Here's the full video of "Timbaland: E! True Hollywood Story."
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
All the Timstans need to make sure they tune in to E! tonight to watch "Timbaland: the E! True Hollywood Story." Timbaland will speak on his youth and upbringing, how he got involved in music, his first big break, his depression and suicidal thoughts, his status as a superproducer, and where he sees his music going in the future. Timbo also reveals one secret that most of us never knew: He was in love with Aaliyah. Here's what he said about it:
"When I first met Aaliyah—it time for the world to hear this, I'm gonna give a little secret—I was in love with her. I said, But I'm not…She just a baby, I'm old. I said to myself, 'I'm just gonna be her brother.' Oh man, I was fightin', I was fightin' a lot—a big war. But I loved Aaliyah."
Be sure to check out the special tonight, and we'll be sure to upload the full video when it becomes available.
For those who don't know Larry Live has been posting unreleased Timbo tracks from the early '90s, mostly from his DJ Timmy Tim/Surrounded by Idiots days. He's been dropping one song each days a part of the "12 Days of Timbaland/Christmas." Here are six of the records released so far:
"Oh, Catherin" (Circa 1990/91)
"Ginger Bread Man"
"Fess Up" (Circa 1990/91)
This track features Larry Live, Magoo, and GY, who was an original member of SBI. Timstans will know that Tim reused this beat for Sista's "Good Thang."
"K Quick Beat"
From Larry Live: "Since this beat was made for a rapper that Tim was making beats for around the way by the MC name "K Quick" we're gonna title it "the k quick beat" that's the least i can do since the guy name us Surrounded By Idiots! Also K Quick use to be in a rap group with Malice of the Clipse back in the day way b4 Pusha started rapping and yes Tim use to make beats for Malice as well!"
"Take A Bath Beat"
From Larry Live: "So when Tim did this beat i remember us just sitting in his room laughing at what the sample was saying, we still don't know for sure but we always said that the sample was saying 'Take A Bath' so that's the name of this! ---Larry Live Of Live House Entertainment & SBI's! Tim & Missy always refer to Tim's lil keyboard he had back in the day, lol, this beat was made on it!"
"Where Could U Be Going"
Stay tuned for the rest of the tracks! Pretty dope stuff, right?!?!
As most of you heard last week, the final version of Madonna's track "Latte" leaked on the net. Regardless if the song's actual title is "La La" or "Pala Tute," the track is produced by Timbaland and features Justin Timberlake. Check it out:
Western Union just linked a deal with Snoop Dogg, K’naan, Sunidhi Chauhan, and Timbo to revolutionize the world of singing telegrams. Through this Western Union interactive program, you can create your own personalized singing telegram or collaborate with Snoop, K'naan, Sunidhi, or Timbaland in the form of a virtual duet. All you need to do is visit their website, upload a your photo, select your gender, and then pick an artist and song to sing along with the performer using lyrics streamed on the screen. You can then review and watch your digitized performance with your face and voice on a human avatar, and then send the personalized duet to your family, loved ones, and friends. Here are the two Western Union Timbaland videos/singing telegrams ("Drummer Boy" features Lyrica Anderson, and "This Lady" features Sebastian).
Peep this track by brand new recording artist, Carishma, called "Keep Hangin' On" that features and is produced by Timbo himself:
She's Indian-American (Indian as in from India) and recent graduate of NYU. She apparently auditioned for Timbaland in Miami and this was the track that they recorded. No word on whether there are more tracks in the vault or if she's going to sign with MMG, but we'll let you know when we hear. You can download the track for free on her website. Y'all feeling the song?
Props to Timbaland Passion for the heads up!
After what feels like a lifetime of waiting (and listening to an almost inaudible 46 second snippet), we finally have a clear clip of Ricky Martin's song "I Just Wanna Feel Real Love" aka "Bare my Soul." Peep:
Hopefully the full version will leak soon. Thoughts on the song?
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
After hearing a Short Dawg and Timbo collab earlier this year for Timbaland Thursdays, another track by Short Dawg just dropped last week. It's called "Bone," and it's off his *Adventures of Drankenstein* mixtape. Peep the track:
Despite being pushed back to 2012, a Timbo-produced track that was originally slated for FreeSol's album *No Rules* recently leaked. The song is called "Fascinated." Check it out:
Y'all feelin' it?
Friday, September 2, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
In honor of the 10th anniversary of Aaliyah's passing, BET will be airing a tribute entitled "Aaliyah: One in a Million," at 8PM EST. The tribute will feature videos, rare footage, and interviews with close friends and collaborators, including Timbaland and Missy. Here's a clip of Missy and Tim talking about Aaliyah:
Also, be sure to check out BET and MTV throughout the day as they pay tribute to Aaliyah.
A decade ago, the world lost an amazing singer and spirit in Aaliyah Dana Haughton. I remember waking up, going to the kitchen, and seeing my mom look a little nervous. When she saw me in the kitchen, she said: "I don't know how to tell you this...Aaliyah passed away in a plane crash today." I was shocked. I told my mother that she had to be wrong, that she confused Aaliyah with another artist, that it was just a rumor. And then I turned on the news, and saw it for myself. I didn't know what to do. I was overwhelmed with sadness. Here's someone who I never met, never talked to or anything, and yet I was so affected by her passing. And I think that speaks to the power of Aaliyah. She beautifully touched people across the world (people who had no personal interaction with her) with her voice, personality, artistry, and infectious smile. To all fans of Aaliyah and The Chronicles, feel free to share with us your favorite memory and/or song with us.
Rest In Peace, Baby Girl. We will never forget you.
