N*E*R*D are always wrestling with conflict, whether it’s between popularity and creativity or about their group’s artistic vision. That’s been true ever since childhood friends Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Shae Haley joined forces nearly a decade ago. In the 90s, Williams and Hugo were The Neptunes, the go-to production duo for futuristic club beats.
When N*E*R*D’s debut, In Search Of…, was initially released, it showcased the electronic sound fans had come to expect. But then the band re-recorded it with live instrumentation and re-released it a year later. Since then, N*E*R*D have existed between the worlds of hip-hop, pop and alt rock. Last fall they opened for Jay-Z in Toronto.
It was an experimental moment for the group: they had just welcomed vocalist Rhea and were touting an unfinished album entitled Instant Gratification. This week, N*E*R*D are back, Rhea is out, and so is the title. “This is the microwave era,” says Williams. “We want things right now, we want it hot, we want it for 10 minutes and then we’re on to the next. We decided to make something more timeless by scrapping that whole album and starting again with nothing.” Hence the new title, Nothing. Due in November 1st on Star Trak, it features the raucous party jams for which N*E*R*D are known, with a retro flavour. In describing its sound, Williams references The Doors, The Moody Blues and Crosby, Stills & Nash and talks of string arrangements, fuzzed-out guitar and buzzing amps. Hypnotize U, a slow jam composed with French house gods Daft Punk, is the lone deviation.
“[The album] sounds very vintage, very thrift store-ish,” says Williams. “On the previous two, we were super-experimental and there was a lot of politics involved,” says Haley. “We tried to do things that were suitable for the majority. This time, we cater to them, but ultimately went with our gut feeling, and it feels good.” The record sleeve features a close-up of Williams wearing a feathered military helmet, a visual metaphor for “the inner conflict on the head of every man,” explains Haley. The duo say the album’s 60s-era overtones are timely. “I mean, aren’t we back there at that time now?” Williams asks. “People want peace but at the same time there’s war.” And sometimes conflict can result in the most carefree,
“OK, so we’re at a photo shoot for Paper Magazine yesterday in NYC and a conversation started about Herschel Walker. Apparently, he wakes up in the morning and does about 1000 sit-ups and 2000 push-ups and only eats 1 meal a day. Shae somehow felt that he could do 1000 push-ups in less than 45 minutes. Pharrell & Phillip were the only 2 who believed he could do it. Considering that he just wore his self out and the fact that we don’t think he can do it 2 of us take the bet. Morale of the story, don’t be greedy, he did the 1500 in 22 minutes! He still owes Pusha & FAM $ for the push-ups.”
The new Alyssa Bernal EP is available now on iTunes. Don’t miss out, grab it today, get it Here.
Alyssa Bernal – In Love Again For The First Time (2011)
Producers & Guests: Martin Terefe, Pharrell, KT Tunstall, Jason Wade…
- Hey Love
- Never Woulda
- Cali, Cali, Cali
- Just In Time
- I Found You
- All I Need
- Here You Are
- Raincloud Gray feat. KT Tunstall
- One Of Us feat. Pharrell
- Hold Me Tight feat. Jason Wade
- The Boy
Grammy Award-winning production whiz kid behind The Neptunes and N*E*R*D, the multitalented Pharrell Williams is the central subject of the latest instalment from Man About Town. The editorial piece provides an in-depth interview with man himself, discussing a broad range of topics. The interview is well researched and many background details are given, ensuring a thorough analysis is given that has not been offered in most of Pharrell’s previous interviews. The piece is complemented by some elegant photos, captured by Alasdair McLellan, with a description of the garments worn below each picture.
Shae Haley talks about their innovative sound and finding time to be a band Very few bands deliver a unique experience with every release. N*E*R*D is one of those few. The genre-bending trio—Chad Hugo, Pharrell Williams and Shae Haley—has been producing an energetic hybrid of hip-hop, alternative rock and funk since 2001. Their albums In Search Of …, Fly or Die and Seeing Sounds have collectively sold more than a million copies and garnered critical acclaim. But for N*E*R*D, sharing their music is just as important as making it. “Next to creating an album, our live performance is what we solely concentrate on,” says Haley, the vocalist.
