PSA: “Lemon” shows N*E*R*D still got it and Rihanna can rap

N*E*R*D made an impressive return today, dropping their first single in some time in “Lemon”. Bearing in mind that the group haven’t released a studio album since 2010’s Nothing, news of this new single was clearly going to rouse much excitement even before first playback. This is the group responsible for the still brilliant In Search Of…and of course, Fly Or Die. A new N*E*R*D album is one people have been waiting a long time for and fingers crossed, “Lemon” is the first of many new songs the Virginia Beach trio have got up their sleeves.

“The truth will set you free,” Pharrell opens with. “But first, it’ll piss you off.”

What follows is a clapping, sharp unveiling of hip-hop beats, with the hypnotic effect of the ‘Wait a minute’ line in amongst Pharrell and Rihanna‘s snapping raps. We’ve already heard what Rihanna is capable of, bars-wise, on Kendrick Lamar’s “LOYALTY.”, but on “Lemon”, the Bad Gal almost snarls with badass bravado.

Check the video out below, featuring dancer Mette Towley, below.