2. Takeoff
  3. What’s Your Name
  4. Billionaire Boys Rocket
  5. Up In The Sky
  6. Yessurrr
  7. Shake That
  8. Inside The Brain
  9. Back In ’03
  10. Imagination
  11. Open Your Eyes
  12. Still Here
  13. Cloud 73
  14. Virginia Beach
  15. Flight Back Home
  16. She Took It Off
  17. Out Of Their Minds
  18. In Search Of The Old Days
  19. Exploding Thoughts
  20. Tonight
  21. Reminiscing

Total Size: 129,69MB
You can get the whole mixtape at hotnewhiphop.com.

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*twitter.com/prodbyartem

Chester French x Planetill.Com Interview

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2 Dope (White) Boys, By Odeisel.

Chester French started as a four man band on the meeeaaan streets of Harvard. After getting much love playing gigs, the two main producers, Maxwell and A.D. decided that producing within the confines of instrumentality was cramping their style and limiting what they could do musically. Since then they reduced the crew to two, were courted by Kanye and signed by Pharrell. Planet Ill spoke to the guys on the verge of their latest release Music 4 Tngrs. Good guys with an understanding of music. We really enjoyed the convo.

Planet Ill: Chester French, that name is familiar. That guy used to make statues, no?
Max: Yeah we took our names [from him] we thought it was a bust of Daniel Chester French but it had actually been sculpted by him. We just took the name because we thought it was cool.

Planet Ill: Eastern Philosopher Phife Dawg said he’d never let a statue tell him how nice he was. How do you feel about people having opinions about your music?
D.A.: People have opinions about everything, you know? I think it’s cool that anyone would care to have an opinion about our music. That’s an honor in the first place if someone if going to bother to like or dislike something, given the vastness of our catalog of music and other things out there to have opinions about.

Planet Ill: You guys started out in 2003, that’s almost 10 years. You’ve had only one album but you’ve had an inordinate amount of attention beginning with the Pharrell signing. Are you still on Startrak?
Max: We’re not still on Startrak but we had actually, before that even happened we had been making music for about four years. And we put out a little EP that we made which was the first thing we produced as a band. We’ve since then first put out the album you mentioned and also a mixtape that we did with Clinton Sparks. This will really be the fourth body of music we’ve released since we’ve started.

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Leah LaBelle x ClevverStyle Interview


Brianna Baxter is in the studio with Leah LaBelle talking about all things music, fashion, and what she keeps in her purse.

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Nardwuar VS. Juicy J


Nardwuar interviews Juicy J at Fortune Sound Club in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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Mac Miller – Glow feat. Pharrell, Talks ‘Pink Slime’, ‘Glow’ Instrumental

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Update: I’ve managed to make an Instrumental to ‘Glow‘, you can check it out below.
Mac Miller just leaked another tune from the ‘Pink Slime’ project that he’s been working on with Pharrell this past 8 months. The new tune is called ‘Glow’ and is featuring Pharrell which sounds that it coulda been made either for Slim Thug or Fam-Lay type beat which is dope, and listen to that oriental sample in the background, lovely. Mac goes in on this one, can’t wait for ‘Pink Slime’ ”We been eating that Pink Slime”, check out the tune below, plus Mac Miller sat down with FUSE to talk about ‘Pink Slime’, below, thanks to SonicNERD & Reidkid.

Mac Miller – Glow feat. Pharrell (12′)

Mac Miller – Glow (Instrumental) (12′)

Mac Miller – Pink Slime (+ 6 Tracks) (2012)
* Onaroll
* Dreams feat. Pharrell
* Coffee Table
* Glow feat. Pharrell

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Robin Thicke – Another Life (The Neptunes)

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Here is an unexpected new track by Robin Thicke titled ‘Another Life’ which is produced by The Neptunes and is freaking Fire, it sounds like a mixture of Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake with Robin Thicke on the vocals, this is kind of R&B I wanna hear The Neptunes produce more often, and I hope this tune gets an official release, check it out below, thanks to DJ Green.

Robin Thicke – Another Life (12’)

Rick Ross – Presidential (The Making Of…)


Check out this awesome studio footage of Pharrell and Rick Ross’ studio session of ‘Presidential’, ‘God Forgives, I Don’t’ is out now in stores and iTunes. Thanks to Neptonikboy.