“We’re such an eclectic band and our objective [is] to come with loads and loads of energy throughout our live performance. We dedicated a lot of time and energy to our show. That’s like our signature. When you come to a N*E*R*D show, you know you’re going to get an energetic experience.” The band has been busy this past year creating its fourth studio album, Nothing. Tinkering with a number of ideas and collaborations, N*E*R*D has been trying to pioneer an innovative sound. “When you listen to the radio, a lot of the songs sound the same,” Haley says. “We always wanted to be left from center and we’ve always wanted to cut a path and lead a trail for others to follow.
That’s been the goal and we’ve done it effortlessly as it is instinctively in us, but it has always been our mission.” Ultimately, Haley says that they are excited to perform the music they have been working on. “Creating is fun,” Haley says. “But going out and seeing the reaction of your fans or people who never even heard of you and end up admiring you after their first N*E*R*D show is an indescribable feeling.” What is more impressive is how the trio have other side projects, but somehow find the time to come together like Voltron.
Pharrell Williams says N*E*R*D fans can expect “a departure” when the group’s fourth album, “Nothing,” comes out Nov. 2. Though fronted by the playful, club-friendly single “Hot-N-Fun,” featuring Nelly Furtado, Williams – who founded the group with Neptunes production partner Chad Hugo and Shay Haley – says the rest of the album is a bit more serious in tone. “We needed to align ourselves and make ourselves parallel and congruent with what society is feeling,” Williams tells Billboard.com. “There’s a lot going on and a lot of things people don’t necessarily understand. We have a Tea Party. We have conservative Democrats. We have liberals that are like neo-liberals and nothing like you thought they’d be. There’s so many different hybrid sects of people and issues…
“So we thought why not make a timeless album that’s kind of a time capsule, so 10 years from now people look at that album and go, ‘I remember that era. That’s when the ‘Nothing’ album came out.’ I just wanted to make some good music that would affect people in a good way.” Williams says it wasn’t easy. N*E*R*D worked on “a previous body of work which was really good, but it wasn’t timeless to me. I didn’t feel like we were pushing ourselves as much as we could. We needed to perfect the sound, so we kept pushing the date back until it was right.” The result includes “a lot of vintage sounds…The album is very ‘68-’72,’73, America meets Crosby, Stills & Nash meets Moody Blues.
Here is the official Tracklist of N*E*R*D’s fourth studio album Nothing (due Nov. 1st). The tracklist hasn’t much changed besides that T. I. is featured on Party People, that explains the rapping on the Live Version by Pharrell few days ago and Inside Of Clouds is not a hidden track but an Interlude but according to the N*E*R*D’s Boston Listening Party, they’ve played 15 songs from the album so there has to be a hidden track on the album, check out the tracklist below, thanks to Neptunian.
Updated: October 6th
Nothing’s Tracklist Revealed, N*E*R*D – Hypnotize U (CDQ)
As we mentioned before N*E*R*D’s fourth studio album Nothing will be available with the 2CD Deluxe Edition Pack which will include more N*E*R*D tunes like we all hoped for according to the Japanese HMV site which they included a whole tracklist but not sure if this is legit yet and here is N*E*R*D’s second single in CD Quality Hypnotize U produced by Daft Punk off their fourth studio album Nothing due November 1st.
N*E*R*D – Nothing (2010) (November 1st)
01 – Party People feat. T. I.
