8 Times You Didn’t Know You Were Listening to Pharrell
In this universe, there are plenty of hit tracks you know Pharrell had a hand in: Britney Spears’ “Toxic,” Jay Z’s “Change Clothes,” Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl.” All of Ma$e’s smash debut Harlem World. Both of 2013’s songs of the summer, Robin Thick’s “Blurred Lines” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.”
But what about the hits you didn’t realize came from the DNA of Pharrell? Tracks he only had fingerprints on, but perhaps didn’t build from the ground up? Tracks he kept on the down-low? The ones that just slipped through the cracks?
We’re happy to present to you the eight tracks you may or may not have realized had a little Pharrell sprinkled on them.
1. Wreckx-N-Effects “Rump Shaker” – 1992
Don’t get it twisted: this was not a Neptunes production. Teddy Riley and Ty Fyffe twiddled the knobs on this early ’90s R&B smash hit. But Pharrell does have a credit on the song. Several people have incorrectly identified his fingerprints as the sax solo, but Fyffe cleared it up to Rolling Stone, telling them, “A lot of people got credit…shouts out to Pharrell; he was down with the camp back in the day. But he really didn’t produce ‘Rumpshaker.’ No disrespect; Pharrell’s a genius…But he only wrote Ted’s rap.”