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N.E.R.D 219

AKA: Pharrell Williams x Chad Hugo x Shay Haley
@NERDofficial

About N.E.R.D

N.E.R.D. is a backronym that stands for No-One Ever Really Dies.

N.E.R.D. is a side project that formed out of the production duo of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, also known as The Neptunes. As The Neptunes Hugo and Williams worked on songs by Snoop Dogg, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake and others. Williams and Hugo had known each other since they were 12, and met the third member of N.E.R.D; Shae Haley to complete the trio, in high school. Despite knowing Haley all that time they weren’t able to bring him into the picture until 1999 when they truly formed N.E.R.D

In September 2001 the band released their first album, In Search Of in Europe, they used a digital production technique that was similar to the one they used for the artists they worked with. However, when they prepared for the worldwide release a year later they opted to re-record the album with a live funk rock band known as Spymob. Two years later in March of 2004, they released their second album Fly or Die. Unfortunately, the two albums didn’t have nearly as much success as The Neptunes production work did. Could the new stage name have affected that? Collectively the two albums barely broke a million copies sold. In 2005 the group supposedly disbanded because of a dispute with Virgin Records, but Pharrell had this to say in 2008:

Well, we never really went away. We were still touring at the time. We just said that because we didn’t want to deal with the company we were signed to at that time.

That touring is what sparked N.E.R.D. to record their third album Seeing Sounds which they released in June of 2008 after touring with Kanye West. Their single “Spaz” was featured on a Microsoft Zune Commercial that same year. Still inspired by their fans and the music they went on to release their fourth album Nothing a year later in the UK. In 2013, Pharrell said that N.E.R.D. was back in the studio cooking up yet another album; although no album had surfaced yet, they did do a song called “Squeeze Me” for The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water in 2014.

After more than three years of silence, N.E.R.D. debuted a new album, NO ONE EVERY REALLY DIES, at the 2017 ComplexCon.