Pharrell Talks About His New Album ‘G I R L’, Wanting To Be Like Jay-Z & Puff And Finding His Own Path

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A few days before the release of his sophomore solo album, GQ magazine released a new article featuring seven time Grammy Award winner Pharrell Williams. His second solo album, G I R L arrives March 3rd.

G I R l will include 11-tracks with appearances from Alicia Keys (“I Know Who You Are”), Justin Timberlake (“Brand New”), Miley Cyrus (“Come Get It”) and Daft Punk (“Dust of Wind”). This time around, the album will feature singing as oppose to rapping.

Last week, G I R L’s’ lead single “Happy” went platinum status, crossing the one million mark. This week, the single officially went number one. This marks Pharrell‘s first solo number one and his fourth chart topper overall. On March 2, Pharrell may very well take home the Oscar for his song “Happy” which is up for “Best Original Song”. The track appears on Pharrell’s upcoming album as well as the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack.

In the interview with GQ’s Zach Baron, Pharrell talks about his debut album, In My Mind, hanging out with producer Timbaland as a kid, remembering when rapper Noreaga’s “Super Thug” came out, his son receiving a good education and having a positive outlook on life, getting a call from Columbia Records, naming the album G I R L, and much more.

On the songs he wrote for his 2006’s solo debut, In my Mind:

“I wrote those songs out of ego. Talking about the money I was making and the by-products of living that lifestyle. 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.”

On hanging out with producer Timbaland as a kid:

“We used to be up in Timbaland’s bedroom, where he would make his beats. And his dad would be in the other room. When that shit got too loud, he would be like: ‘Tim! Turn that music down!’ ” If the house had collapsed at that moment, we would’ve lost so much. We’d all be on antidepressants“.

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