N.E.R.D. returned from a lengthy hiatus to drop off their first album in seven years, No_One Ever Really Dies. With features from Kendrick Lamar, Andre 3000, Future, Gucci Mane, and Wale, it seemed as if it would be a triumphant return to form for Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo, and Shay Hayley. However, first impressions are split down the middle, with some fans put off by the experimental song structures and free-form melodies. However, N.E.R.D. deserve some respect in the game, and while theirlatest vision may be jarring to some, it’s still a journey worth taking.