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.
Pharrell and Missy managed to get a MTV VMA nomination with their ‘WTF (Where They From)’ tune for the ‘Best Choreography’ nomination, check out the whole Nomination list HERE.
Beyoncé – Formation
Missy Elliott & Pharrell – WTF (Where They From)
Beyoncé – Sorry
FKA Twigs – M3LL155X
Florence + The Machine – Delilah
Missy Elliott – WTF (Where They From) feat. Pharrell (Official Video) (2016)
Following the gut-wrenching events that took place last week in which Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were each shot and killed by police officers for selling CDs and reaching for identification, respectively, action is being taken across the country to ensure that more Black Americans don’t lose their lives because of unjustified brutality. In a video released by Alicia Keys, Mic and the We Are Here Movement titled “23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black In America” celebrities and musicians alike list the many reasons Blacks have been gunned down, speaking in grave tones about the lives lost.
In the near three-minute clip, Talib Kweli, Common, Queen Latifah, Swiss Beatz, A$AP Rocky, Rihanna, Chance The Rapper, Pharrell and more give a sobering account of the reasons 23 Americans lost their lives including failing to signal a lane change, riding a commuter train, walking home with a friend, making eye contact, wearing a hoodie, laughing and holding a wallet. At the end, Keys offers a call to action, saying, “Go to Weareheremovement.com to tell President Obama and Congress that the time for change is now. We demand radical transformation to heal the long history of systemic racism so that all Americans gave the equal right to live and to pursue happiness.”
Some in the hip-hop community have taken serious action in light of recent events, with The Game and Snoop Dogg leading a peaceful march in Los Angeles to help foster relations between police and the community. Killer Mike meanwhile went on an Atlanta radio station to encourage residents to only invest their money in businesses that have vocally supported them and their causes. Hashtags and online rallying have proven to be insufficient measure in remedying this issue and so many with the power to influence are doing just that, with the above PSA adding to that notion.
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) July 13, 2016
By Joanna Clay. The musician encourages South Los Angeles kids to pursue their passions as participants in a nationwide literacy program. More than 100 South Los Angeles youngsters — from third graders to high school graduates — crammed into a USC lecture hall, their eyes transfixed on the speaker. Clad in a tie-dye Metallica tee and flower-embroidered jeans, he wasn’t a typical lecturer. Pharrell Williams, the musician behind the hit song “Happy,” took to the lectern on Monday to inspire his audience to reach for the stars.
“Use your strength and your weaknesses for success,” Williams said. “We become a slave to our weaknesses. Take that insecurity to fuel you.” Students take part in Freedom Schools, a nationwide literacy program. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas) He also talked about pursuing passions. “If you can take whatever that hobby is … if you can find a vocation connected to it, you’ll never work a day in your life,” he said. The message was poignant for the youth, part of Freedom Schools, a nationwide literacy program for African-American and Latino kids from low-income families. Many come from neighborhoods where the median income is under $35,000, according to USC research.
By Chris Riotta. Few artists in recent memory have done more to prove that the political can be pop than Pharrell Williams. He’s a master of the auditory double-take, veiling revolutionary messages of self-love in irresistible melodies, as he did on his 2013 animated theme song turned global protest anthem “Happy,” and on 2015’s “Freedom.” In 2016, when many seemingly view celebrating acceptance and tolerance as radical acts, his message could not be more salient.
While Williams hasn’t had a solo single this year, he’s still finding ways to get these messages across. “I’m a perpetual optimist, and I believe the only way to beat negative propaganda is through positive action, and continuing to stay focused,” Williams said in a recent phone interview, discussing the launch of his creative company, i am OTHER’s, newest philanthropic partnership. “We need to promote individuality.”
Slim Thug sat down with Ebro In The Morning to talk about his new projects among other things and how he got a former Jay-Z song from Pharrell, which we all know about. Slim Thug reveales that ‘I Ain’t Heard Of That’ was actually a beat made for Jigga’s Change Clothes Remix, which they afterwards got Jay-Z to rap on the Remix, check out the video above from 7:25.
Slim Thug – I Ain’t Heard Of That feat. Pharrell (Official Video) (2004)
Slim Thug – I Ain’t Heard Of That feat. Pharrell & Jay-Z (Change Clothes Remix) (04′)
“You can’t innovate without an element of risk.” i am OTHER’s Chief Creative Officer Mimi Valdes talks about why diversity leads to better creativity backstage at Cannes Lions.
Check out ‘Red Rose Panic’s new single titled ‘Party Time, Excellent’ from their forthcoming project entitled ‘Time Attack’ make sure to cop the single on iTunes.
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