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Pharrell Reveals 2 Of His Biggest Hits Were Made For Prince & CeeLo

Interviews with Pharrell Williams can be rare, but when new ones surface, they usually impart some pretty profound knowledge or perspective. That remained the case with one he did recently with Clash Magazine's Grant Brydon. The 45-year-old producer/singer from Virginia Beach revealed some pretty interesting tidbits about a couple of... Read more

Buddy Is A Potent Example Of Why West Coast Hip-Hop Is Still So Great (Video)

The Greater Los Angeles Rap scene is evolving nicely in the 2010s. Artists like Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Ty Dolla $ign, Cozz, Jay Rock, Problem, YG, Jay Worthy, and others have taken the music new places while holding legacy and tradition with care. Out of all those names, Buddy may... Read more

Did Drake Bring Malice Out Of Retirement? The Clipse Have New Music In The Chamber.

For most of the decade, The Clipse have been on ice. Pusha-T stepped forth with a bustling solo and executive career. Meanwhile, Malice (nka No Malice) penned a memoir on his personal and spiritual transformation and began making music to reflect his life outlook. In 2017, No Malice did an... Read more

Finding The GOAT Group: Clipse vs. The LOX. Who Is Better?

UPDATE: Ambrosia For Heads treats its "Finding The GOAT" battles with the utmost care for accuracy and authentic results. Over the weekend, we detected fraudulent voting in the results of our most recent battle. It was the only battle of the current tournament where voter fraud was identified. To prevent... Read more

Finding The GOAT Group: Clipse vs. The LOX. Who Is Better?

UPDATE: Ambrosia For Heads identified fraud in this poll. A new, 24-hour ballot has been created for this battle using new voting tools. Voting ends Tuesday (April 17) at the new battle poll. “Finding the GOAT Group,” the fourth installment of Ambrosia For Heads’s annual battle series features Hip-Hop’s greatest... Read more

N.O.R.E. & Pharrell Playfully Honor Robert Palmer’s Addicted To Love Video

N.O.R.E. has diversified his brand and repertoire in the 2010s. The Lefrak City, Queens rapper now reaches the masses with his Drink Champs platform alongside DJ EFN and his On The Run Eatin' food series. However, the same MC who impressed the Hip-Hop masses alongside partner Capone for C-N-N's 1997 debut, The... Read more

Andre 3000 Gives N*E*R*D His First Verse Of 2017 (Audio)

In two separate recent interviews, André 3000 has suggested that he feels out of place with making Hip-Hop music in 2017. Citing his age and a season in his life where he recently lost his parents while sending his son to college, Dre is experimenting. The Rap legend confirms he... Read more

Pusha T Details Grindin’ A Clipse Breakup Into Putting G.O.O.D. Numbers On The Board (Video)

Today, Pusha T is president of one of Hip-Hop's most recognized labels of the last dozen years. He's launched enduring fashion brands, committed himself to causes and charities, all in the path of a career built on elite Rap lyricism. In the latest episode of The Blueprint, King Push' sits... Read more

Roxanne’s Revenge: Roxanne Shanté’s Biopic Causes A Bidding War

More than one week ago (January 22), the biopic of MC Roxanne Shanté, Roxanne Roxanne, screened at the Sundance Film Festival. Produced by Shanté, Pharrell Williams, and Forest Whitaker, the film starring Mahershala Ali and Nia Long traces the story of the prodigious Juice Crew member born Lolita Gooden, and her... Read more

Roxanne Shanté’s Biopic Shows Hip-Hop History Is Incomplete Without Her Story

In 2015, the film Straight Outta Compton took N.W.A.'s story and projected it on not only film screens, but the mainstream consciousness. For a group of Gangsta Rap pioneers on an independent label, the record-setting film eclipsed the commercial success ever available to Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren,... Read more

Finding The GOAT Producer: The Neptunes vs. Just Blaze. Who Is Better?

