April 5, 2018

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#TBT 2010: Pharrell Explains Origins of N.E.R.D's 'Nothing' LP, Shades Microwave Food

While it doesn't seem possible, the ageless Pharrell Williams is celebrating his 45th birthday today. The multitalented singer, rapper and producer boasts a laundry list of accomplishments, but for this week's #TBT episode, we're spotlighting the Virginia native's 2010 project with N.E.R.D, Nothing.

The band's fourth studio album, Nothing was originally named Instant Gratification due to what Williams called "the microwave era."

"People want what they want now. The problem is that once we made the music, it was good—just like microwave food. But microwave food isn't good enough, so we wanted to do something with great textures that you could drive to, that you could dance to, that women could feel super sexy to," he explains.

N.E.R.D ended up scrapping the first batch of album cuts, opting to start anew with "nothing" in hopes of delivering a dope final product. Describing Nothing as "The Doors meets Crosby, Stills & Nash," Williams called the project "the next rung in our ladder."

"Our music is always an amalgamation of different influences, and this one is no different," he says.

Check out the full interview with our birthday boy above! Then, keep the throwback vibes going as Williams clarifies to Fuse News in 2013 that he hasn't given up rapping:

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