Happy: 10 Best Quotes From Pharrel’s GQ Interview


Pharrell Williams is having one of the best years of his career. As a 41-year old in music he has gained alot of experience in his artistry. For his interview with GQ magazine he shares his thoughts on his solo album In My Mind, the Oscar moment, Vivienne Westwood (Arbey’s) hat, and the G I R L album controversy.

Below, we give you Pharrell’s best insight which you should be aware of:

1. Pharrell knows he should’ve won the Oscar for “Happy”:

“Well, trust me: when they read the results, my face was.. frozen. But then I thought about it and I just decided just to.. let it go”

2. Pharrell wasn’t satisfied with In My Mind because he worked to compete with peers like Puff and Jay Z:

“That’s why you gotta give it to Jay, because he’s been talking to you know, he’s been telling everybody: “If I did it, you could do it, too.” So I did a little bit of that, but I was so occupied with, like, the competitive spirit—and not in the right way”

3. Skateboard P breaks down his perspective on metaphysics &  outer space (in his mind?):

“And the theory of everything is that everything exists at the same time, is connected. So we’re connected. Are we connected physically now? No. But are we physically connected in this moment? Yes. When you look back in this memory, the part of this fabric: yes! So there’s a lot of allusion that just goes over people’s heads, so they lose the importance of certain aspects.”

4. Pharrell is now in tune with what happiness means to him:

“My definition of happiness was based on what my peers quantified as happiness: boats—you know, material stuff. But then I realized I had a platform; I would meet kids, and meet girls and women who would always point out the inspirational stuff. They would always talk about those songs. I’ll never forget: There was this girl that told me her brother had died, and he was a huge N.E.R.D. fan, and he got in a car crash. When they looked in the car, the song that was playing was “Run to the Sun.” That scarred me—in a healing way. Because “Run to the Sun” was huge for me with my grandmother. You know, you hear the intention in that.”

5. He has no regrets about his fashion statements, about either trucker hats or Arbey’s hat:

“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.”

6. Pharrell’s experience with corporations has given him better understanding of Kanye’s recent outburst:

“I think he was just voicing his opinions of, like, the cons of his experiences. And he’s since then tried and been making a very serious effort to show people his appreciation.”

7. Yes, even Pharrell knows money is important to life, to an extent:

“Listen, money is a necessary part of our society, so you gotta be on the right side of the dollar. If you’re on the right side of the dollar, you’re able to get it. If you’re on the wrong side of the dollar, you just want to pinch it.”

8. Pharrell gives his real thoughts on the controversy stirred by his album cover for G I R L:

“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’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.” Because I’m black, and I wouldn’t trade my skin color for nothing. But I don’t need to keep wearing a badge that tells you that I’m black every time I do something! I’m black! My mother’s black, who’s a big part of my business; a black woman runs my business; and I’m married to a black woman. What more do you want? And why are we talking about this?”

9. Pharrell assures readers that Hillary Clinton will be our next president:

“…but Hillary’s gonna win. Trust me. And it’s a two-for-one: Bill is the coolest dude in the game, still plays saxophone, and every woman in the world wants him. It’s a two-for-one. Hillary’s gonna win. Everybody laughed at me when I said Obama was going to win, but I knew what he represented. But I know what Hillary represents: She represents a woman in power, and she did great as the Secretary of State. She’s gonna win.”

10. Pharrell’s G I R L is not just about his wife but an ode to women:

“No, that’s just—that’s my bestie. And that feeling that you get—there’s a lot that you could talk about there, but I just wanted to make a record where girls were the inspiration, but the criteria was: It should feel festive, celebratory, and all the records should feel urgent.”

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