Watch Pharrell Williams respond to Kanye West’s slavery comments in new black history campaign

The 'Ye' rapper caused controversy when he said slavery was "a choice"

Pharrell Williams has responded to Kanye West‘s comments about slavery in a new black history campaign.

Earlier this year, West caused controversy when he said slavery was “a choice.” He later clarified his point by explaining: “Of course I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will. My point is for us to have stayed in that position even though the numbers were on our side means that we were mentally enslaved.”

Now, Williams has responded in Spotify’s Black History Is Happening Now campaign. In a video, he notes that America was built by people from different cultures, “but mainly the African Americans.”


“Because they were the ones that were put to task to go out and actually do the work,” Williams said. “And all the while having to endure the pillaging of where they were from, identities taken from, and forced to do things that they didn’t want to do. Far from a choice.”

He added that black people’s influence is “everywhere – in clothing, music.” “You know, there would be no rock’n’roll without us,” he continued. “Like, we’ve been here. Black now is America. Black future is America. Black history is America.” Watch the video above.

Meanwhile, after releasing five albums in five weeks, West recently revealed that he wants to put out 52 albums in 52 weeks. The rapper produced records by Pusha-T, Nas and Teyana Taylor, as well as his own ‘Ye’ and his collaboration with Kid Cudi titled ‘Kids See Ghosts’. All were released between May and June.