Rick Ross – Presidential feat. Pharrell & Elijah Blake (12′)

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Pharrell x Popdust.Com Article (August 7th)

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Pharrell Williams’ Quiet Comeback Year, And Why We Need Him Now More Than Ever
Posted by Andrew Unterberger, thanks to Thanks to hayabusa. Searching around the production credits for some of this year’s biggest and best pop albums, you might find a familiar, but somewhat distant, common name: Pharrell Williams. Yes, the one-time superstar producer with The Neptunes (and for a brief moment, solo star as a lead artist in his own right) is just about everywhere in 2012, on big-ticket releases like Usher’s Looking 4 Myself, Rick Ross’ God Forgives, I Don’t, Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange, Tyga’s Careless World, even Adam Lambert’s Trespassing. His productions in ’12 have been uniformly excellent, and make you wonder a little bit why he fell off in popularity the way he did over the last half-decade—and if he can get back there again.

You don’t need to be all that old to remember a time when Pharrell Williams, as one-half of the superstar production duo The Neptunes, basically helped shape the sound of popular music. For most of the first half of the ’00s, The Neptunes, and Pharrell especially, were on a level of pop saturation that no hip-hop producer had previously reached since at least Dr. Dre. There was a time when it seemed like you couldn’t go three songs on the radio without hearing one of their funky, skeletal-but-maximalist beats in the background, or three videos on MTV without seeing Pharrell’s smiling face peeking out from the background.

As the Max Martin, TRL-led era of boy band and teen female pop started to taper in popularity, and hip-hop was taking over as the dominant form of popular music, The Neptunes were at the forefront, with singles for artists like Mystikal (“Shake Ya Ass”), Jay-Z (“I Just Wanna Luv U”) and Usher (“U Don’t Have to Call”) going massive, soundtracking summers and countless block parties and Hype Williams videos and the like. Before long, even Britney (“I’m a Slave 4 U”) and Justin (“Like I Love You,” “Rock Your Body”) were calling on The Neptunes’ assistance, as their red-hot beats helped Brit shed her good-girl image, and put as much distance between JT and his early days in N’ Sync as he would ever need.

*popdust.com

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N*E*R*D – Lapdance (Team Scoop Moombahtrap Bootleg Remix)

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Check out this dopeass remix off N*E*R*D’s ‘Lapdance’ remixed by Team Scoop Moombahtrap, thanks to kalia213.

N*E*R*D – Lapdance (Team Scoop Moomahtrap Bootyleg) (12′)

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Conor Maynard – Lift Off (Live In Liverpool)


Nice performance by Conor Maynard in Liverpool last week, performing the Pharrell produced tune ‘Lift Off’, thanks to EclecticE.

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Maxine Ashley – Ssup


i am OTHER artist Maxine Ashley is a singer, songwriter, illustrator and misfit who knows exactly what it means to be OTHER.

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Alley Boy – Your Favorite Rapper feat. Pusha T.

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From Alley Boy’s upcoming The Gift of Discernment mixtape.

Alley Boy – Your Favorite Rapper feat. Pusha T. (12’)

Alyssa Bernal – Call Me Maybe (Live At The Falls In San Antonio)

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Pharrell To Launch Beer-Pocket Jeans Via BBC

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By Asmara Wreksono. Looks like being rumored as the new American Idol Judge is not the only thing buzzing for Pharrell Williams these days. The N*E*R*D producer/artist/designer has a new design for jeans that could be both stylish and functional for clubgoers. What gives? Pharrell just announced that his Billionaire Boys Club clothing line is coming up with a new line of jeans that features large pockets, enough to hold a 40-ounce beer. The jeans feature oversized pockets on the front and back sides of the denim pants. About his new creation, Pharrell said: “You see, this is a denim story, and we are actually offering function to clubgoers.”

*sojones.com

Fam-Lay – Yeah Yeah (Nana Rogues)

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And here is another banger by Fam-Lay titled ‘Yeah Yeah’ produced by no other than by forum member Nana Rogues, sick tune right there, from the Champions Mixtape, check it out below, thanks to Borsboom.

