Rap mogul Jay Z, Swizz Beatz and Timbaland have the Internet sizzling this week courtesy of new footage of them in a music studio surfacing online. #bringthatbeatback
According to reports, the footage possibly dates back to last year when Young Hov started piecing together his Magna Carta Holy Grail LP.
Having worked with many of the greats during his decade-and-a-half long career, Swizz Beatz definitely has some gems in the stash — from untold stories, to unreleased songs and videos. On Tuesday, he gave us a little taste, sharing two Instagram videos of a studio session with Jay Z and Timbaland. “Hey sucka n–a, wherever you are,” Hov raps in one, channeling A Tribe Called Quest‘s “Sucka N–a” for “Verses,” from last year’s Magna Carta Holy Grail. In the short clip — a bit of a Throwback Wednesday, since it’s from the sessions for that album — it’s apparent that Jay has a clear vision of where he wants the song to go, and he helps to guide it there. There’s also plenty of head-nodding. (MTV)
Recently, Timbaland talked about putting together the long-awaited LP for rap veteran Missy Elliott.
“It’s coming,” the rapper’s longtime producer and songwriting partner tells Rolling Stone. “It’s on her. She got the first single, it’s just a matter of when she wants to do it. We got the hollow-tip bullet in the gun. We have the game-changer right there,” he says, making the sound of a gun firing. Asked what that bullet sounds like, Timbaland remains vague: “It’s something you ain’t never heard Missy do. It sounds today, but the future.” (Rolling Stone)
In an interview last winter, Missy killed the retirement speculation and admitted her lack of music stemmed from needing motivation.
In a video chat with Yahoo!’s “The Yo Show,” Missy discussed her lengthy hiatus from the music industry. “When I create something, it’s gotta be special and it can’t just be to throw something out there because I feel like I’m Missy,” said the 42-year-old rapper. “I gotta feel like what I’m giving the fans is 100 percent and that it’s game-changing. I don’t just throw out microwave records.” (Rap-Up)
The 42-year-old musician also promised a long-awaited new album would still hit store shelves in the future.
“Just being inspired by things is what I’m grabbing for because music is different now,” she explained. “Not to say that it’s bad, it’s just different now, so I’m just trying to make sure that what I give is 100 percent because I know that expectations is high from my fans and it’s high of myself.” She did, however, reassure fans that she is planning a comeback. “It’s coming. I just ain’t telling nobody when.” (Rap-Up)
Check out some of the footage: