Timbaland is recognized as one of the most influential producers to ever do it. You could name off the laundry list of artists he’s partnered with. The list includes Drake, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Aaliyah, Ginuwine, and several others. However, It may be harder to list the stars Timbaland hasn’t worked with at least once. Given his longevity and the star power he has worked with, it’s not a stretch to rank Timbaland as one of the greatest producers of all time. Timbaland has been in the music game for nearly three decades. However, his plethora of upcoming projects show he has no plan of slowing down.
Timbaland recently sat down with Variety to discuss his career and upcoming work. Perhaps the most exciting project he’s working on is an album with hip-hop legend Missy Elliot. Missy hasn’t released a full album in 15 years. However, the love her fans have for her hasn’t gone away. It was first reported that the duo would be linking up again earlier this year. Timbaland didn’t give a definitive release date for the project. However, he hopes it will be ready to go this Summer. “We’ve got a lot of songs we’re gonna start recording soon,” he said. “my dream is to have it out around her birthday in July.”
Timbaland Takes Multiple Inspirations Into New Project
Timbaland has worked with Missy before. Subsequently, he knows what kind of tracks she enjoys making. “I know how Missy works: It’s got to be new and fun,” he said. “Or maybe not so much new as kind of underground, and everything is upbeat” Furthermore, Timbaland revealed the album will have an international flavor. “Some of it has a kind of Latin feel to it, almost a Bad Bunny effect” he said. “Some of it’s kinda like underground Brazilian funk”
Additionally, Timbaland is also teaming up again with Justin Timberlake. The duo has worked together numerous times over the years. Perhaps their most famous collaboration was on JT’s FutureSex/LoveSounds, album which includes the smash hit “Sexy Back.” Timbaland says Justin’s new project has already wrapped up. “We just finished up and everything sounds great,” he said. “Now it’s really on him how and when he envisions it to come out.” Given Timbaland’s success, It’s likely that both projects will be a hit with fans.