When Pharrell emerged as one half of the Neptunes in the mid-90s, they and producer Timbaland helped establish Virginia Beach as an unexpected Southern hip-hop capital as they revamped pop with spaced-out, stripped-down sound. They all boasted a singular vision but certainly didn’t act alone, as Pharrell proved through his star-studded Coachella set on April 12.
Before he closed with the ever-ubiquitous “Happy,” Pharrell kicked off his set with breakout solo hit “Frontin’” before guests popped up to perform their Neptunes-produced and -featured hits: Nelly for “Hot In Herre,” Snoop Dogg for “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” Busta Rhymes and Puff Daddy on “Pass the Courvoisier Pt. 2” and the biggest surprise of all, Gwen Stefani — who Pharrell simply addressed as “Queen” — for “Hollaback Girl.” (Watch his full set after the jump.) More »