’10 Worst Albums: #5 N.E.R.D. Nothing

Admittedly I’m not a big N.E.R.D. supporter. I like my Pharrell peddling beats and hooks to great MCs and stayin’ on the sidelines. But with a somewhat open, slate-cleaning mind I copped the oft-delayed Nothing the day it dropped. And guess what? I didn’t like it. From the annoying chorus-laden opener “Party People”; to the Al Green on acid space ride “Hypnotize U”; to a slithery shit sandwich called “Help Me”, the album clearly stumbles badly out the gate. To be fair, things pick up a bit on the Swizz Beatz and Rakim-jacked “God Bless Us All” and the McCartney-influenced “Life As A Fish”. But all in all, it’s not enough to save the overall disc as a notable downgrade from the band’s previous efforts. Even a non-fan can see that.

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  • fuk waka

    oh yahh been waiting for this list…

  • meezy

    Wow, worst albums list is just…………

  • flawda

    Your taste in music sucks, thought the album was dope. If you aren’t a NERD fan i wouldn’t expect you to get into their music, but any NERD fan knows this album was dope. Do us a favor and stick to rap, even though yall aren’t even good at that anymore with the mediocre shit yall have at best mixtape and most disappointing album with Nas joint.

  • ^^^^

    Pharrell is that you?

  • This album should have been the #1 worst album, or at least the #1 disappointing album. It’s a HUGE step down musically and quality wise from “Seeing Sounds”. I’ve noticed most people who mention they like it really only say such because their NERD fanatics or just trying to be different.

  • belly

    Naw that’s the other black guy that nobody knows in the group

  • K-Lam

    something I agree with

  • Joshua

    ONCE AGAIN I GOT STAND UP FOR THE MUSIC I LIKE. THIS ALBUM IS LESS TAN 3 MONTHS OLD AND YOU VIEWED AS THE ONE OF THE WORST. @Y.N WHY DON’T YOU POST THE MUSIC YOU HAVE ON YOUR IPOD SO WE CAN GET IDEA OF WHAT YOU LISTEN TO

  • LikeJordan45

    SMFH I ain’t been on RR in 24 hours because of your shitty lists and this is the first thing I see. Catch ya’ll in another 24…or not. This album was dope, and as a NERD fan I like that they took a more political approach on this disc. RR’s taste in music #FTLoss

  • Nadrojj

    This made me laugh:

    a slithery shit sandwich called “Help Me”

  • NoSoup4Yu

    Slithery shit sandwich??? Lmao

  • 250MG

    I do not agree with you. “Nothing” was not a fantastic album, but it was NOT one of the worst albums of 2010!!!

  • Onji

    Can’t wait for this “Best of”, Worst of” list to be finished with! Seriously. That’s why I don’t do MTV lists or awards, other people’s opinions mean “Nothing” to me. Didn’t check out this album btw.

  • Word

    Lmao only the biggest hater in industry YN would be capable of pulling off this worst albums list. I’m sure Wayne has a spot on this list somewhere. Actually, i’m sure there will be two YM members no this list. Watch. The DeAndre Way is sure to have a spot on this list too.

  • smDh

    Fair enough, this was a pretty horrible album.

  • Ac@pella!

    “…slithery shit sandwhich…” Lmao!!! This album cost too much on release day 4 me to cop it, so I don’t know what it sounds like. I’m not payin’ $13.99 on release day. Period.

  • ZoomZoom

    ^ YOUR SAYING DRAKE AND NICKI HAD WORST ALBUMS??? CLOWNISH

    AND YAH THIS ALBUM IS HORRIBLE THEY MADE MUSIC FOR THE GAYS

  • Word

    This should also be on worst album covers list.

  • ZoomZoom

    THAT WAS @WORD

  • smDh

    @ZoomZoom

    No, Lil Wayne had the worst album… twice.

  • B. Digital

    I have 3 N-E-R-D albums and this is by far the worst one.

  • julie

    I love N.E.R.D. but I thought Nothing was terrible…nothing was worse than Nothing.

  • Word

    @ZoomZoom

    I said, two YM members…that includes Wayne nigga. And im just saying they could end up on this list. Sorry, your hero’s aint invincible. I already seen Waynes Rebirth on many many worst albums of the year lists. Pink Friday aint get outstanding reviews either. Drake album was cool but highly forgettable minus a couple songs.

  • Weezy “I Am Not A Human Being” was listed on Most Disappointing.

  • Diggz Digital

    I can’t cosign this hatery.. NOTHING was almost as good as their first (N.E.R.D) which is a classic!

  • GTFO

    Correction: Swizz Jacked Pharell. But this album wasn’t great.

  • Word

    @Reasy F

    For an album to be disappointing, it had to have high expectations and fell short of those expectations right? Thats why I didnt get half of that list and why Waynes album was on that list. It wasnt disappointing at all. If people were expecting anything more than throwaways, then it would be disappointing. But I guess some of yall were expecting a C2 type of album huh? I expected garbage and received garbage. Wasnt disappointed at all. Human Being should def. be on this list though. It was def. one of the worst of this year.

  • IZM

    ^pretty much sums it up perfectly

  • 7v5a7

    Hey YN enter yourself on your own website’s “You played Yourself” Side Column….& Let BDot complete last year ranking of music. Your ears are garbage.

