By Yohance Kyles. George Ramirez was born in Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital and raised in the mostly African-American section of College Park, Georgia. The young Mexican-American grew up playing basketball at the local Boys & Girls Club, and he often spent time at the homes of those same neighborhood kids.
It was that Hispanic heritage mixed with those longtime relationships with mostly black friends that would eventually inspire Ramirez’s music created under the moniker Kap G. After he first started rapping in high school, Kap would go on to release several projects including the Real Migo Sh*t series and his first official mixtape Like A Mexican.
The Hip Hop artist’s latest collection, El Southside, presents real-life inspired stories of living in the SWATS (Southwest Atlanta Too Strong) told from the perspective of a 21-year-old rhymer on the rise. The mixtape has several big names attached to it as well.
Here are BIA’s #EYESONMETOUR dates with Iamsu!, Mod Sun and Gravez, get your Tickets HERE.
BIA’s #EYESONMETOUR2016 Dates
28th – Fresno, CA – Strummer’s
29th – Chico, CA – Senator Theater
7th – San Francisco, CA – Oysterfest
10th – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
11th – San Diego, CA – North Park Theater
12th – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theater
14th – Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater
20th – New Orleans, LA – Tipitina’s Uptown
21st – Atlanta, GA – Aisle 5
26th – Denver, CO – Cervantes’ Ballroom
27th – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
31st – Seattle, WA – Neumos
Posted April 5th.
“MY NAME IS GALAXY GEAR AND I NEED ASSISTANCE”. This was the most epic episode ever. Galaxy Gear aka Chad Hugo sat down with Pharrell, Scott Vener, Tyler, The Creator and Justin Timberlake to talk about how they created ‘Justified’ 14 years ago, the production history of Classics Neptunes tracks, and naturally the impact and legacy of A Tribe Called Quest’s own Phife Dawg who recently passed from complications with diabetes.
It started with Chad plugging his Galaxy Gear layering an Intro while the guys talked about some funny News Bloopers 1, 2 & 3. Tyler is the spokesperson for us Neptunes Fans and last week Tyler was kindy enough to ask us on the forum what questions we would like to hear on the show and the only reason he’s on the show besides being where he is in life, he’s asking all the questions Neptunes Fans have all wanted to ask, and he asked particulary about their favourite tracks on Justified and in which Pharrell started singing the lyrics to ‘Nothin Else’.
Pharrell also revealed what has happened to the other Justin Timberlake x Neptunes collaborations that didn’t make the final cut like ‘Second Chance’ and ‘What’s A Guy Gotta Do’(See Below) that has been created while they were working on the NSYNC record ‘Girlfriend’. JT said that ‘Second Chance’ didn’t make the final cut because it didn’t fit the concept of the album.
Pharrell talked later on about ‘Frontin’ where he revealed that it was made specifically for Prince but he declined the tune. Pharrell joked that the verses on the track track were only like 2 chords and the bridge was like 16 chords in itself and he basically admitted that Chad added all of the instrumentation outside of drums and some basslines, notably the entire bridge of ‘Frontin‘.
Justin also talked about the moment he knew that stepping away from ’NSync was the right move. “The funny thing is like, literally the first day of recording, I remember walking in and we were like, ‘What are we gonna do?’” Timberlake said. He then mimicked Chad, playing a riff on the guitar of ‘Like I Love You’ “And I was like, just that whole rhythm]… I was like, ‘This just sounds like nothing I’ve heard!’ It reminds me of the feeling I get from certain things that I love. That moment was so much of a confirmation for me.” Since striking out on his own, the musician has won numerous Grammy awards, four Emmys and much more.
Pharrell said that he “accidentally” got into making hooks, songs like “Shake Ya Ass” were to be rough ideas, and they actually wanted The Temptations on that hook and that Pharrell only did drums and basslines while learning other instruments later on. In between these knowledge darts is a perfect mix of Neptunes hits and deep cuts by Scott Vener aka Broke Mogul below, straight nostalgia. Tyler somehow revealed at the end that there is a big project coming up, nonetheless, which is probably Pharrell’s third studio album, nonetheless it’s great to hear that JT and The Neptunes are back in the studio, Don’t miss this episode on iTunes now and check out the Tracklist of the Episode below.
