Pharrell is the latest to cover GQ for “The Legacy Project,” which is a collection of artists who have made big news for the past year. The musician had a few things to say about why he works with so many women and songs with T.I.
On working with T.I. for “Paperwork” song:
“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.” It’s a metaphor he likes, and it could serve as a philosophy: Being mass and being special are not mutually exclusive. “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.”
On working with women:
“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.”
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