From The Vault: Pharrell Williams – ‘Frontin”

This week’s From The Vault spotlight’s Pharrell Williams and Jay-Z‘s 2003 classic, ‘Frontin”.

The song, which was a worldwide Top 10 hit, was the 1st single released from ‘The Neptunes Present: Clones’ album, but most importantly Mr Williams’ first strike as an headlining solo act.

What’s interesting about the track is how simple it is. Simple, yet effective. Despite the hitmaker’s lack of vocal prowess, the cut evokes an air of ‘Off The Wall’, particularly the bassline throughout the song. Even Skate Board P’s high-pitched delivery gives a nod to classic MJ. As ever, Jay-Z comes in and delivers his rap effortlessly.

The video may yet another house party, yet with a ‘is more’ approach taken to both the production and visual, this is hands down one of The Neptunes’ finer moments!

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  1. the kiddz June 19, 2011

    YASSSSS! Pharrell is so damn s***. Love, love, L-O-V-E him. So talented and stylish. His tracks are crazy good, still jamming to N.E.R.D’s latest album.

  2. Malibu Barbie June 19, 2011

    he is the no.1 producer i want to work with. hes my f****** IDOL.. hes a legend. he needs a star on the walk of fame… hes amazing…

  3. Bam Bam June 19, 2011

    I just recognized that Lauren London was in this video….

  4. ChrisJ June 19, 2011

    this was my s***..still is

  5. WHAT? June 19, 2011


  6. MISHKA June 19, 2011

    Shawn Carter was hot !

  7. TAYLOR SWIFTS NUMBER 1 FAN June 19, 2011

    jamie cullum’s version is better

  8. Betty-Oops June 19, 2011

    Who is Jamie Cullum?

    Anyway, this song was hot. Loved that he went with the darker skinned girl. She was the prettiest out of the bunch anyway, and this is coming from a white woman.

  9. OLO June 19, 2011

    finally a man from the vault. u always with ur girls just bc ure gay sam

  10. Harlem June 19, 2011

    Jayz killed this verse……………….

  11. ~aMaZiNG.Lee~ June 19, 2011

    OMG!!! I use to LOOOOOOVE this song and I still do! It reminds me of so much during the time when it came out. It’s like on the soundtrack of my life at that time, so blissful! Sounds crazy I feel I want to tear up, LOL! Especially the part of the chorus when the production breaks down! *tear*


    Yessss! Pharell will NEVER age! He looks 10 times better than most 20 year olds IMO! Dude is beyond s***! Hmmm……

  12. ali23 June 19, 2011

    More Pharrell posts please!

  13. Malibu Barbie June 19, 2011

    dead at all u thirsty H***!!! #ICANT

  14. CrackCoke June 19, 2011

    I was so shocked to find out he’s almost 40.
    ~Blaq don’t crack~.


    lol #Imiss’03!!!!!

    Him andre3000 AND Kanye(circa Graduation) are inspirations.(soulja boy and $ .50 sound STUPID compared to them.)

  16. King B June 19, 2011

    @ I Stan 4 Gaga:

    5 Nickels and Soulja B**** sound stupid compared to just about anything, really.

  17. WHY DON’T WE… HOW ABOUT NOT June 19, 2011

    WOA! This sends me back to summer 03, when this song came out… I was 12 & didnt have a care in the world… I miss those days.

  18. vicious vixen June 20, 2011

    I swear he’s found the fountain of youth!

  19. English Babe* June 20, 2011

    he is sooo talented and hot!!

    i loved this track and still do.

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