Pharrell releases “Letter to My Godfather”

An ode to Clarence Avant, as part of the soundtrack for Netflix’s ‘The Black Godfather.’

Pharrell Williams has reunited with his Neptunes partner Chad Hugo for “Letter to My Godfather,” their contribution to the soundtrack of Netflix’s new documentary The Black Godfather.

Written by both Williams and Hugo, the track is an ode to Clarence Avant, an influential music executive who is credited for paving the way for black artists in the ’60s and the subject of the documentary. On the track, Williams’ Auto-Tuned voice is layered over a soundscape of acoustic guitar chords, synths and hand claps. “We can still hug him now after all these years / ’Cause when the darkness, when the darkness comes / He’s our chandelier,” he sings.

“Clarence Avant connects us all through his incredible impact since before I was born up until now,” Williams said in a statement. “He’s the godfather to so many of us—and not just African Americans, [but] most of the [music] industry.”


Listen to “Letter to My Godfather” below:

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