By Julian Kimble. A decade after The Neptunes had us all mimicking the mouth clicks of “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” VIBE remembers the album that cemented the magical chemistry shared between Snoop and Skateboard P. Some artists and producers unite to form unstoppable forces.
Nas and DJ Premier had amazing chemistry during the ‘90s, yet successful sound. Then, of course, there’s the curious case of Kanye West and… himself. During the early 2000s, one such combination was forged, and it was like Stephen Curry at the free throw line: Automatic. That combination is Snoop Dogg and The Neptunes.
Back in 2005, I was reading on Brent Paschke’s Myspace Page that he was working with the Canadian songwriter and recording artist Fefe Dobson on her Second Studio album, where he commented that he did the guitar on one of Chad and Pharrell’s production for Fefe Dobson. So, 3 years later, her album ‘Sunday Love’ leaked on the net without any information whether The Neptunes track made the cut or not, so I had to check it out myself to see if the tune made the cut.
Originally slated for release in 2005, the release date was pushed back a number of times by Island Records before its eventual cancellation. After checkin’ the album out, I thought the whole time, that The Neptunes track from the album was always ‘If I Was a Guy’, but thanks to Forum Member Skletch and Seven Years of waiting, Fefe Dobson’s album ‘Sunday Love’ officialy released digitally on the iTunes Store on December 18, 2012, with some new tunes which has The Neptunes track that Brent Paschke and The Neptunes worked on, which is called ‘In The Kissah’, you can check it out below.
Fefe Dobson – In The Kissah (06′)
By Andres Tardio. Noreaga explains how his relationship with Pharrell Williams has remained strong since 1998’s “SuperThug,” despite doubters and naysayers trying to come between them. Pharrell may be one of the most acclaimed producers in the industry, but not everyone believed in the beatsmith when he emerged in the late 1990s as a member of The Neptunes.
N.O.R.E., who’s had success with Pharrell since 1998’s “Super Thug,” which was produced by The Neptunes, was one of the producer’s early supporters. He enlisted The Neptunes for his self-titled debut solo album. Their “Super Thug” collaboration would become one of the year’s most popular Rap singles. The song also marked the first time that The Neptunes earned notoriety for its production, something Noreaga recalls with joy.
So the tune features Madonna on the hook and Pharrell on the bridge and I remember reading about this tune years ago, when Eve said that she sang the first time in her life on a record and it’s produced by The Neptunes. Talking about the beat, it’s straight up from the Hard Candy era but It has that Kelis feel all over the tune., and I think the guitar at the very end is played by Madonna herself.
This tune has been recorded for Eve‘s ‘Here I Am’ album, but it has been crapped as we know. According to DrownedMadonna.com, originally, Madonna wrote and recorded The Beat Is So Crazy with Pharrell, but then she decided to sell it to Eve and did this sort of duet, check out the tune below, as well as the other Neptunes tune with Eve thanks to Marsguo.
Eve – The Beat Is So Crazy feat. Pharrell & Madonna (The Neptunes) (07’)
Eve – All Night Long (Live) (08′)
There’s a reason Gossip Wolf has been repping for Chicago-bred singer and rapper Kid Sister since column number one in 2010—she rules the school! Now based in LA, she reached out to us on Twitter a few days ago with tidbits about her new album, which should drop in the next few days. (It’s a mixtape, her first since Fool’s Gold released Kiss Kiss Kiss in 2011.)
She wouldn’t tell us what it’s called or who’s putting it out, but she did say that she wrote her own string charts for a disco-fied track produced by The Neptunes. We can’t wait to hear that awesomeness for ourselves. She has been with The Neptunes in the studio back in August 1st, 2008, but it never made it on an official release.
“I’m recording with Pharrell, That is what dreams are made of. Pharrell fucking Williams. I mean, listen to his songs. I’m just working hard, I’m not rushing, but I always work hard, you know? For someone who does what I do, compared to my peers, I’m really anal. I’m really a perfectionist. Like, this shit better be right. I think it was because how I was raised—if you don’t do it right, don’t do it at all.” Stay tuned for more information, thanks to menamearenick.
Justin Timberlake – Take It From Here (02′)
Justin Timberlake – Take It From Here feat. Pharrell (The Session) (The Neptunes) (02′)
After Six Years of waiting, we finally get to hear the collaboration between Charles Hamilton and The Neptunes on the tune ‘Hyperspeed’. It sounds like , while they made this beat, they’ve been doing ‘Everyone Nose’ earlier that day after that, a pretty awesome beat right there. It’s a pitty that this never really released Officialy, it could have helped Charles career a bit.
