Posts Tagged ‘pharrell

25
Oct
08

Top 5: You’re Doing the Most

Every three seconds there’s a new story in music. Perhaps it’s a sign of the changing times, the day of instant news, or the fact that, via blogs, everybody on the block is a journalist. I have absolutely no issues with being informed the very minute something happens. I have noticed though, that some people are just doing the most. Here’s a list of the Top Five People Who are Doing the Most in Music Right Now:

5. Lil Wayne. Sigh. This guy. Where to start? Obvi he’s been busy outside of the studio, having babies and whatnot. Well, the re-release of the Carter III is upon us. No, it’s not a remix version, it isn’t remastered, there aren’t bonus tracks. The (new) Carter III will be all new songs…but it’ll be called The Carter III. I suppose that’s for old time’s sake.

4. Beyoncé. I’m not really a fan of Beyoncé. Anyone who sings with that much emotion and power and then walks around like a drone is not to be trusted. That’s just my opinion. Alter egos, dual personalities, secret marriages, how does she manage to keep it straight? Well apparently, Beyoncé has no problem juggling her (very fabulous…I can’t deny that she’s fabulous) life because she is embracing her dual personalities with a two-disc release, similar to Nelly’s Sweat Suit. One disc will be songs from her alter ego Sasha Fierce, who even has her own website.

3. Nelly. Dating Ashanti, forming a group with T.I., now he’s apparently forming a group with Akon, Pharrell and T-Pain. Now if that isn’t the most mismatched band of rascals. But, more on that later. Back to Nelly. Sean John Model, Apple Bottoms owner, Pimp Juice pusher and now member of perhaps the wildest bunch of musicians ever. What’s next, Nelly? What’s next?

P.S. Whatever happened to the St. Lunatics? What about that foolish ass clothing line, Vokal?

2. Pharrell. I love him. And it is just my luck that he is all over the place right now. From the Glow in the Dark Tour, N.E.R.D. did a little tour in Europe and then came back stateside for the Seeing the Invincible Sounds of Summer Tour. Basically, he’s been on tour for a year, but somehow, Pharrell manages to produce tracks for Common, design some chairs, supposedly knock someone up, form a group with Lupe Fiasco and Kanye West, put out a clothing line and still somehow join a group with Nelly, T-Pain and Akon.

Btdubs, I can’t support that random cast of characters. Nelly, T-Pain and Akon?!?! As if T-Pain’s vocoder-infused sound wasn’t annoying enough, you add Akon’s whiny, high-pitched voice, throw in Nelly’s rap/singing and Pharrell’s falsetto and it just…I shudder at the thought.

1. T-Pain. Being featured on everyone’s single, producing records, hosting award shows, (sadly) bringing the vocoder into style and being a member of two supergroups is not enough for your man T-Pain. He has to be the master of the Three Ring Circus I like to call hip hop. This combined with the fuschia sequined tuxedo and matching top hat, I’d say T-Pain is doing the most right now.

23
Oct
08

BET Hip-Hop Awards…Random Thoughts

I hadn’t planned on a live blog because I didn’t plan on watching. But as usual, curiosity takes over. So, I guess I’ll post a few random thoughts as this spectacle unfolds.

I appreciate T.I. and Luda coming together for a performance. I like Luda’s look.

Someone should give DJ Khaled a spoonful of STFU.

Why is Hurricane Chris in the cipher? Why?!

I do appreciate the segments with rappers speaking on the good that they are doing in the world. Hip hop is all about helping the community.

Keri Hilson

That all might be negated because T-Pain has on a pinstripe top hat. That might be doing too much…I don’t know.

Are those people dressed like Black Panthers…stepping?!?

Keri Hilson is gorgeous.

Shawty Lo brought his high school sweethearts on stage.

Japanese MC Hime

Is it okay to thank God first if your lyrics are un-Godly?

MC Lyte is also gorgeous.

Yo-Yo?? Lady of Rage?!

Is it okay to dedicate “What a Man” to Barack Obama?

I appreciate the international cipher. Hime was kinda hot.

Is Cory Gunz confused? He looks confused.

I had to do it. Look at him!

The talking vocoder?!?!? A mess.

This is what I’ve been waiting on all night. Yes for the Chad appearance! Common is so sexy…he shouldn’t be allowed. I love this song. Pharrell, I love you but the shirt is agitating my migraine. The HELL is Lil Wayne doing?! I really appreciate N.E.R.D. rocking out at the BET Hip-Hop awards. T-Pain and Busta on stage spazzing…highlight of the night so far.

Lil’ Cease is about -3 feet tall. I swear he was tiptoeing to reach the mic.

Derek Luke as Puffy?

Lil Wayne really believes he’s a singer. That’s what is so sad about his current state.

Luda’s flow is ridiculous.

Juelz "Dip-Dip" Santana "Set-Set"

That dimple is the only thing Juelz Santana has going for him….

Yes Fabolous!!!

Alright, I have more love for T-Pain now…he called Bow Wow one of the MIDGETS in his circus!!!

Wow Bow Wow…the Christmas light piping on your outfit? How elementary. Soulja Boy has on Tony the Tiger jeans…What a way to end the show…

14
Oct
08

Seeing the Invincible Sounds of Summer

N.E.R.D. and Common on the same stage…I had to check it out, didn’t I? The show was sick. I’d seen both acts before. One of my girls was shocked at what a great performer Pharrell was but I was not. I love that the show is just about N.E.R.D. and their fans; there are no gimmicks, no props, just the music.

Common is always ill on stage. I would have liked to see more break dancing as in the past but the show was great and I will not complain. I liked his concept, no matter how cheesy it might have been at times.

11
Jun
08

Music: Seeing Sounds

Of course yesterday I went out and copped Seeing Sounds. I’ve been a fan of N.E.R.D. since before PharrellPharrell-Lapdance Video was a fashion icon…am I the only one that remembers Skateboard P with the facial hair a la “Lapdance”? That is when my musical love affair with Pharrell began. So, it was only fitting that I bought Seeing Sounds. June 10th did not come fast enough for me.

Seeing SoundsNERD described the album as music on red bull and I agree to a point. Red bull tends to be a jolt of energy and then a crash. There was no crash on this album. The production was crazy. The songs were short, sweet and straight to the point. All in all, it was a fun album. We’re finally hearing NERD work with their sound and not against it just for the hell of it. People get into making rebellious music, and start fighting against themselves.

Songs that were quickly moved to the favorites playlist on iTunes: “You Know What” “Anti Matter” and “Yeah You”.

Don’t take my word for it. Go cop the album!




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