VIDEO: Pharrell Talks JAY Z & The Black Album


Life+Times links up with Pharrell and gets the legendary producer’s thoughts on his collaboration with JAY Z for “Allure” which is featured on the rapper’s The Black Album.  Skateboard P discusses his motivation for enticing Jigga Man to rhyme over the instrumental and talks about tapping into Hov’s emotional style of flow.  Speaking candidly with the camera, P also touches on “Can I Live” being one of his all time favorite records from JAY Z, the origins of their friendship, chemistry in the studio and the longevity of his career.

VIDEO: DJ Quik Decodes “Justify My Thug”


Legendary artist and producer DJ Quik sits down on the latest episode of Life+Time’s DECODED web series.  Watch as the Compton native touches on his contributions to JAY Z’s classic Black Album LP.  Quick breaks down how he was able to link up with Hov and the creative process behind “Justify My Thug” after Madonna decided to pull out from participating on the song’s hook.

VIDEO: Life & Times Presents 9th Wonder Decoded – “Threat”

Producer 9th Wonder recently sat down with Life and Times to discuss his part in Jay-Z’s Black Album.  9th gives interesting insight into how he took R. Kelly’s “A Woman’s Threat” and chopped it up by request of Jigga man.  It’s a very cool story and 9th tells it so well.  Peep the footage below to hear it straight from the source.  I still remember going to buy the Black Album from the Warehouse record store back in the days and I still have it.  Classic music.