The ‘Dreamers’ duo say the songs they have recorded with Pharrell sound like “old school Neptunes”. Rizzle Kicks have revealed they have been working alongside US superstar Pharrell Williams on their upcoming second studio album . The ‘Mama Do The Hump‘ duo flew back from Miami to London this week to attend the Q Awards 2012 in the UK capital, where they revealed that N*E*R*D frontman Pharrell had been helping them record new music for the follow-up to their 2011 debut ‘StereoTypical ‘. “He’s the most inspirational person I’ve ever met,” Rizzle Kicks’ Harley Alexander-Sule revealed to The Sun this week. “We made four songs and they are brilliant,” he explained.
“Hopefully a couple will make it on to the album. “There is one song that sounds like really old school Neptunes from back in the day, ‘Harley teased. Rizzle Kicks‘ first album spawned a string of successful singles including ‘Down With The Trumpets‘, ‘Mama Do The Hump‘ and ‘Traveller’s Chant‘. The album is due 2013. Rizzle Kicks are an English hip hop duo from Brighton, consisting of Jordan “Rizzle” Stephens (20) and Harley “Sylvester” Alexander-Sule (21). Their debut album Stereo Typical was released on 31 October 2011. As of May 2012, Rizzle Kicks have sold 1 million singles and 300,000 albums in the UK.
Rizzle Kicks – Mama Do The Hump (Live On Jonathan Ross Show)
Chrissie Miller and recording artist Maxine Ashley show us how to make galaxy tie dye sneakers in Chrissie’s clubhouse.
By Francisco Alvarado. Last week Miaminewtimes.com reported on a bold conceptual plan by Miami architect Chad Oppenheim and über-hip-hop mogul Pharrell Williams to convert Overtown into Ice Cream City, a whimsical neighborhood that would be home to the nation’s largest indoor and outdoor skate park, a big box retailer, ateliers and specialty shops, and artist enclaves. Francisco Alvarado recently interviewed Oppenheim about Ice Cream City, including the involvement of affordable housing developer Carlisle Development Group; how far a long the plan is; and what’s the strategy for protecting Overtown residents from gentrification.
Banana Republican: When and how did you and Pharrell come together on this idea?
Chad Oppenheim: We have been working together on a bunch of projects in Miami and outside of Miami. (Carlisle CEO) Matt Greer came to us since I have been working with Carlisle on other affordable housing projects. We thought Pharrell would be a great person to bring into this and get his insight. It is a collaborative between myself, Pharrell and Matt.
BR: How did you come up with the architectural concepts for Ice Cream City?
CO: Most of Ice Cream City is an urban plan and urban strategy. We didn’t put much work into the architectural concepts. We want Ice Cream City to undergo an organic evolution. The imagery is indicative of what could happen. Most of it was putting together a collage from different urban experiences our the world. It is not about superimposing this gentrified vision of what we would like it to be. We want to capture the zeitgeist of the neighborhood.
The Neptunes Frontman Shares His Places, Spaces and Collaborations With Leading Luminaries. Larger-than-life producer, rapper, fashion designer and entrepreneur Pharrell Williams’ interest in everything from art and music to architecture and space travel is revealed in these pop images. Showcasing moments at home in Miami and Virginia, highlights from tours to Tokyo and Hong Kong, and collaborations with artists like Takashi Murakami and brands such as Louis Vuitton, these photographs are featured in Pharrell: Places and Spaces I’ve Been, a new book created by the modern polymath and published by Rizzoli. Recently spotted in the studio with Jay-Z and Frank Ocean, the 39-year-old’s first foray into editing checks in with old friends like NIGO® and Chad and Shae from N*E*R*D, and spotlights Karl Lagerfeld modeling Billionaire Boys Club as well as shots of Pharrell posing with the likes of Karolina Kurkova and Catherine Deneuve in shoots for Vogue, Citizen K and GQ.
Pharrell & Catherine Deneuve
Other names like NASA and Terry Richardson pepper the credits of this illustrated autobiography that testifies to Pharrell’s penchant for mixing things up. “I have never believed in boundaries,” he explains. “If I was forced to work within them I would already be in a mad house. It’s really not in my DNA.” In this select excerpt, the man of the hour sits down with Pritzker prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid to talk radical design and future collaborations.
Pharrell Williams: Well you happen to be my favorite architect.
Zaha Hadid: Oh, thank you so much!
PW: And favorite designer, I love everything you do—
ZH: Well we should do something together, Pharrell.
