Our top dynamic duo are instantly recognisable from everything that they have done in recent years but they’ve been through many changes in their history. We can easily see the ripple effect that they’ve had on music but their own story is equally as interesting.
They started out way back in the early 90’s before Pharrell was really a household name. Back then, producers like Adrian Sherwood and Quincy Jones were dominating the music scene. A variety of things have changed since the 90’s and technology has made things much more achievable than ever before. Even new casino games that listed in this directory are a lot different from old ones, which this duo are reputed to be big fans of. Technology inspired music can be found all over the internet, from casino sites to the likes of Porter Robinson and this is a huge part of what makes The Neptunes so appealing.
Their big break really came with the production of the Superthug single by N.O.R.E, which established the group on the scene. Prior to this they had worked on a number of production projects under the name, but none had garnered quite so much media attention. At this point, Pharrell was already the more recognisable of the two, as he had made guest spots like Rump Shaker.
The first artist that they produced a whole album with was, of course, Kelis. She worked with them on the Kaleidoscope album which would go on to gain a gold record in the UK. At this point, they were forced to work increasingly hard on maintaining their unique style in a sea of producers that wanted to copy them. They were doing well commercially with their partnership with Jay-Z but it was time to take it to the next level.
In 2001 they were selected to produce the Britney Spears single I’m A Slave 4 U, which reached number 1 in various countries. This was their first time making it to number 1 and as their fame grew they began to feature on more and more tracks. With their work on Nelly’s Hot in Herre they scored another number 1 hit and the awards for their work with other artists started flowing in.
The 00’s are really where we see The Neptunes change their reputation from solely working on hip hop tracks to becoming the producers of pop. Their singles like Milkshake and Hollaback Girl would become their bread and butter, all with their distinctive production sound.
Even the mention of these songs will cast your mind back to their catchy nature, which is what brought The Neptunes to the fore. Since then it’s been hit after hit for the team and their sound is now more refined and exciting than ever.
By Kari Hamanaka. It may have been the pink hue that tinged the sound stage at The Lot studios in West Hollywood, or perhaps it was the puffy faux clouds that hung from the ceiling, but the dreamy setting seemed just the right one for Pharrell Williams to get deep on where he drew inspiration for his collaboration with Adidas and life in general.
The Grammy-award winning music artist, producer and designer — whose name has been linked with Karl Lagerfeld, Comme Des Garçons, Moncler and Colette — was on set Friday night at the site of his and Adidas’ launch event to talk the second drop of his Adidas Originals = Pharrell Williams Pink Beach collection.
The first iteration became available earlier this month. The second drop for spring presented a fuller range for men and women along with children’s versions. Friday’s event was also linked to a Snapchat takeover by Williams and a retail pop-up at Nice Kicks in downtown Los Angeles that runs through Sunday. It all started in 2014 when Adidas sent Williams leather versions of its classic Firebird jacket. He doodled. The drawings were then embroidered onto the jackets, which became the inspiration behind Pink Beach.
Posted: May 3rd
Pharrell Williams is coming for Kanye’s Yeezy Boost sales with his new collection for Adidas Originals this spring. The collab, titled Pink Beach, is inspired by the magic of island culture. And one look at the campaign images will reveal just how strong Pharrell’s creative vision can be. A limited-edition collection launches on May 5th with a Consortium+ range of vibrant, graphic-heavy items, like an olive green shirt and short set.
An embroidered sport jacket will also be available that day and will include the code “528HZ” written across the back — a frequency believed to create healing vibrations for the mind, body, and spirit. The range will expand on May 12th with a complete wardrobe for adults and kids. Expect plenty of bikinis, tanks, tees, culottes, shorts, and leggings. There will even be what Adidas is calling an “Artist Poncho” fashioned from water-resistant laminated mesh emblazoned with the iconic adidas three-stripe motif.
