News: Pharrell Holds Back On New N.E.R.D. Album, Release Date Pushed Back
Thursday, Apr 29, 2010 3:35PM
The Neptunes' Pharrell Williams has decided to delay the release of his upcoming N.E.R.D. album, Nothing.
According to reports, the project will move from a June to July release date.
If you were planning to bump some new N.E.R.D. at your Fourth of July barbecue, you'll have to wait. The trio's album has been delayed three weeks. Nothing, the fourth effort from Pharrell, Chad, and Shae, is now set to arrive on July 6, Rap-Up.com has learned. It was previously scheduled for a June 15 release. Albums from Kelis and Big Boi are also due the first week of July. Click here for our summer release schedule. (Rap-Up)
Pharrell recently talked about trashing nearly 30 recorded tracks for the album.
"We scrapped 27 records because they weren't good enough, they sounded great - but what were they saying? So we went back in (to the studio) and just focused on feeling...," he revealed in an interview. "It's almost like we did this whole entire album with our eyes closed, not because it was that easy but because it was that important to reconnect to what we feel and I would say this album is like scrapping everything and starting with nothing...The musichas been especially tuned in frequencies to speak to women... women will literally feel this, we are doing some other next level experimentation with this music...You know what's so funny, It's that not once do we say t*t or a** or anything that you think could be automatically erogenous but I think that the right mentality and good and pure intention is the sexiest thing that I could ever give to a woman." (MTV UK)
Earlier this year, sources close to the camp claimed the crew's female member, Rhea, was dropped.
Although Rhea performed with N.E.R.D. throughout the year and Pharrell confirmed her as their newest group member in October it seems that Rhea is no longer part of N.E.R.D. According to BOSSIP sources Rhea was kicked out of N.E.R.D. VERY RECENTLY "because they didn't think her sound matched with N.E.R.D.'sstyle, which I don't understand, because she never really did. Her sleeping around was also a problem." Our source confirmed that while she claims to be in her twenties Rhea is actually 32. (Bossip)
The group is known for releasing nearly a decade of music together.
The acronym N.E.R.D. stands for "No One Ever Really Dies," but childhood friends Chad Hugo, Pharrell Williams, and Shay most certainly used the group to proudly emphasize the nerdier aspects of their musical personalities. Before this side project took shape, Hugo and Williams -- as the Neptunes -- had established themselves as giants in the field of pop production, whether they were working with hardcore rappers, smooth crooners, or teen pop groups. (All Music)
Listen to N.E.R.D.'s "Hot N Fun" down below: