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.”
“Surprisingly, this was the first time Pharrell got to meet Rakim, great conversation. Just in case you’re wondering what Pharrell got on his feet, it’s our Bee Line collab with Timberland and it’s another first since they have never done army green leather before.”
By Steven J. Horowitz. Taking to Twitter, the Rostrum Records signee revealed that the follow up to last year’s Blue Slide Park will be titled Watching Movies With The Sound Off. He also said that the project is expected to impact in early 2013. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania rapper also said that his collaborative EP with Pharrell Williams, Pink Slime, will be out by the End Of The Year.
“[I]‘m doing a lot of production on Watching Movies,” wrote Mac, who said that the title was inspired by his work with Big Jerm. Mac’s debut Blue Slide Park hit stores in Novmeber 2011. The LP debuted a top the Billboard 200 with 145,000 copies sold, making it the first independently-distributed album to top the charts since 1995.
Mac Miller – Pink Slime (2012)
- Dreams feat. Pharrell
- Coffee Table
(+ 6 Tracks Produced By Pharrell Williams)
Everyone’s favorite Southern pixie Miley Cyrus stopped by The Tonight Show on Friday (October 12) to talk to Jay Leno about her forthcoming album, Twitter death hoaxes and hurling during concerts, since that last one seems to be the new hotness with pop stars. Of the new album, Cyrus raved about working with Dr. Luke and Pharrell (and going to Pharrell’s “ridiculous” Miami studio) to make pop music she can “be proud of and respected for.”
“Just want to point out that I recorded this with garage band in my closet, lol. Was messing around on garage band one day and found myself writing a song entirely made of vocals! This was my first shot at tracking (kinda) and video editing, so tell me what you think! Don’t have a title for it yet, but if you come up with one, let me know in the comments! Special thanks to Anthony for help with editing”
Here are the latest Cris Cab tour dates, and make sure to check out his Interview with myISH below, Tickets on criscab.com, thanks to Jill.
12th The Note – West Chester, PA
13th TT The Bear’s Place – Cambridge, MA
14th iPlay America – Freehold, NJ
15th Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
17th Higher Ground South – Burlington, VT
18th El Mocambo – Toronto, Canada
20th Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH
21st A & R Music Bar – Columbus, OH
22nd The Crofoot At The Pike Room – Pontiac, MI
23rd Schubas – Chicago, IL
25th The Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN
28th Firebird – St Louis, MO
29th Mojo’s – Columbia, MO
30th Exit In – Nashville, TN
1st High Dive – Gainesville, FL
2nd The Social – Orlando, FL
3rd Potbelly’s – Tallahassee, FL
Cris Cab x myISH Interview
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