Pharrell Lanscilo Williams was born on the 5th of April 1973 and is an US singer-lyricist, record producer, and also motion picture producer. Williams with Chad Hugo form the record making twosome “The Neptunes,” churning out hip hop, soul & R&B music. He’s the lead songster as well as drummer of N*E*R*D, a rock-funk-hip hop group, which he created with Hugo and Shay Haley, a childhood pal.
The coming into being of Neptunes
He came across Chad Hugo while studying in 7th-grade summer group camp where Williams was the keyboard player and drummer and Hugo was the tenor saxophone player. Both of them had also been affiliates of a marching band in which Williams was the snare drummer with Hugo being the drum major. Both of them went to Princess Anne High School and while there he was part of the school group. It was there that Pharrell was nicknamed Skateboard. Hugo studied at Kempsville High School.
It was in the early stages of 1990s that Hugo and Pharrell Williams created an “R&B-type” quartet and named it “Neptunes.” The other two of the band were pals Mike Etheridge and Shay Haley. They afterward took part in a talent show in high school and Teddy Riley notices them. He had his own studio right besides Princess Anne High School. After completing their graduation from high school, the Neptunes members signed with Riley.
Neptunes – rising to fame
By 1999, Neptunes had started gaining an extensive fan base and listeners. It was in 2000 that they produced the number “I Just Wanna Love U” for the album named The Dynasty: Roc La Familia of Jay Z. The sound and the success of this number interested maturing pop performer Britney Spears. Britney was keen on working with Neptunes for the imminent album of hers.
In the year of 2001, Spears launched her album named Britney and it featured “I’m a Slave 4 U”, the lead single whose producer was Neptunes. The number became a major hit in the careers of both spears and Neptunes. This happened to be the first occasion of Neptunes helping in creating an album that shot to the top place in Billboard 200. This started off the success of Neptunes as a band and as a producer.
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