During the interview Pharrell admitted that with his 2006 album, In My Mind, he was trying to emulate the lifestyle of rap and hip hop superstars Jay-Z and Puff Daddy.
I wrote those songs out of ego. Talking about the money I was making and the by-products of living that lifestyle. What was good about that? What’d you get out of it? There was no purpose. I was so under the wrong impression at that time.
The money was too loud. The success was too much. The girls were too beautiful. The jewelry was too shiny. The cars were too fast. The houses were too big. It’s like not knowing how to swim and being thrown in the ocean for the ﬁrst time. Everything is just too crazy. You’re like, ﬂailing and kicking and whatever, and you know what happens, don’t you? You sink. My spirit sank. I just felt like, ‘F***, what am I doing?’
That was just bragging. I wanted to be like Jay. I wanted to be like Puff. Those are their paths. I got my own path. But I didn’t know what my path was. I knew that I was meant to do something different. I knew that I needed to inject purpose in my music.
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