Pharrell Williams is working on his first solo album in seven years, which he says will have one principle difference from 2006’s “In My Mind.”
“No rapping,” he told Complex. “It’s focused. Like I told you, that’s the difference between 30 and 40. ’Cause I was 30, now I’m 40 — and I’m not rapping.”
Williams started his career as a rapper before moving into production, but the bulk of his releases — solo or with hip hop band N.E.R.D. — have included rap to some degree.
However, the producer’s resurgence in 2013 has relied primarily on his success as a producer and singer, including singing the hook on Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and providing vocals on fellow summer smash hit “Blurred Lines” with Robin Thicke and T.I.
Speaking of T.I., Williams revealed that the rapper will feature on one of the new tracks the producer is working on for Usher.
He’ll look to top the chart performance of “In My Mind,” which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with 142,000 copies sold in its first week.