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5 April 1973, Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA. Williams rose to fame as one half of the Neptunes, probably the most influential production/songwriting team of the early 00s. Williams and his Neptunes partner Chad Hugo began working together at the start of the 90s, and after a number of years behind the scenes moved into the rap mainstream at the end of the decade with a series of hit productions and writing credits for artists including Jay-Z, Kelis, Ma$e and Mystikal. The charismatic Williams quickly became the public face of the Neptunes in the new millennium as the duo began to work with a wider range of artists, including pop starlet Britney Spears and former *NSYNC vocalist Justin Timberlake. Williams popped up regularly in videos by clients as his vocals assumed a more prominent role in the Neptunes productions. In summer 2003, his first solo single (credited to Pharrell) Frontin was a major transatlantic hit. Two years later he...