#TBT: The Neptunes
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Celebrating The Neptunes, the greatest production duo in hip hop history.
25 years ago, new jack swing godfather Teddy Riley came across the Virginia Beach duo The Neptunes, comprised of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, and took them under his wing. They earned their first credit on Wreckx-n-Effect's 1992 smash single "Rump Shaker" and would go on to become the most prolific, profitable, and innovative production duo in hip hop history. Their ability to incorporate live instrumentation, synths, and exotic percussive elements into coherent, radio-ready morsels had never been seen before, and has not been seen since.
The brevity of this article is an affront to The Neptunes' insane production catalog, but we tried anyway. Click through the gallery to listen and reacquaint yourself.