We've seen Timbaland's tweets about wanting to work with Demi Lovato, and the tweets by both Tim and Demi regarding their studio sessions, and now we get to hear the fruit of their labor. Yes, Timbaland will be featured on Demi's upcoming album Unbroken. Timbaland bookends the album by having the first track, "All Night Long," and the last track, "Skyscraper (Remix)," which was remixed by Tim and Wizz Dumb. Be sure to check out the songs when Demi's album drops September 20th.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
If you follow Timbaland and/or Sebastian on twitter, then you probably read their tweets last night regarding their long-time collaborator and good friend, Bill Pettaway. He's currently battling cancer, and Sebastian, Timbaland, and The Chronicles are asking all of you to tweet Bill (@Pmusic1), and show him love and send him words of encouragement. Those of us who know Bill, know he's more than just a musical genius; he's one of the most funny, love-filled, and kind people you will ever meet. So please keep Bill in your thoughts and prayers. Sending positive vibes, prayers, and thoughts your way, Bill!!!
We have yet another Timbo/David Guetta collab, and this time it's off of David Guetta's upcoming album *Nothing but the Beat*. The track is called "I Just Wanna F***". Peep:
Props to Thomas for the heads up! Thoughts on the song?
Thursday, August 4, 2011
If you follow Timbo on Twitter, then you know that he's currently filming the music video to "Pass at Me" (featuring Pitbull and David Guetta), reportedly the first single off of Shock Value III. While we don't have the video yet, famed Italian photographer, Raphael Mazzucco, and Interscope chairman (aka Timbaland's boss), Jimmy Iovine, are using the song to promote their upcoming coffee table book, Culo by Mazzucco, which comes out November 22nd. Basically, it's a book that showcases women's...um...butts across various regions and time. Check out the song and the Culo promo video (video is directed by Jeth Weinrich):
So are y'all feeling the "Pass at Me?" Good first single? Bad first single? Report back!
Fans and followers of The Thomas Crown Chronicles know how much we love rumors and mysteries regarding Timbaland, and today I think we have real Timbo history gem.
Have you ever listened to "Talking on the Phone" off of Tim's Bio and thought, "Damn, Kelly Price sounds a little off on this track. She doesn't really sound like herself."? Well, there might be a reason for that. Truth is, that might not be the Kelly Price that most music fans know.
Recently, I came across an article in SESAC Magazine (a magazine for and about songwriters and music publishers), that featured a story on Grammy nominated singer/songwriter, Keli Nicole Price. Peep the article here:
Much to my surprise, Keli was born and raised in Virginia Beach, where she met and became friends with Missy Elliott while she (Keli) was in high school. According to the article, Missy really enjoyed Keli's voice and songwriting skills, and soon enlisted Keli to write and record vocals for some of Missy's upcoming projects. What upcoming projects you might ask? Well, after some research, I cam across THIS interesting post on the Nicole Wray fan blog, "Nicole Wray: Billy Holliday of the Streetz," that featured a discussion on Keli Nicole Price. According to the blog, while Keli frequently recorded vocals and cowrote songs for Missy and Timbaland, she was often uncredited or wrongly credited (for example, Kelly Price). On which songs exactly? How about: Lil' Mo's "5 Minutes," "Talking on the Phone," Nicole Wray's "Make it Hot," Missy's "Hit em wit da hee" remix, "Married" off the 30 years to Life Soundtrack, AND Missy's entire Supa Dupa Fly album!! One word: UNBELIEVABLE! It's so unbelievable that most of the Timstans I spoke with didn't want to believe that this was true. How could someone not receive proper writing and/or background vocal credit for so many songs?? How could Missy (and even Timbo) not correct the situation? Why didn't anyone get sued? So many questions, and not one answer. Kelly Price or Keli Price, if either of y'all are reading this, hit up the Chronicles! Will the real Kelly Price/Keli Price please stand up!!
Earlier this week, a Ray J version of "Hate to Love" (sometimes labeled "Love to Hate) leaked on the internet. Peep:
This marks the FOURTH version of this song, behind Ginuwine, Rebel/R-Styl, and Jamie Foxx.
Sadly, no one actually released it for their respective albums. With that said, who do you think rocked the beat best? Why do you think no one officially released the record? Let us know!!
Perhaps inspired by Pharrell and Timbaland working in the studio last month, Larry Live decided to share three unreleased S.B.I./Surrounded By Idiots (the pre-Basement Crew group featuring Timbo, Pharrell, Magoo, and Larry Live) songs with us. These tracks allegedly came out in 1990/1. Check 'em out:
Skull Caps & Stripe Shirts (This is the first time they recorded together in a studio)
It's Like That
If Ur Freaky Baby
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Here's the full video of last night's Missy Elliott: Behind the Music, which aired last night on VH1:
Great footage of Da Basement days as well as footage of Tim and Missy in the studio for her upcoming album. Thoughts on the episode?
P.S. Did we hear some unreleased/soon-to-be-released Timbo beats during the episode?!?!?!
Monday, June 20, 2011
Last week, as many fans and artists celebrated what would have been Tupac Shakur's 40th birthday, Timbaland sent out an interesting tweet about his relationship to Pac:
"no more pain" all eyez on me - 2pac when the world got a taste of my vicious drum patterns back thenWhile the liner notes credit Devante Swing to producing "No More Pain," many Timstans speculated that Tim ghost produced the track or that Devante simply copied Tim's style. When I first saw Tim's tweet last week, I was shocked that he finally talked about Pac's "No More Pain" and his relation to it, but I quickly remembered that our own J-Boogie posted a 1998 interview with Timbaland that featured a discussion on "No More Pain." While discussing Da Basement's "Love You Down," Timbaland confirmed that Devante produced the song but quickly noted:
but that style came from me. That's my style. He put that style on Tupac's double CD too.Here, of course, Tim was referring to "No More Pain," and so while many of us might read Tim's tweet last week as confirming that he produced the track, it's clear from the 1998 interview that Devante simply jacked Tim's style, drum pattern and all. You can peep the whole interview HERE.
