Brad Wete
July 02, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Pharrell Williams can add a new line to his résumé: film composer. To produce the menacing music for Despicable Me, the 37-year-old hitmaker worked under the tutelage of Oscar winner Hans Zimmer (whose credits include Gladiator and The Dark Knight). ”I’m always trying to inject boosters in everything,” says Williams. ”[But] I learned not to force the moment.”

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