Chris Brown's career is on an upswing, previously down fromthe aftermath of his February 2009 assault on ex-girlfriend Rihanna.
Brown's celebrity friends are showing him support. Drake, T.I., Kanye West and Andre 3000 appear on a remix of his top 20 song "Deuces."
But Pharrell Williams, frontman of N.E.R.D. and one of Brown'sbig brothers in the music business, has taken it a step further, writing a songof encouragement for the embattled singer.
N.E.R.D., Williams' alternative hip hop band with Chad Hugoand Shae Williams, features the song "God Bless Us All" on its fourth studioalbum, "Nothing." The track is dedicated to Brown, Williams revealed to Yahoo!Music.
"'God Bless Us All' is about Chris. When you hear me say, 'Hold your head up lil' bruh,' I'm talking about Chris," said Williams, whoadded that Brown refers to him as Big Bro. "When I say, 'You're a Brown in thisworld that's black and white,' I wasn't talking about the fact that there areissues and you're either black or white. I was saying the world is just veryclear. It's black and white."
(Pharrell discusses Chris Brown at the 1:37 mark.)
The song's strong message of hope tells Brown not to focuson the negativity, but to stay optimistic. "Forget what you read lil' bruh/ Getthem words out your head lil' bruh," Williams sings.
In another verse, Williams adds, "You were made to amaze andbring change lil' bruh."
The overall tone of the entire N.E.R.D. album is uplifting.The alternative hip hop band was inspired by music from artists like Neil Youngand others from the '60s and '70s.
"When we made this record we kinda stumbled into that late '60s and early '70s kinda culture sound," Williams said. "Before we knew itthere was the Neil Young feeling song, then the kinda moody blues, then wewanted a big festive, you know, we just won a football game or sportschampionship moment."
While the music may take the album's sound back three ormore decades, the themes are modern, Williams said. "It doesn't sound likewhat's going on today, but it literally talks about all that stuff that goes ontoday," he said.
The album artwork strikes a universal chord. "The armyhelmet was kinda like representative of war and the features represent peace,"Williams said. "It's just presenting the view of the world without a politicalslant and without a righteous slant."
N.E.R.D. members Williams and Haley stopped by the Yahoo!Music offices to perform three new songs from "Nothing," "Hot N' Fun,""Hypnotize U," and "I Wanna Jam."Check them out below.