Pharrell and Moncler to launch sunglasses collection

Pharrell and Moncler to launch sunglasses collection

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Like his music, Pharrell’s style is admired and respected throughout the industry. From working with Louis Vuitton and Japanese designer Nigo, to his fashions on red carpets and music videos, the guy’s style is untouchable.

With 2013 serving as an awesome year for the 40-year-old, he continues to conquer the year with his next fashion feat.

At a press conference in Paris, the singer/producer confirmed he is collaborating with French label Moncler for a line of unisex titanium sunglasses. 

The collection will include three designs of sci-fi , traditional, and futuristic inspirations, with one piece of titanium creating each frame.

The Pharrell and Moncler collection will arrive in the fall. However, spectators at the opening of Moncler’s flagship location in Paris got a sneak peek of the trendy shades. 

According to Women’s Wear Daily, the artist also hinted at a collaboration with Google Glass at the press conference. 

“I know they’ve asked me about it,” Pharrell said. “Maybe there could be a collaboration there — you know, tech.”

Check out the collection’s designs and promotional video below. 

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Moncler and Pharrell’s collaboration:

http://youtu.be/dIk_Uac9aOc

2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher Lineup Revealed

2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher Lineup Revealed

2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards Show Cypher (Pyramid Atlanta)

After Saturday night’s taping of the 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta, the full lineup of the award show’s cypher segment has been revealed, with Slaughterhouse, the men of the Real Husbands of Hollywood, TDE and Lil Kim among the participants. 

Cypher 1 – Wax, Rapsody, Emis Killa, Rittz and Jon Connor

Cypher 2 – A$AP Mob: Ferg, Twelvyy, Nast, Ant and Rocky

Cypher 3 – Action Bronson, Sprite Contest Winner, Star Life Breezy,Travis $cott, Tiffany Foxx, and Lil Kim

Cypher 4 – Slaughterhouse: Joell Ortiz, Crooked I, Royce da 5’9″and Joe Budden

Cypher 5 – TDE: ScHoolBoy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad and Kendrick Lamar

Cypher 6 – Real Husbands Of Hollywood: Chocolate Drop (Kevin Hart), Nick Cannon, Nelly, Boris Kodjoe, Dwayne Martin and JB Smooth

Cypher 7 – Asia Sparks, Bad Lucc, Problem and Astro

The 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards show will air on the network on October 15th. 

What do you think of the cypher’s lineup?

The Evolution of Pharrell: A Look at Pharrell’s Musical Progression

The Evolution of Pharrell: A Look at Pharrell’s Musical Progression
Pharrell Williams (Pyramid Atlanta)

Pharrell has left his fingerprints all over the music industry and has successfully crossed over into every major musical genre, from hip hop to funk to rock and even pop. His distinctive sound makes his music stand out like a sore thumb among an industry where mainstream music is becoming so bland. His versatility and dynamic sounds has allowed him to cross racial barriers to help bring people together all in the name of good music.

Pharrell, Billionaire Boys Club (Pyramid Atlanta)It is not hard to see how successful Pharrell has been in terms of his musical career but he has also build an entire empire separate from his musical empire. He also co-founded the Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream Footwear clothing brands and has a boutique in New York City.

In 2008, he co-signed for a series of jewelry and sunglasses for Louis Vuitton. He has also worked on furniture with Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin and Domeau & Pérès, a french manufactuer. One of his pieces of furniture includes a molded, plastic chair where the legs depict a sexual scene between a man and a woman. Pharrell was also voted “Best Dressed Man in the World” by Esquire.

Pharrell (via Pyramid Atlanta)But Pharrell’s rise to fame was not an overnight success story. Pharrell came from humble beginnings being born in Virginia Beach, VA to Carolyn and Pharaoh Williams, and school teacher and handy man. He was the oldest of three sons. He took interest in music at a young age began playing the keyboard and drums. He meets his future band mate and lifelong friend Chad Hugo at a seventh grade band camp, where Hugo played the tenor saxophone.

In the 90’s, Williams and Hugo formed the quartet The Neptunes, with close friends Shay Haley and Mike Etheridge. The Neptunes entered a high school talent competition and was discovered and signed by Teddy Riley. Pharrell was able to branch off and establish himself as a young writer and rapper. He wrote a verse for Wrecks-N-Effect’s hit “Rump Shaker” and he also performed on SWV‘s “Right Here (UK Remix),” but was not able to gain much recognition for his lyrical talents just yet.

Over the upcoming years, Pharrell went on to work with the biggest artist of our time. Pharrell and Hugo had established themselves as a production duo under their old name The Neptunes, and they went to produce songs for Blackstreet,Mase, and N.O.R.E, establishing the distinctive “neptune sound”. Using this unique sound, Pharrell established himself as a lead contender in music production. The Neptunes would go on to be name “Producers Of The Year” in 2002 at the Source Awards and at the Grammy’s.

Under The Neptune reign, Pharrell produces songs and albums for the biggest artist. From Gwen Stefani, Kanye West, Snoop Dog, Madonna, Beyoncé, The Hives, Maroon 5, Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, The Game, Jay-z, Miley Cyrus, Solange Knowles, Usher, Frank Ocean, and his own group N.E.R.D

Because of Pharrell’s ability to step outside of the box that many other artists would never dream of doing, he was able to appeal to audiences around the world. He crossed racial barriers by working with artist like Miley Cyrus, Gwen Stefani, N.E.R.D, and Jennifer Lopez. He is constantly re-evaluating his sound to keep it current and interesting. For instance, when N.E.R.D released their first album, Pharrell made the decision to re-produce the album with a different sound and brought in rock group SKYMOB to achieve this new sound.

