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It’s 2000 and I’ve just discovered that Pharrell and Chad go by the name The Neptunes while reading the CD booklet of I JUST WANNA LOVE YOU, and that’s crazy enough to discover their name while getting through their entire catalogue with Kazaa back then, but then we’re getting the news (me and the others on mIRC #theneptunes, EfNet) that Chad and Pharrell are planning to release a debut album by the name N*E*R*D with their long time friend Shae, 3 months later I’ve managed to find a snippet of Lap Dance, their first debut single.

“It’s so real
It’s How I Feel
It’s this society
That makes a nigga wanna kill
I’m just straight ill
Ridin’ my motorcycle down the streets
While politicians is soundin’ like strippers to me
They keep sayin’ but I don’t wanna hear it…

Oooh baby you want me?
Oooh baby you want me?
Oooh baby you want me?”

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Straight up that snippet has been murdered by everyone in the room and overplayed, and we couldn’t wait to hear the whole thing, fast forward, I never knew I could love so much an album that’s so diversive with every single time I’ve been playing it. A year later the Spy Mob 2002 version released which is way better. I don’t wanna talk about how The Neptunes changed my life again, but until this day, the album is part of my life and has been my phone/mp3 player since day one, my favourite track is ‘Rock Star (Poser)’ 🖖

N*E*R*D – Rock Star (Poser) (Official Video) (2002)

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