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.
Jake Whetter & Jason Derulo Interview With Alyssa Bernal
Jake Whetter interviews Alyssa Bernal on the Red Carpet of the 2012 American Music Awards. They discuss her winning the Coca-Cola Mix’On Contest and try out different flavors from the Coca-Cola Freestyle Machine.
Alyssa Bernal & Jason Derulo (Live On American Music Awards) (2012)
Grammy award Producer & Engineer Ken Lewis talks to gearslutz.com how it’s been working with The Neptunes back in 2000/02 on N*E*R*D’s ‘Lapdance’ and Cuban Link’s ‘Still Tellin’ Lies’. Thanks to Jazz. “The entire first N*E*R*D album is a classic. “Lapdance” is a standout song. “Provider” and “Rock Star (Poser)” are pretty hot tracks, but the whole album is a great listen start to finish. First time i met Pharrell, I was at Sound on Sound – Studio B – in New York City mixing an album for Cuban Link (Atlantic). Neptunes were working downstairs in Studio A on the first N*E*R*D album and Pharrell and Chad came upstairs to say hello and talk about producing a song for Cuban Link’s album (which they did and i mixed
Pharrell walks in with fuzzy white cowboy boots, a cowboy hat, tight blue jeans and a sequined T shirt, and they walked right into a room filled with straight up thugs. I mean, I always loved and respected Cuban Link and his crew but i would never want to be on the wrong side of them, and here walks in Pharrell, maybe the only person who could have walked in looking like that and not walked out with bruises at minimum. Pharrell proceeds to put a rough mix of “Lapdance” into the CD player, put it on the big speakers, BLAST it, and….. i swear to god…. dance in front of the console, facing the speakers, while Cuban and his crew sit on the back couches.
And i mean Pharrell was doing some serious moves. Thank god the song was absolute fire. Song ends. Pharrell, Chad and Cuban Link have a short discussion about working together then Pharrell and Chad leave, and Cuban and his crew bust out laughing like “did that actually just happen”. It was completely surreal, but it happened. I couple weeks later we did the song “Still Tellin Lies” with Cuban Link, which Neptunes produced and i mixed, and became a radio single and video. Thats one of my best studio stories. – Ken”
By Danica Daniel. “Sexify” singer Leah LaBelle knows how to leave a lasting impression. After a chance encounter with Pharrell Williams at a concert backstage and a set of memorable homemade YouTube videos, LaBelle caught the eye of not only Williams, but also industry heavyweight Jermaine Dupri. Almost overnight LaBelle inked a joint venture with Williams’ label I Am Other, Dupri’s label So So Def, and Epic Records, now headed by L.A. Reid, who was also transfixed by LaBelle’s essence. Now the Seattle native is working on steaming up the music scene with her forthcoming debut album.
“We wanted to capture that cool girl who talks about love, life, sex, fashion, style, everything, so we actually pulled phrases and titles from the magazine and put them in the lyrics,” LaBelle says of her sexy debut single. “Pharrell really encouraged me to embrace the fun, fearless side of my personality. I hope that song inspires girls to feel free to be sexy to guys while still being true to themselves.” We caught up with Centric Award nominee on the red carpet at the 2012 Soul Train Awards for a chat about her sexified wardrobe. This is your first Soul Train Awards. How does it feel to be nominated for the Centric Award?
Yeah, my first award. My first nomination, my first ever everything, first time performing at an awards show, so it’s a night of firsts for me. I’m super excited and the energy in the air is so good right now, so I’m happy. Your look amazing tonight, very classy but spikes hanging from your ear—definitely original. How do you approach your style? I just wanted to do something that just felt good. Me, the way I dress, I just dress from feeling and so it’s a little class meets street and whatever. However you feel. Classy, casual… comfort at the same time, still being fly.
According to the Chmsky Nowadays twitter, Chad Hugo has been in the studio with the French Electro group ‘Chmsky Nowadays’ with Daniel Biltmore as Missile Command from the Nowadays Records, thanks to Fonkymaestro. “We lent @ClubCheval studio to @ChadHugo . I hope he managed to use the @ClubCheval vibe !” “@clubcheval thanks again for letting us use the studio yesterday + great meeting you dudes!”
It’s probably fair to call Pharrell Williams a futurist. The singer-songwriter-producer-designer-author named his record label Star Trak, selected the image of an astronaut to be the logo for his Billionaire Boys Club clothing line, and even named his son Rocket. So perhaps it should come as little surprise that he released the first episode of his show “ARTST TLK” on the web through a YouTube-based outfit called Reserve Channel, and not on an Earth-bound cable television station.
“I think 20-30 years from now, content will be consumed in a completely different way,” Williams tells me in a recent phone interview. “It may not be something that’s handheld. If you think about the concept of singularity, it’s not so far fetched to believe that there will be some sort of interface with the body … I’m not sure how, but that’s where we’re headed.”
