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Pharrell and JAY-Z join forces for “Entrepreneur”

Pharrell and JAY-Z want us to root for ourselves

August 19 was the 17th anniversary of The Neptunes’ Clones album, the album that featured “Frontin‘” featuring JAY-Z. It’s a quick feature from JAY, but, it gets the job done, from start to finish. The two are known to have a dynamic unlike any other when it comes to making music together, and they show it off again, on “Entrepreneur.”

“The intention for a song was all about how tough it is to be an entrepreneur in our country to begin with,” Williams told Time. “Especially as someone of color, there’s a lot of systemic disadvantages and purposeful blockages. How can you get a fire started, or even the hope of an ember to start a fire, when you’re starting at disadvantages with regards to health care, education, and representation?”

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The New American Revolution is a special project by Pharrell Williams, featuring a curation of essays and conversations examining America's racist past—and the potential for a more equitable future. "America was founded on a dream of a land where all men were created equal, that contained the promise of liberty and justice for all. But all has never meant Black people," writes @pharrell. "Like most Black Americans, I understand that all exists only in the augmented-reality goggles available to shareholders, power brokers and those lucky enough to get in on the initial public offering. But the ongoing protests for equity and accountability that have overtaken cities across the nation have made me feel something new that I can only describe with one word: American." Read more at the link in bio. Artwork by Nneka Jones (@artyouhungry) for TIME

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The song lines up with Pharrell’s TIME magazine cover package, “The New American Revolution.”

Check out the track below:

Pharrell Williams (feat. Jay-Z) [Explicit] on Amazon