02 – Hypnotize U (Daft Punk)
03 – Help Me
04 – Victory
05 – Perfect Defect
06 – I’ve Seen The Light/Inside Of Clouds (Interlude)
07 – God Bless Us All
08 – Life As A Fish
09 – Nothing On You
10 – Hot-N-Fun feat. Nelly Furtado
11 – It’s In The Air (Deluxe Edition Bonus)
12 – Sacred Temple (Deluxe Edition Bonus)
13 – I Wanna Jam (Deluxe Edition Bonus)
14 – The Man (Deluxe Edition Bonus)
N*E*R*D – Nothing (Leftovers)
* Make You Feel Good
* You’re So Perfect
* You’re The One
* For Sure
* The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
* Show Me Some Love
MC says Kanye West’s latest G.O.O.D. Friday track was an experiment for CRS supergroup. Between jetting around the world, finishing up an album, making a film and leaving a trail of headlines wherever he goes, Kanye West’s commitment to releasing a free song every week until Christmas seems almost superhuman. However, it appears the MC got a head start on creating his latest G.O.O.D. Friday joint, “Don’t Stop,” a collaboration with Pharrell and Lupe Fiasco, who together make up the Child Rebel Soldier supergroup. MTV News chopped it up with Lupe a day after the track hit the Web and the Chicago lyricist revealed that “Don’t Stop” is a holdover from the early days of CRS.
“We went on the Glow In The Dark Tour and it was just kinda like, maybe, maybe not, let’s do a record, let’s see … so, ‘Don’t Stop‘ is kinda one of the records from that creative process a couple years ago,” Lupe said, adding that West’s bars may have been updated. “The song is two years old. I think ‘Ye verse might be a little recent but I don’t know.” Lupe explained the track was created as a way to gauge the direction the trio wanted to take with their sound.“That song is like a song that we did in the midst of being CRS when we were actually going to put out an album and just really wanted to test records and see if we should do more records like that, or should we do more records like ‘Us Placers‘ or … more down-low records, up-top records,” Lupe said.
“We were just trying to figure out what should we do and that was one of the experiments that was bananas.” The “Superstar” spitter said that he’s not sure what the MCs plan to do with the CRS project next but while the “The Eraser“-sampling “Us Placers” plays up the plaintive vibe of Thom Yorke’s song, “Don’t Stop” displays the crew’s ability to create a club-friendly record. The rumbling beat is powered by flossy, swagger-driven lyrics such as, “Mr. West turn that new child rebel/ Loud as a badass child level,” and “Brand new Ferraris, I gotta make the donuts/ CRS is like a hip-hop Christmas bonus.”
Hard Knock TV caught up with N*E*R*D to talk about Game and his delayed album R.E.D. Pharrell, who is the executive producer of Game’s new album says that Game is one of the most underrated MC’s in the game and says he is one of the best. Pharrell also says that Game has 40 or so records including tracks produced by Dr. Dre, Premo, Cool and Dre. I hope there still will be some Neptunes tracks on the album.
Kenna and Lupe Fiasco Performing Say Goodbye To Love In Paris 27th August 2008.
Jay-Z spent his Friday night catching up with Pharrell backstage at N*E*R*D’s show with Gorillaz at NYC’s Madison Square Garden, wearing a blue sweatshirt depicting the artwork from his upcoming Decoded book. The image is one of Andy Warhol’s Rorschach inkblots. Although he’s no longer signed to the label, Def Jam is planning to release Jay’s greatest hits package on November 23. The two-disc set, titled The Hits Collection Volume 1, will include five previously unreleased tracks and a 32-page mini-book bound in white linen with Hov’s diamond logo.
Here is a new track by Natasha Ramos with Milo Sheff on the tune Long Distance from his upcoming album titled ‘Indiependence’, thanks to goobersnattch.
Milo Sheff – Long Distance feat. Natasha Ramos
Check out this 48 minutes Interview with Tim Westwood where they talk about the 27 tunes that’s been scrapped. They revelaed that the tunes will go on different Soundtracks and on Rhea’s band called Jealous Lover, thanks to bbckid521 among other things, check it out.
Check this version of Party People with Pharrell rapping on it, I guess this version will be on the album.
