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Rap Biographies: Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams didn't only help change the face of pop music during the late '90s and early 2000s. He also was one of the faces of pop music as a charismatic star who often stole the show when producing and/or guesting on other artists' hit singles. His presence was unfading, whether he was in front of a music video or behind a beat. To trace the beginning of his ascent, you have to go back to 1992, when Teddy Riley tapped him to write a verse for WreckxnEffect's "Rump Shaker."

Since the late '90s, Williams and longtime friend Chad Hugo known together as the Neptunes began scoring songwriting and production assignments that slowly but steadily infiltrated mainstream music, whether it was via dancepop (Britney Spears' "I'm a Slave 4 U"), hardcore rap (Clipse's "Grindin'"), or contemporary RB (Babyface's "There She Goes"). Williams and Hugo were relatively obscure during the mid'90s, doing spare work for the likes of SWV, Total, and Mase, but they would eventually develop a style that would become as recognized and as mimicked as that of fellow Virginia Beach native Timbaland. (Prior to stardom, all three producers were in a band together called Surrounded by Idiots.)

Pharrell williams is one of the most influential musicitions of recent years with his production partner chad hugo they form the neptunes who have crept though the back door of hip hop from almost 10 years back producing songs for the likes off snoop dogg jay-z- and no doubt.

There music is innovative and eclectic,and pharrell have now exploded onto the mainstream with his band n.e.r.d and new record label startrak. In the beginning, Pharrell was the oldest of three boys in Virginia U.S on April the 4th 1973.His father Pharoah and mother Carolyn.He was always interested in music

Pharrell and his musical talent will go down in history he has the ability to take music to another level and bring back the real meaning of hip hop which seems to have been blurred in recent years with drugs and violence. Pharrells music will and has influenced hip hop and rock lovers of this decade.

Pharrell was born to Pharoh and Carloyn Williams in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He met Chad Hugo in Junior School, and in High School they formed a band together, with Pharrell on the drums and Chad playing the Saxophone. They were also both members of the Marching Band, 'P' on the snare drum; Chad being the conductor. After graduating from High School they formed 'The Neptunes' together.

Pharrell Williams aka Skateboard P (born April 5, 1973) is one half of - and the songwriter for - the primarily hip-hop production duo, The Neptunes (with Chad Hugo). He is also the leader singer and drummer, in the rap/rock group N*E*R*D, with Hugo and Shae Haley, as well as a solo singer/rapper. As a part of The Neptunes Pharrell has produced numerous hit singles for various music megastars. He plays the drums, keyboard and guitar.

Their first major production hit was with N.O.R.E.'s Superthug in 1998, reaching #36 on the Billboard Hot 100. The duo then went on to work heavily with Kelis, producing her first album Kaleidoscope and Ol' Dirty Bastard's record Got your money, on which she featured. Mystikal's Shake Ya Ass and (a then newly-renamed) Diddy's single Diddy were the first songs on which Pharrell sang, singing the hook on both in 2000 and 2001 respectively.

In 2001 Pharrell, Chad and Shae released their first album as N*E*R*D; In Search Of... (electronic), in Europe (where the first Kelis album was better received), with a style similar to their Neptunes production. However, the group decided that they should make their work as N*E*R*D sound different, and re-recorded the album, with the funk-rock band Spymob, for worldwide release in 2002.

In August 2002, The Neptunes were named Producers of the Year at both The Source Awards and the Billboard Music Awards. Also in 2002, Williams wrote and produced rapper Nelly's single, "Hot in Herre", the single hit No.1 in the U.S..

He repeated the success by doing the same with Britney Spears' single, "I'm A Slave 4 U". But it wasn't until the summer of 2003 that Pharrell released his first solo single, "Frontin'" featuring Jay-Z. At the time he insisted the single was a one-off, and that he was purely a producer and not a rapper/singer in his own right. The album The Neptunes Present... Clones was then released, featuring Neptunes production on tracks from various Star Trak artists, debuting at number one in August 2003.

"Frontin'" was a big summer hit (the 34th biggest single of 2003 according to Billboard Magazine), and kept Williams' momentum running up to the release of N*E*R*D's second funk/rock-oriented album, Fly Or Die, released in March 2004. Williams' rock credentials were further bolstered by his appearance at the 2004 Grammy Awards, performing The Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There" on drums along with Sting, Dave Matthews, and Vince Gill. Pharrell went home with two Grammy Awards that night, one for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical, and another for Best Pop Vocal Album for his work on Justin Timberlake's No.2 Billboard hit Justified, which was well recieved overall by critics.

On September 9th, 2005, Pharrell performed the opening single from his debut solo album "In My Mind". The song, titled "Can I Have It Like That", featuring Gwen Stefani. "In My Mind" will have 14 tracks, 7 hip-hop tracks and 7 R&B tracks; featuring numerous musical guests such as Gwen Stefani (on 'Can I Have It Like That' ), Daddy Yankee, Vanessa Marquez, Jay-Z and Kanye West (on 'Number 1' ). The album cover for In My Mind is slated to be designed by Japanese brand "A Bathing Ape". The album "In My Mind" will be released in July 25,2006.Pharrell's new single Number 1 is the third single from In My Mind.
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