“Finding the GOAT Producer” begins. The third installment of Ambrosia For Heads’s annual battle series features Hip-Hop’s greatest producers vying for the #1 spot. Thirty producers were pre-selected by a panel of experts, and two slots will be reserved for wild-card entries, including the possibility for write-in candidates, to ensure no deserving... Read more

O.D.B. Steps Into The Booth & Blows Pharrell’s Mind In This Throwback Footage (Video)

In 2003, the Neptunes released a compilation album called Clones, which sported appearances from Busta Rhymes, Clipse, Nas, Snoop Dogg, and more. Though perhaps best known as housing Pharrell's single "Frontin'," Clones is also where Heads can find one of the final recordings from O.D.B., the Wu-Tang Clan MC who... Read more

Pharrell & Ellen Aren’t Runnin’ From Homophobia. They Tackle It Head On. (Video)

This morning (January 5), Pharrell Williams appeared on Ellen. The Neptunes/N*E*R*D co-founder was not joined by "Runnin'" collaborator Kim Burrell, as originally planned. Earlier this week, the Grammy-nominated Gospel/Christian singer was cancelled from appearing on Ellen DeGeneres' show, following her sermon at Love and Liberty Fellowship Church International. After those... Read more

Clipse’s Second Album Turns 10 Years Old & It’s Still A Major Key (Audio)

A little over four years after making their mainstream entry with 2002's Lord Willin', Clipse returned with Hell Hath No Fury, continuing their particular brand of religious imagery mixed with uncut street hustle. Years before Young Jeezy's "snowman" persona ruled the airwaves and while Rick Ross was just a couple... Read more

Lupe Fiasco Serves Up an Oral History of “Food & Liquor” 10 Years Later (Audio)

For Lupe Fiasco fans, September 19, 2006 marked the arrival of one of the best debut albums from an MC in the 21st century. With Food & Liquor, the Chicago, Illinois storyteller was extending a discography he'd launched a year prior with his Fahrenheit 1/15 Part I: The Truth Is... Read more

The Details Behind Fast Food’s Most Famous Jingle Are Unsavory

The classic ad jingle contains two elements: a message and a tune. From a marketing standpoint, jingles are meant to get stuck in a listener's head so as to initiate a subconscious bridge between product and memory and over the years, several have transcended the world of advertising and infiltrated... Read more

Finding The GOAT Album: Jay Z’s The Blueprint vs. Scarface’s The Fix. Which Is Better?

One year ago, Ambrosia For Heads launched a debate among its readers seeking to answer one of Hip-Hop’s most hotly-contested questions: who is the greatest MC of all time? “Finding The GOAT MC” lasted between September 2014 and May 2015, engaging millions of readers and ultimately producing its winner, as... Read more

Finding The GOAT Album: Clipse’s Lord Willin’ vs. T.I.’s Paper Trail. Which Is Better?

One year ago, Ambrosia For Heads launched a debate among its readers seeking to answer one of Hip-Hop’s most hotly-contested questions: who is the greatest MC of all time? “Finding The GOAT MC” lasted between September 2014 and May 2015, engaging millions of readers and ultimately producing its winner, as... Read more

Ever Hear The Shelved ’90s Clipse LP? The Neptunes Were Down From Jump. (Album Stream)

With Pusha T slated to drop his forthcoming album on Friday (King Push: Darkest Before Dawn, December 18) and the Clipse's two hugely successful studio albums, the appeal of the Virginia Beach, Virginia duo has yet to fade away, despite brothers Pusha and No Malice (f/k/a Malice) not having worked... Read more

Pharrell Shows That Freedom Is The Key To Universal Happiness (Video)

Pharrell makes statement records. Following the infectious commercial success of "Happy" through some difficult times socially, politically, and economically across the globe, the Star Trak explorer (now plugged into I Am Other) launches "Freedom." The song is built around rich instrumentation, and a strong piano. Skateboard P's vocal delivery transcends... Read more

Puff Daddy & Pharrell Get Loose on the Latest Bad Boy Release (Audio)

Over the last 20 years, there are few hitmakers who have impacted the sound of Hip-Hop music more than Puff Daddy and Pharrell. With collaborations like Busta Rhymes' "Pass the Courvoisier," and countless solo contributions, their combined hit list is unrivaled. After taking the stage together at last night's BET... Read more

Pharrell & Robin Thicke Ordered To ‘Give It Up’ To Marvin Gaye Estate

There are "blurred lines" in regards to the adage that "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." A court has now found that Robin Thicke, Pharrell and T.I.'s 2013 hit "Blurred Lines" was too closely related to the 1977 Disco hit "Got To Give It Up," by Marvin Gaye. Per... Read more

Snoop Dogg Signs With Pharrell, Again, For An Album Called…Bush

UPDATE: Following October 2014's news that Snoop and Pharrell were back in business together (read below), some details have emerged on the forthcoming album. To be titled Bush, is due in March, 2015. Snoop reportedly confirmed this last night (January 7) at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Some... Read more