Anyways If y’all wondering why this tune didn’t release at all, this is what Charles said about it. “Pharrell and I coulda been great friends. Why did (bleep) and (bleep) have to ruin it by making it about money? Dammit… Whatever. But even in my Pharrell Stanship, you can still see J Dilla in the picture. No matter where I go. It’s cold in the D, hot in VA and loud in NYC.”
Charles Hamilton – Hyperspeed (08′)
Charles Hamilton – The Neptunes In The Studio
Cassie – Hide (DJ Freakiii Edit) (09′)
Posted: July 18th (2013)
Cassie To Release The Neptunes’ ‘Hide’ On Spring 2014 Album
One of the most anticitaped Neptunes Tracks from the last decate is Cassie’s ‘Hide’ that didn’t made the cut on her last 2 albums, but was intended to be released on her latest Mixtape titled ‘Rockabyebaby’, but according to Cassie herself, the tune didn’t fit the Mixtape concept at all.
Well, good for us, because it would have been really a pity just to throw that dime just like that on a Mixtape without even releasing a video for it, so according to a good friend of her’s, Cassie revealed that she will be releasing ‘Hide’ eventualy next year for her Interscope Album, thanks to Brian.
Normally, it takes 30 days to develop a habit, but for Pusha T. , it only took 20 days locked in the studio with The Neptunes‘ Chad Hugo and Pharrell Wiliams to get that old musical magic back. “I haven’t been in the studio with Chad and Pharrell probably since Lord Willin‘,” Pusha told Complex. “Hell Hath No Fury was leaning more on the Pharrell side. Just to have them back in there, that chemistry, defining of sounds, just finding direction, that’s what we did that whole time. I think we got a great start on King Push.”
With all of his solo success with Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and his own Billboard chart-topper, “Happy,” it’s easy to forget about the G I R L rapper’s longtime co-producer. “With Chad, it’s basically I can say my ideas and he translates everything into music,” Pusha said. “I write down all the references, I go back to ’80s hip-hop and ’90s and obscure records. I can give all of that to Chad and before I know it, I’m hearing it in keys. He’s one of those prodigy types. He’s a genius on that.”
Pusha T. & Hudson Mohawke
With his critically-acclaimed debut album, My Name Is My Name nestled comfortably at the top of numerous media outlets’ “Best Of” lists, the “Nosetalgia” MC is in no rush to drop his sophomore set. “I haven’t been putting any times on that. I’m just trying to be very selective about it,” Pusha said. “I just left L.A. with ‘Ye trying to get this right, get his portion right as well. I been in there with Dream, Pharrell and Chad, I got Needlz, Nottz.
I’m stacking it, trying to get it right so I haven’t been putting any type of rush on it at all.” MNIMN featured guest turns from the likes of Chris Brown, Future, Kelly Rowland and Kendrick Lamar, so it’s only fair to assume that Pusha has some more big names in store for King Push, right? “No features yet,” he said. “I just don’t have any features right now. We gon see what’s it’s gon bring, but this is my proclamation of King right now.”
Pharrell Williams’ hits “Blurred Lines” and “Get Lucky” defined pop music in 2013, but it seems already that this year offers even greater things to come for the eternally youthful 41-year-old. In January, he won four Grammys, including one for producer of the year.
He performed his Oscar-nominated song “Happy” at the Oscars, although it lost to “Let It Go.” His studio album GIRL dropped on March 3, and he’s adding yet another fashion collaboration — this time with Adidas Originals — to his growing number of partnerships. He graces GQ’s April cover, which contains an interview in which he predicts, “Hillary’s gonna win.” The Interview Feed spoke to Williams about his new album, being a feminist, working with Justin Timberlake and Miley Cyrus, and why he doesn’t ever seem to age.
You’ve said that GIRL is a tribute to women. Is this album a reaction to the questionable lyrics of ‘Blurred Lines’?
No, GIRL is the album that I’ve always dreamt of making. The executives of Columbia gave me the opportunity to do the record I wanted to make. But I needed to address the fact that certain women got offended by the video and lyrics to that song. I’ve always wanted to make this record. I didn’t know it would be called GIRL but I’ve always wanted to make a record that wasn’t about me, to be honest. And that’s why I’m so elated that I was able to pull it off. And I was able to pull it off because of the incredible long list of enablers that I had to get it done.
Would you say you’re a feminist?
