With the possible exceptions of Kanye and the Neptunes (who we’ve already featured :-) ) no other producer has had the kind of impact on the pop/urban landscape in the last 20 years as Timbaland.
Timothy “Timbaland” Mosely’s first production credit came all the way back in 1996 on the debut album from RnB singer Ginuwine. This was shortly followed by work on two landmark records, Aaliyah’s “One in a Million” and Missy Elliott’s classic “Supa Dupa Fly” quickly establishing him as one of the freshest and most talented RnB/Hip-hop producers in the game.
In the early 2000s Timbaland’s profile rose even higher as the hits kept coming; particular stand outs from this period were Ludacris‘ “Roll Out My Business”,Jay-Z’s “Hola’ Hovito”, Missy Elliott’s “Get Ur Freak On”, Aaliyah’s “Try Again” and Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River” all of which dominated the airwaves and clubs and were amongst the most iconic and progressive pop tracks of the day.
Despite these already incredible career highs, it would be a two year period between 2006 and 2008 that his career would truly reach it’s peak (to date). Tim’s work on first Nelly Furtado’s “Loose” and then Justin Timberlake’s 2nd studio album “Future Sex/Love Sounds” would see him pioneer an entirely new sound which would rewrite the pop landscape for the next few years. The glacial, electronic and funk inspired textures on show on these albums set a new pop template and both records were without doubt the most influential pop albums of the late 00s, inspiring legions of copyists.
Following the success of these albums, Timbaland went on to produce two equally successful solo albums as well as tracks for Madonna, 50 Cent, M.I.A., Bjork, Rihanna and Drake.
He’s been off the radar a little in the last two years (though given his work rate before, we’ll give him a break!) so it feels like the right time to take a look back at one the most visionary talents in modern music, this playlist compiles his biggest tracks to date and will be updated as and when the new tracks drop.