The Neptunes‘ Pharrell has updated fans on the status of an upcoming N.E.R.D. album and said he had to toss out nearly 30 recorded tracks so they could start over again.
According to Pharrell, the Nothing album will feature a noticeable female appeal.
“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 music has 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.’s style, 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)
Last October, Williams confirmed Rhea’s addition to N.E.R.D.
“Musically, we’re just somewhere else [with her],” Pharrell said in an interview. “The music is now very 3-D. It’s something you have to hear. But you’ll see. We’re definitely somewhere else. I want to leave that impact moment for when you purchase your download and you purchase your CD. The music is very three-dimensional. We’re just really excited. We feel like N.E.R.D. has always been the punks of hip-hop and the outcasts of alternative music — just a little different. But this time, we’re taking no prisoners…Now you have this little Tinkerbell that’s just stepped in and has been amazing…It’s made it a fun process. We can go in so many more directions, because we have the vocal support.” (MTV)
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)
No further details have been revealed as of now.
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