News: Timbaland Keeps The Peace W/ Jay-Z, "There's No Beef Between Us"
Monday, Jan 4, 2010 5:50PM
Grammy-winning producer Timbaland recently spoke on his close friendship with Jay-Z and addressed rumored conflicts over leaked tracks from Hov's latest album, The Blueprint III.
According to Tim, the two share a "weird" working relationship.
"There's no beef between us," Tim said in an interview. Me and Jay is kinda weird. Musically, I take friendship very serious. Me and Jay, sometimes people think we have falling outs. We don't have falling outs, it's that we don't communicate at the proper time. I take friendship very seriously. I wanna tell him how I might feel about a situation. The last time we talked, he understood how I felt. He saw my point with the Keri stuff being leaked out and everything. I had nothing to do with that. I would never do that to him. Nothing against his wishes. It bothered me so bad, I went on hiatus for a minute, because I would never disrespect his wishes. Like, 'I'm trying to do this with my album, please don't let that song get out or no leakage.' ... Four months later, the song is leaked. I felt so bad, because I would never want my friend to feel like we had some miscommunications." (MTV)
Last month, Tim explained why his Blueprint III records got leaked online.
"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)
Tim was recently named one of the top producers over the past decade .
Hot 100 Producers: 1. The Neptunes 2. Timbaland 3. Kanye West 4. Scott Storch 5. Will.i.am 6. Jonathan "Lil Jon" Smith 7. Stargate 8. Bryant-Michael Cox 9. Jermaine Dupri 10. Dr. Luke (Billboard Biz)
Check out a recent Timbaland interview below: