- 11:12 AM, Jul 22
Keeps sticking in the industry though the competition is stiff with the appearance of many younger talented artists, Timbaland definitely is the pro. Suddenly everybody wants to work with the hottest producer in town. Def Jam Recording artist Fabolous demanded him to give a hand on his single "Make Me Better", Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke was desperate for his assistance and even Madonna trusted him to guide her R&B passion. After helps catapulting numerous artists to stardom, Timbaland deserves to enjoy the piece that he solely owns. His second solo album "Timbaland Presents Shock Value" was released on April 3, 2007 and seized the 5th post on the US Billboard 200, moving 138,000 copies in the first week. It was his best chart topping effort in his entire solo career. The same fate, only better, happened to his first single "Give It to Me" featuring Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake that absorbed 148,000 digital downloads and smashed the #1 slot in Billboard 100. He is most wanted for one solid reason. His works can't cheat to receive the good reviews.
Timbaland did not come out "production wise" out of sudden since he had stayed in the business actually long enough to know every nook and corner. His journey in the music industry started in early 1990s when he became acquainted with two persons that will walk by his side throughout the entire career. His birth town Norfolk, Virginia had united the March 10, 1971 born producer with Melissa Arnette Elliott or better known as Missy Elliott and Melvin Barcliff aka Magoo. With the former he owed the "belief in him" and with the latter he was indebted to the "loyal companionship." Originally named Timothy Z. Mosley, Timbaland lived in the same neighborhood where Elliott lived. They became friends knowing that they shared the same passion and headed to the same direction. Mosley initially shaped his talent by making sounds out of his Casio keyboards. He acknowledged himself as DJ Timmy but his career as DJ was limited only to his hometown. Elliot though, launched her career first by forming R&B group named Sista in late 1980s. Mosley was trusted by Elliott to be the group's producer and began making demo tapes for them. The collaboration resulted in Sista sealing a deal with record producer DeVante Swing. This required the group to move to New York City. Elliott did not