Snoop Dogg & Pharrell Have An Unreleased Song. Here’s a Snippet (Video)

Sometimes unreleased music deserves to be unreleased. Following Snoop Dogg's high-profile exodus from Death Row Records in 1998, the label released more than a few packaged albums that—while they had their moments—weren't up to snuff with Tha Doggfather and Doggystyle. These days, it appears that the S-N-double O-P might be... Read more

Eve, Madonna & Pharrell on 1 Track? The Beat is So Crazy…(Audio)

Here's a previously unreleased track produced by The Neptunes featuring Eve and Madonna. Both ladies are singing over vintage mid to late '00's Neptunes drums and chords. Check out "The Beat is So Crazy." Related: Eve Recalls Time With The Ruff Ryders & Dr. Dre With Peter Rosenberg (Video)... Read more

A VA Bounce Battle Begins With This Timbaland Vs. Neptunes Mix By Five Deez’ Pase Rock (Mixtape)

In the late 1990s, Cincinnati, Ohio was a keystone tributary to the Underground Hip-Hop movement's pinnacle. The River City produced DJ Hi-Tek (Reflection Eternal, Mood, Black Star), as well as Anticon co-founder Dose.One and others. Blueprint would relocate to Cincy from nearby Columbus, Ohio, along with Illogic, forming the Greenhouse... Read more

The Neptunes’ Chad Hugo Remixes A Bouncy New Joint From Little Dragon (Audio)

Swedish band Little Dragon have been on Heads' radar for some time. If the four albums made by the Electronic/Rock outfit haven't stood on their own, Yukimi Nagano's vocals (with the band's thumping basslines) have been heard alongside Big Boi in videos since before even Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors,... Read more

Mary J. Blige Links With Some Smooth Pharrell Production For A Jam About Missed Connections (Audio)

Everybody's had those missed connections. Since before the days of Craigslist, there have been those fatalistic encounters with others that pass all too quickly, without contact information exchanged. For the Think Like A Man Too Soundtrack, Mary J. Blige and Pharrell Williams recount experiences in a song called "See That... Read more

Pharrell Makes An Open-Letter Visual To All The G I R L S He’s Loved Before (Video)

From "Rump Shaker" to "Excuse Me Miss," Pharrell Williams has over 20 years of celebrating the female form through music. In the wake of his G I R L album, complete with its artwork and complementary visuals, Skateboard P continues to salute the fairer sex. "Dear G I R L" is... Read more

In A Genre Where “Nobody’s Smilin’,” Pharrell Has Another Happy-Go-Lucky Record (Audio)

Have you found yourself in the car, seeking through stations, getting Pharrell's "Happy" on every spin of the roulette wheel? It feels like for more than two months, this Head has. Well, it wasn't a one-off. At a time when there are certainly sad albums, break-up albums, and mourning albums,... Read more

Pharrell Tastefully Celebrates the Beauty of Women in the Video for Marilyn Monroe (Video)

Pharrell's G I R L sophomore solo album suggested a lot with its artwork, title, and tracklist. The video to single "Marilyn Monroe" continues this theme that Skateboard P still loves "nice things" and beautiful women, as he visits a dance studio full of belles for some inspiration. Related: Does... Read more

Does Pharrell Have His Next Crossover Hit With Major Lazer In The Graffiti-Inspired Aerosol Can? (Video)

As Diplo continues to amass Hip-Hop production credits with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Wale, and Yelawolf, Diplo's Mad Decent Records artists continue to gain recognition. One of the stars on the label is Major Lazer, the trio of Jillionaire, Walshy Fire and Diplo has made noise working with Snoop,... Read more

Kendrick Spazzes Out With Alicia Keys On The Pharrell-Produced New Spiderman Anthem (Audio)

Many times, rapping (even incredibly dope, innovative, skillful rapping) comes after the chorus, tucked away in the song when it comes to mainstream R&B/Pop/Hip-Hop blends. This is not at all the case with the single from The Amazing Spiderman 2 film. Kendrick Lamar goes in to the nucleus to kick... Read more

No Malice Puts Clipse Fans’ Hopes To Bed. “Being Very Clear” (Video)

Like all great groups (Outkast, A Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang Clan), The Clipse are currently sending some mixed messages in regards to their status. Both Pusha T and No Malice released studio albums in 2013, with very different sounds and messages. Push appeared on Mal's Hear Ye Him, which went... Read more