Fam-Lay – Yeah Yeah (Nana Rogues) (12’)

Pusha T. – Pies (Fly Union)

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Pusha makes it on the new Champions mixtape by Meel and Lebron James that also features the Fam-Lay tune ‘Yeah Yeah’.

Pusha T. – Pies (Fly Union) (12′)

Mikkey Halsted – Momma In My Ear feat. Pusha T. (Young Chop)

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Mikkey Halsted and Pusha T. team up over Young Chop production for this new release. Castro mixtape drops August 8th.

Mikkey Halsted – Momma In My Ear feat. Pusha T. (Young Chop) (12’)

The Neptunes In The Studio With OverDoz, Previews A Track


After an initial skype conversation where Pharrell gives OverDoz they’re much deserved praises. They meet up and vibe out to some new tunes in the studio, where they revealed a little snippet from the studio session, check out the video above and the snippet below, thanks to menamearenick.

*youtube.com/overdoztv

OverDoz – August 1st (12′)

Bianca ‘Bia’ Treal To Sign To ‘i am OTHER’

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Rapper Bianca Treal also known as Bia tweeted last week that she has signed to Pharrell’s ‘i am OTHER’ label. The 21 year old got retweets from signing to ‘i am OTHER’ from Fam-Lay and even Pharrell himself so this is pretty much official. She just released her official video to her single titled ‘High’ produced and directed by. J.L. Visual Media, check it out below. Stay tuned for more information. “THE ORIGINAL RAP PRINCES$. – #TRILLA Real Chicks Do Real Shit | I_am_Other Recording Artist #Trealzilla ALL inquires c/ @hitmybeeper” “We made the RIGHT Right Move!!! Shoutout to my sister @BiaBrokeMyHeart for officially joining @pharrell @HitMyBeeper & The I Am Other team!!”

Bia – High (Official Video)

Bia – Take My Picture (Lex Luger) (12’)

Bia – Riot (12’)

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Chad Hugo & Kenna In The Studio With Foster The People

Chad Hugo & Foster The People
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Chad Hugo & Kenna met up to work on Foster The People’s new project. The Indie pop band is composed of Mark Foster, Cubbie Fink and Mark Pontius. After Foster’s song “Pumped Up Kicks” became a viral success in 2010, the group received a record deal from Startime International and gained a fanbase through small club shows and appearances at music festivals. They are currently working on their second studio album.

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The Neptunes Working With CJ Holland

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CJ Holland has been spotted in the studio with Pharrell last week. The Singer/Dancer is working on his debut album.

CJ Holland – Climax (Usher Cover)

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Gunplay Working With Pharrell On Debut Album ‘Bogotá’

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Gunplay talks about working with Skateboard P on his debut LP and his changing role in the MMG group. After a star making performance on Maybach Music Group’s Self Made Vol. 2, Gunplay has managed to establish himself as a solo force in the industry. Now, in a recent interview with Vibe, the Florida rapper talked about his upcoming Def Jam debut titled Bogotá. He also added that he’s been working with none other than Pharrell for the anticipated LP. “The name Bogotá is a culture. I got a Bogotá bitch. Ride out Bogotá rims. I got Bogotá cocaine, you know? Bogotá is a lifestyle,” he explained. “[The album is] gonna be energy and a lot of pain. I’m about to sit down with Pharrell and a couple of other producers from the South.

That’s the main priority right now, just making sure I get some time to sit down with [Pharrell] and knock something out. I know we’ll come out with something epic.” Gunplay also discussed his changing role in the MMG echelon. He said that he never mined playing second tier to Rick Ross or the other members of the group; rather, he said that he looked at those years as a time to learn and grow, making his current success all the more special. “The whole time I just sat there and rolled with the punches. I played my position to the T. I never tried to outshine—nah, I gotta roll a blunt, carry bags, and be a hype man? That’s what my job on the road is? Let’s go.

You got to fall before you ball and step it up. The average guy is like, ‘Man, I ain’t gotta do all that shit.’ Nah, you got to work around here. Just because I’m down from day one doesn’t mean a nigga is going to get a free check. You gotta pay your dues, so I did that over these past couple years…it’s like you’ve been taking notes so long and battered and bruised and worn and torn, that when you get to this point it’s bittersweet. Like damn, it took all this time but I’m glad it’s coming now when my mind is right. Two or three years ago, I would’ve probably taken the money and did stupid stuff; I’d probably be in jail.” Thanks to Creatrice.

