While it may passed over some of our heads, Pharrell Williams‘s solo debut In My Mind turned ten on Monday. Fortunately, his friend and collaborator Tyler, the Creator was at hand to put together a very lengthy, surprisingly heartfelt all-caps retrospective on the LP.
Sharing the reflection via his Facebook page, Tyler was quick to lather praise on both the album and the artist.
“I REMEMBER WHEN I MET CLANCY, AND HE WAS TELLING ME HOW JIMMY IOVINE AT INTERSCOPE THOUGHT THIS ALBUM WAS A COMPLETE FUCKING FAILURE AND HOW IT DIDNT ‘WORK’,” Tyler reflected. “BUT SEE, IT DID, IT JUST DIDNT WORK ON THE KIDS HE WAS LOOKING AT. YOU KNOW, THE ONES WHO FREQUENT THE MALL, USED THE POPULAR SLANG, LISTENED TO WHAT EVER WAS THROWN AT THEM AND DRESSED IN WHAT EVER CLOTHING THAT WAS TRENDING AT THE TIME…EVERYTHING YOU DID WAS FOR THE ECLECTIC. BUT YOU KNOW WHO IT DID HIT: YOUNG TYLER.”
He also revealed that the inspiration of track You Can Do It Too was what led him to start hip-hop collective Odd Future. He didn’t think so highly of Raspy Shit, decrying it as the worst song Pharell had ever made.
It was perhaps Tyler’s concluding remarks which proved most touching. “I NEVER HAD MY FATHER AROUND, NO UNCLES, NO BROTHERS, NOTHING, SO THANK YOU FOR BEING MY ROLE MODEL AND THE MALE FIGURE I GRAVITATED TO. ALLOWING ME TO EMBRACE BEING DIFFERENT AND TRUSTING MY IDEAS, I LOVE YOU, THANK YOU.”
The pair have frequently appeared together, with both collaborating on Wolf‘s IFHY and Cherry Bomb‘s Keep Da O’s. Pharrell also interviewed Tyler on his Beats 1 radio show OTHERtone in April .
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