After four years, a ton of youtube videos, and many discussions across the internet and music world on whether Timbaland "steals music," a U.S. Federal Judge in Florida recently dismissed a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against Timbaland, Nelly Furatdo, and others concerning Nelly's track "Do it." According to the Judge, Finnish recording comapny, Kernal Records Oy, failed to copyright the song "Acid Jazzed Evening" before suing Timbo, and as a result, the record company has no legal standing to sue Timbaland. You can read the full court document HERE. Well, so far Timbaland is 2-0 in the courtroom this year. We'll see if he and his lawyers can make it 3-0 with the impending lawsuit regarding "Big Pimpin'."
Saturday, June 11, 2011
While we don't have video of Timbaland's concert performance in Johannesburg (yet!), we do have video of Tim and Lil' Kim performing "Jump Off" at one of ZARfest's multiple parties that night. Check it:
Timbo's DJ, Freestyle Steve, served as DJ for the ZARfest pre-party and after party. You can find pictures of Tim, Fat Joe, Ciara, and Lil' Kim at the various parties and performing in concert HERE.
Again, for those who went to ZARfest in Johannesburg, write us a review, send us video/pictures, and we'll post them!
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Ginuwine fans will be happy to hear that G is coming out with a reality tv show entitled "Ginuwine: A New Beginning." The show showcases G's never-ending grind of touring, creating new music, and being a father to his children and husband to his wife and former artist Sole. Ginuwine and his camp are currently shopping the show around so there's no word on which network will pick it up. Check out the trailer below:
G seems to be spending a lot of time in Miami. I wonder if he and Tim cooked something up. Guess we will have to watch and see.
Sunday, June 5, 2011
In 2004, E! aired True Hollywood Story: Missy Elliott. And now, on June 29th, 2011 at 10pm EST, VH1 will launch the new season of Behind the Music with an episode on Missy Elliott!! The episode will feature interviews with Missy's longtime friends and collaborators, including Timbaland, Ciara, and Mary J. Blige. Here's the blurb from VH1 on the episode:
Becoming the most successful female writer-producer-artist the hip hop world has ever seen was not easy for Missy Elliott. Born in Virginia, Missy was faced with the hardships of poverty at the age of eight. Surrounded by abuse and horror, Missy used her passion for music to escape from it all, landing a record deal at the age of 19 with DeVante Swing of Jodeci. For the first time, Missy breaks her silence about why she had to walk away from DeVante and her first group “Da Bassment.” Not letting her past bring her down, Missy surpassed her demons and rose to fame with her groundbreaking debut album “Supa Dupa Fly.” Working with some of the biggest names in the music industry, from Diddy to Mariah Carey to Janet Jackson and with her daring lyrics, Missy Elliott was able to take over the hip hop world and become a millionaire by the age of 25. After years away from the spotlight, Missy Elliott is opening up publicly for the first time in this “Behind The Music."
The LA Times recently spoke with Brad Abramson, executive producer of Behind the Music, who had to say this about the Missy's episode: “Missy was great and very candid...She talked for the first time about her [near fatal bout with] Graves disease, which she’s been battling for the last few years, and spoke in detail about the sexual abuse she experienced as a child.”
Be sure to tune in to/TiVo/DVR/PVR VH1 on June 29th at 10pm EST to catch, Missy Elliott: Behind the Music.
This sample of the week comes from Wamya, who is a Timstan and a fan of TCC. S/he recently emailed us with some dope info about Sincere's "90"/"Drugs:"
Found some pretty cool stuff I thought you'd be interested in.
First, the sample from Sincere and Tim's 90.Was listening to it and recognized the lyrics on the hook instantly.
It's off of the soundtrack to Shaka Zulu (mini-series) from back in the day. Watched it a couple of times when I was a kid. LOL.
Here's the sample:
Great ear, Wamya !! What's interesting about this sample is that this isn't the first time "Shaka Zulu" has been connected with Timbo. Most Timstans know that Mocha has an unreleased timbo-produced song called "Shaka Zulu." I'm not a betting man, but I'm pretty sure that song samples a track off the Shaka Zulu soundtrack.
Well that's it for this week's sample of the week. Thanks again to Wamya!!!
P.S. Yo Tim, how about releasing some Mocha tracks for Timbaland Thursdays?!?!
The video has been out for a few weeks, but just in case you haven't seen it:
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
If you're curious as to why we didn't have a Timbaland Thursday's track last week, it's because Timbaland was travelling to southern Africa for a four date concert tour with Lil' Kim, Fat Joe, Ciara, and DJ Scratch. Unfortunately, the tour hasn't been going so well for Timbo and his fans. Airplane trouble forced him to miss the concert in Harare, Zimbabwe, and the concerts in Durban and Cape Town were cancelled allegedly due to poor ticket sales. BUT, ZARFest is confirming that Timbaland and all other artists will be performing in Johannesburg on Friday. So for Timstans and TCC followers who are going to the concert in Johannesburg, we want to hear from you! Send us a review and we will post it!
P.S. There's a rumor that Timbo will try to make-up his missed Zimbabwean concert before he leaves Africa, so if the rumor is true and you will be there, email us a review!
Thursday, May 19, 2011
For this week's installment of Timbaland Thursdays, Timbo shared a very heart-felt record from his vault called "See you Again" by Tawanna. Peep the track:
The song and this week's edition of Timbaland Thursdays are dedicated to Aaliyah who, as well all know, passed away almost 10 years ago (I still can't believe it). For hardcore Timstans, the link between Tawanna and Aaliyah isn't that odd because, as Timbaland shared in this interview we posted a while back, Tawanna reminded Tim a lot of Aaliyah. Here's what Tim had to say about Tawanna back in 2002:
"And you know, working with another female...I think that I can do it. I have this other female I'm about to sign, I think. I'm pretty sure I'm gonna sign her. Her name's Twanna from Atlanta, but she's not like Aaliyah. But she's makes me feel good like Aaliyah so that's kinda inspiring to have somebody like that, but it's still kinda hard. I doubt if I'll ever have that magic that I had with her, so like, I'm good with R&B because she was magic, as far as female vocalists."