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Gunplay – Rollin’ feat. Rick Ross (2012)

Pharrell In Talks To Become Next American Idol Judge

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Jennifer Lopez is out and Mariah Carey is in — but who will take over for American Idol judges Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson? “Who I Am” singer Nick Jonas, 19, and N*E*R*D singer Pharrell Williams, 39, are the frontrunners to fill the two vacant seats at the judges’ table, multiple insiders tell Us Weekly. (Jackson, 56, is being moved into a “mentoring role,” according to a source.)Nick is pretty close to signing to be the Idol judge,” one insider says. “They flew him in to L.A. last week for final meetings.” Jonas recently ended a four-month engagement in Broadway’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and according to a source, “[American Idol producers] think he can help bring that younger demo to the show.”

Williams — who has produced hit records for Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Gwen Stefani — is currently negotiating the terms of his contract. “Everything is looking good, but they’re still working out details,” an insider tells Us. A rep for FOX had no comment. Previous American Idol judges include Simon Cowell, 52, Paula Abdul, 50, Kara DioGuardi, 41, and Ellen DeGeneres, 54. Host Ryan Seacrest, 37, is slated to return for Season 12, premiering this winter. Thanks to menamearenick.

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Pharrell Williams x New York Times Article

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Pharrell Williams Has An Idea
Pharrell Williams in the Perspective chair, designed with Domeau & Pérès. By Eric Wilson. “WHAT about an audiobook?” Pharrell Williams asked, sitting at the head of a conference table at the Park Avenue South offices of Rizzoli as he looked at the nearly finished galleys for an October release called “Pharrell: Places and Spaces I’ve Been.” Here was a lavish coffee-table book filled with images of the many products he has designed in collaboration with other artists and fashion designers, and interviews between Mr. Williams and the likes of Jay-Z, Anna Wintour and Zaha Hadid, which do not exactly lend themselves to the narrative treatment. But why not?

“It could be really interesting,” Mr. Williams said, “if I went out and hired Morgan Freeman or Danny Glover to read them.” Or, as was pointed out by others in the room, it could be a little weird, if not uncool. “An audiobook is not a good look,” said Loïc Villepontoux, sitting across the table. A calm, affable man, he is Mr. Williams’s longtime business associate, who oversees the licensing operations for his fashion labels. “It’s like a lot of old women listening to the latest Richard Ford,” said Ian Luna, an editor of the book, looking a little nervous as he leafed through the galleys. Helen Lasichanh, Mr. Williams’s fiancée, whose hair is dyed in chunks of pink, blond and brown like a block of Neapolitan ice cream, asked him smartly, “Have you ever bought an audiobook?”

“Let me ask you a question,” Mr. Williams said. “Has anyone of my persuasion ever done one? No. It could create a wave.” They heard him out. As he approaches 40, Mr. Williams, artist and superproducer, is having the opposite of a midlife career crisis. In addition to an ever-expanding roster of singers and songwriters with whom he collaborates (recent examples include Justin Bieber, Frank Ocean and Conor Maynard), his services are increasingly sought by corporations to remix their product designs. Since announcing in May that he is restructuring all of his creative endeavors under a single umbrella company, called I Am Other, Mr. Williams might as well have put out a “for hire” sign.

A luxury department store wants him to guest-curate its shoe department. Timberland wants him to make boots. A company in Pennsylvania wants him to promote boat covers using eco-friendly textiles produced by Bionic Yarn, yet another company in which he is a partner. He is pursuing deals, still in the exploratory stages, for dog leashes and maternity wear. He already makes bicycles with Brooklyn Machine Works that are almost entirely covered in leather. And on Monday, Us Weekly reported that Mr. Williams is in talks to join “American Idol” as a judge. “It amazes me that he has all of these broad interests, and fashion is just one of them,” said Kevin Harter, the men’s fashion director at Bloomingdale’s, which this month will introduce a high-end label from Mr. Williams called Bee Line, designed with Mark McNairy, the indie men’s-wear darling.

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