Jul 31, 2015

Roots & Rhythm: Snoop Dogg f. Stevie Wonder and Pharrell Williams - "California Roll"

In my house, we listen to music the way most people watch television. SWAN is constantly playing new music and I can tell when something is really good. After a few weeks, I find myself singing the songs or seeking them out on Spotify. It is obvious when something new has been filed into my musical memory.

That is exactly what happened when he introduced me to BUSH, the latest from Snoop Dogg produced by Pharrell. SWAN calls the sound "disco funk", in which Pharrell gave Snoop track after track that worked well with his flow. One of the things I love most about the project is the number of classic artists that appear on the album. You get energy from T.I., Kenrick Lamar, Stevie Wonder, Gwen Stefani, Rick Ross, Justin Timberlake and of course, Uncle Charlie Wilson. Everyone plays their part well to create Snoop's 13th album.

Jusin Timberlake, Charlie Wilson, Snoop Dogg and Pharrell Williams at the BET Awards.

Jul 20, 2015

Ashiya's Hair Diary: Finding My Style

Over the last month, I've noticed an interesting difference in my energy towards my hair.

I've finally started to relax. I am comfortable enough with the maintenance at this length and it shows in how I view hair in general. At this point, I'm all in the product game again. There's not one product that I absolutely love; most of what I use is "doing the job", but I am still on the hunt for something that my hair cannot live without. I've been here before. We all have. It's that game of trial and error combined with self-awareness and vigilance. That point in the game where the slightest change can shut a product down completely without a second thought.

Practicing Kemetic Yoga™ at Soul Yoga Fest Chicago. I added some texture for the day.

Jul 19, 2015

HAIR LUST: Beauty and Twisted Updo

This year's summer heat has been relentless. Add to that, humidity, and I would blame you if you shave your head  this summer. Ok, don't shave your head, but try a fly twisted updo for a quick style. I love this look (but y'all know I love braids and twists). Protective styling doesn't  always have to include fake hair or extensions. Using your hair for this style is just as fly. 

Have you tried an updo this summer?

Jul 17, 2015

Roots & Rhythm: Jay Z featuring Pharrell - "Excuse Me Miss"

This week we continue our look at some of Pharrell's best work by taking a look at his producer/feature role. Pharrell is one of few who work well on both sides of the microphone. He can always deliver vocals that work well with the sound he's created.

Pharrell and Jay Z perform at Coachella.
There are times when an artist and producer work so well together, you expect nothing be good things from them. For me, Pharrell has that connection with Jay Z when he is in his producer role. Jay Z inspires many producers in this way, but his work with Pharrell are some of our favorites here at Natural in Nashville.

Naomi Campbell and Jay Z from "Change Clothes" via Style.MTV.com
I shared my love for Naomi Campbell and "Change Clothes" by Jay Z last year and it is still one of our favorites flashbacks. Another favorite from Jay Z and Pharrell would definitely have to be "So Ambitious". While I can't say I agree with all of the lyrics, I do understand completely the point Jay Z is making with each verse. I'm sure we can all relate if we move past any offensive lyrics.

Jay Z, Beyonce and Pharrell via xxlmag.com. From "Excuse Me Miss" to Mrs. Carter.
However, I think one of the most memorable collaborations between the two will always be "Excuse Me Miss". For many, it was the first time they say Jay Z in a different, more mature light. I'm actually a fan of the video solely because of the elevator scene. I think it is a beautiful representation of "love at first sight" from an artistic standpoint. And that dress!

Featuring the work of Pharrell is a bit of a different vibe, but that also speaks to the point. While I haven't found very many natural styles to point out, I appreciate Pharrell's authenticity. From Skateboard P to music and movie producer, being true to himself is the fuel for his success. It is definitely a lesson we can all be reminded of from time to time.

Jul 14, 2015

HAIR LUST: Wavy Lady

Natural hair comes in every length, curl pattern, and color! It's like magical. I saw this photo on Pinterest and had to post. As much as I love a fro that reaches sky-high, I love long flowing waves. This hair is amazing too! 

What's your favorite hair style in natural hair? Let us know in the comments section. 

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