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.
Snoop Dogg Feat. Pharrell & Stevie Wonder
On May 12th, Snoop Dogg will release his thirteenth studio album BUSH, which is being entirely produced by Pharrell. Led by the single “Peaches N Cream”, BUSH will feature guest appearances from Gwen Stefani, T.I., Rick Ross, Kendrick Lamar, Charlie Wilson, and Stevie Wonder, who appears on the project’s intro track “California Roll.”
So Many Pros
With his upcoming Bush album set to arrive next month, Snoop Dogg decides to get back to the promotion and release his second single tonight titled “So Many Pros”.
Peaches N Cream
Snoop Dogg Feat. Charlie Wilson
Snoop Dogg and Pharrell have been teasing this single for a minute, and after debuting it live we've finally received the CDQ of the audio. It's extra groovy, with smooth production that's very Skateboard P, and vocals from Charlie Wilson. As Snoop previously stated about the album as a whole, "It feels good." That's definitely accurate. Feel-good vibes all around.
The only place to hear new N*E*R*D music these days is checking out the Spongebob Squarepants soundtrack. "Patrick Star", the trio's third release from the record, is a required listen for the Pharrell stan, but may lose anyone else's interest if you're over the age of ten.
N.E.R.D., the group made up of The Neptunes' Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, and their childhood friend and vocalist Shay reunited for a strange cause a couple months back, supplying some songs for the soundtrack to the new Spongebob Squarepants movie. While the first song we heard fell squarely in the kid-friendly category, it also featured the focused instrumentation we've come to expect from Pharrell and his cohorts.
N.E.R.D. were never quite an A-level act, but there's been plenty of revisionism following the success of Pharrell as a solo artist, and musicians like Tyler, The Creator who have cited the group as a direct influence. Now it seems that there's enough nostalgia for the group, that a reunion is quite an exciting prospect, and today we're given just that... sort of.
Spark The Fire
Onetime No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani hasn't released a proper solo album since 2006's Sweet Escape (which had Akon guesting on its title track), but that should change next year. Apparently, Stefani's currently working on a third solo album, and after it was debuted by Pharrell a few weeks ago at Odd Future's Camp Flog Gnaw, the first single has been released.
T.I. Feat. Pharrell
When fans pre-order the deluxe edition of T.I.’s long awaited album, Paperwork, on iTunes today they’ll be blessed with a free download of the project’s title track which you can now stream for free below.