Thanks Tim for sharing this record with us and keeping us smiling with sweet memories of Aaliyah. Rest In Peace Baby Girl!
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Yes, you read that right. With Timbo going into the vault for this week's Timbaland Thursdays, and dropping Sincere's "Drugs" (which was relabeled "90"), we can finally scratch off yet another unreleased/rare Timbo. As we told you here, Sin's album was slated to be the first album released off of Timbaland's first record label, Zman Records back in 2000 (yep, Timbo had his own record label before starting Beat Club), but Zman never took off and Sin's album was never released, leaving most Timstans wondering if we would ever hear Sin's "Sick" or "Drugs." Well, we finally got one of our wishes. Let's hope that Timbo goes back into the vault and drops "Sick." At any rate, checkout "Drugs":
Y'all feeling this long awaited track?
Sunday, May 8, 2011
While clips of Missy's E! True Hollywood Story episode have been floating around the internet for years, our friends over at This is a Missy Exclusive Suckaz! just shared the full episode for Missy fans everywhere. The episode reveals Missy's childhood in Virgina, domestic abuse, forming Fayze/Sista, meeting Timbaland, hooking up with Devante and Da Basement Crew, her first big break, weight loss, Aaliyah's passing, and many other moments in her life. The episode features interviews with Timbo, Ginuwine, Madonna, Tweet, Kevin Powell, LeShawn Shellman of Sista, and her mother (Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms!!!). Peep the episode here:
Thanks again to This is a Missy Exclusive Suckaz!
Friday, May 6, 2011
As I mentioned in my "Put you on the game" lawsuit post HERE, someone recently reopened a copyright infringement lawsuit against Jay-Z, Timbo, and a slew of others, over the "Big Pimpin'" sample. Well, a federal judge in California ruled this week that the plaintiff, Osama Ahmed Fahmy, has standing to pursue the lawsuit. If my memory is right, this is the third lawsuit filed against Jay, Tim, et al, over "Big Pimpin'." While the other two cases were dismissed, this lawsuit might have some merit. Essentially, Fahmy is claiming that while Timbaland and Jay-Z did not violate the "economic rights" through sampling "Koshara" for "Big Pimpin'", he's using Egyptian copyright law to say that they violated the "moral rights" of the original composer of the track. You can read about the past lawsuits HERE (shout out to Big-A) and HERE (shout out to Wayne), a short and simple break down of the case HERE, and the full court documents HERE. I haven't read the documents, but when I do, I will give an update of my thoughts on the lawsuit. Only time will tell if Timbaland will beat this case again, or if his luck will run out.
What do y'all think about this? Let us know!
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Instead of a new track, Timbo goes back into the vault and releases a track by Eve called "Nothing to Say." No info on when the song was recorded, but Timbaland calls this a freestyle record, as Eve is rapping over the "Make your Better" beat. I've always loved Eve on Timbo beats, so I hope that this is a sign that we'll get another Eve/Tim collaboration soon. Here's the track:
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Instead of a full track, Timbo gives us a snippet of a brand new untitled track (SVIII?!?). While the full song features Timbo, Missy (Block Party?!?!), and Magoo (new Timbo and Magoo album?!?), Timbo decided to share Magoo's verse with us. Check it:
Y'all feeling the track? Feeling Magoo's verse? Let us know!
Despite reports by MTV that 50 Cent would release the first single from his upcoming album Black Magic, a previously unreleased track entitled "Keep It Movin" (or "Keep it Comin") surfaced. The song is thought to be produced by Timbaland during the making of 50's 2007 album Curtis. Peep the track:
Thoughts? We'll definitely update everyone when we get more info.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
After last week's teaser, we finally have the full version of "Slow Down." In an interesting twist, Blind Fury is not only rapping as himself, but also rapping as if he were Timbo. He's imitating the classic Tim's Bio/Welcome to Our World flow. Pretty dope, right?!?! Check the track:
Thoughts on the full?
P.S. Tim Stans will remember that this is not the first time that Timbo's name has been linked to a blind rapper. Back in 2001 West Coast rapper Supervision released a song entitled "Superstar" that was first thought to be produced by Timbaland. Well in 2008, J-boogie put that theory to rest, finding out that producer Spunk actually produced the track for Timbaland Music. Check the post here.
Friday, April 15, 2011
For those of you following Timbo on Twitter, you know that Timbo recently hooked up with 106 and Park contestant Blind Furry. Well, we just got a snippet of what they've cooked up in the lab. The track is tentatively called "Slow Down." Peep:
Saturday, April 9, 2011
No, this isn't a sample of the week; just commentary on some recent news involving a Timbo sample.
Over the past couple of weeks, people have flooded my inbox asking me feelings on the recent news of an appellate court dismissing a lawsuit filed against Timbaland (along with The Game, Interscope, Aftermath, and G-Unit) for sampling "Baghon Mein Bahar Hai" for The Game's "Put you on the Game" without getting permission from major Indian production company, Saregama India LTD (a case we told you about here and a sample featured on my sample mix Vol. 7). I told them that I wouldn't have any thoughts on it until I read the court documents. Well, I've finally read the court's decision, and thought I'd share my feelings with the Chronicles fam.
For those who don't know, in order to win a copyright infringement lawsuit (here, it's sampling without permission), you have to do two things: 1) Prove that you are the rightful copyright holder; and 2) Show that someone or a group of people violated the copyright. So, in order to prove #1, Saregama pointed to an agreement they had with Shakti Films, where Shakti transferred copyright to Saregama for all recorded music. Now, since "Baghon Mein Bahar Hai" came from a Bollywood film produced by Shakti, Saregama told the court that, due to their agreement, Saregama holds the copyright. But, as the court documents reveal, this agreement was to only last between January 1967 to January 1969. Since "Baghon Mein Bahar Hai" came out in September of 1969, this was after the agreement. Consequently, Saregama isn't the rightful copyright holder of "Baghon Mein Bahar Hai," and cannot file a lawsuit against Timbaland. Check the summary of the court's decision here:
The funny part to me is that because Saregama couldn't prove #1, the court didn't even have to rule on #2, which is whether Tim actually sampled the "Baghon Mein Bahar Hai."
