Neptunes' N*E*R*D Pushed To November
"In Search Of...," the Virgin debut album from production duo the Neptunes' N*E*R*D project, will be released Nov. 20 after being pushed back from its original Sept. 25 street date. Earlier this summe"In Search Of...," the Virgin debut album from production duo the Neptunes' N*E*R*D project, will be released Nov. 20 after being pushed back from its original Sept. 25 street date. Earlier this summer, the group was said to be replacing the original backing tracks with live instrumentation, but it's not entirely clear what songs will wind up on the finished product.
"The THC level wasn't high enough," group member Pharrell Williams said in a cryptic statement. "We not only wanted you to see things, we wanted you to see things your way. There are no stars on this album. You're a star. And this is your life. Thanks for listening and thanks for supporting us. Peace, and rock on."
A single from the original album, "Lapdance," was released in April. The track topped out at No. 29 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart and at No. 85 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tally.
Williams featured prominently among the winners of BMI's 2001 Urban Awards, which were handed out last week. He took home the songwriter of the year award for his contributions to "Got Your Money" (performed by Ol' Dirty Bastard and Kelis), "I Just Wanna Love U (Give it 2 Me)" (performed by Jay-Z), and "Shake Ya Ass" (performed by Mystikal). In August, the Neptunes also took home the producers of the year honor at the Source Hip-Hop Music Awards.