When Pharrell Williams worked with Snoop, he appealed to the OGs. With Slim Thug, it was the hustlas. Clipse repped for the streets. And as for Pharrell's Star Trak imprint's newest addition, Thicke, well, let's just say one of these things is not like the others.
But when Pharrell was asked by Interscope Records founder Jimmy Iovine who he wanted to add to his imprint's roster, Thicke was his first answer. Thicke put out his debut album, A Beautiful World, on Interscope in 2003, getting buzz for his blue-eyed soul sound as well as the fact that he's "Growing Pains" star Alan Thicke's son.
While Iovine liked Thicke's sound, he thought it could benefit from Pharrell's hitmaking touch. Pharrell, however, wanted to put Thicke's album out as is.
"I felt like it didn't need anything from me," he said. "The quality, the musicality, it's just upper-echelon. That sh-- is like fine wine. I don't drink wine, but I consider it a pastime that you can learn and appreciate at the same time. That's how his music is. It's multidimensional, it's multifaceted."
It was, of all people, Bono who served as the tie-breaker.
"I walk into the office and there's Bono sitting on the couch," Thicke recalled. "I was freaking out. I thought I was just going to play my music for Jimmy, and now I gotta play it for Bono too?
"I end up playing a few songs, Bono approves and then ends up telling me I should make a song with Pharrell," he continued. "So pretty much, in the end, it was Bono who talked us into going to Miami and making a record together. And that ended up being the first single," called "Wanna Love You Girl."
"It was a great experience," Pharrell said of working together, "because ... this kid doesn't need anybody. Kid makes art."
"Wanna Love You Girl" is about "finding the girl of your dreams and knowing that no matter how hard it is to make the relationship work, I'm glad I found you 'cause you're the sh--," Thicke explained.
Or, to put it another way, "This record, you put it on with your girl, it's a wrap," Pharrell said. "She's naked."
Thicke's Thank You is due in October.