Pharrell continues to roll out new records in support of the upcoming “Hidden Figures” soundtrack which he serves as composer & producer for 8 records on. After hitting us with “Runnin” & “Crave” over the past couple weeks, the Neptunes hitmaker decides to come through today and share another offering called “Able,” which can be yours for free when you pre-order the soundtrack now on iTunes.
I See A Victory
Pharrell Feat. Kim Burrell
Another single has dropped from the Pharrell-orchestrated soundtrack to the upcoming Disney flick "Hidden Figures." This one is title "I See A Victory" and features the astonishing voice of Kim Burrell. Pharrell doesn't provide the vocals here, instead contributing a "Happy" vibe with the production. Sometimes we forget that "Happy" actually came off a movie soundtrack, too.
In recent weeks Pharrell has released a couple songs from the 'Hidden Figures' soundtrack, including "Runnin'." This morning, he released another: "Crave," a finger-snapping, upbeat retro soul jam somewhere between Al Green and James Brown on the topic of sexual desire.
The Compton rapper known as Buddy, signed to Pharrell's i am OTHER label, has scored some big-time feature placements over the past year, most recently guesting on the Cozy Tapes standout "Way Hii" (with A$AP Rocky, Wiz Khalifa, and BJ The Chicago Kid). He's also featured on Nipsey Hussle's "Status Symbol 2," BJ The Chicago Kid's "Man Down," and Asher Roth's "Rap Hands," to name a few. He's now ready to prove himself as a lead artist.
Pharrell achieved incredible success with "Happy," his "Despicable Me 2" soundtrack single that spent two months at #1 in 2014. Along with Hans Zimmer, he is helming the soundtrack for the upcoming film "Hidden Figures." This morning, he released a song from the soundtrack called "Runnin'" -- a simple, unadorned reflection on his childhood in Virginia sung over a shuffle drum beat and bass vamp
Kid Cudi Feat. Pharrell
Kid Cudi's fanbase got its hopes up last night after he let it be known that his latest album, Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin, would not be dropping at midnight due to "some minor sample clearances." Cudi didn't follow up with another release date, though he did promise to remedy the indefinite wait by making two PP&DS tracks available within the next 48 hours. He's already made good on his word, as both "Surfin'" and "Frequency" have made their way onto iTunes and Apple Music.
Skepta Feat. Pharrell
At the stroke of midnight, two of HNHH's favorite British artists in Skepta and James Blake will release new albums. Midnight can't come soon enough... fortunately, a few songs have hit the internet to hold us over in the meantime.
Pharrell celebrated his 43rd birthday earlier this week, and just this afternoon we put up our weekly TBT list dedicated to Clipse-- which, it goes without saying, means Pharrell. With that on my mind, this week's Throwback song of the day is one of N.E.R.D.'s early singles, "Rockstar," which appeared on the collective's debut album In Search Of... back in 2001. That's fifteen years ago, it's hard to believe.
Mr. Me Too [Throwback]
Yesterday saw the return of No Malice, the artist formerly known as Malice, with a Holy Ghost-inspired track titled "Best Believe It." Thus, for today's weekly TBT track, we're revisiting some of the magic he concocted alongside his younger brother, current GOOD Music President Pusha T, as the act known as Clipse, arguably the hottest duo in rap across the '00s. One of the biggest tracks to ever come out of the Virginia brothers' partnership is "Mr.
Hear Me (CDQ)
A$AP Rocky Feat. Pharrell
ASAP Rocky and Pharrell's "Hear Me" was another song premiered on OVO Sound radio a couple weeks ago, and fans will be happy to know that all the songs have now been made available in their full versions. This one gives Rocky a pretty traditional beat, but he does a whole lot with it, trying out a new flow, and interpolating some immortal bars from Lil Wayne's "A Milli".
What A Year
Big Sean Feat. Pharrell & Detail
From a #1 album in Dark Sky Paradise to Grammy nominations, Sean Don had himself a monster year in 2015, and what better way to celebrate than with a new song for us called “What A Year” featuring Pharrell & Detail. Produced by Bobby Johnson, Frank Dukes, Maneesh, Detail, & Amaire Johnson, “What A Year” is a reflective cut that finds Sean recapping the successes of his past 365 days, and boy did he have quite a few of them. Take a listen and let us know what you think.
Pusha T's latest project Darkest Before Dawn comes 13 years after the release of Lord Willin', Clipse's debut album. Produced entirely by The Neptunes, Lord Willin' provided an opportunity for Pharrell to perfect his "skeleton beat" sound.
Alright (Terrace Martin Remix)
Kendrick Lamar Feat. Pharrell
Terrace Martin worked extensively on Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly, adding much of his jazz sensibility to the dense project, but "Alright" was one of the moments that broke out of the noodling with a loud and fierce declaration. There are still jazz players on the record, but it's propelled primarily by a pounding sub-bass-line.
Watch The Duck Feat. Pharrell
Atlanta EDM trio Watch The Duck are no strangers to working with rappers, putting out some tracks with T.I. in the past. Now they're preparing their new EP The Trojan Horse for release this Friday, and they've recruited, Tip, ScHoolboy Q and Pharrell for the event.
Finna Get Loose
Wale keeps the heat coming. Two days after unveiling "Voices In My Head," his collab with Highbridge Voices and Metro Boomin, the MMG rapper comes through with a remix of Puffy and Pharrell's "Finna Get Loose." The original came out at the end of June and was billed as the return of Puff Daddy & The Family, or his group of Bad Boy record-setting producers "The Hitmen."
As we heard on his "Twerk" single, Busta Rhymes is back working with Pharrell, and once again, he's channelling dancehall on his vocals. His new record, "Master Race," was played on Pharrell's OTHERtone Beats 1 radio show over the weekend, so we're still hearing a censored version at this point.
When The Last Time
13 years ago today, brothers Gene and Terrence Thornton released their debut album under the name Clipse. Lord Willin' was the first of two albums they'd release that were entirely produced by The Neptunes (they brought in some other names for 2009's When The Casket Drops), and although Hell Hath No Fury is more commonly cited as the "classic," its predecessor is no small fry.
Finna Get Loose
Diddy Feat. Pharrell
It's the year of reunions for hip-hop, following those of G-Unit and Dipset, Bad Boy formed once more and took the stage at the BET Awards last night. Following the on-stage reunion, Puff keeps the momentum going with the release of a new single "Finna Get Loose" featuring Pharrell. Diddy has been promoting his upcoming album MMM under his old moniker Puff Daddy, and this remains true here.
OverDoz. Feat. Pharrell
At the beginning of the year we spoke to Overdoz about their upcoming album 2008-- while they've been slow at rolling it out, they did reveal at the time that they had production from Pharrell. A few months later we finally get to hear it, and it's just as funky as everything you heard on Snoop Dogg's BUSH. Seems like Pharrell has been in a groovy mode lately.
Drop It Like It's Hot
Snoop Dogg Feat. Pharrell
Snoop Dogg's new studio album, BUSH, dropped this week, and its the first time Snoop has teamed up with Pharrell Williams for an entire project. The creative partnership between the two artists has been proven over many successful singles, including "Beautiful," "From Tha Chuuuch To Da Palace," and "Let's Get Blown," and while everyone has a different favorite, few would argue with "Drop It Like It's Hot" being the quintessential record from the two masterminds.