Timbaland is one of the top producers in hip-hop and R’n’B music today. His unique production style melds hip-hop beats with R’n’B music using a non-sample-based approach and blurs the line between the two genres. Over the years, Timbaland produced legendary hits for Nelly Furtado, Missy Elliott, Aaliyah, Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, Ludacris, Madonna, Ginuwine, Rihanna and OneRepublic, among many others, as well as his own solo albums.
Number One: Timbaland Was in Love With Aaliyah
In 2011, Timbaland said in his True Hollywood Story that he loved Aaliyah. However, it was their wide age difference that kept him from pursuing her. Timbaland told THS that he had to fight his feelings, but, in the end, felt it would be best to just be like a brother to her.
Number Two: Timbaland Was a Body Builder
Having weighed more than 300lbs and a number of health issues, Timbaland decided to take control. In 2005, he took an interest in bodybuilding and lost more than 100 pounds, and even thought about getting into the competitive arena. Recently, he got back into working out, losing another 130 pounds and showing off his progress on Instagram.
Number Three: The First Album Released on His Record Label Debuted at #1
In 2006, he started Mosley Music Group, an imprint originally distributed by Interscope Records and as of 2014, Epic Records. The first album released on the label was Nelly Furtado’s Loose, which reached #1 on the Billboard charts and eventually became certified platinum.
Number Four: At One Time He Was the Most Expensive Producer in the Hip-Hop Industry
At the height of his career, Timbaland was making around $275,000 per track produced. In the early to mid 00’s, he was making even more than Dr.Dre.
Number Five: Timbaland Has Worked with Some Uncharacteristic Artists
We all know the pop, hip-hop and R’n’B artists that he usually produces for. However, he has also produced music for a couple of other artists that you would not expect. For example, he produced three tracks on Bjork’s album Volta. He also produced three tracks for Duran Duran’s album Red Carpet Massacre. He also collaborated with She Wants Revenge, Fall Out Boy, The Hives and Elton John.
Number Six: He Had a Few Choice Words About LIFETIME’s Aaliyah Biopic
In 2014, LIFETIME aired a biopic about Aaliyah, the young singer who tragically died in a plane crash during the prime of her career. Timbaland, who was very close to her was not a fan of the broadcast. On his Instagram page, he called the movie “bull****.”
Number Seven: Timbaland Produced Michael Jackson’s Final Album
In 2014 he took on the project of producing the second posthumous album from Michael Jackson. He told MTV that the process was surreal and emotional for him, saying that it took a while for the idea to sink in. The project reminded him a little of his feelings surrounding Aaliyah’s death.
Number Eight: Timbaland Had a Falling-Out with Jay-Z
Jay Z and Timbaland used to be close friends, but had a falling-out a while back over some tracks leaking, what Timbaland now calls “personal stuff.” In ’13 the two made up and Timbaland produced Jay Z’s album Magna Carta, Holy Grail. He had also written an apology track for the rapper, titled “Sorry.”
Number Nine: Timbaland Was Temporarily Paralyzed
Before gaining attention in the music industry, he worked in a Red Lobster. At the age of 15, a co-worker accidentally shot him under his arm, leaving the arm paralyzed for nine months.
Number Ten: Timbaland Was in a Group with Pharrell
Around 1991, Timbaland was in a group of young musicians called “Surrounded by Idiots.” The band also featured a pre-N.E.R.D. and pre-Neptunes Pharrell Williams. In 2011, three tracks from the group’s heyday were unearthed and released by Timbaland Productions.