A lot of new music crosses my desk on any given day, and it is always a pleasing moment when something truly rivets my attention. That song for the day is N*E*R*D’s incomparably sexy and enthralling “Hypnotize U.” Electronic duo Daft Punk helps provide the addictive backing and production while Pharrell’s falsetto vocal will grab your attention and not let go. Pharrell has had significant commercial success as a solo artist and in his production duo The Neptunes. However, the trio N*E*R*D, which includes him as lead vocalist, is still looking for that elusive big pop hit. “Hypnotize U” deserves to be on the fast track to the top of pop singles charts. Look for the album Nothing in stores November 1, 2010 and the CDS just leaked on the net with the Instrumental which you can get below for the collectors including the Cover thanks to the BBC blog.
And here goes another new N *E*R*D tune called Inside Of Clouds performed live at Agganis Arena – Boston, MA.
N*E*R*D – Inside Of Clouds (Live At Agganis Arena, Boston, MA)
Yesterday Kanye screened his upcoming film “Runaway” in London. Rather than simply playing tracks from the album, Kanye played the 45 minute film that he created which featured 7 of the tracks from the forth-coming album. After the 45 minute film was shown, Kanye hosted a Q&A which was only supposed to be 5 questions, but actually turned into an hour long session. Watching the film, its clear that he has another smash album on his hands. It’s basically ‘808’s & College Graduation’. Amongst many things, Kanye revealed that the CRS project is still on the cards fellas… (Screams Out Loud) Fak Yeargh !
Young Money rapper becomes a ladies’ man on new track from next year’s Careless World. Tyga is tapping into his inner ladies’ man on his new track, “First Time,” which leaked online Thursday (October 7) and features The Neptunes’ Pharrell Williams on the chorus. “First time I laid eyes, I looked around, heaven’s angels from the sky,” he raps over the melodic number. “It must be a message from god, ’cause you the only thing on my mind.” The song is the second offering from the Lil’ Wayne protégé’s forthcoming debut, Careless World, tentatively due next year. Last month, the Young Money rapper’s “I’m on It,” featuring fellow Los Angeles natives Snoop Dogg and the Game, arrived. Williams also produced that number, and Tyga said he was excited to work with The Neptunes producers.
“Pharrell is real cool; he didn’t even ask me to play the album,” Tyga told MTV News about their collaborations. “We just had a conversation about music and fashion, and he made the beats right there.” Currently, Tyga is on the road with Drake on the Toronto star’s Light Dreams & Nightmares Tour. And though he’s working on more material, he’s in no rush to deliver his debut just yet. Instead, he’s patiently waiting until after the big releases by Young Money family members Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne. “I’m thinking, I don’t wanna set no date on it,” Tyga said. “I wanna let Nicki [Minaj] do her thing right now. Her album comes out November 23. Christmas is cool for me, January, February. I got songs; all my records and my singles, everything is timed up.”
Jared Evan has been Interviewed by the US Magazine recently where he has been asked if he has worked with anyone he really idolizes now and he said: “Yes, especially a month ago when I was out in LA and walked into a room with Pharrell! I had met him before but a month ago, when I was out in LA, we actually were able to like sit with each other in a room for like 10 hours a day for like 7 days. Oh man, we made some of the best music ever made! Yeah it was crazy.
It was so dope because I just feel so comfortable with Pharrell. We’re very similar. We just want to be in the studio because of music like before money or fame or any of that. Music just makes us feel good. He’s just so optimistic and positive with his day because he’s in the studio making music and I’m the same way. So Pharrell is definitely an influence that I’ve had growing up. We did three songs and really got to know each other.” said Jared. His debut album titled Fourth Chapter is due March 2011.
Check out this full episode of Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory featuring Pharrell among others, thanks to leviwest.
Can’t wait to hear the album version to this two tunes right there, big props to
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N*E*R*D – God Bless Us All & The Man (Live In Paris, Zenith Rockcorps)
Updated: September 29th
Tyga – Raw feat. Pharrell (Live)
Here is a short Live version of The Neptunes produced track ‘Raw’ by Tyga from his second studio album Careless World 2011, lovin this tune already, thanks to Thelonius 7.
