1. Stay loyal to your creativity
Williams and Chad Hugo make up the record production duo the Neptunes, producing soul, hip hop and R&B music.
2. Feed your curiosity
In 2001, the Neptunes produced Britney Spears’ single, “I’m a Slave 4 U” gaining their first worldwide number one.
3. Take a different route
The Neptunes reached number one in the U.S. with Nelly’s single, “Hot in Herre”.
4. Just do it
In 2002, the Neptunes were named “Producers of the Year”.
5. Life is a roller coaster
The Neptunes and Williams specifically were also kept in public eye largely due to ties with Jay-Z, producing several hit singles for him and two tracks on his The Black Album.
6. Love what you do
His 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.
7. Be grateful
In September 2004, Williams was featured on the Snoop Dogg single “Drop It Like It’s Hot.” It would be named “Rap Song of the Decade” by Billboard in 2009.
8. Be open-minded
He became the 12th artist in the chart’s history to simultaneously hold the number one and two positions with “Blurred Lines” and “Get Lucky”, respectively.
9. “Nothing” is a perception
In November 2013, Williams released the first 24-hour music video to his Despicable Me 2 collaboration song, “Happy”.
10. Don’t wait for the stars to align
Williams co-designed a series of jewelry (“Blason”) and glasses for Louis Vuitton.
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