Pharrell Williams Reveals Naomi Campbell Inspired ‘Hollaback Girl’
Pharrell appeared on Naomi Campbell’s No Filter With Naomi YouTube talk show and revealed a big secret about her and the Gwen Stefani hit “Hollaback Girl.”
Pharrell Williams, who co-wrote the 2005 song, says that Naomi unknowingly helped to inspire the chorus.
He explains, saying, “Gwen and I have a song called ‘Hollaback,’ and that chorus came from a conversation when you were like telling somebody, you were telling somebody you ain’t no holla back girl, because of the song that we had with Fabolous at a time called “Holla Back.” Holla back youngin woo hoo.”
Pharrell continued, “You told somebody who was like trying to speak to you or whatever you were like, ‘I’m sorry, I have a name like I’m not no hollaback girl’ and I thought that was so amazing, and that ended up being the chorus to ‘Hollaback Girl’.”
A shocked Naomi Campbell responded, saying, “Oh my God! No way!”
The Fabulous song Pharrell is referring to is the 2001 hit “Young’n (Holla Back).”
Watch Pharrell and Naomi’s interview below.