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Pharrell Covers 'Paper' Magazine November 2010

Pharrell Covers 'Paper' Magazine November 2010

Pharrell strikes a pose in Burberry on the cover of Paper magazine’s November 2010 “Art” issue.

Here’s what the 37-year-old producer and musician had to share with artist and guest editor Shepard Fairey:

On what kind of music he finds exciting: “There’s a lot of great music out there, but I always draw a blank when people ask me about that. I just like when people are unafraid to just go and take music into different directions. The one thing I don’t like is when you turn on the radio and it sounds like one three-hour-long song.”

On not letting others dictate his creative side projects: “You just have to do what you really feel, whether it’s some really obscure or super-pop thing, you just have to make sure in the end that shit is tasteful. Nike is as pop as can be, but they do it tastefully. Apple is as pop as can be, but they do it tastefully. The Whopper is as pop as can be, but that s— is tasteful.”

On whether he included a can of Pepsi in a sculpture collaboration he did with Takashi Murakami because he has an endorsement deal with them: “No, no, I grew up on Pepsi. My mom and dad drink it. But other times when we’re in countries where there’s only Coke, I drink that, too.”

On working with Miami design duo FriendsWithYou on commercial art projects: “We can’t allow the pop and commercial worlds to go to s—. We have a responsibility as artists on many different levels to change the way people see the world.”

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Photos: Jake Chessum
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  • MlleF

    It could have been much better, given that he’s so hansome and ready to take some risks.

    Here the colors and the draws are weird…

  • MlleF


    My keybord is dying…:)

  • the truth

    Haven’t see him in awhile. Good to see him here talking about his music.

  • Cristobal

    Want him

  • lexy hates bilson

    Wow JJ! Very nice to see a fresh face on this board. He and his partner are so talented.

  • fardous

    i like he have all talent and the look

  • Lilakoi Moon

    He’s one of a kind. Long time no see =) Hope to hear his new stuff as soon as possible!

  • uhh

    he hasn’t aged at all…

  • Nancy

    @uhh: Thats what I said…like “Damn, he must have the benjamin button disease or something”

  • ****

    @Nancy: Black people age different, they even had a 30 rock episode dedicated to it. Just look at Samuel L Jackson he’s like 70 and he looks 46.

  • http://www. N.E.R.D

    SEXY :)