This Virginia Beach–born music wunderkind is one half of the production super duo The Neptunes. With childhood friend, Chad Hugo, Pharrell turned a childhood of studying music (and an apprenticeship with Teddy Riley) into one of hip hop’s most prolific and far-reaching music careers. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Pharrell and Chad became the most creative, influential and sought-after producers of hip hop, R&B and pop, helming records for everyone from Noreaga to Justin Timberlake. In 2001, Pharrell stepped out as an artist, helping to form the hip hop/rock/funk band N.E.R.D. and releasing his own LP (2006 In My Mind) and hit singles like “Frontin’” with Jay Z. In November 2013, Skateboard P made history with the first-ever 24-hour video for his Oscar-nominated mega-hit "Happy," from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack. The following year he released his long-awaited second solo album, Girl The co-founder of the clothing companies Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream also signed on as a coach on the seventh season of NBC's The Voice.

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Beyoncé, Jay Z and More File Lawsuit Against French Clothing Label

Rihanna, Pharrell and Kanye West are also named in the suit.

Pharrell Donates Thousands of Books to Children in Need

The singer and his publisher launched the "Happy" campaign for young readers.

Pharrell Announces New N.E.R.D. Album

Skateboard P confirms release during Twitter Q&A.

Hundreds Protest Pharrell Concert in South Africa

Pro-Palestine demonstrators slam Skateboard P over Woolworths collaboration.

Tweets of The Week: Ice T Calls The Fashion Police On Kanye West

Plus, Pharrell and Russell Simmons stand with Ahmed.
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