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The Neptunes is the name for the record production duo, consisting of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, who have created the sound for some of the most successful Hip Hop, R&B and Pop artists of this decade. The Neptunes Sound is a highly distinctive brand of off-kilter, stripped-down electronic funk with a heavy debt to Prince. Along with Timbaland and Dr. Dre they were the driving force behind many of the musical innovations of late-90s/2000s hip-hop, helping to introduce weirder, spacier sound effects, middle-eastern melodies, exotic percussion, and other idiosyncrasies into the modern hip-hop mainstream. Pharrell has further pushed the role of the producer into the public eye, singing and (later) rapping on records and appearing in videos, whereas many previously, like his production partner Chad, tended to stay behind the scenes to a greater extent.