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The Neptunes reportedly split

Celebully has reported that the Neptunes, the producing team of Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams, are breaking up. Apparently there has been a lot of animosity between the two (maybe because Pharrell is becoming an increasingly popular solo act?), and they have decided to work alone. How this will affect Hugo and Williams’ rockist side project N.E.R.D. has not been determined. [Celebully]
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I saw N*E*R*D at the Austin City Limits Music Festival this past weekend and Chad was MIA...


This is becoming an increasingly bigger topic in modern day hip hop, if thats what you still want to call it. The genuine groups just don't exist...even Tribe broke up. But back in the day, EPMD's, Publis Enemies, Wu-Tang's etc. they all kept their beef in house. Now a days, theres more publicity in letting all hang out...ego's and are inflated more than ever and personal gain always outways the group dynamic. I'm a purist, so the Beastie's, De La..those groups who stay connected mean more in hip hop to me than individuals looking out for their own, exclusively. So quick to turn on their roots is an understatement. Personally, Pharrell is an entertainer, he's not an emcee....just a poor man's Prince Paul..Hugo is better off on his own anyway. I'm sure they will re-join in 5 years after their careers dwindle for a reunited tour to try to regain some respect. Isn't that what they all do?

Mr. Math

I'm surprised they were together for this long. Together they are creative geniuses so it's a shame, but they clearly had lots of side interests as well that probably took alot of the focus away from N.E.R.D. and The Neptunes. To me this is a lot like the Gang Starr split a few years ago, which I didn't see coming at all. You have two guys who were together as a group for so long despite both members clearly having lots of side projects...eventually the focus on Gang Starr was bound to collapse.


This rumor seems to come up quite often with these guys. It'd be odd since they're technically in two groups together.

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