Pharrell Williams (born April 5, 1973) commonly known simply by the mononym Pharrell, is an American rapper, record producer, and fashion designer. Williams and Chad Hugo make up the record production duo The Neptunes, producing pop, hip hop and R&B music. He is also the lead vocalist and drummer of rock band N.E.R.D, which he formed with Hugo and childhood friend Shay Haley. He released his debut single "Frontin'" in 2003 and followed up with his debut album In My Mind in 2006.
As part of The Neptunes, Williams has produced numerous hit singles for various music artists. The production duo have earned three Grammy Awards amongst ten nominations. He is also the co-founder of the clothing brands Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream Clothing.