Major Lazer feat. Pharrell Williams – “Aerosol Can”...

As Diplo’s Major Lazer gets stretched further and further away from its Jamaican dance roots and closer to modern American dance music, at the very least, it’s keeping people’s feet moving. However, the luster is gone leaving Diplo to scramble for bigger acts to fill the voids of his construction and continue to draw the masses to his music. Last year Diple enlisted Bruno Mars and 2 Chainz for that “Bubble Butt” calamity…that video is a debacle. Celebrity guests abound in “Scare Me,” before finally coming back to Jamaica for “Watch Out For This (Bumaye).” So the smart thing to do is make a visually appealing yet simple presentation for “Aerosol Can” which was accomplished in spades by using graffiti legend, Mike Giant. Apocalypse Soon is out now. (Karen...

Alicia Keys feat. Kendrick Lamar – “It’s On Again” (video) (prod. by Pharrell Williams) Apr14

Alicia Keys feat. Kendrick Lamar – “It’s On Again” (video) (prod. by Pharrell Williams)...

Katy Perry tries with “Roar” and fails. Shakira tries with “Empire” and makes barely a ripple. Alicia Keys attempts with “It’s On Again” and ensures her indelible mark by enlisting the hottest Black rapper in the game and the hottest producer in the game today. Granted Alicia has made a career belting out torch songs straddling pop and R&B crossover sensibilities for over a decade. So when she made “Girl On Fire” a couple years ago, making a pop theme for a movie franchise seemed like a natural step. Here we are with Alicia’s 80s-influenced anthem featuring a needlessly aggressive 16 bars from Kendrick Lamar....

Ed Sheeran feat. Pharrell Williams – “Sing” Apr07

Ed Sheeran feat. Pharrell Williams – “Sing”...

Allegedly this dude is supposed to be the future of pop songwriting or some shit! This sounds like another Justin Timberlake reference track Pharrell prepared for the 20/20 sessions. Per his interview with Zane Lowe on BBC 1 Radio, Sheeran already knows people are going to “love it or hate it.” Yeah, Eddie, that’s how pop music works. It sounds catchy enough. The acoustic guitar jangles are nice. I’m just having a hard time believing this ginger doughboy is singing anything worth listening to, says me the book cover judger. Maybe if he gets big enough, I’ll stop pronouncing his name “SHE-han” in a completely mocking manner....

Future feat. Pusha T, Pharrell Williams, and Casino – “Move That Dope” Mar06

Future feat. Pusha T, Pharrell Williams, and Casino – “Move That Dope”...

I should’ve posted this banger when it was new. Now it’s white hot with massive radio airplay. Buy “Move That Dope” on...

Pharrell Williams – “Happy” (The Rose Tint BoomTrap Remix) (Produced By !llmind)...

Black Twitter is real and keeps me abreast on all the news I really need in life. Almost all the news. At least important shit like Illmind…errrrrr !llmind remixing “Happy” which put the brakes on whatever else the fuck I was doing (working, writing flowery prose about Janelle Monáe). But I digress. !llmind has chopped the fuck out of Pharrell’s “Happy” and re-assembled the track in his #Boomtrap fashion. Worth a listen or several. Hot damn!...

Pharrell Williams feat. Daft Punk – “Gust of Wind” Feb28

Pharrell Williams feat. Daft Punk – “Gust of Wind”...

The second major single leaked from Pharrell’s G I R L album today is “Gust of Wind,” a mid-tempo burner. This is the song you can dance to. Not just the young folks, I’m talking about the older folks…the 2-steppers…the shoulder swayers…the nervous-but-still-asked-the-girl-to-dance dudes. A breezy, string-filled comfort song for the masses. This is quality pop R&B music with a heaping spoonful of Daft Punk robotics. Fuck with this! (Verge/hat tip to @tedthevillain)...

Pharrell Williams feat. Justin Timberlake – “Brand New” Feb28

Pharrell Williams feat. Justin Timberlake – “Brand New”...

Pharrell Williams stays winning another uptempo collaboration with Timberlake. It is impossible to not tap your foot while listening to this track. If “Happy” is the record you listen to walking around the cold city, then “Brand New” is the pep talk to get you up for the day or motivate you through a tough situation. Word is that this was a reference track for Justin’s 20/20 Experience. Word. (2dopeboyz/Fuck AllHipHop.com/hat tip to Samson)...