Something dawned on me as I read this Pharrell interview in GQ. In order be a success, I mean a real game changing innovative success. You kind of have to be arrogant and confident, which on paper can read like you’re kind of a dick. This interview makes Pharrell Williams seem kind of douchey… like a gentle organic douche. No where near the shades of the vagdestroying essence of Yeezy’s Breeze. But definately somoene who knows his wheelhouse, and isn’t apologetic. I kinda like it. The highlight reel:
On why he knows fashion better than you do (he did the work and has the answers, Sway):
The Arby’s jokes or the park ranger jokes or whatever—are they funny to you? They said the same things to me fifteen years ago about trucker hats. Remember: trucker hats at a moment in time when people were wearing throwback jerseys. I was aware of it.
So not that funny? I mean, it just goes with the territory. Anything different, people are going to look at and go, “Ha ha ha ha, what is that??” Then, after a while, they do a little bit of research; they realize it’s Vivienne Westwood, an ode to her boyfriend at the time; they had a store together called World’s End. The guy who went on to sign the Sex Pistols, Malcolm McLaren.
On you sensitive black broads:
There were people who criticized you for not including more black women on the cover of G I R L. How did you feel about that? Do you want me to be honest with you?
Yeah. It’s insecurity. If you love who you are—and I’m not saying that there’s not a plight out there for people who have different skin colors, because Mexicans go through just as much discrimination, if not more discrimination, than black people do in this country. Right? That’s why I wrote “Marilyn Monroe,” man: That which makes you different is what makes you special. You don’t gotta be waif, white, and thin to be beautiful. You can be anything that you want to be, and what I chose to do is put my friends on the cover. The girl that was closest next to me is black, but they didn’t know that, so they jumped the gun. And it wasn’t all black women. There were a lot of black women that were really angry at some of those girls, but some of those girls are the ones that instantly get mad when they don’t see somebody that’s dark. And it’s like: “Yo, you don’t need nobody to represent you. You represent you. You represent the best version of who you could be. You go out there and change the world.”
On designing to connect with the PERSON…
I opened the New York Times last weekend and there was a $16,500 bike in there that you designed. $16,500, because it was wrapped in leather, yeah.
Who is that for? Someone who can afford it—not for the world. But I have affordable products. You have to connect with people.
But that bike isn’t connecting with people. No. It’ll connect with one person.
Read the entire thing HERE, including his pic for the next Prez. Spoiler Alert: She has a vagicat!
Listening to “Happy” 3483048308 times has put me in a disport. So, I’ll leave this N.E.R.D. classic gem, right chere: