According to Billboard.com, Pharrell will be on 46th season of Sesame Street coming up in January, and with quite the roster — and we’re not just talking about Elmo and Big Bird. Gwen Stefani, Pharrell, Nick Jonas and Fifth Harmony are just a few of the musical guests that will stop by on the small screen’s most iconic street. This season also promises a new set, new opening and closing songs and a new character named Nina. It all begins Jan. 16 at 9 a.m. ET on HBO.
By Natalie Weiner. Pusha T.’s been building hype for his sophomore solo album for most of 2015, which was, up until yesterday, going to be called King Push. During an interview with Noisey, though, the rapper explained that he had so much material he wanted to put out that he would be releasing two albums instead of one — King Push will be pushed (no pun intended) to the spring of 2016 to make room for the just-announced Darkest Before Dawn, which will drop Dec. 18.
“I’ve been recording so much — I didn’t want to break up that body of work,” the rapper told Noisey. “I feel like I had the producers doing things that they weren’t usually known for, a little out of their wheelhouse. I wanted to give the fans that body of work. That’s the music I love, and that’s the music that my fans love from me.
Instead of having those moments throughout King Push, let’s just separate the game.” Pusha confirmed that Darkest features collaborations with Kanye West, A$AP Rocky, The-Dream, Jill Scott, Kehlani, and Beanie Sigel. It also features production from Kanye, Hudson Mohawke, Pharrell, Q-Tip, Timbaland, and Diddy.
— Rob Markman (@RobMarkman) November 24, 2015
Amazon Books is asking celebrities for their favorite reads of 2015. The Grammy Award-winning Pharrell Williams chose three titles. One is a children’s book. Pharrell says his son “loves when I read this book to him, it’s the perfect introduction to our universe.” It’s Emily Bone’s picture book, Big Book of Stars and Planets. It comes with four giant fold-out page spreads of the solar system.
Pharrell is also a big fan of Kevin Todeschi’s Edgar Cayce on Vibrations: Spirit in Motion. Pharrell says of the book, “I’m fascinated by the fact that everything that exists has it’s own vibratory rate.” And the never predictable Pharrell chose adman George Lois’ LOIS Logos: How to Brand with Big Idea Logos, as his third pick. “George Lois’s brain needs to be studied by scientists,” wrote Pharrell.
Here is Jesse Rankins, Jonathan Wells and Eddie Smith III’s aka WatchTheDuck’s latest single produced and featuring Pharrell. It sounds like it’s been produced in the early 00’ cuz Pharrell is back at being weird again, by weird I mean pretty awesome, just listen to the hook to the tune. ’Stretch 2-3-4’ is on WatchTheDuck’s new EP, The Trojan Horse, via Dim Mak/ Epic Records. The EP also includes T.I., ScHoolboy Q, Afrojack and Steve Aoki executive produced by Pharrell. And after several rumours of ’WatchTheDuck’ being on Pharrell’s label ’i am OTHER’, Pharrell confirmed the signee on his Twitter last week, so from now on you’ll get the latest news from ’WTD’ on theneptunes.org, make sure to cop it on iTunes.
For everyone who isn’t familiar with ’WatchTheDuck’ (WTD, stylized as WatchTheDuck), is a musical trio from Montgomery, AL. signed to the Epic Records formed by friends Eddie Smith III, Jesse Rankins, and Jonathan Wells DJs, producers, and musicians originally from Montgomery, Alabama but moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 2010. The name of the group comes from a phrase that they use to describe their work. Smith has been quoted as saying, “Everybody sees the duck traveling smoothly on top of the water but nobody sees it kicking hard as hell under it, struggling to stay afloat.”
They released their debut (EP) on 2013 titled ’Anatidaephobia’ which had their famous single ’Poppin’ Off’ and they just released their second project via Epic Records/i am OTHER titled ’The Trojan Horse’. Y’all remember them also being on T.I.’s Paperwork album from last years on the Pharrell produced tunes ‘G Shit‘ and ‘Light ‘Em Up (RIP Doe B)’
WatchTheDuck – Poppin’ Off (Official Video) (2012)
T.I. – G’ Shit feat. Jeezy & WatchTheDuck (Official Video) (2015)
WatchTheDuck – The Trojan Horse (EP) (2015)
01 – Stretch 2-3-4 feat. Pharrell
02 – Making Luv To The Beat feat. T.I. & DJ E-Feezy
03 – 6 Shots feat. ScHoolboy Q & Candice Pillay
04 – Don’t Blame Luv feat. T.I.
05 – Lost Future feat. Afrojack
06 – Hustler feat. T.I.
07 – Beautiful, Broken & Wasted feat. Steve Aoki
As we all know, Timbaland. was in a group with Pharrell in high school where Timbaland put together the wonderfully named band Surrounded By Idiots. Timbaland was the DJ and Pharrell served as one of several rappers including Magoo and Larry Live. Magoo, who would eventually release several albums with Mosley, was also a member. Mosley believes Surrounded By Idiots were ahead of their time: “We even had a few songs that I think would still be up to the standards of today.” But according to Timbaland’s new book ’Between The Lines: The Emperor Of Sound’, Pharrell had his own group, Dead Poets Society, way before SBI at the time.
By Jonathan Ringen, photo by Ruven Afanador. A couple of weeks before the world will get to see it, Missy Elliott stops by the Manhattan headquarters of her label, Atlantic, to give staff a sneak peek of the video for her hypnotically percussive, Pharrell Williams-produced new single, “WTF (Where They From),” the latest in a series of highly conceptual, future-shock clips that revolutionized the visual language of pop music. It’s also the 44-year-old hip-hop legend’s first real single in 10 years. But the wait is going to be just a tiny bit longer. “I’m going to tinkle real quick,” Elliott says cheerfully, with just a hint of a Southern accent. “Won’t take me a minute.”
