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Pharrell Lanscilo Williams (born April 5, 1973) is an American singer-songwriter and producer. He has produced, co-produced, and remixed many songs and albums for various artists, including (but definitely not limited to) Maroon 5, Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, and Snoop Dogg.

In addition to his production work, he is also the lead singer of the Funk Rock band N*E*R*D, and one half of the production duo The Neptunes (consisting of him and Chad Hugo). He has also served as composer for a number of films.


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Discography:

With N*E*R*D

Solo

  • In My Mind (2006)
  • G I R L (2014)

Filmography:

Films scored:

Himself


Because I'm tropin':

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    Tropes about N*E*R*D 
  • Aerith and Bob: Chad is a common name, Pharrell is a less common name, and Shay is somewhere in the middle
  • Childhood Friends: Pharrell and Chad met at a camp for musically gifted and talented children when they were 12, and met Shay at school.
  • Corrupt Politician: Pharrell compares them to strippers in "Lapdance", in the way how they make a lot of big promises like a stripper offering a free lapdance, but cannot and will not live up to them.
  • Darkest Hour: Sooner or later, it all comes crashing down...
  • Fun with Acronyms: N*E*R*D stands for "No One Ever Really Dies".
  • Genre Mashup: His work with N*E*R*D is a highly eclectic mix of Funk Rock with Electronic Music, hip hop and R&B.
  • Good Bad Girl: "She Wants To Move" is an ode to this trope. Sadly, the girl she's talking about is stuck with a Bastard Boyfriend who won't let her be.
  • Justified Criminal: "Provider", hoo boy. The song is sung from the point of view of a teenager who was spurned by a friend of his to get into the drug business due to his extremely poor economic state. He got kicked out of school by trying out some cocaine, and is now a drug dealer who works every night to give some money to his girlfriend. He fully comprehends that what he's doing is destructive, though, and wishes he could stop selling drugs and become a normal person with a loving family.
  • A Party, Also Known as an Orgy: "Truth or Dare". The original version of the song starts with Pharrell screaming "ORGY!!!" just to hammer the point home.
  • Police Brutality: One of the main themes of NO_ONE EVER REALLY DIES, particularly in "Don't Don't Do It!" - one of the song's verses lists places where recent and controversial events of such trope happened.
  • Pretender Diss: "Rock Star" calls out everyone who keeps saying they're gonna make the big time, only to chicken out when the limelight is on them.
    Tropes about The Neptunes 
  • Berserk Button: While they definitely don’t go “berserk” by any definition, both get annoyed whenever someone brings up their different races and focus on their differences rather than their similarities.
    • The same can be said with Pharrell whenever someone refers to his synesthesia as a “medical condition”.
  • Bookends: The intro and outro to Kelis’s album “Wanderland” are the same.
    • The first verse is actually different on both versions, but the rest of the songs remain the same.
  • Dream Team: In 2003 alone, they had produced over 43% of the songs played on American radio, and are considered to be one of the most acclaimed and commercially successful producers in music history.
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    Tropes about his solo work 
  • Creator Thumbprint: When Pharrell produces a song - his own work or someone else's - his version of a "producer tag" is to repeat the first beat of the song four times in a row.
  • The Idealist: "Happy" is all about this trope.
  • Ordinary People's Music Video: “Happy” is made from a 24-hour long supercut which filmed a lot of ordinary people, a few celebrities, and occasionally Williams himself dancing to the song on the streets of Los Angeles.

(Because I'm happy)
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof (Because I'm happy)
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth (Because I'm happy)
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you (Because I'm happy)
Clap along if you feel like that's what you wanna do (Come on)

Alternative Title(s): NERD

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