News: Pharrell Sparks Problems W/ "G I R L" Cover Art?

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 8:40AM

Written by Rosario Harper

The Neptunes' Pharrell Williams may have the biggest song in the country with "Happy" however his new G I R L solo album's cover art is reportedly sparking some backlash.

According to reports, some fans have pulled out the race card in regard to Skateboard P's cover.

Controversy has sparked over Pharrell's album cover art and it is not making people "Happy." A conversation sparked over Twitter about the lack of a black woman on the LP's cover art. The image features Skateboard P in a bathrobe with three gorgeous ladies by his side, with all of them wearing sun glasses. None of them being black. Many people we're disappointed with Pharrell--being a black man himself--adding on to the issue of the idea of beauty and the lack of representation of black women in the media. (XXL Mag)

P unleashed a snappy promotional video to clear the air on his LP's playlist Monday (February 24).

According to the video, the track list is: 1. "Marilyn Monroe" 2. "Brand New" 3. "Hunter" 4. "Gush" 5. "Happy" 6. "Come Get It Bae" 7. "Gust of Wind" 8. "Lost Queen" 9. "Know Who You Are" 10. "It Girl" The final list is a bit different from one posted by the Noisey blog? last week following a listening session. That roster featured the song "Freq" and noted that collaborators would include Justin Timberlake on "Brand New," Miley Cyrus on "Come Get It," Daft Punk on "Gust of Wind" and Alicia Keys on "Know Who You Are." (MTV)

Last week, Pharrell delved into what inspired his new LP's title.

"It's called G I R L, it's all capital letters and two spaces between each letter on purpose. ... The reason why I named it G I R L in capital letters is because when you look at it, it looks a little weird and the reason why it does is because society is a little unbalanced. And I just thought like, man, if I'm gonna make an album, I need to make an album that says everything that I've ever wanted to say, like dreamt of." (Backstage At The BRITs)

Despite being a married man these days, P also noted his love for women for helping mold the album name.

"And women have been so good to me, this entire career," P added. "They've done so much for my family, everything that I've ever gotten is because they paid for. They're like my bosses. ... I admire women in a lot of ways, but I needed to make sure that everyone knew that. On the surface, I do look and I do like them and I appreciate them in my little dirty ways here and there, but at the core - is what I'm telling you. We need them." (Backstage At The BRITs)

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