Sunday estimates had showed the two films tying for No. 1, but ‘Hidden Figures‘ ended up winning the race. Empowered women and outer space dominated the North American box office over the weekend as Pharrell Williams and Theodore Melfi’s biographical drama Hidden Figures orbited past Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to win the race with $22.8 million from 2,471 theaters as it expanded nationwide, versus $22.1 million for Rogue One in its fourth weekend from 4,157 locations.
Sunday morning estimates had showed the two films all but tying for the No. 1 spot with roughly $22 million each, but Hidden Figures did more business than expected throughout the day. (Most rival studios showed Hidden Figures narrowly beating Rogue One all along. The stand-alone Star Wars story is hardly a slouch, though, having stayed atop the chart for three consecutive weekends.) Also, check out a glipse of the Orchestrated Version of Pharrell’s ‘Runnin’ below. Make sure to cop the OST & The Score On iTunes.
Pharrell Williams – Runnin’ (Orchestra Version) (17′)
Photo by Mark Seliger. For Pharrell Williams, the most rewarding part about being a producer and co-composer on Hidden Figures isn’t that the film beat Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to top last week’s box office, it’s that the story about three African-American women who helped NASA launch John Glenn into space in the 1960s is finally being told. “A lot of people walk away [from the film] saying, ‘I can’t believe I didn’t know that story. That should be part of textbook history.’ To us, that’s the special sauce right there,” he says.
By “us,” Williams means himself and Mimi Valdes, who serves as chief creative office of his production company i am OTHER and who brought the 20th Century Fox project to Williams’ attention. For the Virginia native, that the story took place close to where he grew up, involved the space program — a secret passion of his — and shed light on these three progressive women made it all systems go. Plus, as his mom reminded him after he had signed on to produce, Williams met one of the protagonists, Katherine Johnson (played by Taraji P. Henson), years earlier at an event for his education initiative. “I was like, ‘Wow, it was serendipitous,’” he says.
To this day, perhaps no one in hip-hop’s perennial hit-making tier pledges as much adoration for A Tribe Called Quest (specifically, Q-Tip) as on one Pharrell Williams. The Virginia Beach native had just begun working under the wing of new jack pioneer, Teddy Riley, upon Tribe’s ascent, and according to a recent interview with Tip, Jarobi, Busta Rhymes and Consequence, was a constant presence at Tribe shows up and down I-95.
Tip goes on to reveal that the producer’s diehard fandom almost turned into a real-life feature when a still widely unknown Pharrell wrote and recorded a verse for “The Chase Pt. II,” and went on to submit suites for Beats, Rhymes & Life. The latter would become one of J Dilla‘s earliest breakout moments joining Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad to form The Ummah but it’s a compelling thought to even try and grip how a Tribe album might sound with production from The Neptunes, hit the link RIGHT HERE for the full podcast.
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Photos by Aaron Miller. BIA provides her take on the current status of the music industry as an unfiltered and ethnic female MC. In 2016, Bianca Landrau, more commonly known as “BIA” emerged onto the hip hop scene, seemingly out of nowhere. The Boston MC with Latin American roots closed the year with a chart topping, platinum single under her belt alongside J Balvin and Pharrell, in addition to a viral hit by way of her summer street anthem, “Gucci Comin’ Home.” At the onset of 2017, BIA has the release of her highly anticipated EP “Trap Vogue” on the horizon, followed by her debut album. Fans are especially eager to hear “Trap Vogue,” as high profile musicians have been attached to the project.
HYPEBAE caught up with BIA in Los Angeles for a photoshoot that saw her openly vivacious temperament, evidently fueled by pangs of Latina feistiness manifested through a range of fits. The combination of designer and streetwear labels including Raf Simons, COMME Des GARÇONS SHIRT, Ralph Lauren, Off-White, Area, Fenty x Puma, VLONE, Adidas, Rokit, DELIKT and Bad News fittingly unify the realms of high-end meets streetwear, with a sprinkling of softer feminine attributes. Outtakes from the photoshoot have been provided, alongside BIA’s thoughts on subjects touching music, lifestyle and fashion, and her status as a perceived role model for young women.
What does “Trap Vogue” mean to you?
“Trap Vogue” is the elements of trap that we all know and love, but elevated. Vogue is the epitome of high end fashion — I want this project to feel like the epitome of “high end trap.” However, it will not solely be trap. I’m simply describing the fresh elements I will be introducing to the sound.
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