“Thundercat is the most underrated, illest bass players,” the producer said in a recent interview.
There have been a handful of songs that Pharrell has said left an impression on him. Recently, he told Rick Rubin that the first time he heard LL Cool J‘s “Rock the Bells, all he could say is, “What the f**k is this?” Well, turns out another song left him that way, too — Thundercat‘s “Them Changes.”
In an interview with Complex, Pharrell was asked if he still has moments with music like the one he had with “Rock the Bells,” as well as A Tribe Called Quest‘s “Bonita Applebum.”
“The last time a song fucked me up was ‘Them Changes’ by Thundercat. When I heard that song, it was crazy! Scott Vener played me that record. I was like, ‘What the f**k is this?'” the producer said. “Oh my God. Listen, that baseline. It was like, if Tribe was ever a band, but with El DeBarge singing.”
“Yeah. Thundercat is the most underrated, illest bass players. He’s the f**king illest bass player! Sorry to everybody I love that plays bass! He’s unbelievable,” he continued. “He’s played a couple songs on the N.E.R.D. album. Unbelievable. Forget it! He is…I don’t sing his praises enough. But that ‘Them Changes’ record?! I mean, woo! That’s the last time I felt that way! It was a couple of years ago.”
Pharrell isn’t the only one to have recently shared his praise of the well-known Thundercat cut. Questlove said that “Them Changes” was one of the songs that moved him during the 2010s, alongside other songs like Solange’s “Things I Imagined,” Earl Sweatshirt’s “Burgundy” and “Hiatus Kaiyote’s “Nakamarra.”