Rihanna and N.E.R.D. Evolve on ‘Lemon’

For better or worse, N.E.R.D. — the rock band led by Neptunes producer duo Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo — has always been ahead of its time. Formed in 1999, the group released its first album in 2001. In Search Of… wasn’t perfect, but it was certainly new: The strains of ’70s and ’80s funk the pair looked back to had been juiced, mashed, and strained by Space Age precision, and woven into raps and punkish guitar riffs to create a sound that seemed to operate according to its own peculiar laws of physics. Subsequent albums — the last of which, Nothing, was released in 2010 — reaffirmed N.E.R.D.’s commitment to innovation. The hits were few, the soundtrack licenses somewhat more plentiful, and the fan base dwindled over time, but no one could deny that the band had its own sound. Not everyone liked them, but the ones who …
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