I love Pharrell Williams, I really do. There’s a ton of his music that I just LIVE for, whether it’s a collab project with other artists, a feature on a song or a track from his own group, N.E.R.D.
However, one thing I won’t live for is his blatant disregard for extremely talented Black artists while he gives nothing but praise to White artists.
Pharrell Williams expressed his interest in collaborating with British songstress Adele in 2015 when he sat down for a recent interview. The producer, who’s been hyped to work with Adele since he heard Rolling In The Deep, said he hopes to work with the Platinum selling artist this year because:
“She has a voice that, like Mariah and Whitney, is only going to come along every 20 years or so.”
Pharrell needs to sit down with all of that praise right now.
Now while I don’t disagree that Adele is a fabulous artist, song writer and talented singer, girlfriend isn’t do anything different than the BLACK artists who are also slaying.
Putting her in a box with legends like Whitney is fine as long as people (ahem, Pharrell) acknowledge the myriad of other singers like Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius, and Ledisi, who are equally talented (if not more so).
But Pharrell only wants to work with Adele… and I’m pretty sure it has something to do with the fact that her last album, 21, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. Because there’s no other reason why he would praise her vocal ability as something that only comes around “every 20 years” and straight up ignore everyone else who’s just as good.