Producing phenom Pharrell will be gracing the cover of GQ’s February 2015 issue where he takes journalist Devin Friedman with him throughout his busy day [and while on route to, then at]–he discusses his experience on The Voice, his displeasure with the T.I situation (with regard to his production involvement v. T.I’s vision/direction for the song Paperwork), metaphysical experience, singer Kelly Clarkson and more!
“You want to be camouflage? Go ahead. Blend in. But we want to be that twinkle in the sky. We want to be that twinkle in the sky. And you might not be able to see that star now. But it’s daytime. Wait till it gets dark.” -Pharrell
“Women have a way of expressing themselves that I can relate to more honestly. I am a sensitive person, so I want to be with sensitive people.” -Pharrell
“It’s all math. You have a certain number of bones in your body. You have seven holes in your face. There are nine planets, a sun, trillions and trillions of galaxies. Everything quantifies to numbers.” -Pharrell
“The more suspended experiences you have, the more you’re not bound by physical time.” -Pharrell
10:57 a.m. Uniqlo, West Hollywood
When Pharrell arrives, it’s as if in a bubble. Like Glinda, the Good Witch of the North. Starbucks in one hand, two Asian-American women assistants trailing in his wake, a Chanel scarf waving from his back pocket. Uniqlo has closed this store, in the Beverly Center, for an event: About thirty homeless kids have been given a shopping spree. Pharrell Williams, who of course collaborates on a clothing line with Uniqlo, is the surprise guest.
He takes a picture with a girl in a her royal smurfness T-shirt and checks out jeans with a kid in a Lakers jersey. Truth be told, a lot of these kids don’t seem to know who he is. Most 7-year-olds don’t even know what a celebrity is. They don’t know that this is the man who, not long ago, was responsible for 43 percent of songs played on the radio in a single month; they probably don’t watch The Voice, where Pharrell is a celebrity “coach”; they don’t listen to “Blurred Lines” and know, hey, the genius behind that song wasn’t Robin Thicke, it was longtime super-producer and current pop star Pharrell Williams; and they don’t know that his 2014 album, G I R L, is up for an album-of-the-year Grammy. Free skinny jeans in rainbow colors stacked to the rafters—that’s more intoxicating to a homeless kid than the reigning pop-music genius of our time.
None of this bothers Pharrell. He is in his …(continue reading here)