As if hip-hop’s highlight of the year wasn’t already Rihanna stealing the show on Kendrick Lamar‘s DAMN with their tremendous duet “Loyalty,” yesterday rappin’ Riri returned out of nowhere on N*E*R*D‘s new absolute banger, “Lemon.”
The existence of another N*E*R*D project has been the subject of speculation since The Neptunes‘ side-project’s last release, Nothing, seven years ago. Since then, while a trio of N*E*R*D-credited track on the 2015 Spongebob Squarepants soundtrack made fans hopeful, Pharrell‘s rise in the film scoring and legendary hat world has left his relationship with fellow NERD/Neptune Chad Hugo in question. Even his teasing of a new N*E*R*D project last February was met with a certain cynicism.
But here we are, just a few days shy of the group’s reunion at ComplexCon and we have a whole new Rihanna-fueled track with a spellbinding video. Directed by Todd Tourso and Scott Cudmore the clip features longtime Pharrell collaborator Mette Towley shaking her groove thang, giving a physical manifestation to how “Lemon” makes us feel. While we have no date, or even title, for the new album yet, even the single’s art makes us excited for a full-fledged N*E*R*D resurrection.
– Kendrick Lamar also dropped a high profile collaboration yesterday, his U2 joint-production “Get Out of Your Own Way.”
– Year of the Migos continues on their new track with Stalley, “My Line.”
– Keep a spot on your Oscar ballot open, Danny Brown is prepping a live performance documentary.
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