Pharrell Williams had the kind of year that makes the rest of us look like bed-bound losers. He not only has two of this year’s biggest songs — featuring on Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and co-writing Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” — he also has seven Grammy nominations. Oh, and he’s worked with enough people that Kevin Bacon best give up that “6 Degrees of…” throne post haste.
And don’t think for one second that Williams is slowing down just because we’re on to a new kitten calendar — oh to the no: He’s got more collabs lined up for 2014 than Baby North West has blessings.
We’re guessing that we’ve left out a few musical hookups in the list below, but we likely don’t have the pixel-age to capture all of Pharrell’s awesomeness in one post. In the meantime, here’s eight (8!) P-packed projects to look forward to this year:
Pharrell + Major Lazer
— Kim K Mutumbo (@diplo) January 4, 2014
Diplo’s Major Lazer project (along with Jillionaire and Walshy Fire) will be dropping an EP NEXT MONTH (February 2014) featuring Skateboard P. himself — along with Sean Paul, RDX, Machel Montano and Elephant Man.
Could this assemblage pen the next dance jam to rival “Get Lucky”? We’ll be up all month waiting and seeing.
Pharrell + T.I.
You may have been waiting with breath that was bated for T.I. to drop Trouble Man II: He Who Wears the Crown — the follow-up to 2012’s Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head — well, you might be waiting a bit longer to exhale. Since getting in the studio with executive producer Pharrell, T.I. has decided to take the record in a new direction — and give it a new name.
“I still have that album, that album isn’t lost, I have that project as well,” T.I. told MTV News. “But the music that we began to create — Pharrell, myself — so many others that have contributed between the time of then and now that the project is just taking a new shape.”
We hope we get to check out that new shape in 2014.
Pharrell + Pusha T
Pusha T. and Pharrell (along with Neptunes cohort Chad Hugo) headed into the studio at the top of 2014 — and it looks like they’ll be a while.
“I don’t know when I’m dropping the next [album], but I can tell everybody, January 2, me Pharrell and Chad [Hugo] are going in the studio for 20 days,” Pusha told Miss Info in December. “That’s what’s gonna start off the King Push album.”
Sure enough, snaps started surfacing on Push’s Instagram that verified that claim.
The Neptunes produced Clipse’s (Pusha and Gene “No Malice” Thornton) major-label debut album Lord Willin’ as well as Hell Hath No Fury. Pusha then dropped his debut solo album My Name Is My Name in October, with Pharrell popping up on the track “S.N.I.T.C.H.”
Perhaps a Clipse reunion is also on the horizon? Pharrell seemed to think so when he and MTV News chatted last summer.
Pharrell + Charlie Wilson
We’re not exactly sure what Charlie Wilson has in store for his upcoming Kanye West-produced record, but we do know that it could have some interesting collabs onboard: “Kanye and myself, we started already — Kanye is starting on a new record for me,” Wilson told MTV News. “Kanye is one of the greatest rapper/producers that we have. He’s a little controversial, yeah, but he’s still a genius at that in the studio. He wants to produce me, so we’ll see how that goes. He’s been asking for a while and I’ve just been busy. Real busy. I know Pharrell [Williams] wants to get in. And Justin Timberlake.”
Excuse us while our collective heads explode.
Pharrell + Mac Miller
Pink Slime has been on our lips for a while now — and it’s not as gross as it sounds. Mac Miller and Pharrell started working on the collaborative EP back in 2012, and it looks like it will finally see the light of day come the end of 2014, according to Rolling Stone.
We can’t wait to get our sticky fingers on this sticky disc.
Pharrell + Busta Rhymes
If you dug “Twerk It,” Busta Rhyme’s Nicki Minaj-featuring, Pharrell-produced single, you better get those booty-popping dance moves shined up for Busta’s upcoming record Extinction Level Event 2, also co-produced by Williams.
Pharrell + Chris Brown
Chris Brown’s X may still lacking a release date — he tried to sate us with a stopgap mixtape in November — but at least we know “X” marks the spot when it comes to Skateboard P. Pharrell produces on the record.
Pharrell + Pharrell
Last but not least, Pharrell will be working on his own solo record in 2014 as well. Williams has vowed not to drop any rhymes on the new disc, which means the project could sound more like his smoother productions than anything else — think “Get Lucky” or “Happy.”
“That’s the difference between 30 and 40. ’Cause I was 30, now I’m 40 — and I’m not rapping,” he told Complex.com of the project.
Can’t stop, won’t stop.