Known as half of the songwriting-production duo, The Neptunes

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Chad Hugo


Has quietly and profoundly influenced the shape of hip-hop as a genre of music

Chad Hugo a native of Virginia Beach is a Grammy Award winning producer and multi-instrumentalist, best known as half of the songwriting-production duo The Neptunes with Pharrell Williams, and member of the genre-breaking hip-hop/funk-rock band N.E.R.D.  For nearly 30 years, Chad has quietly and profoundly influenced the shape of hip-hop as a genre of music. 

Hugo has helped create classics such as Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” Nelly’s “Hot in Herre,” JAY-Z’s “I Just Wanna Love U (Give it 2 Me),” Britney Spears’ “I’m A Slave 4 U,” and Justin Timberlake’s “Like I Love You.” Over four albums, Williams and Hugo, along with Shae Haley, created an unpredictable hybrid as part of the Virginia Beach alt-rock/hip-hop group N.E.R.D., which reunited for 2017’s No One Ever Really Dies. The album debuted with the wildly successful single, “Lemon,” featuring Rihanna, and includes world-class artists such as Kendrick Lamar, André 3000, M.I.A., Future, Wale, Gucci Mane, and Ed Sheeran.

In 2002 The Neptunes were named Producers of the Year at both The Source Awards and the Billboard Music Awards. The Neptunes won the 2004 GRAMMY for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical.

Hugo co-produced nine songs on Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods album that debuted at number one in the US. He recently wrapped up a world tour with N.E.R.D and their platinum hit “Lemon,” featuring Rhianna. Also in 2018, Splice tapped the Virginian for his first ever sample pack of sounds, featuring a library of high quality signature samples and loops from Chad’s expansive catalog of chart topping songs. Hugo is currently in the studio working on solo material and collaborations with Pharrell, SG Lewis and others.

Most recently, Williams and Hugo co-wrote and co-produced the original song, "Letter to My Godfather," for Netflix’s The Black Godfather about the legendary music executive, Clarence Avant. Williams also produced five songs on the soundtrack for Disney’s 2019 remake of The Lion King including, “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King,” “Hakuna Matata,” “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and “Mbube.”
Hits like “Get Lucky,” “Blurred Lines,” “Hot in Herre,” “I Just Wanna Love U (Give it 2 Me)” and “I’m A Slave 4 U

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