They later entered a high school talent show where they were discovered by Teddy Riley, whose studio was next to Princess Anne High School.That same year, he also performed a small rap solo on SWV's second hit, "Right Here (UK Remix)".The album sounded very much like their previous production work; the group decided that they should make their work as N*E*R*D sound different, and re-recorded the album with the rock band Spymob. In August of the same year, the Neptunes were named "Producers of the Year" at both the Source Awards and the Billboard Music Awards.Then in 2002 their re-produced album was released worldwide, and the Neptunes reached number one in the U. Clipse released their commercial debut album Lord Willin' in August 2002.The song was named "Rap Song of the Decade" by Billboard in 2009. "Hollaback Girl" entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 82 on the issue dated April 2, 2005, On September 9, 2005, Williams performed the opening single from his first solo album In My Mind, "Can I Have It Like That", featuring Gwen Stefani.In November 2004, Gwen Stefani released her first debut studio album Love. The single did poorly in the US, reaching only number 48. Between then and the July 25, 2006 release of In My Mind, he released "Angel" (in Europe only), and later "Number One" with Kanye West.Williams owns a media venture that encompasses entertainment, music, fashion, and art called i am OTHER, a multimedia creative collective and record label that serves as an umbrella for all of Pharrell Williams' endeavors, including Billionaire Boys Club.
Most critics labeled the album the Neptunes best production in years, and put the duo back in the charts.
Over the next three years they continued to produce occasionally, and some of the results had little resemblance to the Neptunes' sound later. E's "Superthug" in 1998, reaching number 36 on the Billboard Hot 100, and gaining them widespread attention for the first time.
However, some like Mase's 1997 song "Lookin' at Me" from his album Harlem World, and the most definite beginning of the distinctive "Neptunes sound", came with N. In 1999, a mutual friend introduced Williams to Kelis, and their resulting collaboration produced her first album Kaleidoscope.
Williams's rock credentials were further bolstered by his appearance at the 2004 Grammy Awards, performing the Beatles's "I Saw Her Standing There" on drums with Sting, Dave Matthews, and Vince Gill.
Williams received two Grammy Awards that night, one for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical, and another for Best Pop Vocal Album for his work on Justin Timberlake's hit album Justified.