80s Slow Jam Lovers Will Groove Along To This Soul Train-Inspired Pharrell Happy Remix (Audio)

Atlanta, Georgia party-rockers ForteBowie are known throughout Fulton and Dekalb counties. However, following this flip of Pharrell's Oscar-nominated "Happy," word is expanding. This "1988 Soul Train Remix" features a flip of Keith Sweat's Make it Last Forever in a way that would make father Don Cornelius proud. If Pharrell is... Read more

Does Pharrell Have His Next Major Hit In The Brand New Justin Timberlake Assist? (Audio)

Pharrell's timeless ear for Dance music is on fire like never before. While the Virginia native has long dominated radio with his percussion-driven jams, 2013 saw Skateboard P bring Disco back, in a number of facets with a series of artists ranging from Daft Punk to Robin Thicke to Nelly.... Read more

Pharrell Welcomes Audiences To Meet His GIRL (Album Stream)

Next week, in addition to Rick Ross' Mastermind, Heads will have an opportunity to listen, support and absorb Pharrell's sophomore solo album, GIRL. The sneak-attack announcement by The Neptunes' front-man was made less than two weeks ago. Now, Skateboard treats iTunes users to an early listen of the LP featuring... Read more

Pharrell Unveils GIRL Tracklist, The Guests May Surprise You, Or Maybe Not

Pharrell dropped a cinderblock on the month of March this week, when he announced his sophomore solo album, G I R L, with just over two weeks until release date. The Neptune with the 400-gallon hat repped hard in 2013, and at the Grammy Awards in conjunction with the year.... Read more

Pharrell Is The Latest Household Name To Go The Surprise Album Route (Video)

As he's done many times before, with many different sounds and styles, Pharrell Williams really hit his stride in 2013. From work with Daft Punk, Robin Thicke, 2 Chainz, and Nelly, you couldn't seem to listen to a radio spot (on any station) without hearing The Neptunes' front-man. Well, outside... Read more

Three 6 Mafia May Not Be Alone, As Pharrell Is Nominated For An Oscar Award

The 86th Academy Awards nominations were announced this morning. While The Wolf Of Wall Street, Her, and American Hustle colored the Best Picture category, Hip-Hop Heads saw a familiar name further in the nominations. Pharrell Williams' song "Happy" from Despicable Me 2, has been nominated for Best Original Song. The... Read more

Pusha T’s Sessions With The Neptunes Is Actually A Reunion For The Clipse?

Late last week, AFH reported that Pusha T was back in the lab with his mentors Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo. As The Neptunes, P and Chad had been working with Pusha Ton since the late '90s, during The Clipse's first (shelved) LP. Well, Karen Civil, a woman in the... Read more

Pharrell Has That Grocery Store Joy In Happy (Video)

Pharrell is having one of the best years ever. For one of his Despicable Me 2 soundtrack jams, Skateboard P has some Fairway fun, or some Acme amazement in this simple, but joyous visual. You can really catch the vibe in this pure display of Soul satisfaction. Even if you're... Read more

Pharrell Interviews Spike Lee About Filmmaking, NYC ’77 (Video)

You'd be hard-pressed to find two more versatile, dynamic artists than Spike Lee and Pharrell Williams. Both of these men draw influence from an array of cultures, styles, social attitudes, and more. In an Interview magazine style setting, Skateboard P sits down with Spike Lee to discuss what prompted the... Read more

Aloe Blacc – Love Is The Answer ft Pharrell

Twice, Stones Throw Records has helped skilled underground Hip-Hop artists hone their abilities in the renaissance genre of Soul music. Following the crossover success of Athletic Mic League's Mayer Hawthorne, Emanon's Aloe Blacc found a major hit in 2010's "I Need A Dollar." Now teaming up with Avicii and Pharrell... Read more

Nelly – Rick James ft T.I. (Prod. Pharrell)

Pharrell Williams is having the kind of year that Timbaland had in 2006. Nothing—nothing isn't working for this 20-plus year veteran behind the boards. Pharrell helped make Daft Punk a household name, again (on two different records). He gave Robin Thicke a single so good that my 62-year-old mother is... Read more

Stalley – Everything New

Here's some new Stalley. It's produced by Chad Hugo from The Neptunes and it's got that BOOM BAP to it. Check out Everything New, from Stalley's upcoming Savage Journey to the American Dream album.... Read more