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.
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. Hugo also did the majority of the production on Make Sure They See My Face, Kenna's sophomore album, and Kenna's 2011 EP Land 2 Air Chronicles I - Chaos & The Darkness.
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. They have released two mixtapes, 2011's Foolcast #22, and 2013's Why Fight the Space Age?. Hugo also created an alternative band with Paul Banks called No Planes In Space. More recently Hugo has done production on Earl Sweashirt's debut album Doris, No Malice's debut album Hear Ye Him, and also with Odd Future's spin off group The Internet on their sophomore album Feel Good. Hugo and Kenna would again collaborate on Kenna's new EP Land 2 Air Chronicles II: Imitation Is Suicide, which was released on September 3, 2013. Hugo and Malaysian artist Yuna also collaborated on her 2013 album Nocturnal, for the song "Someone Who Can".
- http://hamptonroads.com/2008/03/world-fashion-stage-local-companies-find-they-fit Rachel Hugo, who's looking to start some retail projects in Virginia Beach, is trend-spotting. (It is rumored that her husband, Chad Hugo of the Neptunes, might pop in to DJ at one of the many parties thrown during the week.)
- http://www.today.com/id/25124361/ns/today-today_entertainment/t/chad-hugo-nerd-be-recognized Unlike the single Pharrell, he’s also self-proclaimed family man, who spends a lot of time with his wife and two children, ages 8 and 10. “I’m like a regular dude, I’m a nerd, so I totally embrace that as much as I can. ... There’s more to life than just music.”
- Kenna Hopes To Kick Down The Door With Chad Hugo Remix
- "Chad Hugo | FOOL'S GOLD". Foolsgoldrecs.com. 2011-04-28. Retrieved 2012-04-16.