N.E.R.D. sprang from the minds of Virginia-born producers Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo.

The two met at a camp for high achievers and played in jazz band together.

After being discovered at a local talent show by Teddy Riley, a well-known singer and producer, Williams and Hugo began playing in the studio and creating new beats that musicians had never heard before. They soon produced a hit single, Rump Shaker, sung by hip hop group Wreckx-N-Effect.

Years of producing went by before Williams began putting his voice on tracks, singing hooks for mostly hip hop stars. Mystikal and Babyface put Williams in their videos and made their audiences wonder who that was singing in the background.

N.E.R.D. made its first appearance soon after Williamsí breakthrough in others' music videos. Though many were still confused about the difference The Neptunes and N.E.R.D., the band got their name out in the music world.

They released their first album, In Search Of, in Europe late 2001. The group didn't get the feedback they'd expected so they returned to the studio with rock group Spymob and used live instruments during the second recording to add a different sound to their tracks.

After spending time in the studio revamping In Search Of, N.E.R.D. re-released the album in the United States and put out their first music video as a rock group: Lapdance.

It wasn't until March of 2004 that N.E.R.D. released their sophomore album, Fly Or Die. They produced three singles, with the club hit "She Wants to Move" being remixed more than five times. Their album sales still didn't reach the high status they'd hoped for.