Skepta's "Konnichiwa" (Review)
In the spoken word interlude that follows Konnichiwa's third track, "Corn On The Curb," North London MC Chip attempts to cheer up a tired and confused-sounding Skepta, at one point saying, "We ain't seen nothing like this happen before. Who's seen the country flip on its head like this, fam?" What Chip's referring to, of course, is the latter rapper's meteoric rise in the past two years, not just within his own home country, but also in a region where UK rap has historically struggled: the US.
Top 10 Hip Hop Tracks That Sample Prince
What would hip hop even look like if we lived in a world where Prince never existed? It'd be much less colorful and funky, I"m sure, and some of its most vibrant artists would never have had the courage to step out of the box were it not for one of the weirdest artists of all time. André 3000, Kanye West, Pharrell, The-Dream, and Young Thug (so basically, all of The Life Of Pablo's squad) in particular have Prince to thank for some, if not most, of their musical and/or fashion styles, and the rest of the rap game isn't far off either.
When's the last time you heard it like this? You may still bump Pusha T on the daily (No Malice too, no shade there), but there was something extremely special about the chemistry between Push and his brother No Malice. Taking that one level deeper, the chemistry between those two bros and The Neptunes was equally undeniable. Together, the quartet composed some of the most iconic songs from the early 00s era of rap. Cuts like "Grindin'," "When the Last Time," and "Popular Demand (Popeyes)" continue to bless sound-systems across the country.
Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Hit The Studio Last Night
Pharrell Williams was behind a few of Justin Timberlake’s best songs, including “Rock Your Body” and “Señorita.” So it’s pretty exciting to hear word of the two talented musicians working together again.
Pharrell Has His Own Adidas Signature Sneaker On The Way
Adidas has a pretty large stable of brand ambassadors at this point, but Pharrell Williams has always been their most successful ambassador – at least according to a report from earlier this month. Now it looks like adidas is rewarding the talented artist with his own signature sneaker.
Adidas Sold 15 Million Pairs Of Superstars Thanks To Pharrell
Pharrell Williams was always the quiet one, both in his real-life mannerisms and the way he conducts his business. It’s only fitting that the legendary producer be credited with much of Adidas’ success in 2015, despite Kanye West ruling any headlines involving a musical artist and the German brand.
5 Times Kanye West Amazed In The Studio
Kanye West’s career was a long time coming. He spent years in the late ’90s grinding in Chicago music scene before he finally caught on with Roc-A-Fella Records and made a huge impact with work on Jay-Z’s The Blueprint.
Pharrell Is Now The Co-Owner Of G-Star
Pharrell Williams has always been a fashion icon, among his many other talents. He recently bought back full control of Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream, clothing and fashion labels he popularized in the mid 2000’s. His next move is a much bigger one, as Pharrell has been named co-owner of the Dutch denim brand G-Star RAW.
Lawsuit Brought Against Pharrell To Cancel OTHERtone Radio
In August 2014, Pharrell was sued by Uncommon Content Partners, who, in 2012, had hired the musician to host a YouTube series titled "ARTST TLK." After one season and 12 episodes, Pharrell stopped doing the series as he was hired to be a judge on the NBC singing competition "The Voice." The producers of "ARTST TLK" claimed their contract with Pharrell dem
Top Tracks: January 4 - January 10
2016 is looking like it's gonna be a fast year. Yeezy decided to become the year's frontrunner after jumping over Jumpman on New Year's Eve, and somehow, he outdid himself the next week, dropping a two-in-one package that had one of the craziest debuts in HNHH history -- and continues to do huge numbers.
Top Tracks: December 28 - January 3
Welcome to 2016, y'all. Did anything really change on January 1st, aside from waking up with a crippling hangover? Well, it certainly feels that way in the rap world, as some of the genre's biggest stars have made sure to come out with forceful statements that conveniently arrived in sync with the New Year.
Listen To A Snippet Of A New Pusha T & Pharrell Collab
The release of Pusha T's Darkest Before Dawn was especially dramatic as it arrived with an accompanying short film. Those who made it through to the final credits of the 22-minute video would've heard a brand new song that didn't appear on Darkest Before Dawn. That song features Pharrell, and audio of the nearly 2-minute snippet is now available. Listen below.
Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Pharrell, Missy Elliott & More Perform On “The Voice” Season Finale
On Tuesday night, NBC’s "The Voice" came to an end with it’s 9th season finale taking place live in Los Angeles. The two-hour show was filled with not just the contestants’ performances, but with performances from some of the biggest names in the music business altogether, including Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Usher, Missy Elliott, Pharrell, Coldplay, and more.
Behind The Beat: Christian Rich
In 2003, twin brothers Taiwo and Kehinde Hassan, now known as the production duo Christian Rich, got their first placement on a Lil Kim record. That was when they were both Speech Communication majors at the University of Illinois in Champaign, a couple of hours south of their native Chicago. That same year, they gave beats to Clipse and Foxy Brown.
Just Blaze Previews Unreleased "Black Album"-Era Jay Z Demo
Those who follow Just Blaze on social media last night witnessed a rare event. Going through his old server, Blaze came across unreleased music he had worked on with Jay Z, Pharrell, and Missy Elliott, among others. He shared the tracks for his fans to see, blessing the interwebs with this unreleased greatness, before inexplicably deleting nearly all of the evidence.
Tyler The Creator On His "Dads" Kanye & Pharrell: "They're Fucking Gods"
Tyler, The Creator has never been shy to cite Pharrell as his biggest influence, and even without his constant praise of the superproducer, the DNA of both the Neptunes and N*E*R*D is transparently present in his work. One of his less obvious influences is Kanye West, someone he's gotten to know well over the last few years, to the point he's one of the first people 'Ye turns to when it comes to feedback on his new material.
Missy Elliott Covers Billboard Magazine
We've gotten our hopes up for the return of Missy Elliott a few times over the past several years, but all too often the hope has fizzled out, before the buzz had even started. Remember when she dropped "9th Inning" and "Triple Threat" back in 2012?
Missy Elliott's Single With Pharrell Is Dropping Sooner Than We Thought
Since she made a surprise appearance during Katy Perry's 2015 Super Bowl halftime show, the world has made it clear that they need more Missy Elliott music in their life. The legendary rapper showed up on Ciara and Janet Jackson's 2015 efforts, but so far, we're yet to hear a new solo record. Luckily, Missy has decided to bless us with that song next week.We knew Missy had been in the lab with fellow Virginia native Pharrell, and yesterday, Elliott announced that their collaborative single "WTF (Where They From)" would be available on November 12th.
Watch Pharrell's Tense "Blurred Lines" Deposition
This past March, Pharrell and Robin Thicke were forced to cough up $7.5 million to the estate of Marvin Gaye for infringing upon Gaye's "Got to Give It Up" for the pair's 2013 smash hit, "Blurred Lines." The trial dragged on for almost a year and half, and the verdict will surely have lasting effects on a music industry in which the borrowing of ideas is inescapable.
Pharrell Named NYU's 2015 Artist-In-Residence
NYU's Tisch School of the Arts announced in a statement that their newest 2015 artist-as-residence is none other than Pharrell. This isn't the first time a hip hop luminary has held the position; Swizz Beatz and Ryan Leslie have previously served as artists-in-residence at Tisch.