Here is the anticipated collaboration between Thundercat and Pharrell titled ‘The Turn Down‘ produced by Thundercat from his fourth studio album ‘Drunk’, make sure to cop the album now on iTunes and check out the tune below.
Thundercat – The Turn Down feat. Pharrell (17′)
The annual Roots Picnic turns 10 this spring, and organizers are bringing Pharrell, Solange, and Lil’ Wayne to Festival Pier on June 3 to celebrate. Tickets went on sale at noon Monday at rootspicnic.com. For a decade, the annual picnic has driven local and national crowds to Philly to hear the best and brightest, old- and new-school hip-hop artists, some of whom (Snoop Dogg, Public Enemy, Usher in the past) get the rare opportunity to team with one of America’s finest, most dynamic live bands: The Roots.
“This definitely speaks to the staying power of The Roots and the uniqueness of the picnic as a good festival,” says Roots cofounder Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter. “Not many music festivals last, have a 10-year run, or hold such validity and stay consistently good and getting better.” Pharrell Williams (Hidden Figures) will join The Roots, along with additional headliners such as nu-soul songstress Solange (Beyoncé’s sister), producer/bassist Thundercat, old-school rap legend Pete Rock, and British acid jazz DJ Gilles Petersen.
Two of the Roots Picnic events involve Black Thought alone. First, there is his annual, morning-of-the-concert Black Thought/Roots Rock 5K charity run for his GrassROOTS Community Foundation. Then there is the Black Thought & J Period Live Mixtape showcase – an improvisational DJ/MC set developed in 2016 during The Roots’ first New York City picnic. “It was a big hit in New York,” says Trotter, “and now every time we do a picnic, just like my 5K, this live mixtape will be part of the proceedings.”
Pharrell Williams makes his first appearance at BET’s American Black Film Festival Honors since wife Helen Lasichanh welcomed triplets. He welcomed his second, third and fourth child with wife Helen Lasichanh in January. And Pharrell Williams looked in good spirits as he spoke at the Presents the American Black Film Festival Honors in Beverly Hills on Saturday. The Happy star, 43, showed off his quirky style in a brightly striped jumper with ripped jeans.
Posing alongside Friday actress Nia Long, he added a bright green cap and blue anorak, putting on a colourful display. The festival celebrated some of Hollywood’s most iconic artists, with Maxwell and Dionne Farris performing to a star-studded audience including Viola Davis, Lee Daniels, Common, Morris Chestnut and Omari Hardwick.
The event honoured actor and director Denzel Washington with the ‘Hollywood Legacy Award’, Queen Latifah with the Entertainment Icon Award, Issa Rae with the ‘Rising Star Award,’ film director F. Gary Gray with the ‘Excellence In The Arts Award’ and Empire actor and singer, Terrence Howard with the ‘Excellence In The Arts Award.’
Watch Pharrell Williams’ LIVE Q&A with the cast of ‘Hidden Figures‘.
Colombian-born artist J Balvin is arguably one of the biggest artists in the reggaeton genre these days. While his music has earned him Latin Grammys and a loyal fan base, it’s also allowed him to expand his brand. The singer was given the title of the ambassador of Men’s New York Fashion Week this year, a first for a Latin artist.
The 31-year-old’s music and style is not only captivating those in Latin America, but it’s breaking barriers and gaining the recognition of listeners and fashionistas worldwide. XXL caught up with the megastar in New York City last week to talk about a number of subjects including his friendship with Pharrell, his love for hip-hop, future collabs and his fashion sense.
Where do you find your inspiration when it comes to your everyday style?
I like to look at a lot of fashion blogs to stay up to date with the trends, but definitely Pharrell Williams is someone that I’m influenced by when it comes to fashion. I don’t dress exactly like him, but I want to be like him in the cultural way. He opens the doors for a lot of new fashion designers and creates his own style. It’s all about love with him and he’s the culture.
“It’s feeling really good. It’s feeling really special.” On March 12th, Pharrell‘s experimental hip-hop outfit, N*E*R*D, will celebrate 15 years since the release of their debut album, In Search Of. The introductory outing has become one of the most influential records of the last two decades in music, spawning Neptunes disciples of all ages and creeds, united under the far-reaching grooves of an era-defining production house.
Pharrell, of course, has steadily churned out hits ever since, both with Chad Hugo and Shae Haley as N*E*R*D and as a prolific solo artist. Recently, he was at the helm of the spirited Hidden Figures soundtrack and produced hits for Ed Sheeran and Skepta. Sitting with BBC1 for an interview, P reflected on his string of hits with UK artists, even impersonating the grime star to the interviewer’s delight. Then the inevitable N*E*R*D probing commences and P gets suspiciously quiet, insisting that whatever’s on the way is “feeling really good, feeling really special.” Only time will tell, but with a looming milestone anniversary just a month away, the announcement could arrive any day now. Watch the interview down below.
Remember this, up until this point, Medicom Toy has covered a wide range of topics through their toys – no subject, even Daft Punk, has been proven to be safe from their creative endeavours. The latest icon to join the Medicom lineup is Pharrell Williams, as his likeness has just been immortalized in the form of an 11-inch figure.
Featuring a significant amount of detail and quality, the figure includes a cotton-made costume, bracelets, a watch, carabiner, and various wrist parts for posing. It’s true to Pharrell style, and pretty accurate in other areas too – check out the figure now in the gallery above, and to make a purchase head over to Fruition LV, where the figure retails for $250 USD.
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