By Adelle Platon. VH1 Hip Hop Honors is rolling out the red carpet for female trailblazers and pioneers in hip-hop for a star-studded ceremony in New York later this month. The tribute for honoree Missy Elliott will be no exception as her closest collaborators Pharrell, Timbaland, Nelly Furtado, Remy Ma, Fat Joe, Trina, Tweet, Keyshia Cole, Raven Symone, Fantasia and Hip Hop Honors host Eve will pay homage to Misdemeanor, according to the network.
Following its six-year hiatus, VH1 Hip Hop Honors will honor Elliott alongside Queen Latifah, Lil’ Kim and Salt-N-Pepa at New York’s David Geffen Hall at the Lincoln Center on Monday, July 11 at 9 p.m. ET. The Virginia multi-hyphenate recently racked up 42 million views on YouTube with her Pharrell-assisted jam “WTF (Where They From),” released last November. The track also hit the top 10 of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart upon its debut. Past honorees include Tupac Shakur, Russell Simmons and Public Enemy, among others.
Thanks to Amy.
Frank Ocean – Sweet Life feat. Pharrell (DJ Freakiii Mix) (12′)
On July 2nd, Rihanna and Drake were snapped partying with each other in London, and Zues Sherlock, co-founder and partner of Tape London, shared a photo of Rihanna visiting the venue’s studio, while hinting that Drake and Pharrell was there, too. “riri showing our engineer Chani some love,” he says. “it’s all about the music ♥️ thank you @champagnepapi @Pharrell for [a] wonderful night.” Stay tuned for more information.
By Jesus Trivino. We’re calling it: the Latin song of the summer is J Balvin’s “Safari” — it’s sexy, it’s now, it’s a certified banger. But the Colombian gato didn’t do it alone. He got served a huge assist by mega-producer Pharrell and a certain scene-stealer named BIA AKA the Perico Princess. In less than 16 bars, the Puerto Rican and Italian reps for the ladies in a way only the best female MCs have done in the past (think Lil Kim, M.I.A.). Take a listen to her debut mixtape, #CHOLASEASON, her latest single “Gucci Coming Home” and you’ll further realize her depth as an artist and as a Latina. The future is now and her name is BIA.
Congrats all the good buzz you’re getting off the “Safari” guest spot and, of course, your “Gucci Coming Home” joint. I’m not big on Gucci but you had me singing the chorus like crazy. Why compose a song inspired by Gucci Mane?
That’s crazy [laughs]. I’m just a big Gucci fan. When I first started rapping Gucci was a super big influence in my music and some of the beats are playing homage and bigging up a rapper I was a fan of.
In an interview with Obsev, Garrix was asked about his dream pop collaborator. Before the interviewer had a chance to finish her question, he replied instantly with, “Pharrell, I’d love to work with Pharrell.” Despite having a line of contact between them, he said, they have not begun work together. “Maybe one day.” Martijn Gerard Garritsen, better known by his stage name Martin Garrix, is a Dutch DJ, record producer and musician. He is currently ranked number 3 on DJ Mag. He founded and owns the record label STMPD RCRDS.
Cassius releases second single off new album ‘Ibifornia’ produced by Pharrell. When the French duo released their first single ‘Go Up’ featuring Pharrell and Cat Power at the beginning of the year, they’ve also streamed their follow up single titled ‘The Missing’ that also features Pharrell on some vocals with Ryan Tedder and Jaw, you pretty much could tell that’s definitely produced by Pharrell, but we needed the credits, well thanks to Amy (@angelAmyV), it is indeed produced by Pharrell and will be released soon as Cassius’ new single, peep the tune below and make sure to Pre-Order it on iTunes, Ibifornia is due August 26th.
Cassius – The Missing feat. Pharrell, Ryan Tedder & Jaw (16′)
Cassius – Go Up feat. Pharrell & Cat Power (16′)
Corinne Bailey Rae has revealed she has met with Pharrell Williams and the pair are hoping to get together to work on music. The ‘Put Your Records On‘ hitmaker has already worked on a “separate” musical project with the ‘Happy‘ hitmaker and now she’s revealed they both met up at the beginning of the year to discuss further plans to make some tunes together. Speaking exclusively to BANG Showbiz, she said: “I love Pharrell. We’ve worked together before and that’s a separate project. But we’d like to work with each other again.
I saw him again in February and we talked about it.” The pair will be reunited when they support Stevie Wonder at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park on July 10, and will no doubt catch up to discuss finally getting together when their schedules align. The 37-year-old soul singer is extremely inspired by the superstar rapper, 43, and says he’s “really charming” and a “prolific” musician. Talking about how much he’s influenced her, she said: “Yeah I just love Pharrell I love his voice and he’s really charming. I love the beats that he makes and how prolific he is. He’s incredible.”
