Following an awe-inspiring year, it was only right that Pharrell Williams covered Complex Magazine’s “Best Of 2013” issue. The Neptune producer discussed everything under the sun, from his creative outlook to if he regrets any past fashion decisions.
Another topic touched on was his perception of destiny. “I used to say, ‘I’m super lucky.’ Teddy Riley built his studio five minutes from my high school, and now when I go to New York I’m like, ‘Who the f**k goes to Virginia?,” Pharrell asked. “I know who goes to Virginia. He went to Virginia, and he went for a specific reason. I’m not going to say what that reason is for me. But I know I was meant to be affected by his decision.”
Needless to say that the renowned producer and creative has come a long way since the days he spent penning Riley’s “Rump Shaker.” This year, Skateboard P. became the 13th person in history to have a track hold the number one and two spots on the Billboard charts with Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” respectively.
When asked how it felt, he said, “Unbelievable, unbelievable. I couldn’t explain it.” He continued, “I’ve never been on the forefront of such a huge thing—done by the people, by the way. The people vote for the songs, they pay for the songs, they stream the songs, they look at the videos. So my point is that my understanding of what I was supposed to do, what I could do, had been turned inside out. That’s my life.”
Read the full piece via Complex. See the cover below, and the ill digital cover on the following page.