Pharrell is one of the most important artists of the 2000's (and that's actually a massive understatement) as well as one of the era's largest looming style icons. I once read that in 2002, The Neptunes produced 40% of every song played on "pop radio", which is fucking Insano City. 11 years later, Pharrell just had arguably the biggest year of his career with both the #1 and #2 songs in the country at the same damn time ("Blurred Lines" and "Get Lucky"). Clearly, dude's still got it.
For the latest Complex digital cover, resident cool guy/Balmain jeans wearer Joe La Puma sat down with Skateboard P to talk about the method to his creativity and style. As to be expected, Pharrell offers up some sage-like wisdom as any true modern day Zen master should. In his world, nothing ever seems too serious or worthy of stress, which probably accounts for the ageless wonder's timeless good looks and teenage complexion. Either that or he's living in a time machine set to the year 2003 because he looks exactly the same today as he did in the "Frontin" video. On his trendsetting ways, specifically his famous Sharpie'd out Timberland boots, he simply states, "I sketched all over my boots like we did when we were kids—there was nothing smart or clever about it. You didn’t do that in high school? Of course you wrote on your pants. I’m a kid! So I just keep doing the shit I feel like I can do." Fair enough, homie.
Perhaps the only disheartening thing about the interview is Pharrell's endorsement of Miley Cyrus, but, then again, he has produced music for her and never, ever speaks ill of anyone, so what the fuck do you expect him to say? But even then, it seems odd that he would go as far as to defend her wardrobe. "I’m talking about her everyday dressing—she shuts it the fuck down. Not too many people really understand the Chanel vocabulary like her. Like, she’s a problem." Wait. Are we talking about the same girl who wore this to Trader Joe's?
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