Mr. Pharrell Williams is the star of another GQ cover. Gracing the Feb. 2015 issue, clad in a leather jacket, the music extraordinaire gifts the magazine with a 13-hour look into his other-worldly life. A fly-on-the-wall look at his creative genius, the cover story lets readers in on a few new tidbits about Skateboard P, including upcoming collabs and his affinity for women.
Peep five new things we learned below:
He was not content with a certain T.I. record:
“I wasn’t happy about the T.I. situation,” Pharrell is saying, presumably talking about the T.I. record Paperwork, which he produced. “They did that record hoping for radio play, and they got nothing out of it…. Great, you got your No. 1 hip-hop song. But what does that do for your sales?”
“You want to be camouflage?” he says about the T.I. record. “Go ahead. Blend in. But we want to be that twinkle in the sky. And you might not be able to see that star now. But it’s daytime. Wait till it gets dark.”
Sometimes he talks like Jaden Smith:
“It’s all math. You have a certain number of bones in your body. You have seven holes in your face. There are nine planets, a sun, trillions and trillions of galaxies. Everything quantifies to numbers.”
“The more suspended experiences you have, the more you’re not bound by physical time.”
He has a song with Big Sean coming, and it’s “haaaaard.”
As he gets up and leaves his headphones behind, basically still smoking, he says to his assistant, Cactus, a woman with purple hair: “Send [Big] Sean an e-mail and tell him he’s got a missile coming.” But he likes it so much, he can’t help but call Sean himself: “It’s not what we talked about, man. But it’s haaaaard. It’s like ghost-of-Shaka-Zulu hard!”
He also has a song with Snoop Dogg and Gwen Stefani:
Pharrell himself is seated at a studio console, eating chicken soup and working on a song he’s writing for Snoop and Gwen Stefani. The song sounds pretty dope.
He surrounds himself with women because he’s sensitive:
“Women have a way of expressing themselves that I can relate to more honestly,” he says. “I am a sensitive person, so I want to be with sensitive people. They’re pretty magical, the women that are here. They sense things before it happens.”
Read Pharrell’s full Feb. 2015 GQ cover story here.