News: Pharrell Reveals What Rap Star He'll Never Outshine: "His Career Runs Laps 'Round People"

Monday, Mar 10, 2014 10:45AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

The Neptunes' Pharrell Williams recently spoke on his admiration for rap mogul Jay Z and explained why despite all the fame he has received, it will always fall short of the Jigga Man.

According to Skateboard P, he had always kept a competitive state of mind in a trendy music biz.

The 40-year-old star has released his second solo album, G I R L, following a 20-year run as one of pop music's most successful producers. But in an interview with UK newspaper The Guardian, Pharrell reveals he didn't feel at ease with himself as an artist until very recently, and spent his early days trying to compete with the rappers he idolised. "[I was] this competitive guy in the music industry, who admired my peers and felt he needed to compete with the races that they designed. But in life you're meant to race against yourself," he said. (Belfast Telegraph)

The Virginia native also noted how much Jay Z has distanced himself from his peers in accomplishments.

"Jay was never going to race with any of us. That was just my delusion. Because his career runs laps round people. And he runs laps round people, lyrically. He's a philosopher and a poet," he explained. (Belfast Telegraph)

Recently, Brooklyn rapper Maino called Jay Z the biggest global superstar.

"Biggie okay with that, man," Maino said in an interview. "Jay Z the king of the world. He ain't thinking about me, man. He don't care about my antics and my ways. He don't give a f*ck. Straight up." (Whoolywood Shuffle)

Earlier this year, the hitmaker and Young Hov teamed up for a limited edition tee shirt collaboration.

Jay Z and Pharrell's BBC brand have released a new shirt design. Kanye West isn't the only rapper debuting some new clothing designs this week. Jay Z is also getting in on the fashion game, launching a new graphic t-shirt in collaboration with Pharrell's Billionaire Boys Club. The shirt bears the title of his most recent album Magna Carta Holy Grail, paired with a Jesus-esque image. You can purchase the item on the BBC webstore. (Hot New Hip Hop)

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