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Pharrell’s biggest hits, whether under his own name or produced for someone else, are almost instantly recognizable. By toying with minimal sounds in just the right way, Williams creates seemingly organic hooks in everything from Kelis’ “Milkshake” to Frank Ocean’s “Sweet Life” to his recent smash “Happy”. But what everyone failed to recognize until Discopop pointed it out is that every one of those songs starts the same way.
It seems Pharrell has a habit of taking the first beat of the first bar of any track he’s working on, looping it four times, and sticking it at the beginning of the song. Discopop even pieced together a sampling of intros to prove it (via Gawker):
One way to look at this is to slam Pharrell as a single-minded artist who can’t write an original intro to save his giant hat. Seeing as the man’s behind some of the best pop smashes of the last decade plus, however, perhaps it’s more likely this is just his signature move. It’s no, “You’re now listening to Araabmuzik,” but he’s done pretty well with it so far.