The funny thing is that some of the girls around me joke and call me that sometimes, but I don’t deserve the right. I think that credit is to be given not to be taken. Do I share a lot of their views? Sure. I think that the two things that I’ve dedicated myself to, in my own non-activist way, are education and equality. And as long as there’s an imbalance, then I’m fighting to redress it. There will come a time when things are much more even between men and women.
Pusha T has reunited with The Neptunes for King Push, his follow up to My Name Is My Name. The crack-influenced rapper has been cooking up this LP since last September, and recently explained his experience working with Pharrell and Chad Hugo thus far. “It’s just recreating the energy, I haven’t been with [those guys] in so long,” said Pusha. “First we gotta get in there, talk about the inspirations, talk about the direction.
We gotta revisit all the moments in time that we love. Then I gotta expose them to what I like too, what’s new, what’s hip, and what’s fresh, then it’s their time to show and prove.” Pusha T then shed light on some of those studio sessions, and what fans should expect in the near future. “We’ve been doing it, and I think we have a very, very strong direction on where the new King Push album is going,” he reassured. When asked about the upcoming album’s sonic direction, Pusha T described it as one word, “triumph.” He also explained the project is his “proclamation,” and will hopefully feature more production from Kanye West. Watch the full interview above.
Past, present and the Future, The Neptunes are killin’ ‘em. The 63rd annual NBA All-Star Game tipped off in New Orleans on Sunday night, and opened with some of rap’s biggest stars. Grammy Award-winning producer Pharrell took fans down memory lane with a mini-concert of chart-topping hits and special guests, leading into player introductions. Opening with “Frontin,” Skateboard P quickly went to his first surprise as Nelly joined for “Hot In Here.”
Diddy and Busta Rhymes followed with “Pass The Courvoisier, Part II,” before Chad Hugo appeared for N*E*R*D’s past classics “She Wants To Move” and “Rock Star (Poser)” with backing vocals by Rhea. Snoop Dogg was up next, as the crowd sang along to “Beautiful” before Pharrell closed his exciting set with his more recent hits “Blurred Lines,” “Get Lucky,” and “Happy.”
The Neptunes & Busta Rhymes
Check out this Mix Engineer called Phil Tan talk about how it is working with The Neptunes at 44min, thanks to aliXxXDabeat.
Can this really be true. Last year, both Pusha T. and No Malice released their long-awaited debut albums with My Name Is My Name and Hear Ye Him, respectively. Following the success of MNIMN, Pusha Ton was already in preparations to work on his sophomore album King Push, following the recent Instagram photos of his 20-day studio session with The Neptunes.
However, we’ve learned that Push is not along for the festivities, as his brother Malice is present also with the two planning a reunion album according to Karen Civil. The project will serve as the duo’s Fourth Studio album in follow-up to their 2009 effort Hell Hath No Fury; and has been tentatively titled, As God As My Witness. Stay tuned for more regarding the highly-anticipated Clipse album. It’s early but 2014 is shaping out pretty nicely.
Posted: January 3rd
The Neptunes In The Studio With Pusha T. (2014)
It’s only day 2 of the new year and folks are already putting in work. Pusha kept his promise went exactly the January 2nd in the studio to work on his second studio album ‘King Push’ with no other than with Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams also known as The Muthafucking Neptunes! During a recent interview with Miss Info, Pusha revealed that he would be churning out 20 days worth of sessions with Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams for the follow-up to his highly praised debut My Name Is My Name.
“I’m not relying on anything else but my fans, my family,” Push said last month. “January 2nd, me, Chad and Pharrell are going into the studio for 20 days in Miami. That’s what is going to start off the King Push album.” I’m freaking exited that’s what I am, just look at those pictures. ‘…just wanna let y’all know, The world is about to feel, Something, That they’ve never felt before…’
It’s been a good minute since we’ve heard from Vanessa Marquez. The R&B artist, who was originally signed to The Neptunes’ Star Trak label, caught the attention of many with her sweet vocals on Justin Timberlake’s song “Rock Your Body”. Her partnership with Pharrell and Chad gave her an opportunity to provide background vocals for artists like Nelly, Omarion and Usher. She also appeared on The Neptunes “Clones” album with the song “Good Girl”.
