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Timbaland announces his retirement from hip-hop

In a recent interview with MTV, Timbaland announced he is leaving hip-hop.  Apparently, he’s switching genres to satisfy his fans, most of whom are more likely to listen to Madonna or John Mayer than Nas or Jay-Z.  As he explained to MTV:

“After my last album, I know where my bread and butter is at.  I know 75 percent [of the people who buy my album] are women who love Timbaland and most are the women who watch ‘Desperate Housewives’ and all those others. I did this research. It’s the women who watch ‘Sex and the City,’ ‘Desperate Housewives’ — all the real go-to-the-bar women like Timbaland, and mostly European women. It lets me know that my fanbase is mostly women and they are from all cultures. So it’s not a person who loves mostly hip-hop. It’s a person who loves everything besides hip-hop.”

At least he’s being honest.  Plus, Timbaland’s been churning out radio-friendly pop jams for a minute now, so I doubt his musical transition will be a radical one.

Anyways, to commemorate his departure, here’s Wale freestyling over a Timbaland beat, courtesty of 2dopeboyz: Wale – Say Something (freestyle)

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Timbaland producing new Jay-Z album

Timbaland (the producer who can do no wrong)  is reportedly producing Jay-Z’s new album.  Not that Jay-Z seems to need the help producing an insanely popular record, but I think having Tim behind your beats pretty much ensures it goes platinum several times over.

The last time these cats got together to make a track they ended up with Big Pimpin.  Not even one of my favourite tracks, but one that was a huge commercial success.

I think Timbaland’s severely unrerrated.  Not to say that people don’t recognize his actual beat-making talent, but that people don’t understand just how much of a starmaker he is.  Singlehandedly, he can make someone a success somehow.  He’s done it over and over again for everyone from Nelly Furtado to Keri Wilson (the girl from The Way I Are).

[Source: Pitchfork]