Celebrity Favorites: Pharrell Williams
When we broke the “good” news last week that Pusha T and his brother Malice might be going over to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music , the blogs and Twitter started going ham.
“A great day for music, but it’s a ’good’ day,” Pusha said about putting his The Fear of God mixtape out September 14 — a date that has been dubbed G.O.O.D. Music Day, because it’s when albums from West, Kid Cudi, Big Sean and Consequence are expected to drop. “I mean, you know, I been to Hawaii. Hawaii is a nice place. Good music is made down there, ya know? So, yeah, I was there. I can’t say too much about that. I think everybody’s gonna be in for a big surprise, a very big surprise.”
We already know what the Clipse and Kanye sound like together: “Kinda Like a Big Deal” was a heralded banger, and the Brothers Thornton threw barbed-wire lines all over the beat from “Swagga Like Us” on their Road to Till the Casket Drops mixtape.
Well, on Monday, it just so happened that N.E.R.D. performed right on the 24th floor in the MTV building (#PerksOf1515). After the show, we asked Pharrell Williams — who is the Clipse’s most frequent producer and hometown friend — whether his VA brethren linking up with West would work. Skateboard P gave a resounding co-sign.
“I think that’s gonna be amazing,” Pharrell said. “[Pusha] had been working with ’Ye. I told him, ’You should do that.’ We made a lot of great records together, and we’ll continue to make great records. I want him to grow and get other experiences out in the world. He’s gotta figure that out. He’s gotta go out there and see it. Make no mistake, lyrically, that kid is one of the greats — him and his brother. Lyrically, those guys are really serious. They’re well-respected by all of the good dudes. Jay-Z loves them, T.I., Jeezy loves them. All of your favorite rappers, they appreciate a Pusha line or a Malice line. They do. I’m saying with respect for all those artists — I work with those artists. I know the conversations we had. They like what they do. It’s been a long time coming for Pusha and what it is he’s trying to do. He’s gonna get it. And Malice too.”