Look, we’re not saying the Pharrell train’s over, but he made his best music when he was a little less ‘Happy’. It’s no exaggeration to call The Neptunes (Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo) the most successful pop producers of the early ’00s – it’s pretty much a fact, with the duo gridlocking the Billboard charts in 2002 and 2003 with a run of hits that even Timbaland couldn’t match. Add to that Pharrell’s status as one of hip-hop’s most in-demand hook men (and, you know, owner of one of the world’s most in-demand faces), and the man was inescapable, but to resent it was just silly. Nobody was delivering hits like this guy. With his new solo album GIRL ready to take the world by storm – just ask his record label Columbia, who’re preparing to follow their recent success with Daft Punk and Beyonce by “launch[ing] Pharrell as a global solo superstar” – we thought it was about time to look back and rank his 50 greatest moments as a producer, singer, rapper and songwriter, ranging from 1993 to 2013.
'Stone’s languid Black Diamond track gets well and truly Superthugged, with a great Pusha T feature thrown on for good measure.'
'One of The Neptunes’ most syrup-laced drops, ‘Skrung Owt’ was apparently composed while Pharrell watched Stanley Kubrick’s horror masterpiece The Shining.'