Top 5’s – The Neptunes Bridges, Pt. II

Part I Pharrell Ft. Jay Z – Frontin’ Memorably introduced by a call of “Hooh!” by Pharrell, the bridge heard on ‘Frontin” is led by a simple chord progression and supported by revered Neptunes strings, a stabbing bassline and vocal harmonies that hark back to the 80’s. Initially, Jay Z even assists with words during the bridge before dropping into his show-stealing verse. Toni Braxton Ft. … Continue reading Top 5’s – The Neptunes Bridges, Pt. II

Top 5’s | Remixes That Are Better Than The Original, Pt. II

Pt. I Common Ft. Mary J. Blige – ‘Come Close’ Original Prod. by The Neptunes Remix Prod. by J. Dilla, Ft. Pharrell, Q-Tip & Erykah Badu This was one of the more contentious decisions, but J. Dilla’s remix of Common’s heartfelt ‘Come Close’ just edges out the original due to its Ramp – ‘Daylight’ sample and the additional contributions of Pharrell, Q-Tip and Erykah Badu to … Continue reading Top 5’s | Remixes That Are Better Than The Original, Pt. II

Top 5’s | Remixes That Are Better Than The Original, Pt. I

Before Diddy and his Bad Boy family truly glamourized the act during the 1990’s, the remix was already a popular feature of music culture. A musician with the ability to create their own adaptation of a song they admire is one thing, but when they manage to re-invent it to a standard that surpasses the quality of the original, it acts as a credit to all parties … Continue reading Top 5’s | Remixes That Are Better Than The Original, Pt. I

Top 5’s | The Neptunes Bridges, Pt. I

In music, a bridge is a contrasting section that prepares for the return of the original material section. Here are my top 5 bridges produced by The Neptunes, who became masters of the bridge during their domination of R&B/popular music circa 2000-2005. Usher Ft. P. Diddy – I Don’t Know As soon as you hear the progression of the strings at the end of the second chorus you know you’re in … Continue reading Top 5’s | The Neptunes Bridges, Pt. I

Top 5’s | Single Artist/Producer Albums, Pt. I

I’ve always admired when an artist and a producer lock-in together to create an album, so below is a list some of my favourites. In order to qualify, the album in question must be by an artist(s) and produced by one person, excluding those who already perform as part of a group. So, for example, albums from Slum Village are not acceptable as J. Dilla … Continue reading Top 5’s | Single Artist/Producer Albums, Pt. I

Review | The Cool Kids – Special Edition Grandmaster Deluxe

After a much-publicised hiatus that led to them establishing themselves as solo artists, Chuck Inglish and Mikey Rocks (or Sir Michael Rocks, to use his full title) have reunited as the admired duo The Cool Kids. Their last project together was When Fish Ride Bicycles (2011), however, Chuck explained earlier this year during an interview with HipHopDX that he only considers The Bake Sale (2008) as the … Continue reading Review | The Cool Kids – Special Edition Grandmaster Deluxe

#NayeTuneOfTheDay | Beenie Man Ft. Mya – Girls Dem Sugar

Beenie Man Ft. Mya – ‘Girls Dem Sugar’ – Art And Life Prod. By: The Neptunes This is a tune you should hear at least once every summer. Dancehall legend Beenie Man linked up with Mya (what happened to her?) and The Neptunes to create another hit that stands the test of time. As if we needed further proof of The Neptunes’ versatility in production, … Continue reading #NayeTuneOfTheDay | Beenie Man Ft. Mya – Girls Dem Sugar