“‘Knock Yourself Out’ was very important for my career. Back then, if you had a Neptunes track you had a hit. But the song that came out was not the original beat. I had another Neptunes beat that I thought was even crazier. I went down to Virginia with Pharrell. We chopped it up and went through a lot of beats and we ended up getting a joint that I thought was going to be ‘Knock Yourself Out.’ We had the hook and everything. We took so much time on the song that I didn’t even lay any verses. So we got back to New York and I was going to lay it down at the Hit Factory. I knew how I wanted the rhymes to flow. I already knew it was going to be my single.”
“But when I get to the studio the beat was not the original beat that Pharrell gave me in VA! I’m like, ‘Holy shit! How could you do this to me?!!!’ Nobody told me that the track had been changed. I’m like, ‘What happened to the other beat?!!!’ So Pharrell’s people start telling me that he didn’t like it. And I’m thinking, ‘Damn, he’s just going to switch it without me?’ But I ended up laying it down. I started listening to it and I liked what I heard. Once we sent it to Pharrell to mix it and it came back it was fire! I knew the ladies was going to love it. We put it out and it did great. To this day, when I perform ‘Knock Yourself Out’ it still gets a marvelous response. Thanks to wax.
Jadakiss – Knock Yourself Out feat. Pharrell (Dirty Version) (2001)
Sara Bareilles teamed up with VH1 to give fans a sneak peek at the music video for her next single, “Uncharted.” For the video, the singer got a little help from some famous friends as Pharrell, Tegan & Sara, and Josh Groban (among others) put forth their best Sara B impressions. But don’t take our word for it — read Sara’s (hilarious) explanation of the video then watch it below. “It’s awesome, if I do say so myself…but not because of me. It’s awesome because of my amazing cohorts in this who helped me remember that the journey is the destination, and following your heart will always lead you to a good place. You know, like denny’s or rite aid or something.”
Kenna revealed last night that his third studio album ‘Songs For Flight’ will be his last to date and as we already found out by ourselves, Shimmy Hoffa is indeed Chad Hugo on his newest single ‘Chains’ which is co-written by Paul Banks. ‘Shimmy Hoffa is a rogue character that comes from the recluse mastermind of Chad Hugo a.k.a Charles Hugo, one half of The Neptunes and member of N*E*R*D, The song is co-written by Paul Banks of Interpol. This Land 2 Air Chronicles EP series is a set-up for what may be the last Kenna album ever.’
The Cool Kids enlist Bun B, Pharrell and Asher Roth for their long-awaited debut LP. As DX reported last week, The Cool Kids have returned to their former label home Green Label Sound to release their long-awaited debut When Fish Ride Bicycles.
Now, the Mountain Dew-founded imprint has announced more details about the Chicago duo’s highly anticipated project. Slated for a spring 2011 release, When Fish Ride Bicycles is set to feature the likes of Asher Roth and fellow Pulled Over by the Cops member Bun B. In addition, The Cool Kids have been working extensively with Pharrell Williams on finishing up the album.
“[Green Label Sound] agree with our purpose,” said Chuck Inglish of The Cool Kids. “They support our sound and they just want to see it happen – no BS.” The other half of the duo Mikey Rocks also added they’re exicted “[to have] a hip platform [like Green Label Sound] to put our album out while having the creative control that we require to make something crazy.” The Cool Kids also released the first single off their oft-delayed debut earlier today. The track, titled “Bundle Up,” is available for download at Green Label Sound’s website.
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