Thursday, June 3, 2010

Malice Talks Timbaland

Check out this interview Complex magazine did with Malice of The Clipse talking about his high school friend DJ Timmy T:

On first meeting Timbaland…

Me, Pharrell, and Timbaland are all the same age and we went to the same school. We never had classes together, but we always kicked it in the lounge area and what was called the Commons. Back then, this was like ’88-‘89, I was in this group called Def Dual Productions, DDP. It was dual, as in two people. So the gist of it was that everybody had a partner. It was huge. We were on the news for being troublemakers. You know, that juvenile trouble. We were always fighting, stealing cars, just stuff you ain’t had no business doing. Just doing dumb shit. It was really crazy.

On Timbaland blowing up…
It was good for us and it was good for everybody in Virginia. Virginia is just one of those places. In New York you see stars and industry people every day. Virginia was kind of quiet and not too much stuff was happening at that level. So Timbaland, Missy, Teddy Riley, and Skillz were the ones everybody from here looked up to. I must say, it motivated everybody. There’s nothing like driving and you see that Mercedes Benz pull up and it’s Teddy Reilly in it, or you see that Lambo and it’s Missy in it. And you know them, they’re from where you from. That really put the battery in everybody’s ass out here in Virginia.

On why Clipse never worked with Timbaland…

It was no real reason that we didn’t work together. I don’t attribute that to anything. If anything, it was a conflict of schedule or whatever. Tim’s a real businessman and he’s doing his thing. Actually, we came up closer with The Neptunes. We never said we wanted to work solely with The Neptunes, but that’s just kind of how it happened. But you know, we don’t do too bad with The Neptunes.

On Timbaland’s signature style…
He’s cut out his niche in history. If I could sum it up in one word, it would be “innovative.” He not only raised the bar, but he sets the standard. It’s just one of those things. If Timbaland says this is dope, then most times it’s dope. He’ll do new things that are great. He’ll try something new, but it will be totally accepted and loved by everybody. To me, that’s what he’s known for. Some people will do something new, but people be like, “That’s too far out there” or “He was reaching.” But Tim is always in pocket. Trendsetter, man.

1 comment :

  1. Dope interview. you can just imagine how they all grew up around Tim.


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