— i am OTHER (@i_am_OTHER) April 3, 2016
Scott Vener’s Neptunes Mix (2016)
OTHERtone Episode 18 With The Neptunes, Scott Vener, Justin Timberlake & Tyler, The Creator (2016)
01 – ID – ID
02 – PM Dawn – I’d Die Without You
03 – Big Pun – Beware
04 – Spark Master Tape – Tenkkeys
05 – Fat Joe – This Shit Is Real
06 – Snoop Dogg – Beautiful
07 – Justin Timberlake – rock your body
08 – Pharre Williams – Frontin’
09 – Usher – U Don’t Have To Call
10 – Justin Timberlake – Señorita
11 – Mystikal – Shake Ya Ass
12 – P. Diddy – Diddy
13 – Noreaga – Superthug (What What)
14 – N*E*R*D – Rockstar (Poser)
15 – Jadakiss – Knock Yourself Out
16 – Clipse – Hot Damn
17 – Slim Thug – I Ain’t Heard Of That
18 – Clipse – Mr. Me Too
19 – Jay-Z- Excuse Me Miss
20 – LL Cool J – Luv U Better
21 – Noreaga – Nothin’
22 – Mystikal – Danger (Been So Long)
23 – Justin Timberlake – Like I Love You
24 – Justin Timberlake – Last Night
25 – Justin Timberlake – Take It From Here
26 – Miguel – Waves (Tame Impala Remix)
27 – Fascinator – Time To Go
28 – N*E*R*D – Victory
29 – N*E*R*D – Bobby James
30 – Jay-Z – Allure
31 – Clipse – Mr. Me Too
32 – Snoop Dogg – Drop It Like It’s Hot
33 – Birdman – What Happened To That Boy
34 – Mystikal – Bouncin’ Back (Bouncin’ Me Against The Wall) feat. Pharrell
35 – Clipse – Grindin’ (Selector Remix)
36 – Ludacris – Southern Hospitality
37 – Snoop Dogg – It Blows My Mind
38 – Jay-Z – I Just Wanna Love U
39 – A Tribe Called Quest – Check The Rhime
40 – A Tribe Called Quest – 1nce again
41 – A Tribe Called Quest – Oh My God
42 – A Tribe Called Quest – Award Tour
43 – Kamaiyah – For My Dawg
44 – Kamaiyah – Mo Money Mo Problems
45 – Chase & Status – NRG
Skepta has been interviewed by list.co.uk where he talked about Pharrell being on his album ‘Konnichiwa’ on the tune ‘Numbers’.
“I knew I had an obligation to represent the country when I did this album. Not just different MCs, but sonically. I know what is on my back with this album and I’ve got every element from London needed. I don’t want to announce the MCs but it’s very well rounded. And Pharrell’s blessed me. People respect him. I don’t think grime has ever been respected, it’s not seen as a nice sound. But having Pharrell bless my album, maybe you can see that the freeness of his music; that’s what we’re doing as well.” The album is due May 6th, Pre-Order it now on iTunes.
19th – F1 Grand Prix Of Europe – Bakou, Azerbaïdjan
8th – North Sea Jazz Festival – Rotterdam, The Netherlands
9th – Les Ardentes Festival – Liège, Belgium
10th – Hyde Park With Stevie Wonder & Corinne Bailey Rae London, UK (Added New)
12th – Street Music Art Festival – Milan, Italy (Added New)
13th – Moon & Stars Festival – Locarno, Switzerland (Added New)
15th – Vieilles Charrues Festival – Carhaix, France
16th – Big Festival – Biarritz, France
17th – Carcassonne Festival – Carcassonne, France
Hip Hop Producers The Buchanans sat down with DECODED, JAY Z’s Life+Times to learn how they secured their first beat placement, which became “What More Can I Say” off of Jay-Z’s critically acclaimed “The Black Album” and they talk about a sick Neptunes leftover from the studio session, check it out below, thanks to sandow.
