Chad Hugo performing with N.E.R.D. at The Warfield in San Francisco in July 2009
|Also known as||Chase Chad Chuck, Hugo Mind Boss, Shimmy Hoffa|
|Born||February 24, 1974|
|Origin||Portsmouth, Virginia, United States|
|Genres||Hip hop, R&B|
|Instruments||Piano, keyboard, guitar, saxophone, bass|
|Labels||Star Trak, Interscope, Fool's Gold|
|Associated acts||Missile Command, Daniel Biltmore, No Planes In Space, Kenna, Paul Banks, Pharrell Williams, The Neptunes, N.E.R.D, JoJo|
Charles Edward "Chad" Hugo (born February 24, 1974) is an American musician and record producer. He is best known as one half of the music production and writing duo The Neptunes and as a member of N.E.R.D. He is a saxophonist, pianist and guitarist. Along with his production partner Pharrell Williams, he has produced numerous number-one hit tracks.
Early life 
Hugo was born in the South Hampton Roads city of Portsmouth, Virginia to Filipino parents. He grew up in Virginia Beach; his father is a retired Navy officer while his mother was a laboratory technician. Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo met at the ages of 12 at a summer camp for musicians, which they both disliked. The two began working together, mixing beats and playing in various live bands. In 1992, while the two were attending different high schools in Virginia Beach (Hugo at Kempsville High School), Williams was paid to write a verse to the 1992 single "Rump Shaker", by Wreckx-n-Effect.
After several years of occasional productions for artists often associated with founder Teddy Riley, such as BLACKstreet and SWV, they scored songwriting and production assignments with artists such as N.O.R.E. and Mystikal, which became hits, allowing them to produce with their own distinctive sound for megastars such as Jay-Z. Hugo signed a global music publishing deal with BMG Music Publishing.
In August 2002, The Neptunes were named Producers of the Year at both The Source Awards and the Billboard Music Awards. The album The Neptunes Presents... Clones was then released, debuting at number one in August 2003.
Hugo has been described by The Source Magazine as the "Mr Spock" to Williams' "Captain Kirk", an analogy that does not sit well with Hugo, as he does not see himself as "stiff" like "Mr Spock". However, he does say Williams usually provides the beat (as the drummer of the duo) and most of the melodies to the Neptunes productions, whereas his role lies more in as a 'one man band' and sequencer. Despite this he states that their roles are flexible and do interchange, and has shown his ability away from band-mate Williams, in producing Kenna's 2003 album New Sacred Cow. He attended Old Dominion University (ODU) on a music scholarship. Once his career took off, he put his studies on hold and has not resumed his academic career since. Chad frequently collaborates with other ODU alumni such as Kenna and director Shomi Patwary. In 2007 along with doing Neptunes productions, Hugo was separately producing music for Alicia Keys (MAR/APR 2007 Scratch Magazine), Ashlee Simpson, Bishop Lamont (Aftermath), Daniel Merriweather, Marsha Ambrosius, and the majority of the production on the Kenna's 2007 release Make Sure They See My Face. Hugo has two children, Rayna & Chase.
In 2011 Hugo created a DJ team called "Missile Command", along with Daniel Biltmore. The duo signed a deal with Fool's Gold Records to release their music. He also created a duo with Paul Banks called No Planes In Space.
See also 
- Kenna Hopes To Kick Down The Door With Chad Hugo Remix
- BY: WENN (2007-03-09). "Ashlee Simpson News | Simpson denies romance with Hugo". Absolutepictures.com. Retrieved 2012-04-16. Text " Friday, March 9, 2007 " ignored (help)
- Alberto Martinez Jr. (2006-12-07). "Bishop Lamont and Chad Hugo Of The Neptunes Team Up!! - Rap and Hip Hop Music Network". Raptalk.net. Retrieved 2012-04-16.
- "Sunny future for Merriweather". Sunday Herald Sun. 2007-04-22.
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- "Chad Hugo | FOOL'S GOLD". Foolsgoldrecs.com. 2011-04-28. Retrieved 2012-04-16.