– Kelis – Ghetto Children feat. N*E*R*D & Marc Dorsey (99′)
– Buddy – Staircases (Instrumental) (DJ) (12′)
– Kelis – Get Along With You (Pharrell’s Edit) (00′)
– Guru – Supa Love (Instrumental) (00′)
– NE*R*D – Lasergun Carrying (DJ Freakiii Remake) (08′)
– Jay-Z – Change Clothes (Instrumental) (03′)
– Kelis – Popular Thug (Remix) (Instrumental) (03′)
– Babyface – There She Goes feat. Pharrell (01′)
– Kelis – Junkie For Your Love (01′)
– Fam-Lay – Get That Work Up (Instrumental) (DJ) (09′)
– Babyface – Stressed Out feat. Pharrell (01′)
– Donell Jones x Babyface – U Know Whats Up/There She Goes (Duncan Gerow Remix) (13′)
– Rosco P. Coldchain – Hot feat. Pusha T. & Boo Bonic (03′)
– Mystikal – Danger (Been So Long) feat. Nivea (00′)
– Pharrell Williams – That Girl (Instrumental) (06′)
– Q-Tip – For The Nasty (Instrumental) (05′)
– N’ Sync – Girlfriend (Remix) (Instrumental) (02′)
– N*E*R*D – Run To The Sun (Instrumental) (02′)
– N*E*R*D – Truth Or Dare feat. Kelis & Pusha T. (02′)
– N*E*R*D – Don’t Worry About It (04′)
– Fam-Lay – Strung Owt (DJ Freakiii Instrumental Remake) (06′)
– Clipse – Mr. Me Too (Instrumental) (06′)
– Clipse – Ma I Don’t Love Her feat. Pharrell & Faith Evans (02′)
– Fabolous – Young & Sexy feat. Pharrell & Mike Shorey (04′)
– Beenie Man – Girls Dem Sugar feat. Pharrell & Mýa (00′)
– Mase – Looking At Me (Instrumental) (97′)
– Jadakiss – Knock Yourself Out (Instrumental) (01′)
– Lupe Fiasco – I Gotcha (Instrumental) (06′)
– Jay-Z – Allure (Instrumental) (DJ) (03′)
– 702 – I Still Love You (Instrumental) (03′)
– Clipse – Virginia (Instrumental) (02′)
– The Neptunes – Clones (Intro) (03′)
– N*E*R*D – Inside Of Clouds (DJ Freakiii Edit) (10′)
– Jay-Z – Excuse Me Miss Again (La La La) (Instrumental) (03′)
– P. Diddy – D.I.D.D.Y. (Instrumental) (01′)
– Ray J – Wait A Minute (Instrumental) (01′)
– Clipse – Let’s Talk About It (Instrumental) (02′)
– Justin Timberlake – Rock Your Body (Instrumental) (02′)
– Snoop Dogg – Beautiful (Instrumental) (02′)
– N*E*R*D – Lapdance (Instrumental) (01′)
– Justin Timberlake x Britney Spears – Like I Love You/I’m A Slave 4 U feat. Clipse (Duncan Gerow Mix) (16′)
– Kelis – Flashback (01′)
– Twista – Give It Up (Instrumental) (07′)
– Gloria Estefan – Heat (11′)
– N*E*R*D – Hot-N-Fun (Instrumental) (10′)
– N*E*R*D – Am I High feat. Malice & John Ostby (02′)
– Sade – By Your Side (The Neptunes Remix) (DJ) (00′) (DJ)
Legendary photographer Jonathan Mannion tells the story behind Pharrell and Chad Hugo’s 2002 FADER cover story. Fifteen years ago, N*E*R*D’s Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo covered the 11th print issue of The FADER. Photographer Jonathan Mannion, who has shot iconic photos of pretty much every rapper for the last several decades (including DMX, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Outkast), was behind the camera. Over the phone, Mannion recalled the energy on set 15 years ago, how he helped facilitate the right vibes, and what it was like to witness Pharrell and Chad’s effortless chemistry.
JONATHAN MANNION: This was the first time that I photographed Pharrell, and with Chad showing up as well it was like, OK this feels like a big deal. I knew him from working with Kelis before her first project came out. There was a reshoot of the Kaleidoscope album that I did, which yielded the cover, so there were quick meetings, and we kind of had each other’s vibes down and had the respect knowing what each of us have done for this industry.
As producer-duo Christian Rich, talented twin brothers Taiwo and Kehinde Hassan have worked behind-the-boards wizardry for critically-acclaimed, globally-beloved artists such as J. Cole, Earl Sweatshirt, Drake, Childish Gambino, Mac Miller and more. The two super-producers are creatively restless and have sensibilities for just about any contemporary genre — from swirling dancefloor melodies to West Coast-styled funk to sinister street-rap, they’re masters of it all.
The pair branched out on their own and showcased their capabilities to create fully-formed, cohesive projects with the release of their debut album, 2015′s FW14. Like their FW14 collaborators Steve Arrington, JMSN and GoldLink, Christian Rich are infinitely creative and able to push the boundaries of sound whenever they’re in a studio. Coming up under the tutelage of the groundbreaking, game-changing hitmakers The Neptunes, the Hassan brothers learned to craft beats under the watchful eye of their art form’s most talented and respected masterminds.
Teddy Riley, a New York native with well-earned stripes in hip-hop’s first guard, returned to his hometown last week to chop it up with the venerable Chairman Mao. Their Red Bull Music Academy Festival lecture is part of a month-long program that ensures the preservation and continued celebration of music’s most influential sub-cultures and legacies. As one of hip-hop’s childhood caretakers and a notable force in r&b from the mid-eighties onward, few are better qualified to speak on the behemoth synthesis that is New Jack Swing than its pioneering producer.
His presence has been felt throughout three decades of music, itself a rare feet. His studio, however, was home to arrangements of another sort entirely. Amongst a mile-long mantel of trophies, his discovering and mentoring of The Neptunes is paramount to the era of music directly proceeding New Jack’s reign; when Pharrell, Chad, Shae and Mike perfected their sound, took hip-hop by storm and began their assault on pop from a slightly weirder angle. Riley graced us with a few moments to recount his years in NYC, his discovery of one of hip-hop’s most cherished production teams and how a call from Q changed his life for good. Hear how Teddy Riley’s sound evolved with the times in the first installment of our Primer playlist and click through to read our discussion with the legend.
It looks like we’re getting a Justified 2.0 after all. It’s been nearly four years since Justin Timberlake shut down the Pop/R&B game and went back-to-back with The 20/20 Experience and The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2. And while he’s worked on a handful of projects since—namely the Trolls soundtrack, which featured his chart-topping single “Can’t Stop The Feeling“—we’ve yet to hear what the 36-year-old star has in store for his proper follow-up.
We’ll still have to wait on the music, but a recent Instagram post from Timberlake suggests he’s hard at work on the project. Even more promising, the IG post featured Pharrell and Timbaland, two legendary producers who have played a major role in the sound and success of JT’s solo career. What’s more, Danja, who works closely with Timbaland, said he and Timbo along with The Neptunes (Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo) were working on a project together. Stay tuned for more info.
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