As part of Pharrell's special TIME magazine cover package, titled "The New American Revolution," fans are being treated to "Entrepreneur," a new JAY-Z collab with production from P's Neptunes partner Chad Hugo.
Hitting streaming services today, the track is meant to capture "how tough it is to be an entrepreneur in our country to begin with,” Pharrell said.
He added that people of color with entrepreneurial ambitions also have to face "a lot of systemic disadvantages and purposeful blockages."
But unheard music is only part of the TIME issue, which examines Black history in America and various systemic inequalities. It features conversations with Tyler, The Creator, Angela Davis, Naomi Osaka, and others, as well as an essay by 21 Savage on financial literacy.
In a teased line from his verse, Jay talks about supporting black-owned businesses. "Black Twitter, what’s that? When Jack gets paid, do you?” he raps, mentioning Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. "For every one Gucci, support two FUBUs.”
About a month ago, Pharrell and Jay put their heads together along with Rihanna and sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice calling for the case of Danroy "DJ" Henry, a Black college student who was killed by a white police officer in New York in 2010, to be re-examined.
Before that, the two graced the stage at Pharrell's Something In The Water Festival in 2019.