Pusha T has been laying low over the past few months, but now the rapper has dropped a new track out of nowhere — “Lunch Money.” Produced by fellow G.O.O.D. Music labelmate and frequent collaborator Kanye West, the track has a weirdly bubbling, underwater sound that is laid underneath Pusha’s always-menacing flow: “This is crime by design / If the crown ain’t mine, tell me who am I behind?”
Pusha T’s debut LP My Name Is My Name was released in October 2013, and he’s been busy in the studio with Pharrell recording a follow-up. The rapper is recently featured on the mega-track “Meltdown” off the Lorde-curated Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack (released on November 17). Take a listen to “Lunch Money” after the jump! More »
After the release of the Ariana Grande and Major Lazer collaboration on “All My Love” today (November 13), yet another Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 song has surfaced! This time, it is a mega-track (and the soundtrack’s opener) with Stromae, Lorde, Pusha T, Haim and Q-Tip. Whew!
Titled “Meltdown,” the pulsating tune kicks off with Pusha T’s crisp verse that follows with the “Yellow Flicker Beat” songstress’ cooing vocals. The alt-pop sisters provide chilling harmonies, while Q-Tip brings his swagger. The Mockingjay OST drops on November 17, with tunes like CHVRCHES‘ “Dead Air” and the Lorde/Miguel/The Chemical Brothers mashup “This Is Not A Game.” Look out for Mockingjay — Part 1 when it hits theaters on November 21.
Take a listen to “Meltdown” after the jump! More »
stopped by The Tonight Show
Wednesday (April 23) to celebrate the release of Honest
by performing its agile coke anthem “Move That Dope”
(or, as it’s hilariously known when censored for radio and network TV, “Move That Doh”).
For the first time in months, Pharrell didn’t show up for a TV appearance, but Pusha T was in attendance, and The Roots filled in as the backing band. Watch the two ice cool MCs strut around the Fallon set up top. More »
set the bar high for himself during the first weekend of Coachella
, as he invited hip-hop and pop stars like Nelly
, Snoop Dogg
and Gwen Stefani
to perform Neptunes
-featured and -produced hits. For his second weekend set, though, the Virginia Beach hit-maker managed to top himself. Jay Z
joined his pal and busted out a hits medley while Usher
and Pusha T
performed song to shrieks from the crowd.
Pharrell himself sang the hooks for Jay Z songs “Excuse Me Miss,” “La La La (Excuse Me Miss Again)” and “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)”), while he also crooned Robin Thicke‘s lyrics in “Blurred Lines” before T.I. unleashed his GIF-worthy shuffle. The “Happy” singer also played hype man to Pusha T’s breakout verses from Clipse‘s “Grindin’.” For said international hit “Happy,” Pharrell pulled Earl Sweatshirt, Fonzworth Bentley (!) and Haim up on stage to dance alongside him.
Plus, after hinting of Stefani’s solo return last week, Pharrell hyped the crowd up for Usher’s follow-up to 2012′s excellent Looking 4 Myself. “Please get ready for this man’s next album,” he said. “It’s so amazing.” It was yet another reminder of how crucial he’s become to the music industry…as if the crowd needed one.
See clips of the star-studded set after the jump. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Who knew Madonna was into Game Of Thrones? The pop legend dressed as the mother of dragons herself Daenerys Targaryen for Purim and shared a pic on Instagram. What a likeness! [Vulture]
:: It’s nice to see serious artists turn into screaming fan-boys occasionally. Tyler, The Creator went crazy when Pusha T performed “Grindin’” at Spin’s SXSW party in Austin and it was all captured on film. [Spin]
:: It looks like Rihanna and Drake are officially an item. The former duet partners have been inseparable during Drizzy’s European tour and are said to be serious about making it work. Aww. [Vibe]
:: A third victim from the tragic SXSW car crash has passed away. 26-year-old Austin native Sandy Le finally succumbed to her injuries after spending several days on life support. Our condolences go out to her friends and family. [Spin]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
has premiered the video for “Move That Dope,”
his ice cold Honest
track featuring Pharrell
and Pusha T
, with production from Mike WiLL Made It
The visual, directed by Benny Boom, features the trio chilling out in a jeep, intercut with a police chase and some I Am Other branding for Pharrell. There are also cameos from Mike Will, Tyler, The Creator, Wiz Khalifa, Schoolboy Q and a Zack Morris cell phone. One person who didn’t make the cut, though, is Casino, who had a verse on the original version of the track but was excised from the video.
Check it out up top. More »
has just dropped “Move That Dope,” a mammoth
collaboration from his much-hyped Honest.
The space-rapper enlisted Pharrell
, Pusha T
and his brother Casino
on the mic, plus Mike WiLL Made It
on production. And there’s no alien crooning on this one, no feels, just straight-up crack music with four MCs flexing.
Future’s “move that dope” hook gets a little repetitive, but other than that, there’s lots to like here: from Pharrell’s boast about his “Gandalf hat” to the busy yet lurching beat. Check it out below. More »
finds yet another reason to dance in a new Beats by Dre commercial. He inspires an animated gaggle of Dr. Dre
‘s Pill speakers to dance to “Happy,
” as he had with the real-life Jimmy Kimmel
, Jamie Foxx
,Tyler, the Creator
and more in the song’s music video
. Pusha T
also appears, snapping along as he strolls through a record store aisle.
First released in May 2013, “Happy” has taken on a new and strangely wonderful life since its May release as part of the Despicable Me 2 OST. While the song was initially overlooked for Pharrell’s stand-out cameos (Daft Punk‘s “Get Lucky,” Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines” and 2 Chainz‘s “Feds Watching,” among others), “Happy” received newfound attention when it received the first-ever, 24-hour music video. It’s since earned an Oscar nomination, and it’s also to be included in Pharrell’s second solo effort, out this year. More »
announced Tuesday night (December 17) at a New York City Apple event
that he’ll be heading to the studio with The Neptunes
to begin work on his sophomore album King Push
. “On January 2nd, me, Pharrell and Chad [Hugo] are going in the studio for 20 days,” the rapper said. “That will start the King Push
It’s a reunion of sorts for the trio, as Pharrell and Hugo produced all three albums for Pusha’s rap duo Clipse. But only Pharrell linked back up with Push for his debut solo effort My Name Is My Name, producing two tracks and appearing on “S.N.I.T.C.H.” More »
wrapped up a monster tour with Lil Wayne
earlier this year, and now he’s planning his own headlining trek for early 2014. The 2 Good 2 Be T.R.U. tour hits 21 cities, beginning February 4 in Boston and wrapping up March 4 in Washington, D.C. Pusha T
, August Alsina
and Cap 1
join in the opening slots, meaning fans could potentially get a nightly rendition of “Mercy” with Push.
As for what else to expect? Let 2 Chainz explain: “The best way to describe my tour is to reference a quote from Niccolo Machiavelli, author of the The Prince, who once said ‘Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.’”
Head below for the full list of dates, and hop over to 2 Chainz’ site for ticket information. More »