Congrats to Aaron Whyte our Forum Member and Co. Admin for making his Fader debut with his Kelis article about the album that started it all. Back in 1999, a modern classic was set upon the world: Kelis‘ debut album, Kaleidoscope. It was the perfect soundtrack for the eve of a new millennium. Spaced-out pads, hard drum kicks, and cold synths gave the album a distinct electro-n-b feel we’d never heard before before.
Kaleidoscope brought together a collective sci-fi vision of the 21st century, and presented it in song. Over the span of 14 tracks, the album covered everything from troubled relationships to pondering the existence of alien lifeforms. Hell, there was even a song about her stoner boyfriend getting sent by NASA to colonize Mars, because… why not? Regardless of the subject matter of any given song, there was a clear theme throughout Kaleidoscope: the idea of escapism, whether that meant escaping a cheating partner, a bad situation, or even an entire planet. It felt driven by the underlying optimism that something greater was waiting around the corner. Check out the whole article HERE.
At the exclusive Pre-Release off his 100 Year Record, all guests were instructed to turn off their phones and lock them in bulky metal boxes so that no one could leak the song. Pharrell showed off the track he had recorded onto a record made from clay. Explaining that the record would be placed in a vault that was destructible only by water, he made a clear connection with climate change and rising sea levels.
“If we don’t, as a species, if we don’t do what we are supposed to do, we lose the track but we also lose the planet,” he said. “a postcard, a sarcastic one, to the people who should be ashamed to call themselves scientists and politicians.” “I thought, ’Let me just troll all the pseudoscientists, the ones that don’t care about the ecosystem,’” he said.
“There are a lot of great fine scientists. We just happen to have some that agree with our current administration in the States. I don’t get it.” “I think the world would be a different place if millennials and women would take positions of power. It would definitely be different.” “Normal lies are not normal, so don’t normalize them.”
On November 13th 2017, LOUIS XIII Cognac premiered “100 Years“- The Song We’ll Only Hear If We Care – a unique musical composition created by Pharrell Williams that will not be released until 2117. LOUIS XIII partnered with Pharrell on this innovative project due to a shared dedication to environmental issues. The original song is a creative expression of the delicate relationship between nature and time, and the effect humans have on their environment.
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) November 14, 2017
Pharrell’s exclusive track was recorded onto a record made of clay from the chalky soil of the Cognac region, and stored in the cellars of LOUIS XIII in a state-of-the-art safe specially designed by Fichet-Bauche that is only destructible when submerged in water. If sea levels continue to rise at such an alarming rate due to climate change, scientists project that in 100 years, a significant portion of the world’s land might be underwater. The only way to guarantee this original piece of music will be heard again in 2117, one century from now, is if we address the tragic consequences of global warming – if we do not change our way of living, future generations will never be able to hear this song. “100 Years” by Pharrell Williams will be out in 2117, but only #Ifwecare.
“I love the fact that LOUIS XIII thinks a century ahead,” said Pharrell Williams. “We should all do the same for the planet. We have a common interest in preserving nature for the future. Each bottle is the life achievement of generations of men and women. It’s all about legacy and transmission.” Pharrell has long been passionate about preserving our environment and how important human action is to addressing climate change.
The one hundred lucky guests in attendance were not allowed to record the once-in-a-lifetime experience, so the song remains a secret for the next century. LOUIS XIII and Pharrell aimed to inspire these guests to take action and motivate others to get involved in the international effort to curb global warming. Check out the rest of the article HERE.
When the New York Times examined the current state of the Paris Agreement over the weekend, China was mentioned as being ahead of its emissions “peak.” This is a good thing, as the country’s once presumed insatiable appetite for fossil fuels has plateaued, slightly. On the other hand, China still burns more coal than anyone else. Less still equals more: It made for food for thought in Shanghai, where one of Vogue’s December cover stars, Pharrell Williams, sat down on Monday to discuss his personal views on climate change attentiveness and what he does (and what we can do) “so that a little amounts to a lot.”
Williams was in Shanghai for a partnership with Louis XIII, the high-end Cognac label, to perform a one-off song called “100 Years” (this is how long it takes to make a bottle of Louis XIII, fittingly—the company needs to think in terms of centennials). The track was recorded on a clay disc—a clay disc that is destroyable only by water. It will be placed off-limits for one century in coastal France. The point being: If sea levels rise, the record dissolves, and no one will hear it again. Check out the whole Interview HERE.
This is what it was like to record Wanderland, Kelis‘ long lost masterpiece. Andrew Coleman, longtime engineer for The Neptunes, remembers making Kelis’ sophomore album, which was never released in the U.S. Kelis’ sophomore album Wanderland isn’t available to stream on Apple Music or Spotify. At the time of its release in 2001, the album never charted on the Billboard 200 and no singles from the album ever made the Hot 100.
Instead, Wanderland was only released in Europe, where it charted in multiple countries. The album, entirely produced by Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, has become an overlooked part of Kelis’ catalog, relegated to reverence by the most dedicated fans of The Neptunes and Kelis herself. To hear the album now, U.S. fans need to order a physical copy on Amazon or Discogs, or find a bootleg rip out there on the internet. Check out the whole article HERE.
Buddy is a breath of fresh air. The LA actor-turned-rapper’s peppy humor is highly entertaining, while his A-star collaborations have done little to inflate his ego. He may have teamed up with some of the biggest names in hip-hop, including Pharrell and Kendrick, but Buddy’s still just a regular guy. Check out this film of the rapper on a day trip in the capital.
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