Virginia production team The Neptunes (Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams)
penned Kelis Rogers' Kaleidoscope (1999), which launched the young
singer-rapper as the heiress to
Queen Latifah and Missy Elliott with her feminist-tinged fusion of hip-hop and rhythm'n'blues.
Already among the most successful hip-hop producers, The Neptunes formed N.E.R.D. with rapper Sheldon "Shay" Haley, as their "rock" side-project. In Search Of (2001), remixed the following year with live instrumentation, and especially Fly or Die (2004) indulged in a neurotic melange of sonic stereotypes and production techniques of metal, funk, soul and pop.
Pharrell Williams debuted solo with In My Mind (2006)
that includes his neo-soul singles
Can I Have It Like That (featuring Gwen Stefani) and Number One (featuring Kanye West).
Seeing Sounds (2008) meandered all over the map but delivered (at least)
a dizzying sonic merry-go-round, while Nothing (2010) had little to offer
that wasn't self-parody.
Williams also composed Robin Thicke's megahit Blurred Lines (2013), reminiscent of Marvin Gaye's Got to Give it Up.
His single Happy (2013), another innocuous pop-soul number, was included on his second album Girl (2014).
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