Pharrell Williams has been a hip-hop heavyweight for 20 years. He got his foot in the door in 1992 writing and producing on Wreckx-N-Effect's 1992 booty appreciation anthem "Rump Shaker," which hit No. 2 on Billboard's Hot 100. During the late '90s and early 2000s, he and his partner Chad Hugo rose to prominence as The Neptunes, producing hits for everyone from N.O.R.E. and Kelis to Jay Z and Mystikal. After that, he was on his way to achieving total pop, rap, rock, and reggae ubiquity in the 2000s before cultivating a successful label and a solo career a few years later.
In the wake of all of of these successes, with a catalog of hits and underrated deep cuts more vast than some artists ever get to create in a lifetime, Pharrell still managed to have one of his best years ever in 2013.
His work on some of the year's most anticipated projects and his crooning on some of its most beloved hits are proof that even at 40, Pharrell is constantly finding new ways to harness and express his creativity. As Pharrell Week continues, we're looking back at P's amazing year in music, from inescapable hits to under-the-radar gems, from reunions with artists he first worked with over a decade ago to guest spots with hip-hop's new radicals. These are The Best Pharrell Songs of 2013.
Written by Craig Jenkins (@CraigSJ)
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