While producer/rapper Pharrell Williams may be at work with fellow artist Jay-Z the specifics remain scarce because when asked by Rap-Up.com if he’s working on anything with Jay-Z, Pharrell simply revealed that he’s “sworn to secrecy.”
Although Pharrell remained tight-lipped while speaking on his work with Jay-Z he did speak a little more in-depth on the other artists he’s working with including i am OTHER artist Leah LaBelle.
“She’s incredible. Like we couldn’t believe it. And when we chased it down and finally talked it was like cool. And she sings her ass off,” said Pharrell.
Pharrell then went on to rattle off the names of artists he’s been working with this year. He also revealed that he’s working a lot more with fellow The Neptunes partner Chad Hugo.
“Well the new Leah album, Leah LaBelle. New Mac Miller, Pink Slime. Chad and I have been doing a whole lot of work together,” Pharrell explained. “New Miguel, new Jay, new Usher, new Scissor Sisters. Mary song’s crazy too. Wiz Khalifa, Rick Ross.”
Jay-Z says that his success as an artist is a sign of Hip Hop’s triumph in America, not just his own achievement.
It’s been nearly a month since Jay-Z first announced his partnering with Budweiser to curate the “Made In America” Festival, and with tickets still available, fans are still chomping at the bit for more from the Brooklyn rapper. Now, in the wake of the festival announcement, Hova reflects on his long road to the top.
Jay explained to MTV that he doesn’t feel that his success as an individual artist is separate from Hip Hop. He said that he feels that he doesn’t operate separately from Hip Hop culture in anyway, so that in a sense, his personal triumphs are a benefit for the entirety of the Hip Hop community.
“I’m not jaded by the whole process,” he said. “I’m a fan of the journey as well. I see myself as part of the collective of Hip Hop. I don’t see myself as a thing that operates outside of it. So when I do these sort of things [like Budweiser's 'Made In America' Festival], I’m like, ‘Man, we’ve come a long way.’”
Big Sean discusses his sophomore set, “Finally Famous 2.”
As Big Sean celebrates his hit song, “Dance (A$$ Rmx) ” hitting the double platinum mark, the young emcee readies his sophomore album, Finally Famous 2.
During an interview on Power 106 Los Angeles with Yesi Ortiz and Justin Credible, the G.O.O.D. Music emcee was asked whether Nicki Minaj would make an appearance on his next album. “Probably so,” he replied. “We’ve got a couple of things in the works, so we just gotta see how it comes out. She’s the homie though. Shout out to her.”
Sean also confirmed that he would be working with No I.D. again for his next project. “Of course. No I.D., Kanye. Working with a lot of new producers. Working with my producer Key Wayne, my homie Jalil…who else? We’ve been in there with lots of people. We’ve been in there with Salaam Remi, Young Chop…just a lot of new producers.”
The Detroit emcee stated that it was even possible that Justin Bieber would appear on his new project. “Shout out to Justin Bieber. That’s my homie, too. We got something in the works. You’re gonna see it sooner or later. Either my album or his album.”
Lupe Fiasco previews the LP for his label Atlantic Records.
Lupe Fiasco has revealed that he has completed recording his new album Food & Liquor 2: Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 and is previewing the project for his label Atlantic Records in New York City, New York.
Announcing the news on Twitter, Lu revealed that the LP is “in NYC” and that he’s having the “1st Label Listening Session” for the follow up to Lasers.
For the release of Lasers, the Chicago, Illinois rapper’s LP was delayed on account of the imprint. With Food & Liquor 2, Lu said that the only thing that could keep it from releasing would be whether or not it’s a double-disc project.
“Food & Liquor 2 is done. Release date? I dunno. Let’s just say…July,” he said during a recent performance. “The only thing that’s holding Food & Liquor 2 up…is whether or not it’s gonna be a double CD or not.”