Monthly Archives: June 2006

Pharrell Frontin’ on that Lux Brand



OK; This just mixes a lot of cool metaphors for TheSelektor

Pharrell “The NERD” Williams… The bling has always been a part of Pharrell’s world as we know it… So this comes as little to no surprise to TheSelektor…

Ya boy, F’real’s ultra-smooth yet somehow-STILL-urban face will soon be ‘Frontin’ luxury brand, Louis Vuitton in their soon-come ad campaign for their 2006-2007 line(s)!

It seems that LV Artistic Director, Marc Jacobs thinks that “Skateboard P” will look great standing alongside fellow fashion mavericks, Kate “Back In The Game” Moss and the afore-mentioned Naomi “Hold The Phone” Campbell.

To quote Marc, the line wanted to bring “… a touch of the street, elevated to a rich, modern chic.” Well, they found the right man for the job!

Big ups to all involved, good move! (now keep it movin’)

Pharrell’s Solo, “In My Mind”, has a street release date of July 25, however, that date’s been set and re-set many times over the past year… we’ll see.

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Compost signs Soil

German Pro-Squad Meet Japanese Rookies!

That’s right folks, Fusicology is going super-international on you these days! We thought we’d let you ALL know, Compost Records, Germany’s label home to uber-producers/remix madmen JAZZANOVA has picked up a new band of Jazz cats with an extra magical bag of tricks.

Japanese Punk-Jazzers, ‘Soil & Pimp’ , (Japan censors the original ‘Soil % Hemp’ ☺) have finally signed on to have their CRAZY Jazz smash released to the rest of the world! Having already hit the shores of Europe in person (Gilles Peterson had them over for his Worldwide Awards earlier this year) The Japanese Quinet +1 (The Leader is ALL personality) will now get a little dough to go with the recognition.

Check out Soil and Pimp (In Japanese)

Compost Records

Gilles Peterson

ROOTS, JAY-Z Talk to the media

Def Jam artists The Roots joined their label president Jay-Z in New York last week where they played the groups long-awaited new album Game Theory before selected members of the media.

Billboards Hillary Crosley was there and notes the J-Dilla tribute track Can’t Stop as one of the albums highlights.

The boom-bap drum pattern of first single It Don’t Feel Right sets the tone for most of the album’s production, writes Crosley. False Media featuring poet Wadud Ahmad showcased strong drums over Black Thought’s thoughtful lyrics, while Longtime finds Roc-A-Fella Philly favorite Peedi Peedi aka Peedi Crack trading verses with Thought.

Former Roots member Malik B., who hasnt been a full-time member since the mid-90s, lends vocals to three tracks on the album.

During the listening event, Black Thought said of his Def Jam president: “In a lot of places Jay-Z is considered God, Philly, our hometown being one of them. So if you’re rolling with Jesus, you got one up on somebody that’s not a disciple. When people see that we’re signed to Def Jam, the perception has changed. That holds a lot more weight on a street level than [former label] Geffen Records does.”

Boost Mobile RockCorps


“Boost Mobile RockCorps” Rewards Community-Conscious Youth with Exclusive Concerts Featuring Hiphop Giants- Ghostface,Rick Ross,Big Boi from Outkast, Paul Wall, and many may more!

Give 4 Hours and Get 1 Ticket to the hottest shows of the Summer! Register for your 4 hour day of service at www.boostmobilerockcorps.com

Boost Mobile RockCorps (BMRC), the national youth volunteerism movement that motivated more than 6,000 young people to get involved and help their community last year…is back! RockCorps, an organization harnessing the power of music to inspire volunteerism, and Boost Mobile, a wireless telecommunications brand dedicated to boosting the lives of today’s youth, are once again partnering this year to continue the youth movement for social change.

Last year, 5,000 BMRC volunteers participated in the New York City projects and received tickets to an exclusive concert at legendary Radio City Music Hall that featured top-selling recording artists Fat Joe, Young Jeezy, TI, Paul Wall, Fabolous, Slim Thug and others.