PW: Oh please, I would love to, love to, love to, love to. Even down to the shoes that you designed for Melissa. Those were amazing. [Editor’s note: Hadid’s studio designed shoes for the Brazilian label in 2009.]
ZH: Yeah, no they’re nice, well you know we work hard. We work very hard on our—let’s say—repertoire. All these years, even when it was difficult, it sort of somehow paid off in a sense because you have a repertoire, you can tackle different problems and so I think that was very important.
Dynamo walked on top of the Thames with more ease than Moses, has freaked out a host of celebrities from Ian Brown to Paris Hilton and is about to storm the world of magic again with his latest series of Dynamo: Magician Impossible. He took time out from screwing with people’s minds and hanging out with his A-list pals to wow Digital Spy with some magic tricks – and a bit of northern charm.
The 29-year-old told us about his favourite experience with a celebrity and said: “It’s got to be when I performed for Pharrell Williams and N*E*R*D in Singapore. Pharrell is one of the coolest guys ever, and I had him screaming like a girl and running away from me. “I ripped a Polo mint out of my neck with my chain, cloned his bank details and read his mind then told him his pin number. He thought I was going to go and steal all his money. It was definitely seven figures.”
Keyshia Cole is ready to release her fitth studio album titled ‘Woman To Woman’, which is due November 19th. She took her Twitter to give us a look at the records that will make it onto the album with guest features including Lil’ Wayne, T.I., Meek Mill, Ashanti, Elijah Blake as awell as a collaboration with the Star Trak artist ‘Robin Thicke’ on the tune ‘Next Move’.
Chad Hugo’s occasional production partner Kid Icarus, released this April his debut studio album titled ‘Forms’ where he collaborated with Chad Hugo on Two Tracks, ‘Photosynth’ and ‘Night’, you can check both tunes below, sounds like something Chad would do for Kenna, make sure to cop Kid Icarus album on theekidicarus.bandcamp.com. Thanks to aliXxXDabeat.
Kid Icarus – Night feat. Chad Hugo (12′)
Kid Icarus – Photosynth feat. Chad Hugo (12′)
Pharrell has been asked to do the new Theme music for Chelsea Lately’s new show since she moved to her new studio, I managed to rip the small tunes from the show, but they’re very short, I hope we’ll get longer versions of the tunes, check them out below.
Pharrell – Chelsea Lately Theme
Pharrell – Chelsea Lately Theme II
Pharrell – Chelsea Lately Theme III
This is the official video for “Long Gone,” the first single released from Kenna’s Land 2 Air Chronicles II: Imitation is Suicide EP. In his directorial debut, Kenna references the cinematic genius of Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch and Christopher Nolan, creating a suspensful film noir tale about a beautiful young starlet and the misfortune that accompanied her fame.
By Alvin Aqua Blanco. Out of his many gigs, one of Pharrell Williams‘ more readily known hustles is running Billionaire Boys Club. The streetwear brand is still pretty darn successful, and for the Lookbook for its Billionaire Boys Club x Bigfoot x Fingercroxx capsule collection, decided to feature The Neptunes rapper/singer getting his Zoolander on and modeling the gear.
The clothes are a collaborative collection with Hong Kong’s Fingercroxx that features the designs of California artist Bigfoot. Got that? Basically, Fingercroxx hoodies, sweatshirts, tees, hats and denim get BBC’s flavored artwork Bigfoot hooked up. Check out some of the goods in the gallery. Yep, looks like Pha-Real is rocking espadrilles, or something like that. Are those tights, too?
By Jordan Coyne. The Frost Band Of The Hour transformed from students to stars last Monday, when Universal Pictures came to UM’s campus to record the band members playing the main title for the upcoming movie “Despicable Me 2.” The song will play during the opening title sequence. The feature film is a sequel to the 2010 animated comedy “Despicable Me.” Pharrell Williams, the soundtrack’s producer, was interested in using a marching band for his project. He presented the Band Of The Hour with this opportunity by contacting Shelton Berg, dean of the Frost School of Music. Pharrell has worked with the Henry Mancini Institute, a part of the Frost School of Music, in the past. Thomas Keck, the director of the Band of the Hour, suspects this is the reason Pharrell chose the UM band.
