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

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Since first crashing to Planet Pop in the closing minutes of the '90s, producers the Neptunes Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo have set the standard for urban music in the 21st century. In their work with artists ranging from the dirty-South grit of Mystikal "Shake Ya Ass" to the blue-eyed sheen of Justin Timberlake "Like I Love You", these sonic scientists have conjured an innovative hybrid built of spacey synths, electro beats, and unconventional bass lines. They remade pop in hip-hop's image, lending street cred to such unlikelies as Britney Spears. Then they chucked it all, debuting as rock-styled artists under the name of N.E.R.D., a confounding switch-up that ...
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Barnes & Noble - Michael Gonzales
Since first crashing to Planet Pop in the closing minutes of the '90s, producers the Neptunes Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo have set the standard for urban music in the 21st century. In their work with artists ranging from the dirty-South grit of Mystikal "Shake Ya Ass" to the blue-eyed sheen of Justin Timberlake "Like I Love You", these sonic scientists have conjured an innovative hybrid built of spacey synths, electro beats, and unconventional bass lines. They remade pop in hip-hop's image, lending street cred to such unlikelies as Britney Spears. Then they chucked it all, debuting as rock-styled artists under the name of N.E.R.D., a confounding switch-up that only enhanced the duo's appeal as trend-setting mavericks. The Neptunes Present...The Clones caters more to hip-hop fans' expectations. It's a mix of guest appearances by familiar favorites Nelly, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg and new voices Fam-Lay, Rosco P. Coldchain, Ab-Liva that sticks to their hit-making formula -- diversity. Don't believe the title: Clones offers an intriguing collage of styles. As he did with N.E.R.D., Pharrell Williams flexes his strained falsetto to endearing effect on the single "Frontin'," featuring Jay-Z. Tracks from the dancehall reggae of Super Cat "The Don of Dons" to the indie-rock of Spymob "Half Steering Half Eating Ice Cream" prove that the 'Tunes are every bit as infectious on a multitude of styles. The album's only misstep, "Good Girl," features vocalist Vanessa Marquez recalling the worst of '80s Latin pop. Yet, even that song shows that unlike other cookie-cutter producers, the luminous Neptunes are willing to take chances.
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. [Initial copies of the disc came with a bonus DVD, which included three videos and an aimless but entertaining glimpse into the Neptunes' world.]
Rolling Stone - Kelefa Sanneh
With appearances from most of the big-name rappers and wall-to-wall Neptunes beats, this should be the world's greatest hip-hop compilation -- and much of the time it is.
Entertainment Weekly - Tom Sinclair
Seekers of weird and variegated musical kicks will certainly want to snap up Clones toot sweet. [B]
Blender - Jonah Weiner
After four years of dominating radio with hard-synthed, bottomed-out hits, the Neptunes are as omnipresent (and as photogenic) as the stars they've helped.

With appearances from most of the big-name rappers and wall-to-wall Neptunes beats, this should be the world's greatest hip-hop compilation -- and much of the time it is.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/2003
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 828765302425
  • Catalog Number: 53024

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:26)
  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 (4:59)
  10. 10 Half-Steering... - Spymob (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 (4:03)
  16. 16 Put 'Em Up - N.O.R.E. (3:31)
  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 - Clipse
  3. 3 Rock N' Roll - Fam-Lay
  4. 4 The Eighth Planet
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Neptunes Primary Artist
Snoop Dogg Vocals
Busta Rhymes Vocals
Mark Hart Guitar, Vocals
Alex Valenti Bass
Jay-Z Vocals, Guest Appearance
Spymob Group
Eric Fawcett Group Member
Brent Paschke Group Member
Pharrell Williams Keyboards, Vocals, Guest Appearance, Group Member
John Ostby Group Member
Brian Roessler Bass
John Raf Allen Keyboards
Chad Hugo Keyboards, Group Member
Clipse Vocals, Guest Appearance
N.O.R.E. Vocals
Nathan Hanson Baritone Saxophone
Kelis Vocals, Background Vocals
N.E.R.D. Group
Nelly Vocals
Adam Aaronson Drums, Group Member
Ludacris Vocals
AB Luva Vocals, Guest Appearance
I-20 Vocals, Guest Appearance
Domen Vajevec Bass, Group Member
Christian Twigg Group Member
Rosco P. Coldchain Vocals, Guest Appearance
Pusha T Guest Appearance, Group Member
Dana Deathray Vocals, Group Member
Clifford Simpson Drums
Dirt McGirt Vocals
Fam-Lay Vocals
Boo-Bonic Vocals, Guest Appearance
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 Composer
Kevin Crouse Engineer
Chris Athens Mastering
Alex Oana Producer, Engineer, 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
Chad Hugo Composer, Engineer, Executive Producer
Patrick Viala Engineer
J.D. Andrew Engineer
Kudo Engineer
Andrew Coleman Engineer
Courtney Walter Art Direction
John Hanes Digital Editing
Jason Phillips Composer
Rene Antelmann Engineer
Peter Bittenbender Film Producer
Joel Mullis Engineer
Pusha T Composer
Dana Deathray Producer
Jake Robinson Engineer
Max Hart Composer
Victor Santiago Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    phat beats and more

    THE NEPTUNES ARE THE S*&T EVERYONE MUST COP THIS DISC!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Neptunes Present...Clones

    This Album Is Amazing. As A Pharrell Williams & Chad Hugo (The Neptunes) fan, I must say the beats and sounds are really good. This album is really worth it. The Neptunes give you a sound you've never heard before. It's different from any Neptune sound you've heard in the past.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    disappointed !

    I am a very big fan of N.E.R.D. and the neptunes but i must say i was very disappointed when i first herd this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome!!!

    Two thumbs up!!! Pharrell is awesome in his first album, good job, my homie!!!

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