Jay-Z and Pharrell came together to venture into a new song. The song is about the plight of Black people in the United States. The song titled, Entrepreneur, will be released on 21st August 2020 which is today. It is in conjunction with William’s new Time cover. It is produced by William and Chad Hugo.
The song of Pharrell and Jay-Z was released today with a music video that throws light on Black entrepreneurs, business owners, and creatives all around the world. The creator, Tyler, and Issa Rae, Insecure creator, also appears in the clip. The video also pays tribute and pause for a moment of silence for Nipsey Hussle. Hussle was an influential California rapper and entrepreneur who was shot dead last year.
Pharrell Williams and Time Magazine
Entrepreneur arrived with a cover package that Pharrell has worked on with Time Magazine. The package is called The New American Revolution. It includes interviews with Tyler, The Creator, Angela Davis, and many more people following the global Black Lives Matter movement. The magazine has described the song as a celebration of Black ambition.
Speaking to Time about the newly released song, Pharrell has said how difficult it is to be an entrepreneur in the US. For someone of color, there is a lot of systematic disadvantages and purposeful blockages. He added that how can you get a fire started or even a hope of an ember to start a fire when you have disadvantages with regards to healthcare, education, and representation.
Pharrell further added that the song is trying to communicate that when we stick together, treat and welcome each other better, there is more money and opportunity for everyone.
The magazine issue will further explore the systematic inequalities that Black people have faced throughout history in the US. It will explore how a more equitable future might be achieved across medicine, policy, culture, sports, and education.
Pharrell’s Speech On Juneteenth
In June this year, Pharrell delivered a powerful speech to rally for legislation to make Juneteenth a state holiday in Virginia. Juneteenth is a day that celebrates the end of slavery in the US in the year 1865.
Williams said during the speech that this is a very special moment. From this moment on, you look up at the vastness of the sky and see those stars moving up there. Those stars are our dancing African ancestors. Our ancestors are dancing in celebration as their lives are finally being acknowledged. He also added that it is not the end of it, it is merely the beginning. Their lives, their descendants’ lives, Black Lives matter in the eyes of the commonwealth.
Powerful Lyrics from the Song
Few of the lyrics rapped by Jay-Z are “Black Twitter, what’s that? When Jack gets paid, do you? For everyone Gucci, supports two FUBU’s.”
These lyrics where in reference to CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey.
Pharrell also teased some lines during his work with Time Magazine to explain the theme of the song. It goes, In this position with no choice, they imprison young Black boys, Distract with White noise.
William also discussed the idea of the American Dream with Time Magazine.
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