FIF: Pharrell WIlliams
Clap along if you feel those "f**k it!" Friday vibes...
HAY GUYS! It’s Friday and you know what that means… it’s F**k It Friday time – MTV Breaks’ weekly feature where we say a big “f**k yeah” to the most excellent people who’ve said “f**k it!” (probably) and taken a leap of faith to pursue their passions.
Cos half the battle is believing in yourself enough to persevere, right?
So who’s up next in the FIF roll call of honour? Drumroll… it’s PHARRELL WILLIAMS!
Pharrell’s a man of many talents. He writes music, he sings, he raps, he’s a record producer, and he’s MAJORLY hit the big time. At one point in the early 2000s, Pharrell and the co-producer in his duo The Neptunes were taking up more than 40% of US radio time, according to a US survey. Pharrell’s had two smash hits battling it out for number 1 and 2 in the charts at the same time (Lucky and Blurred Lines), and his Oscar nominated song Happy has not only gathered more than 900 MILLION views on YouTube, but initiated a viral happiness movement worldwide.
Pharrell had a colourful childhood… literally. He was born with synesthesia meaning that, just like many musicians (including all-time music king Stevie Wonder), he sees colours when he hears music. IKR. So cool.
But while music was always a passion of Pharrell’s, no-one recognised his talent more than his music teachers while he was growing up, and he was discovered by producer Teddy Riley at a high school talent show. He met his Neptunes partner, Chad Hugo, when he was selected for a gifted and talented programme and their friendship blossomed into one of the most successful producer partnerships in history, with a net worth of $160 million.
Pharrell’s achieved a ridiculous amount of success… but why is he our FIF man of the week?
Because he’s has always pushed himself to achieve anything and everything, without putting a limit on his ambition. He told us during an interview with Oprah. “You have to be unafraid to dream and then you have to be even more brave and gallant about blueprinting what you’ve envisaged,” he explained. Basically, he said “f**k it!” (probably) in order to push for where he wanted to get, regardless of anything holding him back.
When Pharrell visited the youths benefitting from his free education programme for underdeserved youths (From One Hand To Another), he came out with some PERFECT FIF material: “Remember to never say wanna, just say gonna. Because it works,” he assured them. “Whatever you want to do is more than possible. It’s what you haven’t dreamt of yet that you’re gonna do, and that’s what’s gonna blow your mind”
Do you know what blows our mind? Pharrell. Not just because of his musical talent and career success but because of his courage, determination and his ability to inspire others… He’s our “f**k it!” King this week, and he WELL deserves that crown.
HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!