  • ZoomZoom

    Word says:
    Thursday, January 06 2011 at 3:14 PM EST
    @ZoomZoom

    I said, two YM members…that includes Wayne nigga. And im just saying they could end up on this list. Sorry, your hero’s aint invincible. I already seen Waynes Rebirth on many many worst albums of the year lists. Pink Friday aint get outstanding reviews either. Drake album was cool but highly forgettable minus a couple songs.
    ———————————————————————————————————————————-

    PINK FRIDAY GOT OUTSTANDING REVIEWS WHERE I CHECKED DON’T KNOW WERE YOU BEEN…… EVEN IF IT WOULDN’T BE ON WORST ALBUMS LIST IT WOULD BE ON DISAPPOINTING ALBUM LIST

  • ZoomZoom

    BTW “DISTANT COUSINS” SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON THE WORST ALBUM LIST BESIDES THAT 1 WAYNE VERSE THE REST OF THE ALBUM WAS TRASH

  • Word

    @ZoomZoom

    If outstanding reviews to you is 3/3.5 stars out of 5 and other average grades, then yeah it did outstanding. Wikipedia list all the credible sources that reviewd the album. One good grade, the others mixed or average. No 4 stars just 3’s

  • H/K

    ^probably cuz it sucked

  • ZoomZoom

    3/3.5 STARS GETS YOU PLATINUM PLAQUES SO SHE STAY WINNING NIGGA AND IT WAS A DOPE ALBUM DONT LET THE REVIEWS FOOL YA…… KANYE ALBUM GOT 5/5 I EXPECTED TO HEAR A CLASSIC AND WHEN I HEARD IT SHIT SOUNDED JUST LIKE 808’S MIXED WITH A FEW RAP SONGS

  • Haters/Stans

    ^dude youre so off topic by now just quit stanning

  • Word

    @ZoomZoom

    Yup, average reviews gets you plaques cant argue you that. All depends on your priorities. Kanye got 5/5s AND a platinum plaque coming. So who would you rather be? I think Kanye, the guy with classics AND sales. Not just sales.

  • GTFO

    Y’all really arguing with zoomcoon. hahaha.

  • IDC what AnyOne Says cuz Everyone has their opinion Just like how i thought this album was Great

  • Slip

    NERD and Last Train To Paris are the WORST albums to ever see a release date in the history of music

  • YO RAP RADAR YOU ARE TRULLY RETARDED OFFICIALLY …………….SWIZZ JACKED GOD BLESS US ALL 4 HIS MONSTER MONDAYS NOT N.E.R.D >>>OK AND TELL YA THE TRUTH YOUR TASTE IN RAP AND HIP HOP SUCKS!!!

  • Donn

    I disagree hard
    This album was one of the best albums of the year amongst others. Sorry if your a hardcore hiphp fan, this isn’t for you.

  • I’m a huge N*E*R*D fam. Got all albums, Neptunes Presents Clones, All Kelis albums, All Clipse albums, All Robin Thicke albums, Pharrell solo, Chester French etc. And I can honestly say that this might possibly be their worst album out of In Search Of…, Fly or Die, Seeing Sounds, Nothing.

  • That album was wack.

  • Belize

    It was oksy, but it wasn’t THAT bad.

  • patoss

    I really liked this album…This is not Hip Hop Music just Music…You can’t say that this album sucks because we can see that a big job had been done on it…and it sounds really good…for me at least

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  • ARon

    i cannot agree with this more!!! i bought this album and have never been so pissed. i considered throwing it out the window of my car. i love NERD and this was crap crap crap. i usually hate when people ask what happened to the “old” artist but god damn pharrel where the hell is the old you???

  • Ym

    I like the album, the whole vibe of it. lets just say we all have a different taste of music…

  • ahshjhjdhjk

    fuck you rap radar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! u fuckin suck elliot wilson!!!!!!!!! u suck balls balls balls!!!!! the production on this album is revolutionary you piece of shit

  • foekist

    YN ur too old to understand how the games told. My dude- YOU LOST!

  • foekist

    I mean come on and wake the fuck up, elliot…. look at what these people are saying about your reviews. You don’t know your arse from your elbow. this is not hate my dude….sorry to say….coz its easy to dismiss hate….this is what everyone is saying- u don’t know shit!

  • Cant lie … The NERD album is the worst … and im a big fan.. They tried to do some different shit .. shit sounds awful

  • wat

    lol this album was made for homos and white girls. 3 fairys prancing around to gay guitars and trying to sound ‘deep and insightful’

    poor mans black

  • agreed

    lol this album was made for homos and white girls. 3 fairys prancing around to gay guitars and trying to sound ‘deep and insightful’

    poor mans black eyed peas

  • Ppp

    If you can’t at least appreciate the musical direction of this album, or a song from it at least, shoot yourself in the fucking head for being a closed minded retard.

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  • GOOD MUSIC

    Rap Radar’s list is pure garbage. N.E.R.D’s Nothing album is a timeless peice that’ll still get played in years to come. And Pharrell showed maturity by addressing political issue’s on this album.
    Rap Radar get a clue.

  • Chronic off a Hater.. N*E*R*D or DIE !

  • Ashley

    I loved the album, yeah it had a different flow from the other albums but I was still good. & technically their genre isn’t even rap….

  • Hmm. That’s funny, because I put that album as #2 best music albums of 2010. Check it out: http://bit.ly/fs7SJc