Pharrell has successfully replaced caffeine with his joy-to-the-world anthem “Happy.” While the Grammy-winning beatsmith has much to brag about, from his forthcoming Oscars gig to inspiring folks of all ages across the country to get their dance on, he still eats a daily serving of humble pie.
In an exclusive for GQ, the Happiest Man on Earth discusses his latest solo effort G I R L and how the guy who once called himself a “nice dude with some nice dreams” aspired to be like Diddy and Hov back in the day.
“I wrote those songs out of ego. Talking about the money I was making and the by-products of living that lifestyle,” he said while reminiscing on his 2006 album In My Mind. “What was good about that? What’d you get out of it? There was no purpose. I was so under the wrong impression at that time.”
He continues, “The money was too loud. The success was too much. The girls were too beautiful. The jewelry was too shiny. The cars were too fast. The houses were too big. It’s like not knowing how to swim and being thrown in the ocean for the ?rst time. Everything is just too crazy. You’re like, ?ailing and kicking and whatever, and you know what happens, don’t you? You sink. My spirit sank. I just felt like, ‘Fuck, what am I doing?’ ”
“That was just bragging. I wanted to be like Jay. I wanted to be like Puff. Those are their paths. I got my own path. But I didn’t know what my path was. I knew that I was meant to do something different. I knew that I needed to inject purpose in my music.”
As far as his groovy new LP G I R L is concerned, he salutes the gender who has held him down since day one.
“I instantly knew that the name of the album was called G I R L, and the reason why is because women and girls, for the most part, have just been so loyal to me and supported me,” he explains.
“There is no breathing human being on this planet that did not bene?t by a woman saying yes twice. Yes to make you, and yes to have you. Point-blank.”
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