By Kelly Ballhorn. There has been a lot of buzz online that Pharrell Williams has been working with Jay-Z on Watch The Throne 2. Well, the rapper/producer confirmed that this was not true when he called in to “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” on Friday.
On Justin Bieber:
“I think he is super talented. His vocal range and what he’s able to do with his voice is amazing. He’s really a professional that kid,” he says. “It’s all about the music, because that is what’s gotten him here. It’s what gets him through the day, his voice. He is really focused on just having a great voice that people look at and go, ‘Wow, that kid can really sing.’ His chops are amazing.”
On Usher’s New Album:
“Usher and I were working in the studio, Usher’s new album is incredible,” he says. Although, not sure of the release date Pharrell says, “I’m sure he is going to do it a little bit later this year, but his album is incredible.”
On Doing The Music For The Academy Awards:
“It’s been awesome. As a child growing up you look at the Academy Awards as the most prestigious event on television. ! can’t believe that I am actually contributing to people’s experience,” he says. “There is about 120 to 140 different pieces of music and some of that is original as well. It’s a whole big comprehensive process that, again I am honored, because Brian Grazer and Hans Zimmer brought me into the fold.”