This 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*D. I 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!
I love Justin Randall Timberlake. I mean, just look at us sittin’ cozy together. It all started when he was in the boy-band ★NSYNC (which I just discovered is a play on the last letter of each member’s first names: JustiN, ChriS, JoeY, JasoN, and JC), it’s never too late to learn. I knew all the choreography to “Girlfriend” and had an alarm clock that played “Bye Bye Bye“. Can you imagine waking up to that song every morning? Eventually, It annoyed me and got thrown against a wall.
The band called it quits in 2002 and Justin went on to release his solo debut, Justified. What was suppose to be for Christmas, ended up being opened three days prior & carried around in my backpack. Needless to say, my mom never kept presents in the house after that. I was loving Pharrell Williams around that time as well, so you know this little “Señorita” played this album the fuck out!!
FutureSex/LoveSounds which I “borrowed” from my grandma (I don’t think she misses it) definitely had a grander sound to me and after seeing “My Love“, I had to learn the dance to that too. Justin has been focused on his acting career, but he’s back from musical hiatus with, The 20/20 Experience releasing March 19th.
You can see the tracklisting below:
1. Pusher Love Girl – 08:02
2. Suit & Tie feat. Jay-Z – 05:28
3. Don’t Hold the Wall – 07:11
4. Strawberry Bubblegum – 08:00
5. Tunnel Vision – 06:47
6. Spaceship Coup – 07:17
7. That Girl – 04:48
8. Let the Groove Get In – 07:12
9. Mirrors – 08:04
10. Blue Ocean Roar – 07:19
11. Dress On – 04:39
12. Body Count – 04:42
and with run-times like those, let’s hope we get more “2 in 1” songs like this…
Listen to 17-year-old Compton rapper, Buddy. This new track “Inspired” is off his upcoming Idle Time mixtape.