For now, he’s making do with existing technology. His show’s first episode (see below) aired at the end of last month, featuring Ben Mezrich, author of Facebook History The Accidental Billionaires, and my colleague Andy Greenberg, author of hacker exposé This Machine Kills Secrets. Williams, who recently released his own book, Places and Spaces I’ve Been, touched on topics ranging from Mark Zuckerberg to Julian Assange to the nature and future of privacy.
Williams found his usual role reversed; instead of answering questions, he was the one asking them. As it turns out, the territory wasn’t all that unfamiliar—Williams likened it to his experiences as a producer. In the studio, he would often find himself prodding artists to reveal a little more, to offer up certain tidbits of their lives. There were a few flourishes, however, that proved to be a bit different, namely the moment in the show when a naked lady walks onto the set and pours water for Williams and his guests. How, exactly, did that come about?
ARTST TLK Episode 1
Stephen G. Hill is Black Entertainment Television’s President of Music Programming & Specials. Since joining the network in 1999, Hill has been directly responsible for launching the careers of both music artists like B2K, Bow Wow and anybody else who ever appeared on the “Scream Tour;” as well as personalities like Terrence J, Free, Rocsi Diaz and A.J. Calloway.A music enthusiast with an eye for talent, the Washington, DC native named newcomers Kendrick Lamar and Leah LaBelle as his “ones to watch” during a recent conversation with alwaysalist.com.
Additionally, Hill is equally as enthusiastic about the resurgence of veteran acts like New Edition, SWV and Boyz II Men, groups that he said: “have consistently maintained their stage show and vocal chops throughout the years and are fun to watch.”Despite overseeing development and production of all music programming and specials at BET Networks including “106 & Park,” “BET Honors,” ”Black Girls Rock!,” and the “BET Awards;” Hill expanded beyond music earlier this year when he launched the political news and current event series, “Don’t Sleep” hosted by former CNN anchor T.J. Holmes.
By Ralph Bristout. Just when you thought these Billionaire Boys Club collaborations couldn’t be any better, wait until it’s collection with Timberland releases this winter. Pharrell and Mark McNairy’s Bee Line for BBC will be releasing a new collaboration with Timberland that will offer exclusive premium olive leather for the 6 Inch Premium Boot and Waterproof Chukka. Both boots will have special Bee Line embroidery hangtags along with two sets of laces (green and red nylon laces). You can expect a January 2013 release for these at BBC’s online store and also select stocklists. Photos by John Ong.
If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?
I would want to Teleport to places like the movie Jumper. If I had a girl like Kid Cudi, I would “Teleport to Jamie”
Favorite candy / snack?
The Haribo Sour Colas are too amazing.
What do you drive?
ML 320 Benz Truck. A lot of space for extracurricular activities.
MTV (a division of Viacom Inc., NASDAQ: VIAB) today announced that dozens of stars, artists and organizations have joined in the effort to #restoretheshore and help rebuild Seaside Heights, New Jersey – the heart of the Jersey Shore, which was devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Generations have grown up enjoying the iconic Seaside boardwalk, but with the city condemned and many local businesses and homes ruined, Seaside needs urgent help to get back on its feet. Thankfully, some of entertainment’s biggest stars are answering the call to action and will be part of MTV’s “Restore the Shore,” a one-hour fundraising special to air live at 11pm ET (tape-delayed PT) on MTV, MTV.com, MTV mobile and MTV radio on Thursday, November 15th.
From 4 pm until midnight (ET) on Thursday, the cast of MTV’s “Jersey Shore” – as well as stars from other top MTV shows including “Awkward,” “Teen Wolf,” “Teen Mom,” “The Challenge,” and “The Real World” – will be live in MTV’s Times Square studio, calling donors to thank them for giving. Unlike a conventional telethon where viewers call in and hope to speak with a celebrity, MTV’s “Restore the Shore” will feature stars personally calling individuals who donate via Indiegogo at RestoretheShore.MTV.com or make a $10 donation by texting SHORE to 85944. All funds raised will go to Architecture for Humanity, an internationally recognized non-profit that led rebuilding efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. They are now setting out to help rebuild the famed boardwalk, local businesses and homes in Seaside Heights ravaged by the storm.
Photographer Tim McGurr aka “13th Witness” is a New York native, the son of legendary street artist Futura, and one of the most popular users on Instagram. Tim talks about how he turned his travels and love of city landscapes into a career.
It was ladies’ night as Glamour magazine honored the 2012 Women Of The Year at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Monday. Mary J. Blige was on hand to present an award to the U.S. gold medal Olympians including Gabby Douglas. Solange was radiant in a yellow-and-blue Derek Lam dress and Pharrell sported a mustache and bow tie as he made the red carpet rounds.
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