Pharrell Frontman of April GQ, Talks Politics, Race, and ‘The Hat’

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Producer/artist Pharrell Williams has been on top of the music game for almost 20 years, and he's still reaching new heights of success ever since his smash hit "Happy" and Oscar nomination. Now that he’s in another stratosphere of the fame game, one would think the artist would become more PC (politically correct), but this isn’t necessarily so with the hitmaker. In April’s issue of GQ, Pharrell acts as the cover man AND cover story in which he talks about controversial topics such as politics, race, and even women's rights. He also hits on topics such as his infamous, big brown hat worn at the Grammy’s (as opposed to the trucker hat of 10 years ago), which has since debuted on his head in red, black, and gray versions, and has since gotten its own Twitter pages.

William’s latest album is titled G I R L, what he calls an ode to women everywhere. Which would explain why, when it comes to the political direction of the country, Pharrell says Hilary Clinton has dibs on the White House again come 2016.

"Let me tell you why Hillary's going to win. You got the Democrats; you got the Republicans. You got the Bloods; you got the Crips. Everything is red and blue in this country. You know what else is red and blue? Blood. Blood is blue in your body until air hits it, and then it turns red. That means there's unity,” Pharrell explained. “There's gonna be unity. So when you think about a night where there's late-night talk-show hosts and it's mostly women, that's a different world. Right? A world where seventy-five percent of the prime ministers and the presidents were women: That's a different world. That's gonna happen, and it's gonna happen when Hillary wins.”

When asked about the controversy over allegedly not having a woman of color on the cover of G I R L, Pharrell said the grips are all about insecurity, and that he’s one of the most indiscriminate people…just look at his video for “Happy”!

“The girl that was closest next to me is black, but they didn't know that, so they jumped the gun. And it wasn't all black women…It’s like Yo, you don't need nobody to represent you. You represent you. You represent the best version of who you could be. You go out there and change the world.” He continues, “So why are we still having this conversation?…It doesn't make sense to me. That kind of divisiveness is not necessary at a time when we're supposed to be unifying. That's what happiness is all about, and if you look at my "Happy" video, I had everybody in there: fat, skinny, gay, straight, purple, polka-dot, plaid, gingham print, houndstooth, alien. I fuckin' had dogs in there! I had children in there! I had kids in there! I'm the most indiscriminate person that there is! I believe in equality.”

And then there’s the hat, the one that sits perched atop his head and has people comparing it to everything from the Arby’s logo to the hat of a sheriff from a spaghetti western. But Pharrell explains its significance: " It’s Vivienne Westwood, an ode to her boyfriend at the time; they had a store together called World’s End. The guy who went on to sign the Sex Pistols, Malcolm McLaren."

Well, that clears that up! Check out the full interview at GQ.com.

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