While Virginia music-man Pharrell Williams has garnered numerous accolades for his work behind the boards and even on the mic, he took a jump outside of his familiar musical territory thanks to the release of his new book, Places And Spaces I’ve Been.
Released in October via Rizzoli, Places And Spaces I’ve Been details Pharrell’s music career and other creative endeavors. While speaking with MTV’s Buzzworthy Blog recently, the producer spoke on how exactly the concept for the book came about.
“When I set out to do the book – when I was first presented with the opportunity, what I tried to do was instead of making the book about me I called it Places And Spaces because I’d like to always offer my fans and my supporters a glimpse into the experiences that I’ve had,” Pharrell explained in a video posted on 2DopeBoyz.com. “Being a producer and kinda not really liking things to be all about me. I decided a very interesting take on it would be to engage someone like Hanz in a conversation where you could sort of take his interview in the book and watch Dark Knight, listen to the music, and listen to the interview and somewhere between there find a sweet spot to deduce what it must be like to be in his mind.”
During his interview with MTV, Pharrell also shared a little insight into what fans can expect from Tyler The Creator’s next project. He spoke on the project being more focused thanks to a combination of comprehensive rhymes and relatable issues.
“Obviously more Adele. Obviously more Frank Ocean,” said Pharrell when asked what he’d like to hear more of in 2013. “More Jay-Z. More Tyler, Tyler’s new project is crazy. I heard it myself. The rhymes are comprehensive. The chorus’ are so focused on really, really pinpointed issues that people go through. And his production is just – he’s just made leaps and bounds…He’s hungry and I don’t think anyone sees that coming either.”