In My Mind (Pharrell Williams album)

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In My Mind
Studio album by Pharrell Williams
Released July 25, 2006 (2006-07-25)
Recorded 2005–06
Genre Hip hop, R&B
Length 64:20
Label Star Trak, Interscope
Producer Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams chronology
In My Mind
(2006)
G I R L
(2014)
Singles from In My Mind
  1. "Can I Have It Like That"
    Released: October 31, 2005
  2. "Angel"
    Released: January 21, 2006
  3. "Number One"
    Released: August 21, 2006
  4. "That Girl"
    Released: October 30, 2006

In My Mind is the debut album by American singer, rapper and record producer Pharrell Williams. It was released on July 25, 2006. It debuted at number 3 on the US Billboard 200 and sold 142,000 copies in its first week. It was also certified Silver in the United Kingdom for sales of over 60,000 copies.

Background[edit]

In June 2003, after having produced and featured on several songs by other artists, Williams released his debut single "Frontin'", featuring Jay Z. Despite insisting that the single was a one-off, and that he was purely a producer and not an artist in his own right, it was announced that Williams would release his own studio album.

The album includes the three already-released singles "Can I Have It Like That" (featuring Gwen Stefani), "Angel" (only released in the UK) and "Number One" (featuring Kanye West) and performances featuring Jay-Z, Nelly, Slim Thug, Snoop Dogg, Lauren London, Jamie Cullum and Pusha T of Clipse. Originally the album had been slated for release on November 15, 2005, but, the date was delayed at Pharrell's request. In an interview on the delay, Pharrell stated that he felt the album needed more work and was the reason for the date being pushed back. Nearly six months later, it was released.

The album was remade as Out of My Mind with the same lyrics, but interpolated instrumentals by drummer Questlove and James Poyser of the hip hop group The Roots.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club B[2]
Entertainment Weekly C+[3]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[4]
NME 7/10[5]
Pitchfork Media 3.9/10[6]
PopMatters 4/10[7]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[8]
Slant Magazine 2/5 stars[9]
Stylus Magazine D[10]

The album received generally mixed reviews from critics. Christian Hoard of Rolling Stone called it "still only so-so, offering a series of modestly tuneful, sometimes snoozy soul-pop-hip-hop songs".[11] Entertainment Weekly said the album "seems divided against itself, rest assured that all of the songs have something in common: they're not remotely catchy".[12] For AllMusic, Andy Kellman wrote that "it's not like any part of it is flat-out poor, but it's a shame it didn't turn out better".[13] In his consumer guide for MSN Music, Robert Christgau gave the album a two-star honorable mention rating ((2-star Honorable Mention)),[14] indicating a "likable effort consumers attuned to its overriding aesthetic or individual vision may well enjoy".[15] He cited "Raspy Shit" and "Number One" as highlights and quipped, "keepin' it playa like he says, for exactly what that's worth".[14]

Chart performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 3 on the US Billboard 200 and sold 1,030,092 copies in its first week, outsold by LeToya's self-title debut album and the compilation album Now 22. Most recently, a music video for "That Girl" (featuring Snoop Dogg) was released and has been receiving airplay on VH1.[16] The second week, it fell to #9 with 51,000 copies sold.[17] On this album, Pharrell makes his solo production debut without his partner Chad Hugo. The album has sold 2,889,025 copies worldwide[citation needed].

Accolades[edit]

The album was nominated for Best Rap Album at the Grammy Awards of 2007, but lost to Release Therapy by Ludacris.

