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Pharrell Dropped an Unreleased N.E.R.D. Song on Beats 1 Last Night

Pharrell’s OTHERtone Beats 1 show has been uniformly one of the best, most eclectic programs on Apple’s streaming service. It allows the Grammy-winning producer to showcase the full breadth of his (vast) musical knowledge while also giving him the opportunity to play unreleased N.E.R.D. songs, like he did last night with “Locked Away.” The track’s a funky little throwaway that definitely — with a bit sharper production — could’ve been yet another smash single for Pharrell. It’s got some of the back-and-forth swaying tempo of Skateboard P’s work on Gwen Stefani’s “Wind It Up,” just a lot more stripped back. Here “Locked Away” right here, and check out last night’s full episode, which featured Tyler, the Creator, while you’re at it.