Pharrell Reveals He Wrote Frontin' For Prince

Pharrell Reveals He Wrote Frontin' For Prince

Skateboard P has landed on the cover of Clash’s 2018 summer issue, and while being interviewed has revealed some interesting things about his music. The hit song “Frontin’” featuring Jay-Z was actually intended to go to Prince. It’s amazing really, because it’s hard to hear it any other way. That particular era of Pharrell was arguably one of the freshest - BBC, BAPE, Ice Cream skatewear, polo shirts, and oversized chains were the stylish cues that accompanied the music. From the interview:

All of my biggest songs were songs that I did with or for other people. Collaboration has always been part of my DNA. And, to be clear and to be honest, songs that I ended up putting out by myself were always songs that I wrote for other people. I made ‘Frontin’ for Prince, and even ‘Happy’, I wrote that for CeeLo [Green].

This summer marked the 10 year anniversary of N*E*R*D’s Seeing Sounds and the 15th anniversary of Pharrell’s 2003 solo hit, “Frontin.” For those who have studied Pharrell’s career, this may come as no surprise as he once revealed that he wrote songs for Michael Jackson in a similar manner, only for those songs to end up in the hands of Justin Timberlake. You may have heard them. Does “Rock Your Body” or “Senorita” ring a bell?

Want to check out the rest of the interview? Read the full conversation over at Clash.

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