Directed by Philip Andelman.
By Andres Tardio. T.I.’s upcoming album, Paperwork, set to feature production from Pharrell, is a project that T.I. says will encompass many qualities that have come to define his career. “Paperwork is official,” he says in an interview with New York radio station Hot 97. “If you’ve got paperwork on something, it’s official. Also, if someone has paperwork on you, then it could be some trouble. So, it’s official, it’s trouble, it’s authentic. Sounds like me. The music supports this theory very well.”
Paperwork is set to be a different type of album for T.I. “This is the first time in my career that I have had enough time to create all the music, get the sequencing down, even before I start my clock and put myself on the calendar,” he says. “Now that I have all of the music…I could take my time and step back and make sure it’s the perfect blend, to create the perfect amount of synergy between trap music and art house.”
T.I. says he is handling the trap house aspect of the project while Pharrell manages the art house elements. Together, the two have recorded 250 songs, according to T.I. “I have narrowed those 250 down to the best 25,” T.I. says. “5 extras are for international releases [and additional releases]…I want to narrow that 25 down to 20. Of that 20, I want to take six records at the top, six records in the middle, six records at the end, with two records as intermissions to the three.
And I would like to shoot a movie that consists of three short stories, and the three short stories will connect these…records.” Despite Pharrell advising T.I. to release three individual projects for each short story, T.I. says he plans on releasing all of these songs on one album. He likens the release of all of the tracks to Beyonce’s self-titled 2013 album, which also contained videos for each song. He notes a difference between those releases, however.
“She went and shot individual videos one by one by one,” T.I. says. “That must’ve drove the cost through the roof…I’m doing three short stories. I’m not doing 18 videos. I’m doing three short stories. So the same way we would shoot an episode of House of Lies. We would take five days. This short story shall be complete. Five days, this short story shall be complete. See that will bring my cost down, which will raise my profit margin.”
In January, T.I. spoke of his upcoming Paperwork album. “Me and Pharrell have a plethora [of songs],” T.I. said at the time. “We probably done recorded 14 records. Pharrell and I alone. Words couldn’t even begin to describe how cutting-edge, left-field and just how broad these records are. But they still have that texture that I speak of.
They still have that Curtis Mayfield, Bobby Womack, a ridin’ dirty kind of … but a new way to present it to the world because it has that thing that Pharrell does to music that sets it apart from any and everything else that’s being played. And of course I had to give it the pulse of what I know. It’s incredible work. I did incredible work with Keno. I did incredible work with Sham [“Sak Pase” Joseph]. I have [a record] B.o.B [did] for me. It’s awesome.”. Thanks to Eve.
Paperwork: The Motion Picture (October 21st)
- Trap Nigga Hustle feat. Pharrell
- You Were Supposed to Make It
- G-Shit feat. Pharrell & Young Jeezy
(+22 Tracks “Recorded 250 Tracks”)
Kid Sister just released her new Mixtape titled ‘DUSK2DAWN: The Diary Of Jane Jupiter’ that features also a Chad Hugo production on the tune ‘Higher’. Melisa Young’s last releases came out in 2011. Halfway through the new mixtape, Young introduces her new alter ego, Jane Jupiter. The mix features a guest spot from Dâm-Funk and production from Chad Hugo and GTA, check it out below.
“It isn’t some quickly thrown together assembly of songs I thought would be a “good look” or a body of work I had others do for a check or a project bank rolled by some rich dude pulling marionette strings behind the scenes. What I’m going to give you took heart. What I’m going to give you took everything I had bottled up inside of me. It took bravery and courage. It took all the money I had in the world.
At times it took my sanity and peace of mind (I don’t think I’ve gotten a week’s worth of good sleep in at least 3 years). It took getting out of my comfort zone, getting honest and saying some things I felt like I couldn’t tell anyone – and often times honestly didn’t HAVE anyone to tell. It took me getting fed up with coloring by the numbers, feeling like I could only ever do one thing and only with the permission of others. It took me getting fed up with being safe and not taking chances. It took shedding artifice and finally being vulnerable and real… and it was terrifying… and I almost didn’t make it.
I put my heart, soul, sweat, blood and tears into the gift I’m going to give you tomorrow. Forty songs didn’t make it. Ten did. And after all the growing pains and tears I think I can finally say I’m proud. It was a passion project in every sense of the word and really changed the way I think about myself and my place in music and in the world. I hope it touches you in the same way it did me… and that if it does, you share it with someone you love.”
P.S. I probably didn’t say everything I coulda/shoulda said in this post and there are a lot of real life stories intertwined in this mix tape but I’ll save the juicy details for the next interview. See you on the other side
P.P.S. Did I seriously tear up writing this post? Whoa… I have CHANGED lol
Kid Sister – Higher feat. Dâm-Funk (14′)
Have yall seen the VMA’s on Sunday, well ‘Happy’ went empty handed but Ed Sheeran won with ‘Sing’ for ‘Best Male Video’. “Sing” is off Sheeran’s album X, and was his first single to reach number one in the UK. Beyond the album, it’s been a huge year for Sheeran, including a documentary about the singer’s (recent) life on MTV.
It was an all white affair when Usher touched the stage of the MTV VMAs tonight. Suited in all white, Usher hit the stage to give a hot performance of “She Came To Give It To You” with help by a band. He also previewed another Pharrell collaboration on the intro which sounds the tune Pharrell previewed back in January. Nicki Minaj joined the R&B crooner on the stage to deliver her verse and even let Ursher use her booty as a instrument.
Beyoncé Performs Medley With ‘Blow’ & ‘Superpower’ At The VMA’s 2014
Beyoncé shut down the stage of the Forum when she gave the crowd a Mrs. Carter World Tour experience and performed a medley of her songs “Mine”, “Haunted”, “No Angel”, “Jealous”, “Blow”, “Drunk In Love”, “Rocket”, “Partition”, “Superpower”, “Flawless”, “Blue”, “XO.” With Jay-Z and her daughter Blue Ivy watching from the crowd, Beyoncé gave one hell of a performance that will have many talking. After the performance JAY & Blue took the stage to present her with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
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