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“I am an artist. The fact is that music saved my life. I was a delinquent when I was younger, and without the honesty and lyric of Bono in U2, I would never have realized my purpose. It would have been more likely that I would have become some kind of felon because of where I lived and who I spent time with.
My parents curbed those activities by moving me to Virginia Beach, but music would be the soul of my life and the allies I met there would be the fuel for it to exist. Music and the Arts are essential to the success of society. Creativity is the future of science, technology, engineering and math. If we can support our youth in the arts, we will have better scientists and engineers. Here are organizations that I support in the realm of the Arts and Arts Education. This one represents me.”
Missy Elliott will be putting it down on “The Voice.” Access Hollywood has confirmed that the rapper will bring her “Supa Dupa Fly” skills to the NBC reality competition series as Team Pharrell’s advisor. If Missy’s appearance at this year’s Super Bowl Halftime show earlier this year is any indication, we just might be seeing her in a spinning chair one day soon because the rapper stole the show with her appearance! No shade Katy and Left Shark. “The Voice” Season 9 debuts September 21 on NBC.
Produced by Liam Howe, directed by Tragik.
Taiwo and Kehinde Hassan are the twin brothers behind the production duo Christian Rich. They’ve worked behind the scenes for more than a decade, producing for artists like Drake, Earl Sweatshirt, J. Cole and Vince Staples. This week, they released their debut album, FW14. The Hassan brothers recently spoke with All Things Considered guest host Tess Vigeland about their upbringing in Nigeria, their decision to make their own album and their brief stint as, of all things, investment bankers. Hear the conversation at the audio link above, and find an edited transcript below.
Tess Vigeland: This album doesn’t fit any one box — we go all over the place. Is it a conscious effort to bring in all kinds of different sounds?
Taiwo Hassan: Well, yeah, it’s really hard for us to stick to one sound, because then we think we’re cheating ourselves when we play it back. If we wanted, we could’ve made the album trapped-out, or we could’ve been super electronic. We just felt different moods every day. It’s hard for us to stick to one thing because we have so many ideas.
You were born in Chicago, but you moved to Nigeria at a young age. How, if at all, did living there influence your sound?
Our mother always played the best … By the time we came to the States, we didn’t know what “wack” was.
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Pharrell was joined once again with Scott Vener on OTHERtone with special guest Tyler, The Creator as they discussed their experiences in the music industry and meeting their idols, with Williams opening up about the “unbelievable” experience of meeting Michael Jackson. “You talking about mind control, he was like a genius,” Williams recalled. “He was just the King, the king of trolling. I think he invented it.” Amongst other things, Tyler managed to get us the proper version of N*E*R*D’s ‘Locked Away’ tune from the studio session of Fly Or Die.
Well, I remember exactly when N*E*R*D were having those little Tours and they were promoting ‘In Search Of…’ and they were in The Nederlands Live At The Paradiso Park in 2002. That was the place where we heard the first time that N*E*R*D is working on a new album, and It wasn’t even called ‘Fly Or Die’ at that time and even their sound was still focused on ‘In Search Of…’, so at that time we might’ve got a complete different album, If they haven’t been in the studio with Marilyn Manson.
Anyways, after that live performance a low quality studio version of ‘Locked Away’ ‘leaked’ and I’ve managed to make it more louder and crispy, which we’ve had all these years, so we finally got the Original Studio Version of ‘Locked Away’, you can check it out below, together with OTHERtone’s Episode 4 with Tyler, The Creator.
Now that’s some dope stuff right there!
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