2013 The Root 100

Pharrell Williams is as gifted as they come and the man behind two major hit songs this year.

  • Influence: 215.5
  • Reach: 17.27
  • Substance: 7.2
  • Media Mentions: 2748
  • Internet Mentions: 30900000
  • Twitter Followers: 2212895
  • Pharrell Williams

  • This hitmaker keeps 'em coming, with two huge songs already under his belt this year.
  • Job: Producer, composer, rapper, entrepreneur, fashion designer
  • Sector: Entertainment/Media
  • Twitter: @Pharrell
  • Location: Virginia
  • Age: 40
  • Bio:

    It's true. Pharrell Williams killed them *dead* as the man behind Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," two multiplatinum hits that kept the summer of 2013 rocking. Williams is certainly a man of varied tastes. His work spans production for every major rapper, from composing the music for last year's Academy Awards to writing the new theme music for Chelsea Lately. Williams is also a man who supports other "thinkers, innovators and outcasts" on his YouTube channel, I Am OTHER, which bankrolled the second season of Issa Rae's The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl. Additionally, Williams is credited with bringing diversity to hip-hop looks through his Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream footwear lines. And speaking of fashion, the Virginia Beach, Va., native will appear as a mentor on Rihanna's new fashion-reality competition on the Style Network in November. 

    Visit his website and like his Facebook page.

  • Fun Fact: He's written most of his monster hits in the shower, including "Blurred Lines," "Milkshake," "Hollaback Girl" and "Hot in Herre."