Pharrell’s inaugural Something In The Water Festival had a rough day on Friday as the festival was forced to cancel its opening day before it even began as heavy rain, winds and lighting made for especially dangerous conditions. That all changed on Saturday as the sun came out and an amazing lineup of artists blessed the stage to put on a show that Virginia Beach would not soon forget.
With performances from Travis Scott, SZA, ASAP Ferg and a huge set from Pharrell with guest appearances by Jay Z, Diddy, Tyler The Creator, Usher, Missy Elliott and Snoop Dogg (to name a few), Something In The Water made up for Friday’s rain cancellation and then some!
Check out our photos from Saturday’s lineup at Something In The Water below.
If Camila Cabello wasn’t busy enough, on a huge stadium tour in support of Taylor Swift, the ‘Never Be The Same’ singer released her highly anticipated track, ‘Sangria Wine’.
Featuring the uber talented and never aging Pharrell, the duo makes for a great pairing on the addictive song, which features vocals in both English and Spanish. After performing the track on her headlining tour this past spring, fans couldn’t wait for the release of the collaboration, so many were more than excited about the release.
Pharrell brought out the best surprise guest that Rolling Loud could ask for last night, and it’s not the type of person you’d expect. Rather than bring out another rapper, Pharrell Williams went a few steps further for N.E.R.D’s set at Rolling Loud in Miami.
After talking about the state of our country and all the tragedy around us, Pharrell invited the “Waffle House Hero”, James Shaw Jr., to join him on stage. Williams commended him for his bravery and public service, after Shaw not only disarmed a gunman at a Waffle House this past month but also raised money for the victim’s funeral costs.
Rolling Loud was witness to a true hero and a rap legend on Friday night.
Ahead of their anticipated performance at ComplexCON, N.E.R.D, which is comprised of Pharrell, Chad Hugo and Shay Hayley, has returned with their first new track since 2010.
With a rare rap verse from Rihanna, ‘Lemon’ has that classic N.E.R.D sound, proving that the trio hasn’t lost a step. Although Pharrell confirmed that the group was working on new music in 2015, the new record still comes as a big surprise to music fans everywhere. Let’s just hope that an entire album and a forthcoming tour will soon follow.
During Fools Gold’s“Holy Ship” rap party last year, Pharrell played an unreleased (what sounds like) Fabolous track which can now be identified as having the same instrumental as Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly track ‘Alright’, where Pharrell has a production credit alongside producer Soundwave. You can check out a snippet of the Fabolous track in the video below (at the beginning) and compare it to Kendrick’s ‘Alright’, which is available now on iTunes. Although this isn’t a totally uncommon practice in rap, both tracks share a beat and hook, so let’s hope that Fabolous had no legal rights to the track, or Pharrell’s bank account may take another hit.
A jury today found that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams got to give it up (it being roughly $7.4 million dollars), as they decided that Thicke and Pharrell’s track ‘Blurred Lines’ infringed upon Marvin Gaye’s 1977 ‘Got To Give It Up’ record. After weeks in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, the jurors awarded over $4 million in damages to the Gaye family, deciding that the infringement was not innocent (but also not willful). A crucial piece of evidence were interviews of Thicke and Williams saying they were inspired by Marvin Gaye and that they wanted to channel Gaye’s ‘Got to Give It Up’. Today may not only be a big loss for Thicke and Pharrell’s bank accounts but also for producers everywhere who want to blur the line between permissible and impermissible sampling of records. Compare the two tracks below.
In the past few hours the winners were released for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, and already a lot of disagreement is surrounding some of the picks. While music is subjective in many ways, you of course can never make everyone happy. However, this year seems to be especially bad. Personally, I did not agree with almost all albums that were given a Grammy this year, so I was curious to see what the top critics in music thought.
Check out the first N.E.R.D. (Pharrell, Chad Hugo, Shay Haley) song in 5 years, as the legendary trio joins for their track ‘Squeeze Me’, off the upcoming Spongebob Squarepants movie (not a typo). Stream the new track of the movies upcoming soundtrack below.
If you haven’t heard, Pharrell has signed Snoop Dogg to his i am OTHER record label, for the release of Snoop Dogg’s next album. The ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’ collaborators have been friends for many years and this deal marks a major step in their work together. However, while the two are both legends in the hip-hop world, given the turn Snoop has taken in the past few years, at the core this is not a good look for Pharrell.