Illuminated Chronicles: The Neptunes In The Studio

It is surreal but the classic love ballad Rump Shaker Wreckx-N-Effect’s 1992 hit gave the world a significant ode to booty and birthed Pharrell Williams. It’s Heating Up…

By 2001 Pharrell and high school friend Chad Hugo now named The Neptunes produced Britney Spears’ I’m a Slave 4 U (classic Prince spelling) scoring their first worldwide number one. It’s Started…

In 2003 they provided the soundtrack to our lives: “A survey in August 2003 found the Neptunes produced almost 20 percent of songs played on British radio at the time, a survey in the US had them at 43 percent.” Basically you grooved, sang, fell in love, fell out of love and made mixtapes all to their songs.

I dunno why I used past tense. You still are..grooving, singing, falling in and out of love to their music: present tense.

And like any astonishing magician’s trick…you’re curious…how did they do it?

Here’s how:

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