Sharing his genius by producing for what it seems like every name in the industry, Pharrell has left his mark with his signature sound on decades of hits. The timeless collection produced by Pharrell is just a glimpse behind his capabilities of helping to build the foundation for new artists and already established artists.
Solidifying his status as a producer and performer with The Neptunes and N.E.R.D, Pharrell dominated the mainstream soundscape with his signature sound. Today that exact sound is easily recognizable, and traces back to the early 2000s where he assisted the who’s, who, of music. At one point Pharrell decided to transition from being the guest star, to the main attraction on his debut solo album, In My Mind, and at that time it was a shaky mishap, but today it’s a worthy album to revisit and celebrate.
Crooning over a sinister collection of beats, he lets his ego run wild, and even Pharrell himself admitted the album had “no purpose”, and he “wrote those songs out of ego”. Despite the negative perception of the album by critics, and Williams himself, it’s a slap in the face to his impact of defining a generation to be “cool”, and accepting listeners to expand their interests. Despite his infatuation with arrogance, Pharrell becomes a storyteller on Best Friend; an emotional outcry of feeling defeated, exploring the struggle to gain strength while trying to overcome significant losses in his life. Providing a glimpse into an alternative reality to the mastermind that is Pharrell Williams, Best Friend taps into a personal realm, that lets listeners understand who he really is outside of the ego he had let overshadow his efforts.
Revisiting the album, it is fueled off of nostalgia driven hits such as Can I Have It Like That, Number One, and Angel, all significant to the early 2000s, and prove Pharrell can hold his own. Despite being considered a misstep, In My Mind, presented Pharrell’s ability to hustle his way to the top.
With decades of hits, it's hard to keep up with every song he put his signature touch on. Stream "In Pharrell's Mind", the definitive essential playlist of the greatest hits produced by Pharrell, The Neptunes, and N*E*R*D.