The Neptunes Present... Clones [Bonus DVD] [Clean Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
When Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams are behind the boards, hit singles are expected, and hit singles are usually granted. For The Neptunes Present...Clones, the tables are somewhat turned; the producers aren't in need of any more hits, but they do the enlisting here, and they snare an all-star cast of featured players who are willing to join up and/or return the favor, all the while reaping the cachet that comes with being in such venerated company. If anything, Clones puts an end to any thought that the duo randomly selects a track from their beat bank when collaborating, since it ably demonstrates how their skills can adapt to any conceivable personality. Williams steps...
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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
When Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams are behind the boards, hit singles are expected, and hit singles are usually granted. For The Neptunes Present...Clones, the tables are somewhat turned; the producers aren't in need of any more hits, but they do the enlisting here, and they snare an all-star cast of featured players who are willing to join up and/or return the favor, all the while reaping the cachet that comes with being in such venerated company. If anything, Clones puts an end to any thought that the duo randomly selects a track from their beat bank when collaborating, since it ably demonstrates how their skills can adapt to any conceivable personality. Williams steps out with some help from Jay-Z on "Frontin'," one of the biggest Neptunes-related singles yet; the light, simple arrangement is ideally suited to Williams' lighthearted falsetto. It also must be said that no one else could make the line "And I was gon' tear your ass up" seem so charming. The spare cattle-prod funk of "Light Your Ass on Fire" pings and jolts with sharp zaps, accompanying Busta Rhymes' more sexually aggressive and explicit come-ons. Amidst whirling sirens, Dirt McGirt's turn, "Pop Shit," boasts a comical Looney Tunes-worthy arrangement. It also must be said that no one but Williams could make a chorus like "Pop sh*t, n*gg*, what's up?" so effective. "Popular Thug," originally a track on Kelis' import-only Wanderland, gets a deserved new look, with Pusha T's role bumped in favor of Nas, who proceeds to take the track over and knock Kelis into the supporting role. At 18 tracks, there's a little too much to digest, and not everything is top-rate -- but knocking the disc for the fact that a few cuts aren't Top Ten material would only further illustrate how spoiled listeners have become, and how remarkable the Neps' run has been. Besides, you can whittle this disc down to your favorite dozen and have one of the year's best albums. Doing this would hopefully eradicate the middle patch of innocuous rock -- Spymob's "Half-Steering," the High Speed Scene's "F**k n' Spend" -- while retaining the aforementioned highlights, along with saving space for Vanessa Marquez' "Good Girl," which has to be the best ripoff of late-'80s Jam & Lewis-style production. Or you could just take the whole disc as is, as a strong if patchy reminder of the Neptunes' pop prowess. [A clean version of the disc was also made available, with all profanities removed; some clean copies also came with a bonus DVD, which included three videos and an aimless but entertaining glimpse into the Neptunes' world.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/2003
  • Label: Startrak
  • UPC: 828765302524
  • Catalog Number: 53025

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:27)
  2. 2 Light Your A** on Fire - Busta Rhymes (3:39)
  3. 3 Blaze of Glory - Clipse (3:51)
  4. 4 It Wasn't Us - Ludacris (3:34)
  5. 5 Frontin' (3:56)
  6. 6 Good Girl - Vanessa Marquez (4:10)
  7. 7 If - Nelly (3:40)
  8. 8 Hot - Rosco P. Coldchain (3:36)
  9. 9 It Blows My Mind - Snoop Dogg (4:57)
  10. 10 Half-Steering... (3:34)
  11. 11 F**k N' Spend - High Speed Scene (1:27)
  12. 12 Loser - N.E.R.D. (3:11)
  13. 13 Rock N' Roll - Fam-Lay (4:19)
  14. 14 The Don of Dons (Put de Ting Pon Dem) - Super Cat (4:10)
  15. 15 Hot Damn - Clipse (4:05)
  16. 16 Put 'Em Up - N.O.R.E. (3:42)
  17. 17 Pop Sh*T - Dirt McGirt (3:34)
  18. 18 Popular Thug - Kelis (3:54)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Frontin'
  2. 2 Hot Damn
  3. 3 Rock n' Roll
  4. 4 The Eighth Planet
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Neptunes Primary Artist
Alex Valenti Bass
Eric Fawcett Group Member
Brent Paschke Group Member
John Ostby Group Member
Brian Roessler Bass
John Raf Allen Keyboards
Nathan Hanson Baritone Saxophone
Kelis Vocals, Background Vocals
Adam Aaronson Drums
Domen Vajevec Bass
Christian Twigg Group Member
Dana Deathray Vocals
Clifford Simpson Drums
Wendell "Junior Jazz" Ferraro Guitar
Technical Credits
Joe Barresi Engineer
William Maragh Composer
Greg "Frosty" Smith Engineer
Trevor Smith Composer
Brian Stanley Engineer
Russell Jones Composer
Rick St. Hillaire Engineer
Rob Walker Executive Producer
Spymob Arranger, Composer
Kevin Crouse Engineer
Chris Athens Mastering
Alex Oana String Arrangements
Yuji Sugiyama Engineer
Ralph Cacciurri Engineer
Pharrell Williams Composer, Executive Producer
John Ostby Composer
Nathaniel Johnson Composer
Calvin Broadus Composer
Shawn Carter Composer
Brian Garten Engineer
The Neptunes Producer
Chad Hugo Composer, Engineer, Executive Producer
Patrick Viala Engineer
J.D. Andrew Engineer
Kudo Engineer
Andrew Coleman Engineer
Gimel Keaton Engineer
Courtney Walter Art Direction
John Hanes Digital Editing
Jason Phillips Composer
Rene Antelmann Engineer
Joel Mullis Engineer
Pusha T Composer
Dana Deathray Producer
High Speed Scene Producer
Jake Robinson Engineer
Max Hart Composer
Victor Santiago Composer
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