Pharrell Lanscilo Williams is an American singer, rapper, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer, and entrepreneur. With close friend Chad Hugo, he formed the hip hop and R&B production duo The Neptunes in the early 1990s, with whom he has produced songs for various recording artists.
Pharrell Lanscilo Williams was born on April 5, 1973 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is the son of Pharaoh, a handyman, and Carolyn Williams, a teacher. Pharrell went to Princess Anne High School where he played the snare drum in the marching band. He attended Northwestern University for two years and then dropped out. The oldest of three sons, Pharrell began his career in partnership with childhood friend Chad Hugo when they established the production company The Neptunes to promote and sell the work of pop, hip-hop and R&B artists. Hugo and Williams also formed a four-piece R&B group of the same name. They were discovered by Teddy Riley while playing at a high school talent show. After they graduated, the group signed with Riley studios.
Pharrell Williams wrote a verse and helped produce the 1992 hit Rump Shaker for Wreckx-N-Effects. Later that year he performed a rap solo on Right Here (UK Remix) for SWV. The next year, Williams and Chad Hugo met rap duo Clipse in Virginia Beach and they later signed Arista Records. Hugo and Pharrell had established themselves as a production duo by the time they assistant-produced a single for Blackstreet, Tonight's the Night. Over the next three years, they dabbled with producing on the side until they reached mild success with N.O.R.E's "SuperThug" in 1998. The song reached number 36 on the Billboard chart and gained the duo worldwide attention for the very first time.
Pharrell Williams is an extremely successful recording artist, producer, musician and fashion designer who has a net worth of $200 million. Pharrell is also the lead vocalist and drummer for the rock band N.E.R.D.