As a producer, Pharrell Williams may be on top of the game but his career as a singer has put a certain doubt that he only deserves to be behind the panels. The 34 year old rapper counteracts the mildly received "In My Mind" by re-releasing the record with the help of The Roots' Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson.
In attempt to get people really grabbing the meaning of his debut solo album, Pharrell called ?estlove to 'operate' the set and revealed the true 'diamond'. "Pharrell called me at 4 a.m. like three times in a row from Japan," ?uestlove wrote. "He sold me on the album: 'I need to make this world see my vision with this record. Please help me translate it, man!' He had me dressing and in the studio starting this record five hours later."
?uestlove brought in his "the Yessirs" crew that consisted of the Soulquarians and The Randy Watson Experience. While the project took 18 hours a day, it was finished within 15 days. Upon shown, Pharrell was blown away and ?estlove could do nothing but being grateful. He said, "He was open-minded to our ideas, and I thank him for the challenge."
The result was indeed a better form than Pharrell's version judging from the addition of full rhythm section, guitars, strings and horns to "How Does It Feel?" ?eustlove has posted this particular track on his MySpace, but the full set re-release status is yet to be known.