News: Timbaland Explains Jay-Z "BP3" Leaks, "I Guess Somebody Hacked My Engineer's Computer & Just Got Us" [Audio]
Thursday, Dec 10, 2009 4:45PM
Timbaland has addressed past accusations of being responsible for leaking a majority of Jay-Z's Blueprint III tracks prior to its release last September.
According to Timbo, a hacker got into his music engineer's computer.
"Let me tell you something," Timbaland told radio personality Ed Lover. "Me and Jay-Z are great friends. It's going to be times of miscommunication, that's between any friendship, real friendship is always gonna be miscommunication so what trips me out is how they got into it when we only talked about it. So I called like, 'Is somebody tapping our phones?' When we talked, he said, 'Dawg, I don't get it. This world is crazy.' So what happened was, when I was working, a lot of my music got leaked too. So music started getting leaked and I'm like but I told him I didn't understand that when we were doing a record it was mixed a certain way. I didn't understand why they wanted us to do it that way, send it MP3's to his engineer, evidently, people was getting it and we didn't know. Nobody knew and as it was going through, I guess somebody hacked through his engineer's computer, well, my engineer's computer and just got us...And whoever got us tried to put it on me, like make me sabotage him." ("Ed Lover Show")
Jay associate Memphis Bleek previously hinted at Timbo being behind the leak.
"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)
Bloggers like Fader Magazine writer Pete Macia initially showed their reactions to the leaked tracks.
And by could've been we mean they actually were worse, as evidenced by this non-Blueprint 3 song produced by Timbaland. Next to 'Ghetto Techno,' the other leaked BP3 Tim tracks 'Venus Vs Mars,' 'Reminder' and 'Off That' sound like the lord himself rewrote 'Planet Rock,' and 'D.O.A.' and 'Run This Town' actually deliver Penelope Cruz to your doorstep covered in honey with $100 bills stuck where necessary to keep her street legal (Javier Bardem for the ladies). But seriously, one of the goofiest threads on the internet is talking sh*t about Jay. These songs may not be good, but some of the other ones will be and his status as one of the best ever won't be tarnished, just like when Brett Favre throws 9,000 interceptions this year and one sweet touchdown that reminds everyone how ridiculous he used to be. (The Fader)
Jay previously shared his reaction to his entire album leaking online almost two weeks before its release.
"I may be the most bootlegged artist in history," he said in an interview after learning the news. "It's a preview. I'm excited for people to hear the album. I'm very proud of the work I've down, so enjoy it...My pager is actually ringing right now, so people are probably calling me and telling me they pretty much like it. I can tell by the way my pager rings if a song is good or not. It's really going crazy right now." (MTV)
Check out a portion of Timbaland's interview with Ed Lover below: