N.E.R.D. (pronounced 'en ee are dee',
often referred to incorrectly as simply 'nerd' or N*E*R*D due to artistic styling on album covers) is the name of a rock band consisting of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo of The Neptunes and their friend Shae Haley. The band's sound is hard to categorise, but is described by some as a mixture of hip hop and soulful rock. Pharrell explains;
Williams and Hugo originally recorded the album for European release in 2001 using similar digital production techniques used on Neptunes-produced records. However, they decided that if N.E.R.D. was to be different from the Neptunes, it should sound different. This led to them re-recording the album (still titled In Search Of...) with the power pop band Spymob for worldwide release in 2002.
In Search Of... achieved moderate success in the U.S. Read more about ...