Pharrell, rapper, producer
Rapper ~ Producer ~ Songwriter
The Neptunes
birth name: Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams

April 5, 1973, Virginia Beach, VA

After selling their first song, 1992's raucous ‘Rump Shaker,’ to Wreckx N Effect while still in high school, Williams and Hugo started working with artists as diverse as Snoop Dogg and No Doubt. “Music is music, man,” says Williams. Besides, “when we talk about ideas for a song, Pharrell's like a car salesman you can trust,” says Hugo. “If he wanted to quit the music business, he could go on QVC” Consider Mary J. Blige sold. “Pharrell is a very sweet guy,” says Blige, who worked with the Neptunes on her disc Share My World. “If he writes a song, he writes the song for you.” ~ Pharrell Williams ~ October 13, 2003 © People

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The Neptunes

What typifies Right Now in 2004 are the sharp beats of three producers from the Virginia Beach area: Timothy (Timbaland) Mosley, 32, and the Neptunes, a.k.a. Pharrell Williams, 30, and Chad Hugo, 29. Turn on any pop radio station in America and you'll hear their work. The song may be nominally pop or R&B, but you'll hear a genetic link to hip-hop. The surface is shiny and the beats are proudly digital, articulated to the point of restlessness. The melodies are flecked with eruptions of the mechanical, as if NASA were hacking the signal. If it's not Timbaland or the Neptunes you're hearing, it's a knockoff. Timbaland and the Neptunes found success in the late 90's with hip-hop tracks, but they are not strictly hip-hop artists. They use samples and drum machines to make music, but they write songs with bridges and key changes. ~ New York Times: Style, The Sound ~ February 8, 2004 © New York Times

The Neptunes ~ Named one of The Source Magazine 20 Greatest Producers in 2008.

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