When she returns, her cousin Corte Ellis, a songwriter, pulls a MacBook out of a rolling bag and hands it to the MC. She cues up the clip, and “WTF” roars through the Godzilla-scale speakers. Onscreen, a dizzying array of imagery and superb choreography flies by: Elliott in a disco-ball jumpsuit, Elliott leading a squad of zombie dancers and, coolest of all, Elliott and Williams transformed into extremely funky marionettes. “You must be real important to have her show it to you,” co-director Dave Meyers, who has collaborated with Elliott since 2001’s “Get Ur Freak On,” later says to me. “She has had that shit on lockdown!”
Photos by Kevin Mazur & Mike Windle. Music’s biggest names joined a number of Hollywood stars and athletes in Los Angeles for a concert about the state of race relations in the United States. Recorded on Wednesday at L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium, Shining A Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America aired Friday night on the A&E family of networks. The concert was organized to bring awareness to acts of race-related violence and systemic racism following the recent high profile deaths of black men and women. The event also sought donations to the United Way.
This year’s Emanuel AME Church massacre in Charleston, SC, in which nine black church members were gunned down by a white supremacist, took center stage at the event. Members of the Emanuel AME congregation were honored by Pharrell Williams, who sang for the church. The show opened with a performance from Bruce Springsteen and John Legend. The pair performed a duet of Springsteen’s “American Skin (41 Shots),” along with Tom Morello.
Ed Sheeran & Pharrell
Legend and Springsteen were followed by performances from Pink, Sia, Pharrell Williams, Eric Church, Zac Brown, Alicia Keys, Sting, and Nick Jonas, among others. Rapper Nicki Minaj recited the Maya Angelou poem “Still I Rise.” Actor Morgan Freeman also spoke at the event, telling the audience that music is not be enough to heal the wounds of racism and injustice. “Throughout this nation’s history, from the brutal days of slavery to the long march to civil rights until today, music has been there to help us cross that bloody river to the other side,” said Freeman.
Missy Elliott said she was cleaning her house, days after performing with Katy Perry at the 2015 Super Bowl Halftime Show, when Pharrell called and urged her again to join him in the studio. “Who turns down Pharrell?” the rapper said in a new interview with i-D. “He flew me to L.A. and he put me up and we got in the studio and he said, ‘Yo! I got this crazy beat.’ You know, Pharrell, he’s very zen, very yoga, he’s such a sweetheart.
But this time, he was straight from the hood, like ‘Yo, I got this crazy record for you, I already wrote my rap, I gotta get your bars now.'” That beat became Elliott’s ferocious, futuristic single, “WTF (Where They From)” which arrived 2 weeks ago. Despite the lengthy gap between her most recent singles (2012’s Timbaland collaborations “9th Inning” and “Triple Threat“) and LP (2005’s The Cookbook), Missy sounded as fresh, dexterous and intergalactic as ever. But the rapper acknowledged some initial trepidation while making “WTF.”
Photo by Cindy Ord.
Hello Missy! It feels as if you’ve almost come back a few times over the past 10 years. Why is now the right time?
Wow! Well, the times before, we were just testing the water. I tell people, when God aligns the stars, then I go. I’d most definitely say that Pharrell was the captain of the ship – he asked me to perform with him last year at the BET Awards, and then Katy Perry asked me to do the Super Bowl with her. After the Super Bowl, I think I was in shock. I was getting mad calls: “Do you see what’s goin’ on?” “Do you see what people are sayin’?” By that point I was back at my house washing dishes and vacuuming my floor! I’ve got my scarf on my head! And then Pharrell called. He said: “If you would have it, I would like to get in the studio with you.” And I was like: “This is Pharrell, am I gonna be non-busy? I’m vacuuming my floor!” So I said OK.
What sort of vacuum cleaner is it?
It’s one that you push. It’s a regular vacuum cleaner! I do regular things! When WTF dropped, my phone was blowing up – people were texting me and emailing me. People be like: “You’re not gonna have no GET-TOGETHER? No dinner?” I’m like: “I’m here WASHING MY DOGS!” They’re like: “WASHING YOUR DOGS? Don’t you see what’s happening on Twitter and Instagram and Facebook?” I’m like: “I’m washing my dogs.”
— WatchTheDuck (@WatchTheDuck) November 16, 2015
Pharrell stopped by The Cruz Show to talk about his new track with Missy Elliott, WTF (Where They From). He breaks down the track and explains how the tragic death of Trayvon Martin was weaved into the production of the song.
Pharrell sat down with Power 106 Los Angeles by The Cruz Show to talk about the time he got a chance to work with rapper Eminem, and how Ray J’s ‘Wait A Minute’ was actually a Eminem tune. Pharrell also explains the meaning behind his son’s name and praises partner Chad Hugo. Nonetheless, Eminem initially jumped on a Neptunes Beat back in 1999 with Royce Da 5’9″ on Bad Meets Evil’s Studio Session for ‘She’s The One‘, you can check it out below.
Bad Meets Evil – She’s The One (99′)
Ray J – Wait A Minute feat. Pharrell & Lil’ Kim (01′)
Right after premering ’WTF’ on YouTube, the song powered to no.1 on the Billboard realtime Billboard chart for the hottest songs in the last 24 hours + Twitter Trending 140 chart and previously reached the top 10 on six different days thanks to pre-release buzz. It’s Top 10 on iTunes at #10 so far, so make sure to cop the tune on iTunes to make it #1, check out the iTunes version below.
Missy Elliott – WTF (Where They From) feat. Pharrell (15′)
Missy Elliott – WTF (Where They From) feat. Pharrell (Official Video) (2015)
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