In the candid interview Pharrell spoke about performing beside Ms. Badu and divulged that he “has been telling dudes she was packing” for a while.
“I have been telling dudes for years what she looked like,”Pharrell stated. “But no one believed me. When the video dropped, [men] were calling me Noah, because I told them that there was a mothership of love in that woman. [laughs]”
Regarding the controversy, Pharrell simply said:
“When the video came out, it changed the world.”
In the midst of the still slightly burning controversy, Erykah Badu decided to reveal more than just her body to her fans. In the interview with VIBE Magazine, she discusses not only her artistic point of view for her music but also her children and past relationships with Andre 3000 and D.O.C.
“I was 27 when I had seven. I was already a vegetarian. I had been for 10 years. I had started making choices that would shape me for the rest of my life. I never thought to measure by each child. My children are six years apart. It wasn’t planned, just how the relationships rolled out. I’ve had three unorthodox marriages of sorts. I’ve had the benefit of having substantial amount of time with people, mind-building time.”
In addition to talking about the past, Ms. Badu opens up about the present and future while opening up about her relationship with emcee Jay Electronica.
“I am a big fan and a supporter of [Jay Electronica’s] evolution and growth as an artist. I write all his rhymes. I’m joking. [laughs.] I’m always amazed and impressed with the things he comes up with. He definitely does what a partner is supposed to do, that is, evolve you.”
When asked about how she feels about the criticism, she received for her artistic exposure, Badu states:
“I look at some other videos. I’m not naming names, because I don’t want that to be mentioned. There is the thing with sexuality. I’m naked for 13 seconds, and these people are naked the whole time and gyrating and saying come “lick on my lollipop,” and “suck on my cinnamon roll,” and, you know, suggesting sex.
People are uncomfortable with sexuality that’s not for male consumption. Could be ‘cause I did it in public too. Do you think people would have been complaining if I had on high-heel shoes?”