“No wonder Pharrell Williams feels like “a room without a roof.” Over the past eleven months the eternally youthful 40-year-old celebrated the 10th anniversary of his Billionaire Boys Club/Icecream fashion brands, produced and sang some of the biggest hit songs of 2013, married his longtime love, Helen Lasichanh, and dropped the world’s first 24-hour music video, appropriately titled “Happy.” The kid from Virginia Beach has come a long way since he got the chance to ghostwrite Teddy Riley’s rap on the 1992 Wreckx-N-Effect smash “Rump Shaker,” yet one thing remains unchanged from that day until this: Pharrell’s still got “the booties of the cuties steady shaking but relaxin’.” His seemingly effortless mastery of fashion, music, fine art, and fun is both an endless source of inspiration and a perfect embodiment of the Complex world view. Who else was blending skateboarding, grunge, and hip-hop back in the ’90s? Pharrell functions like a creative center of gravity who attracts kindred spirits from all over the planet into his orbit, and knows just what to do with them. We know he can do all these things. What we don’t quite understand is: how?”
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December 2nd, 2013
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