Colombian reggaeton singer and EMI signee J Balvin dropped his fourth studio album last week with collaborations by Pharrell Williams, BIA, Sky, Daddy Yankee, Fuego and Yandel. Seeing all those studio pictures by Pharrell and J Balvin in the studio confirmed pretty much at least 2 tracks by them, but unfortunately, only one tune made the album which is ‘Safari’ which also features i am OTHER signee BIA with Sky. The single already topped the Latin songs chart on #1 and the official video is on its way. I honestly felt like something is missing on the tune so i’ve edited some of the percussion sounds with shakers and hi hats for my own pleasure, make sure to cop the album on iTunes and check out the tunes below.
J Balvin – Energia (2016)
01 – Veneno (DVLP)
02 – Malvada (Sky)
03 – Safari feat. Pharrell, BIA & Sky) (Pharrell Williams)
04 – Bobo (Sky)
05 – Sigo Extrañándote (Sky, Mosty)
06 – Primera Cita (Sky, Mosty)
07 – Pierde Los Modales feat. Daddy Yankee (Sky)
08 – Por Un Día (Sky, Mosty, Jowan)
09 – No Hay Título feat. BIA (Mosty)
10 – Acércate feat. Yandel (Sky, Jowan)
11 – Snapchat (DVLP)
12 – Hola (Sky)
13 – Ginza (Sky)
14 – Solitario (Jowan)
15 – 35 Pa Las 12 feat. Fuego (Capi)
J Balvin – Safari feat. Pharrell, BIA & Sky (16′)
J Balvin – Safari feat. Pharrell, BIA & Sky (DJ Freakiii’s Edit) (16′)
According to Kid Cudi’s Twitter, Pharrell has just been in the studio with him to work on some new material. Kid Cudi previously worked with Chad Hugo on ‘Capcom’ featuring. Kenna from 2009 and on Shakira’s ‘Did It Again’ (Remix) produced by Pharrell the same year, stay tuned for more information.
Got some magic from Pharrell lastnite. New collabs, new energy, new frequency.
— The Chosen One (@KidCudi) June 29, 2016
Kid Cudi – Capcom feat. Kenna (09′)
Shakira – Did It Again feat. Kid Cudi (Remix) (09′)
By Marjua Estevez, photos by Ian Reid. Like lots of millennial and bicultural Latinos, Bia grew up between languages and borders, often negotiating relationships with varied places she called home. But no matter where her parental units ventured—New York, Boston, or Miami—one common thread kept them all together. “My parents have that island, cultural mentality where everything is centered around family. You cook, you clean, and you’re never afraid of hard work. That was what my household was all about,” she says about her Puerto Rican father and Italian mother.
“You went to school, stayed out of the streets, and did the good you had to do.” However virtuous Bia’s parents were, the Sisterhood of Hip Hop alum was never quite encouraged to pursue any larger-than-life dreams. After all, aspirations of becoming any of kind of artist are rarely ever nurtured by two old world folk who might know the value of hard work, but fail to see a life beyond manual labor. “I feel like that’s what you sometimes get with old fashioned or traditional parents, because they don’t often believe that [it’s] possible,” she adds.
Bia is nevertheless grateful for the strong households that raised her. Ones where Spanish, Italian and English were spoken, and where anything from Selena to Ivy Queen to Aaliyah to Tego Calderon would be playing as soundtrack for weekend cleaning sessions or family BBQs. After putting out #CholaSeason, which she explains is “that common comparison of ‘Oh, you’re Latina from the hood and you wear your baby hairs down, hoop earrings, and bandanas,” Bia is hard at work carving out a legacy of her own with her genre-bending trapetón (a fusion of trap and reggaetón).
Adidas Originals has teamed up with Pharrell Williams and his Billionaire Boys Club label once again to drape the iconic Stan Smith in a luscious palm tree print, alongside a matching line of apparel. The “Palm Tree” pack combines the signature playfulness of Billionaire Boys Club with the personality of Pharrell, and includes a Stan Smith in two different colorways, a track top, a T-shirt, a tank, and a pair of shorts. All of which are decked out in the summer-ready, full-color tropical prints.
Nostalgic of early ICE CREAM shoes, the reimagined Stan Smiths are available in vivid green and orange-red, emblazoned on soft Nappa leather. Each style comes complete with iconic Billionaire Boys Club branding, including an Astronaut on the tongue and a “B” logo on the heel tab. The track jacket comes in green french terry cotton with white palm trees and a contrasting flocked black “B” logo. The slightly subtler cotton jersey, meanwhile, incorporates the palm on the three-stripe motif and front pocket.
An allover green print covers the white tank with another astronaut logo on the front and center. Finally, the shorts offer up an all-over white-on-green print with flocked “B” logos and an embroidered trefoil motif. The adidas Originals x Pharrell Williams x Billionaire Boys Club “Palm Tree” pack is available on June 25, at adidas and Billionaire Boys Club flagship Stores, online and select retailers. If you missed the news last month, Chanel also announced a fashion collaboration with Pharrell.
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