Pharrell Says Jay-Z's "Glory" Was Premeditated, Compares It To Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely"

Pharrell explains that it was important for Jay-Z to share his joy with the world.

Jay-Z and Pharrell Williams teamed up for the touching track “Glory,” which was released shortly after the birth of Blue Ivy Carter. But according to Skateboard P, the song was entirely premeditated. During an interview with MTV News on the red carpet at the Academy Awards, the Neptunes producer said that it was a nod to Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely” and intended to commemorate the moment.

"It was something we had planned before it happened, so we were basically waiting," he said. "That was like our nod and homage to when Stevie [Wonder] did it for his baby, Asia [on 'Isn't She Lovely']. And we weren't trying to make the same song at all, it was like we wanted to capture a moment in time to commemorate the birth of his baby. I did the same thing with [my baby] Rocket, I'm just more quiet and private about my life."

Pharrell noted that Hov and Beyonce are constantly in the public eye, so it was important for him to make this sort of statement about his child.

"But he and his beautiful wife, they live a different lifestyle and for him it was important for him to stop everything that he had going on and just sort of make statement to his baby and his wife," he said. "I was honored to be a filmmaker for that beat."

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35 Comments

  • monopoly

    He said he's paying homage not comparing. go pick up a book

  • BlazeDatIshUp

    I always liked Pharrell's shit, but seriously?!? Don't ever compare that bullshit song to Stevie Wonder's gem. What's with all these producers and folks comparing this, that and the other...smfh...

  • JAY-Z

    I like this song!! p.s. Are you targeting Japanese market? I Officially did promotions for Ace Hood and DJ Infamous We The Best Japan Tour. I have more than 20,000 Japanese followers. If you are producer, artiste, DJ, dancer, or records/production company and need my promotions, contact me! http://www.Twitter.com/RSmagazine The details are in the link in my profile!

  • lloyd

    Are some of you niggas serious? are you really comparing Stevie Wonder & Lil' Wayne? y'all niggas retarded

  • Anonymous

    For anyone to think that wayne is better than Stevie Wonder is either 3 years old or smoking crack. For those of you that keep talking about Jay and B, I hope you this focus in school or your kids school.

  • jg

    jayz and beyonce think because they are the richest family in music that the world revolves around them and thier child. that the whole world should pause and celebrate their daughter. its sickening. I rmrbr when Beyonce was a young rising star in Destiny's CHild, she was so humble and god-fearing. She has done a complete 180 since then

    • Anonymous

      I am glad so many people know the relationship between God and Beyonce, I am sure God is thanking you for the help. Yall pussies all yall. Focus on your own life.

  • YESSIR

    OF COURSE IT WAS JAY BEEN WANTING TO PIMP THAT KID SINCE BEYONCE SAID SHE WAS PREGO. JAY ALREADY SOLD HIS SOUL TO THE DEVIL

  • j

    Like i said the other day. He is just trying to reimage himself to us. We already view him as the old boring rapper that's stuck in 2007(his last success) so now he wanna come at us all nice with open arms like regular niggas...but next year he'll have a album coming out and be tlkn shit. He thinks him doing all this good will overshadow how he disses people and also to help sell records

    • Anonymous

      You must've never heard of 'Empire State Of Mind' or 'Run This Town'.

    • daviddanielz

      Jay doesn't need to try and sell records, he sells. He doesn't diss unless you come at him first with some slcik shit. "I Will Not Lose!" - Jay-Z

    • Anonymous

      no young uneducated friend, U look at Jay that way. I like most people look at him as one of our leaders of the hiphop culture!

  • GBtha G

    He and his beautiful wife ...... thats right son!

  • Hell

    Beyonce should of aborted her baby.

    • Insane J

      nice comment brother, very evil and maniacal. Now join me in the dark circle for an arousing session of buttsex as your reward.

  • Anonymous

    Good thing Pharrell cleared that up i thought Hov left the hospital an dropped that shit real quick. Well who voice is on the track then............................. CHECK OUT THE MUSIC http://soundcloud.com/inevitable-success/sets/taste-of-success

  • weekago

    shit was all good just a week ago", dam jay stay losing. on a related note, last week i got my as popped by a few niggas. i was dressed up all sexi like a woman n they love it, one ngga had my legs up diggn all in me, yea it feels good that 9 all in side ya (t.I.)

  • Black Melancholy

    shit is a joke. the song is garbage and on NO level can be compared to stevie's WORST song let alone isn't she lovely. pharell is embarassing himself here. and this is not the first time either.

  • So Icy Boi!

    Lil Wayne > Stewie Wondar Limp Bizkit > Stewie Wondar Nicki Minaj > Stewie Wondar Drake > Stewie Wondar Birdman > Stewie Wondar Tyga > Stewie Wondar Busta Rhymes > Stewie Wondar Lil Twist > Stewie Wondar Bow Wow > Stewie Wondar Lil Chuckie > Stewie Wondar Mystikal > Stewie Wondar Jae Millz > Stewie Wondar Gudda Gudda > Stewie Wondar swag

  • Jay-Z

    Stop with the comparisons to the great Stevie Wonder!! p.s. Are you targeting Japanese market? I Officially did promotions for Ace Hood and DJ Infamous "We The Best" Japan Tour. I have more than 20,000 Japanese followers. If you are producer, artiste, DJ, dancer, or records/production company and need my promotions, contact me! http://www.Twitter.com/RSmagazine The details are in the link in my profile!

    • wow

      shut up you douchebag. Pharrell said they weren't trying to copy him, it was an homage. And stop posting shit about your twitter, nobody gives a flying fuck about your stupid ass japanese followers.

  • Jay-Z

    Stop with the comparisons to the great Stevie Wonder!! p.s. Are you targeting Japanese market? I Officially did promotions for Ace Hood and DJ Infamous "We The Best" Japan Tour. http://bit.ly/zJCO4V I have more than 20,000 Japanese followers. If you are producer, artiste, DJ, dancer, or records/production company and need my promotions, contact me! http://www.Twitter.com/RSmagazine The details are in the link in my profile!

  • Mr Flamboyant

    No. NO. NO. Stop with the comparisons to the great Stevie Wonder. Just stop it. Heck that just said it right there in the interview that this was about attention seeking and just seeking sales and whatever else. We didn't need to hear it. They felt as if the world wanted to hear it. Arrogance personified. God bless the child. But my God...just stop all of this nonsense. Seriously.

    • LJbigbang

      AP is correct.

    • AP

      If you read the article he didnt compare the song with Stevie Wonder's, but the intent behind it. Which is fair. Also just because YOU didnt want to hear it doesnt mean the world didnt want to hear it. Like Pharrell said their lives are under a microscope, even more so when Beyonce got pregnant. What was so bad about the song? He just simply expressed how he felt about being a father to a new born child. I'm positive that its relative to every father out there.

    • GBtha G

      fuck y'all imbeciles. arguing shit.fuck outta here !!!!

    • @Anonymous'

      you fucking pussies, go look at the song, actually I'll do it for you.... 168 people have voted. 5 is the most popular ranking. 126 people gave it a perfect five 4.33 ...there you go you faggots. Also, just because a song gets plays doesn't mean that it's "liked" you retard. Look at all the views Nicki, Wayne, and Drake get, but look at the score that the songs are usually given. 1-2's. Try again before you act like you know what you're talking about.

    • Anonymous

      people on this site love wack shit, just look at all the plays drake, wayne and nicki get

    • Anonymous

      @Yeah. Who liked it ? Speak for urself, u dumb fuck!

    • yeah

      apparently a "wack" song that was loved on this site, a site full of trolls even liked it.

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