Pharrell spoke to Angie Martinez about losing at the Oscars, selling his hat for $44,000, and competing with Rick Ross for sales.
Pharrell had a huge 2013, but this year is shaping up to be even bigger for him. Today, he released his long-awaited follow up to In My Mind, the love-letter to women, G I R L, and with his current single "Happy" sitting at #1 on Billboard, it's likely that the album will do the same this week.
In a new interview with Angie Martinez, Pharrell talked about his new album as well as plenty of other topics, including Arby's buying his hat for $44,000 on eBay, his Oscar nomination, as well as his feelings about G I R L competing with Rick Ross' Mastermind.
Read some excerpts below.
On Arby's purchasing his Grammy hat: “I’m just like what? That’s bananas. It’s for charity.”
On his loss of Best Original Song at the Oscars: “I feel OK. That experience was incredible. … The album is No. 1 at the moment in about 60 countries on iTunes, like what. I’m like, thank you, guys. I attribute all these great breaks andopportunities that the universe has given me.”
On his wife: “When you’re around somebody a lot, you guys see a lot of the same things, you’ll start to have your own little trends just based off your walks of life. We have basically the same path, so I think like she thinks and she thinks like I think in terms of the things we like and the things that we’re into. That was a huge reason why we got together. That’s like my bestie.”
On Alicia Keys’ new record: “Alicia’s album is incredible. The last time I said something like this, everybody was lookin’ at me crazy and I told them like, ‘Listen, ya’ll don’t know Miley Cyrus.’ And they was like, ‘Nah, she’s Hannah Montana.’ And I was like, ‘OK, you’ll see.’ Alicia’s album is crazy. Harlem is gonna be real proud. New York is gonna be real proud. I’m tellin’ you. She’s getting ready to do something super next level. It supercedes anything that’s out and it’s awesome because it’s a woman and it’s a black woman and there’s just a whole other level of what she’s doing and I was very honored to have her on my album, and we actually worked on some records for her album while she was doing that for me. New York, be very proud because she’s done somethingnext level.”
On dropping the same day as Rick Ross: “I’m happy to be on the same day as him. I love what he does and although music is changing, it’s just awesome to see him continue to prevail and reinvent himself.”
Listen to the full interview below.