Pharrell Williams is back with a new single titled “Letter To My Godfather.” The song is an unambiguous ode to Clarence Avant, who Pharrell repeatedly calls “Our chandelier.”
Pharrell Williams reunited with Chad Hugo, his old partner in the game-changing production team the Neptunes. But “Letter To My Godfather” doesn’t sound anything like an old Neptunes track. Instead, it’s a six-minute soft-focus hymn, with Pharrell crooning through copious Auto-Tune over swelling synths and acoustic guitars.
Netflix releases the new documentary The Black Godfather, a sort of hagiography about the decades-long career of the legendary behind-the-scenes music-business fixer Clarence Avant. Avant, sometimes called the godfather of black music, has been helping musicians get deals made since the ’40s.
He’s been instrumental in the careers of people like Lalo Schifrin, Bill Withers, and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Avant’s daughter Nicole produced the movie, and House Party auteur Reginald Hudlin directed it. In the documentary, luminaries like Quincy Jones, Snoop Dogg, Clive Davis, Jim Brown, Jamie Foxx, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama gather to metaphorically sing his praises.
Lisen and download Letter To My Godfather below.