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Pharrell Williams proclaims former Gap Band lead singer as the greatest of all time: “Charlie Wilson is the GOAT”


13-time Grammy winner Pharrell Williams has written and produced music for a who’s who of music, including PrinceBeyoncéJay-ZKanye WestJustin TimberlakeAlicia Keys, and dozens more stars. Few people in music have a more impressive resume. Of all the special artists he’s worked with, he declares one legend as the greatest of all time.

Charlie Wilson is the GOAT, bro. Charlie Wilson, the Gap Band, he tells Variety. “My parents used to play that music, and it’s always been an honor to work with Uncle Charlie.”

Pharrell and Wilson have recorded several songs together, including “That Girl” from Pharrell’s 2006 debut solo album, In My Mind. They’ve also released five collabs with Snoop Dogg, led by the 2003 platinum single, “Beautiful,” which is a staple of Charlie’s concert list.

In 2013, Pharrell joined Snoop and Timberlake in performing a tribute to the former Gap Band lead singer when Wilson was honored for Lifetime Achievement at the 13th annual BET Awards.

Charlie is a favorite for hip-hop features, and Pharrell is thrilled that many other artists are embracing the 68-year-old icon.

“Seeing him get his flowers so many times with Kanye and Tyler, the Creator,” he continues, “and just continuing to be out there, still doing it and sounding amazing.”

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