But an Adidas collaboration is nothing without the sneakers. Pharrell designed two distinct pairs for Pink Beach, an Elastic Slip On and an Elastic Lace Up that come in a crisp white and a multicolored stripe option. If this is anything like Pharrell’s last collection with Adidas, then it’s sure to be a success. In 2015, the brand announced that it had sold 15 million pairs of the rapper’s Supercolor Adidas — the brand’s original Superstar sneakers re-created in 50 vibrant shades. You’ll be able to buy Pink Beach items at Adidas Originals and Billionaire Boys Club’s flagship stores, online, and in select retailers globally.
By Todd Spangler. Pharrell Williams has signed on to help create the inaugural ComplexCon, a two-day festival from media company Complex covering pop culture, music, art, food and more set to debut this fall. Pharrell will work both in front of and behind the scenes as cultural director and host committee chair for the event, under a deal Complex inked with the singer-rapper-producer and his creative venture, i am OTHER. ComplexCon will take place Nov. 5-6, 2016, in Long Beach, Calif., at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center.
Mac Ecko, the fashion designer who founded Complex in 2002 and serves as its chief brand officer, said the concept for the event is to couple “the intellectual discovery environment” of South by Southwest with the party atmosphere of a festival like Coachella. “I’m inspired by a myriad of different events I’ve had the fortune of being a part of, whether they’ve focused on art, design, music, food or science,” Pharrell, who is also a judge on NBC’s “The Voice,” said in a statement. “When i am OTHER connected with Marc Ecko and the Complex team, we were instantly aligned — we wanted to combine a little bit of all these elements and create a unique, new initiative.”
Poster By Takashi Murakami
Complex, which caters to a millennial-male audience and claims to have 57 million unique monthly visitors online, was acquired last month by Hearst and Verizon Communications. ComplexCon will feature concert performances, shopping, art exhibits, food and discussion panels (dubbed “Complex Conversations”). “It’s really about bringing our brand to life,” said Ecko. “We really wanted to make something different that wasn’t just another music festival.” The event was deliberately scheduled outside the summer music-fest circuit, while Ecko also hopes the early-November timing will let it take advantage of brand promotions tied to the holiday-shopping season.
Here is the Official Video to BIA’s new single titled ‘Gucci Comin’ Home’, directed by Carrington Scott.
It’s official guys, we’ve already assumed it but now Justin just confirmed that he indeed is working on a new album. Justin Timberlake is known for taking lengthy hiatuses between albums. His Justified album was released in 2002 and he didn’t reappear until 2006, when he released what’s regarded as his best work, the inventive FutureSex/LoveSounds album, produced entirely by Timbaland. 7 years later, Timberlake and Timbaland hooked back up for two more albums, The 20/20 Experience 1 and 2, both released in 2013.
So, 3 years is a relatively brief hiatus for Mr. Timberlake, but at midnight on Friday, the former N*SYNC frontman dropped a new single, “Can’t Stop The Feeling,” a feel-good radio-ready song that will appear on the official soundtrack for a forthcoming Dreamworks animated movie, Trolls. Though “Can’t Stop The Feeling” is an unlikely candidate for the lead single for Timberlake’s next campaign, the Memphis singer has revealed to radio jock Carson Daly that he is in fact working on a new album.
“I don’t know exactly when I’m going to put it out, but yeah, I’m definitely working on a new album.” Timberlake went on to discuss some of the influences behind it; of course his hometown of Memphis, one of America’s richest cities in terms of musical history, was mentioned. Growing up in Tennessee, very central of the country, Memphis is known as being the birthplace of rock and roll, but also the home of the blues, but Nashville’s right down the street so there’s a lot of country music.
i am OTHER revealed on their Instagram Page, that their newest OTHERtone episode will guest star actor Michael B. Jordan, stay tuned for more info.
Skepta just dropped his collaboration with Pharrell from his new album titled ‘Konnichiwa’, that he recorded earlier this year. The Grime rapper released his fourth studio album on May 6 through Skepta’s own label ‘Boy Better Know’. Skepta said about his Pharrell collaboration that it’s “One of my favourite tracks [on the album] – Pharrell, my don. It’s gonna get bouncy up in here.” And it certainly is. Pharrell gets back with his rapping skills on this banger with characteristically whimsical style both vocally and instrumentally, check out the heater below and make sure to cop it on iTunes.
Skepta – Numbers feat. Pharrell (16′)
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