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Editorial Review

Pharrell Williams is the face of the Neptunes, the heavyweight hip-hop production duo behind Jay-Z's "Excuse Me, Miss," Snoop's "Drop It Like It's Hot," Nelly's "Hot in Herre" and a zillion other songs you'd recognize in seconds. Chad Hugo - Pharrell's partner in the Neptunes and N.E.R.D. - is just as important for his talent on multiple instruments in crafting the songs. Hugo's latest project is a DJ collective called Missile Command, in which he's joined by local boy Hip-Hop Dan. The duo is rocking the turntables all night at U Street Music Hall, and there's no cover for the 18-and-over show. Just get there early - this is going to be packed - and wear shoes for dancing to club bangers.

-- Fritz Hahn (March 2010)