Last seen together on stage at Camp Flog Gnaw 2014, the nerds who served as spokesmen for the inner monologue of our wildest and most impassioned years reunited as three for the first time in three years at ComplexCon to celebrate style, music, sneakers, and art.
With demands of a new project from N.E.R.D, Pharrell Williams has kept fans on edge since mentioning the works of an album at ComplexCon 2016 and throughout numerous Beats 1 Radio shows. The trio hadn’t released a full album since Nothing in 2010, so saying there was excitement surrounding the sudden announcement and teaser posters plastered all around major cities in America is to say the least.
On a colourful and electrifying stage, N.E.R.D -Pharrell, Chad Hugo, and Shay Haley- debuted No_One Ever Really Dies in the form of a listening party with fans at the convention: “The album’s not coming out tomorrow," Pharrell said, "we’re giving it to you. It’s yours. You got it before everybody else.” The performance was complete with dancers, neon-accented cars, and the energy to power it all.
The 11-track album includes notable features from Kendrick Lamar, Gucci Mane, André 3000, M.I.A, Future, and more. With Rihanna as a rap feature on “Lemon”, the bar is raised high for the complete album- set to release this Fall.
The members have been really busy with solo projects over the past few years. Whether it’s producing hits for Beyoncé, getting married, or experimenting in the Asian music market, our favorite nerds have not been sitting idle. It’ll be interesting to see how the band has grown and changed from their prior works. With new influencers and sounds in hip hop, the known organic and funky melodies of N.E.R.D are subject to unpredictable changes with pressure not only to please die hard fans, but to also adapt to popular music today.
MONTREALITY is honoured to have witnessed the start of a new era in N.E.R.D's legacy. Solely the album preview was enough to transport us to another world. What are you expecting of the comeback album?