This year, the 2006 BMRC program is cleaning up Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, Washingon DC, Minneapolis, New York, and Los Angeles. For your chance to clean up your community and be rewarded with a ticket to the hottest summer concert, sign up on www.boostmobilerockcorps.com or call 1.888.ROCK.889. You can’t buy a ticket; you can’t win a ticket; you have to earn a ticket! It’s all about doing community service to get a ticket to the hottest events of the summer.

JAVA..not the drink or software

Right now in Java there is still an enormous lack of awareness about the tragic earthquake that struck the region more than two weeks ago, leaving 600,000 people without homes or any supplies. While most of us have the luxury of choosing which restaurant to eat at, and which gadgets to buy, thousands of people are suffering in a remote region of central Indonesia in the shadow of Mt. Merapi, one of the worlds most active and therefore dangerous volcanoes. While many of us cannot leave our daily routine to help families and children rebuild their lives.

Please take a moment to read their journals from Sri Lanka or the current situation in Java. If each of you donated half of what they would spend on a new pair of sneakers each week it would be an enormous help to the less fortunate.

You can donate via paypal, please send money to java at fortunateblessings.org, to the address listed on their website.

INDIA.ARIE: new release


FIRST NEW ALBUM IN FOUR YEARS


(New York, NY)- One of music’s most honest and inspirational singer/songwriters, 12-time Grammy nominated India.Arie will release her new album, Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship, on June 27. Her third studio album, and her first since 2002’s acclaimed Voyage To India, which reached #6 on the Billboard Top Albums chart, the new disc was produced by longtime collaborators Shannon Sanders and Mark Batson (Seal, Beyonce), among others. The album’s first single, “I Am Not My Hair,” featuring searing remix collaborations with Akon, Swizz Beatz, and Jazze Pha, marks the first time India.Arie has agreed to let other artists remix her work.

Known for her soulful pursuit of unvarnished musical perfection, the new album is a more personal expression containing more intimate songscapes from the artist, duly recognized through the years for her keen insights about the world at large. India.Arie embarks this month on a heavy promotional schedule for the new disc, including a performance at the National Black Mayors Conference in Memphis, TN on April 29. She will also be doing an extensive promotional tour in May, with a trek to Europe after Memorial Day to perform select songs from the much anticipated album.

For more information on India.Arie and for clips off the new album, go to India.Arie’s official website

Dead Prez Original Premier

Since 2000, Dead Prez has assaulted Hip Hop with messages of politics, urban poverty, black pride, healthy living and the power of black women. Now you can witness these intense Hip Hop activists in their first feature-length concert film.

“Dead Prez: It’s Bigger than Hip-Hop” is a Starz InBlack original that looks at a band with a message and a mission. It’s an hour of real power, including interviews with Dead Prez emcees M-1 and stic.man. This is Hip Hop that’s true to its roots. No bling. No hype. Much respect.

Dead Prez: It’s Bigger than Hip Hop premiers exclusively on Starz InBlack at 10pm ET/PT this Friday June 9, 2006.

Preview it on deadprez.starz.com

Urban Mystic

We had a chance to chat with Florida’s Urban Mystic about his new album and more.

Please click here for the full interview:

The album, Ghetto Revelations: II, Out Now – Buy or Download it here

Listen to the new single, I Refuse, here

For tour dates click here

    FUSICOLOGY EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

FUSICOLOGY: Please describe your sound

URBAN MYSTIC: My music is gospel meets hip hop & R&B. I grew up in the church where I currently still attend in Ft. Lauderdale, this greatly influenced me.

FUS: How is the local scene in South Florida for soul singers?

UM: I get a lot of love from local promoters who have known me for years, so I do a lot of shows.

FUS: What have been some memorable shows for you?

UM: Opening for Angie Stone was a great honor. She brought me back on stage and presented me to the crowd.

FUS:What are your plans this summer?

UM: I am touring all summer. Just having finished the Florida tour and moving on to other parts of the country. Looking to get on a major tour and continue to do my own dates.

FUS: Who produced the records?

UM: Scott S, we have been working together for a while now.

FUS: Who are you inspired by?

UM: Bobby Womack, The Temptations, Al Green, KC & Jodeci, H-Town.

FUS: What are your goals for the future?

UM: To branch off my own record labels, movies, commercials etc and to sing until I can’t sing no more!

Special thanks to Omar Ellis @ Iced Media