Thursday, September 25, 2014

Skateboard P is still rolling

Pharrell Williams - Sportpaleis
Happy feet
Pharrell is a hit-maker. 

Granted, he has used his groovy skills mostly to craft hit records for others, as demonstrated by a long and glorious producing resume that includes Drop It Like It's Hot, I'm A Slave 4 U, Hot In Herre, and most recently Blurred Lines and Get Lucky.

And then of course there's N.E.R.D., a funk/rock/hip hop trio consisting of the Virginia native himself, his Neptunes partner in crime Chad Hugo and rapper Shay Haley. The group produced several hits like Rock Star and She Wants To Move.

Add solo albums In My Mind and this year's G I R L - which featured smash hit Happy - to the mix, and you get a feel for the incredible pool of hits the 41-year-old i Am Other founder has at his disposal. Which is the very reason I had some reservations about the concert.

With most of "his" hits belonging to other artists, how was Pharrell going to go about this exactly?

Turns out he handled it just right.

Flanked by The Baes - five twerkalicious dancers - and two terrific backing vocalists, Skateboard P delivered a nice mix of G I R L songs (Come Get It Bae, Marilyn Monroe, Happy), featured verses and hooks (Drop It Like It's Hot, Beautiful), and of course Thicke's Blurred Lines and Daft Punk's Get Lucky. He also brought out Shay to perform some N.E.R.D. hits and humbly handed the stage to The Baes to move their assets to Kelis's Milkshake, Nelly's Hot In Herre and Britney's I'm A Slave 4 U.

Pharrell ain't no Justin Timberlake vocally, and he didn't fancy up the stage whatsoever, but he sure knows how to get a party started and keep it going. The behatted singer-songwriter, who is all about happiness, sexiness and (celebrating) women, had the crowd in his musical hands before even having uttered a word, providing a solid "best of" experience in 75-some minutes.

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