Track listing[edit]

All songs produced by Pharrell Williams.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Can I Have It Like That" (featuring Gwen Stefani) Pharrell Williams 3:55
2. "How Does It Feel?"   Pharrell Williams 3:35
3. "The Games"   Pharrell Williams 3:34
4. "Best Friend"   Pharrell Williams 4:40
5. "You Can Do It Too" (featuring Jamie Cullum) Pharrell Williams 5:22
6. "Keep It Playa" (featuring Slim Thug) Pharrell Williams, Stayve Thomas 4:18
7. "That Girl" (featuring Snoop Dogg and Charlie Wilson) Pharrell Williams, Calvin Broadus, Jr. 4:01
8. "Angel"   Pharrell Williams 2:44
9. "Young Girl"/"I Really Like You" (featuring Jay-Z) Pharrell Williams, Shawn Carter 8:13
10. "Take It Off (Dim the Lights)"   Pharrell Williams 4:07
11. "Stay with Me" (featuring Pusha T) Pharrell Williams, Terrence Thornton 4:06
12. "Baby" (featuring Nelly) Pharrell Williams, Cornell Haynes, Jr. 4:06
13. "Our Father"   Pharrell Williams 3:27
14. "Number One" (featuring Kanye West) Pharrell Williams, Kanye West 3:56
15. "Show You How to Hustle" (featuring Lauren) Pharrell Williams 4:13
16. "Swagger International" (Japan bonus track) Pharrell Williams 4:14

Notes[edit]

  • A song titled "Mamacita", which featured reggaeton artist Daddy Yankee was leaked in early 2006 and was supposed to be the third single from the album, but it did not appear on the final track listing, nor was there a video for the song, but it is featured in the movie The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.
  • Not on the official album, "Big White Spaceship" (featuring Timbaland & Magoo) is actually an early project with Timbaland & Magoo called Surrounded by Idiots. Pharrell recalls in an interview: "In seventh grade I met Chad. That's twenty years ago by now. Like I said earlier, we started producing beats together. But then again, I also played with this famous group which consisted of Timbaland, Magoo, myself and some other guy. Chad wasn't a part of the group, so I was in The Neptunes and in Surrounded by Idiots at the same time." A few tracks produced by the group float around on the Internet, this being the most distributed. In 2005 Danny! recorded a remix to this song, removing vocals from Timbaland & Magoo, and placed it as a hidden track on his F.O.O.D. album.
  • The song "Skateboard P Presents: Show You How to Hustle" is featured in the game Need for Speed: Carbon.
  • Other songs presumed to be B-sides or possibly just unreleased Pharrell compositions include "Creamsickle" and "I Need Love".
  • The album cover is a reference to the art style of BAPE, a Japanese street clothing company that is popular in the urban scene. Williams and founder Nigo launched the first American store in New York together.
  • The initial pressing offered buyers a choice of three covers; each cover had Pharrell pictured with either a Blue Ice Cream sweater, Red and White Polo Shirt, or White Billionaire Boys Club T-shirt as shown above.

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Review by Andy Kellman (2006-07-25). "In My Mind - Pharrell Williams". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  2. ^ Modell, Josh. "Pharrell: In My Mind · The A.V. Club". Avclub.com. Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  3. ^ Reviewed by Josh Tyrangiel on Jul 24, 2006 (2006-07-24). "In My Mind Review". EW.com. Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  4. ^ "CD: Pharrell, In My Mind". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  5. ^ "NME Album Reviews - Pharrell: In My Mind". Nme.Com. 2006-08-07. Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  6. ^ Sean Fennessey (2006-07-24). "Pharrell: In My Mind". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  7. ^ Vrabel, Jeff. "Pharrell: In My Mind". PopMatters. Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  8. ^ Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived February 14, 2010)
  9. ^ "Pharrell: In My Mind | Music Review". Slant Magazine. 2006-07-24. Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  10. ^ "Pharrell - In My Mind - Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  11. ^ Pharrell Williams: In My Mind: Music Review Rolling Stone. Accessed May 24, 2008.
  12. ^ Josh Tyrangiel (July 21, 2006). Music Review - In My Mind (2006) - Pharrell Williams. Entertainment Weekly. Accessed May 24, 2008.
  13. ^ In My Mind - Pharrell Allmusic. Accessed May 24, 2008.
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  15. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "Key to Icons". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
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  17. ^ U.S. Week 2 sales
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