N.E.R.D (pronounced 'en ee are dee', but also often referred to as simply 'nerd') is the name of an alternative rock band consisting of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo of The Neptunes and their friend Shay Haley. Their music is best described as funk/rock, with various other influences, including soul music, hip hop music, and blues rock. Pharrell explains; "What is a N.E.R.D? N.E.R.D stands for No One Ever Really Dies. The Neptunes are who we are and N.E.R.D is what we do. It's our life. N.E.R.D is just a basic belief, man. People's energies are made of their souls. When you die, that energy may disperse but it isn't destroyed."
N.E.R.D have been in the studio recording the follow-up to 2004's 'Fly Or Die'. Pharrell says the new album is called N.3.R.D and is set to be released Spring 2008.