By Rob Markman
If there would be anyone that would acknowledge the six-year anniversary of Pharrell Williams’ 2006 solo debut In My Mind, it’s Odd Future’s Tyler, the Creator. Not that it should be of any surprise, Tyler has been singing Skateboard P’s praises since he’s came into the game.
“Oh, dude, I love that album. That’s, like, my favorite album,” the Odd Future MC told MTV News on Wednesday (July 25) of the Grammy-nominated LP.
On July 25, 2006, Pharrell stepped into the spotlight with his Gwen Stefani-assisted single “Can I Have It Like That” and later followed with “Number One,” his Michael Jackson-inspired single with Kanye West. In My Mind remarkably mixed rap, R&B and funk with that patented Neptunes sound, and while few artists reference it as an inspiration, the Odd Future standout has long been vocal about the album’s influence on his own work. “Well, yeah, I’m a big Neptunes stan, so it’s different for me. I love that album. I f—s with Pharrell and Chad; he’s Asian,” Tyler said with no filter.
We’re not sure how many people actually took the time to acknowledge Pharrell’s anniversary, but it’s safe to say Tyler was one of a select few — if not the only one. “I hit him up today like, ‘Hey, today’s your six-year anniversary!’ ” Tyler recalled of the conversations he and Skateboard P had earlier Wednesday. “He was like, ‘Thanks,’ and I was like, ‘All right, my n—a.’ ”
P has also shown love to the OFWGKTA crew: He produced “Sweet Life” on Frank Ocean’s recently released Channel Orange album, and he and Tyler have been getting some work in as well. “We did one song,” Tyler said. “We started on one song, but we never finished it, but hopefully we get on some other sh–.”