Pharrell Williams has produced some of the most memorable songs of our generation. Hollaback Girl. Slave 4 U. Hot in Herre. Milkshake. Whether you love ’em or can’t stand them…you can’t deny that they’re hits. He’s been nominated for Grammies, had minor success with his band N*E*R*D, was voted World’s Best Dressed Male by Esquire magazine, and has had his name included on pink t-shirts which say that the wearer kissed him.
Despite all this, I am unsure how his solo career will work out for him. His first single effort with Gwen Stefani “Can I Have It Like That?” only reached #48 on the Billboard Hot 100, which is nothing compared to the number one he reached with Gwen earlier in the year. Surprisingly, it reached #3 in the UK, mirroring the lack of success Kelis had over here in her pre-Milkshake days. His second single “Angel” only managed to climb to #15 in the UK with good reason thanks to the line– “She got an ass like loaf of bread. You want a slice?”
The third single with Kanye West is much more promising, but people’s expectations of a collabo between two of the hottest producers today are going to bring it down. It’s currently meeting mixed reviews on the web…
- “This is just as gay as I expected.”
- “officially the worst song of 2006!!!”
- “Pharrell took a page from the book of Michael Jackson I see. This needs to grow on me, I’d expect better from these trendsetters of hip-hop culture.”
- “IT SOUNDS LIKE KAYNE IS BEHIND P PUMPIN !…THEIR EGOS ARE GETTING IN THE WAY OF GOOD MUSIC.”
- “nah u people need 2 eat a dick….u shud b lucky u got blessed with heat like this…u guys take music 4 granted…and u shud b lucky kanye n pharrell even exist…otherwise well b…i fucked ur momma n her pussy…and i shot ur pops etc etc….so fuck all yall”
- “This is real creative…. I’m a big MJ fan and its hot… I’m so sick of da same ole club songs and lean wit it rock wit it… The music today is terrible EXCEPT for a few…I call it the “STUPID” generation cuz it seems like no one is using intelligence or creativity…big up to 2 MCs/Producers tryin to be different… 1” (all taken from XXLmag forums)
My impression is that fans expecting uber-masculine bling-bling “I came on your girlfriend’s face…twice” hip-hop are disappointed. That’s not what this is. Fans of N*E*R*D would be disappointed because there’s no rock influence on this. Pharrell is trotting on territory he hasn’t been on since “Frontin” and I’m not quite sure if consumers are going to buy that. It’s a risky move and I salute Skateboard P for going for it. Even if “Skateboard P” is a gay name.
WELCOME to my new music blog IT’S THE MONEY SHOT!! The name for this blog originated from a simple mistake in conversation. A friend at Wesleyan University was trying to describe a junk-swapping unit by saying, “It’s the jackpot!!” Instead, she exclaimed the very title of this blog and hilarity ensued.
As a music blogger, I was very hesitant to make this first post. Generally it seems that music bloggers make their first post about their favorite band…but how could I choose favorites from my eclectic range of musical tastes? In the end, I decided to post a full playlist. A playlist which will showcase the type of music you will hear on this blog as it develops. BUT what would a playlist be without a theme…?
As I write this I am witnessing some of my closest college friends move on into the excitement and scariness that is “the real world”. As I write this I am moving on from a minorly successful time with pop culture blog totesumbrellas to venture solo into the cruel world that is “the blogosphere”. But enough with the mushy stuff…I know what you really want. THE MONEYSHOT!!…I mean, the music?
- NINA SIMONE– I Get Along Without You Very Well (Except Sometimes): The mix starts off slow and sappy with this supposed break-up jam that I will be listening to next year when I am pretending that I am okay with having no friends at this school.–(BUY album)
- EL PERRO DEL MAR– Party: You probably wouldn’t expect a song called “Party” to have such a somber tone, but it does.–(BUY album)
- TARKIO– If I Had More Time: After graduating from college, frontman Colin Meloy left Tarkio and started The Decemberists. Who’s to say that these are the best years of your life?–(BUY album)
- THE CARROTS– Kissing & Telling: I have to give props to gorilla vs bear for this myspace find. The carrots sound like they belong in the 60s much like The Pipettes. This one is for all the WeScammers.
- DON LENNON– My Resume: I dedicate this song to the unemployed. Resumes are the worst. Don Lennon is pretty cool though. Routine contains a number of college-related tunes, including the ever-so-strange “Junior Year Abroad”. I dedicate that song to all the bitches I love leaving during my senior year to go hang out with some foreigners.–(BUY album)
- ANATHALLO– Hanasakajijii One, The Angry Neighbor: This song reminds me slightly of the ever-so-praised Sufjan Stevens, except it’s a bit more disorganized and, um, interesting. Don’t get me wrong…I love Sufjan, but the man doesn’t take risks very often. Seriously…what is a jam like “The Henney Buggy Band” doing on an outtakes album?—(BUY album)
- THE BOY LEAST LIKELY TO– Rock Upon a Porch With You: As we sit upon porches today, think ahead to the days when we will rock together remembering the stupid things we used to do. Because of this song (and a recurring theme of Spiderman), The Boy Least Likely To has catapulted forward to become one of my favorite bands (of the moment).–(BUY album)
- NICCOKICK– I Drink To Get Thrilled: Niccokick is a relatively obscure Swedish band. This video for this song is exceedingly low-budget, and I sincerely hope they were drunk when they filmed it. I sincerely hope that you are drunk right now…as I film you? j/k!! LOL…no, really.–(BUY album)
- OH NO! OH MY!– Farewell to All My Friends: It’s not really goodbye I guess, but it feels that way. Oh No! Oh My! are kind of a big deal now. And they deserve to be. (BUY it at insound)
- HAMMELL ON TRIAL– Inquiring Minds: Did you pee on your friends’ kitchen floor? Wake up in lounges and not remember how you got there? When your children (should you have any) ask these questions, this song advises you to lie. Big ups to Matt at YANP for this one. Big ups to Ed Hammell for naming his album Songs for Parents Who Love Drugs.–(BUY album)
- CHAIRMEN OF THE BOARD– Since the Days of Pigtails (And Fairy Tales): OK, so I admit that the theme of this song is a bit creepy and it is barely about actually growing up…BUT IT IS SO GOOD. For the lovers of some good ol’ soul.–(BUY album)
- THE FEATURES– The Idea of Growing Old: Here’s another romantic diddly doo, complete with whoa-oh-oh-ohs.–(BUY album)
- GNARLS BARKLEY– The Last Time: When was the last time you danced? Cee-Lo demands that you tell him. If you happen to be Beyonce (I can only dream), it might have been at a Gnarls Barkley concert.–(BUY album)
- SPANKROCK f/ AMANDA BLANK– Blow: This is a song that you can dance to with Cee-Lo…or alone in your underwear. The rest of the songs on this mix are solely for dancing and have nothing to do with moving on or growing up. I figured you may need something upbeat after all that.–(BUY album)
- ZEIGEIST- Tar Heart: This song is infectiously dancey. I don’t even mind if it’s got a trashy-euro-pop tinge.–(BUY album)
- LEIF + M.I.A.– U.R.A.Q.T. (driving mix): Leif is the shit. Hands down.–(SUPPORT artist)
Any feedback or comments would be appreciated!