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SXSW ’08: Revenge Of The N.E.R.D.

Lyndsey Parker
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Pharrell Williams' solo album didn't exactly set the charts on fire. And Ride Or Die, the sophomore effort by the hip-hop renaissance man's side band N.E.R.D., failed to match the critical or commercial success of N.E.R.D.'s Shortlist prize-winning debut, In Search Of. But judging from the wild reaction Pharrell and N.E.R.D. received when premiering new material at their private South By Southwest show Thursday night, their forthcoming third album is going to be a solid hit.

Yes, despite going on more than an hour late, N.E.R.D. still managed to win over their audience, performing hard-charging new tunes (including hot single "Everyone Nose," a salute to all the "women waiting in line for the bathroom") as well as older numbers like the finale "She Wants To Move" (during which Pharrell yanked several lovely and willing young ladies onstage for a dance-off).

Check out the pics below to witness the revenge of the N.E.R.D.:

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