Grammy Award winning music icon Pharrell Williams has officially announced the launch of his creative venture, the i am OTHER YouTube channel. Williams describes the new endeavor as “a cultural movement dedicated to Thinkers, Innovators and Outcasts.” The newest addition to Pharrell’s i am OTHER brand, the YouTube channel, is part of Google’s initiative to create channels with original programming. Its line-up includes the critically acclaimed web series Awkward Black Girl, exclusive interviews from eccentric music journalist Nardwuar, new fan favorite Stereotypes and exclusive videos from Williams about everything from music to food. The channel will also feature significant viewer participation. Creative minds will have the opportunity to interact with Williams within a community of self-defined OTHERS.
“The idea for i am OTHER really came from the fans. They often say I inspired them to think outside the box and I wanted to establish a creative collective which represents that same philosophy,” says Williams. “I believe individuality is the new wealth and I am dedicated to creating and supporting projects that encourage originality.” His manifesto about the OTHERS, people who defy expectations and stereotypes, can be found at iamOTHER.com
The programs on i am OTHER’s YouTube channel explore the pursuit of individuality, the defiance of expectations, and the arrival of a new class of visionaries. By celebrating creative pursuits of all kinds, the channel will showcase the architects of global culture, music, fashion, and the arts. Shows now airing on the channel include the cult sensation Awkward Black Girl from filmmaker Issa Rae. The Stanford graduate created the scripted comedy to test her theory that “we’re all awkward.”
"We are so thrilled and excited to be a part of the i am OTHER family! I initially created this series because I didn't feel represented on "mainstream" TV. We decided it was best to keep Awkward Black Girl on the web for a second season because we wanted executives and fans to understand that you can be "Awkward" and "OTHER" without having to compromise,” says Issa Rae, creator and star of Awkward Black Girl. “Joining the i am OTHER family is truly a perfect match because from day one they GOT IT.”
Other YouTube shows include:
OTHER x Hypebeast blends the OTHER philosophy with the global media platform Hypebeast.com and its contributions to today’s lifestyle and fashion landscape. The show features a range of tastemakers and influencers in various fields including fashion, film, and technology.
Nardwuar Vancouver-based Nardwuar, one of the most fascinating and well-respected voices in media today, will bring his unique style of music journalism to the channel with exclusive interviews.
Voice of Art follows artists as they execute their own brand of activism by shining a light on their chosen social issue. Through carefully crafted events (concert, exhibition, or demonstration), these artists execute awareness campaigns to engage viewers in a global dialogue.
Boy Genius Report is a weekly conversation hosted by tech guru Jonathan Geller respected for his acclaimed website, bgr.com. Geller will highlight new and noteworthy developments in technology from an insider’s perspective.
Stereotypes tests assumptions about musical tastes based on physical appearance. With man on the street interviews in NYC, the show hits various neighborhoods to discover how bias plays into preconceived notions of fellow New Yorkers.
State of the Union is an intimate weekly report from the desk of i am OTHER President Pharrell Williams. These short clips share what's on his mind—everything from his favorite snacks to fashion must-haves.
Cloudy is a short by FriendsWithYou, Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III. This short is an exploration into the Clouds. A sweet visual sounds cape that takes the viewer through a personal journey into the sky. Sing, dance and relax as you follow a sweet cast of clouds and raindrops through an entrancing adventure you'll wish to take over and over again.
ABOUT PHARRELL WILLIAMS:
Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter/producer Pharrell Williams has made history for being one of the most successful and prolific artists to emerge during the last decade. As half of the beat-making duo The Neptunes with Chad Hugo and the alternative rock trio N.E.R.D. with Chad and childhood friend Shae Haley, Pharrell has helped A-List pop stars sell millions of albums and even earned Grammy Awards for the likes of Justin Timberlake, Nelly, and Usher.
William’s unique style and creative aesthetic has been a force in several successful businesses outside the world of music. These include founding the popular clothing brands, Billionaire Boys Club and ICE CREAM, as well as designing limited edition jewelry and accessories for Louis Vuitton. In collaboration with French furniture makers Domeau & Peres, Pharrell designed a collection of chairs called “Perspective” which debuted at the prestigious Emmanuel Perrotin Galerie in Paris. Pharrell followed up with a second chair design for the Emmanuel Perrotin Galerie called "Tank" which was released in 2009. He recently teamed up with Domeau & Pérès and Brooklyn Machine Works to create limited edition ‘Velo’ bikes. Williams also partnered with Tokyo born artist Takashi Murakami to create the artwork entitled “Simple Things” kicking off the official opening of Art Basel Switzerland in 2009. The sculpture was manufactured by Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd in collaboration with Jacob & Co.