So what does all this mean? Well, I asked a good friend of mine, Wayne Marshall, who's also a DJ, music scholar, and constantly gets called to court as an expert on music and copyright (check out his blog, http://wayneandwax.com/). Here's what he said:
Funny to see Saregama overreach like this. That may mean we see a lot less litigation of this sort, since they're the major major, though it depends on how commonplace a limited agreement like this was. Was it really "unique"? If so, I wonder why.
To me, this is the whole result of this case: it leaves more questions than answers. Sure, because Tim won against a major Indian production company, this could mean that he can go back to sampling Bollywood tracks without worrying about a lawsuit, but let's be real here. The case was dismissed only because of this limited agreement between Saregama and Shakti Films, an agreement that could have hurt Tim's bank account if "Baghon Mein Bahar Hai" came out in January of 1969 instead of September 1969. If these limited agreements were common, then Tim might have more wiggle room to sample, but if this was just a one-time thing, then it will still be difficult for Tim to freely sample Bollywood. Also, Shakti Films, if it still exists and if it doesn't whoever owns the rights to the estate, can still sue Timbaland. The court ruled in favor of Timbaland because the wrong party sued. Someone can definitely refile as the rightful copyright owner, and this wouldn't be anything new to Tim since someone claiming to own the rights to "Koshara" recently reopened the "Big Pimpin'" copyright infringement lawsuit against Timbaland. Only time will tell what happens next, but for now, Tim must be feeling pretty good.
P.S. For those who are music/copyright/all things Timbo nerds, you can read the full court opinion HERE
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Ever wonder how some of your favorite artists got their start or even linked up with Timbaland? Well, check out these three (somewhat) recent interviews with Avery Storm, Kiley Dean, and Ryan Tedder of One Republic.
While most people know the R&B singer Avery Storm from his features on hit songs like Notorious B.I.G.'s "Nasty Girl" (off the Biggie Duets album) and Rick Ross' "Here I Am," hardcore Timstans will remember him as being part of the Beat Club artist roster under the name The Storm. Check out this interview Avery Storm did with YouKnowIGotSoul on how he originally meet Tim and signed with Beat Club and what he's up to now:
Hopefully one day we'll get to hear the tracks Avery and Tim worked on (Timbaland Thursdays?)
YouKnowIGotSoul also did an interview with Avery's fellow Beat Club label-mate, Kiley Dean, and she was very candid about Tim, Beat Club, the music industry, and her upcoming projects:
Wow, Kiley first met Tim back in 1999 and had a development deal with him and Missy?!? Imagine if that deal worked out and we might have had Kiley on Missy's Da Real World or Miss E...So Addictive!
Lastly, Chicago radio personality, John Williams, sat down last year with Ryan Tedder to discuss One Republic, the music market, and his future collaborations. Peep:
Hmmmm. Wonder why Ryan didn't mention working on Bubba Sparxxx's Deliverance album? But, damn! Can you believe Columbia dropped One Republic, Katy Perry, AND the Jonas Brothers from their label? And all on the same day? Wow. Goes to show you that if one door closes, another one will open.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
We haven't had a rare reel in quite some time and today we're bringing you some real gems from Missy performances throughout the years. Check 'em out:
"Pass The Dutch" on SNL in 2003
"Sock It To Me/The Rain" w/ Magoo and Pepsii Riley? HOT performance!!
"Gossip Folks/Work It" MTV Spring Break 2003
"Sock It 2 Me" from Martin (who is that singing??)
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Guess Timbo was feeling a little spiritual this week, and decided to give us an uplifting and introspective song for this week's installment of Timbaland Thursdays. The track is called "Not My Happiness." Check it out:
As everyone has pointed out, "Not My Happiness" samples "White Blank Page" by Mumford & Sons (peep at 2:56):
Friday, March 25, 2011
What's up Timstans?
It's Friday, and you know that means another installment of Czar's Sample of the Week. Over the past two months, I've re-released each one of my Timbaland sample mixes, and this week we reach Volume 8, my last and final mix. Every once in a while, people email me asking why I don't do Timbaland mixes any more, and I usually give them two answers First, I'm just plain tired lol. While I definitely enjoy doing the mixing, the time and effort I put in to digging for samples, choosing which ones to feature, and then doing the mix takes a tole. So when I did Vol. 7, I just decided that I'd do one more and really be done with it. The second reason is a bit funny. I have a list of Timbaland samples that I'd die to find, and I told myself that if I found one of them, I'd stop doing the mixes. It so happened that as I was gathering samples for Volume 8, I found the sample to Jay-Z's "Paper Chase" and Missy's "Lick Shots," and those were two of the top samples I'd been searching for.
Now, when you all hear Volume 8, you will notice that it's longer and that I'm playing the Timbaland songs as well the samples longer than usual. The mix is longer because I wanted to exhaust my sample vault (basically put everything in there), and the samples/track are played longer because I wanted to do it my way; I love these songs and samples so I just wanted to ride out to them during the mix.
