When Daft Punk broke the Internet recently by previewing a snippet from their new single, "Get Lucky," at Coachella, no one wondered why Pharrell Williams was jamming with the French robots and esteemed Chic bassist Nile Rodgers. The producer, singer and fashion plate's reputation is golden. In fact, it's difficult to imagine modern rap's fusion of pop instincts and street bravado without him. Whether it's as one-half of the turn-of-the-century producer kings The Neptunes (who remixed Daft Punk's "Harder Better Faster Stronger" years ago), one-third of skate-park heroes N.E.R.D., or charmingly out-of-tune singer on solo projects like In My Mind, P has left his mark on a generation of young musicians, from Tyler, the Creator to Kendrick Lamar to A$AP Rocky to Frank Ocean to Chester French.
This playlist is just a sample of a deep catalog, but it hits many high points in Pharrell's career. It focuses on tracks where he's featured on lead or background vocals, from numerous Jay-Z and N.E.R.D. hits to collabs with Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, T.I. and more.