Unfortunately things didn’t work out for Vanessa while she was with The Neptunes and she seemingly fell off the face of the earth. The time away from the music industry allowed her to reflect on life and decide if she wanted to continue pursuing a music career. Luckily for us music listeners, Vanessa is giving music another shot. YouKnowIGotSoul had a chance to speak with Vanessa Marquz about her career with The Neptunes, working with Pharrell and Chad in the studio, collaborating with Justin Timberlake, her upcoming project and her desire to bring R&B music back to the forefront.
YouKnowIGotSoul: Tell us how you got your break in the industry and what led you to sign with The Neptunes?
Vanessa Marquez: I was recording since I was 12 years old with vocal producers here and there. Finally, there were these producers I was doing demos with and they felt that I had some great material so they wanted to shop me around. We went to New York and we met with Arista, there was an A&R there and he was like “You know what, I have producers in mind, can I take your demo and see what I can do with it?” That led to him going to the studio with The Neptunes.
He played my demo for Pharrell and Chad, and at the time they were actually recording with Justin Timberlake. When they all heard the stuff, they were really excited and wanted to meet me and possibly sign me. When Justin heard my stuff, he was like “Well if you sign her, you definitely got to put her on my album.” That was amazing. That’s basically how I met Pharrell and Chad and had the privilege of meeting with them, sitting down with them, re-listening to all of my music. Then I actually met with L.A. Reid which was at Arista and I actually had to perform and I got interviewed, it was kind of like a showcasing in New York. That’s when I got signed. Photo by Frank Perez. Thanks to s00perbuddha.
According to Archer One, Buddy has a tune that features Miley Cyrus on it, which is planned for his debut album. ““Yo be on the look out for my lil nigga @beyoudouble ‘s upcoming album, shit goooooo’s “smoke signals” produced by @pharrell & feat. @mileycyrus yup! Art by me #buddy #illustratedbyarcherone #archiebonkers” Check out the Snippet below.
By Phillip Mlynar. Knowledge The Pirate counts himself as a member of the rapper Roc Marciano’s inner circle. Alongside KA, who we recently nominated as recording the best New York City rap album of the year, Knowledge appeared on Marci’s acclaimed Reloaded project and was also around during the recording of that project’s predecessor, Marcberg. But it turns out Knowledge’s story goes back long before the recent rise of Roc Marci — as he tells to villagevoice.com with a personal history that involves bouts with Teddy Riley, Biggie’s girl, and Will Smith’s old bodyguard Charlie Mack.
On your Twitter bio you mention being the first gangster to rap over Neptunes beats.
Yeah, I’m that original G-dude The Neptunes came around. When I met them — and Pharrell’s always my man — it was Pharrell was rapping and Chad Hugo was making the beats. Pharrell would be in the room with me and one day he was like, “Yo, you’re too crazy, Knowledge, I’m gonna just make beats. You make a motherfucker not wanna rap!” He had a Q-Tip style back then. He and Chad would always ask to do my tracks and I told them you have to make the music hard, you have to make hard music for me. The Clipse, they was like little kids, Pusha T. and them was little dudes to me ’cause I’m the OG of that when it comes to rhyming on Neptunes beats. There wasn’t no Noreaga yet — that might be their first hit record but when Pharrell and Chad did showcases, it was me.
They had an authentic sound — their production was large and I really liked what they was doing — and I was the big dude on campus with them. I never acted like I was bigger than people though and I would run with them and go to Chad’s mom’s house upstairs in the attic where they made the beats. I would show them how to make that shit hard. So that’s why I say that on Twitter — I was the first real street dude to be
Pusha T. and Pharrell Williams have each had a busy 2013: from P lending his production to what seemed like every hit song to King Push dropping his long-awaited and critically acclaimed My Name Is My Name album. Now, 2014 is shaping up to be just as eventful for the Virginia natives. Not only has Williams signed on with Columbia to release his next solo LP, the influential producer is actually headed into the studio with his old friend Pusha right after New Year’s, the G.O.O.D. music rapper confirmed.
“I don’t know when I’m dropping the next [album], but I can tell everybody, January 2, me Pharrell and Chad [Hugo] are going in the studio for 20 days,” Pusha told media personality Miss Info of plans for a sophomore LP during an interview at a New York City Apple Store. “That’s what’s gonna start off the King Push album.” Pusha got his start as one-half of Clipse, a group he formed with his brother No Malice. The duo’s 2002 major label debut, Lord Willin‘, was produced entirely by Pharrell and Chad (a.k.a. The Neptunes).
