Pharrell On The Strength Of Black Women: 'They're Everything'

The Grammy-winning artist spoke to ESSENCE about the weight Black women carry, creating music for ‘Despicable Me 3' and the legacy he hopes to leave behind.
Pharrell Williams is back with another hit and this time it’s packaged inside of Disney Pixar’s new animated movie, ‘Despicable Me 3.’ The singer, songwriter and producer who has nearly a dozen Grammys, spoke to ESSENCE about how he continues to create music with a universal sound for the film franchise. “You kind of just make them for people and not necessarily think about age range … you think about people and feeling,” Williams told ESSENCE. In addition to opening up about the new film, Williams also discussed the role that Black women play in America. Especially in light of the increase in high-profile cases of police fatally shooting unarmed Blacks. “Black women endure a lot. Women endure a lot period but there is a different kind of gravity that Black folks experience in America… Black women, they’re everything,” Williams continued. Williams welcomed three new additions to his family, when his wife Helen Lasichanh gave birth to triplets earlier this year. The couple tied the knot four years ago and are also parents to their son, Rocket Ayer. Watch the video to learn more about what Williams hopes will be his legacy. TOPICS: