N.E.R.D.’s Album Initially Labeled As Rock

Chart Attack spoke with ’s Sheldon Haley about how the group re-record the whole album with real beats instead of electronic ones for their debut. Haley revealed, “Well, the first album was a synthesized version and we labeled it as ‘rock’ but there were a lot of mixed messages. People couldn’t understand how it could be classified as rock when there’s not any live instruments behind the vocals and things of that nature… what they’re typically used to. Besides that, we felt like it was somewhat constricted. The songs, themselves, couldn’t breathe, so we wanted to add that live feel to it, an edgier effect.”

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