Label: Virgin/EMI
Key Track: "Lapdance"

In 2001, the Neptunes were the biggest producers in pop music, but their first release as artists (under the group name N.E.R.D.) was decidedly anti-pop, with a lead single about strippers and an apparent influence of hallucinogenic drugs throughout. Which is why they forgot what they were searching for mid-sentence.

Originally recorded with traditional Neptunes synths, the label had the group re-record the album with a live rock band.