Pharrell Williams and Jay Z have a long history. Over the years, the rap mogul has enlisted the hitmaker to produce several tracks including Hov’s eighth studio album, The Black Album, which was released nearly a decade ago on November 14, 2003.
To celebrate the album’s 10th anniversary, Pharrell sat down for an an interview with Jay’s Life + Times to discuss their friendship and successful collaborations.
“I remember ‘Can I Live’ being on of my favorites on that album,” says Pharrell. “I just thought that he just rhymed so vividly but I never thought I’d get a chance to work with him.”
Skateboard P adds that he respects Jay’s work ethic. “[Jay] takes the craft seriously,” he says. “So when you find individuals that see the same value as you do in their music, you guys tend to be cool. Once we met we just creatively admired the different aspects of the way we worked and I think were artist’s artists — we admire other people’s processes and take interest in the things that inspire each other. It wasn’t just like what he was saying. It was what he was inspired by. Or it wasn’t just about the way our music sounded, he wanted to know what is was coming from. That’s like when our friendship developed.”
Pharrell produced the top-ten hit “Change Clothes” and “Allure” off Jay’s The Black Album, which also spawned “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” and “99 Problems.”
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