Pharrell and Hugo met rap duo The Clipse, and they were signed to Arista Records through Pharrell’s Star Trek Entertainment imprint. The Clipse released their commercial album Lord Willin’. Lord Willin’ started off at #1 on the Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hip charts and #4 on the Billboard 200. Their single Grindin’ became one of the biggest hits of 2002, once again proving how gifted Pharrell was as a producer. You can actually remember beating the notorious “Grindin” beat on your school desk or in the cafeteria during lunch. This smash hit helped re-introduce Pharrell to the hip-hip world and gained his major recognition.

Jay-Z later collaborated with Pharrell and The Neptunes on Pharrell’s first solo single, “Frontin,'” where he is the actually writer, producer, and rapper/singer for the track. “Frontin'” was one of the biggest summer hits of 2003 and it was even the 34th biggest selling single of 2003, according to Billboard,  debuting at #5 on the charts and peaking at #1 on R&B/Hip-Hop charts in the U.S. It also did really well on the UK charts, peaking at #10 on the Official UK charts and spent 10 weeks on the top 75. “Frontin” is Pharrell’s biggest hit to date.

“Frontin'” served as a catalyst for Pharrell’s solo career proving that he could master it all. On September 9, 2005, Pharrell released his first solo album but it did very poorly in the US, reaching only #48 on the charts. But he didn’t let that stop him from taking his career to the next level.

Pyramid AtlantaMostly recently, Pharrell, alongside the King of the South, T.I., performed on Robin Thicke’s hit single, “Blurred Lines,” which has received worldwide recognition and peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and it had reached #1 in 13 other countries.

“Blurred Lines” serves as Pharrell’s third Billboard Hot 100 number one single, and on June 29 of this year, Pharrell become the 12th artist to hold the #1 and #2 positions with “Blurred Lines” and “Get Lucky” in the charts history.

In the areas of production, writing, style and more, the artist is a force to be reckoned with; and as 2013 becomes a great year for Pharrell, he shows no evidence of stopping.

The Plug: Meet Quintin Lee

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Inspired by the likes of Andre 3000, Kanye West, A Tribe Called Quest and Nas, Quintin Lee is a breath of fresh air compared to your typical rapper.

Quintin was born in Oakland, California in 1993 to hip hop loving parents that influenced his early love for music. Years later, his family would migrate to the south where Quintin took up the saxophone and was rooted in the early fundamentals of jazz.

His keen ear for music and improvisational DSC_0077skills soon lead him in the path of rap, where his early influences set him apart from his peers.

Currently in college, this Atlanta native has two mixtapes under his belt entitled “School Daze” and “Eleven Plus Two = Twelve Plus One” as well as several features with artists from all over the country. This 20-year-old may be young, but his talent and potential proves his worth as a rising star.

Get to know the sounds of Quintin Lee below.

[Mixtape] Chuuwee & Shae Money – The Great GatZby

[Mixtape] Chuuwee & Shae Money – The Great GatZby

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The likes of Denver and Sacramento have teamed up to conceptually present hip-hop’s version of a classic story.

As the duo SMC, Sac-town rapper Chuuwee and Denver rapper/producer Shae Money present their latest mixtape offering, The Great GatZby. 

The project is their debut collaborative release that uses dope production, impressive bars and fitting samples to tell a street rendition of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. 

The two also call upon the likes of DJ Ready Cee, Planet Asia, Robb PeezySkyzoo, Ruste Juxx and Sean Price for features throughout the set.

Check out the duo’s dope project below.

DIY Corner: Collar Necklace Tutorial

DIY Corner: Collar Necklace Tutorial 

Courtesy of Beadandcord.com

Courtesy of Beadandcord.com

In just six foolproof steps, you can take an outdated blouse from blah to bling-tastic by repurposing it into a unique and versatile piece of statement jewelry, that’s perfect for layering with your favorite fall knits!      

What You’ll Need:

  • Collared Shirt
  • Various-sized Beads
  • Needle & Thread
  • Scissors

Time To Make It:

  1. Cut the collar off the shirt, right under the band seam.

**Make sure you do not cut off both the top button and button hole!**

  1. Lay the collar flat on top of a stable work surface.
  2. Arrange the beads on the collar in your desired pattern.
  3. Snap a picture of the pattern, so you can refer back to it.
  4. Sew the beads to the collar, securing each bead twice. 

**Make sure you run the needle through only the top layer of fabric!**

  1. Remove the button and replace it with a large bead.
  2. Rock this accessory with a scoop-neck sweater, floral-print denim, and oxford flats. 

Have You Heard: ScHoolboy Q’s ‘Banger (MOSHPIT)?’

Have You Heard: ScHoolboy Q’s ‘Banger (MOSHPIT)?’

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After hitting up Twitter with promises of a new ScHoolboy Q record while we await his album’s release, CEO of Top Dawg Entertainment Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith did not let fans down.

This week, ScHoolboy Q gives us something to vibe to until his Oxymoron project finally drops, with his latest tHe renegades-produced record, “Banger (MOSHPIT).” 

The release of Oxymoron, the rapper’s third studio album, was delayed due to sample clearance issues.

ScHoolboy Q always delivers, so peep the “Banger (MOSHPIT)” record below.