According to Kid Icarus the ‘producer’ for Chad Hugo (yeh you red right, producer) Chad Hugo had a studio session with the Bronx Hip-Hop duo Camp Lo possibly for their new album. “Taking @OfficialCampLo to the studio to collab with Chad Hugo after their set”
And Chad is going Country! Country Girl Band Bomshel twitted that they’ve been in the studio with Chad Hugo this week. “Heading into the studio w Chad Hugo. Google him. Once in a lifetime experience…” Bomshel is an American country music duo founded in 2004 by lead singer Buffy “Buf” Lawson and fiddle player Kristy Osmunson. Signed to Curb Records in 2004, Bomshel’s original lineup charted four single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, and recorded an unreleased album called Bomshel Stomp. One of their songs, “The Power Of One“, was included in the soundtrack to the film Evan Almighty. Lawson departed in December 2007, and Kelley Shepard was chosen as her replacement. The new lineup of Shepard and Osmunson released has released four more singles, including “Fight Like A Girl” and “19 & Crazy,” both of which reached the country Top 40. In October 2009, Bomshel released its debut album, also titled Fight Like A Girl. Thanks to Aaron.
N*E*R*D Rewrites Rules To Keep Their Cool. Not everything comes easy, not even for seasoned veterans of the production world. Sometimes you must experience an inspirational reboot, which is just what was initiated during the creative process of Nothing, the fourth full-length release by N*E*R*D —the trio consisting of Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo, and Shae Haley. Williams and Hugo—childhood friends and no strangers to the pop charts when collaborating as The Neptunes—began N*E*R*D with fellow native Virginian Haley around the turn of the millennium. N*E*R*D (which stands for No One Ever Really Dies) acted as a live funk-rock counterpart to the stripped down, tightly compressed synth creep they’d commercialized since the mid-1990s.
Some of The Neptunes classics include the Clipse’s “When The Last Time,” Ludacris’s “Southern Hospitality,” Mystikal’s “Shake Ya Ass,” Snoop Dogg’s “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” and Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl,” while N*E*R*D tracks include “Lapdance,” “She Wants To Move,” “Everyone Nose (All The Girls Standing In The Line For The Bathroom) ,” and May 2010’s “Hot-N-Fun.” Now, after a period of touring and trial sessions, comes Nothing, the follow-up to 2008’s Seeing Sounds. Of course, Nothing came out of something. “We had been working for awhile, had amassed 27 songs . . . and at that point we determined the music was good, but good was not good enough,” reflects Williams. “We’d also experimented with a girl named Rhea who’s in a band called Jealous Lover and is super cool, but at the end of the day, for what we were doing for N*E*R*D, everything just wasn’t good enough; so we scraped it all and started with nothing.”
This isn’t the first time N*E*R*D has commenced a complete reworking on the group’s material. The band’s first album, In Search of…, began as a digitally sequenced LP that debuted in Europe in September 2001. By the time it bowed in North America, though, it had instrumentation re-recorded during tracking sessions with the four-man band Spymob (this remains the version in print). For Nothing, however, the inverse is in effect. After collecting material fed from vibing off the crowds, Nothing finds itself affected in equal parts by working inthe- box while thinking outside of it. In the past, much of the compositional phase of N*E*R*D involved sketching sessions with a Korg 01/W sequencer acting to trigger Korg Triton Extreme and Triton Pro synths.
Pharrell Williams: Pucci is based in Florence?
Peter Dundas: Yes. I mean, it’s probably one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. It’s very quiet as well—there’s not much nightlife—so it definitely keeps me focused on the work. You just got back from Paris?
PW:: Yeah. That’s a beautiful city too.
PD: Do you have a place there? Or do you stay in hotels?
PW: You know, I’ve debated that for a decade. Like 10 years ago I almost bought a flat there just to have a place there in the art district, but my manager at the time convinced me not to. I regret it though, because my experiences being there would have been very different if I’d been staying in my own place.
PD: Well, he was probably afraid of losing you there or something, because Paris is one of the most incredible places to live. Once you get bitten by the city, you never leave. I just got a place there two years ago, and that’s like my main base in a way, because I feel like I have to go back every so often. It just grows on you—the look of the city, the way people hang out there. If you’re in Europe, it’s good for that.
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