Rumors of an N.E.R.D. reunion have been going around for quite some time and at last there’s an actual sign of hope.
Fans figured something was up when both Pharrell and Zane Lowe tweeted to tune into Apple Music’s Beats Radio.
Turn on @beats1 tomorrow at 9a PT / noon ET.
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) October 31, 2017
— Zane Lowe (@zanelowe) October 31, 2017
As if it could get any better, Rihanna RAPS on the new track. Instagram posts from 2015 show that this collaboration has been in the works for some time.
— Not Again Ben 🙄 (@NotAgainBen) November 1, 2017
Although, a version of the song’s lyrics on Genius suggest RiRi may not have been originally on the song as her verse only slightly differs from the Pharrell penned lines.
The new track definitely isn’t shying away from sending a message.
The song samples this video from Retch:
JUS OUT HERE DOIN MY THANG pic.twitter.com/ZaxJ5B5LTG
— Retch (@RetchyP) April 14, 2015
Pharrel also tackles some politics and takes a jab at Trump with the lines
“Hate! You keep askin’ me where I’m from
Hate! About the borders and, “Did I run?”
Hate! Keep askin’ how I feel ’bout guns
Hate! There’s a light and dark army, which side you choose? Oh
Hate! If not now then when?
Hate! And if not me then who?
Hate! Don’t drink the Kool-Aid, my friends
Hate! I tried to tell y’all about this dude”
The group also released a new video, or as they’re calling it, “tutorial” with the single.
N.E.R.D. is set to hit the stage for the first time since 2014 at this year’s Complex Con.
No confirmation of whether fans can expect an album following the new track, but one can only hope.