GAWVI used to rap back in the day, but laughs at the idea of getting back in the booth anytime soon. He has mastered his craft behind the boards from an internship with Pharrell. Even though he mostly served as an errand boy, he soaked in everything he could while he was on the job. “Pharrell is just an iconic legendary guy,” he says. “While I was interning there, he’s working on Shakira’s album, Fat Joe’s album, and then N*E*R*D’s album all at the same time.
I’m just blown away how a man can move from one studio to the next studio, and just being able to concentrate all that. It was a crazy experience.” Later on in his journey, GAWVI became in-house producer with Reach Records and crafted Trip Lee‘s RISE album as well as beats for Lecrae’s Anomaly. Gabriel Alberto Azucena, who goes by the stage name Gawvi, formerly G-Styles, is an American Hip Hop artist and music producer for Reach Records.
It’s 2000 and I’ve just discovered that Pharrell and Chad go by the name The Neptunes while reading the CD booklet of I JUST WANNA LOVE YOU, and that’s crazy enough to discover their name while getting through their entire catalogue with Kazaa back then, but then we’re getting the news (me and the others on mIRC #theneptunes, EfNet) that Chad and Pharrell are planning to release a debut album by the name N*E*R*D with their long time friend Shae, 3 months later I’ve managed to find a snippet of Lap Dance, their first debut single.
“It’s so real
It’s How I Feel
It’s this society
That makes a nigga wanna kill
I’m just straight ill
Ridin’ my motorcycle down the streets
While politicians is soundin’ like strippers to me
They keep sayin’ but I don’t wanna hear it…
Oooh baby you want me?
Oooh baby you want me?
Oooh baby you want me?”
Straight up that snippet has been murdered by everyone in the room and overplayed, and we couldn’t wait to hear the whole thing, fast forward, I never knew I could love so much an album that’s so diversive with every single time I’ve been playing it. A year later the Spy Mob 2002 version released which is way better. I don’t wanna talk about how The Neptunes changed my life again, but until this day, the album is part of my life and has been my phone/mp3 player since day one, my favourite track is ‘Rock Star (Poser)’ 🖖
N*E*R*D – Rock Star (Poser) (Official Video) (2002)
Devonté ‘Dev’ Hynes otherwise known as Blood Orange has been the next guest on Pharrell & Scott Vener’s OTHERtone on Beats 1 program where they talked about his projects and production and writing process, check it out out HERE.
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How great is this! Forum member and Admin of N-E-R-D.SkyRock.Com and Co-Admin of TheNeptunes.Org Eve had the chance to see Pharrell in Liege, Belgium last month (July 9th) and had the chance to climb on stage (again) to dance and sing along Pharrell all their N*E*R*D hits. Tyler The Creator also joined them on the stage during the end of the show. If someone should’ve been on stage that evening that night, than it’s definitely you Eve you truly deserved every moment of the show up there with Pharrell, cuz you’re a real fan! Check out some pictures from the show below.
2016 seems to be the year of genuine Pharrell faces. Grime legend Dizzee Rascal appeared on Williams and Scott Vener’s OTHERtone show on Beats 1, and Apple Music revealed clips of the fast-approaching episode. Among other notable moments, the group exchanged toothy grins when the UK artist revealed he had yet to complete his forthcoming album.
Pharrell sensed an opportunity to collaborate and seized it, much to Rascal’s delight. Expect heat from these two in the near future. Dizzee also discusses an array of topics ranging from the appeal of pop to England’s current political standing,check it out now on Beats 1 Radio.
It’s been 10 years since Pharrell released his debut album ‘In My Mind’, that was the time when I get back to Serbia and didn’t have a PC for about 4 months, and went almost every night after work at the Internet Cafes. Back then I had the advance copy of In My Mind on my oldass PC with all those demos with Beyonce & Co. but lost everything when my SSD broke, and all my files have been lost, I’ve been backing up my stuff every 6 months since that accident. I remember playing In My Mind on this old DVD Player and been listening through those crappy TV speakers and eventually they broke too, good times though. My favourite track off the album is I Really Like You.
Pharrell Williams – I Really Like You (06′)
The VH1 Hip-Hop Honors returned last month to pay homage to the leading ladies of Hip Hop in an two hour special called “All Hail The Queens.” Along with Lil’ Kim, Queen Latifah, and others, the Honors celebrated Missy Elliott with tribute performances from Trina, Eve, Remy Ma, and more. Pharrell, Timbaland, and Busta Rhymes also shared their favorite memories of working with Missy. During her acceptance speech, Missy dedicated her award to Aaliyah. Watch clips from show above.
Pharrell has been adidas’ not-so secret weapon since he signed with them and his next attack looks pretty potent. He’s remixing the already hot NMD runner as a part of his Human Race Collection and it looks to be an absolute scorcher. The adidas NMD is a pretty recognizable silhouette but for the purpose of this release, it’s been scaled down a bit with a revamped lacing system.
The heel support anchored in the midsole now also doubles as a sort of lace plate. The sneaker is given a bright yellow upper with the words “Human Race” splashed across their upper in bold black lettering. The Pharrell Williams x adidas NMD Human Race is available now at adidas retailers including the Billionaire Boys Club and will have a wider release on August 25.
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