DJ EXPO 2014: When we asked Chad Hugo to disclose the idea behind his DJ project MSSL CMMND, we got this rather philosophical response: “My soul shall live constantly because my mind never dies.” It was unexpected, and the rest of his interview continued in the same enigmatic vein. But perhaps we should have been expecting it considering this is a man who forms one half of legendary production duo The Neptunes.
"Chad Hugo has followed his partner Pharrell Williams into the film music ring, composing half a dozen themes for the Manny Pacquiao documentary, "Manny."
One of the film’s directors, Ryan Moore, has used footage from the film to create a music video for the track “Face Your Destiny (Manny’s Theme).” Hugo, who works with Williams in the Neptunes and N.E.R.D., wrote and performed the song with Cameron Rafati, Tommy Leonard, Rob Rivera and Randy Jackson. Cameron the Public is the vocalist. Hugo is using the name Yardnoise for the music; Lorne Balfe did the film’s score.
While “Manny” focuses Pacquiao’s rise from poverty to becoming a premier boxer and politician in the Philippines, it also takes a comical look at his ventures into entertainment as an action movie star and as a singer. Included are clips of him singing John Lennon’s “Imagine” with Will Ferrell on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and recording “Sometimes When We Touch” with songwriter Dan Hill at the Capitol Studios in Hollywood.
"Manny" had its world premiere March 8 at SXSW and plays again March 12 and 14 in Austin, Texas. The film does not yet have distribution."
Chad Hugo at NBA All-Star Weekend w/ Pharrell + Diddy
"If you tuned into the 2014 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night (February 16), you not only caught the Eastern Conference scoring its first victory in three years against the dominant West, but also a spectacular halftime performance and memorable opener from the one and only Pharrell.
Hits, hits, and more hits was the best way to describe what took place during the superproducer’s opening set on Sunday night, as he brought along hit-making pals Diddy, Nelly, Snoop Dogg, and Busta Rhymes to join the party.
Running through a medley of classics from his incredible catalog—everything from “Frontin’” to “Hot in Herre,” “Pass the Courvoisier Ciroc,” “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” and more—P’s 20-minute set played out like a live rendition of a Greatest Hits album.
But besides the hits, there was also a special reunion between the Academy Award—nominated musician and Chad Hugo, the other (admittedly more mysterious) half of The Neptunes. For years, the production duo laced the music world with a litany of outstanding music, and on Sunday night they came together onstage to bless the New Orleans arena with one of their N.E.R.D. classics, “Rock Star.””
Spymob - Sometimes It Doesn't Feel Right (MSSL CMMND + Keebz Remix) Free Download
Longtime N*E*R*D/Neptunes collaborators Spymob have just released their alt-country project, “Memphis,” and they asked us to do a remix along with our buddy Keebz to coincide with the launch. Check out the album stream on their SoundCloud page, and be sure to download all of the awesome remixes here, including one by the good homey Trackademicks.
MSSL CMMND ft. Trackademicks, Kid Sister, + 1 O.A.K. - "The Spark"
Our good friends in The Honor Roll Crew just released the full version of “The Spark,” which was previously teased on our “Why Fight The Space Age?” mixtape. The free download features vocals from Trackademicks, Kid Sister, and 1-O.A.K. on chorus duties.
Earl Sweatshirt - "Burgundy" (Produced by the Neptunes)
The not-so-secret weapon of OF, Earl Sweatshirt dropped “Burgundy” earlier this week, off of his upcoming debut LP, “Doris.” MSSL cohort Chad produced this monster, alongside his Neptunes partner-in-crime Pharrell Williams. Helping round out the tune is a verse by the always-impressive Vince Staples, who also chimed in recently on Earl’s track “Hive.” ”Doris” drops August 20, so keep your ears peeled, there may be some more goodies on the horizon…