Before Pharrell was “Happy”, you do remember when Skateboard P used to flex his lyrical muscle, right? Well, according to Future, he had to do a lot of convincing in order to get that Pharrell to finally jump on his single, “Move That Dope.”
During his interview with Billboard, Future explained how Pharrell was reluctant to jump on the record because of the message it conveyed, especially after the overwhelming success of his single, “Happy.”
“It was a difficult situation for him,” Future recalls. “He was going to the Oscars, and whatever he was in was a different music space, and to get him to do a verse on a song with that subject matter was difficult. He was like, ‘Man, I don’t know if I should do this, ’cause I don’t want, like, a big backlash on me. I love this song, but I don’t want a backlash.’ I was like, ‘Man, no, it’s a positive message. The verse is telling people to let everything go. You have a message that’s positive throughout your verse. I think people need to hear that, ’cause your voice is such a big voice in hip-hop.’ And he was down with it in the end.”
In case you don’t remember, Pharrell killed his verse.