The Tanning Effect: Pharrell Interview

I had been telling him, “Yo, I got these Michael records…and I’ll never forget Michael’s manager saying, “Yo, Michael wants some ‘Superthug!’” And I was like, “What?” I just remember being so baffled and so crushed, ’cause he still is my idol. And I just had these records sitting around and I was like, Man, this kid is primed and ready to go for this. And I had that conversation with him and he was like, “Cool, we’re gonna come down to Virginia and let’s really spend some time and really make some music and you’ll play me those records.” And what’s crazy is as soon as I played him those records, we just immediately started recording and before we looked up, that whole album was done.

Funny story is, when we were working on it, Michael called …he just called me and he was eating popcorn in my ear [over the phone] and he was like, “Oh, so you’re working with Justin, how’s it going?” I remember just thinking to myself, “Man, I wish Michael could hear these songs.” And later on, after those songs came out and they were really huge thanks to Justin’s talent and what he had to offer, I’ll never forget the day that me and Michael met up. And he sang me those songs, sounding like Justin. And he said, “You should’ve gave those songs to me.” And I’m like, “You know those were your songs.”

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