So let's get right to it. Here's Czar's Timbaland Sample Mix Volume 8: The Final Chapter (released in 2008):
Now, I spent all week trying to figure out which sample from Volume 9 to drop today, and I thought it would make sense that because Vol. 8 was the last mix, I would feature the last sample on Volume 9. So here it is:
And for those who think I still don't have it after all these years. Let me showcase a sample from something recent out of Timbaland's Vault:
Well, that's it for this week's installment of Czar's Sample of the Week. I want to thank you all for letting me go down memory road with this (want to especially thank J-Boogie for coming up with the idea!). And I want to thank everyone who supported me, gave me feedback, and even sent samples my way during my sample mix days: Malis, Al Sween, Big A, J-Boogie, Snax, Jonboy, Rooq, Fabio (lek!!), Carlos, Jonathanp, DJ MD, Santiago, and all followers and fans of The Thomas Crown Chronicles. Now, I can't promise that I'll be back every Friday for Czar's Sample of the Week, but I'll definitely drop something when I can. And who knows, maybe one day I will even drop Volume 9 ;-)
Amidst the Chris Brown/GMA controversy this week, Keri Hilson stopped by 106 & Park to release the music video for her latest single, "One Night Stand" featuring Chris Brown. Here's what Keri had to say about her performance on BET's Rip the Runway last Sunday night, and her new video:
Here's her performance of "Pretty Girl Rock" on Rip the Runway:
And here's the "One Night Stand" music video:
Definitely has that '90s feel, and some people are even saying that Keri and Chris are channeling Aaliyah and Ginuwine in this.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Timbaland Thursday's is back again this week, and Timbo blessed us with another song from the shelved and untitled Attitude/6'2/Timbo album. The song is called "F*ck You." Peep:
At this rate, we'll have all the songs from this album (we can only hope).
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Sorry I'm late with today's installment, but let's get right into it. We're nearing the close of this special edition of Czar's Sample of the Week, where each week, I re-release one of my eight Timbaland sample mixes alongside a sample from the unreleased Volume 9. This week, I'm re-releasing Volume 7, which is tied with Volume 6 for my favorite Timbo sample mix. While I released Volume 7 in 2006, a year after Volume 6, I just felt like I was in the same head space when I did Vol. 7. I just felt like I was making Vol. 6 pt. 2 Well, without further ado, here's Volume 7 (people with the original Vol. 7 will notice that I removed the sample to "When N****s Get to Poppin" b/c, as we reported here, it's produced by Brian Kidd):
Now, one of my favorite Timbo tracks is Tank's "I Love Them Girls Pt. 2," and I featured an interpolation of the song on Vol. 6 and even posted one of the samples for The Chronicles Anniversary. Check (it's the second sample):
Now, what I love to do, and you can hear it in my mixes, I try to find as many samples as possible in one Timbaland track (the drums and guitar in Fabolous' "Right now, later on" or the guitar and baby giggle in Aaliyah's "Are you that Somebody"). And so I was geeked when I peeped another sample in "I Love Them Girls Pt. 2," and I hope y'all will be as geeked as I was. Peep:
Well, that's it for this week's installment, check back next week for my final Timbaland Sample Mix, Vol. 8, and another sample on Vol. 9.
'Till next time,
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Now usually I don't give my opinion on tracks, but this right here is straight FIRE to me. Peep the newest track off Timbaland Thursdays entitled "All Y'all" featuring Attitude and Young Money rapper, Short Dawg:
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Nathaniel D. Hale, known in the music industry as Nate Dogg, died Tuesday, his family announced. The rap star, born and reared in Long Beach, Calif. was 41. Cause of death is not known. However, Hale had suffered two strokes, one in 2007 and another in 2008.
Nate and Timbaland worked together a few times with Ms. Jade on "Dead Wrong" as well as the smooth, laid back "Gott Damn Shame":
and of course who could forget "Set It Off" where Nate KILLED his part:
The track that so many of us Timbo stans have been after over the years, however, is the unreleased track "Born To Mac" from Nate's self titled album. Nate always brought that amazing hook but none better in my opinion than on Dre's "Xxplosive."
Rest in peace....
Monday, March 14, 2011
Even though Timbaland said he wasn't going to do an installment of Timbaland Thursday's last Thursday, a track surprisingly leaked on the site entitled "Automatic." Peep:
While the tack is probably off the shelved Attitude/6'2/Timbo album, it doesn't have the same vibe of other songs we've heard off the album. Maybe some sounds were added later? Either way, what are your thoughts on the song?
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
What's up Timstans?!?
I know it's not Friday, but I'm doing an early edition of Czar's Timbo Sample of the Week because...IT'S TIMBALAND'S BIRTHDAY!!!!!!! Happy Birthday Tim!!!
I'm excited that his bday happens to fall on a moment when I'm re-releasing one-half of my favorite Timbo sample mix (Vol. 6 is tied with Vol. 7 lol). I originally dropped this mix in September of 2005, and I love this mix so much because it features a lot of my favorite Timbo tracks/samples. Here it is (for those who have the original Vol. 6, you will notice that I took out the "Hey Now (Mean Muggin')" sample. After a few years of thinking about it, I think I got the sample wrong, so I cut it on this re-release):
Now, about two years ago, someone sent me an email informing me that there might be a different song that Tim sampled for the drums on "Hola Hovito" other than the one I featured on Vol. 6, and so I decided to post it. Peep:
What do y'all think?
Lastly, because Vol. 6 is tied for my favorite Timbo sample mixes, here's one of my favorite samples featured on Vol. 9 (it was actually slated to be the intro sample/track on Vol. 9). Enjoy:
Well that's it for this week's episode of Czar's Sample of the Week. Check back next Friday for Vol. 7 and another sample off Vol. 9. Happy birthday Timbo!!!!!!
Monday, March 7, 2011
Well, we finally have it. Timbo recently tweeted "Paper, Scissors, Rock," a song produced by him and JRoc for Chris Brown's upcoming album, F.A.M.E. Peep:
Most will remember this as the demo by James Fauntleroy leaked last year (supposedly originally meant for Jamie Foxx's album). For those who want another listen to the track:
Thoughts on the track? Y'all like the Chris Brown version or the Fauntleroy demo?
Thursday, March 3, 2011
What's up Timstans?
Well it's Friday, and we all know that Friday means another installment of Czar's Timbo Sample of the Week. This week, we're going to do something a little special.
As I told everyone almost a month ago, each week I'm re-releasing one of my eight Timbo sample mixes along with one sample from my unreleased Volume 9. With that, here's Volume 5 (for those with the original Vol. 5, you'll notice that I cut out Kiley's "So Caught Up," because, as we all know now, Tim didn't produce that track):
Now, I usually refer to Vol. 5 as "Volume 4 pt. 2." Volume 5 came a couple of months after I released Vol. 4, and it actually featured samples that I included in the original Vol. 4, but simply cut. Part of the reason why I cut those samples out had to do with the fact that I thought Vol. 4 was too long with them in there. You'll notice that I end with Brandy's "Should I Go" on Volume 5, and that has to do with the fact that I thought about stopping the whole Timbaland sample mix thing. So after people enjoyed Vol. 4, I decided to feature all the left over samples as a way of clearing out my vault, and sharing the rest of the samples with everyone.
Before I get to a sample from Volume 9, I want to share something special about yesterday's Timbaland Thursday's track "Whenever You Like." Now, upon first listen to the track, will say that Timbo interpolated T.I.'s hit 2006 track "What you Know."
Annnnnndddddd, you'd be somewhat correct. While most of us know the T.I. song, "What you Know" is also a product of interpolation. Peep this:
While the original poster of this youtube video nicely points out that DJ Toomp (the producer of "What you Know") either interpolated The Impressions 1968 record "Gone Away" or the 1970 Roberta Flack version, s/he forgot to mention that the common denominator in both records is the amazing singer-songwriter-producer Donny Hathaway (if you don't know his music, you need to get to know his music asap!). Donny Hathaway features the same melody in his song "I Believe to My Soul" (1:40 and 2:45) off his classic and inspiring record Everything is Everything (get that album NOW!) Check the track:
So which track do you think Timbo interpolated? T.I./DJ Toomp? The Impressions? Roberta Flack? Donny Hathaway? Have another theory? Let us know!
Now, speaking of great artists, tomorrow is the birthday of one of my favorite R&B singers of all time, and so in her honor, I'm sharing a sample off Vol. 9 that features one of her biggest songs. Happy Birthday and R.I.P. Lady T!!
Until next time,
Boogie here fillin' in for Czar who's been holdin' it down here on The Chronicles (thanks homie!). It's Thursday, Timbaland Thursday to be exact and Timbo breaks us off with another track featuring Brandy aka Bran'Nu deep from the vaults. Take a listen:
Timbaland F/ Bran'Nu "Whenever You Like"
Another leftover SV2 track? Or possibly a passover from SV3? Or from the unreleased album Brandy and Timbo did but never finished (I like this theory the best). Pretty straight forward track, nothin' too special on the beat but what about Brandy? She can spit!
Check back tomorrow for a little Chronicles bonus on this track...
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Monday, February 28, 2011
They're baaaaaaaacccccckkkkkkk!!! Be sure to check out www.timbalandthursdays.com tomorrow (March 1st)at 5pm EST for a special discussion with Timbo and Missy on getting back in the studio together (finally!!) and their new projects (finally x2!!). Hopefully, we'll get to hear a snippet of some more stuff they're cookin' up! Peep the teaser vid:
Saturday, February 26, 2011
What's up Timstans?
It's time again for another installment of Czar's Timbo Sample of the Week. This week, I'm sharing Volume 4 of my mix and a sample from Volume 9.
I originally posted Volume 4 back in December of 2004, and I have to say that this mix set the path for the subsequent mixes. This mix was more polished than the earlier mixes, and this mix featured some of my all-time favorite Tim tracks and samples. It's for these and other reasons why Volume 4 is one of my favorite mixes (I'll post my favorite one in a few weeks). Anyway, enough with reminiscing, here's Volume 4:
Now, I had a hard time choosing which sample I was going to share with y'all from Volume 9, so here are two. Enjoy! :-)
Well that's it for this week's installment of Czar's Timbaland Samples of the Week. Check back next week for Volume 5 and a sample from (unreleased) Volume 9.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
No, we're not calling Timbaland Thursdays a hot mess, it's actually the title of the new song Timbo blessed us with this week. The song features Memphis rapper, J’Royal Price, new Timbo/Wizz Dumb artist from VA, Jimmy Codean (Tim first introduced Jimmy Codean on this vlog), and........what sounds like Petey Pablo!! Peep the track:
You can download the song here (right click, "Save as").
P.S. Tim apologized for releasing this week's track late because he "got tied up wit mixin these songs for sv3." Be on the look out for Shock Value 3 soon!!
Sunday, February 20, 2011
What's up Timstans?
It's that time again for Czar's Sample of the Week. This week I'm posting Volume 3 of my Timbaland Sample Mixes. I posted this on the old Beat Club forum (and other message boards/forums) back in 2004. What I really enjoyed about this mix was that I'd almost used up all my Timbo samples in my vault, so I had to go back to digging for more Timbo samples to create a full mix. What I also love about this mix, and I've said this before, I love Kiley Dean and her unreleased album Simple Girl, so I was so happy to feature a few samples from that classic album. So here's Volume 3:
Speaking of Kiley, Vol. 9 was going to feature another sample from that track. Peep:
For those who can't hear the sample, check a sped up version of the original:
Now, most of the classic followers of The Chronicles will remember that I posted this sample back in 2009 for the New Year's Eve installment of Czar's Sample of the Week, and might feel a little cheated that I didn't post a new sample off Volume 9...so, here's another sample (or interpolation rather) from Vol. 9:
And you know what? Since I was late this week, I'm going to post another interpolation that was actually originally slated to be on Volume 3, but I had hesitations on whether or not this was actually an interpolation, so I cut it from the mix. With each new mix, I put this interpolation in there, and then took it out at the last minute. So, what I want to do is kick it out to the followers/fans of The Chronicles and hear what you have to say about this (giving y'all two different mixes of it to maybe hear it better):
So what do y'all say? Interpolation (vocal and maybe even guitar) or not?
