Pharrell Williams expresses his disappointment in will.i.am after receiving a notice of opposition over i am OTHER.
Labelmates will.i.am and Pharrell Williams have found themselves in a legal debacle due to the name of Pharrell’s newest creative venture, i am OTHER.
According to HotNewHipHop.com, the Black Eyed Peas frontman felt that the name i am OTHER is entirely too similar to the “I AM” branding he uses and went on to file a notice of opposition against Pharrell and his creative brand, stating that i am OTHER “is likely to dilute the I AM mark and the WILL.I.AM mark."
In a statement, Pharrell explained that he attempted to “talk things out” with will.i.am before he went on to take legal action, but was unsuccessful.
"I am disappointed that Will, a fellow artist, would file a case against me," said Pharrell. "I am someone who likes to talk things out and, in fact, I attempted to do just that on many occasions. I am surprised in how this is being handled and I am confident that Will's trademark claims will ultimately be found to be as meritless and ridiculous as I do."
will.i.am’s decision to take legal action against The Neptunes producer comes as quite the surprise given the history of the two musicians. Both artists have worked actively with pop star Miley Cyrus on her upcoming album and the pair also assisted Nas with his “Hip Hop Is Dead” record.