Pharrell Williams like to keep secrets. The veteran producer and N.E.R.D. frontman spoke to GQ about his current and future endeavors, though he didn’t offer much details.
For the Oscars, Pha-Real will be working with the storied Hanz Zimmer to reinterpret music for the nominees during the award show. “Well I can’t give but so much away,” said Pharrell, and often. “Because Hans and I have tried to keep it under wraps so that there’s literally no expectation and people are excited about the stuff we’re cooking. We’re thinking beyond the usual standards.”
GQ tried to get details about Pharrell’s upcoming travel book, Places & Spaces I’ve Been, Billionaire Boys Club’s upcoming female line, BGC, and and new collaborative project with Lupe Fiasco.
However, Pharrell was on some secret squirrel ish. On producing Jay-Z’s ode to his newborn daughter, “Glory,” all that could be squeezed out of the producer/rapper/designer was,”Uh, that was awesome. But again, that was another covert operation.” And as for getting Blue Ivy’s vocal’s on the track: “That was, uh… That was, um… Everything was by design. That’s all I’ll say.”