I wrote this piece a while back – when My Space was still the Social Network to beat, thought I’d add it to my blog over here.
In today’s day and age, music has got to make your feet move with a certain body movement, not to hate on The Souljah Boys of our time but music isn’t all about making the money. Which brings me to my blog topic Pharrell Williams, the front man of the rock/pop/hip-hop trio N.E.R.D. one half of the legendary producers The Neptune’s, fashion icon, etc. the list can go on pretty long!
Did Pharrell sell out to his core fan base or is he staying true to what he always believed, and that’s just being different? I’m going for the latter. Pharrell has a unique style of beat making and even if some of his songs sound similar to one another, does it sound anything that you hear on your local radio stations? No! It sounds like a foreign planet is playing through your speakers.
This is his Discography:
1. In Search Of…(version 1)=Different
2. In Search Of…(version 2)=Different + there best work.
3. Clipse – Lord Willin’ = Different no doubt there best portfolio of beats.
4. Neptunes Present…Clones = Nothing you heard before
5. Fly Or Die = Different came with there new style (fashionwise)
6. Clipse – Hell Hath No Fury = Brilliant apparently when they started “falling off”
PHARRELL – IN MY MIND
Kept this most critical piece of work for last, “oh Pharrell should stick to beat making”, “stick to high notes, leave the rapping for ‘Kanye” some of the few comments that were passed. My opinion Skateboard P came, saw, conquered with In My Mind, people fail to realise what his intention was with the album, it was to show the world that he has the ability to be diverse and on the 7 hip-hop tracks that was probably his downfall but he brought the heat no doubt, can anyone say Can I Have It Like That? He brought that heat!
I broke the album down song for song…
1. Can I Have It Like That? —->> P brought that fire, ’nuff said!
2. How Does It Feel? —->> Flow is on fire, lyrics above par, enough to get attention.
3. Raspy S**t —->> When I saw the name thought it would be a repeat of the summer classic Drop It Like its Hot, but P a bit held back on the beat and flow but that’s when you compare it Drop It Like Its Hot. The sample of Drop It Like Its Hot was utilised to perfection.
4. Best Friend —->> Justice!
5. You Can Do It Too —->> Live Performance does it justice, content 100% beat on par with content, flow a bit dodgy.
6. Keep It Playa —->> not a huge fan of Slim Thug, beat 100% think he out flowed the “experienced” one.
7. That Girl —->> Justice! I mean who does not like Snoop? Hot video as well.
R&B Section be aware I’m a be slightly bias.
8. Angel —->> First full length solo song after Frontin’ (my favourite song ever probably) so justice in my eyes.
9. Young Girl —->> Beat, lyrics, Jay-Z probably the best song on the album.
10. I Really Like You —->> Sung Beautifully Skateboard P.
11. Take it Off (Dim The Lights) —->> Beat and lyrics go nicely together 7 out of 10
12. Stay With Me —->> Pusha T doing wonders with his flow and P compliments his flow falsettoing away. Missed Malice on this track?
13. Baby —->> Live Performance very good, beat nicely done was Nelly needed?
14. Our Father —->> Definitely a filler, but jazz is a good avenue for N.E.R.D.
15. Number One —->> Brilliantly done! ‘Ye the chorus was enough.
16. Show You How To Hustle —->> Flow, beat compliments each other, does it justice!
Did Pharrell sell out to his core fan base or is he staying true to what he always believed, and that’s just being different? I’m going for the latter.