Pharrell Praises Public Enemy & Native Tongues; Talks ‘Hidden Figures’ On Hot 97

blame it on JES7 December 11, 2016

It’s always a pleasure to hear Pharrell‘s genius.

During his recent sit down with Ebro In the Morning, Pharrell sort of dove into the deep end, with the 37-minute conversation starting off with his views on the pros and cons of living in the Commonwealth of Virginia, his expectations on how the elections would play out, his prediction that it will be the millennials and women making a difference in the future and his personal outlook on the current state of racism and sexism.

“I think minorities are going to come together in a way that we’ve never seen before, cause they’re gonna realize that there’s strength in numbers. And I think that art, music, design, fashion is going to be incredible. Like I think everyone’s given a whole new load of inspiration.”

Around the 22:00 minute mark, the conversation transitions into his absolute love for Public Enemy (calling them the greatest punk groups ever) and the Native Tongues movement (including De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest).

He also talks about the 2016 film Hidden Figures, for which he serves as a producer and composer for the film’s official soundtrack (which features Alicia Keys, Janelle Monae and Mary J. Blige), and its historical importance, as well as why he ended up writing his record-breaking, 7x platinum single “Happy.”