Pharrell Williams and Designer Mark McNairy Reunite for BBC’s Blacked-Out New Line.
Pharrell surprised fans by performing his new Daft Punk collab track, “Get Lucky,” for the first time live. He even went as far as to perform this joint 3 times. “Get Lucky” is out now on iTunes, and you can purchase your copy now by clicking here.
The hype continues to build, as Daft Punk have put forth episode 4 of their Random Access Memories collaborators series featuring Pharrell Williams. The do-it-all Virginia native takes being descriptive to an entirely new level, recalling the creation of “Get Lucky” (where he may or may not have been drugged by the robots) and hearing the completed track for the very first time.
When I heard “Get Lucky,” it just reminded me of like, some kind of exotic island, not sure if it was on this planet or not, but it just felt like a place where it was forever four in the morning because you’re on an island you can sort of see the sun rising and the sky is like that peachy color.
He goes on to talk about how he might listen to the album when it comes out, and even speaks to point of drugs and their effect, or lack their of, needed to enjoy this LP.
You don’t need MDMA for this music, cause the music is so incredibly vivid. People lost respect for the groove. Everything is just so synthetic that it’s just missing the gut.
Watch the clip below, which must have been recently edited as it includes footage from this camera phone Coachella video.
Over the past two decades, BAPE has collaborated with countless brands and superstar designers that both elevated both brand and artist into legendary status. To celebrate the milestone, BAPE aficionados Kanye West and Pharrell Williams will team up with a group of artists to create new designs. The greatest thing is that we don’t have to wait too long to see them! The new designs will roll out over the course of three days, starting April 27.
Issue #3 of French publication OFIVE Magazine finds Pedro Winter a.k.a. Busy P and Pharrell Williams appearing on the cover. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of cult label Ed Banger Records, profiles on the likes of Breakbot and Justice appear inside as well as an illustration by Yue Wu that accompanies the interview with Winter and Williams. The latest issue of OFIVE Magazine can be pre-ordered here and will hit newsstands on March 1.
Here’s a blurb from Kanye who at the time was trying to figure out an alternate title to the track, “Theraflu.” [He later went with So Cold]
Kanye: It is so funny this is such an example of being a perfectionist, right? This song is out and I’m going to change the name, like I want to perfect this moment some more. Well, I think it’s just if you’re a perfectionist, that’s just what you do. You know, there are slackers, there are people who are satisfied and then there are people who can only be satisfied by delivering everything that they have—with their knowledge, their financial situation, their level of exposure —to deliver the best product possible.
I respect, look up to, and look to Walt Disney and Steve Jobs who dedicated their time, soul and energy to delivering the best product that they knew they could. There’s a lot of psychology that goes into it. What can you give to human existence? How can you push the culture forward? And when you’re a perfectionist, at a certain point you feel a responsibility in what you put out, and what could trickle down from it. If you put out things that are so over-the-top and magnificent, what trickles down from it could at least be good because there are more followers than leaders.
I’m from Chicago. And that was just one of the best things to prepare me for anything. If you can make it out of Chicago, you can make it anywhere. That’s what I’m talking about on this new song. That’s what I’m talking about when I’m dealing with any business or creative processes. That’s the stuff I’m talking about when I was dealing with people, from not wanting me to rap, to [not] doing the tour with Jay, and being able to do the light show for it. It was like sit-ins, when we were going out to Paris. You know when we were wearing the outfits and people on the blogs were calling us names and all that, right? But then, once they got that Givenchy cover, and everybody’s wearing Givenchy they’re all like “oh this is cool.”
Kanye: But it wasn’t cool when South Park was using the photo and dissing us and everything. And so many people dress like that now.
Pharrell: [Laughs in agreement] Yeah, that’s what we do.
Kanye: That was before everybody said swag, or when we were out in Japan. How could you communicate through people? We’re not even understanding the language but we knew the visual language, we knew the spirit, we knew the ideas, we knew the reference points.
Pharrell: That’s what separates us from a lot of folk, and not because we’re better but because we’ve decided to listen to that inner voice, and a lot of people don’t. People fail a lot of times doing that. Whereas we just trained ourselves to say “You know what, let me entertain the idea” and exhaust all the possibilities to make sure that it doesn’t make sense because something good may come out of that and for every time that someone has ever told you ‘no’, you’ve always had the willingness to explore it.