Pharrell Williams recently chopped it up with The Hollywood Reporter about his time spent working with artists Frank Ocean, Mac Miller, and Miley Cyrus. Pharrell spoke highly about each artist and praised them each for their own personal work ethic and their understanding of their craft, as well as what they want to get out of the music they create for their fans.
Pharrell compared Mac Miller's way of making music to the way Mac handles his business:
"We're almost done [with the album]. I like that he understands his pocket, his demographic. To me, it was a case study: I felt like a reporter going on a case, getting an understanding of his world. His skill set and acumen go hand-in-hand. That's what's interesting: When you're listening to his songs, you're listening to his business."
He then praised Frank Ocean for his ability to tell stories through his music, and that he is a true "singer-songwriter":
"He really embraces the term 'singer-songwriter.' The kid just has this thing. He just wants to tell stories, more so than being seen as an R&B singer. I've referred to him as the black James Taylor. I love people who tell stories—Stevie [Wonder] was like that, too."
Pharrell has been working with Disney star turned all around star Miley Cyrus on new music, and praised her for having the best work ethic ever:
"I have this theory about Disney artists: They have the best work ethic ever. She had inquired about working with me, but I had inquired about looking for her—we found each other at the same time... We talked a lot before we did anything. She's very clear on what she wants to do. She's not confused at all. And she hears a hit like a baseball coming off a bat. She gets it."