By Joe Sweeney. If you needed to understand the appeal of singer, songwriter, R&B sexpot and “Growing Pains” cast member spawn Robin Thicke, his performance of the song “Teach U A Lesson” on Saturday night was all it took. As his four-piece band laid down the track’s suggestive quiet storm groove to the delight of a sparse-yet-boisterous UB Center For the Arts crowd, Thicke gave an introduction that acknowledged the barrage of flimsy academic pick-up lines that we were about to endure. “Hold on, let me get into character,” he joked, subsequently singing the hell out of lines like, “You can work it off/I’ll give you extra credit.”
“Teach U A Lesson” didn’t succeed solely because of that intro – the band’s nuanced playing and Thicke’s spot-on falsetto had something to do with it – but by starting the proceedings with a smirk, all of that lyrical castor oil ended up tasting a lot like sugar. By the time it was over, I was fully aware that I had been sweet-talked into loving a clumsily written, borderline-creepy song, and there was nothing I could do about it. Decked out in a tailored, gray three-piece suit and perfectly coiffed mini-pompadour, Thicke proved himself a natural crowd-pleaser with a deep affection for R&B’s forefathers, kind of like if Michael Bublé grew up loving Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder instead of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.
By Tyler1987. San Franciscans have a lot of entertainment choices this holiday season and the California Street tree lighting is quickly becoming a Christmas tradition. The 5th annual lighting will take place on Tuesday and feature a performance by multi-platinum recording artist Robin Thicke. For fans of the 49ers, legendary quarterback Joe Montana will be joined by wide receiver Dwight Clark to mark the 30th anniversary of “”The Catch.”
Although the affair is star studded, the spotlight will undoubtedly end up on the 80 foot tree from Mt. Shasta. The event is free to the public and offers a memorable night out. For more information visit 555treelighting.com.
Kenna promised to release an unreleased tune from his debut album ‘New Sacred Cow’ on Thanksgiving, if we would spread his video to his new single ‘Long Gone’, and some of y’all did share the video and Kenna kept his promise and released ‘Stings & Hurts’, produced by Chad Hugo from 2002, the tune is one of the leftovers from ‘New Sacred Cow’ which initially was on his way on Kenna’s second studio album which would explain the remix to the tune called ‘Loose Wires Remix’.
So allegedly Stings & Hurts is from the New Sacred Cow Session from 2002, but the remix can’t be from that time because it contains the same drum kit as the tune ‘Loose Wires, and Loose Wires has been made in 2007 for ‘Make Sure They See My Face’. So this might just be an alternate version of the original Stings & Hurts tune which actually has been made in 2002 for the New Sacred Cow, but innitialy it’s been scrapped, nonetheless, make sure to check both tunes below, they’re pretty great, I’ve managed to make an Intro/Outro on the Stings & Hurts (Loose Wires Remix).
Kenna – Stings & Hurts (02’)
Kenna – Stings & Hurts (Loose Wires Remix) (02′)
Billionaire Boys Club roll out the 2012 Holiday collection with a trip to the great outdoors. Inspired by the colors of autumn, it’s time to hop in a 4×4 and escape the city for fresh country air and a weekend fishing trip. Corduroy and quilted shirts, wool coats, technical vests, cargo pants and fishing graphics give a modern sensibility to classic styles and ofcourse, there is a new unreleased Instrumental of The Neptunes in the background, check it out below.
The Neptunes – Billionaire Boys Club Holiday Collection 2012
Check out this hilarious video of N*E*R*D presenting the Best British Urban Act to Lemar, watch out for Chad ! Thanks to Reidkid.
By Teofilo Killip. Since first meeting via a shoe collaboration, Pharrell and Mark McNairy have expanded and introduced the Billionaire Boys Club Bee Line collection. The current season made everyone’s head turn, a highlight being a gold sleeved varsity jacket—which Mark McNairy called his dream item. And of course with the success of the first collection, Pharrell and McNasty are not quite done yet.
Pharrell & Solange
The super producer and designer came together again last night for a private viewing of the upcoming Spring/Summer 2013 collection. Turning the sleeve game up a notch, the collection offers plenty of funky patterns to choose from. The gold sleeves are back, this time attached to a camo blazer. Check the preview shots above and shop the current winter line on the BBC website.
Frank Ocean has been interviewed by GQ.com where he revealed some of the conversations he had with Pharrell recently. Amy Wallace, the Interviewer tells us that they found Pharrell working with Frank Ocean in the studio while Interviewing him. “While surrounded by his whole Odd Future crew, Frank opens up to Amy Wallace at Jungle City, a sound studio in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood about his crazy year and working with Pharrell. “When we walk in, Ocean leading the way, Pharrell Williams turns down the music and greets him warmly. “Here you are,” the prolific rapper and producer tells him. “You’ve walked in at the right time.” “Sweet,” Ocean replies, picking up Pharrell’s diamond-studded gold chain that sits—fat as a tow rope—at the edge of the mixing board.
Ocean, dressed in a gray Supreme hoodie, jeans, and black Wallabees, smiles as he dons the weighty necklace—it jibes with the new Rolex on his left wrist, the Cartier Juste Un Clou bracelet on his right. In a bit, he’ll Instagram a bejeweled portrait of himself, but first he unveils three new tracks, stored on his phone, that Pharrell pronounces “crazy, with a lot of comprehensive layers just sort of living harmoniously.” When Ocean says he worries a rap number called “Blue Whale” is “risky because I’m rhyming,” Pharrell shakes his head. “That’s not risky. That thought is dead,” he says. “It’s like, ‘You know, I rhyme, too.’ ” Turning to me, Pharrell says, “I always call him James Taylor. He’s probably the closest thing to a writer’s perfect exemplification of the unconscious. All the songs are like movies. All you need to do is close your eyes.”
Now it’s Pharrell’s turn to spin a track-in-progress. They listen, bobbing their heads slightly, occasionally both bursting into song. When the room is quiet again, Ocean says the song “feels like a Rubik’s Cube melodically. You want something emotionally rich on that, you know what I’m saying? But if I listen to it enough, I could map a way out.” Before we exit, they agree Ocean will come back later this evening to work on it. Pharrell is attending the first show of Jay-Z’s eight-night run at the brand-new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, but he says he’ll come back, too. “Ain’t no afterparty more important than this.” Photographs by Peggy Sirota.
Here is the official Cover and Tracklist to T.I.’s eight studio album ‘Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head’ which is due December 18th. One of the two Neptunes Tracks made it on the album which is ‘Hello’ featuring Cee-Lo Green. I just hope the club banger that Pharrell performed months ago in Cannes ‘Trap N***a’ made it aswell on the album, thanks to sandow.
T.I. – Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head (2012)
Nylon Magazine’s Cory Kennedy and Chrissie Miller make custom denim iPhone case on this week’s episode of Club Chrissie.
Game talks about 40 Glocc Fight, Art work on his Album Cover, Kendrick Lamar and on Pharrell Williams not being on ‘Jesus Piece’ because of his Moms religious beliefs, thanks to Godforgives.
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