News: Timbaland Says Jay-Z Intentionally Left Drake's "Blueprint 3" Verse "Off That"

Tuesday, Sep 15, 2009 2:20PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Timbaland has spoken out about "Off That," his The Blueprint 3 collaboration with Jay-Z and Drake, saying that Hov intentionally excluded a verse from the newly signed Young Money artist.

According to Timbo, he suggested having Drizzy drop 16 bars on the record.

"I'm out there more than he is," Tim said in an interview. "I know what the kids want...That's what I bring to the table. I bring that umph outta him. Listen to the album. I bring something outta him...You gotta ask him [why the verse is gone]. It should have been [on there]...But I thought, to me, we took [Drake] out of his element. But he said that was good to him. I said, 'Oh, sh*t, let's go back and get him in the verse.' But that ain't my project. If it was up to me to redo it, I'd redo it that way." (MTV)

Drake previously spoke on the rumors of "Off That" being Jay's first single instead of "Run This Town," which features Kanye West and Rihanna.

"I don't know who came up with that rumor to be honest, but I always knew what Jay's first single was going to be," Drake said in an interview earlier this summer. "Me and Jay did a lot of work together. Maybe at one point he was considering doing it and someone got over-excited and put out a press release that I was going to be on the first single...We have more than one record to pick from. Jay-Z is one of those guys that's just too good. I would be definitely disappointed if I wasn't on it. I think it's going to be a legendary project. I have my fingers crossed." (The Boom Box)

DJ Skee broke the news and shared his reaction to "Off That" last June.

DJ Skee had the opportunity to preview "Off That," Jay's first single from The Blueprint 3. "I don't want to really ruin the surprise," the host of Sirius XM's "Skeetox" radio show reluctantly tells "I mean it's Jay, he's killing it." While he didn't disclose details, he did build anticipation for the record. "Jay sounds pretty incredible, man." Skee confirmed that hip-hop's hottest newcomer, Drake, lends his talent to the song. (Rap-Up)

Hov associate Memphis Bleek recently questioned why Jay's initial album leak featured only Timbaland-produced records.

"Man, you know where that's coming from," he said in an interview. "That's Timbo's camp. Somebody is playin' dirty. It's cool though. I like to see the people's opinions. I've been reading the comments on Jay's records saying that the beats don't sound like this or that. I think they just set the bar too high for my guy." (Hip Hop Wired)

Check out Jay-Z & Drake's "Off That" collaboration below:

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