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Pharrell continues his smooth-funk roll with video, new song with T.I.

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It’s hard to believe that just a short couple years ago people were talking about Pharrell in the past tense—especially when his post-“Get Lucky” comeback is threatening to actually overshadow the first half of his career. This morning, he added a boost of momentum to the unbelievable roll he’s been on with the release of a video for “Gust of Wind,” the Daft Punk-featuring latest single from his G I R L album. Directed by Edgar Wright, the visual complements the song’s airy, string-laden arrangement with choreography and costumes that nod heavily toward wuxia kung fu films and a pair of giant stone Daft Punk helmets floating around the autumnal scenery like it’s no big thing.

Just a few hours before that, T.I. released his new single featuring Pharrell, which actually feels more like a Pharrell single featuring T.I., but whatever. Like “Gust of Wind,” “Paperwork” is a vibrant track that goes about its business in an impeccably chill fashion, its beat booming but unhurried as Pharrell continues to explore his unexpectedly rewarding smooth-funk side. If his Lite FM phase continues to stay this on-point, he doesn’t ever have to craft a full-on banger ever again.

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