Before there was Nothing, there were twenty songs ready to be chosen for the next N*E*R*D album. But the trio of Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo, and Shae Haley decided to scrap them and start over. From there, they came up with all new songs for their fourth full-length. It seems that the refresher was exactly what the group needed to see a healthy progression in their sound.
“It’s different, it’s definitely a departure,” said Williams in an interview with AUX Weekly. “But every album is like a departure in one way. This album utilizes a lot of nostalgic elements from the late ‘60s, early ‘70s.”