Last week we had a very, mini Throwback Thursday, but it was still a really good time. This week I’m going in y’all, lol. The friggen Neptunes (AKA N.E.R.D.) are everything!!! Earlier today we learned that one of Jay-Z’s big time producers premiered a new remix to one of my fave songs, and I was reminded of the fact that [good] producers make the world go ’round. And a conversation about the best producers ever needs be a conversation about The Neptunes. Whatever you do, do not go to Wikipedia because you will be blown away by the gabillions of hits these guys have; it’s sick. And for their hard work, we thank them. Click inside for just a few of their greatest hits!
1. Britney, I’m A Slave 4 U
PITNBRs, you already know. It’s Throwback Britney, bitch! And since I spent most of my late teens avoiding all things pop, this song was a huge deal because hip-hop heads were finally allowed to unapologetically bump some Britney. The Neptunes bring the world together y’all.
2. Kelis, Get Along With You
Tim Burton heads stand up, lol! This was absolutely one of my favorite videos from back in the day. And Kelis was one of the first artists to put me on to The Neptunes, although they’d already been around for quite some time. Anyway, although Get Along With You is one of my faves, it’d be wrong not to post Caught Out There, another unforgettable Neptunes-produced track:
3. Noreaga, Superthug
This. Beat. Is. Eeeeeverything. Everyone stop. Just stop what you’re doing. Stop. Okay, yeah. I can’t. The video is so ridiculous, I love it! 1998 makes life happy. Kelis on the hook makes life happy. N.O.R.E. makes life happy. Sigh. Nobody talk to me.
4. Jay-Z, I Just Wanna Love You (Give It 2 Me)
This is probably the greatest video ever. Lil’ Kim? Lil’ Cease? Pops AKA John Witherspoon? That effing video girl with her ridiculous body and short hair that can effing go somewhere/I nearly died when she put on Jay-Z’s shades? Aghhh! LMAO. Oh, and yeah. R.I.P. Throwback Roc-A-Fella crew (Memphis Bleek, Beans, and the boy Dame Dash).
5. Clipse, Grindin’
Wait. Stop. This beat. Is Everything, lol! Also, don’t tell anyone. But I sorta, kinda wanna make proverbial babies with, like, two people in this video who shall remain nameless (it’s Pharrell and Pusha T, BTW). Oh, and make sure you wait for the beat to really drop at 2:19. Trust me, ish gets real at 2:19.
More Throwback Neptunes on the next page!!!