Junior Gabrielle Thompson, one of the band’s drum majors, said she was grateful for the opportunity. “Obviously we’re not the biggest marching band in the country,” she said. “It shows that our marching band is someone. We’re not completely off the radar.” The hour-and-a-half recording session took place in Gusman Hall, featuring the Band Of The Hour along with additional students from the Frost School. The 150 musicians on the recording stage ranged from pre-med students seeking a music performance degree to freshmen who joined the band just for fun. The recording session not only involved student performers but Frost faculty. While Pharrell produced the music, Stephen Guerra, a jazz lecturer at UM, arranged it for the marching band. Paul Griffith, UM’s director of recording services, was the recording engineer at the session. And Sam Pilafian, one of UM’s newest professors, produced the session.
“The overall professionalism of the group was key in creating a big, powerful sound,” Keck said. “The mentality of just going through a recording session, whether you’re a rock band or a marching band, forces you to focus on details,” Keck said. “It was interesting to watch and hear the band be that much more concentrated on what they were doing.” For many of the students, the recording experience reaffirmed their belief that a future in the music industry is possible. Drum major Wyatt Jenkins, a sophomore majoring in music performance, said that the opportunity to work with Hollywood professionals proved that success is just a step away. “We have so many good music programs in the United States and to pick the University of Miami is huge,” Jenkins said. “To gain this exposure into Hollywood makes us a part of the bigger picture now.”
Here is finally the full tune of Kendrick Lamar’s ‘good kid’ featuring Pharrell. Like we already know, ‘good kid’ is a N*E*R*D Leftover from the album ‘Nothing’ as you can tell with the jazzy production that reminds us of ‘Inside Of Clouds’ and ‘Help Me’, the production on this tune is just flawless, I just wish The Neptunes would release every freaking N*E*R*D record with the Instrumental with it, check out the tune below.
Kendrick Lamar – good kid feat. Pharrell (12′)
Posted: October 14th
Thanks to the guys from the kanyetothe.com/forum, we got the official credits to the Kendrick Lamar x The Neptunes collaboration, and it is indeed a Nothing leftover, since Chad Hugo is credited as having Additional Vocals on it, because that is VERY RARE, thanks to Tulling and Borsboom.
Posted: October 6th
Kendrick Lamar is ready to release his debut album good kid, m.A.A.d. city (due October 22nd) and there are already snippets from the album available on the net, and judging from it, it looks like there will be only one Neptunes Track out of six on the album, which is ‘good kid‘ featuring Pharrell. It sounds like some mixture of ‘You Can Do It Too’ and ‘Really Raw’, that Jazzy Hip Hop style, nonetheless, I’m glad they made it on the album, check out the snippet below, thanks to Plaxxx.
According to Tyler, The Creator, ‘good kid‘ is a leftover of N*E*R*D’s ‘Nothing‘ album.
Kendrick Lamar – good kid feat. Pharrell (Snippet) (12′)
Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d. city (2012) (October 22nd)
Kenna goes film-noir as a Hollywood starlet gets stalked in his mysterious short film slash new video for “Long Gone”. First D.A. was employed by Spotify as their “Artist in Residence” to help them with their marketing efforts. Now it seems Kenna is following in his footsteps as the next Star Trak artist to enter the digital marketing domain. According to Billboard Kenna has been hired by Justin Timberlake. Kenna is now part of the internal creative team over at MySpace… “Timberlake, who has an undisclosed minority stake in Myspace, has been personally reaching out to his own connections in the artist community, even bringing alt-R&B artist Kenna (known for his affiliation with the Neptunes’ Star Trak Entertainment) onboard to his internal creative team.”
Behind The Scenes Of “Long Gone”
Inspired by Hitchcock and David Lynch “Long Gone” is as much a short film as it is a music video. Here’s a behind the scenes look at how the clip was made from storyboards through execution.
Kenna – Long Gone (Trailer 6)
Kenna confirmed this morning on twitter that he produced and wrote ‘Long Gone’, like we all thought. “Long Gone is the first song I ever wrote, played and produced solo. I hope you enjoy. #LongGone” And Check out the new trailers for Kenna’s directional debut.
Kenna – Long Gone (Trailer 5)
Kenna – Long Gone (Trailer 4)
Posted: October 14th
Meet Lola Snow’ in this third trailer for Kenna’s short film and directorial debut Long Gone.
The second trailer for Kenna’s short film and directorial debut Long Gone, entitled Welcome to the Rat Race.
Kenna – Long Gone (12′)
First trailer for Kenna‘s short film and directorial debut Long Gone.
