The Neptunes Discography: Year 1991
Alright guys, I've decided to up the whole Neptunes Discography from their beginnings, til now, on YouTube. The Neptunes are a two-member producing group consisting of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo This discography lists the recorded performances as a duo and individuals. It also lists the writing and production credits as The Neptunes, as Williams or Hugo, or both, starting from 1991, for example, there are only 4 productions of them in the year 1991 and the year 2001 has 122 productions, so the 1991 video will only include the 4 productions.
SBI (Surrounded By Idiots)
Studio Session (1991) (Unreleased)
- If Ur Freaky Baby
This samples Michael Jackson's "Lady In My Life" (four years before Trackmasters sampled it for LL Cool J's "Hey Lover") and uses the Lisa Stansfield "All Around The World" hook, six years before Biggie Smalls interpolated it for Puff's "Been Around The World."
Michael Jackson - The Lady In My Life (1982)
- It's Like That 2:53
This samples Patrice Rushen's "You Remind Me" four years before Junior M.A.F.I.A. came out with "I Need You Tonight," which also samples "You Remind Me."
Patrice Rushen - Remind Me (1984)
- Skull, Caps & Strip Shirts 5:42
This uses Michael Jackson's "Human Nature" sample. Since the tracks were supposedly recorded in '91, it means they sampled it before Teddy Riley (SWV version) and Large Professor (Nas' "It Ain't Hard to Tell"). Pharrell later worked under Teddy Riley, so it's not impossible that Riley got the idea to flip the track from him.
Michael Jackson - Human Nature (1982)
- Uh-Huh, Uh-Huh 8:33
This is the first video of The Neptunes Discography for the year 1991 which includes only the superground Surrounded by Idiots consisted by Larry Lyons, Timbaland, Mr. Magoo and Pharrell Williams. Pharrell and Timbaland were respectively known as Magnum, The Verb Lord and DJ Timmy Tim at the time. Until recently, though, there wasn't much tangible proof of the group. Well before their signature Tidewater tick rhythms took over radio, teens Timbaland and Pharrell Williams were cutting demos together as part of a collective known as S.B.I. (Surrounded By Idiots). The crew has long been a point of mythology amongst fans of Virginia Beach beatsmiths and at last there is some audio evidence of their existence.
The tracks are predictably rough, informed by the Native Tongues school of playfulness but leaning a little harder to the pop side of the spectrum. DJ Timmy Tim was straight looping up giant chunks of Thriller, young Timbo-friend Magoo was already blatantly borrowing his style from Q-Tip and Pharrell, then known as Magnum, proving to be a little ahead of his time by getting all metaphysically scientifical—Magnum, The Verb Lord opening the door / My third eye's for thought travel, tickling the core. It's a cheesy affair (that name alone!) but still an interesting look at two of music's most important producers' formative years.
Though Timbaland's voice would later become an unmistakable part of the hit records he made with Aaliyah, Missy Elliott, Bubba Sparxxx, Justin Timberlake and more, he was just behind the boards on these tracks. It's said that The Neptunes officially came together shortly after they graduated high school, which was right around 1991, as Pharrell was 18-years-old at the time. As the tracks above seem to reveal, they were well ahead of their time even back then, using samples that would years later be the backbone to other artists' hits.
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