Teddy, the class engineer, who lived in his studio next door, gave them some lucky breaks because the Neptunes worked at the school.
The show producer came to the school to see if they had some talented students and found some good ones; they signed him on the spot.
It seems they both credit each other with their own performance. Pharrell says, “they” It seems they both owe each other for it. “
“He is a true genius.”