By Shannon Carlin
Pharrell is getting honest, like really honest, with GQ for a profile in which he talks about his last solo album, wanting to be like Jay Z and how the female race, along with Tyler the Creator‘s oddness, influenced his new record.
In the interview, Pharrell, who yes, is wearing that GRAMMY hat, actually admits that his last solo effot, 2006’s In My Mind, was nothing to brag about, mostly because it wasn’t really him. “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?” Pharrell said. “There was no purpose. I was so under the wrong impression at that time.”
He admits that the album with all its luxurious references was his attempt to be like Jay Z. “That was just bragging,” he said. “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.”