He recently scored Illumination Entertainment’s animated film Despicable Me, featuring the voices of Steve Carell and Russell Brand, and will also provide original songs and themes to the movie’s sequel due for release in 2013.
I hope all is wonderful in your world, I’ve been very busy enjoying the spiritual benefits of this blessed Month and working hard on my group NATIVE SUN who have just have just released our 3rd VIDEO called “Lightness of Happiness”.
Jeep Ward a/k/a DJ Halo: This August Events & MORE!
Courtesy DJ Halo.
Aaaand Then I Found $5...
Hey Hey!!! So I have a some great events cracking this month and early September so here I am again creeping on your inbox like that annoying sales guy trying to get you to come out...
POP ROCKS at Legion Every Other Wednesday!
The Bi-Weekly Wednesday DJ residency of the homie Nabil and I continues with some great acts cracking off in the back at Legion (790 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn) TONIGHT Wednesday the 15th!!! Come out and get through hump day into hump night the right way...
Sole 'Fuck the Police State' TOUR w/Brzowski!!! Yup Yup, the long time homie angry uncle Brzowski is back on the road with Sole for some NE dates two of which I will be rocking on as well, peep game...
Saturday August 18th @ 65 Daggett Street, New Haven CT
Hip-Hop and Punk show ft. Sole, PT Burnem, Brzwoski, Loach & Parent Free Zone! Suggested Donation only, starts at 7pm and with a $5 donation you get a free CD or Vinyl from DIY Bandits label (ohhh Word?!!)
Thursday August 23rd @ The Knitting Factory, Brooklyn NY
Straight Hip-Hop Brooklyn style with the homies New World Side Order, Propaganda Anonymous, Brzowski & Sole!!! Going IN is what the kids call it these days...click the flyer or the link HERE to check the FB event.
Friday September 7th @ Karma Lounge, NYC
Celebrating the Jesus Year of 33 in style with a set at the old stomping grounds after my day shift. Starting at 10pm and rocking until 4am...come out and wish me well on (hopefully) not getting crucified before the year is over!!!
Because the homie C.O.N.C.E.P.T is one half of New World Side Order I thought it would be a good opportunity to promo a great podcast we did a while back at the illustrious Low Budget Studios in Bridgeport, CT. Click the cover art above or the link HERE to download. Or click the link HERE to Stream from Rapreviews.com. BIG shouts to DJ Flash for being patient while my studio is rebuilt (soon buddy, SOOON!!!) and running a great site that is your one stop for all things hip-hop and reviewed there in. Holla!!!
A really great weekly public affairs show with this episode addressing the problems of our food production industry and how changes can be made to help Americans eat healthier and more nutritious. Big shouts to Ken MacDermotroe for having myself and Eliot Snaith on the show. I will also be appearing next week on the show as well 12-1pm on WPKN 89.5fm and www.wpkn.org so please feel free to check me out in my political and social commentary steeze out as well.
MONDAYS @ Karma Lounge NYC I have been bar tending for a really great local LES band (Bluesco Band) event the past 3 months now and just wanted to mention it so that you could stop in and check it out if you are so inclined. Have seen some really great bands and hope you can make it out some Monday to shake off the blues after work. Of course i'll be serving up the drinks proper as well...
In addition to coming out to see me spin and get drinks, you can have me serve your drinks to you as well; providing I am not on tour or DJing elsewhere. Yup, slanging the sauce two nights a week (Monday & Thursday) as well as Friday days @ Karma Lounge NYC. Come on in and see if I can serve it up drinks as well as I serve up sucker DJs...
