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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Eye Candy For the Month of Feb (Male)

Think of your favorite hip hop and R&B stars. It's highly likely that Pharrell Williams has produced at least one of their records as part of the successful production duo The Neptunes, along with his partner Chad Hugo. The Neptunes' innovative and addictive beats have helped many of today's hottest stars, like Justin Timberlake, Usher and Nelly, to shift millions of albums and earn countless awards.

The Neptunes' big break on the production scene came when they met hip hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs who hired them to produce tracks for his artists Mase and Total. It wasn't long before Pharrell and Chad were hot property on the hip hop scene, in demand to produce records for hip hop acts like Ol' Dirty Bastard, Busta Rhymes and Tlc R&B singers like Mariah Carey Mary J Blige and Janet Jackson and bubblegum pop acts like Britney and *NSYNC. In 2003, they even won a Grammy Award for Producer Of The Year.

But Pharrell doesn't just hide behind the production desk, he often drops a verse on the records he produces and graces their accompanying videos, which has resulted in him becoming a star, and heart-throb, in his own right.

Pharrell is also one-third of the group N*E*R*D, along with Chad and his childhood friend Shae Thornton. The trio have been very successful, notching up hits including "Maybe" and "She Wants To Move", and two platinum-selling albums.

But it has always been clear that Pharrell was the star of N*E*R*D, which was proved on his much-hyped song “Frontin'”, from the 2003 compilation “The Neptunes Present…Clones”. The song proved that Pharrell had more than enough charisma and talent to go it as a solo star.

In 2005, the sexy star started working on his solo album, which fans were eagerly anticipating, called "In My Mind". Pharrell says the album brings together both his R&B and rap influences and styles: “The hip-hop songs are more the introspective side of my view and how I look at life, and the R&B stuff is the more vulnerable side.”

Later that year the Virginia Beach native dropped the album's premier single, "Can I Have It Like That", which featured a chorus from the queen of cool, Gwen Stefani The song was a hip hop track which drew influence from the genre's roots. Whereas its follow-up single, the R&B-flavored “Angel”, revealed Pharrell's softer side and highlighted his versatility, proving he's just as comfortably rapping as he is singing.

The album was due to be released in late-2005 but at the last minute, the perfectionist star blocked its release believing it still needed more work and that he needed to create a track which would match the brilliance of its lead single.

Pharrell's ambitions aren't just in music; he's also been involved in a number of other business ventures. He's designed a range of sunglasses for Louis Vuitton, has launched the Billionaire Boys Club clothing line and the Ice Cream shoe collection, which have all boosted his already healthy bank balance

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