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Pharrell & Migos Make A Jam Called Stir Fry. It’s Hot & Spicy Funk (Audio)

UPDATE: Migos release the music video for "Stir Fry" which is a single from the now-available Culture II: ORIGINAL DECEMBER 20 STORY: After dropping their chart-topping, Grammy-nominated sophomore record Culture at the top of 2017, Migos is back and ready to make waves once again with their follow-up sequel. The... Read more

N*E*R*D Hand Kendrick Lamar The Mic Again. Their Second Collabo Flies (Audio)

Life is too short to listen to bad music. So…let AFH fight through it for you and only supply you with that great stuff. Despite the reports, Hip-Hop is alive and well and, in many ways, is better than it’s ever been. Not only are we able to go back... 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

Kendrick Lamar & N*E*R*D’s Collabo Is Inspired By Lethal Law Enforcement Stops (Audio)

Life is too short to listen to bad music. So…let AFH fight through it for you and only supply you with that great stuff. Despite the reports, Hip-Hop is alive and well and, in many ways, is better than it’s ever been. Not only are we able to go back... 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

N*E*R*D Return With A New Bounce That’s Got Rihanna Rapping (Video)

In the early 2000s, N*E*R*D put forth one of the ultimate fusions of Hip-Hop, Rock & Roll, and Pop. Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Shay Haley brought their infectious Neptunes rhythms and melodies to the live stage. Two gold albums followed, along with major radio singles that showed just another room... Read more

Vic Mensa Holds Nothing Back On His New Single. The Autobiography Is Personal (Audio)

Life is too short to listen to bad music. So...let AFH fight through it for you and only supply you with that great stuff. Despite the reports, Hip-Hop is alive and well and, in many ways, is better than it's ever been. Not only are we able to go back and... Read more

Rock Star: Pharrell’s Childhood Story To Be Adapted Into Major Film Musical

Long before he donned some pretty memorable accessories, Pharrell Williams wore many hats. Fifteen years ago, emerging from hit-production duo The Neptunes, the Virginia Beach native built a full-on Rock force with N*E*R*D, he established his Star Trak label (which was hard at work with The Clipse, Fam-Lay, and Roscoe... 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

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

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

15 Years Ago, Mystikal Told Us To Bounce Back Up When Knocked Down (Video)

Fifteen years ago this Sunday (December 18), New Orleans, Louisiana native Mystikal dropped Tarantula, his fifth and final studio album to date. Its lead single, “Bouncin’ Back (Bumpin’ Me Against The Wall),” is like an early-2000s time capsule, from Mystikal’s erratic flow to the track’s bouncy Neptunes beat. It was... Read more

The Internet Turn N.E.R.D.’s “Tape You” Into A Laid-Back Soulful Groove (Video)

When Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo released their album In Search Of..., nearly 15 years ago, as part of their group N.E.R.D., they were in the midst of one of the most dominating runs of any production outfit. As The Neptunes, Chad and Pharrell were crafting hits for Jay Z,... Read more

Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city vs. Clipse’s Lord Willin’. 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

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

Pharrell May Have Another One Courtesy Of The Ever-Funky OverDoz (Audio)

OverDoz. is a name to write down right now. The Los Angeles, California quartet of Creamie, Kent Jamz, Joon, and P have worked with Terrace Martin, A$AP Ferg, and now Pharrell. Whether the wavy viral vibes of "Lauren London" or the oddball didactic rapping of "Killer Tofu," the crew shows... Read more

Do Snoop Dogg & Pharrell Have Another Hit? Leave It To The Pros (Audio)

Snoop Dogg is the comeback master. Whether his albums are experimental or returns to early form, Tha Doggfather is able to always please enough masses in certain moments to reclaim the high-ranking post he's had in Hip-Hop and music for more than 23 years. BUSH (May 12) follows what may... 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

Pharrell’s Happy Is The Best Selling Song On iTunes In 2014

Released in November of 2013, Pharrell's "Happy," the lead-single from his sophomore album, G I R L, takes the honors of being iTunes' best-selling song of 2014, per a XXL report. Written and produced by Pharrell, the I Am Other launchpad also took top-steaming honors for '14 on the Spotify platform.... Read more

Stevie Wonder, Pharrell & Sam Smith Cover A Beach Boys Classic (Video)

The Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" is one of the most heartfelt Pop songs of the last 50 years. So much so that Statik Selektah wove in elements in his jut-grabbing collaboration from De La Soul's Posdnuos and UGK's Bun B. Stevie Wonder, a true Beach Boys contemporary who joined... Read more

Pharrell Embraces The Autumn With A Gust Of Wind (Video)

Pharrell's bigger-than-life presentation of G I R L continues with "Gust Of Wind." The latest single from the blockbuster album includes autumnal nymphs, choreography—and you guessed it, another leather full-brimmed hat in the visual. This LP anticipates year-round play... Related: T.I. and Pharrell Say Don’t Do Business Until Your Paperwork... 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

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

Usher & Nicki Minaj Interpolate A S.O.S. Band Classic On Another Pharrell Time Machine (Audio)

Pharrell's production over the last 18 months has been interesting. The N*E*R*D front-man drew very close to Marvin Gaye's 1977 wallflower-directed "Got To Give It Up" on Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," causing Thicke—who added a stylized delivery, to get some criticism from some purists. Now, Pharrell cooks up Usher's latest... 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’s Apollo Concert Is Available In Full Stream & Directed By Spike Lee (Video)

American Express's #AmexUNSTAGED is an incredibly dope concert series pairing innovative, chart-topping artists with exciting musical halls and cinematic visionaries for a very public, unedited, concert in full. After doing The Roots & John Legend's Amex-backed show some years back, iconic filmmaker Spike Lee hops on to show the light... 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

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

How Did Pharrell React To Watching Kanye West Rap Never Let Me Down For The First Time? Watch (Video)

With all the attention on Kanye West's College Dropout this month, one track that deserves special mention is "Never Let Me Down." The Jay Z-assisted moment, which closed with a powerful Spoken Word piece by J. Ivy was a stellar album cut on the 2004 Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam Records debut. But... Read more

Did You Know Snoop is 0-16 at the Grammys? Pharrell Explains Why He Shouldn’t Care (Video)

GGN TV has really got something. Presumably during the Grammy Awards weekend, Pharrell Williams stopped by to kick it with Snoop Dogg. The longtime friends and collaborators trade compliments on their timeless music, and devoted care for the craft. During the discussion, Snoop reveals that he's never won a Grammy... 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

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

Daft Punk – Lose Yourself To Dance ft Pharrell & Nile Rodgers (Video)

When the year ends, one of the must-buy albums of 2013 will likely still be Daft Punk's Random Access Memories. The French production/DJ duo has been on my radar since MTV's short-lived "12 Angry Viewers" days (I also remember first seeing Eminem that way). However, thanks to J Dilla and... Read more