Music by August Prum May 22, 2017
Yesterday afternoon, Chad Hugo, music producer, songwriter, and member of The Neptunes and N.E.R.D. claimed that he was resigning from music on his Twitter account.
Since then, Hugo has deleted the tweet, as well as his twitter account, with a rep claiming that it “was a bad joke”. But here’s a screenshot of the shocking news.
But the damage was done, with people bugging out on social media about Hugo’s apparent resignation.
For people of a certain age, The Neptunes and N.E.R.D. were music royalty. Obviously Pharrell has gone on to become a worldwide superstar, but Hugo was the unsung hero of both groups.
The sudden announcement from Hugo was all the more shocking as Pharrell claimed as recently as November that a new project from N.E.R.D. was in the works.
"There answer is yes. When it's time." —@Pharrell on whether we'll see a new N*E*R*D album #ComplexCon #OTHERtone
— Complex Music (@ComplexMusic) November 7, 2016
The prospect of a new N.E.R.D. album is too exciting, although we can’t imagine what it would sound like after all these years.
Hugo, Pharrell, and Shay Halley made up N.E.R.D., mixing together elements of funk, rock, hip-hop, and soul to make some of the most formative and important music of the early 2000s.
In 2002, N.E.R.D. released debut album In Search Of… and as Pharrell sings on the intro track “Lapdance” they were truly “something you’ve never seen before”.
Pharrell was obviously the star and the face of the group, but the trio was the perfect mix of different influences and styles.
Hugo is probably best known for his work with N.E.R.D., but no one can sleep on the impact of The Neptunes.
Hugo and Pharrell met in middle school, and immediately began making music together, comprising the beat-making duo The Neptunes.
The Neptunes made some of the hottest beats of the mid-2000s, cooking up everything from the hardest hip-hop to revamping the sound of the biggest pop stars in the world.
Here’s just a quick list of Neptunes productions; Mystikal’s “Shake Ya Ass”, Beenie Man’s “Girls Dem Sugar”, Snoop’s “Drop it like It’s Hot”, Pharrell/Jay-Z “Frontin'”, Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl”, Kelis’ “Milkshake”, Fab’s “Young’n” as well as all of Justin Timberlake’s solo breakout Justified album. The Neptunes could literally do it all, making some of the most iconic beats of pop and hip-hop music in the early 2000’s.
I mean, they made Birdman’s “What Happened to that Boy” and Britney Spears’ “I’m a Slave 4 U” in the space of a couple months.
Also we’d be remiss not to mention the greatest hip-hop beat of all-time, “Grindin'” yeah that was The Neptunes too.
Basically, we’re happy to hear that Hugo was just wiling out a little bit and this is by no means true.
That Daft Punk stuff Pharrell worked on was cool I guess (“Happy” was not), but we need to get the band back together and get some mid-2000’s N.E.R.D. and Neptunes shit ASAP.