By Dan Solomon. Over his storied 20-year career, director Paul Hunter has worked with a number of the biggest musicians in the world. He directed Puffy’s “All About The Benjamins” and Biggie’s “Hypnotize” videos, D’ Angelo’s “Untitled (How Does It Feel),” and Marilyn Manson’s “Dope Show.” But his creative partnership with Pharrell—which dates back to 2003’s “Frontin‘”—has been among his most creatively fruitful.
Pharrell Williams – Freedom (Official Video) (2015)
The power of that partnership is on display in the video for “Freedom,” which debuted last week on Apple Music and Vevo. It’s a collection of striking, big-picture imagery that ruminates on the different ideas represented by the word “freedom“—from dark-skinned men made to break rocks at gunpoint, to Tiananmen Square and Muhammad Ali, to the restrictive conformity of western beauty ideals, to cheetahs hunting in the wild and whales breaching in the ocean.
From One Hand To Another is a camp that inspires and encourages students to dream big by teaching them and exposing them to many different career paths. Chances are you never went to a summer camp like this. Thanks to popular singer Pharrell Williams and his mother, Dr. Carolyn Williams, students in Virginia Beach are spending their summers keeping their minds engaged and their creativity flowing at “From One Hand To Another” on the Hampton University campus at Virginia Beach Town Center.
The 38-year-old singer has admitted he figured out to play Richard Marx’s ‘Right Here Waiting’ when he was 11-years-old, because he wanted to be able to serenade a girl he liked. Robin said: “I had lessons when I was 11. I had like two lessons and didn’t care for it and wanted to learn how to play these songs that were on the radio that I really liked. I think the first song I ever taught myself to play was Richard Marx’s ‘Right Here Waiting’. I had a crush on a girl and that became our song and I wanted to be able to play it for her.
“That’s the beauty. Anyone can pick up a paintbrush and dip it in paint. There’s no law against it.” The ‘Blurred Lines‘ hitmaker also revealed his parents – actress and singer Gloria Loring and ‘Growing Pains‘ actor Alan Thicke – were worried about his career, having seen how “hard” the entertainment industry.
“Finna Get Loose” by Puff Daddy & The Family featuring Pharrell is turning into an internet hit. The tune is an instant party-starter and judging from social media outpouring of “Finna Get Loose” dance videos, the song is shaping up to be the perfect dance battle track for the summer. Seems like everyone is getting loose, and doing their best interpretation of the Diddy Bop (falling not included).
Diddy, Pharrell and their extended families are posting the best choreography videos they see to accompany the infectious beat and there’s even a #finnagetloosechallenge underway on Instagram. Check out some of the best moves thus far to “Finna Get Loose” and see if you can match the swag. Just don’t bust your ass in front of your crush at a party or get showed up by your little cousin at the family barbecue, click HERE.
Kap G is quickly becoming one of the new faces of hip-hop. The 20-year-old Mexican-American earned national attention in April of 2015, after appearing on CNN to discuss his song, “La Policia (Remix)” featuring T.I. and David Banner. The timely record touched on the ongoing issues of police brutality and racial profiling in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray, killed in the back of a police van in Baltimore that month.
Born and raised in Atlanta’s College Park neighborhood to Mexican parents, Kap, a.k.a. George Ramirez, began rapping his sophomore year of high school. After receiving his diploma, the aspiring MC ruled out college to focus on his rap career. “I knew college wasn’t for me,” he remembers. “I just couldn’t do the regular 9-5, so I got determined and made the effort.”
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