Firmament is stocked with hard to find brands and special collaborations that owner Joerg Haas grew organically into one of Berlin’s top menswear stores. Haas walks us through the difficulties in building-up Firmament as a brand itself, the boutique’s vision, and why buying for the shop can sometimes be like betting on a horse.
Wiz Khalifa performed The Neptunes track ‘Rise Above‘ this weekend in Penn State, sounds promising, check it out above, thanks to ReidKid. O.N.I.F.C is due December 4th.
From cutting-edge developments in Miami to major international green initiatives, Chad Oppenheim has played an important role in the world of architecture and philanthropy. The international award-winning green architect and Miami resident is working with Pharrell to build a monstruos Ice Cream City. A plan by Pharrell Williams and Miami architect Chad Oppenheim to do something absolutely wild with Overtown. And apparently it’s a serious thing that might just happen. So, what’s Ice Cream City? Well, it’s the country’s biggest skatepark, a small business incubator, a light industrial zone of specialty workshops and ateliers, (ateliers in Overtown, oh my!) plenty of new residential, “unconventional” big box retail (There’s a Target!) and lots and lots of infill development.
It will build around and adapt existing structures (even the crummy ones) and be extremely pedestrian oriented. It’s also totally “bottom up,” as opposed to the top-down dictatorial mentality of typical master plans. Ice Cream City is all about incubation rather than dictation, baby, and a wild amalgamation of a million bold ideas for the revitalization of a part of town more known for its urban blight and long-lost history than its cool architecture or bright future. Details, as far as who the developers are, when it will happen, and how it will be paid for, as well as hopefully some more detailed plans, are forthcoming. Apparently there are multiple parties involved. Check out more pictures after the jump.
Frank Ocean has posted another letter on his blog, offering a glimpse into what it’s like to experience a sudden wave of fame and critical appreciation. (Apparently it can be overwhelming and confusing.) “I’ve possibly lost all religion,” Ocean writes. “I’ve sunken into passivity in certain areas of my life.” “All I have to say is that love is really all there is,” he continues. “Every other sentence just belabors the point.”
He also discusses the oddities of being in a studio with the likes of Jay-Z and Pharrell: “I sat in the studio with Jiggaman and Pharrell. Pharrell looks 19. They looked like old friends. I wonder how many trophies are lodged in their minds. I wonder why they still build. I build things for the sport and therapeutic benefits.”
Check out this fanmade video to Jay-Z & Kanye West’s Neptunes track ‘Gotta Have It’ directed by Sebastian Sdaigui. “A spec video for the song “Gotta Have It” by Jay Z and Kanye West off the Watch The Throne Album. Children were used to portray the artists in this fun, energetic concept. This video was shot for the love of the song and artists.” Thanks to Rafael.
Jay Z: Diamond Allen
Kanye West: Jonathan Stewart
Store Clerk: Mike Mihdawi
Alex (A Clockwork Orange): Cason Warner
By Halie Williams. For Cris Cab, age is anything but restricting. The 19-year-old, Miami-based singer-songwriter’s resume is already stacked — he was discovered by and has worked with Pharrell Williams, Big Sean was featured on one of his tracks and his music has been produced by Wyclef Jean. “It’s very cool. Those guys are legends. Pharrell is a very humble and talented dude and very easy to work with and very creative. He’s amazing,” Cab said. “And Wyclef, too, is super humble and down-to-earth and has a lot of energy, really works hard and has amazing talent. (He) can play like every instrument.”
The Cuban reggae-pop artist, who has gained popularity through YouTube videos including covers of Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow” and Kanye West’s “All of the Lights,” is scheduled to perform 7 p.m. Sunday at A&R Music Bar. Cab started playing the guitar when he was about 10 years old. He said spending a lot of his summers in the Bahamas instilled in him his love for reggae music and Bob Marley in particular. “I guess Bob Marley was really like my first inspiration, and you can definitely hear a trace of Bob Marley (in my music),” Cab said. “His message and also the music, it’s very powerful, the way he told a story.”
Cab is touring in support of his recent EP “Rise,” which was released Oct. 9. He said the EP shows that his sound has developed. “We take risks and experiment with new sound and it’s just more developed at this point. I’ve gotten way better at writing and you can hear it in the music,” Cab said. “My voice has gotten stronger. “You can really see my personality and who I am and hear the music when you come to see us live, it’s a very fun time.” Columbus will be seeing Cab for the first time. “I have not played in Columbus yet,” he said. “I’m super excited. I love Ohio. I got a lot of fans in Ohio, so I’m really looking forward to it and being there and playing a show.”
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