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|Also known as||Skateboard P, Pharrell, Sk8brd (mononym)|
|Born||April 5, 1973|
|Origin||Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States|
|Genres||Hip hop, pop, funk, rock, pop rap, R&B, electro|
|Occupation(s)||Producer, musician, songwriter, singer|
|Instruments||Piano, keyboards, guitar, drums|
|Labels||Star Trak, Interscope, i am Other|
|Associated acts||Robin Thicke, Game, Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, The Neptunes, N.E.R.D, Justin Timberlake, Skillz, Timbaland & Magoo, Jay-Z|
Pharrell Williams (born April 5, 1973), commonly known simply as Pharrell, is an American rapper, singer, record producer, composer, and fashion designer. Williams and Chad Hugo make up The Neptunes. They produce hip hop and R&B music. He is also the lead singer and drummer of hip-hop band N.E.R.D. He formed the band with Hugo and childhood friend Shay Haley. He released his first single "Frontin'" in 2003. His first album In My Mind was released in 2006.
As part of The Neptunes, Williams has produced many singles for various musicians. These artists include Jay-Z, Backstreet Boys, Blackstreet, Ludacris, Rage Against the Machine, Britney Spears, Busta Rhymes, Garbage, Mary J. Blige, and Usher. The two have earned three Grammy Awards in ten nominations. He is also the co-founder of the clothing brands Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream Clothing. He is a member of the supergroup V.A. Playaz with Fam-Lay, Clipse, Skillz, Missy Elliott, and Timbaland & Magoo.
- "BBC". http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/149f91ef-1287-46da-9a8e-87fee02f1471. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
- "LA Times". http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/music/la-et-nerd-01jun01,0,7745056.story. Retrieved 11 December 2011.