Pharrell Williams’ eclectic fingertips are all over Time magazine’s latest cover package “The New American Revolution,” where he examines the racial injustice faced by African Americans in the United States.
“I couldn’t be more grateful to curate ‘The Next American Revolution’—a special issue of @TIME Magazine that envisions a Black Future in an America where all people are actually created equal,” the artist tweeted, Thursday. The article dives into America’s history of slavery and oppression. Pharrell views the recent death of George Floyd, and subsequent protests, as a national reckoning on our value system.
“When I see people tearing down the monuments to secessionist traitors who wanted to start their own white-supremacist nation, I see patriots acting in service of this country,” he writes. “It reminds me of the protesters who were inspired to tear down the statue of King George on July 9, 1776…”
The artist is pairing his powerful written work with a new track featuring long-time collaborator Jay-Z. “Entrepreneur” is set to release Friday. Pharrell tells TIME the song describes “how tough it is to be an entrepreneur in our country to begin with.
Especially as someone of color, there’s a lot of systemic disadvantages and purposeful blockages.”
It’s been a big year for Pharrell. The Songwriters Hall of Fame recently announced they would induct him and partner Chad Hugo into the 2020 class for their work as The Neptunes, helping to write and produce songs for artists across all genres. Williams has scored 14 GRAMMY Awards during his illustrious career.