Clipse and The Neptunes worked their magic again on the group’s follow-up, Hell Hath No Fury, but by the time the group dropped their third LP, Til The Casket Drops, Pusha and Malice had started working with other beat-makers like DJ Khalil and Sean C & LV. Although Pusha signed his solo deal with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music, he’s always maintained close ties with Pharrell. And when he dropped his solo debut, MNIMN, in October, Skateboard P had contributed two tracks. In fact, Williams did more than make beats: He helped Pusha tell a heartbreaking story on “S.N.I.T.C.H.”
“I had someone dear to me call me and basically tell me, ‘Yo, just don’t ever talk to me again … I love you, but don’t ever talk to me again. We ain’t never gonna talk again, don’t worry about it,'” Push told MTV News about the track. “S.N.I.T.C.H.” is an acronym for “Sorry, N—a, I’m Tryna Come Home,” and on the track, Push reenacts a series of phone conversations with a friend who elects to break the street’s no-snitching credo. Before it became a song, “S.N.I.T.C.H.” was merely conversation between Pusha and Pharrell. “I was just telling him about it, telling him about the conversation and he was like, ‘That’s the song right there,’ ” Pusha recalled. “He was like, ‘As a matter of fact, that’s how you’re ending your album, right there.'”
Pusha T. – Suicide feat. Ab Liva (13′)
By Kenny Herzog. It makes perfect sense that Kenna’s intent on giving credit to artists who blurred lines before him, going so far as to dub his latest series of EPs Land 2 Air Chronicles II: Imitation Is Suicide. More specifically, imitation without repping your influences. As the Ethiopian-born, Cincinnati-bred, Virginia Beach–molded singer/musician/producer/entrepreneur/philanthropist will readily offer, “I’m like the most famous non-famous person on the planet.” And indeed, for more than a decade, Kenna’s bobbed and weaved through musical consciousness like some kind of Zelig, but with a guiding touch. His 2003 debut LP, New Sacred Cow, was impacting on the likes of Timbaland.
The follow-up full-length, ’07’s Make Sure They See My Face, nearly ensured that titular imperative via breakout single “Out Of Control (State Of Emotion).” And by the time his Land 2 Air Chronicles 1: Chaos & Darkness EPs arrived in 2011, it sounded like ever major artist in R&B on the radio—be it Bruno Mars, Drake, Santigold, or The Weeknd—had shared in his vision of expression sans boundaries. But despite a prolific yen these past few years—no small feat given his efforts raising funds and awareness for the global clean-water crisis and serving as MySpace’s Chief Vision Officer—and pop music seeming to at last catch up with his fantasies, Kenna’s mainstream profile remains puzzlingly, comparatively obscure.
No matter. As the man tell us, creativity serves a purpose higher than one individual’s commercial achievements. Kenna’s not so much interested in pursuing entitlements as trusting his ear and intuition. Still, we’ll say it for him: Land 2 Air II—whose three EPs, or “Chapters,” are produced by Chad Hugo, Himself and RJD2—are the sum total of that FM sound you hear right now, one he helped pattern and is now pointing toward the future.
Shortly before the release of Chapter 1 (Chapter 2 arrived Oct. 22, with Chapter 3 to follow Nov. 26), Kenna talked about all that’s tangential and essential to making and preserving music, staying humble and happy for others’ accomplishments, and channeling his “nerd swagger.”
Does it feel like there’s a zeitgeist happening now that Land 2 Air might fit right in with?
Yeah, absolutely. You know, what’s really interesting is it’s a very small world when it comes to the tastemakers that make the music we listen to. One of those people is Justin Timberlake. And to be honest, when “Suit and Tie” came out, I think Justin technically slowed radio and music listening down from the frenetic pace of what was happening with music right before that song came out. I always joke around with him, and I’m always saying, “Yo, build me a highway,” because anytime he does something, it kind of just decimates whatever sonic is being pushed, and it becomes the conversation or the sound of things. Right after that’s when “Blurred Lines” was written, recorded and put out. Daft Punk was putting out an album no matter what, but I think it didn’t hurt that that song went to the two-step. So, yeah, I think there’s a paradigm shift right now, and I’m really happy that it’s musicality that’s come back and there’s some level of interest from people to hear it and love it and partake.
From Flatbush, Brooklyn and Chi-Town straight to Japan. It’s crazy where skateboarding can take you. Watch as TEAM ICECREAM members Andre Beverley and Emmet Duffy head to Tokyo for their first time to shoot the Fall ’13 Lookbook and shred the city. Check out the complete Lookbook here, and make sure to check out my edit of the Instrumental from the video below.
The Neptunes – Tokyo (13′)
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