Virginia Beach hip-hop, R&B, funk and rock fusion trio N.E.R.D. have released a politically-charged new track called Don’t Don’t Do It!, a collaboration with Kendrick Lamar and Frank Ocean. You can listen to it here.
The song follows on from Rihanna-featuring comeback single Lemon, Rollinem 7’s featuring Andre 3000 and Future collab 1000.
Speaking to Zane Lowe on Beats 1, N.E.R.D mainman Pharrell Williams explained how the track was inspired by the death of Keith Scott, an African-American man who was shot dead by police last year.
“They’re telling him to put his hands up or whatever and [Scott’s wife] knows, you can tell in her voice that she see what’s going to happen,” Pharrell said. “She’s saying ‘Don’t do it. Don’t do it Keith. Don’t don’t do it.’ And of course you know the way that turned out, he was killed.”
The singer also discussed how Ocean wrote the intro to the track, saying: “It was cool, I was really grateful to have him do that”. He also praised Ocean’s “art of no compromise”.
Elsewhere in the interview, Williams called Kendrick “incredible, brilliant”, comparing him to a jazz musician and “elegant calligraphy”.
Williams also revealed that there are plans for N.E.R.D to tour in 2018.