By Danielle Harling, photo By M David Leeds. Pharrell Williams says he wouldn’t be where he’s at in his career, if it weren’t for Q-Tip. While speaking with a group of New York University students, Pharrell Williams detailed the impact Q-Tip had on his music career. The Virginia beatsmith revealed that he wouldn’t “be doing what I’m doing right now if it weren’t for Q-Tip.” Pharrell spoke on his relationship with the A Tribe Called Quest member after being asked to speak on what fuels the uniqueness in his music.
“You know what it is, man. I’m the trout,” Pharrell said. “I like to swim upstream. Just because I feel like there’s so much more space in the negative space. There’s so much more room in the negative space. It’s like if everyone is just staring at Mona Lisa, I’m like ‘You know what? There’s an incredible, huge backdrop behind her. There’s gonna be something in there for me. Let me go looking.’ And I never really liked going with the flow. I’ve just never really been interested in being a part of the camouflage. That’s just never been my thing. And it’s really interesting that I’m able to sit here with you right now because I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing right now if it were’t for Q-Tip…That guy, still to me, is like everything.”
When selecting people to give a casual history lesson on hip-hop, Q-Tip is an easy if not downright inevitable choice. “The summer of ’86 changed hip-hop forever,” Q-Tip tells Pharrell and Scott Vener on this week’s episode of OTHERtone on Beats
“This eventually was the music that affected Dre, it affected me.” The trio also reflects on the thrills of doing “The WOP,” including a demonstration from Q-Tip himself:
Vener, after dubbing the very special Q-Tip episode a “childhood dream come true” on Instagram, also revealed that Pharrell would be sharing a previously unreleased Neptunes track from 1997, but lets talk about that in a different post. Though Pharrell and Vener’s Beats 1 Sunday takoevers have produced an overwhelming and totally undeniable amount of highly tweetable moments, including A$AP Rocky’s mom interrupting one of their most experimental episodes yet, Q-Tip is certainly no stranger to the format. His own Beats 1 show, ingeniously known as Abstract Radio, has proven its own worth in the increasingly stacked Apple Music x Beats 1 lineup.
After the brief history lesson, Scott Vener cues up Eric B. and Rakim’s debut single, “Eric B. Is President,” which is built off an ankle-breaking sample of James Brown’s “Funky President (People It’s Bad).” At that point, Q-Tip gets on his feet and starts dancing. Marley Marl was behind the track and undoubtedly influenced those who followed him. See the clip above and just try not to dance along, check out the Episode below. Pharrell also revealed that there will be a Bonita Applebum Remix featuring him.
OTHERtone Episode 7 With Pharrell Williams, Scott Vener, Rob Walker & Q-Tip (2015)
01 – Nohelani Cypriano – Lihue
02 – A Tribe Called Quest – Vibes & Stuff
03 – A Tribe Called Quest – Verses From The Abstract
04 – Janet Jackson, Joni Mitchell & Q-Tip – Got ‘Til It’s Gone (Radio Edit)
05 – A Tribe Called Quest – Bonita Applebum (Includes ‘Can I Kick It’ Intro)
06 – A Tribe Called Quest – Jazz (We’ve Got)
07 – Busta Rhymes – Ill Vibe feat. Q-Tip
08 – Mobb Deep – Drink Away The Pain (Situations) feat. Q-Tip
09 – Q-Tip – Getting Up
10 – A Tribe Called Quest – Lyrics To Go
11 – A Tribe Called Quest – Electric Relaxation
12 – A Tribe Called Quest – Get A Hold
13 – A Tribe Called Quest – Oh My God
14 – A Tribe Called Quest – Crew
15 – Harry Nilsson – Spaceman
16 – Tammy Lucas – Turn Off The Lights
17 – Bill Withers – Harlem
18 – Jungle Brothers – Straight Out The Jungle
19 – Jungle Brothers – I’m Gonna Do You
20 – Jungle Brothers – J-Beez Comin’ Through
21 – Jungle Brothers – The Promo
22 – John Carter – The Odd Couple (TV Series Theme)
23 – Johnny Griffin – What’s Happening?
24 – Wish & Fonda Rae – Touch Me
25 – Cynthia – Change On Me
26 – James Mason – Sweet Power Your Embrace
27 – EPMD – It’s My Thing
28 – Ultramagnetic MC’s – Ego Trippin’ (Original 12 Version)
29 – Eric B. & Rakim – Eric B. Is President
30 – Brand Nubian – All For One
31 – Clipse – Momma I’m So Sorry
32 – Clipse – Ride Around Shining
33 – Clipse – Trill
Don’t miss the seventh episode of OTHERtone with Q-Tip this Sunday 12 pm PT/ 3 pm ET on Beats 1
Clipse & Va$htie
Clipse celebrated their already 3rd Anniversary of Play Cloths‘ on December 21st hosted by Va$htie with Hennessy Black providing the drinks. Q-Tip & DJ Wonder took to the turntables to push the party to the next level. Its been a while since the Clipse have been spotted together, but it was only right they were in attendance & what a sight it was. The celebrity list didn’t stop their though, special guests of the evening included Curt@ins, Ab Liva, A$AP Rocky & the ASAP Crew, Iggy Azalea, Dee & Ricky, Audra The Rapper & many others.
Check out those awesome tracks by Madlib remixing Q-Tip’s For The Nasty, Clipse’ Pussy and Kardinal Offishall’s Belly Dancer from his newest release ‘Madlib – Medicine Show No. 12 (Raw Medicine) (Madlib Remixes)’ its safe to say that Madlib is a fan on the Neptunes sound. Make sure to cop the whole thing on Amazon.com. Madlib Medicine Show is an ongoing series of albums and mixtapes by Madlib originally scheduled to be released monthly on his own imprint, Madlib Invazion throughout 2010 and into 2011.
Odd months present releases featuring Madlib’s production work while even months showcase DJ work and mixing skills. Originally planned to be only 12 albums and mixtapes, the Medicine Show Series can go well into higher numbers with a Show #13 slated for a November 2011 release. Rounding out the 12-part Madlib Medicine Show Series, Madlib flips the format with Raw Medicine: Madlib Remixes – part mixtape, part beat tape, featuring a host of un-suspecting collaborators that run the gamut from thugs, street poets, star emcees and underdogs. The show runs 60 minute with 30+ tracks.
Clipse – Pussy (Madlib Remix) (11′)
Kardinal Offishall – Belly Dancer (Madlib Remix) (11′)
Diageo that has recently re-launched its luxurious Johnnie Walker Blue Label, announced on July 15 the start of the ‘Qream With A Q’ campaign. Qream is an ultra-premium cream liqueur was developed by the premium spirits and wine company in collaboration the Grammy Award-winning musician and producer Pharrell Williams. Williams helped to develop the taste and bottle design as well as the marketing and advertising campaign. The innovation focuses on women auditory encouraging them to ‘live deliciously,’ and inviting them to treat themselves royally. The liqueur comes in two varieties, Strawberry Creme and Peach Creme.
“Qream was created for contemporary women who work hard and want to relax with friends at the end of the day,” says Williams. “I want them to reward themselves ‘deliciously.’” Williams added, “Women make up half the population and Qream is about celebrating that power. To work with Diageo in bringing something original like Qream and the notion of delicious living to market has been a thrill.” The launch of Qream will include an integrated marketing campaign, that will use a wide range of media, such as advertising, PR, strategic alliances and nationwide events, including programs focused on personal responsibility and responsible decision making when it comes to drinking.
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