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Pharrell Williams has had one of the best 12 months ever, and he’s getting more and more well-deserved recognition for it.

The superstar producer was recruited by GQ for the cover of their February issue, which is celebrating the most influential music makers of the last year.

It makes perfect sense to pick Pharrell, considering he is just as brilliant with fashion as he is with making music.

In his feature, the 41-year-old digs deep into his brain, which we don’t always get to know much about, as he talks about why he keeps woman around, being upset with T.I.’s recent album that he worked on, wanting to work with Big Sean, and more.

On why he keeps woman around him:

“I am a sensitive person, so I want to be with sensitive people. Women have a way of expressing themselves that I can relate to more honestly.”

On not wanting to appeal to the masses, using the T.I. album Paperwork as an example:

“I wasn’t happy about the T.I. situation. They did that record hoping for radio play, and they got nothing out of it.… Great, you got your No. 1 hip-hop song. But what does that do for your sales? You want to be camouflage? Go ahead. Blend in. But we want to be that twinkle in the sky. And you might not be able to see that star now. But it’s daytime. Wait till it gets dark.”

On wanting to work with Big Sean:

“Send [Big] Sean an e-mail and tell him he’s got a missile coming. It’s not what we talked about, man. But it’s haaaaard. It’s like ghost-of-Shaka-Zulu hard!”

Pharrell is always looking to push his challenges further, so we can only guess that he’s got another monumental year in the works for 2015.

The magazine has also chosen other huge artists of this year to join him, including Sam Smith, Future, Mark Ronson, Stevie Wonder, Diplo, Rick Ross, FKA Twigs, James Blake, Drake, Lil Wayne, Young Thug, Nas, Iggy Azalea and more. Be sure to pick up your copy to see the full features!