Pharrell Opens Up About Ego, Tyler the Creator's Oddness and More

02/28/2014
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(Radio.com) 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 effort, 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."

The album was also influenced by Tyler, the Creator who is nearly 20 years his junior. But he understood where Tyler was coming from. "Being a young black kid, especially at that time, I was different from all my other peers," he explained. "So when I seen that this dude was saying he was open to rock and jazz and f***ing skateboarding and all this other stuff that I was interested in, I was gravitating toward it because it was like: 'All right, I'm not the only black dude who's probably called weird every f***ing day.'" more on this story

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