Stream “Entrepreneur” by Pharrell and JAY-Z on Spotify and Apple Music.
ORIGINAL STORY (August 20, 2020): Pharrell and JAY-Z have a new collaborative single on the way. The song, titled “Entrepreneur,” will be released as part of “The New American Revoultion” by Pharrell and TIME, a special project hosted by Pharrell “examining America’s oppressive past and the potential for a just future.” ”
Pharrell detailed the upcoming collaboration in a recent preliminary interview about his work with TIME. “The intention of a song was above all to find out how difficult it is to be an entrepreneur in our country to begin with. Especially as a person of color, there are a lot of systemic downsides and intentional blockages. How can you start a fire, or even hope for an embers to light a fire, when you leave with disadvantages in health care, education and representation?
The song follows a number of recent activism initiatives from the super-producer. He worked with Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to recognize Juneteenth as a paid holiday. He’s now in talks with Netflix and Kenya Barris to create a June 17 musical special with the streaming giant. Meanwhile, JAY-Z continues to be a staunch supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement and, through his REFORM Alliance and Meek Mill, has donated 10 million masks to US prisons to help fight the spread of the coronavirus.
TIME hinted that the song will address a number of social justice issues currently at the center of the political climate of 2020. “When you have successful beehive-like communities where you can circulate money within your community, it makes a huge difference, ”Pharrell said. “They keep saying that the American dream is about the house and the fence, the wife and the two children. Come on… let’s be honest. It always comes down to money and an opportunity. You can read the full feature film, written by Pharrell and Michael Harriot, here.
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– Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) August 20, 2020