Chad Hugo

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Chad Hugo
Chad Hugo performing with N.E.R.D. at The Warfield in San Francisco in April 2009
Chad Hugo performing with N.E.R.D. at The Warfield in San Francisco in April 2009
Background information
Birth nameCharles Edward Hugo
Also known as
  • Chase Chad
  • Neo-Thrift-Musica
  • Shimmy Hoffa
Born (1974-02-24) February 24, 1974 (age 46)
Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Record producer
  • Multi-instrumentalist
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
Instruments
  • Piano
  • Keyboard
  • Guitar
  • Saxophone
  • Bass
  • Vocals
Years active1994–present[1]
Labels
Associated acts

Charles Edward Hugo (born February 24, 1974) is an American record producer, multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. With close friend Pharrell Williams, he formed the production duo the Neptunes in the early 1990s, with whom he has produced songs for many recording artists. He is also a member of the band N.E.R.D, alongside Williams and Shay Haley.

Early life[edit]

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.[citation needed] Hugo met Pharrell Williams in grade school in band class, eventually linking back together at a magnet school for gifted teens.[citation needed] The two began working together, mixing beats and playing in various live bands.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

After several years of occasional productions for artists often associated with founder Teddy Riley, such as BLACKstreet and SWV, Hugo and Williams 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.

In 2002 The Neptunes were named Producers of the Year at both The Source Awards and the Billboard Music Awards. The Neptunes won the 2004 Grammy for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical.

Hugo and Williams were announced to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame as a part of the 2020 class. [2]

Apart from his work with Williams, Hugo has shown his ability to branch out while doing solo productions, with artists such as Kenna, Sierra Swan, E-40, Mos Def and others.

Chad Hugo production discography[edit]

The following list is a partial discography of productions by Chad Hugo, for songs produced by The Neptunes, see The Neptunes production discography.


Kenna - New Sacred Cow (2003)

  • 1. "Within Earshot"
  • 2. "Freetime"
  • 3. "Man Fading"
  • 4. "Sunday After You"
  • 5. "Vexed and Glorious / A Better Control"
  • 6. "Red Man"
  • 7. "Hell Bent"
  • 10. "New Sacred Cow"
  • 11. "I'm Gone"
  • 12. "Siren"
  • 13. "Love/Hate Sensation" [3]

produced with Kenna

Jesse McCartney - She's No You (Chad Hugo Neptunes Remix) (2005) [4]

  • 1. "She's No You" (Neptunes Remix featuring Fabolous)
  • 2. "She's No You" (Neptunes Remix)

Kenna - The Black Goodbye EP (2007)

  • 1. "Out Of Control"
  • 2. "Better Wise Up"
  • 3. "Black Goodbye Ride"

produced with Kenna

Kenna - Make Sure They See My Face (2007)

  • 1. "Daylight"
  • 2. "Out of Control (State of Emotion)"
  • 5. "Sun Red Sky Blue"
  • 6. "Baptized in Blacklight"
  • 8. "Phantom Always" (featuring Justin Timberlake)
  • 9. "Face the Gun / Good Luck"
  • 10. "Better Wise Up"
  • 12. "Wide Awake"

produced with Kenna

Ashlee Simpson - Bittersweet World (2008)

  • 2. "Boys" (produced with Kenna & Jack Joseph Puig)
  • 4. "No Time for Tears" (produced with Kenna)
  • 9. "Hot Stuff" (produced with Kenna)
  • 12. "Follow You Wherever You Go" (bonus track) (produced with Kenna)

Kevin Rudolf - In the City (2008)

  • 10. "She Can Get It"

produced with Kevin Rudolf

Mos Def - The Ecstatic (2009)

  • 2. "Twilite Speedball"

produced with Mos Def

JoJo - Can't Take That Away from Me (2010)

  • 3. "Pretty Please"

produced with Kenna

E-40 - Revenue Retrievin': Overtime Shift (2011)

  • 7. "Beastin'"

Kenna - Land 2 Air Chronicles I: Chaos and the Darkness (2011)

  • 1. "Chains"
  • 2. "Kharma Is Coming"
  • 3. "What U Want"

EP produced with Kenna

Stalley - Savage Journey To The American Dream (2012)

  • 9. "Everything New" [5]

Kenna - Land 2 Air Chronicles II: Imitation Is Suicide Chapter 1 (2013)

  • 1. "Wild, Wild Life"
  • 2. "Relations (An Ode to You and Me)"
  • 3. "Get in Closer"

produced with Kenna

Yuna - Nocturnal (2013)

  • 6. "Someone Who Can"

No Malice - Hear Ye Him (2013)

  • 17. "No Time"

The Internet - Feel Good (2013)

  • 3. "Dontcha"

produced with The Internet & Mike Einziger

Kid Sister - Kid Sister's DUSK2DAWN: The Diary Of Jane Jupiter (2014)

  • 11. "Higher"
  • 13. "Higher (Sex Edit)" [6]

Jallal - Off the Radar (2017)

produced with Elliot James & Jan Fairchild

Sierra Swan - Caterwaul (2018) [8]

  • 1. "Caterwaul"
  • 2. "Duel Of The FareWillMeNots"
  • 3. "Purple Forever"
  • 4. "Rusted Girl"
  • 5. "System Breaker"

SG Lewis - Chemicals (Single) 2020

  • 1. "Chemicals "

produced with SG Lewis and Julian Bunetta [9]

Bryce Vine - Baby Girl (Single) 2020

  • 1. Baby Girl

produced with Sir Nolan and Simon Says [10]

Personal life[edit]

Hugo has three children (born in 1998, 2000, and 2014).[11][12][13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pharrell Williams". Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Retrieved December 2, 2019.
  2. ^ https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/amp/news/mariah-carey-neptunes-inducted-songwriters-hall-fame-1270360
  3. ^ http://repertoire.bmi.com/DetailView.aspx?detail=titleid&keyid=13676856&ShowNbr=0&ShowSeqNbr=0&blnWriter=True&blnPublisher=True&blnArtist=True
  4. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Jesse-McCartney-Featuring-Fabolous-Shes-No-You-Remix/release/3344927
  5. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Stalley-Savage-Journey-To-The-American-Dream/release/3741916
  6. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Kid-Sister-Jane-Jupiter-Kid-Sisters-DUSK2DAWN-The-Diary-Of-Jane-Jupiter/release/7463946
  7. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Jallal-Ne-Yo-Toss-Turn-Feat-Ne-Yo/release/10328099
  8. ^ https://theneptunes.org/2018/12/sierra-swan-x-chad-hugos-caterwaul-ep-is-out-now-on-itunes/
  9. ^ https://musicfeeds.com.au/news/sg-lewis-drops-new-single-chemicals/
  10. ^ https://theneptunes.org/2020/05/bryce-vine-baby-girl-chad-hugo-sir-nolan-simon-says-20-audio/
  11. ^ "Priscilla Lynch Hugo (@priscillalynch) • Instagram photos and videos". instagram.com.
  12. ^ "Here's What Chad Hugo's Been Up to Lately". October 9, 2014.
  13. ^ "Chad Hugo is a N.E.R.D. to be recognized – today > entertainment – Music". TODAY.com. June 17, 2008. Retrieved February 18, 2014.

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