Happy hitmaker Pharrell Williams has revealed that he used to think he could compete with Jay Z, but now only wants to compete with himself.
The star told the Guardian Weekend magazine that when he released his 2006 solo debut In MY Mind he wasn't being his true self, "It was in my mind, but not in my heart. It was this caricature that I'd built in my mind, that fitted in with what Snoop and Jay were doing.
"Some of the things I said on that record, all the bragging, it's not necessary. It doesn't say anything about you, apart from how shallow you are. [I thought I was] this competitive guy in the music industry, who admired my peers and felt he needed to compete with the races that they designed. But in life you're meant to race against yourself."
He continued, "Jay was never going to race with any of us. That was just my delusion. Because his career runs laps around people. And he runs laps around people, lyrically. He's a philosopher and a poet."
Pharrell previously said that he wasn't proud of his first solo effort but his latest album G I R L has already gone to number one and sees the musician on top form.