Well, that's it for this week's installment. Check back next week for Volume 4 and another sample from Volume 9.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Tim is back with another installment of Timbaland Thursdays, and it features someone new to most of us: Lyrica Anderson. Lyrica Anderson is an amazing singer-songwriter and is currently working with Timbo on Shock Value III and other new projects. Peep this week's track entitled "Mentally" ft. Lyrica Anderson.
You can download the song here (right click, "Save as").
Friday, February 11, 2011
What's up Timstans?
It's Friday, and for the old school followers of The Chronicles, Fridays meant Czar's Timbo Sample of the Week--this Friday is no exception. Each week, I'm going to re-release one of my past eight Timbaland sample mixes along with samples from my unreleased Vol. 9. And since last week was Redman2k3's mix and my Vol. 1 mix, that means this week is all about Vol. 2. Peep:
This mix also came out in 2003. People on the Beat Club forum were really feeling my mix and Redman2k3's mix, so I decided to put together some other samples that I didn't put on vol. 1 and call it vol. 2 (I had no idea back then that I was going to do eight volumes lol). When I listen to the mix again, two things stick out in my mind: 1)This second volume is when I really cared about having a great intro sample that sounded like an introduction into something and would set the whole project up (this would become something that I wanted to do with all my mixes) 2)Having "Big Pimpin'" play longer than it probably should. I did this because I, like a lot of people, love that song and I just wanted to ride out to it lol (I wouldn't do that with another mix until my last). Those who already have Vol. 2 will notice a slight difference: I cut out the samples to The Relativz's "Maria" and Playa's "Gravy Train" because, as we posted here and here on the Chronicles, they aren't Timbaland productions.
And now for the sample from Vol. 9. Since it's Valentine's Day Weekend, I thought I'd release a romantic sample. Check it out:
Hope you've enjoyed this week's installment of Czar's Timbaland Samples of the Week. Check back again next week for Vol. 3 and another sample from Vol. 9 :-)
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Similar drum pattern to "Swat that Fly", but new melody. Let us know what you think about the new track off Timbaaland Thursdays entititled "You Lied, You Cheated" featuring Keri Hilson. Peep:
Downloaded here (right click, "Save as").
Saturday, February 5, 2011
What's up Tim Stans?
So Boogie came up with a great idea the other day, and has asked me to re-release one of my eight timbo sample mixes every week and give a little history about each mix. As an added bonus (and this might surprise Boogie), I'm going to post a sample from the unreleased vol. 9 sample mix. So let's get straight to it...
It was the summer of 2003, Kiley Dean's classic (in my opinion) album, Simple Girl, leaked as well as a couple of tracks from Brandy's Afrodisiac album. This was wayyyyy before Thomas Crown Chronicles (there was Timbaland Heaven tho...shout out to Jess! You pioneered this Timbo blog ish!!), so we relied on new Timbo songs and news via members of the Beat Club forum/message board (yes, Beat Club still existed; no MMG yet). Anyway, one day someone posted the sample to Petey Pablo's "Raise Up," and the whole forum was buzzing about and posting Timbaland samples. Soon after, one of the forum members, Redman2k3, posted the first ever Timbaland sample mix (shout out to Redman2k3!!) Check it:
After Redman2k3 released his sample mix, I was sitting on some Timbaland samples (shout out to Malis for helping me with some!), but I didn't know what to do with them. I wasn't an up-and-coming/aspiring producer like Redman2k3, but I wanted to post something. So I downloaded this old, cheap software and mixed the Timbaland beat with the original sample as best I could. The result was the first of 8 Timbaland sample mixes over six years (the later mixes are smoother lol) Peep:
Those of you who already have Vol. 1 will notice that I deleted two samples: "Tell me ya wit it" and "big spender." I deleted the former because I featured the full sample on a later mix, and I got rid of the latter because it's obviously not a Timbaland production.
Now, I couldn't decide on which Timbo sample from Vol. 9 to post, so I thought I'd do two (two sample mixes and two samples makes sense, right?). Enjoy!
So check back next week for Vol. 2 and another sample from Vol. 9
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Now, I love Tim and Brandy collabs, and so I was excited to hear that Timbo released a track featuring Brandy called "808" for the new installment of Timbaland Thursdays. Check out the track:
Download link here (right click "save as")
Thoughts? And for more info on anything related to Timbaland Thursdays , check http://www.timbalandthursdays.com/
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
There's nothing I love more than when one of The Chronicles music news exclusives becomes a reality. Such is the case with the LONG awaited unreleased Ginuwine track "Love To Hate" from his album A Man's Thoughts that we told you about over 2 years ago! Produced by Timbo, vocal production by Jim Beanz, check out G's "Hate To Love":
Why G decided to ok with the god awful "Get Involved" track over this is beyond comprehension.
Friday, January 28, 2011
What's up Tim stans?
You know, the latest Timbaland Thursday's release just got me so energetic. Of course, like most Tim stans, I already had the track, but I love "I'm a real n***a"/"Lil' Apartment" so much and that song brings back so many Chronicle memories that I decided to do a little something for y'all. Since Tim went into his vault and released a track from a shelved music project, I thought I'd also into my vault and share a sample from one of my shelved projects. Most of y'all remember a couple of years ago, I said that Czar's Timbaland Sample Mix Vol. 8 (for those who don't have the sample mix) was going to be my last timbo sample mix, and I really meant it. Well...about a year ago, I got an itch and actually did a mix on the fly. After listening to it, I thought about releasing it, but decided to keep my word. Now, I doubt I'll ever drop the entire mix, but here's one song that was on it. Enjoy!!
*For those who can't get soundcloud to work: