Pharrell was listed among many names such as Madlib, Pete Rock, Kanye West, Dr. Dre & No I.D. on the recent Complex Magazine list The Best 23 Rappers Who Started as Producers. Coming in at #21, read what Robbie Ettelson of hip-hop blog Unkut mentioned about Pharrell's rapping ability.
First Production Credit: 1996
Became Known For Rapping: 2004
Signature Production: Jay-Z's "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)"
Signature Rap: Snoop Dogg's "Drop It Like It's Hot”
Pharrell started out writing raps for Wreckx-N-Effect and he's only gotten better in the two decades since. "Drop It Like It's Hot" was his breakout verse, his appearance on Clipse's "Mr. Me Too" showed that his rap chops were legit, and even to this day, he's killing verses, notably on tracks from The-Dream and Rick Ross in the past year. Producer and designer titles inevitably come to mind first for Pharrell, but his rhymes shouldn't be overlooked. [via]
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