No One Ever Really Dies And N.E.R.D. Never Will N.E.R.D. Electrifies Outside Lands With A Set Of Hits And Bangers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA-
In Search Of…” is one of my favorite albums of 2000’s. Period. That album was waaaaaay ahead of it’s time, and I thought … and still think …. that it’s a modern day masterpiece. What Chad Hugo, Pharrell Williams and Shay Haley did for hip-hop with No One Every Really Dies’, a/k/a N.E.R.D.’s, debut album changed the way I perceived musical genres. This was perception and lifestyle altering music, and I couldn’t have been happier to see them perform again.
Their latest release, which is their fifth studio album, is ironically self titled, and though they’ve been performing in support of the that album, their performance for Outside Lands was an equal mix of the huge hits of day’s past and their current singles. They even threw in a little mashup of some Neptunes produced tracks (The Neptunes is the production duo of Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams).
Pharrell was extremely hyped for the performance, encouraging the crowd to go nuts, while orchestrating the creating of organized dance pits from the stage, like Moses parting the Red Sea. While I couldn’t see if that actually materialized from my vantage point, I can only assume that it did.
As the dancers powered through their choreography with Pharrell and Shay running back and forth across the stage, the energy was kinetic. The vibrations in the air during “Spaz” and “Lapdance” was palpable, and I was in music bliss during the session.