The eternally busy N*E*R*D frontman is back with a collaborative EP
Just because it’s been six years since his solo LP, In My Mind, and nearly two years since his last effort with N*E*R*D, Nothing, don’t think for one second that Pharrell Williams has been doing sweet FA in the interim. The 39-year-old has been working with everyone from Adam Lambert and Miley Cyrus to Usher and Frank Ocean, as well as composing and producing the music for the Academy Awards alongside Hans Zimmer. As flashy and impressive as this all is, the fact remains that you can take Pharrell out of hip-hop, but you sure as hell can’t keep hip-hop out of Pharrell.
His new project is a collaborative effort with up-and-coming MC Mac Miller – who is nearly half Pharrell’s age – on an EP entitled Pink Slime. In June, they premiered the first single, ‘Onaroll’, and have now followed it up with a track called ‘Glow’. Williams provides the beat, backing vocals and the chorus hook, while Miller takes care of the rap verses. It’s a massive-sounding Dirty South beat, with the kind of slithering electric energy that we haven’t seen in Pharrell’s production since the first N*E*R*D record. Simply put, it’s big business – and boy, can this kid rhyme. You’ll be able to hear within 60 seconds exactly what Pharrell has seen in him.
The Pink Slime EP is set for release in the second half of 2012, presumably through Williams’ Star Trak label. In the meantime, you can stream ‘Glow’ below.