Pharrell talks with GQ

Pharrell is the new cover boy for the upcoming April edition of GQ and accompanying the photoshoot above is a revealing, honest, and in-depth new interview by Skateboard P with Zach Baron.

The topics bounce from Pharrell’s unfiltered response to the ‘G I R L’ album art controversy, predicting a Hillary Clinton win for president, and even the origins of his buffalo hat. Another fascinating part of the interview was Pharrell’s reflection on what he thought happiness was in the last decade, how it affected his music and competitiveness, and how he’s different and… wait for it… happy today.

The in-depth interview is a great read, with another article from a few weeks ago here that details a recent studio session with Usher.

One of the many quotables I could have chosen:

So which is it? Is President Obama black or not? Since you’re so mad: Is he black or not? Come on, man! We ain’t got time for that. We are black people. This is the new black. Oprah Winfrey: That’s the new black. She’s a black billionaire. President Obama: He is a black American president. Regardless of what you think about him, this is his second term. That’s the new black. LeBron James: the first black man ever shot on a Vogue cover, a black man. Me: a guy that’s written a song at 40! Nominated for an Oscar, four Grammy awards—at 40! That’s the new black! And by the way: a song that has transcended my lyrics, my own intention, and has become a movement and helped cancer patients. That’s the new black! Black ain’t a color: Black is a spirit, and it is ubiquitous. In fact, there’s more black out in space than there is stars. We have nothing to be insecure about.