G.O.O.D. Music president Pusha T can add restaurant owner to his growing list of titles. The Virginia-bred rapper will be opening up a ramen and cocktail bar in the nation’s capital, according to Eater DC. The establishment is named Kitsuen, which translates to smoke or smoking in Japanese. The Washington, D.C. restaurant — located in the flourishing H Street Corridor — is scheduled to open on New Year’s Eve (December 31). For more info check HERE!
Kaytranada sat down with Zane Lowe to discuss his second studio album ‘Bubba’ and his collaborations. He revealed the working process with Pharrell for their song ‘Midsection’. “Growing up knowning how Pharrell was gonna be and he actually was like I thought he was gonna be. Kaytranada told me in the session ‘just put me to your world, put me to Kaytranada’s world, remember I’m a chameleon, I’m just a chameleon’, that’s why I see Pharrell as one of the best collaborators, he just gets it”. Check it out at 3:56 below.
The Academy released nine award shortlists today with Pharrell Williams’ “Letter To My Godfather” from The Black Godfather, Beyoncé’s “Spirit” from The Lion King soundtrack alongside Thom Yorke’s “Daily Battles” from Motherless Brooklyn, , Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Never Too Late” from The Lion King, Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from Rocketman and Randy Newman’s “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from Toy Story 4, check out the rest of today’s shortlists below. Voting for the 92nd Academy Awards will begin on January 2.
Pharrell Williams – Letter To My Godfather (The Black Godfather)
Naomi Scott – Speechless (Aladdin)
Chrissy Metz – I’m Standing With You (Breakthrough)
Da Bronx (The Bronx USA)
Idina Menzel & Aurora – Into The Unknown (Frozen 2)
Cynthia Erivo – Stand Up (Harriet)
Dillon Francis – Catchy Song feat. feat. T-Pain & That Girl Lay Lay (The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part)
Elton John – Never Too Late (The Lion King)
Beyoncé – Spirit (The Lion King)
Thom Yorke & Flea – Daily Battles (Motherless Brooklyn)
Woo-Sik Choi – A Glass of Soju (Parasite)
Elton John, Taron Egerton – (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again (Rocketman)
Kathryn Bostic – High Above The Water (Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am)
Randy Newman – I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away (Toy Story 4)
Jessie Buckley – Glasgow (Wild Rose)
The long anticipated second album by Kaytranada just released with his Pharrell collaboration on the tune ‘Midsection’. The tune samples Caribbean music mixed with Kaytranda’s house music force with drums and funky riffs. I also had to make my own mix of the tune, you can check out both tunes below and get it now on iTunes!
Kaytranada – Midsection feat. Pharrell (DJ Freakiii Mix) (19′)
You made songs that soundtracked this decade: “Get Lucky,” “Happy,” “Blurred Lines.” At what stage in the development of a song like that do you know you’re holding onto one that’s gonna blow?
The closest notion that I come to is when [it] just feels like something I want to hear repetitiously. Where I’m anticipating parts. I’m like “Ah!” It’s like tension-release. Different emotional colors that feel good to me. When I want to distill that, because I feel like that song delivers it in its own unique way, that’s when I know it’s something. But I never know … I can’t personally determine what that’s going to be or how far that’s going to go, because that’s [up to] people.That’s the listener.
How do you approach writing for visual media differently than you do a standard pop project?
With a movie, you’re working with the intention of whatever that scene is and what the director wants out of it at that moment, whereas with a song, it’s more based on the person that you’re working with and what they need out of it, what they’re trying to convey on the song or what you’re trying to personally convey. The film is its own entity.
What drew you to the story of Clarence Avant?
The opportunity to do something for him was super intimidating because this is a guy that’s owned his own record label and [released] songs that impacted America and continue to impact America. How do you do one song that’s going to represent that? I checked out the documentary, and when I saw it I was just so blown away by the concept, the notion that I really only know a tenth of this man’s history and the kind of things that he perfected, not only in the music world, but also in politics and activism. Privileges that we seamlessly enjoy today, he was one of the main architects behind a lot of it. I just couldn’t believe that. I was like, “Okay, this guy is so much more worldly than I had thought.” So whatever we did, it needed to feel big and open.
The new ‘Something In The Water’ Festival lineup has been revealed with some amazing surprises once again. First of, Chad Hugo gets his Solo Performance at the Festival which is what I look forward the most and of course, the Clipse Reunion is about to happen at the Festival! Some of other highlights include Banks, Foo Fighters, Tyler, The Creator, A$AP Rocky, Chance, The Rapper, H.E.R., Migos, Playboi Carti, Snoh Aalegra, Beck, Buddy, Jaden Smith, Kali Uchis, Major Lazer, Nelly, SoSuperSam, Trey Songz, Usher, Nick Fury aka Nickelus F and many more.
In addition to the music which will take place from April 24-26, the fest will also feature programming and content related to education, sports, art, culture, health, and wellness with additional details about an expanded programming lineup for 2020 to be announced. Get your tickets here! The multi-day music festival and cultural event will take place from April 20 – 26 in Virginia Beach.
“That’s my goal, to have the older black folks have their version of mosh pittin’. Just in the church snatching off wigs! That’s when you know you’ve achieved something,” Pharrell Williams says as he whips around his chair, explaining the changes he’s making to “Letter To My Godfather,” from The Black Godfather, which he plans to remaster. “In the third verse, I don’t like what’s happening there. It took it down, and I think it just needs to stay up.”
We’re in Miami for a studio session put together by the president of Beats Electronics, Luke Wood, in celebration of the new More Matte Solo Pro Beats By Dre, which Pharrell is the brand ambassador for. Inside Miami’s Hit Factory, P plays music as he talks through his creative process. Going through original stems of “Happy” and making small updates to “Letter To My Godfather,” he says a form of the word “feel” over 35 times.
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