Pharrell Williams Hits Back At Skate Critics

Hip-hop producer PHARRELL WILLIAMS has hit back at his critics in the skateboarding world, accusing them of being ungrateful for the publicity he has given the extreme sport. Williams, who has produced hits for the likes of JAY-Z, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE and GWEN STEFANI, regularly refers to himself as Skateboy P, and also has a skate-inspired fashion line called Ice Cream. He experienced a backlash from the sport's fanatics last year (05) when they printed T-shirts reading, 'Pharrell Can't Skate' - accusing the star of exploiting the industry to increase his street credibility. He tells the New York Post, "I was honoured. I never said I was going to skate. I can't see why anyone would ever be mad at me for helping to push the door open for everybody else. It really influenced a big part of my life, just like music did. "I learned jazz progressions in band, and I gave entirely back to that world. I go and speak in high school, colleges - Oxford once, Harvard twice. It's not a new thing for me to give back. I just give back in every way shape and form."


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I totally agree with Pharrell.I live in the high desert in Sanbernadino CA,and Pharrell came out here to shoot a video,unfortunetly I didn't get to meet him,because I didn't find out till the next day when my friends told me he was at the skate park with him and he was so nice.More than one of my friends had the pleasure,and in different places. For him to hang with everyday people while skatting is promotiomal in a big way. Go Skateboard P.
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Even Big Black has tried to skate.Skate P should stick to his music.And leave the core to the people who really live skateboarding.
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yes pharrell might not skate..but that doesnt mean he cant support the skate scene..skateboarding is something for everyone regardless if you do it or not..skateboard p is tryin to get skateboarding out there and let everyone know whats up..skateboarding has died outta the scene once b4 and im sure it will happed again..but the more people that get it out there will prevent it from happene...so who gives a s**t if he skates or not..hes actually helpin skateboarding from dying out..so criticize him all you want he knows what hes doing and i repect him for it
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For the last time. Skateboarding is NOT a sport of any kind.Period. Mr Williams is a bonifide Kook. He goes to a skatepark in the high desert. Good for him. I bet he looked real cool doing so. Right on. He's still a Kook. I go to a skatepark and impress, inspire and even collect props for, Skateboarding. So yea, Mr.Williams is the nicest guy ever. Don't doubt it for a minute... ~fat3flipsend your responses to: fat3flip@gmail.com Keep It Wheel®™
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