Dripped Up 3 Tracklist. 1. THC (Get Away) - Slim Dollar$ 2. Power of the Dollar - Dutch Capital ft. Hustleman & Sun (ZooLife) 3. Amy - Tree ft. Tone Skeeta (Prod. @MCTreeG) 4. B.James Freestyle 5. Spark Up - FowL (Prod. Clockwork Music) 6. They Just Say - Richmond Rab 7. Places - Tree 8. Money (Bounce) - Czar (King of Va) ft. Sun (ZooLife) 9. Louis V Shades - Casino ft. Billz & Fat Trel 10. Real Nice - Fatboi Fre$h (Prod. Blended Babies) 11. Stomp - Tree ft. Sl Jones (Prod. @MCTreeG) 12. Back On My Grind - D-Edge ft. Buk (Psychodrama) 13. The Market - G.Scott ft. Boldy James & GLC 14. T-Shirt - Mardi Gra 15. Could I - Wild Bunch Money Gang ft. Danny Boy (Death Row) 16. Chuuch On The Move - Fatboi Fre$h ft. Sulaiman, Que BILLAH, & Tina B. (Prod. Doc Da Mindbenda) 17. GT Garza Freestyle 18. Dirty Dark (Remix) - DJ Lazy K ft. 2 Chainz & Montana Max 19. Nino - Young Giftz ft. Tree (Prod. @MCTreeG) 20. My Shit - Tone Skeeta (Prod. @MCTreeG) 21. This World - KD 205 22. Where There's A Will - Sun (Zoolife)
It’s been four years since British rapper/producer King Kash released his last record but with the unveiling of his brand new single “H.O.T” and its creatively-crafted accompanying visuals directed by Danielle Da-Silva, it is almost like the East London emcee never even left.
NY rapper Gotham Green and New Orleans producer Quickie Mart proudly present the fourth installment of their Haze Diaries series, featuring CTE signee Freddie Gibbs and Columbia Records singer T. Mills on "All I Know", NY's Grafh on "New York Times", and "Everything" featuring El Prez as well as Def Jam rapper Wax, singer/songwriter/musician Jes Hudak, L.A.'s Gold Chain Military, New Orleans emcees Lyrikill, Impulss and Know One, Jackie Tohn, Casey Abrams, Jabee, P-Rawb, Zeale and Malkovich. Previous Haze Diaries volumes have featured Gibbs (watch the "Tell Me Something" video), Planet Asia (watch the "Game Change" video), Medusa, IamOmni and more. Quickie Mart produces every track on HDV4. Quickie recently released the Space Monkey Radio dubstep remix EP as well as the second volume of Balkan/bounce fusion project Gypsyphonic Disko.
Press Release: Mega Ran in "Language Arts, Vol. 2"
Courtesy Random a/k/a Mega Ran.
PHILADELPHIA, PA - Hip Hop musician and educator Random, aka Mega Ran is moving to Level 2 with his next release, "Mega Ran in Language Arts, Volume Two," the second of three multimedia projects.
The "Language Arts" series of albums combine all of Ran’s loves of the past 30 years and will simultaneously launch as a hip-hop album, a comic book, done by the artists at J1 Studios in Philadelphia, and a video game by indie developer Lunar Giant Studios, playable at www.language-arts-game.com .
Volume Two sees Random struggling to make progress as an educator, while his students are addicted to a poisonous video game that is distracting them from their educational goals, facing a battle challenge by the most notorious gangster rapper the neighborhood has seen, while at the same time trying to maintain a relationship.
The album features captivating guest vocals by Homeboy Sandman, MC Lars, Wordsworth, MeLa Machinko and many more, with hard hitting beats by mainstays DN3, EOM and more. The album, like Volume One, is narrated by famed voice actor Kyle Hebert (Dragon Ball Z, Street Fighter 4, many more).
"Mega Ran in Language Arts Volume 2” releases August 22, 2012 worldwide on iTunes and Amazon. Volume 1 is available now, and Volume 3 will release on November 20, 2012 as a joint venture between J1 Studios, Lunar Giant Studios and RandomBeats Music.
Ill Adrenaline Records is back with another classic release! Purpose, founding member of the group Tragic Allies, teams up with extraordinary producer Confidence of Rashad & Confidence fame to bring you the first single off the forthcoming full length "The Purpose of Confidence". "Vision of Excellence" features none other than Queensbridge legend Cormega along with Tragic Allies member Estee Nack and cuts by D.J. Technic.
While Purpose and Confidence come from different backgrounds, the sounds they put together can only capture the essence of pure hip-hop. Purpose's flow, delivery and lyrics will have you engaged from start to finish. Confidence also delivers on the boards as usual - hard-hitting and soulful sample based beats. Listeners will be in for a nice surprise as these two artists help shape the landscape of hip-hop and keep that authentic music pumping through your veins. Be on the look out for the debut album dropping in September.