Brittish Grime artist Skepta announced the Artwork and his Tracklist to his Fourth Studio album titled ‘Konnichiwa’ that will have a Pharrell collaboration. The two teamed up on the tune ‘Numbers’ which will be released on May 6th. Skepta shed some light on working with Williams during a recent interview with Zane Lowe on Beats One’s #OTHERtone Radio: “Pharrell loves music. I don’t know how much money he has, or how much he’s trying to make. But I know whatever financial situation he’s in his music is always going to be sick. When I’m in the studio with him it’s like I’m working with someone I’ve known all my life.
“I knew I had an obligation to represent the country when I did this album. Not just different MCs, but sonically. I know what is on my back with this album and I’ve got every element from London needed. I don’t want to announce the MCs but it’s very well rounded. And Pharrell’s blessed me. People respect him. I don’t think grime has ever been respected, it’s not seen as a nice sound. But having Pharrell bless my album, maybe you can see that the freeness of his music; that’s what we’re doing as well.” You can Pre-Order the album now on iTunes, check out the whole Tracklist with the Artwork below.
Skepta – Konnichiwa (May 6th) (2016)
01 – Konnichiwa
02 – Lyrics feat. Novelist
03 – Co rn On The Curb feat. Wiley & Chip
04 – Crime Riddim
05 – It Ain’t Safe feat. Young Lord
06 – Ladies Hit Squad feat. D Double E & ASAP Nast
07 – Numbers feat. Pharrell
08 – Man (Gang)
09 – Shutdown
10 – That’s Not Me feat. JME
11 – Detox feat. BBK
12 – Text Me Back
“Take Advantage Of Yo Situation . The Object Of The Game Is TO NOT STAY THE SAME & #MoveOnUp. Big Bro @Pharrell Saw It In Me From Day 1 . He Put Me On Game , Gave Me The Knowledge , I’ll Be A FOOL Not To Listen 💯. Let Me Be An EXAMPLE To why You should NEVER QUIT . I NEVER FOLDED , I STAYED SOLID & I Ain’t Letting Up EITHER 😤😤😤💨💨✈️✈️ #LA #California 🌴🌴🌴🌴 #Elsouthside #goat #nerd #l4l #pharrell #kapg #losangeles #iamother”
Pharrell will be the main support for Stevie Wonder, 65, who is due to play his 1976 album Songs In The Key Of Life in its entirety. Pharrell said he “never dreamed” he would have the chance to share the same bill as Stevie Wonder, as he was added to the line-up for Hyde Park this summer. He also paid tribute to London’s musical heritage, ahead of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time on Sunday July 10. “The great news for me is that it’s Stevie Wonder — I’m going to frame my ticket, that’s for sure. I never dreamed in a million years this would happen. I remember as a little boy when my aunt purchased that album.
I would play it over and over again. Stevie Wonder was a fixture in my life as a child. His music is probably the closest thing to auditory transcendence.” “So much amazing music has come out of London. It’s always nice to perform in the same places that legendary artists have performed in, in their backyards.” Corinne Bailey Rae, also now on the line-up, said: “It’s a dream come true to be asked to join Stevie Wonder.”
Daniel Biltmore has been interviewed by h-blog.com, where he talked about his relationship with Chad Hugo and traveling around the globe, check it out below.
Q: Who are you?
My name is Daniel Biltmore. I’m a Baltimore based DJ/Producer, and I work with former N*E*R*D & The Neptunes member, Chad Hugo, for a crew called MSSL CMMND.
Q: Where are you from?
I’m from Silver Spring, MD, a few miles outside of DC. I spent 25 years here before moving to Baltimore for school.
Q: What inspired and/or motivated you to start DJ’ing?
It was mainly out of necessity. When I was 14, I started realizing that a lot of the music that I wanted was only available on vinyl. So, I started buying records without even having a record player. Then one day, I dug out my dad’s old turntables and hooked them up to a mixer that I got for my birthday.
Audio Push’s highly anticipated Interscope debut EP ‘The Stone Junction’ released last night on iTunes with 7 tracks with guest appearances from Kap G, Trae Tha Truth, BMac The Queen, & Jace (of Two-9). Productions comes from Wondagurl, IZZE The Producer and Slade Da Monsta. This is the follow-up to Audio Push’s Inside the Vibe mixtape, which was released in February, check out their collaboration with the i am OTHER signee Kap G below and make sure to cop it on iTunes.
Audio Push – Vámonos feat. Kap G (16′)
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