Known for wearing many hats, Pharrell Williams’ producer cap is the one he started out in.
The 48-year-old artist has long been a visible figure in pop culture, serving as a judge on NBC’s The Voice and creating the addictive “Happy” for the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack. More recently, though, Williams has been holed up in the studio with close friend and producer Chad Hugo. The two comprise The Neptunes, the celebrated hip-hop and R&B production duo formed in the early 1990s.
The Neptunes have been behind the boards on many chart-toppers throughout the decades. Most recently, they hit No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B Producers Chart in September 2020 with their work on TDE singer SZA’s “Hit Different,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign. They also appeared on the production credits for Brent Faiyaz and Drake’s “Wasting Time,” in which the cover art was stylized in the same vein as Pharrell’s 2006 solo record In My Mind. They contributed a production overhaul to Metallica’s “Wherever I May Roam” for the band’s Blacklist compilation album as well.
Over the past couple of months, the duo has been cryptically posting photos to their Instagram account of artists they’ve been working with, and the list is pretty impressive. From A$AP Mob’s top members to rising R&B star Chloe Bailey, the iconic producing duo has been working with many talents throughout the hip-hop world.
Check out photos below for a preview of where you might hear The Neptunes’ signature production touch next.