Neptunes / N*E*R*D Fans Brace Yourselves…

neptunesThis write-up is long overdue, but with Complex dropping their “50 Best Neptunes Beats” list yesterday (Click the photo above to view their picks), it was about time I finally get what I have to say out!!

Ask me about fourth grade and all I can say is “Grindin’“, that beat literally had the whole school banging on their desks. In elementary I had no preference — I listened to whatever the grown-ups played— but The Neptunes were my ears introduction to hip-hop.

Moving along to 2001, Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams added Shay Haley to the mix and birthed N*E*R*DI have every album, love every album and frequently listen to every album. When Kanye West‘s Glow In The Dark tour came to Charlotte, I was there front row center (Lupe Fiasco, Rihanna and Chris Brown were guests too!).

N.E.R.D. have so many fuckin’ good songs, I don’t even have a favorite. That’s Quality & Quantity, They got that shit on LOCK!

— Sativa Jones. (@its_Shae) November 25, 2012

I could talk forever, but onto what you’re really here for… The Neptunes have worked with almost every artist in pop rock and urban music and their work continues to expand, which is why CoryTownes X CSNW decided to craft it into a series called The Other Side Of The Planet that drops every other week. If you’re unfamiliar with their sound, this is the perfect way to start that journey and If you’re a fan you’ll love every bit of this. Below is one of my favorite beats by The Neptunes that oddly didn’t make its way onto Complex’s list. Enjoy! 

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Moods – Arrived

moodsSome may refer to this as “Killing two birds with one stone”. A cool beat-maker by the name of Moods sampled “Move Love” by the phenomenal Robert Glasper.


Lupe Fiasco put me onto Robert years ago with his mention of this song in an interview. Unfortunately, that was the first and last song I listened too, until Black Radio. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, right? well…

Black Radio was the BEST album of 2012.

Robert’s sound has a heavy dose of jazz, soul, and hip-hop, that just about everyone can feel. He even came to Charlotte, NC but due to unnecessary age restrictions, I was unable to witness the epicness that surely went down— I’m still a little bummed about that. If you’re like me and can stare at a computer screen for hours on end and want that live experience, watch his performance at The iTunes Music Festival.

Lupe Fiasco – Food and Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1

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Look at that album cover though haha  If you know me than you already know Lupe is HANDS DOWN my favorite rapper (I saw ‘Kick, Push‘ on TV in my 7th grade English class & the rest is history) of all time. He has some strong opinions about a lot of shit and is always trying to open our eyes to the truth, but as Jimmy Kelso would say “You can lead them to the water, but you can’t make them drink it”. My favorite track off this album is below, take a listen and Purchase FL2 on itunes.

#FNF  | i love you Wasalu

Lupe Fiasco’s Most Outrageous Soundbites

Lupe Fiasco is my favorite rapper and with today being his 30th birthday, Brad Wete over at Complex took the liberty of compiling the most controversy statements Lupe has made while in the game. Some of which I am very familiar with and others that I am not. Click the image.