I’ve long held that I’ve never found Pharrell to make a bad musical, or fashion decision. He’s known as one of the greatest producers of all time for a reason.
I hadn’t heard news about him for a while and then, all of a sudden, out of Nowhere, there’s a new N.E.R.D project. I really like In Search Of, and I like a lot of N.E.R.D music, and The Neptunes Present…Clones, so naturally I was excited.
The first single was called Lemon, and it was a certified banger. We get to hear Rihanna rap for a solid minute, and it talks about some nice cars.
But then a new song came out and everything fell apart. Owen wrote a blog about Andre 3000 having a comeback a while ago, and he’s had his moments, but it really isn’t lookin too good.
On a Beats 1 Apple music show, we got to hear another preview of the No One Ever Really Dies album. I really wanted to like it and I just didn’t.
If you want to listen to it, and you really don’t want to, you can find a rip here.
It sounds like wasted potential. The beat is really cool, but the finished song sounds like it should have someone rapping over it. It’s kinda catchy, so if you listen to it like 100 times you’ll start to like it, but I don’t wanna do that. It’s so aggressively energetic that it’s boring. And then I just got lost in the second half of the song – I had no idea what was happening or what I was listening to.
The Pharrell part is a bangin’ chorus, so that’s not his bad musical decision. The bad musical decision was not fixing Andre 3000’s verse – there was so much potential.
To quote the other Andre 3000 blog, “sigh.”