Pharrell Williams has come a long way since his days as a beatmaker with The Neptunes and as one-third of N.E.R.D. — his solo career having featured Grammy-winning hits like “Happy” and collaborations with everyone from Daft Punk to Snoop Dogg.
But ever the bustling multi-hyphenate, Pharrell has now said he’s planning to return to his roots for another N.E.R.D. album, which would be the trio’s fifth overall and its first since 2010’s Nothing.
During a live Q&A on iHeartRadio’s Twitter account on Tuesday (Sept. 22), the prolific producer/singer/children’s book author/hat-wearer/reality show judge was asked, “Are you going to make another N.E.R.D. album?”
His response? Exactly what we wanted to hear: an enthusiastic (judging by the caps lock, at least) “OF COURSE!”
Unfortunately, that’s all the info we have to go off for the time being, but it sounds promising. Even though it’s been five years since Pharrell, Shae Haley and Chad Hugo have released an original album, they did contribute three tracks to last year’s “The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” soundtrack. And just last month, Pharrell played a previously unreleased N.E.R.D. cut on his Beats 1 radio show, hinting that the band must be on his mind.
All in all, the resurgence of one of Pharrell’s earliest projects is definitely something to look forward to. So until we know more details, let’s just remember this classic N.E.R.D. jam in all its glory.