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 »
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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.
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:: 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 »
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.
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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 »
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 »
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 »
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.’”
As the veteran (and past collaborator), Pusha T raps last and as if reclining into a chair as a confident CEO. He actually calls himself a “real-lionaire,” and he claims to dress his woman like a Build-A-Bear. In the verse before Pusha’s, A$AP Rocky set him up for success as he built momentum through a series of rhymes of refusing to be monogamous.
But in the one before his, J. Cole delivers the best of all. He responds to Kendrick Lamar‘s “Control” verse, but not just as one of the emcees who Lamar called out. Instead, as if hunched over, he imagines himself alone and hearing the good kid‘s bars in his mind, only to realize that he’s actually hearing them from his girl’s phone. He hyperventilates to the hyperactive tune of Migos‘ “Versace,” then sobs.
He sounds pissed, pathetic and, most importantly, at a breaking point that most rappers wouldn’t dare approach now. Hear Justin Timberlake’s “TKO” remix unfold after the jump. More »
There was a mini-orchestra to give the song some body, and the duo displayed a great onstage rapport, making us hope they’ll perform together more often (P&P Music Factory — you can have that one for free, guys). Amidst all that good stuff, though, the real star was those crisp hi-hats on the 808 slicing through the air.
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