Chad Hugo

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The enigmatic, mad scientist producer Chad Hugo has been quietly engineering the soundtrack of a generation for over 25 years, preferring to remain in his studio laboratory amongst his beloved, sound-making machines and out of the limelight. The first generation-born Filipino and Grammy-award winning producer of massive international hits like Justin Timberlake’s “Señorita” and Britney Spears’ “I’m A Slave 4 U,” has served as a writer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist alongside his childhood friend Pharrell as half of The Neptunes and as one third of N.E.R.D. with their fellow childhood friend Shae Haley. In 2017 they released the critically acclaimed NO_ONE EVER REALLY DIES album after a seven year hiatus, which boasted a wildly eclectic group of A-list features ranging from Rihanna to Ed Sheeran.

Self-proclaimed “keeper of the jammified realm,” Chad believes creativity is something that happens every second, and he knows how to both inspire and harness it in his own idiosyncratic way. His innate, uniquely creative ability to express a wide range of emotions through sound has propelled him to become one of the most highly sought after producers on the planet, working with the likes of mainstream staples such as Jay-Z, Mariah Carey, and Gwen Stefani just to name a few, as well as underground legends like DJ Qbert. He’s also a prodigious and wildly diverse remixer of artists that like Fleetwood Mac, Sam Smith, St. Vincent, Little Dragon and so many more. His inimitably soulful style is present on records that have sold in hundreds of millions and been streamed in the tens of billions.

Chad is a proud Virginia Beach native, which is where he was discovered in a school talent show with Pharrell by Teddy Riley of Blackstreet. He’s also a father and husband who plays sax, keys, drums, accordion and guitar. Since 2018 he’s been releasing sample packs through Splice featuring a library of high quality signature samples and loops from his expansive and ever-growing catalog. In 2019 he signed to Rick Rubin’s American Songs Publishing company and spends most of his days in the studio with Pharrell, working with different pop and hip-hop artists to concoct the sounds of music’s imminent future. He was recently awarded a key to the city of his hometown Virginia Beach by the city’s mayor.

  • Justin Timberlake - "Midnight Summer Jam" - Man of the Woods (Writer / Producer)
  • Justin Timberlake - "Man of the Woods" - Man of the Woods (Writer / Producer)
  • Justin Timberlake - "Higher Higher" - Man of the Woods (Writer / Producer)
  • Justin Timberlake - "Wave" - Man of the Woods (Writer / Producer)
  • Justin Timberlake - "Supplies" - Man of the Woods (Writer / Producer)
  • Justin Timberlake - "Flannel" - Man of the Woods (Writer / Producer)
  • Justin Timberlake - "Montana" - Man of the Woods (Writer / Producer)
  • Justin Timberlake - "Breeze off the Pond" - Man of the Woods (Writer / Producer)
  • Justin Timberlake - "Livin' Off the Land" - Man of the Woods (Writer / Producer)
  • Aaron Carpenter - "Attitude" (Writer)
  • Skimask the Slump God - "Foot Fungus" - Stokeley (Writer)
  • N.E.R.D. - "Esp" - No One Ever Really Dies (Producer)
  • Wale - "Fashion Week feat. G-Eazy" - Shine (Writer)
  • SG Lewis - "Meant to Be" - Yours EP (Writer)
  • Little Big Town - "Miracle" - Wanderlust (Writer)
  • Erykah Badu - "U Don't Have to Call" - But You Can't Use My Phone (Writer)
  • Earl Sweatshirt - "Burgundy feat. Vince Staples" - Doris (Writer / Producer)
  • The Internet - "Dontcha" - Feel Good (Producer)
  • Beyoncé - "I Care" - 4 (Writer)
  • Pusha T - "Trouble on my Mind feat. Tyler the Creator" - Fear of God II: Let Us Pray (Writer / Producer)
  • Big Sean - "Get It (DT)" - Finally Famous (Writer / Producer)
  • E-40 - "Beastin" - Revenue Retrievin': Overtime Shift (Producer)
  • Pharrell Williams - "Letter to my Godfather" (Co-Writer / Co-Producer)
  • Daniel Caesar - "Frontal Lobe Muzik feat. Pharrell Williams" (Co-Writer / Co-Producer)