Grammy-winning producer Timbaland is ready to get back to music-making after announcing plans to release an upcoming solo album called Opera Noir. #TimboOnTheBeat
The mega producer revealed he will no longer drop Textbook Timbo and focus on his personal life with the upcoming LP.
“I found who I am and what I’m comfortable with, and what I want to do.” Asked about the meaning of the album title and its central theme, Tim humbly said, “It’s a culture thing. It’s the truth. It’s just about life in general. My life. My personal life, and I found myself as an artist and human being and as a man. I found who I am,” sounding strikingly similar to another Virginia native, Pharrell, who famously detailed the mental clarity he found when writing and recording his recent G I R L. (REVOLT TV)
After reportedly putting together Shock Value 3 these past few years, Timbo reconsidered his next LP last fall.
Timbaland had been been working on his new album Shock Value 3 for a couple of years. But the super producer is switching up the plans as he has now scrapped the entire project and re-recording it with a new title to go along — Rebirth. He actually announced this a couple of months ago on the HangWith app but it missed our radar. Timbaland has had huge success in recent months, thanks to the release of Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z‘s new albums. And something tells me, he will go for a more Hip-Hop than Pop sound on this one, unlike his last two efforts — Shock Value and Shock Value 2. (HHNM)
A few days prior, Timbo treated fans to new music from Young Money’s Drake and close rap pal Jay Z.
A few lucky fans in Birmingham, England had the opportunity to hear of preview of yet another new song between Drake and Jay Z. Producer Timbaland, whose currently on tour with the Brooklyn rapper for his Magna Carter World Tour played a clip of the exclusive song for fans at the NIA Arena on Wednesday night. The song is more uptempo than the duo’s latest collaboration, “Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2″ off Drake’s latest album, “Nothing Was The Same.” Jay and Drake previously worked together on songs like, “Off That” and “Light Up.” (Enstarz)
Around his ’09 release, Tim offered a take on how hip-hop had evolved into delivering more pop-sounding tracks.
“I was done with hip-hop a long time ago,” he said in an interview. “Once my generation left, I left. I do it, but there’s nobody from my generation besides Jay-Z who’s doing it. I look at Lil Wayne as being from my generation. Some people are still acceptable. Kanye [West] is acceptable from my generation. It’s just not the same. By it not being the same, I kind of fade to black. I did musicthat fits where I was going to in my age bracket. ‘What does Tim listen to in his car all the time?’ I love ’80s music. So how do I infuse ’80s with modern-day music? You Timbo the King, you gotta figure it out. I figured it out a couple of years ago with Nelly [Furtado] and Justin [Timberlake] and myself. We had a tremendous run. I think it was good for me to do it that, because some people would say ‘Tim is cold.’ The same people who smile in my face would be the same ones to talk behind my back. But I got this run, I’m not gonna stop until I wanna stop.” (MTV)