Although their debut album In
Search Of under the monikor N*E*R*D* has been pushed back
to late Fall 2001, that is not keeping music’s sought after
producers The Neptunes from
hittin’ off everyone from Britney Spears to Busta as of late.
Since the Summer of 2001 began, Neptunes tracks have been blazing
everywhere from the ghettos to the suburbs. Their track on Jadakiss’
solo album "Knock Ya Self Out"(in stores August 7th)
has been a true club banger since its first spin while pop supergroup
N*SYNC has a track called "Girlfriend" produced by
the Neptunes on their latest Disc Celebrity(which has debuted
at #1 on the Billboard Charts with 1.88 Million units sold,
The Virginia duo also
produced Usher’s newest single "I Don’t Know" featuring
P.Diddy. The track is blazing radio and clubs nationwide upon
the heels of Usher’s newest album "8701" due in stores
August 7th. After blessing the Violator 2.0 compilation with numerous
tracks(Busta’s "What It Is" and Noreaga’s "Grimey")
they are currently working on Kelis’ second album and even have
provided a track for pop princess Britney Spears third album due
in the Fall of this year.
Although often criticized
for making tracks that some say "All sound the same",
they are nominated for producers of the year at the upcoming Source
Awards and one half of the Neptunes, Pharrell Williams, even has
a duet with R&B diva Mary J. Blige on her upcoming album.
"We’re not testing the waters," Pharrell said in a recent
interview with Grand Royal magazine. "We are just trying
to be big ripples in the ocean. We have to interrupt what’s going
on and in a sense music is stagnant." If the past reflects
anything of the future, look out for these two cats to be on fire
for not only the rest of 2001, but 2002 and beyond.