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).
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.
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