N.E.R.D have announced their return to action today with the Rihanna on ‘Lemon’. The track premiered on Beats 1 this afternoon. Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Shay Haley last released an album back in 2010 with their fourth LP ‘Nothing’. Aside from contributing to the soundtrack to the 2014 film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. Over the weekend, N.E.R.D teased an impending return with cryptic adverts at Tyler, The Creator’s Flog Gnaw festival.
Rihanna has toyed with rap in the past, notably on the single Better Have My Money and Kendrick Lamar’s track Loyalty. So hearing her spit is nothing new. What makes this different is hearing her rap over a fun, bouncy Pharrell production.The dancer in the video is Mette Towley. Towley is a member of Pharrell’s talented troupe of beautiful backup dancers and singers known as “the Baes”. She has been working with Pharrell for number of years before boldly getting her head shaved by Rihanna in the visual below.