N.E.R.D. and Rihanna’s new single “Lemon” samples Retch’s 2015 viral video

“Mad ethnic right now.”

November 01, 2017

On Wednesday, N.E.R.D. returned in a major way with their Rihanna collab "Lemon." The track finds Pharrell and Rihanna trading rapped verses back and forth but, in between the two verses, the bouncy instrumental breaks with a familiar vocal sample.


The new track features a chop of a 2015 viral Twitter video from New Jersey rapper Retch. "Shout out to them people," he says. "Mad ethnic right now." In the original video, Retch smokes a blunt on crowded street as elderly white people look on. Watch the "Lemon" video above (the sample appears at the 35-second mark), and see Retch's original Twitter video below.