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Is Pharrell Williams Actually Unhappy?



Pharrell Williams is a little comedian.

During a recent interview with GQ for the magazine’s April issue, the producer made quite the pun when referring to his Oscar snub.

“Well, trust me: when they read the results, my face was … Frozen,” Williams said when asked how badly he wanted to win the Oscar for Best Original Song. “But then I thought about it, and I just decided just to … ‘Let It Go.'”

During the 86th Annual Academy Awards, Pharrell’s hit track “Happy” was beat out by Frozen’s “Let It Go,” and clearly the singer is brushing the loss off with a few puns.

While chatting with the mag, Williams also opened up about his new album, G I R L. The singer suggested that it’s much different than his last solo record, In My Mind.

“In My Mind was just purpose-oriented toward, like, competing and being like my peers, the Jays and the Puffs of the world, who make great music,” he said. “But their purposes and their intentions are just completely different than what I have discovered in myself that I wanted to achieve in this one.”

“So it makes it easier to sing about, because I don’t gotta sing about myself. Jay’s good at that. He’s great at it. I began to sound so self-serving and so self-satisfied, whereas he can do it and make you feel inspirational about who he is and what his intention is.”

So when asked if he was unhappy back then, the singer responded with, “Of course.”

“Because I felt like I had amassed this big body of work, most, not all, but most of which was just about self-aggrandizement, and I wasn’t proud of it. So I couldn’t be proud of the money that I had; I couldn’t be proud of all the stuff that I had. I was thankful, but what did it mean? What did I do? And at this point, where I came from, I’m just throwing it in that kid’s face, instead of saying, ‘Look at all the fish I have, and look how much we’re going to eat.’ It should’ve been at least a part of it, teaching them how to fish. That’s why you gotta give it to Jay, because he’s been talking to, you know, he’s been telling everybody: ‘If I did it, you could do it, too.’ So I did a little bit of that, but I was so occupied with, like, the competitive spirit—and not in the right way.”

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