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- "The Neptunes" are also the name of the fictional rock band in Hanna-Barbera's 1976 Saturday morning cartoon, Jabberjaw.
The Neptunes are Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, a pair of producers based in their hometown of Virginia Beach, Virginia who created the sound for some of hip-hop's most successful artists (Nelly's "Hot In Herre," Jay-Z's "Change Clothes"), R&B artists (Kelis' "Caught Out There", Toni Braxton's "Hit The Freeway"), and pop icons (Britney Spears' "I'm A Slave 4 U" and half of Justin Timberlake's solo debut). The Neptunes' sound is a highly distinctive brand of off-kilter, stripped-down funk with a heavy electronic element. The Neptunes also have a rock band, fronted by Pharrell, called N.E.R.D (which stands for "No one Ever Really Dies"), whose debut album, In Search Of..., achieved gold status in America.
Their singles as N.E.R.D. include "Rock Star," "Lapdance," and "Provider." 2004's Fly or Die was an even bigger hit than their first album, and its debut single, "She Wants To Move", is possibly their biggest to date.
Hit singles they've produced for others include:
- "I'm A Slave 4 U" (Britney Spears)
- "Seņorita" (Justin Timberlake)
- "Hella Good" (No Doubt)
- "Shake Ya Ass" (Mystikal)
- "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)" (Jay-Z)
- "Southern Hospitality" (Ludacris)
- "Caught Out There" (Kelis)
- "Milkshake" (Kelis)
- "What It Is" (Busta Rhymes featuring Kelis)
- "Diddy" (P. Diddy)
- "Drop It Like It's Hot" (Snoop Dogg)
- "Got Your Money" (Ol' Dirty Bastard)
- "Hollaback Girl" (Gwen Stefani)
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